The CLC Board of Directors provides governance and oversight for CLC operations and initiatives. The role of each Board member is to act in the best interest of the organization as a whole and to exercise the legal and financial duties of stewardship. It is vital to the growth and success of the organization that strong and committed individuals are elected to leadership positions.
CLC follows a best practice approach to Board Elections, in which the Nominating Committee undertakes a formal process to review candidates and develop a final recommended slate to present to the membership. This slate of candidates includes one recommended individual for each available position.
For the 2013 election, the CLC Nominating Committee considered all candidates whose names were put forward during the nominations process. In order to be eligible for consideration, a candidate must be a Certified Child Life Specialist and a CLC member in good standing, with demonstrated leadership abilities and a history of active engagement in the organization and/or the child life profession. For more information about the skills and attributes of a desirable candidate for the Board of Directors, please refer to Board Position Information.
Thank you to all members with voting privileges who participated in the 2013 CLC Board of Directors Election. The following slate of candidates as endorsed by the Nominating Committee was approved:
Three-Year Commitment, One Year Each Position:
Carla Oliver is the Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Department Manager at Children’s Hospital Colorado where she supervises a team of 32 child life specialists and recreational therapists and the Youth Advisory Council. Previous to this position, she worked for 12 years at Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Texas, first as a child life specialist and then as a Child Life Department Manager. Carla has served on a variety of committees including the Phoenix Society for Burn Society Professional Advisory Board and the American Burn Association/Phoenix Society Aftercare Reintegration Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston in Texas.
Carla currently is in the role of Director on the CLC Board of Directors, where she serves as the Board liaison for the Archives Management Group, the Web and Online Networking Advisory Committee, the Conference Host Committee, and the Conference Program Committee. She has been a speaker at more than thirty events in her professional career, including several of the Child Life Council’s annual conferences.
Two-Year Commitment: June 2013 - June 2015
Lisa is the Systems Coordinator of Child Life at The Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown and the Goryeb Children’s Center at Overlook. In this role, she provides leadership and program direction for the provision of quality child life services, oversees the implementation and training of the pediatric staff on family-centered care, and develops and maintains an annual operating plan and budget, among other responsibilities. She also serves as the co-chair of the Family Advisory Council. Lisa brings with her more than 25 years of experience in the field of child life. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University. She has presented at multiple conferences over the years, including events for the Association for the Care of Children’s Health (ACCH), the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC), Child Life of Greater NY/NJ and the Child Life Council. CLC recognized her as a “Child Life Hero” in 2004. She sits on the professional advisory board of Imagine (a center for grief and loss) in New Jersey as well as the New Jersey statewide Pediatric Palliative Care group.
Lisa has a history of volunteer experience with CLC. She served in the role of Director for CLC’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, during which time she was the Board liaison for the Evidence-Based Practice and Professional Resources Committees and participated in the development of CLC's 2012-2014 Strategic Plan. Currently, Lisa is the co-chair for CLC’s Webinar Advisory Group and a member of the Public Policy Initiatives Task Force.
Two-Year Commitment: June 2013 - June 2015
Eileen Clark is the Family Services Manager at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where she oversees and coordinates multiple programs within Family Services including Child Life, Volunteer Services, Sibling Care, Special Events, and Art and Music Therapy. She also serves as a liaison to the Wauwatosa Public Schools and Ronald McDonald House. Her team is instrumental in collaborative efforts with Physical and Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry Services. Prior to her current position, she worked as the Volunteer Services Manager and the Bereavement/Critical Incident Stress Management Coordinator at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Eileen is a certified Green Belt in Six Sigma and she received a Master of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. She has also done post-graduate work in Adult Education and Art Therapy. She has served on the Board of Directors for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., the Board of Women for MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer), and was a member of the Association for the Care of Children’s Health (ACCH). Among other notable publications, her article, “Play is a Child’s Work,” was published in Metro Parent magazine in 1992.
Eileen has been a member of CLC since 1989 and has served on the Planning Committee for the Child Life Directors Retreat & Networking Conference (2011-2012). She has been a presenter at more than 20 events including the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals (FACLP) annual conference, the Child Life Directors Conference, and several CLC annual conferences.
Meghan is the Director of Child Life and the Director of the GetWellNetwork Explainer Program at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore(CHAM) in Bronx, New York, where she has spent the majority of her child life career, beginning as a child life intern and working her way up to her current position a director of two different programs. In her current leadership role, she supervises more than 35 staff members and interns, as well as managers coordinating the internship program, volunteer program, and multiple clinical and recreational programs. She manages an operational budget of more than $1 million, works with media relations to promote CHAM programs, and oversee media events in hospital. She managed the installation of GetWellNetwork and oversees the mentorship program of Explainers who engage patients and families in this interactive patient care system at the bedside. In addition to these responsibilities, Meghan teaches an online class on child life certification test preparation through The Convenient Classroom. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education/Early Childhood Education from Boston College in Massachusetts and a Masters of Science in Special Education/Early Childhood/Child Life from Bank Street College of Education in New York.
Meghan has served on a variety of committees through CLC and elsewhere. She is currently the co-chair of CLC’s Research and Scholarship Committee (2011-2013) and was a member of CLC’s Research Task Force (2010-2011). Additionally, she is a member of the GetWellNetwork’s Pediatric Hospitals Task Force and is the current President of Child Life of Greater New York (CLGNY).