As chief staff executive, Dennis is responsible for staff and program oversight and works closely with the CLC Board of Directors and other volunteer leaders on the strategic direction of the organization.
Prior to coming to the Child Life Council in 2009, Dennis held executive positions in a variety of organizations based in the Washington, DC area. He served for more than a decade as President and CEO of the CAPCON Library Network (since merged into OCLC, Inc.), where he led the development of a number of innovative educational and information-related programs and services for libraries and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations. He served for 7 years as the Executive Director of the American Medical Informatics Association, an association whose members are involved in research, development, and application of information management and patient care systems in health care. Dennis served for three years as Vice President of Online and Community Programs at KaBOOM!, a social enterprise that works throughout North America with corporate sponsors and local community organizations to plan, finance, and build playgrounds using a community engagement model.
Dennis is a graduate of the University of Kansas and has master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Chicago. He has held a number of volunteer positions in associations, including having served as president of the District of Columbia Library Association and as a board member of the Joint Healthcare Information Technology Alliance.
Dennis lives in a close-in suburb adjacent to Washington, DC and in global 21st Century fashion, has immediate family living in Kansas, Hawaii and Beijing, China.
Colleen is responsible for public relations, promotion and marketing. She is the main contact for corporate partners, and cultivates partnerships with non-profit organizations that share mutual interests with CLC. Colleen serves as staff liaison to various CLC committees and task forces, and has overall responsibility for the office and personnel administrative operations of the CLC headquarters.
Before joining CLC, Colleen worked with the American Society for Training Development as their chapter services manager, providing operational and strategic guidance to ASTD chapter leaders. For 10 years Colleen served as the Director of Patient & Family Services for the ALS Association—DC/MD/VA Chapter developing programs and services to meet the needs of patients and families living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Colleen is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and holds a master’s degree from George Mason University. In her spare time, Colleen swims with a local U.S. Master’s team and enjoys riding on the numerous bike trails the DC Metro area has to offer.
Colleen can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1713.
Wilma is responsible for spearheading CLC efforts to secure major grants and other funding from corporate, foundation, government and key individual donors to help underwrite new initiative-specific programs and projects associated with CLC’s long-term strategic plan. She is also responsible for the legacy gift program for professional members.
Wilma has eighteen years of executive level experience serving both national and local organizations within the Washington, DC non-profit community. For the past ten years, she worked as a Director of Development. Previous to working in a development role, she spent eight years as a senior level program manager and director. Wilma has provided program leadership and helped raise millions of dollars for multiple initiatives benefitting disadvantaged children and families, public health, healthcare and public policy agencies. She has held positions with World Vision/Vision DC, Covenant House Washington (CHW), National Legal Aid & Defender’s Association (NLADA), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
Wilma has a bachelor's degree in Psychology, has been a member of the Association for Professional Fundraisers, and is working towards her master’s degree.
Wilma can be reached at 301-881-7090, ext. 1720.
Alli Floryshak Is CLC's New Manager of Professional Resources & Services. In her new role, Alli will maintain relationships with various groups of child life professionals within CLC, serving as liaison to a number of CLC committees, task forces, and other groups. She will also be responsible for documenting and making available resources of relevance to child life professionals on the CLC website, CLC Community, Child Life News Monthly and the CLC Bulletin/Focus.
Alli has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services from Penn State University, as well as a Master's of Science degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Alli has clinical experience in the outpatient setting from her time spent at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and most recently worked with the Child Life team at Johns Hopkins Children's Center as the inpatient Adolescent Unit specialist.
Alli continues to volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital of the Mid-Atlantic region in her spare time and also enjoys running and trying new recipes whenever possible.
Alli can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1712.
As Strategic Initiatives Program Manager, Joe has a wide range of responsibilities related to both new and existing initiatives. In this position, Joe will identify experts and organizations to assist CLC in designing strategic programs for members, and correspond with people and organizations in other fields who have implemented similar programs and services. He will work closely with consultants who are developing program content, and liaise with CLC members and committees who are providing input into program design, and assist in developing, compiling, and analyzing results of member surveys.
Before joining CLC, Joe worked at the Association Management Center in Glenview, Illinois. Joe also has previous association experience in website design, creation of annual marketing plans, product development, and membership data analysis. He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and will graduate in the summer of 2013 with a master's degree in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. Joe recently completed the Chicago Marathon and in his spare time enjoys spending time outdoors and attempting to actualize his goal of learning fluent French.
Joe can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1723.
Ame is responsible for managing the Child Life Professional Certification program.
Before joining CLC, Ame worked in a variety of administrative positions for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, the Maryland College of Art and Design, and the National Geographic Society. Ame has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Ame can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1719.
Ramona has many years of meeting planning experience. Prior to joining CLC, she worked in a series of meeting planning positions, first as a corporate meeting planner for DaimlerChrysler, then for the Engineering Society of Detroit. She also has experience managing a wide range of government conferences and events. Ramona has a bachelor's degree in Communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Ramona can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1714.
Genevieve works from a satellite office in Florida, and is responsible for implementing and expanding CLC's internal and external communications initiatives, as tools for achieving the overall objectives of the organization.
Before joining CLC, Genevieve was a meeting coordinator at Concepts Worldwide, a meeting and event management company in San Diego. Genevieve graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in Literature/Writing. She also holds a certificate in Meeting and Special Event Management from the UCSD College of Extended Studies.
Genevieve can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1716.
Sharon is responsible for managing the Child Life Council membership database.
Sharon has more than 14 years of association and nonprofit experience. Before joining the Child Life Council, Sharon held a variety of postions at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) located in Washington, DC, the most recent being senior database manager. Prior to APhA, Sharon was the membership programs analyst at the World Wildlife Fund, also located in Washington, DC. Sharon has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Sharon can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1711.
Jen assists with the management of the Child Life Professional Certification program. Jen handles exam applications and coursework reviews and provides support to individuals interested in the certification process.
Prior to joining CLC, Jen worked with chronic, mentally-ill/dually-diagnosed adults as a clinical case manager with Mental Health Systems, Inc. and as a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with First Avenue Counseling Centre in San Diego. She earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in San Diego, California and her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University.
Jen can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1717.
Kari is responsible for supporting CLC staff with program services and acts as the first point of contact for members and public inquiry. She is responsible for the CLC bookstore and order fulfillment as well as generally assisting with membership support and the Annual Conference on Professional Issues.
Prior to working at CLC, Kari worked in an administrative position at a real estate investment company. She recently graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in English. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, and playing racquetball.
Kari can be reached at 301-881-7090 , ext. 1710.
Lisa is responsible for maintaining CLC’s accounting records which include, but are not limited to, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and cash management. Lisa works closely with the Executive Director to prepare financial reports and related information to be presented to the CLC Board of Directors.
Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly 25 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining CLC, she spent 19 years working as a contractor for the National Legal Center for the Public Interest, and more recently, she provided accounting services to the Partnership for a Secure America. Lisa has a bachelor's degree from Radford University, in Virginia and earned her CPA in 1990.
Lisa can be reached at 301-881-7090, ext. 1718.