Child Life

Meet Our 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, B.S., CCLS

Heather Bailey, B.S., CCLS Child Life Clinical Coordinator

Heather Bailey is the Child Life clinical coordinator at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2007. Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Child Life from Utica College of Syracuse University in Utica, New York. She completed a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, followed by an internship at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Bailey also serves as coordinator of the Child Life internship program and works by consult in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s neonatal intensive care unit.


Kelly Boyd, M.S., CCLS

Kelly Boyd, M.S., CCLS Child Life Specialist

Kelly M. Boyd, MS, CCLS graduated from the University of Georgia and received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Science. She holds also holds a Master’s degree from Texas State University in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Child Life. Kelly completed her practicum and internship experiences at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital before beginning fulltime work on our Pediatric Medicine unit. Her professional focuses are working with children who have ADHD, Autism, and Asperger’s. 



Carli Fischer, M.S., CCLS

Carli Fischer, M.S., CCLS Child Life Specialist

Carli Fischer is a certified Child Life specialist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, followed by a master’s degree in Child Life from the University of Georgia. Fischer completed her child life internship at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital before transitioning to the per diem role.



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

Leah T. Frohnerath, M.S., CCLS, CEIM Child Life Specialist

Leah T. Frohnerath, MS, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist.  She is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from University of St. Francis. Since completing her internship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1998 and starting her career at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Leah has provided Child Life Services across all diagnosis groups and in many areas.  Leah joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in February of 2013. She is a co-coordinator for the Pet Therapy Program which boasts 25 dog teams and 1 miniature horse.  Leah primarily provides Child Life Services to the Cancer and Blood Disorder In-patient unit.  Her professional focus is on facilitating a collaborative relationship between the child and family and the medical team and empowering children through their medical journey. 



Katie E. Grabowski, M.S., CCLS

Katie E. Grabowski, M.S., CCLS Child Life Specialist

Katie Grabowski, MS, CCLS has been with the child life department since 2013 and serves as an inpatient child life specialist. She spends much of her time in the neurosciences/surgical unit (7N), but also provides additional coverage to the inpatient team, particularly the general pediatrics unit. Katie has a Bachelor's degree in Social Science Education from the University of Central Florida as well as a master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a specialization in Child Life from Illinois State University. Katie is an Item Writer on the Association of Child Life Professionals’ Child Life Certifying Committee and serves as a mentor in the field. She also has previous experience assisting in conference planning for the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals.



Kelli Haley, BS, CCLS

Kelli Haley, BS, CCLS Child Life Specialist

Kelli Haley is a Child Life specialist in Dialysis and Pediatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Haley graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life and a minor in Psychology. She completed her internship at the Children’s of Alabama.



Catherine

Catherine "Kat" Leibbrandt, B.A., B.S. CCLS Child Life Specialist

Kat Leibbrandt is a Child Life specialist in Pediatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa and earned degrees in Health Sciences and Health Communications. She completed her practicum at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, and her internship at Tampa General Hospital. Leibbrandt also serves as a co-facilitator for the Teen Advisory Council.



 Katie Lierz, MS, CCLS 

Katie Lierz, MS, CCLS  Child Life Specialist

Kate holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University as well as a Master’s in Child Life from the University of La Verne. She completed her internship at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and then immediately transitioned to the Per Diem role at our facility.


Sara Sefret, B.A., C.C.L.S. 

Sara Sefret, B.A., C.C.L.S.  Child Life Specialist

Sara Sefret is a Child Life specialist at Johns Hopkins all Children’s Hospital. Sefret earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development Psychology with a concentration in Family Studies from the University of Maryland. She completed her practicum at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., followed by an internship at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida before joining the team in a per diem role.


Alona Battaglio, B.A.

Alona Battaglio, B.A. Child Life Tech

Alona Battaglio, BA is a Connecticut native with a B.A. degree in psychology. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital team, Alona worked as an early childhood educator as well as a supportive counselor for the geriatric population. She considers her work with children to be her true passion and focuses her energy cofacilitating RJ’s Activity Center offering normative and special event experiences to children and their families. Alona is also the Child Life Volunteer Coordinator. 



Nicole McCain, AS

Nicole McCain, AS Child Life Tech

Nicole McCain, AS, joined the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital team in July 2015. She has 5+ years experience working in the early childhood educational environment in the role of an Assistant Director. She spends her days cofacilitating RJ’s Activity Center offering normative and special event experiences to children and their families. Nicole also is facilitator of the Pet Therapy program and has an AS in Heath Administration from the University of Phoenix.



Rita Scott

Rita Scott Child Life Tech

Rita Scott is a Child Life tech in RJ’s Activity Center. She joined the hospital staff in October 2018.Before joining the Child Life team, Scott worked as a patient service representative in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Sleep Clinic.



Hannah Skiff

Hannah Skiff Child Life Tech

Hannah Skiff is a Child Life tech in RJ’s Activity Center. She joined the hospital staff in September 2019. Before joining the hospital, Skiff worked with children and young adults in an education and public library setting. Skiff earned her Bachelor of Arts in English.


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.