Prof. John Windsor

Founder, Educational Advisor

John completed a double major in Physiology and Biochemistry before enrolling in the School of Medicine at the University of Otago. After 2 years of full time research towards his doctorate John went to Edinburgh to sub-specialize in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and gastro-oesophageal surgery under the tutelage of Sir David Carter.

He was awarded a chair in Surgery in 2003, and became Head of Surgery at the University of Auckland in 2004. John developed the first hepatopancreaticobiliary / upper GI Unit in New Zealand. His interests in teaching laparoscopic surgery led to the development of the Advanced Skills Training Centre. A new Postgraduate Training Centre was opened in 2004 with the goal of combining skills training with appropriate technology in a world class facility.

John is concerned to ensure that simulation technology is introduced with appropriate curriculum design, metrics and validation studies.

Cherry Vanderbeke

Chief Executive

Cherry has been with SIMTICS since 2008, initially as the COO and then took on the role of CEO since January 2015. She brings a wealth of expertise to the company, having worked in organisations of all sizes from multi-national corporates to small businesses, and in a variety of roles including teaching, management consulting, business ownership, and general management.

Cherry has spent most of her career in the IT industry, starting in 1980 and culminating in her role as COO of the software solutions division at Gen-i, New Zealand's largest systems integrator. Ready for a change from the corporate world, in 2003 she set up a business advisory and coaching company and also became a multi-business owner with her husband. In mid 2008 she was invited to join SIMTICS, and returned to executive management.

Cherry prides herself on her ability to spot talent and create a culture where people can achieve their best. While at SIMTICS she has successfully led several big content development projects for a major American customer, which involved growing the company from 6 to over 70 people at the peak of the projects. Her greatest pleasure is that most people say that SIMTICS is the best job they ever had!

Jamil Geor

Chief Software Architect and Technologist

Jamil is a talented software architect and developer with over 10 years experience in developing solutions for large and small enterprises. He has extensive knowledge of 3D computer graphics and internet application platforms.

Jamil first worked with SIMTICS during the company's start-up phase, when he led the engineering development of our original PC-based product. He returned toSIMTICS in 2009 to lead the design, development, and ongoing enhancement of the new generation web-based platform, and integration with customer systems. He has also recently completed development of the mobile app for iOS.

Dr. Kevin Naidoo
MBBCh, (Wits), FCS (SA)

Chief Medical Advisor

Dr Naidoo qualified as a specialist general surgeon in South Africa. He became a senior consultant and lecturer at R.K. Khan Hospital/ University of Natal and Clinical Director of the ICU at R.K Khan Hospital in Durban for 2 years.

Kevin has practicedin both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has special interests in laparoscopic work and trauma surgery and completed an advanced videoscopic training course in San Francisco. His passion for teaching has led him to tutor the Basic Surgical Trainees at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ASSET Courses.

Kevin has been involved with SIMTICS since the early days, and played a significant role as Chief Clinical Editor during the development of the current catalogue of modules.

Shelly Zimbelman

Manager, Education Initiatives

Shelly brings a wealth of experience to the SIMTICS team. She has been in the healthcare field for over 20 years, beginning her career as a Radiologic Technologist, and then moving into education where she held positions as Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Cardiovascular Sonography programs at Career Education Corporation. Shelly has also worked in continuing education, overseeing the development of CE and professional development courses for a range of fields and topics in allied health education.

Peter Vanderbeke

Product Evangelist

Peter has been involved with SIMTICS since late 2007, when he joined as a marketing consultant and later was chosen to take on the position of CEO. At the time the company had been focusing on the UK market, but Peter saw a greater opportunity in the USA - which has now become SIMTICS' primary target market. He also won the largest deal in the company's history - a partnership with a US education corporation which enabled SIMTICS to develop 75 new modules and simulations for sonography, radiography and medical assisting.

Peter began his career as a nuclear physicist and worked in both UK and France, but his love of technology and travel enticed him into the global computer industry where he quickly found his niche in sales and sales management. He moved to New Zealand in 1988 and later became CEO of the NZ subsidiaries of international companies such as Silicon Graphics, Equant, and Nokia Networks.

Since joining SIMTICS he has developed a keen interest in the use of innovative technology in education, and enjoys helping to spread the word about how great the SIMTICS product. He has recently returned to the SIMTICS team after a 3-year break, acting as a global product evangelist.

Kait Verrengia

Senior Learning Consultant

Kait graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in Communication in 2015. Since then, she has been working in marketing roles for various higher-ed publishing companies. She has also been involved in training instructors in how to use different online platforms, to ensure they are able to use each product to its fullest potential.

She enjoys sharing new digital resources with instructors and helping them make class time more productive for the students and for themselves. She is passionate about the role of education technology and is a firm believer that the best products help students learn more effectively both inside and outside the classroom, and can also bring massive benefits to instructors. She is excited to bring this passion to SIMTICS and share with instructors how valuable education technology can be in the medical setting to push students to master the material and retain their new knowledge.

Jill Kraleman

Customer Service and Training Coordinator

Jill joined SIMTICS in 2017 as the Customer Service and Training Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and has spent most of her career working in higher education.

Prior to joining SIMTICS, Jill held positions as the Corporate Director of Student Services, Continuing Education Coordinator and Online Faculty Operations Specialist. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive knowledge in customer service, organizational development, project management, as well as employee development and training. For the past 15 years she has also worked extensively with students, coaching them and sharing her passion for education to help them achieve their educational goals.

Since joining SIMTICS, she has truly enjoyed working with students and faculty all over the world and loves sharing the high-quality product SIMTICS has to offer.

Gary Collins

Programme Manager

Gary is an experienced programme management professional with over 30 years’ experience in a range of roles in start-up, corporate, and government organisations.

Since joining the SIMTICS team Gary has used his proven track record of successful project and programme delivery to bring the geographically spread team members together, building momentum and motivation, to create new product offerings and enhancements. He particularly enjoys being able to apply his passion for technology and change programmes to help transform the way that SIMTICS delivers their eLearning solutions.


General Brochure

Choose the SIMTICS overview brochure if you have a general interest in SIMTICS content for allied health education

Clinical Brochure

Choose the SIMTICS clinical brochure if you're interested in our content for medical assisting, basic nursing, or medicine (post-grad year 1).

Imaging Brochure

Choose the SIMTICS imaging brochure if you're interested in our content for echocardiography, sonography (general, OBG, and vascular) or radiography.