ACLP Board of Directors Elections

The ACLP Board of Directors provides governance and oversight for ACLP 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. 

ACLP 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.

For the 2017 election, the ACLP 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 an ACLP member in good standing, with demonstrated leadership abilities and a history of active engagement in the organization and/or the child life profession. 

2017 Board of Directors Election Results

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 election. Congratulations to these new members of the ACLP Board of Directors:

  • President-Elect: Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS
  • Treasurer: Kim Stephens, MPS, CCLS
  • Directors: Janet Cross, MEd, CCLS, CPXP and Divna Wheelwright, MA, CCLS

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President-Elect: Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS

Three-Year Commitment, One Year Each Position:
- President-Elect May 2017 - May 2018
- President May 2018 - May 2019
- Past President May 2019 - May 2020

Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS is the Senior Child Life Manager at Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals (KACCH). Prior to moving to Kuwait Stephanie was the Child Life Clinical Educator at Sidra Research and Medical Center in Doha, Qatar.  Stephanie’s journey in Child Life includes over 25 years of clinical and academic experience. In May of 2013 Stephanie received the Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award from the Association of Child Life Professionals (formally known as the Child Life Council) in recognition for her exemplary child life work and high level of clinical skill. Stephanie has worked at several hospitals including Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and Kaiser Permanente. During her time at KACCH, Sidra, Yale and CHLA Stephanie co-developed and implemented the child life internship programs. In addition to her professional commitments Stephanie’s dedication to child life includes volunteering her time with Operation Smile. Through Operation Smile she has traveled with a multidisciplinary team to provide child life services in Kenya, the Philippines, and Malawi. She was invited and currently serves on the child life specialty council for the organization. 

Stephanie is an accomplished speaker, trainer and writer.  Among her many accomplishments is the delivery of numerous international and national presentations on child life, leadership, reflective practice, professional care, and reflective supervision, including keynote addresses on race, ethnicity and culture, resiliency, and reflective practice. She has written chapters in books including a chapter in a pediatric psychosocial oncology textbook and in Child Life Beyond the Hospital, an ACLP publication. As a respected educator, she has served as Senior Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Oaks College, as an Instructor at UCLA-Extension, and as lead consultant and curriculum design specialist for Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc., an international firm that offers training and technical assistance for children, youth and families. 

Stephanie’s commitment and dedication to child life extends beyond her clinical and education work. She has been highly engaged in our professional organization from the time she first became a member as a student. She has served on numerous communities and task forces. She has served on the ACLP (formally known as CLC) board as a member at large (now known as director) and was invited to participate as a trainer to collaborate with a dynamic team that provided a 2 ½ day comprehensive train the trainer program on pediatric psychosocial care in Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally, she helped lead the way in implementing one of the first mega committees for ACLP with a focus on leadership. Stephanie continues to bring a distinct presence and knowledge base in working with children, youth, families and professionals across health care specialties.  She is deeply committed to the advancement of psychosocial care and her passion, talent and profound commitment to children and families continues to inspire and motivate others. 

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Treasurer: Kim Stephens, MPA, CCLS

Treasurer - Two-Year Commitment: May 2017 - May 2019

Kim Stephens, MPA, CCLS is the Child Life Supervisor at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. With over 26 years of clinical and leadership experience as a child life professional, Kim has worked previously at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Ohio and Golisano Children’s Hospital formerly known as Strong Children’s Medical Center in Rochester, New York prior to moving to Texas in 2009.  Kim received her bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1989 and then completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Health Care at the State University of New York in Brockport, NY in 1996. Kim is currently serving as an ACLP Mentor and has previously served two terms as a Child Life Council Focus Review member, two terms as a Child Life Council exam writer, and served on the Child Life Council Vision to Action Committee that served as a planning board to provide a vision and action plan to guide the future of the child life profession. She has given presentations at local, regional, and national conferences, including the National Hemophilia Association’s Annual conference, the Child Life Council Annual Conference, the Texas Pediatric Palliative Care Consortium and the Texas Pediatric Society. Kim currently serves as the Chair of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Bereavement Committee and the Family Advisory Board. 

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Director: Janet Cross, MEd, CCLS, CPXP

Two-Year Commitment: May 2017 - May 2019

Janet Cross is the Administrative Director of Patient- and Family-Centered Care at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She is responsible for development, implementation, and evaluation of patient- and family-centered care initiatives as well as oversight of Child Life Services, Volunteer Services, Pastoral Care, Family Resource Center, Hospital School Program, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Seacrest Studios, Patient and Family Advisory Councils, Patient Experience, Patient Education. Janet obtained her Master of Education from Vanderbilt University and her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist through the Association of Child Life Professionals and also a Certified Patient Experience Professional through the Patient Experience Institute. Janet was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Child Life Council, is the recipient of the 2011 Judy Koonce Family-Centered Care Award, and was named a finalist as a "Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal in 2012. She served as chair for the Child Life Certifying Committee (1996-98). From 2007 to 2009, she served in the roles of President-Elect, President, and Immediate-Past President.

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Director: Divna Wheelwright, MA, CCLS

Two-Year Commitment: May 2017 - May 2019

Divna has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since graduating from Tufts University in 2011 with a Master’s in child development. First introduced to child life through her work with the Hole in the Wall Gang, Divna's commitment to the field is built upon the principles of patient advocacy, cultural humility, and the empowerment of the underserved. Hunter S. Thompson provided Divna with her guiding adage as a clinician and leader when he wrote: "Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing." 

Divna’s first appointment was at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where she worked from 2012-2015 in the Emergency Department with a special focus on grant writing and program development. In 2015 Divna graduated from the ACLP's inaugural Leadership Academy class and has since written articles for the ACLP Bulletin, Journal of Palliative Medicine and Hopkins Magazine. Divna joined the child life department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 2015 and the following year was promoted to Manager of Child Life and Volunteer Services. Divna currently serves as a member of the Child Life Focus Review Board, Leadership Development Committee and Advanced Professional Development Committee. 

Nominating Committee Members

Sheri Mosely, MS, CCLS - Committee Chair
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Orlando, FL

Bonnie Bishop, CCLS
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Elana Brewer, MS, CCLS
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Christina Dellibovi, CCLS, CBIS, CFLE
Children's Specialized Hospital at New Brunswick

Shawna Grissom, MS, CCLS, CEIM
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, TN

Chantal LeBlanc, MHS, CCLS
IWK Health Centre

Meghaan Nguyen, MSW, CCLS
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Houston, Texas

Rechelle Porter, CCLS
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital New York Presbyterian

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