ACLP Staff Members

Alison Heron

Alison E. Heron, MBA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer

Alison E. Heron, MBA, CAE serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with 27 years of diverse association sector experience and 21 years in leadership roles. Alison holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. She is data-driven and a high-achieving visionary leader committed to advancing an organization’s strategic goals through diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, transformational leadership, trend/data analysis, and commitment to high-level customer service interaction.  

Before joining ACLP, she served as the Senior Director of Membership and Customer Relations at the Water Environment Federation. Prior to WEF, she served as the Senior Director of Membership and Units at the Council for Exceptional Children. Alison is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a 2008-2009 ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Scholar.  

She is the proud mother of two thriving sons in college and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling by planes, trains and automobiles and considers herself a life-long learner.

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4487
Email: aheron@childlife.org

Angela

Angela Flanigan, Chief Operating Officer

Angela Flanigan, CMP, is a seasoned association management professional with more than 17 years of progressive experience. Angela most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians where she was employed for fourteen years and was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company, guiding the organization’s workflow strategy, management of the organization’s financials, and interacting with the Board of Directors to implement the strategic plan. 

Angela is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and serves as a member of their Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP).  In 2015-2016, she served as a member of ASAE’s Healthcare Committee and was appointed Vice Chair of the Georgia Society of Associate Executives’ (GSAE) Professional Development Committee in 2017.

Angela is an alumna of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and is currently pursuing her MBA from Kennesaw State University.

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4484
Email: aflanigan@childlife.org

Mary Bean


Mary Bean, Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, Mary assists in the smooth operations of the association under the direction of the CEO and COO.  Mary supports the Board of Directors, multiple committees, and staff with duties such as database operations, certification, professional development, and conference.  Mary has worked in the professional association field for ten years and has developed strong interpersonal communication skills and schedule management skills, all while handling multiple tasks efficiently and accurately.  Mary is the proud mom of two adult children.  She loves the beach, reading, and attempting to be crafty.

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4488
Email: mbean@childlife.org


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Ame Enright, Director of Education and Certification

As Director of Education and Certification, Ame is responsible for oversight of ACLP’s educational offerings and the administration of the Child Life Professional Certification Program.  Ame joined the child life team in 2006 after transitioning from 10 years of full time parenting her two awesome children. Laughter, creativity, and kindness are important family values in the Enright household.  Ame graduated from Canisius College of Buffalo, NY, with a degree in Marketing. She also holds a degree in Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, NY, and earned the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (ICE’s) Credentialing Specialist Certificate in 2017 and the ICE Certified Credentialing Professional (ICE-CCP) credential in 2021.

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4485
Email: aenright@childlife.org

Alex Rodriguez


Alex Rodriguez, Coordinator of Certification 

Alex serves as ACLP’s certification/recertification coordinator, helping to manage the administrative tasks of the certification and recertification process. His previous work experience is in the non-profit arena, and he has worked for many associations in a variety of capacities. Alex’s experience includes certification and recertification administration, meeting planning, database management, and report development. Before joining ACLP, he worked for associations including North American Technician Excellence (NATE), National Contract Management Association (NCMA),and Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). Alex’s favorite sports are soccer and football, and he is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4489
Email: arodriguez@childlife.org


Barb James


Barb James, Manager of Membership and Program Support

As Manager of Membership and Program Support, Barb handles membership questions and database duties.  Barb has worked in the professional association field for more than eight years, and she worked for AER (The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired) for almost 8 years before she moved to ACLP. Barb is also a proud Navy wife who has lived all over the country and the world. Barb has three adult children ages 26, 24 and 23 and a precious grandson. She likes to scrapbook, go wine tasting at local wineries, and spend time with her grandson. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4490
Email: bjames@childlife.org


Camille Fields, Coordinator of Member Inclusion

Camille is the Coordinator of Member Inclusion for ACLP. In this role she supports all ACLP members with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and expanding this framework. Prior to joining ACLP, Camille has experience working with children focusing on social and emotional development, trauma-informed practices, and program and data analysis focused on creating a healthier, more equitable community for all. Camille is an avid Cleveland sports fan. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 
Email: cfields@childlife.org



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Keri O'Keefe, Director of Communications and Publications

As Director of Communications and Publications, Keri leads in developing ACLP's communication and publications strategy and plans. Prior to joining ACLP, Keri’s experience has been in teaching high school science and working at non-profits specializing in back-end operations and marketing. Keri earned her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Minnesota State University. She enjoys spending time outdoors through camping, running, biking, and travel.

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4499
Email: kokeefe@childlife.org 


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Jessica Oswald, CCLS, CFLE, Manager of Program Operations

As ACLP’s Manager of Program Operations, Jessica supports endorsement, accreditation, certification, and education programs. She serves as staff liaison to various ACLP committees. Prior to joining ACLP, Jessica worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist in hospital and community-based settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, watching hockey, and doing yoga. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-483-4503
Email: joswald@childlife.org


Aubree Bailey, MA, Communications Specialist

As Communications Specialist, Aubree plays an active role in the implementation of ACLP’s communications strategy and vision, collaborating with other staff members and contributing to the association’s presence online and on social media. Prior to joining ACLP, she earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Angelo State University and her M.A. in English from The University of Alabama, and she brings experience in marketing, social media management, and news media. While in college, Aubree taught dance classes for children ages 3-14 and is excited to take on a role combining her skills in writing and communication with a passion for supporting healthy childhood development. She also enjoys painting, pottery and being a dog mom to the 3 best rescues ever: Poppy, Knox, and Mate. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 571-395-4918
Email: abailey@childlife.org