Each team member is a trained professional who has advanced training and/or a bachelor's or master's degree in the areas of child life, child development, special education, or recreational therapy. All Child Life Specialists maintain professional certification by the Child Life Council.

Child Life Manager

  • Jill Houser-Malan, MSW

    Child Life Manager

Child Life Supervisor

  • Tyler Robertson, MS, CCLS

    Child Life Supervisor

Child Life Specialists

  • Nikki Aalund, BS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Proton Therapy
    • Radiation/Oncology
  • Alex Biernbaum, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Float Child Life Specialist
  • Jenny Brandt, MS, CCLS, CIMI

    Child Life Specialist

    • Hematology/Oncology Clinic
    • BMT
    • Child Life Internship Coordinator
  • Corry Cande, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Float Child Life Specialist
  • Courtney Coffman, BS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Emergency Unit
    • Teen Life Council
  • Melody DeWeese, BS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Inpatient Surgery
    • Special Events
  • Kris Gannon, BS, CCLS, CIMI

    Child Life Specialist

    • Pediatric Specialty Care Center
  • Julie Head, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Same Day Surgery
  • Rachel Kielar, BS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Ambulatory Procedure Center
    • Radiology
  • Katelyn Kuenzle, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Hematology
    • Oncology
    • BMT
  • Joyce Lawson, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Radiology
    • Ambulatory Procedure Center
  • Brooke Helms, BS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Neuro-Rehabilitation
  • Kelly Moffatt, BS, CCLS

    PRN Child Life Specialist

    • Marion Alexander Playroom
  • Becki Moss, BS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Pediatric Specialty Care Center
  • Megan Rennie, BA, CCLS, CIMI

    • Same Day Surgery
  • Cara Snyder, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Kidney Transplant
    • Liver Transplant
    • Pulmonary/Cystic Fibrosis
  • Ericka Seidel, BS, CCLS

    • Emergency Unit
  • Kelly Shaw, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Pediatric Acute Wound Service
    • Marion Alexander Playroom
  • Theresa Starkey, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Heart Center
  • Amanda Warren, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Dialysis/Infusion/Pheresis Unit
    • General Medicine
    • Diabetes
  • Kayla Vandeven, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Pediatric Specialty Care Center
  • Jill Wiethuchter, BS, CCLS, CIMI

    Child Life Specialist

    • Pediatric Specialty Care Center
  • Kayla Winking, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Radiology
  • Kathryn Purdy, CCLS

    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Kristin Wu, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Marion Alexander Playroom

Art Therapists

  • Julie Gant, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

    Expressive Arts Supervisor and Art Therapist

  • Daphne Dierkes

    Art Therapist

    • Hematology/Oncology
  • Jen Bruner

    Art Therapist

    • Pediatric Behavioral Health Unit

Music Therapist

  • Christy Merrell

    Music Therapist

School Program

  • Lin Casper

    • School Teacher
  • Sarah Patton

    • School Teacher
  • Kathleen Ritchie

    Teacher

    • School Teacher

Clown Doc Program

  • Jane Abendschein

  • Dana Abendschein, PhD

  • Colin McLaughlin

  • Debbie Schwartz

Child Life Assistants

  • Klio Coppotelli

  • Kathryn Hulbert

    Child Life Assistant

  • Samana Kazami

  • Shelby Swanner

  • Pat Walker

  • Jordan Mayer

    Child Life Assistant

Project Coordinator

  • Kayla Derby

    Administrative Assistant

 

Additional Staff:

Interns --Students complete an internship to fulfill bachelor or master degree requirements from their university. For program information: The Internship Experience.

Volunteers --Over 85 volunteers who assist with daily programs and activities support the Child Life Center. Find out about how you can volunteer.