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Here are some details about the people behind NECLP, Inc.  Board members are elected to a two-year term by the NECLP membership.  Our President, Secretary, and member-at-Large A are elected in even numbered years, and Vice President, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large B are elected in odd numbered years. Nominations are collected in the summer, and elections occur in the fall. If you are a NECLP, Inc. member and would like to serve the child life community in New England, please consider nominating yourself!

NECLP, Inc. is governed by our by-laws which were reviewed and approved by the membership in 2011.

View the NECLP, Inc. By-Laws

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Board Members


Rachel Alley, BS, CCLS 
President
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA
vicepresident@newenglandchildlife.org
 
Rachel received her BS degree in Rehabilitation Services with a concentration in pediatrics from Springfield College. She has worked at Baystate Children's Hospital since 1992. She originally started the in-hospital school program, co-facilitated a school-age bereavement group for 7 years, and primarily works inpatient with the infant/toddler population. Rachel also coordinates the student internship program at Baystate and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.

Karen Swartz
, MS, CCLS, CEIM
Secretary
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Providence, RI
secretary@newenglandchildlife.org

Karen Swartz is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wheelock College: a BS in Human Development with a concentration in Child Life and a MS in Child Life and Family-Centered Care. She has worked at Hasbro since 1999, starting as the Child Life Specialist coordinating the STARBRIGHT World Computer Program. She now works in the Pediatric GI and Nutrition Clinic, the Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma/Allergy Clinic, and the Cardiac Clinic, as well as coordinating the IBD patient support group. In addition, Karen is a member of the Medical Board of Advisors for Team IMPACT, and is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage. 
 
Micaela Cotas,  MS, CCLS
Treasurer
UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center
Worcester, MA
treasurer@newenglandchildlife.org

Micaela received both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Child Life at Wheelock College, Boston, MA. She previously worked in the Pediatric Department at Joslin Diabetes Center for over seven years and per diem in the Emergency Department at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. In July 2017, Micaela became the CCLS in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UMass. Micaela presented at the 2017 ACLP National Conference and has participated in the ACLP mentorship program.

 
 
Sarah Framarin, M. Ed., CCLS, CTRS
Member at Large A
Baystate Children's Hospital
Springfield, MA 
memberatlargea@newenglandchildlife.org
 
Sarah has served as a child life specialist in the Pediatric Procedure Unit at Baystate Children's Hospital since 2012. In addition to her patient care responsibilities at Baystate, she is the Child Life Practicum Coordinator, is a member of the hospital-wide Patient Experience Committee and the Infant Safe Sleep Committee and is responsible for interviewing incoming Pedi Pal volunteers. She is a member of ACLP's Child Life Certification Commission, currently serving on the Communications Committee. Sarah has been an adjunct professor of child life courses at Springfield College since 2015 and at Southern Connecticut State University since 2018.
 
 
Kris Bruneau, CCLS
Member at Large B
UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center
Worcester, MA
memberatlargeb@newenglandchildlife.org

Kris has a Bachelors degree in English and Psychology from Williams College, but found her passion when she discovered child life and completed her internship at Children's Medical Center Dallas.  Previously she worked as a Child Life Specialist/Care Ambassador at Joslin Diabetes Center.  She has worked at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center since 2008, first in the pediatric outpatient clinics and now on the inpatient unit. She also serves as the Internship Coordinator for the child life program at UMass and is a Certified Playmaker through the Life is Good Playmakers. 
 




Our Programs

Annual Conference
     ~ Mid Autumn
 
Annual Child Life Month Networking Night
     ~ Every March
 
New England Child Life Professionals, Inc. Facebook page
    
      



Our Location
NECLP board members meet bi-monthly to plan events and discuss ways in which to improve the support and networking of child life specialists throughout New England.