Child Life Certification Commission (CLCC)

Sherwood Burns-Nader

Chair - Sherwood Burns-Nader, PhD, CCLS

Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader is an associate professor and coordinator of the child life program at The University of Alabama. Sherwood has been a CCLS since 2006 and started her current position at The University of Alabama in 2011. Sherwood is a researcher who examines the psychosocial issues impacting children and families in the medical setting, the benefits of child life interventions during medical procedures, and the value of play in children’s development and coping. Sherwood began volunteering on the Child Life Certification Commission in 2013. She has served on the item writing, item reviewing, recertification audit, ethics, and certification communications committees. Currently, Sherwood is the chair of the commission. For fun, Sherwood loves spending time with her husband, Philip, and their five-year-old son, Trip, and cheering on the Crimson Tide in any sports.   

Leslie Daniels

Chair-Elect - Leslie Daniels, CCLS

Leslie Daniels, CCLS, is a Child Life Manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) in Kansas City, Missouri. Leslie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. For over twenty years, Leslie has worked in direct patient care, primarily serving in critical care areas and the emergency department, and she served as child life internship coordinator. Leslie has played an active role on the CMH Aftercare Committee, providing support to children and adolescents who have experienced the death of a sibling. Leslie holds a certificate in Pediatric Bioethics. Leslie has been active with ACLP, specifically the CLCC, most recently serving as Appeals Chair and Ethics Chair Elect of the Certification Commission. Away from the hospital, Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband, Billy, and her children, Alex, Cheyanne, and John. She also enjoys visiting with family and friends and traveling. 

Bindy Sweett

Past Chair - Bindy Sweett, CCLS

Prior to taking on the role of CLCC Chairperson in June 2018, Bindy was Chair Elect for two years.  From 2014-2016 she coordinated the Ethics and Appeals Committees, and prior to that time served on Exam Assembly, Practice Analysis Task Forces, Academic and other summits as well as participation in other certification-related positions. Her first experiences as an ACLP volunteer were with Item Writing and Review as early as 1998, preparing for the first certification by exam. She also worked as Chairperson of the Certifying Committee from 1999 until 2001.

The quality and quantity of work completed in the past two years challenges all those cumulative years of CLCC volunteer work prior to 2016. Although it has been challenging to come up to speed and respond with the rapidity with which CLCC performs, she looks forward to the next two years as Chair with a hardworking group of volunteers. Between stints with certification, Bindy was involved with the Internship and Practice Standards Task Forces, also completing twenty-two years as a clinician and ten years as a child life instructor before retiring in 2011. Bindy’s personal interests including books, music, cooking, nature and winter sports, most of which terrify her! She is the loving single parent of one wonderful grown son.

ACLP Past President - Jill Koss, MS, CCLS

When Jill discovered child life in graduate school in 1988, she realized she had found her career and hasn't looked back since. She started as a child life specialist at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and twenty-seven years later is the Director of Family Support Services there. She has been involved in many aspects of ACLP over the years, from Vision-to-Action in 1996; to years of work with Certification, serving as Senior Chair from 2008 to 2009 and still currently sitting on the Appeals Committee; participating in the Leadership Development Mentor Program; to being on the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016. She also had numerous opportunities to be involved in International Child Life and Child Friendly Healthcare initiatives over the years, for which she is very thankful. Driving values for Jill are holding a growth mindset, owning accountability, and having integrity. 

She has been fortunate to have been mentored by many strong child life leaders, as well as opportunities to work side-by-side with phenomenal child life professionals. She believes the child life profession is thriving even in the face of changes in healthcare because we are strong professionals who are committed to making the psychosocial/emotional needs of children and youth a priority. She is as committed as ever to working hard towards this goal as all children and youth should have access to child life services.



Commissioner - Rebecka Dolyniuk, CCLS

Rebecka has been a child life specialist for over fifteen years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colorado State University before pursuing graduate course work in their Human Development and Family Studies department. Rebecka spent nearly a decade working with the infant, toddler, school age and burn populations at Johns Hopkins Children Center. Prior to starting her family in 2015, she worked in a community hospital in Florida where she split her time between inpatient clinical care and community health outreach and education. She joined the CLCC in 2011. Before stepping into the role of Commissioner, Rebecka served as a member of the Item Writing, Item Review and Exam Assembly committees.

 Caitlin Leary

Commissioner - Caitlin Leary

Caitlin has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her master’s in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College. Caitlin worked as a Developmental Therapist for Early Intervention in Massachusetts before taking her current position at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. She is a CEIM, CPST and trained in Newborn Behavioral Observation as well as both Circle of Security and Centering Parenting group facilitation. Caitlin started volunteering for the Certification Commission in 2014 as an Item Writer before moving to Item Review in 2017. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys. 

Tracey Craddock

Commissioner - Tracey Craddock, CCLS

Tracey Craddock is a Certified Child Life Specialist in the emergency department at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. She received her master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a specialization in child development from West Virginia University. During her sixteen years as a child life specialist, she has worked at hospitals in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. Tracey’s involvement in volunteering with ACLP began in 2014 as a member of the Focus Review Board. Since that time, Tracey has served on the Advanced Professional Development Committee. In 2017, she joined the Child Life Certification Commission and has served on the Item Writing Committee and Communications Committee.




Commissioner - Melissa Schotthofer, CCLS

Melissa Schotthofer is a Clinical Instructor and academic advisor for the Undergraduate Child Life Program at Missouri State University. Melissa has been a CCLS since 2005 and started her current position at Missouri State University in 2013. Melissa enjoys training and preparing the next generation of Certified Child Life Specialists through her work at Missouri State University. Melissa is also currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction in Higher Education. Melissa’s dissertation research focuses on the influence of transformative experience on the academic persistence of first-generation college freshmen. Melissa began volunteering with the ACLP in 2015 and has served on the Item Writing Committee. Currently Melissa serves as the Chair of the Item Writing Committee. For fun, Melissa enjoys traveling to visit her two nephews and three nieces.

Commissioner - Lucy Raab, CCLS

Lucy Raab is the Assistant Director of the Child Life department at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Lucy has been a CCLS since 2000 and started her career at Children’s Mercy working with patients and families on a rehabilitation unit. She has also worked with children and families in various areas of the hospital including: Orthopedics, Kidney disease/transplant, and general medical surgery. Lucy has been an active volunteer for ACLP serving primarily on CLCC, first serving as an Item Writer and Reviewer, and then trying her hand at all tasks related to certification as well as participating in a Practice Analysis and Strategic Planning for ACLP. Lucy represented CLCC as its chair and on the Board of Directors from 2012-2014. She has remained involved with CLCC as a member of the Appeals Committee. Away from the hospital, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.

Regina Gohr

Commissioner - Regina Gohr, CCLS

Regina has been a child life specialist for over eleven years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Child Life from Missouri State University. After completing her internship at St. Louis Children's Hospital, she began her career working for eight years at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, MO. Regina spent the majority of her time working with patients and families on the inpatient Pulmonary/CF Unit. She has also spent time working with children and families on the Orthopedic and Gastroenterology Units and Outpatient Surgery. Currently, Regina is a child life specialist at Mercy Children's Hospital in Springfield, MO and is a Parent Educator with the Clever R-5 School District. She has experience and a passion for students and has previously served as the Internship/Practicum coordinator. Regina has been an active member of ACLP since 2009 and has volunteered with CLCC on the Item Writing, Item Reviewer and Exam Assembly Committees before joining the Auditing Committee for the last several years. Regina and her husband, Cody, have two children, Leighton (7) and Brody (4). 



Commissioner - Amanda Honeyman, CCLS

Amanda Honeyman is currently a CCLS in the outpatient clinics, at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist for almost fifteen years, in a variety of inpatient and outpatient medical units and has experience as an intern/practicum coordinator. She currently mentors new hires. Amanda has been active in volunteering for ACLP including serving as a Co-Chair of the conference local host committee, member of Education & Training, Item Writing & Reviewing, and Recertification Audit committees. At this time, Amanda is Chair for CLCC Appeals Committee and a member on the Ethics Committee. 


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Public Member -Todd Philbrick, CAE, Credentialing Specialist

Todd R. Philbrick, CAE, Credentialing Specialist is the Director, Certification for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, Maryland. He is a non-profit certification and association executive with over fifteen years of experience in creating and managing certification programs for stand-alone and managed associations. He is committed to promoting best practices in credentialing, financial and meeting management, governance, and growing associations through strategic planning. Todd also serves as the public member on the Certified Financial Aid Administrators Commission. 

He is a Washington, DC area native and a graduate of Salisbury State University with bachelors' degrees in Business Administration and Marketing. He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and two young children. As the father of two young children, he has experienced firsthand the positive impact that child life professionals make in the care of patients and their caregivers lives.    

Staff Liaison - Ame Enright, Credentialing Specialist

Ame Enright is the Director of Certification for the Association of Child Life Professionals. Ame has worked on all aspects of the Child Life Certification Program since 2006. For a brief period in 2016, Ame worked as the Associate Director of Certification for the Security Industry Association, but her passion for the child life profession called her back to ACLP in 2017.