Executive Director & Ex Officio Board Member

Leslie Fall, MD

Executive Director & Chief Academic Officer

Leslie Fall, MD is the Executive Director of Aquifer. Since the organization’s inception in 2006, Dr. Fall has been at the helm, working to advance Aquifer’s mission and innovate in health care education. Dr. Fall was the Principal Investigator on the federal grants that developed Aquifer Pediatrics, the first course produced and distributed by Aquifer and that served as the foundation for the organization.

Dr. Fall is also an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and practiced pediatric hospital medicine for twenty years until assuming her leadership role full time at Aquifer in 2015. A Dartmouth medical school graduate herself, she has completed a medical education fellowship at Michigan State University and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program for women. Dr. Fall is a former pediatric clerkship and residency program director, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and an inaugural member of Geisel’s Academy of Master Educators. While at Dartmouth she served on the medical school’s appointments, promotion and tenure committee for four years, and as the chair in her final year on the committee.

Dr. Fall has been both locally and nationally involved in the continuum of medical student, resident and faculty education throughout her career, particularly through the lens of expertise development. More recently she has turned her attention to transforming the teaching and learning of basic sciences in health professions education. Her work has resulted in numerous invited national workshops, visiting professorships, awards and publications.

Dr. Fall lives in Hanover, NH with her husband and has three children. She is an avid reader who enjoys cooking, running, and gardening.

Board of Directors

Margaret Mulley, CPA

President, Board of Directors

Margaret Mulley, CPA retired as a Senior Audit partner from Deloitte & Touche, LLP in 2012 with more than 30 years’ experience in leadership, governance, and client service roles in the firm. From 2009 to 2012, she was the Chief Learning Officer of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, leading an organizational transformation that involved recruiting and leading a team of professionals responsible for developing the technical, professional, and leadership learning for more than 12,000 auditors and risk consultants in the US to enable the successful launch of Deloitte University. In addition to her client service, she served as Managing Partner for Strategy, Innovation, Communications, and Marketing and as the Americas Leader for Emerging Growth Company Services for Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Ms. Mulley currently serves as a consultant in global health care delivery, principally through the delivery of learning programs to develop and implement new models of care and advancement of accountable care systems and organizations. She served on the Board of Directors and as Board Secretary of Deloitte & Touche LLP from 2003 to 2012, and on the Board of Deloitte LLP from 1995 to 1999. Currently, Ms. Mulley serves on the boards of Marts & Lundy, Colby-Sawyer College, and The Family Place.

Margaret graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Mathematics. She earned master’s degrees from Simmons College and MIT. She is married to Albert Mulley, Jr., MD, MPP, who is the Managing Director for Global Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College. They have two adult children.

K. Blake Darcy

Secretary, Board of Directors

Blake Darcy has spent most of his career on Wall Street. He founded the online brokerage firm DLJDirect in 1987 and led the firm as its CEO from 1987 through 2001. During this time, he launched online brokerage joint ventures in Japan and in Hong Kong, while also launching a stand-alone online firm in the UK. In the late 1990’s, Mr. Blake formed a technology firm, iNautix, to provide Internet solutions to other financial services firms. As part of this venture, he formed an offshore facility in India, which now has over 4,000 employees. He took DLJDirect public in 1999 as one of the largest internet IPOs in NYSE history.

In 2008, Mr. Darcy co-founded an online money management firm, Formula Investing, with value investor Joel Greenblatt. Formula Investing created a series of mutual funds and investment strategies for individuals and institutions. The firm is now known as Gotham Asset Management and manages billions in assets through private investment vehicles and institutional class mutual funds.

Mr. Darcy graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY with a degree in Government. He currently serves on six boards, including Aquifer. He is on the board of three start-up firms: Quantopian, a Boston-based crowd sourced hedge fund; CarNow, a Hanover, NH-based firm developing innovative chat solutions for the automotive industry; and Trading Ticket, a NYC-based financial services technology firm. He also serves as treasurer and board member to the Upper Valley Humane Society, and recently joined the board of Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH. Mr. Darcy lives in the Upper Valley with his wife and three children.

Theodore “Ted” Reeves, PE

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Ted Reeves, PE  is currently the vice president for Development and Real Estate at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont. In this position, Mr. Reeves is responsible for the conceptualization, design development, permitting, financing, and construction of all vertical development at Okemo. He is also responsible for the real estate sales at the resort. Prior to his position at Okemo, he was the director of permits, compliance, and engineering for Casella Waste Systems, an international provider of solid waste, recycling, and renewable energy solutions. Mr. Reeves was a consulting engineer for 18 years prior to joining Casella. He is a registered Professional Engineer in three states.

Mr. Reeves is a member of the Board of Directors of The Family Place in Norwich, Vermont.  He is the past board president for Connecticut River Transit, a non-profit rural transit provider in southern and central Vermont. He has also served as past board president for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities. Mr. Reeves has also served on the Development Review Board for the Town of Springfield, Vermont and is the past chair of Springfield’s Downtown Development Review Commission.

Jan Jones-Schenk DHSc is the Academic Vice President of the College of Health Professions at Western Governors University. The College of Health Professions offers degrees in nursing, health informatics and health administration and has over 25,000 students enrolled nationwide. Dr. Jones-Schenk originated WGU’s contemporary, multi-state, pre-licensure nursing program using an alternative clinical education model and competency-based learning. She recently served on the working group for the Macy Foundation report “Achieving Competency-Based, Time-Variable Health Professions Education.”

Dr. Jones-Schenk served six years on the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Association and is Past President of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is co-associate editor for the monthly Leadership column for the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. Dr. Jones-Schenk is the 2015 recipient of the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s Award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning and the 2017 winner of the Digital Learning Innovation Award, a Gates Foundation-supported award and prize presented by the Online Learning Consortium. In addition to Aquifer, she serves on the Boards of The Council for Graduate Education in Nursing Education (CGEAN) and the leadership team of the National Education Progression in Nursing (NEPIN) Collaborative.

Charles G. Prober, MD

Board Member

Charles Prober, MD is the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Health Education and Founding Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Health Education. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology, and Immunology. He is an expert in pediatric infectious diseases with an academic career focused on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment of infections in children.

Dr. Prober has been involved in medical education throughout his career. He has directed a number of undergraduate and graduate student courses in the classroom and at the bedside. Dr. Prober served as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at Stanford from 2007-2017, and in that role he worked diligently to create a more diverse and supportive educational environment for students and graduate medical trainees. Some of the initiatives developed under his leadership included: the highly successful Educators-4-CARE (E4C) program, the Office of Medical Student Wellness, expansion of combined degree programs, and the creation of the Teaching and Mentoring Academy.

In addition to being a national advocate for enhancing the richness of interactions between faculty and students in medical education, Dr. Prober has advocated for a more measured approach to the use of national examination scores in the selection of residents, working with the leadership of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the 2016 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education.

Sherilyn Smith, MD

Academic Director for Engagement, Integration, & Research & Ex Officio Board Member

Sherilyn Smith, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Infectious Disease) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has been an active member of the Aquifer community since 2001, serving as a case author, member of the curriculum working group, member of the Aquifer Pediatrics integration working group, and an associate editor. Dr. Smith became the Aquifer Pediatrics Co-Editor-in-Chief in 2009 and served in that role until 2015. She was a founding member of the Colleges at the University of Washington School of Medicine, serving as the Head of the Big Sky College from 2001 to 2009. She was the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Washington from 2009 to 2013 and served as the Associate Clerkship Director there prior to becoming Co-Director of Medical Student Education in 2014.

Dr. Smith’s current and past national committee work includes: co-leader of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) Research and Scholarship Taskforce (2003-2008), member of the COMSEP Executive Committee (2007-2010), and COMSEP President (2015-2017). She is on the Pediatric Infectious Disease sub-board for the American Board of Pediatrics (2015-2020).

Dr. Smith graduated from Duke University with a degree in Spanish Literature and received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at the University of California San Diego and her Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Washington. In 2000, she completed the Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Smith and her husband have one child. She enjoys reading, running, watching youth sports, and finds joy while hiking around the Pacific Northwest.

Senior Leadership Team

Roberto J. Nicolalde, MS, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Javier leads the technology strategy and development of all software products at Aquifer. Prior to joining Aquifer, He was an Instructor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, and the president of an early stage software company developing the next generation of content distribution platforms. Javier holds numerous patents, approved and pending. He has published extensively in the areas of systems engineering, medical devices, emergency response processes, health policy, and health services research.

Javier has held academic positions at Dartmouth College and is an entrepreneur, inventor, and product management leader with more than 15 years of product development experience, including Software as a Service (SaaS), medical devices, and mobile software platforms.

After receiving his BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from San Francisco de Quito University in 2000, Javier completed a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Oregon State University in 2004, and a PhD in Biomedical and Health Services Research from Dartmouth College in 2010.

Bridie Napier, MD

Director of Assessment Operations

Bridie has been at Aquifer since 2008. She provides operational leadership for Aquifer’s assessment activities and oversees development and maintenance of our formative and summative evaluations. Bridie is responsible for ensuring clinical content accuracy, curricular consistency, and psychometric validity and reliability of Aquifer assessment tools.  She collaborates with the technology team to promote high-quality online delivery of examinations.  

Bridie graduated from Williams College with a degree in Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience and received her MD from Dartmouth College of Medicine. She has three children and loves to hike, backcountry ski, and kayak.

Eileen Olszewski, MBA

Director of Relationship Management

Eileen Olszewski, MBA is an education technology professional with over thirty years experience in communications and marketing, product innovation, and strategy in higher education. She has held a variety of roles that combine customer and brand insight, new market analysis, strategy development, and product development support, most recently as Director of Market Innovation at Pearson. Eileen graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst with a BA in Marketing, and holds an MBA from Bentley University.

Nat Pierson

Director of Platform Operations

Nat has been the Information Technology Lead since 2014, is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions at Aquifer. This includes directing all IT operations, as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications, and development of new technical solutions. Nat graduated from Wesleyan University and completed post-graduate work in film at New York University.

Nancy Tobi

Director of Curricular Operations

Nancy joined our team in 2015. She is an education and training professional, and eLearning expert with more than 20 years’ experience. Nancy is experienced in online instructional design, learning experience design, curriculum design, content management, product development, and product management of online learning solutions and educational technology.

Nancy has a BA in Sociology, Mass Media, and Communications from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. She and her husband have two children. She enjoys quiet days and nights at her mountainside home, reading, yoga, cooking, and being entertained by her very amusing cat and dog.

Tom Yurkosky, CPA, CGMA

Director of Finance

Since 2014, Tom has been responsible for all accounting and finance operations at Aquifer. He also manages human resource functions for the company.

Tom graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in Accounting.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He and his wife have two daughters. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family and many different outdoor activities.