ACLP Board of Directors Election Results

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. 

For the 2019 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. 

2019 Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 election, in which candidates for President-Elect, Treasurer, and Director (two positions) were presented to all Professional ACLP members. The following profiles highlight the backgrounds and qualifications of the incoming board members.
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President-Elect: Kim Stephens, MPA, CCLS

Kim is the Child Life Manager at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. With over 28 years of clinical and leadership experience as a child life professional, Kim has worked previously at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas; 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, New York in 1996. Kim is currently finishing a term as Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Executive Committee member for ACLP.  Additionally, Kim has served as an ACLP Mentor, 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 Annual Conference, the Texas Pediatric Palliative Care Consortium, and the Texas Pediatric Society. Kim is committed to continuing to work to support ACLP and its membership in ensuring that every child and family has access to comprehensive services provided by a child life professional to overcome life’s most challenging events.

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Treasurer: Shawna Grissom, CCLS, CEIM

Shawna Grissom earned her Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas in 2000 and became a Certified Child Life Specialist in 2000. She carries a certification in Infant Massage. Shawna previously worked as a clinician and served as a supervisor at Children’s Medical Center Dallas before joining the child life team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where she provided child life services. Shawna has also served as adjunct faculty at Dakota County Technical College teaching child life courses. 

Shawna joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2007 and had the pleasure of serving as the Director of Child Life for eleven years where she worked alongside a team of child life specialists and music therapists. Shawna is an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals where she has served on the Nominating Committee, chair of the Professional Development Mega-Committee and most recently as a planning member for the Program Leaders Collaboration Conference Series.    

In 2017, Shawna and her colleagues won the Association of Child Life Professionals - Professional Research Award for their work with Play-Based Procedural Preparation and Support Interventions for Cranial Radiation. Her current research interests include mindfulness and procedural interventions as well as increasing efficiency and enhancing value.

Recently, Shawna accepted a position as the Director Family Services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Richard and their three children Jackson, Mason and Maddy.


Director: Lindsay Heering, MS, CCLS, CTRS

Since July 2017, Lindsay has served as the Administrative Director for the Department of Child and Family Life at Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. In this role, Lindsay provides leadership for child life specialists, music therapists, art therapists, recreation therapists, school teachers, and education specialists. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, Lindsay continuously advocates for the developmental, psychosocial, and emotional needs of patients and families along with a patient and family-centered approach. For the previous 14 years, she was employed at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, most recently serving as the Director of Service Excellence. Prior to this role, she was the Manager of Child Life and Volunteer Services and started her career as the child life specialist for their inpatient Burn/Surgical and Rehabilitation Unit. 

Lindsay also served as an adjunct professor teaching child life courses for Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She has remained actively involved with the Association of Child Life Professionals and Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals and is passionate about child life, making a difference for patients and families, inspiring and teaching others, and advocating for the best pediatric healthcare experience. Lindsay earned her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Central Michigan University and her graduate degree in Health Psychology from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

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Director: Teresa Schoell, CCLS

After completing her master’s degree at Syracuse University and internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Teresa launched a one-person child life program at Rochester General Hospital, an adult hospital with pediatric services in western New York.  In the near-decade since, Teresa’s program has expanded to a two-person program providing child life services to the pediatric emergency room, pediatric inpatients, NICU, ambulatory surgery center, and children of adult patients, as well as a wide range of staff-education classes and in-services. Teresa currently serves on the ACLP Benchmarking & Data subcommittee, and previously served as a peer-reviewer for Focus, as well as a committee member then co-chair of the ACLP Professional Resources committee. At the ACLP 2018 Strategic Summit, Teresa was an invited participant for her insight and experience with small programs and community hospitals. Teresa wrote the chapter on one-person programs in the new edition of The Handbook of Child Life, authored several Bulletin articles on a variety of subjects, and presented at several ACLP conferences over the past decade on the topics of grants, metrics, one-person programs, two-person programs, and staff education.

Nominating Committee Members

Chantal LeBlanc, MHS, CCLS - Committee Chair
IWK Health Centre

Christy Dellibovi, CCLS, CBIS, CFLE - Chair Elect
Children's Specialized Hospital at New Brunswick

Sara Barnett, CCLS, MBA
Riley Hospital for Children

Benjamin Broxterman, CCLS, LBBH
Stormont-Vail HealthCare

Eileen Clark, CCLS
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Genevieve Lowry, M.Ed, CEIM, CCLS

Ellen Good, CCLS
Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

Chris Brown, CCLS
NYU Langone Medical Center

Anita Pumphrey, CCLS
Louisiana Tech University

Jessica Correnti, MS, CCLS, CEIM
Greater Baltimore Medical Center 

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

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