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Child Life Alums Elected to Leadership Positions on the Child Life Council

Posted by Dara Eisenstein on May 08, 2012

Two Bank Street Child Life Alums have been elected to leadership positions on the Child Life Council, the governing body for the Child Life profession. Amy Bullock ('02) has been elected to the position of President-Elect and Kate (Currier) Shamszad ('05) has been elected to the Board of Directors.

Amy BullockAmy Bullock, MSEd, CCLS
Amy Bullock is currently the Director of the Chase Child Life Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, where she is responsible for an annual budget of $1.5 million and a staff of 18 child life specialists, 3 creative arts professionals and 2 teachers. In her role as director, she maintains overall responsibility for staff performance and objectives, oversees the child life internship and practicum programs, liaises with hospital leadership, and engages in grant writing and fundraising activities to maintain funds for the program. She serves in leadership roles on a number of advisory groups within Mattel Children’s, including the Patient- and Family-Centered Advisory Committee, the Pediatric Parent Advisory Council, and the Pediatric Environment Committee. Prior to working for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Amy was the Director of Square One, a public-private collaborative partnership on early care and education. She also worked as a Child Life Educator and Outreach Coordinator for University Children’s Hospital at UCI Medical Center in Orange, California from 2004 to 2006. Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Design from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education. Amy has held numerous leadership roles within the Child Life Council, including chair of the Partnerships Committee (2006), co-chair of the Conference Host Committee (2008), and co-chair/chair of the Leadership Development Committee (2010-11). She has also served as a member of the Patient Ratio Task Force and the Education and Awards Committees. Amy has been a speaker at more than 80 events during the past 10 years, including several presentations at the CLC Annual Conference. In addition to her work with CLC, Amy volunteers regularly with Operation Smile, traveling almost every year to countries such as Kenya, Egypt, China and Jordan.

Kate ShamszadKate Shamszad, MS, CCLS
Kate Shamszad is the Program Director of Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Life at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. In this role, she directs the clinical practice of all child life staff and manages the annual program budget, and leads performance and quality improvement initiatives. Before accepting the position of program director, Kate held the position of Certified Child Life Specialist II in the Heart Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she utilized evidence-based practice methodology to revise hospital policy and improve family-centered care practices. Earlier in her career, Kate worked as a child life specialist at HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, DC, and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The George Washington University, a Master of Science degree from Bank Street College of Education, and is in the process of completing a second Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of West Florida.
Kate is currently the chair of CLC’s Evidence-Based Practice Committee, and her past work with the organization has included serving as a member and chair of the Professional Resources Committee (2007-10), and a member of the Research and Scholarship Task Force (2009-11). In addition to her work on Child Life Council committees, Kate has also served as a board member for a national non-profit called It’s My Heart, where she participated in grant writing, project coordination, and a monthly support meeting for parents of children with congenital heart disease.