Healthcare Simulation Center Staff


Kathleen Kavanagh

Kathleen Ann Kavanagh, DMH, MSN Ed, RN

Executive Director of the Jacksonville University Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, Healthcare Simulation Center

Dr. Kathleen Kavanagh is the Executive Director of the Jacksonville University Healthcare Simulation Center. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1987 and Dr. Kavanagh’s diverse professional nursing background supports the following primary research interests 1) the development and implementation of effective collaborative inter- professional simulation healthcare curriculum and simulation scenarios focused on quality and safe patient care, experiential remote learning experiences including but not limited to telehealth; 2) academic-community healthcare providers and emergency responders partnerships, effective training development, and sustained professional relationships; 3) the inclusion of medical humanities and ethics in patient care simulation training exercises; and 4) research and prototype development.



Fettie Blackwell Profile PicJaphetia “Fettie” Blackwell, MSN, RN

Simulationist - Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC)

"Fettie," a 2014 alumni of JU, previously worked as Nursing Adjunct Professor teaching Community Nursing. She has over 35 years nursing experience and has worked in various roles over the years including direct care, home health care and management in Nursing. She strengthens her professional stamina through community involvement & education, being a healthcare speaker/presenter as well as being a transformational leader. Fettie has an extreme passion for facilitating and expanding higher quality education of nursing students and new nurses so that they are prepared to be top performing health care providers across the continuum of care – including inpatient & transitional healthcare settings and services across our local community, nation & world! Fettie is a recipient of the "Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida" Award, Class of 2007 and has been honored in HealthSource Magazine’s Celebration of Nurses in 2011 & 2014. Her favorite quote: The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest (William Osler). 

Aimee Neeley Profile PicAimee Neeley, BSN, RN, OCN

Simulationist - Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC)

  • Aimee graduated from the University of North Florida in 2007 with her BSN and Jacksonville University with her MSN in Nursing Leadership in 2021.  She has over a decade of clinical nursing experience that includes maternal-newborn care, home health care, oncology, and management in nursing. She received her certification in Oncology from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation in 2015. Aimee is a nominee of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in 2016 and a recipient of the "Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida" Award, Class of 2017.


Bienvenida Profile picBienvenida Doyle, MSN, RN, CEN

Simulationist - Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC)

Bienve is a 1989 alumna of Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she was inducted into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She served at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Bienve has more than 30 years nursing experience. She has worked in various roles over the years including direct patient care, home health care, and clinical nurse educator. Bienve is an accomplished professional leader with experience in emergency nursing and a Board-Certified Emergency Nurse (BCEN). Given her solid background as a high-performing member of an Emergency Department leadership team, Bienve has strong interpersonal skills with experience working in cross-functional teams She thrives in a fast-paced environment and takes pride in a strong work ethic. Bienve is a recipient of the Spirit of Magnet Evidence-based Quality Practice from Baptist Health (2019). Committed to the next generation of nurses, Bienve has served as Clinical Educator in the Emergency Department at Halifax Health, Clinical Adjunct Instructor at Daytona State College of Nursing, and Clinical Adjunct Instructor at Baptist Health. She continues to collaborate with clinical nursing programs to coordinate, develop, and implement educational programs. Continuing her own education, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix (2020).

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Simulationist - Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC)

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Geoff Davis HeadshotGeoff Davis

Simulationist & IT Admin - Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC)

Geoff was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Geoff became involved with Healthcare Simulation while working at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC. His favorite part of Simulation is watching others gain confidence through the process of hands-on learning. While he has enjoyed traveling around the US training new hire nurses through Simulation, he is excited about spending time at home and working here at Jacksonville University.


Bobby DavidsonBobby Davidson Headshot

Simulationist & IT Admin - Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC)

Bobby’s entire career has been focused on technology support roles, ranging from Geek Squad Technician to a five-year run in his own startup computer repair shop. He has dedicated the last decade of his professional career to higher education, serving at both Stetson University and Jacksonville University as Helpdesk Technician, Remote Support Agent, Manager of Networked Printing Services, Level One Network Support Specialist, Audio Video Technician, and R&D of Classroom Technology. Bobby now serves as Simulation Operations Specialist & IT Administrator for the Jacksonville University Healthcare Simulation Center. Bobby is always seeking to leverage technology in new and exciting ways. He has excellent problem solving abilities and prioritizes the provision of an excellent student experience.