Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Meet Our Child Life Team

Learn a bit more about the unique, creative individuals available to help patients and families.

 Kristin Maier, M.S., CCLS

Kristin Maier, M.S., CCLS

Director, Child Life, Music Therapy & Patient Academic Services

Kristin Maier, MS, CCLS is the Director of the Child Life, Music Therapy, Patient Academic Services, Spiritual Care, as well as the Patient Experience Navigators programs at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospitals. In her more than 30 years of experience in the field, Kristin has served as President of the Association of Child Life Professionals, Chair of the Internship Accreditation Task Force as well as on several boards. Additionally, she has been certified in infant massage, bereavement, and critical incident stress debriefing. Kristin completed her internship at The Cleveland Clinic and received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis. All Children’s Hospital was her first paid experience in the field and the place that she is still proud to serve patients and families.


 Heather Bailey, M.S., CCLS

Heather Bailey, M.S., CCLS

Child Life Program Manager

Heather Bailey is the Child Life Program Manager at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2007. Heather earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Child Life from Utica College of Syracuse University in Utica, New York, followed by an internship at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida.. She completed a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Heather is honored to be a part of this organization and team to serve patients and families in this community.


Emily Prior

Emily Prior

Program Coordinator
Emily Prior is the program coordinator for Child Life, Service Excellence, Patient Academics, Music Therapy and Spiritual Care at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Before joining the Child Life department, Prior worked with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Home Care as a patient service coordinator. She also worked as a lead certified medical assistant at Moffitt Cancer Center. Prior graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in health administration and a concentration in health management.

Dara Jackson, B.S., CCLS

Dara Jackson, B.S., CCLS

Child Life Supervisor

Dara Jackson, BS, CCLS is the Child Life practicum coordinator and an outpatient Child Life specialist. She sees patients in pre-operative surgery, dialysis and in the infusion center. She joined the hospital staff in 2008. Jackson is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining our hospital, Jackson worked in Child Life, specializing in hematology/oncology. Jackson is a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals.


Carli Fischer, M.S., CCLS

Carli Fischer, M.S., CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Carli Fischer is a certified child life specialist in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida, followed by a master’s degree in Child Life from the University of Georgia. Fischer completed a child life internship at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.


Leah T. Frohnerath, M.S., CCLS, CEIM

Leah T. Frohnerath, M.S., CCLS, CEIM

Child Life Specialist

Leah Frohnerath is a certified child life specialist in the Child Life department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She also coordinates the Johns Hopkins All Children’s pet therapy program. She joined the hospital staff in 2013. In her role, Frohnerath works with a Labrador Retriever facility dog named Brea (Bray-uh). Together, they provide child life services to children in radiology, the Infusion Center, the pediatric intensive care unit, the cardiac intensive care unit and the cancer and blood disorders unit. Frohnerath earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Florida State University, followed by a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. 


Katie E. Grabowski, M.S., CCLS

Katie E. Grabowski, M.S., CCLS

Child Life Education Specialist

Katie Grabowski is an inpatient certified child life specialist and education specialist in the Child Life department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2013. In her role, Grabowski works with patients in the neurosciences/surgical unit, serves as the coordinator of student programming and facilitates ongoing staff development and learning. Prior to joining the hospital, Grabowski served as an item writer on the Association of Child Life Professionals’ Child Life Certifying Committee, and assisted in conference planning for the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals. Grabowski earned a bachelor's degree in Social Science Education from the University of Central Florida, followed by a master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a specialization in Child Life from Illinois State University.


Carlye Hubert M.S., CCLS

Carlye Hubert M.S., CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Carlye Hubert is a certified child life specialist in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Center for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and neonatal intensive care unit. She joined the hospital staff in 2021. Hubert earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Central Florida, followed by a master’s degree in Child Life from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her internship at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan.


Claire Jennings, B.S.

Claire Jennings, B.S.

Child Life Specialist

Claire Jennings provides child life services on the dialysis and neonatal intensive care units at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2020. Jennings earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and completed additional child life courses at the University of California Santa Barbara. Jennings completed her practicum at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and an internship at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.


Renee Savic, B.S., CCLS

Renee Savic, B.S., CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Renee Savic, BS, CCLS graduated from Florida State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences. Before joining the staff at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2012, Renee worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa for 18 years where she was the child life coordinator. Renee has served as President of the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals and on various committees for the Association of Child Life Professionals. Renee received the Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award in 2018. This award is presented annually to an individual child life specialist who has demonstrated exemplary child life care and a high level of clinical skill. 


Rayna Tanis, B.S., CCLS

Rayna Tanis, B.S., CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Rayna is a certified child life specialist in the Emergency Center at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of Ball State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Life and Family Studies in 2013. Rayna completed her child life internship at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and became certified in child life in March of 2014.  


Maggie Teichmann, B.S., CCLS

Maggie Teichmann, B.S., CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Maggie Teichmann is a certified child life specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She completed her internship at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.


Anna Zeiba, M.S., CCLS

Anna Zeiba, M.S., CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Anna Zieba is a child life specialist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2021. Before joining our hospital, Zieba worked as a child life specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, New York. She also worked as a child life specialist and perinatal bereavement coordinator in the Women’s and Children’s Services at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Zieba earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona, followed by a master’s degree in Professional Studies, Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts. She completed a child life internship at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Alexandra Dorn, B.S.

Alexandra Dorn, B.S.

Child Life Activity Tech

Alexandra Dorn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in educational studies from the University of South Florida. She joined the hospital staff in August 2020. Before joining the hospital, Dorn worked for an elementary school in the Pinellas County school system.


Madison Dilgard, B.S.

Madison Dilgard, B.S.

Child Life Activity Tech

Madison Dilgard is a child life activity tech in the Child Life department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2021. In her role, Dilgard helps engage children in activities and play, and also helps plan special events for patients and families. Dilgard earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Allison “Allie” McLelland, B.S.

Allison “Allie” McLelland, B.S.

Child Life Activity Tech

Allison McLelland earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and a minor in education and a developmental disabilities. She joined the hospital staff in September 2020. Before joining the hospital, she worked as a registered behavioral technician.

Tasha Ellis

Tasha Ellis

Child Life Aid

Tasha Ellis is a Child Life Aide who focuses on patient safety through ensuring the sanitation of departmental toys and providing memorable play experiences in RJ’s Activity Center. She began her Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Career in the Environmental Services department in 1999 and after two years, transitioned to the Child Life Team.


Elijah Shannon

Elijah Shannon

Child Life Aid

Elijah Shannon is a Child Life Aide who focuses on keeping patients and families safe through sanitizing toys in the playrooms of our facility. He is a Florida native and has been working with the department since 2015.


Rebekah Young

Rebekah Young

Child Life Aid

Rebekah Young is a Child Life aide at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2021. Before joining the hospital, Young was a preschool teacher, infant care provider, and camp director. She has also worked as a chiropractic assistant.