Meet The Staff

Allen Wentworth, MEd, RRT, FAARC

Director  |  (720-848-7844) 
 |  Allen.Wentworth@UCHealth.org

Since joining the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in 2003, Allen has been named Director of Respiratory Therapy, Ancillary Health Technicians, Pulmonary Diagnostics and Rehabilitation and, most recently in 2010, the Work Education and Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center. He is responsible for all operations at the WELLS Center including business plan development and implementation, marketing, budgeting, accreditation, compliance, staffing, program development and research.

Allen has three decades of health care experience as both a clinician and educator. Prior to joining UCH, he served as the Respiratory Therapy Program Director at Pima Medical Institute in Denver, CO. He has also held leadership positions in Respiratory Therapy at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, Kansas, and Penrose/St. Francis Healthcare System in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Allen began his career at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas.

Allen received his Masters Degree in Education and his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Century University. Allen was named a Fellow of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2011 and serves as a Colorado Political Advocacy Contact Team Member. He served two terms as President of the Colorado Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC) Board of Directors and continues to serve as a Board Member. Allen has also served as a Board Member of both the American Lung Association of Colorado and the UCH Pulmonary and Critical Care Research Foundation. He is also a member of the University Health System Consortium Steering Committee.



Margaret Sande, MD

Medical Director  |  (720-848-5437) 
 |  Margaret.Sande@UCDenver.edu

Dr. Sande is Medical Director of the Work, Education, and Lifelong Learning (WELLs) Simulation Center.  She is a Senior Instructor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and serves as Director of Simulation for the Denver Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

With a background in biomedical engineering, Dr. Sande’s interests lie at the intersection of technology and medicine.  Dr. Sande began her academic career focusing on medical device design, and she is a patented inventor as a result of her work.  It was during her training as an emergency physician and chief resident that she became involved in medical education research.  She subsequently merged these interests with the pursuit of a fellowship in medical simulation, where technology is utilized as an educational tool applied to medicine.

Dr. Sande has been involved in simulation-based educational research and the use of simulation as a means of proof-of-concept for novel technologies.  Dr. Sande employs high-fidelity mannequin simulation to train students, physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, and interdisciplinary teams.  She has shared her expertise as a consultant with health organizations internationally.  She has spent additional time taking graduate medical education and research coursework.

Dr. Sande’s area of interest is educational innovation as it applies to the field of medical simulation. Her work uses simulation as a platform for innovation in medical education and device design, as ultimately both benefit patient safety.


Undergraduate Education:  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Masters of Science in Engineering:  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Medical Education:  Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Internship/Residency:  Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO (Chief Resident)

Fellowship:  Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


Veronica Baiamonte

Simulation Technical Coordinator, Sr.  |  (720-848-5438)

  |   Veronica.Baiamonte@UCHealth.org

Veronica has been with the Work, Education, Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center since 2008.  In her initial role as the Simulation Technical Coordinator for the Patient Safety Project, funded by the Colorado Trust, she provided on-site, high fidelity patient simulation training to Colorado hospitals participating in the 5 Million Lives Campaign in the identified quality improvement areas of Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers, High Alert Medications, MRSA and Rapid Response Activation. Prior to joining the WELLS Center team, Veronica worked in the Department of Professional Resources, Continuing Education Office.

Veronica became the Lead Simulation Technical Coordinator at the WELLS Center in 2010.  As Lead Simulation Technical Coordinator, Veronica is responsible for all audio/visual technology; information systems and programming; and operating and maintaining the eleven patient simulators currently in use at the Center. She consults with the broad range of educators and facilitators that utilize the WELLS Center in the technical application of simulation scenario development and learning experience design. Veronica is available as a consultant for scenario development and implementation; simulator operation and programming; simulation lab design/development; and the overall integration of technology into learning.

Veronica is currently studying at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York concentrating on Media, Technology and Learning. She received her Associate Degree in Fine Art from the Community College of Denver and attended Lawerence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she designed her BA in Computer Science and Art. Veronica is active in a variety of professional associations including the Society for Simulation in Health Care (SSIH), The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).


Shelly Collings, MBA, MSHA

Business Specialist  |  (720-848-5444)
  |   Michelle.Collings@UCHealth.org

Shelly Collings joined the Work, Education and Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center in 2014 as the Business Specialist. She is responsible for business development, marketing, funding, planning, program evaluation, invoicing, reporting, supply management, contracting and quality improvement. Previously, she was with the University of Colorado Hospital’s Magnet Program, focusing on quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Prior to joining UCH, Shelly spent 12 years managing grant programs and events for Colorado’s State Office of Rural Health.

 Shelly received her Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and anatomy from Colorado State University. She is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 


Jean Marso, MS, RN

Simulation Clinical Coordinator  |  (720-848-5424)
  |   Jean.Marso@UCHealth.org

Jean joined the Work, Education and Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center in 2011 as a Clinical Simulation Coordinator. Drawing on over three decades of Emergency Department and Trauma nursing experience, Jean consults with educators and subject matter experts to design and deliver clinically accurate simulation scenarios.  She also provides clinical support in the application of simulation technology and assisting with integration of evidence-based practice into scenario design. Jean also provides clinical instruction for the patient simulation setting.

Just prior to joining the WELLS Center, Jean served as a Nursing Projects Coordinator in the Nursing Informatics Department. She has worked in various capacities during her tenure at UCH including Trauma Coordinator, Hospital Manager, Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse and Flight Nurse within the Emergency Department. Jean began her nursing career in Nebraska at Memorial Hospital of Dodge County.

Jean received her Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics from the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She also received a Nursing Diploma from Rapid City Regional School of Nursing, Rapid City, South Dakota. Jean is an active member of the Society for Simulation in Health Care (SSIH).


Nicole Friesen, BA

Simulation Lab Technician  |  (720-848-5423)
  |   Nicole.Friesen@UCHealth.org

 Nicole is the newest member to the Wells Center team. She is a Colorado native who studied Psychology and Art History at the University of Colorado Denver. Nicole worked in the simulation lab at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Clinical Education Center as a student assistant while attending UCD, then after graduating, she was hired full time.  Nicole worked for the UCD CON Simulation Lab for over two years and left when she married.  Nicole’s husband’s work required her to relocate several times over two years and she has  lived in Omaha, Toronto, Idaho Falls/Kemano British Colombia, and Washington DC. While moving around, Nicole continued to work in the simulation field as an Educational Services Specialist for Laerdal Medical. After moving back to Colorado in the Summer of 2014, Nicole and her husband are excited to put down roots and are building a house. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking with her husband and two Chihuahuas, as well as traveling and practicing yoga.


Debbie Gendill

Volunteer Administrative Coordinator   |  (720-848-5420)  |  Debbie.Gendill@UCHealth.org