JaNae Joyner CEAL Wake Forest School of Medicine

JaNae Joyner, PhD, MHA
Associate Vice President and Assistant Dean

JaNae Joyner, PhD, MHA, received her PhD in Molecular Medicine in 2007 from Wake Forest University where her research focused on translational basic science, community programming, and continuing medical education for primary care physicians related to hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes. After receiving her Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in 2014, Dr. Joyner transitioned to a role as Program Director for Academic Affairs at Wake Forest School of Medicine where she held operational and curricular innovation responsibilities. Dr. Joyner currently serves as the Director of Health Care Education and Innovation and the Executive Director of the Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL). CEAL serves as an institutional training center for students, (MD, PA, CRNA, Graduate), residents, faculty, nurses, allied health, community schools, and K-12 education. The Center specializes in simulation, ultrasound, human tissue services, instructional design industry and professional education, and standardized patients holding over a 1,000 training sessions per year. Dr. Joyner has received numerous early career investigator awards, has published over 10 manuscripts and 40 abstracts at regional, national and international meetings, and has been honored to attend epidemiology and leadership programs at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Business School. She has two post-graduate certificates from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in Management and Business Acumen.

Louise Nixon - CEAL Wake Forest School of Medicine

Louise Nixon
Administrative/Business Manager

Ms. Nixon’s position focuses on the day-to-day business operations of the Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL) as well as overall financial management. Experience with purchasing the many varieties of products on the market for simulation and procedure training ensures the team has the most appropriate type to better serve the CEAL stakeholders and learner groups. Understanding product functionality allows her to convey the needs through purchasing workflow for approval justification. Her management of CEAL’s equipment assurance program renewals among several vendors safeguards simulation operations for the center.
Maria Crawford - Center for Experiential and Applied Learning at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Maria Crawford
CEAL Department Project Manager

In her role as Department Project Manager, Ms. Crawford utilizes her business skills from her marketing/merchandising background to focus on data analysis and educational research, as well as writing and editing of the annual reports, publications, and accreditation materials for the Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL).  She is a CITI certified Biomedical Investigator. Ms. Crawford also performs a variety of administrative duties, like event scheduling, filming, return on investment (ROI) data collection, and is cross-trained to handle standardized patient clinical skills events.  She is involved in the administrative leadership of the ultrasound continuing medical education courses offered by Wake Forest School of Medicine.  Ms. Crawford is also the administrative coordinator for all American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Emergencies in Clinical Obstetrics (ECO) courses/simulation events, which trains all levels of providers to work together during obstetric emergencies.
 Carty Beaston - CEAL

Carty Beaston
CEAL Project Coordinator

Carty Beaston initiated her health care career with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, in 2014, after a semester-long student internship in Developmental Pediatrics. Following college graduation, she joined the Wake Forest Baptist Developmental Pediatrics department full-time and has worked in both patient-facing and business administrative roles for the institution. Most recently, Ms. Beaston worked in the Office of Continuing Medical Education assisting with the implementation of multi-disciplinary continuing education programs. During this time, she served as the primary contact for all ultrasound participants and assistant for all of the CEAL ultrasound continuing medical education (CME) portfolio of events. Through this experience and close partnership with CEAL, the project coordinator position aligned well with her experience and professional interests. Ms. Beaston will continue to assist the CEAL staff with ultrasound training events on and off-campus and communicate with internal/external participants. Additionally, her recent completion of a graduate certificate in Health Communication, supports the administrative duties for which she will be responsible within CEAL, such as assisting with video editing, writing of abstracts/publications supportive of the CEAL training portfolio, and working alongside the human body donation program coordinator to communicate with prospective donors/families. Ms. Beaston desires to continue expanding her knowledge of all sections within CEAL, while concurrently completing a Master of Health Communication degree.
Fallabrino Eleonora CEAL WFUSOM


Eleonora Fallabrino
Graphic and Digital Designer


Knowledgeable in multimedia design, Eleonora Fallabrino received two Bachelor's degrees from High Point University in Graphic Design and Digital Imaging as well as Communication, Game and Interactive Media Design, and a Master's degree in Strategic Communication, Public Relations. In her role as Graphic and Digital Designer for the Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL), Ms. Fallabrino utilizes her design skills to focus on the creation of engaging learning modules to fulfill CEAL’s educational projects as well as other support service areas within Wake Forest School of Medicine. Having lived in the continents of Europe, Africa, and North America, she is inspired by communicating with others from across the globe with a mission to create a message understood equally by everyone. Projects prior to joining Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist include working with Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity to promote the COVID-19 vaccine to rural areas of North Carolina; SECCA Art Gallery on a pre-pandemic logo study; Habitat for Humanity of High Point, Archdale, and Trinity on website redesign.