Sarah Davis, MS, CCLS
Sarah is a Certified Child Life Specialist working in 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, Utah, 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. Additionally, Sarah coordinated 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. Currently Sarah works at The DoSeum, a children's museum in San Antonio, as an expert in providing developmentally appropriate play and education for children and their families. 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 has also served 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 president for TACLP, Sarah hopes to assist in the continued growth of this wonderful organization.
Meagan Linstrom, MS, CCLS
I live and work in Austin, TX as the NICU CCLS at Dell Children’s Medical Center. I earned my B.S. is in Child Development from the University of Arkansas and my M.S. is in Family and Child Studies with a focus in Child Life from Texas State University. I completed my 150-hour Child Life practicum at The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis (Tulsa, OK) and my 600-hour internship at Tulane (New Orleans-Metairie, LA). After completing my education, I gained my certification in August 2018 and I have worked as a Child Life Specialist for the Dell Children’s Medical Group since October 2018.
My favorite part about being a CCLS is that I get to help create a sense of normalcy and provide opportunities to celebrate typical milestones amongst the chaos of the hospital environment. I am humbled by the fact that families allow me to assist them during the most difficult time of their life. In addition to being the TACLP treasurer, I am also a member of the ACLP Membership Advisory Group (MAG). I look forward to working with the TACLP board members and am excited to be serving as your treasurer.
Magellan Taylor-Brickey, MA, CCLS, GCCA-C
Magellan obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with honors, from The University of Memphis in 2011. She went on to receive a Master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in child life, from The University of Missouri in 2013. She completed her child life internship at Seattle Children's Hospital, then moved to South Carolina where she began her child life career working for a pediatric-specific hospice. After a year and a half, Magellan moved to Texas and spent five years working as a Palliative Care Child Life Specialist for Baylor Scott & White Health. Magellan is now a Certified Child Life Specialist for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she is creating their child life program for children of adult patients.
Magellan also holds a Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Certification, which lends well to her focus on child life services for children and families facing serious, life-threatening or life-limiting illness. Magellan has published multiple professional articles, co-led an ACLP webinar on anticipatory grief, and co-presented on traumatic loss at the 2020 annual ACLP conference. She served on the ACLP Mentor Program committee from 2018-2020, and as a mentor within the 2019 cohort. Outside of work, Magellan is actively involved with her sorority, the Junior League of Fort Worth, and Leadership Fort Worth. Magellan is married to Chase and they have two fur-babies, Sophie and Bumblebee.
Laura Linville, BS, CCLS
Laura Linville is a Child Life Specialist II and Practicum Coordinator for the Child Life Department at INTEGRIS Children's at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She holds a Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and has a native fluency in Spanish. Laura has also been a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Laura began her career in 2013 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, and after working as a Certified Child Life Specialist on the Liver Transplant and Inpatient Rehabilitation units for 2 years, she moved to Oklahoma. Laura then worked at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for 2 years. She was the Practicum Student Coordinator and also assisted in creating special events, such as Fairytale Ball, while also caring for children on the adolescent medicine, PEMU, Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Units. Laura was then offered the opportunity to assist in the building of a brand-new child life program at INTEGRIS Children's at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Laura continues to help with the building of student programming as well as special events for patients and families.
Laura is has been a member of both the TACLP and ACLP for years and consistently strives for opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Laura currently serves as a member of the ACLP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and has been an active participant in the TACLP Student Think Tank.
Conference Planning Chair
Ashley Ochs, MA, CCLS, GC-C
Ashley Ochs is the Child Life Manager for the Child Life Department at INTEGRIS Children's at Baptist Medical Center. She holds a Master of Art in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Central Oklahoma. Ashley is also a Certified Grief Counselor. Ashley began her career in 2008 at John Hopkin's All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, and after working as a Certified Child Life Specialist on a Medical Subspecialty Unit for 3 years, she decided to move back home to Oklahoma. Ashley then worked at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for 5 years. She was a Child Life Lead and the Kohl's Cares Special Event Coordinator, while also caring for children on the dialysis and nephrology units. Ashley was then offered the opportunity to start a brand-new child life program at INTEGRIS Children's at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which is her current position. After establishing the ground work for the new program and hiring a team of Certified Child Life Specialists, Ashley became the Child Life manager for the INTEGRIS Children's Child Life Program.
Ashley has consistently strived to support and advocate for the professional growth within the child life field at her own hospital, as well as within the national and regional community of child life professionals. She has played an active role as a mentor in the ACLP Mentor Program and is a member of the ACLP Membership Advisory Group. She has also sat on the TACLP conference planning committee. Ashley is dedicated to growth and development within the child life profession.
Outreach Committee Chair
Morgan Brinson, MS, CCLS
Morgan is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children located in Dallas, Texas. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital works to meet the specific orthopedic needs of children. Morgan and her team follow different orthopedic specialists, which allows them to see their patients both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in counseling from Lincoln Memorial University. Morgan then obtained her Master’s degree in child life from Texas Woman’s University. Morgan completed her child life practicum at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital located in Cape Town, South Africa and her child life internship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Morgan served as a committee member for the TACLP’s Student Committee from 2018-2019, which worked on creating resources for students in Texas region. Morgan looks forward to using her passion for growing the profession of child life to help the TACLP create more resources for students as well as child life professionals.
Professional Development Chair
Kayla Rueter, BS, CCLS
Kayla is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Kayla holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in child life. Kayla completed her child life practicum at McLane Children's Hospital in Temple, Texas and her internship at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. Kayla's career started at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas in the emergency department. After a year there, Kayla accepted a role in the level one trauma pediatric emergency department at Dell Children's Medical Center. Kayla spent 4.5 years in the emergency department on night shift, and has now transitioned to a day time role on the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit. Kayla participates on many teams at Dell Children's, as well as serves on committees for both the ACLP and TACLP. Kayla has previously presented at the TACLP conference. As the new professional development committee chair, Kayla is looking forward to creating more network and education opportunities for the members of the TACLP.
Students Committee Chair
Elizabeth McCarroll, Ph.D, CCLS
Elizabeth (Liz) McCarroll is a professor in child development and also is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She teaches both online and face-to-face courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on topics related to the field of child life, the impact of hospitalization on children, and in child development. Her research agenda includes examining the social and emotional development of children, both inside and outside of a healthcare setting. She also is interested in how health status might impact the parent-child relationship, and parenting decision making. She has presented her research findings in local, regional, and national forums, as well as in peer-reviewed, professional journals. She is actively involved as a member of the Texas Association of Child Life professionals, as well as the national organization, Association of Child Life Professionals.
Liz stays busy outside of work with her husband and three kids. Most weekends include football, basketball, or competitive cheer competitions. When sports seasons calm down, she loves to travel with her family, go camping, or just curl up with a good book or movie.