Child Life Council Names New Executive Director

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The Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists, announced today the appointment of its new Executive Director. Dennis Reynolds was selected following an extensive executive search process with a pool of highly qualified candidates.

CLC Executive Director Dennis Reynolds

In seeking a new position, my highest priority has been to work with an organization that makes the world a better place, and to contribute my knowledge and experience in helping to advance that worthy mission. For me, the Child Life Council is that organization. I have the deepest admiration for CLC's members and so look forward to getting started!

The Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists, announced today the appointment of its new Executive Director. Dennis Reynolds was selected following an extensive executive search process with a pool of highly qualified candidates.

"I am thrilled to have Dennis as the new Chief Staff Executive of our organization," says Janet Cross, CLC President and Director of Child Life Services at Monroe Carell Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. "When I met Dennis, it was clear from his experience that he shared interests related to the work of child life professionals. It became more apparent through multiple interviews that his passion for working with organizations who 'make a difference' was strong. I am very excited about the expertise Dennis brings to us in strategic planning and partnership building."

Reynolds will join the staff at CLC headquarters beginning next week. "I am honored to have been chosen as CLC's executive director," he says. "In seeking a new position, my highest priority has been to work with an organization that makes the world a better place, and to contribute my knowledge and experience in helping to advance that worthy mission. For me, the Child Life Council is that organization. I have the deepest admiration for CLC's members and so look forward to getting started!"

Reynolds brings more than 20 years of nonprofit executive experience to his new role. Early in his career, he served as President and CEO of CAPCON, a nonprofit that developed and provided continuing professional education and arranged for libraries and other organizations to gain access to online databases and networks. He then became Executive Director of the American Medical Informatics Association. More recently, he was a Vice President at KaBOOM!, a child-focused nonprofit that works with local community organizations throughout North America to plan, finance, and build playgrounds. Right before joining CLC, Reynolds was a senior consultant working with a start-up Web-publisher called MetroHealth Media.

Reynolds holds a Master of Arts degree in geography from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master of Library Science degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas. He resides with his wife, Tahi, in the Washington, DC area, and has a daughter who is in her second year of college in Chicago.

The executive director search was conducted by a Board-appointed committee, with the support of Organization Guidance Group, LLC founder Charles "Chuck" D. Rumbarger, who also served as the interim executive director through the transition. Rumbarger will remain available as a resource to CLC and its new executive director for the next three months.

"Working these past four months with exceptionally dedicated elected leaders and staff, I have been witness to the coming together of all the elements necessary for CLC and CLC members to continue their record of growth and success," says Rumbarger. "In spite of current economic challenges, the foundations and momentum established by former executive director Susan Krug, her predecessors, and CLC's volunteer leadership teams will provide the organization with unprecedented opportunities for achievement. The Search Committee, led by Sheri Mosely, has selected an association professional from almost 150 applicants, who I believe possesses the best possible skills, experience and 'heart' to help CLC realize its greatest potential. It is with complete confidence that I relinquish my brief stewardship to CLC's new Executive Director, Mr. Dennis J. Reynolds."

About Child Life Council
The Child Life Council, Inc. is the leading membership association serving child life professionals as they empower children and families to master challenging life events. Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1982, Child Life Council provides members with professional development programs and resources, advances best practices, and distributes information about the needs of children experiencing stress and trauma. Membership is currently composed of nearly 4,000 individuals representing more than 600 organizations worldwide. Our members include child life specialists, child life assistants, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, school teachers, therapeutic recreation specialists, and others in related fields. To learn more about Child Life Council and the child life profession, please visit our Web site at http://www.childlife.org.

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