Meet Our Team

Meet the team of Child Life Services

Our child life specialists are available to support patients and families at Boston Children’s Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient areas. Seven day a week coverage is available on inpatient units and in the Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.


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  Beth Donegan Driscoll, MS, CCLS***

  Clinical and Program Managers

  Maureen Abramson, MS, CCLS ***

  Suzanne Graca MS, CCLS ***

  Kirsten Getchell, MS, CCLS ***


  Child Life Administrative Associate
  Kelly Politica
   Trust, Marketing, Special Events
  Sarah Sullivan, MS, CCLS **

  Child Life Art Specialist

  Michelle Dean-Onabajo, MS, CCLS

  Lynne Long, BA, CCLS, CEIM

  Media Program Production Assistant - Seacrest Studios
  Nicole Cutinella
  Media Program Manager - Seacrest Studios   Maxwell Svec

  Child Life Specialist - Seacrest Studios

  Lauren Wilson, BS, CCLS **
  Child Life Technology Support Tech
  Ryan McAskill
  Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds) 

  Brianna J O’Connell, MS, CCLS**

  Volunteer Services

  Jessica Slayback MEd, CCLS

  Hale Family Center for Families

  Jill Twomey-McLaughlin, BS, CCLS**

  Hale Family Center for Families / Pawprints Program

  Lynn Belkin MS-CL, CCLS

  Kristen Priven, MS, CCLS


  Inpatient Units


  6 Northeast - Inpatient Oncology

  Annika Stout, MS, CCLS

  Gina Pizzano, BS, CCLS

  6 West - Stem Cell Transplant

  Brittany Metcalf, BS, CCLS

  Briana Tierney, MS, CCLS

  6th Floor - Inpatient Oncology
  Mary Malley, MS, CCLS ***
  7 West - Medicine Patient Service   Kelsie Aufiero, MS, CCLS
  7 South - Surgical Intensive Care

  Megan Leibovitz Galluci MS, CCLS

  Mariah Mazzucco, MS, CCLS

  7 North - Neonatal Intensive Care

  Darlene Salvatore BS, CCLS**

  7 South/7 North - Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  8 East - Cardiology

  Emily Springer MS, CCLS

  Meghan Dias, MS, CCLS

  8 West - Cardiology

  Erin Connelly MS, CCLS

  8 Mandell - Cardiology

  Shelby Pustis MS, CCLS

  8 South - Cardiac Intensive Care

  Michelle Kerns, MS, CCLS

  Kate Antomaria, MS, CCLS

  9 Northwest - Neurology

  Andrea Lerude MS, CCLS

  9 East - Medicine Patient Services

  Lauren Brulet, MS, CCLS

  9 South - Medicine Patient Services

  Jennifer Nguyen MS, CCLS

  10 East
  Mikaela Bartels, MS, CCLS

  10 Northwest - Surgery

  Chelsey Ballard, MS, CCLS

  Laurel Anderson, MS, CCLS

  Julie Markarian, MS, CCLS

  10 South - Surgical & Solid Organ Transplant

  Alison Burns MS, CCLS

  Emilia Crnjak, MS, CCLS

  11 South - Medicine Intensive Care Unit/Intermediate Care Program

  Jamie Crosby MS, CCLS


  Outpatient Clinics

  6 South - Cardiac Catheterization Lab/Cardiac/Cardiac Pre-Op
  Theresa McCarthy, MS, CCLS

  CAT/CR - Infusion Center

  Gail Windmueller, MA, MS, CCLS
  LaKeisha Garcia, MS, CCLS
  Dialysis and Cleft Lip and Palate Craniofacial Clinic
  Robyn Snyder, MS, CCLS
  Pre-Op Holding/Day Surgery/PACU

  Carrie Byrne, MS, CCLS **

  Kate McCowan, MS, CCLS **

  Autism Spectrum Center
  Kristin Coffey, MS, CCLS
  Emergency Department

  Dafne Saavedra-Preskins, MS, CCLS ***

  Cami Polfuss, MS, CCLS

  Christine Dumais, MEd, CCLS

  Samantha Swankowski, MS, CCLS

  Phlebotomy/Pre-Op Admitting
  Erin Whooley, MS, CCLS
  Children's Hospital Primary Care Center

  Addie Rosenstock, MS, CCLS **

  Fiorella Downey, MS, CCLS

  Nuclear Medicine
  Trisha Ashe, BS, CCLS **
  Radiology - Fluoroscopy
  Angela Franceschi, MEd, CCLS ***
  Radiology - MRI
   Jessica Cerullo, MS, CCLS
   Kelsey Tulley, MS, CCLS


  Martha Eliot

  Hayley Sachs, MS, CCLS **

  Milagros Lopez Ramirez, MS, CCLS

  Martha Eliot Early Intervention
   Sara Silva, MS, CCLS
  Waltham Infusion

  Colleen Daly, MS, CCLS **

  Katie Ward MS, CCLS

  Waltham Surgery
  Sarah Kumin, MS, CCLS