2020 ACLP Board of Directors Election


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. This slate of candidates includes one recommended individual for each available position. 

2020 Board of Directors Nominations


For the 2020 ACLP Board, the ACLP Nominating Committee considered all qualified candidates whose names are 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. Eligibility for the President-elect role requires past membership on the Board of Directors. All ACLP Board of Directors candidates must accept certain responsibilities and possess key qualifications to be considered for a position on the Board.

Open Positions

For the 2020 election, there are four available positions: President-Elect, Secretary, and two Directors. To read about the roles, responsibilities, and authorities of each position, see Board Positions & Qualifications.


All Professional members with voting privileges received an email on Thursday, March 19, with a personalized link to the 2020 Election Ballot. If you do not receive your ballot, please contact membership@childlife.org. The slate includes positions for president-elect, secretary, and two director positions. Voting closes on April 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

2020 Board of Directors Election Slate of Candidates

The Nominating Committee is pleased to recommend to the membership the slate of candidates for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary, and two Directors. The profiles below highlight the candidates' backgrounds and qualifications.

The following slate has been endorsed and is recommended by the Nominating Committee:

  • Quinn Franklin, MS, CCLS – President Elect
  • Abigail Rainey, CCLS – Secretary
  • René Gilbeau, CCLS  Director
  • Korie Leigh, PhD, CCLS – Director
Quinn Franklin

Quinn Franklin, MS, CCLS – President Elect

The psychosocial needs of children and their families carries so much importance in the work that Quinn Franklin strives to support and enhance. Quinn started her career as an Emergency Center Child Life Specialist working directly with patients in a high acuity, fast-paced environment. Between her internships and the Emergency Center environment, Quinn learned that she wanted to help children in ways that partnered with clinicians, researchers and academicians. Over the years, Quinn transitioned into utilizing evidence - based practice, teaching and leadership to help shape the psychosocial care being delivered to children in healthcare settings through various roles ranging from being an adjunct instructor to a leader. Quinn has nearly 20 years working as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) and considers this to be one of the greatest gifts, personally and professionally.

Quinn has been involved in many different aspects of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) spending the majority of her time working with the Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC; 2006 to 2014) and continues to sit on the Appeals Committee.  During her tenure with CLCC, Quinn participated in Exam Assembly, co-chaired the Recertification Task Force, and chaired the Child Life Course Description Working Group. As chair of the CLCC, Quinn served on the ACLP Board. This is the time frame where Quinn gained an increased understanding and true appreciation for how evidence-based practice touches each decision we make as CCLS’ and how impactful it is to the work we do at the bedside and away from the bedside, as the field of child life continues to evolve.

In 2018, Quinn had the privilege of representing ACLP on the Disney Hospital and Wishes Advisory Group and participating in the Strategic Planning Summit. Currently, Quinn is the chair of the Scientific Advancement of Professional Practice Committee and the Assistant Director of the Psychosocial Division in the Cancer and Hematology Centers at Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, TX). Quinn’s current role brings the world of evidence-based practice, education, and leadership together to support the psychosocial needs of children and their families, in addition to the faculty and staff that are working with them.  Quinn is committed to ensuring that children and families receive the psychosocial support that they need, when they need it.

Abigail Rainey

Abigail Rainey, CCLS – Secretary

After completing her bachelor of science at Indiana University, Abigail began working at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over the past eight years, Abigail has worked in several different intensive and acute care areas. Abigail now serves as the Child Life Supervisor for the team and provides clinical care in an outpatient setting. Abigail is the Chair of the ACLP Mentor Program Subcommittee and is a member of the ACLP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Abigail has authored and co-authored ACLP Bulletin articles, presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics, and has been both a mentor and mentee in the ACLP Mentorship Program. Abigail is grateful for all of the work that ACLP does to support excellence in psychosocial care and impact change within healthcare. Abigail has a passion for fostering engagement, learning, and reflective practice in herself and others. She currently resides in downtown Indianapolis with her husband Collin, son Booker, and dog Hobbes.

Rene Guilbeau

René Gilbeau, CCLS – Director

René Guilbeau considers herself a passionate advocate for children and families. In 2017, after working at Tulane for 22 years she accepted a position as the Director of Child Life and Creative Therapies at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. She has experienced much change and growth over the past three years and is now also the Director of Patient Experience and Arts in Healthcare.  

René truly believes that you should do what you love and love what you do. René loves to share her passion for child life by improving the lives of patients and families, providing evidence-based programming, creating educational opportunities for staff development, and contributing to the growth of the child life profession. The past 10 years have been both challenging and rewarding as she has been a member of the ACLP benchmarking committee and has been the Committee Chair for the past year. 

René attended Wheelock College and has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 1994. Throughout the years she has challenged herself to meet the needs of the patients, families, staff, and community she serves. Whether it was becoming a Certified Infant Massage Instructor to help support babies and parents, a Child Passenger Safety Technician to help build an injury prevention program, or a Resolve through Sharing Trainer to help build a palliative care team, she is always committed to the needs of the patients, families, and colleagues she works with.    

Korie Leigh

Korie Leigh, PhD, CCLS – Director

Korie started her child life journey 15 years ago, graduating from Wheelock College with a BA in human development. Since then, she has worked as a child life specialist in hospital and community-based settings holding clinical and administrative roles. Obtaining an MA in Thanatology & Death Studies, Korie developed passion and expertise towards working in pediatric palliative and hospice care, including at the George Mark Children’s House. As her curiosity in areas of child life intervention at the end of life expanded, she obtained a PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology. Then in 2015, she began teaching at the graduate level at Mills College in the early childhood and child life program. Currently, Korie is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Science at the University of Georgia, where she coordinates the undergraduate and graduate child life programs. 

Nominating Committee Members

Christina Dellibovi, MS, CCLS, CFLE – Chair
Children's Specialized Hospital at New Brunswick

Jessica Correnti, MS, CCLS, CEIM – Chair Elect

Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Sara Barnett, MBA, CCLS
Riley Hospital for Children

Genevieve Lowry, M.Ed, CCLS, CEIM

Ben Broxterman, MBA , CCLS, CPXP, LBBH
Stormont Vail HealthCare

Rebecca Meyers, MS, CCLS
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Jennifer Chabot, PhD, CCLS
Ohio University

Anne Claire Woods, MA, CCLS
Children's Comprehensive Care

Heather Bailey, MS, CCLS
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Diane Hart, MA, CCLS
BC Children's Hospital

Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS – Board Liaison
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

Jennifer Lipsey MA – staff liaison

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