Our Team

Braulio Amezaga, BA

Simulation Center Coordinator

Jennifer Brackett, MSG

Special Events Coordinator

James Cleveland, MSN, RN

Director of Simulation Center

LouAnn Click, RN, BSN

Simulations Center Manager

Melissa Flores, LPC-Intern, NCC

Mental Health Therapist

Lark Ford, PhD, MA, MSN, RN

Skills Training, Interprofessional Education

Gretchel Gealogo Brown, PhD, RN, CMSRN

Skills Training, Cognitive Engagement

Deborah James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

Virtual Dementia Tour, Palliative Care, Caregiver Education

Marc Johnson, MPA

Contracted photographer

Sara Masoud, MPH

Community Outreach Coordinator

Melissa Mireles


Precious Osuoha, PhD, MOT

Skills Training Workshop, Occupational Therapy

Carolyn E. Z. Pickering, PhD, RN


Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR

Skills Training Workshop, Program Planning, Dementia Friendly UHS

Frank Puga, PhD

Caregiver Education, Research

Faculty profile

Sheran Rivette

Family Caregiver Specialist

Claudia Valenzuela-Baird

Administrative Assistant

Carole White, PhD, RN


Stakeholder Alliance Council

  • James Butler, Chaplain, Heart of Texas Hospice
  • Kathy Canty, ANCNS, Methodist Healthcare System
  • Angelica Davila, MD,Palliative medicine, UT Health San Antonio, Physicians
  • Yoli Forney, Memory Care at Westover Hills
  • Kiki Foster, Family caregiver
  • Mike Foster, Person living with dementia
  • Ginny Funk, Program and Advocacy Director, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Palliative medicine UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing
  • Sara Masoud, MPH, Community Outreach Coordinator, UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing
  • Mayra Mendoza, Family caregiver
  • Neela Patel, MD, Geriatrics & Palliative Care, UT Health San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine
  • Sheran Rivette, Family caregiver
  • Carole White, PhD, Director, Caring for the Caregiver, UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing
  • Bill Zinsmeyer, Family caregiver, AMCORP
  • Janet Zinsmeyer, Person living with dementia