From Doha, Qatar, and Tbilisi, Georgia, as well as at home in Austin, Texas, Andy enjoys collaborating with CCLSs around town and around the world. Andy works with CCLSs in Austin, Texas, to plan networking events for the Hill Country Child Life Network. Fellow CCLSs and Austinites Jennifer Garrison and Cindy Fitchpatrick have also supported Andy’s fundraising efforts. Shani Thorton, MS, CCLS, is the Digital and Social Media Manager and Board Director for Standish Foundation. Kasey Reinhardt, CCLS, and BobbiJo Pansier, CCLS, manage Global Fellowships.
Andy utilized the depth and breadth of her experience to orchestrate responses in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. It was important to Andy to make sure that CCLSs on the frontline were not forgotten.
Realizing the impact that COVID-19 was having on child life students, with hospitals suspending volunteer opportunities, practicums and internships, Andy reached out to students that were still eager to support pediatric patients and healthcare providers. Four child life students, Carly Gibbs, Christina Skeens, Sydney Grant, and Sam Leahon volunteered their time to make a positive impact with the Standish Foundation. This created an opportunity for students to gain real-world experience working with a CCLS-led non-profit organization.