The CLC Board of Directors provides governance and oversight for CLC operations and initiatives. The role of each Board member is to act in the best interest of the organization as a whole and to exercise the legal and financial duties of stewardship. It is vital to the growth and success of the organization that strong and committed individuals are elected to leadership positions.
CLC follows a best practice approach to board elections, in which the Nominating Committee undertakes a formal process to review candidates and develop a final recommended slate to present to the membership. This slate of candidates includes one recommended individual for each available position.
For the 2014 election, the CLC Nominating Committee considered all candidates whose names were put forward during the nominations process. In order to be eligible for consideration, a candidate must be a Certified Child Life Specialist and a CLC member in good standing, with demonstrated leadership abilities and a history of active engagement in the organization and/or the child life profession. For more information about the skills and attributes of a desirable candidate for the Board of Directors, please refer to Board Position Information.
Online voting makes it easy for CLC members to participate in the voting process. All members with voting privileges received an email on Tuesday, March 11 with a personalized link to the 2014 Election Ballot. If you do not receive your ballot, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The polls will close on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5 p.m. ET.
All Child Life Council Board of Directors candidates must accept certain responsibilities and possess key qualifications to be considered for a position on the Board. General information about all Board of Director positions are outlined in detail at Board Positions. For the elections in 2014, there are five available positions: President-Elect; Secretary; two Director positions; and Child Life Certifying Committee Chair-Elect.
Detailed position descriptions are available for review.
The Nominating Committee is pleased to recommend to the membership the slate of candidates for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary, two Directors, and Child Life Certifying Committee Chair. The profiles highlight the candidates' background and qualifications.
The following slate has been endorsed and is recommended by the Nominating Committee:
Three-Year Commitment, One Year Each Position:
Sheri Mosely is the Manager for Child Life, Music & the Arts at Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, where she oversees and coordinates child life programming and music therapy services, as well as various arts and special events for the pediatric and neonatal populations. Sheri also serves as one of the primary liaisons to the hospital’s foundation office for purposes of philanthropic support, inquiries and involvement by the local community, along with being a member of both the Family Advisory and Customer Service Excellence Councils at her facility.
Sheri started her career in 1985 as a child life specialist after graduating from the University of Alabama. She was a member of the former Association for the Care of Children’s Health (ACCH) as well as CLC, and obtained her child life certification by 1989. In 1991, Sheri became one of the founding members of the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals (FACLP) and was a presenter of conference sessions on both the national and local levels throughout the rest of the 1990s. During this same time, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration and was appointed to a leadership role at her hospital.
Sheri’s engagement with CLC has included serving as a member of the Conference Planning/Abstract Review Committee (2003-06), and co-chair for the Local Host Committee for CLC’s 25th Annual Conference on Professional Issues in 2007. She served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors from 2007-09. During her term on the Board, she worked as chair for the Executive Director Search Committee that selected CLC’s current Executive Director, Dennis Reynolds. Sheri then went on to serve a two year term as co-chair of the Partnership Review Committee. She is currently co-chair of the Program Standards Task Force.
Two-Year Commitment: May 2014 - May 2016
Anita Pumphrey is an instructor in Family and Child Studies at Louisiana Tech University. She serves as child life program coordinator and academic coordinator for the Practica/Internship/Cooperative Education program. Over the course of her career she has developed seven child-life related university courses and received approximately $100,000 in grants to support child life education. Anita has been published 15 times in the CLC Bulletin, in early childhood journals, and as a consultant with Lifeway. She has delivered 48 presentations at the local, state, and national levels, including 4 at the CLC Annual Conference. She has been awarded the F. Jay Taylor Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Advisor award, and the Virgil Orr Junior Faculty Award at Louisiana Tech. Prior to her current position, she was a child life specialist at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana.
Anita has been a member of the Child Life Council since 1987 and has served as a Director on the Board of Directors; as chair and member of the Academic Task Force and the Education & Training Committee; as a member of the Nominating, Practice Analysis, and Exam Assembly committees; and as a Conference Endorsement Reviewer and participant in CLC Strategic Planning.
Two-Year Commitment: May 2014 - May 2016
Anne Claire Hickman is the Psychosocial Supervisor and serves as the child life specialist at Children's Comprehensive Care, an innovative grant-funded research clinic providing a medical home for children with medical complexity. She served as a member of the multi-disciplinary team which created this alternative approach to health care to improve health outcomes for children within this population. Development of this new model included creating short and long term strategies for the clinic with special emphasis on the provision of psychosocial care, identifying infrastructure needs, and collaborating in the formation of the research component. Anne Claire is currently working with the team on a community expansion of the clinic called Partners for Children’s Health which involves home visits, innovative psychosocial care such as mindfulness practices and positive parenting for this population, and collaborative partnerships with pediatricians in the community. Anne Claire serves as the community lead and oversees the community health workers and the family liaison.
Prior to her present position, Anne Claire worked as a Child Life Specialist Senior at Dell Children’s Medical Center in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and with the Palliative Care Team. She served as a member of the child life department leadership team. She led and served on multiple departmental, hospital, and network wide committees.
Anne Claire is completing her master’s degree in counseling and is certified in infant massage instruction and Triple P family education. She has been a member of the CLC Conference Program Committee for four years, and is currently chair of the group. She has presented multiple times at the CLC Annual Conference, including two half-day intensives. Anne Claire was an invited presenter at a multi-state palliative care conference and co-created a poster presentation for Pediatric Academic Societies.
Jill Koss is the Director of Family Support Services at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and has responsibility for the Child Life Department, the Volunteer Services Department, and the Family Services Department. She additionally provides oversight for Family-Centered Care programming, the Creative Artist in Residence program, the Child Life Zone, the Medical Clown program, the Facility Dog program, Camp Sanguinity, and the Patient School program. Prior to becoming the director of these areas, she was a child life specialist, and then the Clinical Coordinator for the Child Life Department. She has also been an adjunct lecturer in child life at the University of North Texas.
Jill is leading her team in collaborating with Emmanuel University in Oradea, Romania to create a child life program at the Children’s Hospital. This program is currently in its fifth year, with multiple trips to Romania, and three students from Emmanuel having completed internships at Cook Children’s.
Jill has been a member of the Child Life Council since 1990, and participated on the Vision-to-Action Task Force in 1996. She served on the Certification Committee, including a term as chair of the committee, the Program Review Committee, the Awards and Recognition Committee, and currently sits on the Certification Appeals Committee. She has presented at several conferences over the years, including the Child Life Council Annual Conference on Professional Issues (2006), COCA International Conference (1996), and Pediatric Nursing Symposium (1993).
Will first serve a two-year term as second co-chair of the CLCC and then will come onto the Board in May, 2016
Nancy Ramhap is a member of the highly motivated child life team at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, where she serves the infant, toddler and school-aged children on a medical surgical unit. Along with her clinical responsibilities, she is currently the committee chair for Miracle Fest, a free festival held on the hospital grounds during Children’s Miracle Network’s Celebration Weekend. In addition, she served as the committee chair for the Children’s Hospital Art and Décor Committee for 11 years. Nancy is currently working with a multidisciplinary committee to focus on pain management in pediatric populations and a new CISM Team. In her tenure of 23 years at Geisinger, Nancy has received numerous awards within the health system including Employee of the Month and Service Hero. As a founding and current Board Member of Camps For Spiffy-Kyds, Inc., Nancy helped to establish Camp Kydnie and Camp Spifida, serving the camps in various roles for the next twenty years. Geisinger Health System has benefited greatly from the Jared Box Project. Nancy cherished her time getting to know Jared and his family and holds this project in his memory close to her heart. She is currently a member of a Life Teen, Core Team serving the youth at her church.
Nancy has been a member of the Child Life Council since 1990 and has served the Child Life Certifying Committee in various roles for 7 years. She has been a presenter on two occasions for the Delaware Valley Association of Child Life Professionals. Nancy has authored patient education materials in relation to surgery preparation, coping and parenting.
Diane Hart, BA, MA, CCLS, EDAC, Committee Chair
BC Children's Hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Catherine Cashin, MA, CCLS
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Mary Kelly, MA, CCLS
Stacey Koenig, MS, CCLS
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Kansas City, Missouri
Martha McLeod, BA, CCLS
Credit Valley Hospital
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Carla Oliver, MSW, CCLS
Children's Hospital Colorado
Kelly Outlaw, CCLS
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
Jamie Snow, MBA, CCLS
Texas Children's Hospital
Dennis Reynolds (Staff Liaison)
Child Life Council, Inc.
Colleen Maguire (Staff Liaison)
Child Life Council, Inc.