Senior Leadership Team

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.

Sherilyn Smith, MD

Chief Academic Officer

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.

Craig R. Davis, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Craig joined Aquifer in 2018 and is responsible for all financial, human resources and administrative operations.  He has a varied and extensive background in finance, software development, medical and consumer product development, and manufacturing.  He’s also been a co-principal investigator on SBIR research programs and has published on product development risk management. Craig received his BS from MIT and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  He lives in NH with his wife and two Maine Coon cats and enjoys international travel and the outdoors.

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 Curricular 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.

Aquifer Staff

Aquifer has a talented, experienced staff dedicated to making an impact on health professions education:

Mary Albert, Staff Accountant

Rosemarie Atwood, Conference & Events Manager

Abbey Berge-Clogston, Assessment Coordinator

Keith Brady, Platform Operations Administrator

Amos Esty, Content Production Manager

Shawn Griffin, IT Project Manager

Cate Hancock, Relationship Manager for US Allopathic Medical Schools

Will Kent, Jr. Full Stack Developer

Will Moore, Production Associate for Online Courses

Bolanle Olonisakin, Quality Assurance Analyst

Priti Patil, Jr. Full Stack Developer

        Jennifer Quiet, Assessment Manager

Scott Reed, Production Associate for Online Courses

Leah Romano, Relationship Manager for Osteopathic Medical Schools, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Residency and International Programs

Jackie Short, Academics Manager

Nancy Tobi, eLearning Systems Designer

Karey Waters, Communications & Insights Manager

Anthony Wilson, Assessment Manager

In addition to our staff, Aquifer works with a highly-skilled team of independent web application and software developers.