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 2015 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.
All members with voting privileges will receive an email on March 10 with a personalized link to the 2015 Election Ballot. If you do not receive your ballot, please contact email@example.com. The polls will close on April 10 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 Directors positions are outlined in detail at Board Positions. For the elections in 2015, there are four available positions: President-Elect; Treasurer; and two Director positions.
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, Treasurer, and two Directors. 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:
It is with great honor that I accept the nomination to serve as President elect for the Board of Directors of the Child Life Council. Following graduation from Bowling Green State University, I landed my first job as a Child Life Specialist at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. The move to Florida was the jump start to what has been an amazing journey in a field that has grown into a well-recognized asset in pediatric healthcare. During my tenure at All Children’s Hospital, I have been fortunate enough to be mentored and prepared by amazing leaders who have been instrumental in influencing who I am today. This guidance has helped outline my well-established beliefs, yet kept me humbly aware of my own opportunity for growth. During this journey, I completed my Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis. My commitment to the Child Life Council began as a student with volunteering to serve as a “helper” at the national conference; and has continued throughout the decades: serving in roles as Board of Directors, committee member, and committee co/chair. The Child Life Council is an organization that I am proud to be associated with and I have a personal desire to support. Our profession and this organization- are rich with knowledge, wisdom, energy, passion and commitment. I am impressed with its current state and excited by its potential for future success. My strong commitment to quality child life practice beginning with education, and my ongoing introspective thought about the profession and it’s implication for child life work lend themselves to my desire to serve. I have a strong work ethic, tied with a vision for the future and complimented by a general attention to detail and organizational skills. These along with my desire to continue in my own personal growth are all skills that will work well together to benefit the CLC’s Board of Directors leadership. I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered to serve the membership in this capacity.
Two-Year Commitment: May 2015 - May 2017
Sheila Palm, MA, CCLS is the Child Life Manager at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, a multi-campus pediatric health care system. In addition to the two pediatric hospitals, child life services are provided to home care/hospice, a pediatric surgi-center, an adult hospital, and two self-standing emergency service centers. The staff is comprised of child specialists, child life assistants, music therapists, and expressive arts therapists. Programming includes a staffed sibling play area, school reentry, pre-surgery programs, a pain management specialist, neonatal care, healing arts, bereavement, and research. She is a Board Member of the Priyanka Foundation, based on a wish of a former patient and family, to create child life programming in India. For the past three years, child life services have been evolving in the family’s home town of Bangalore, India with a vision to become a regional pediatric psychosocial health care influence.
Sheila was a committee member facilitating the transition of the Child Life Study Group of ACCH to the distinct and separate professional organization of the Child Life Council. She is a Past-President and Treasurer of the Child Life Council also serving in strategic planning, certification, financial management, program review, clinical supervision, and conference planning. In 2011 Sheila was honored with the CLC Distinguished Service Award. Her commitment to our profession reflects our journey to continue to advance our professional practice and firmly position child life in health care services within our communities. Our organization must move forward in establishing strategic alliances and positioning our services in the changing health care environment. The Child Life Council provides a strong voice and is a vigilant advocate for our child life profession which in turn we must support by our volunteer efforts and commitment to excel.
Two-Year Commitment: May 2015 - May 2017
Patrice is the Director of the Child Life Department at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In additional to managing a 24 member team, she provides direction and oversight to the Patient and Family Resource Library, CCTV Program, Healing Arts Program, Big Apple Circus Clown Care Program, Volunteers, Pet Therapy and the Great Room. In her past roles, Patrice worked in a variety of clinical settings, including Senior CLS/CCTV & Special Events Coordinator, the infant/toddler unit at Johns Hopkins and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, and at the Bexar County Medical Center in San Antonio, Tx, as well as a Family Child Care Provider. Currently, she is also an adjunct faculty at Towson University.
Patrice co-facilitated an education series for nurses in Skopja,Macedonia on children’s reaction to hospitalization and providing care from a developmental model. The success of this pilot training created the opportunity to co-author a train the trainer curriculum designed to educate and train healthcare providers in child- and family-centered approaches. She served as a co-presenter during a week-long, regional training course in Belgrade, Serbia for 6 hospital teams from Serbia and 2 from Macedonia. The curriculum is still in use in each of these hospitals as ongoing training for healthcare workers.
Patrice has been a member of the Child Life Council 1997. She has previously served on the Public Relations Committee, including chair of the committee, the Partnerships Review Committee, Nominations Committee, and Conference Planning Committee and most recently as co-chair for the Professional Benchmarking Task Force. Patrice has presented at several conferences over the years including the Child Life Council Annual Conference on Professional Issues, Child Life Directors Conference, and the Child Life International Conference, Padua, Italy.
Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale has worked with children and families in various capacities for over 30 years, as an itinerant special education teacher, recreation therapist, early intervention administrator, Certified Child Life Specialist and currently serves as the Director of the Child Life Master’s Program at the Bank Street College of Education. Troy is most passionate about her work supporting the strengths of each family to meet the needs of their children. Having worked as a special educator and child life specialist and having been the recipient of both of these services as a caregiver, Troy appreciates the importance of including the family in all decisions regarding their children. Each family is unique and has both strengths and challenges that impact their ability to support their child. She believes that it is the job of a child life specialist to enable the family to access their strength and learn from their challenges. As we move forward, the challenges facing children and families are increasing as resources are diminishing. It is important for professionals who are and will be working with children and families to understand the obstacles and mobilize the available resources within the family and community to best support each family. Children with acute and chronic illness are spending less time in the hospital and will need assistance bridging the gap between the health care facility and the community. Health care as we know it is rapidly changing, as health care professionals we must change with the times and advocate for children and families. It is Troy’s desire to do just that by working with the Child Life Council to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our children.
Amy Bullock Morse, MSEd, CCLS Committee Chair
Child Life Specialist/Consultant
Kimberly Allen, MS, CCLS
Medical College of Georgia, Children's Medical Center
Jaime Holliman, DrPH, MA, CCLS
Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Stacey Koenig, MS, CCLS
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Kansas City, Missouri
Susan Marchant, MA, CCLS
Martha McLeod, BA, CCLS
Credit Valley Hospital
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Sheri Mosely, MS, CCLS
Arnold Palmer Medical Center
Jamie Snow, MBA, CCLS
Texas Children's Hospital
Colleen Maguire, MS (Staff Liaison)
Child Life Council, Inc.