Krista Stringer, MS, CCLS
Krista’s undergraduate work is in child life and child development from The University of Alabama. She also holds a Master's degree in child development from Texas Woman's University. Krista has been a child life specialist at Children's Health: Children's Medical Center Dallas for 11 years. Her current role includes serving as a child life specialist in surgery/radiology, serving as a Team Leader and also as the Education Coordinator. Krista completed her child life internship at Children's Medical Center Dallas in 2005, and has been blessed to work there ever since. Krista also serves as the co-chair on the ACLP Education and Training Committee where she works with others to help continue to grow and shape the child life educational opportunities for students. She also has the privilege to serve on the ACLP Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee and ACLP Mentor Committee to continue to help ensure best practices and help support and grow staff in our profession. Krista served on the founding TACLP board and is excited to serve two more years on this board to continue to do even more amazing things for our region!
Christy Lange, MS, CCLS
Christy graduated from Illinois State University in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Resources and continued at Illinois State to obtain a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2010. Following an internship at Advocate Children’s Hospital Park Ridge in the Chicago suburbs, Christy worked at Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest as a hospital programs coordinator for a year. She ventured to Texas in 2012 joining the child life team with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. She currently works on the inpatient surgical trauma unit and serves in the department’s Student Committee where she has overseen the practicum program and is now co-leading the internship program. She looks forward to bringing her passion for accounting and budget management in addition to her strong organization skills as the Treasurer for the TACLP.
Zenia Hudson, MS, CCLS, CIMI
Zenia obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Masters of Science from Texas State University in Family and Child Studies with an emphasis in Child Life. After completing her internship at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX, she obtained employment at the Harris Health System in Houston, TX. Zenia worked at both Ben Taub and LBJ Hospital for 3 years and then became exclusively a Child Life Specialist at Ben Taub Hospital. Zenia has collaborated with colleagues to grow the CAPES (Children of Adult Patients Enduring Stressors) program at the Harris Health System, including expanding services to an outpatient clinic. Zenia also serves as a practicum student coordinator and is actively involved in the Neonatal Palliative Care Committee as secretary.
Sarah Davis, MS, CCLS
Sarah is a Certified Child Life Specialist at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Sarah holds a master’s degree from Texas State University in Family and Child Studies with an emphasis in child life. Sarah completed her child life practicum at Children's Health in Dallas and her internship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. After working at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Sarah moved back to Texas and assisted in the introduction of child life services to the radiology department at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Sarah currently coordinates the child life practicum program at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio while also participating on multiple teams at the hospital, including the Adolescent Transition Committee and the Ethics Consult Team. On the national level, Sarah has presented at the Annual ACLP conference and is currently serving on the ACLP's Education and Training Committee. Sarah is also on the planning committee for the Arthritis Foundation's Juvenile Arthritis Conference and has presented at multiple Juvenile Arthritis Conferences throughout the country. Additionally, Sarah has presented for The Alamo Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy, and the Texas Association of Child Life Professional Conference. As the webmaster for TACLP, Sarah hopes to assist in the continued growth of this wonderful organization.
Conference Planning Chair
Audra Trussell is the Program Coordinator for the Child Life Department at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas with emphasis on child development, management, and rehabilitative studies. Audra’s career at Cook Children’s started in 2001 as an activity coordinator on the weekends and then in the hematology/oncology inpatient and outpatient clinic. By 2008, Audra moved to the main office to provide program support to the child life director, managers and child life staff, as well as supervise the staff of activity coordinators and community program coordinator. Throughout the years, Audra has helped to establish, grow and support programming throughout the child life department.
Audra has consistently strived to support and advocate for the professional growth of the activity coordinator role within Cook Children’s and throughout the child life professional field. She played an active role on the conference planning committee for two conferences held at Cook Children’s and has sat on the TACLP conference planning committee for 2017.
Outreach Committee Chair
Riley Hammond, MS, CCLS
Riley is a passionate creative with a heart for children. She is committed to using child life to impact families and change lives for the better through a play and joy-centered approach. She love crafting, goals, and do-goodery. Riley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies from Texas State University. She completed her child life internship at MUSC Children's Hospital and Riley has been a CCLS for 4 years and worked at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) - West Campus for 3 years. She has experience working in the Emergency Center and currently covers an acute care unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Prior to working for TCH, she worked at Children's Hospital of San Antonio as a CCLS in dialysis and the intermediate care unit. Professionally, she's presented at ACLP Annual Conference and is published in the ACLP Bulletin. She is a member of ACLP's Web and Online Networking Advisory Committee and is currently chair elect. She served as a member of the TACLP Professional Development Committee from 2016-2017. As the Outreach Committee Chair for the TACLP, Riley's primary goal is to grow the membership of the association to include clinicians, educators, health care partners, and child life students and assist in TACLP communication.
Professional Development Chair
Amber Hill, CCLS
Amber has been a child life specialist for over 10 years. She graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas with a minor in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She obtained her Master's degree in Human Developmental and Family Studies, emphasis Child Life from the University of Alabama. Amber completed her internship at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Shortly after an opportunity for an international internship experience took her to Melbourne, Australia at the beginning of 2008. A 4-month long internship turned into a job working for 8 years as a CCLS at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. At RCH Amber got clinical experience across a variety of areas including the emergency department, infusion clinics, and PICU. She gained a leadership role with experience supporting and building teams and was a member of the Australian Association of Child Life Therapists executive board. She has recently relocated to Houston and is enjoying work as a CCLS at Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus in Katy, Texas. Amber has had the privilege to serve on various Child Life Council Committees including the Evidenced Based Practice Committee, Webinar Committee, and currently the Certification Committee. She is passionate about Child Life and growing the professionalism of the field.
Students Committee Chair
Laura Wiedemann, MS, CCLS
Laura obtained her Bachelors of Science in Child Development from the University of Arkansas and received a Master's of Science in Child Life at Texas State University in 2013. Her career as a child life specialist started at Children's Hospital of San Antonio, where she completed her internship. Laura obtained employment following her internship and spent 2 years in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of San Antonio. An opportunity arose at MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center, where Laura has enjoyed working since December 2014. She currently serves as the student program coordinator at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, and is involved with the Texas Child Life Student Coordinator & Education Think Tank. As the Student Education Committee Chair, Laura hopes to assist with collaboration and relationships between Child Life Student Programs and Texas educators. She hopes to increase a common approach to facilitating child life students in both hospital and educational settings.