Member Spotlight

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  • Laura Mitchell, BS, CCLS - Sedation

    by Bea Wikander | Jun 25, 2018
    Laura Mitchell is a child life specialist at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.
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  • Annie Drehkoff, MS, CCLS - Child Advocacy Center

    by Bea Wikander | Jun 12, 2018
    Annie Drehkoff, MS, CCLS is the Child Life Supervisor at Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, where she and her child life team provide support to sexual abuse survivors.
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  • Doreen Evans-Yorke, MA, CCLS - Dialysis Nutrition

    by Bea Wikander | May 29, 2018
    Doreen was first exposed to the child life profession while completing an undergraduate practicum at The Montreal Children’s Hospital, one of the first hospitals in North America with a child life program.
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  • Emily Onderick, BS, CCLS - Special Needs

    by Bea Wikander | Apr 17, 2018
    Emily Onderick, BS, CCLS, is a founding member of the groundbreaking S.T.A.R. (Sensory, Tactile, Auditory Rockstar) program, which has revolutionized care for pediatric patients with developmental delays.
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  • Jessie Gordon, M.Ed., CCLS, CIMI - ICU

    by Bea Wikander | Apr 03, 2018
    Jessie Gordon is the child life specialist for the Just for Kids Critical Care Unit (PICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Rachel Kinsinger, CCLS - Radiology

    by Bea Wikander | Mar 20, 2018
    Rachel Kinsinger of Loma Linda University Children's Hospital is an example of a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) who thought outside the box (in this case, an MRI machine) to create an innovative approach to procedural preparation that resulted in reduced risk, cost, and wait time.
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  • Leslie Scott, CCLS - Cardiology

    by Bea Wikander | Mar 06, 2018
    Leslie Scott was in college studying to be a kindergarten teacher when she first met a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), an encounter that changed the direction of her life. The child life specialist explained that she was trained to help children in the hospital cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, and treatment, and Leslie knew immediately that she was meant to do this work as well.
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  • Hanna Bratt, CCLS, CTRS - Cardiology

    by Bea Wikander | Feb 20, 2018
    February is Heart Month, and this week we're featuring Hanna Bratt, CCLS, CTRS, who works with cardiac patients and their families at Inova Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, VA. She offers support and education to children and families during visits to the heart clinic, pre-op appointments, and post-op recovery and therapy.
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  • Dawn Klausmeier, CCLS - Blogger

    by Bea Wikander | Feb 05, 2018
    Dawn Klausmeier, CCLS hosts her own blog, Dose of Play. Topics she writes about include play ideas, coping strategies, medical education, and resources to support children facing illness, injury, and death.
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  • Kim Stephens, MPA, CCLS - Child Life Supervisor

    by Bea Wikander | Jan 17, 2018
    Kim Stephens, MPA, CCLS is the Child Life Supervisor at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and the Treasurer of ACLP.
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  • Terry Spearman, CCLS - Manager of Child Life Services

    by Bea Wikander | Jan 01, 2018
    Terry Spearman, CCLS is the manager of child life services at Children's National Health System. She has been in the field for over 30 years.
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  • Kim Fryar, MS, M.Ed., CCLS, NCC - Nonprofit Program Director

    by Bea Wikander | Dec 15, 2017
    Kim Fryar, MS, M.Ed., CCLS, NCC is the program director and senior child life specialist at a nonprofit, Wonders & Worries in Austin, Texas.
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  • Kristen Lawrence, M.Ed., CCLS - End-of-Life Care

    by Bea Wikander | Dec 01, 2017
    Kristen Lawrence, M.Ed., CCLS works as a child life specialist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. In 2016, Kristen played a vital role in providing end-of-life care to the family of a patient who had been diagnosed with brain death after an accident.
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  • Angie Koeneker, MS, CCLS - Funeral Home

    by Bea Wikander | Nov 30, 2017
    Angie Koeneker, MS, CCLS has worked within the field for more than 15 years. Recently, she went beyond the traditional hospital route and started serving children at a funeral home in New Jersey.
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  • Carolyn Schneiders Fung, CCLS - Nonprofit Program Director

    by Bea Wikander | Nov 15, 2017
    Carolyn Schneiders Fung, CCLS became became the first full-time, in-hospital staff member for the Hope for Henry Foundation.
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  • Jennifer Fieten, CCLS - Operation Smile Volunteer

    by Bea Wikander | Nov 01, 2017
    Jennifer Fieten, CCLS went to Durgapur, India as a volunteer for Operation Smile last August.
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  • Divna Wheelwright, MA, CCLS - Cultural Sensitivity Workshop Leader

    by Bea Wikander | Oct 16, 2017
    Divna Wheelwright, MA, CCLS is Manager of Child Life at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She recently provided a comprehensive cultural humility training with a specific focus on the intersection of child life and social justice.
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  • Hang Yin Candy Lo, MA, BC-DMT, RDT, CCLS - Director of Art Therapy/Counseling Service

    by Bea Wikander | Oct 01, 2017
    Hang Yin Candy Lo, MA, BC-DMT, RDT, CCLS is the director of Piece of Sky, a creative arts therapy and counseling service in Hong Kong.
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