Meet the 2019-2020 Executive Board
Bridgette Danielson, President
Bridgette is currently employed as a Certified Child Life Specialist II at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in inpatient psychiatry. Bridgette has her Master of Arts from Western Michigan University in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Child Life concentration. Bridgette has over 12 years of experience in various settings working with children and families. Over the last two years, Bridgette has upheld several positions on committees and councils, presented at numerous regional and national conferences, and submitted scholarly journal articles.
Megan Rogers, Past President
Megan is currently a Certified Child Life Specialist II and the Student Program Coordinator at Metro Health: University of Michigan Health where she has practiced for almost 8 years. She piloted the child life program in the outpatient cardiology clinic where she currently practices. Megan has been involved in various leadership positions throughout the GLACLP and has presented many workshops and webinars at regional and national conferences including a half-day intensive at the 2019 Association of Child Life Professionals Annual Conference.
Katie Caskey, President Elect
Katie Caskey has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for 11 years and is currently working as a Child Life Manager at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. She served as the GLACLP Secretary from 2009 to 2010. Katie has designed and lead child life clinical research, as well as taught the child life course at Central Michigan University for three years.
Tiffany Heinz, Treasurer
Tiffany has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2018 and is currently working at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in an outpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Burn Clinic. She has also completed research in Radiology through this position. Tiffany has been on three deployments with Children’s Disaster Services and is also a certified Project Manager, Critical Response Team Member, and New Volunteer Trainer within their organization. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education with a Child Life Minor from Concordia University.
Kara Brennan, Secretary
Kara Brennan is a Certified Child Life Specialist at C.S Mott Children’s Hospital who currently has an administrative role in the Child & Family Life Department. She holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration, and she has her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Family Life Education with a concentration in Child Life as well as her Associate of Arts in Child Development. Kara is currently a fixed-term faculty member at Central Michigan University, teaching HDF 404, Children and Hospitalization.
Kim Peters, Child Life Specialist Member-at-Large
Kim Peters has 12 years of experience as a Child Life Specialist. Professionally, she has planned and facilitated multiple educational events (conferences, summits, and seminars). Kim has also participated in designing and implementing a research study involving child life and cystic fibrosis patients. As a Child Life Specialist III, Kim has lead projects and programs, as well as supervised Child Life Assistants.
Jennifer Fieten, Child Life Educator-at-Large
Jennifer has been a Child Life Specialist for 19 years and is currently the Child Life Program Director at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Prior to her role as the Educator at Large for the GLACLP, she has served as Chair of both the ACLP Mentor Program and of the ACLP Public Policy Committee.
Sydney Hooker, Child Life Assistant Member-at-Large
Sydney is currently a child life assistant at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. She presented on her role as a CLA with the cystic fibrosis population at the 2019 Child Life Assistant Summit. Her career goal is to become a child life specialist.
Mallory Michalko, Child Life Student Member-at-Large
Mallory is a second year graduate student at Ohio University working towards her Master’s in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life. She earned a B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from The University of Pittsburgh and has completed child life practicums at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Children’s Specialized Hospital.