Executive Board

Carly Russo, MS, CCLS
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 


Carly is excited for her role on the Executive Board as President. Carly works at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL in the PICU.  She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science from East Carolina University, and completed her internship at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. She is also an adjunct instructor at Nova Southeastern University. Her professional interests include student programming, non-pharmacological pain management, and quality improvement projects. Carly has served on FACLP and ACLP committees. 



Jenna Read, MS, CCLS
Nemours Children’s Hospital 

Jenna is the Supervisor of Child life and Creative Arts Therapy at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. Jenna has her Bachelor’s from UCF and her Master’s from Nova Southeastern and has come full-circle to be an adjunct professor at UCF for the child life course! Her favorite part about being a CCLS is meeting kids where they’re at and helping them overcome big hurdles they think they can’t (this is also her fave part of being a supervisor!) She loves helping others grow and develop into the best versions of themselves.  Jenna served on FACLP’s Planning Committee for 2 years and is humbled and excited to be your president-elect. Jenna is extremely organized and prides herself on her time-management and prioritization skills; having always covered more than one unit and been part of a small team her whole career!  Jenna values the importance of self-care, so during her free-time she refills her cup binging stupid reality TV (hey, Bachelor Nation!) or by hiking with her dogs, soaking up Vitamin D any which way, or going to Disney with her husband!

Sarah Buwalda, CCLS
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 


Sarah is a certified child life specialist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where she has worked for over 4 years in the cardiac unit. She is a Sunflower Award and Patient First Award Winner. Sarah also holds leadership positions on various committees within her department such as bereavement, staffing, and animal assisted therapy. She is a proud handler of JDCH’s facility dog, Freedom, and loves utilizing him to meet therapeutic goals with her patients. Her favorite moments as a child life specialist are providing procedure preparation and witnessing her patients have their “ah-ha” moment once all of their worries, questions, and misconceptions have been addressed. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, playing pickle ball, and spending time with loved ones. Sarah is a dedicated member of FACLP and has been selected as a presenter for the past 3 years. Additionally, she is serving on the hospitality committee for this year’s 2022 conference. Her colleagues would describe her as passionate, bubbly, and innovative. 


Gloria Leyva, CCLS
Nemours Children’s Hospital 


Webmaster & Social Media Coordinator
Paige Cos, CCLS
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 


Paige graduated from Florida State University and completed her internship at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. She was hired full-time at JoeD following internship. She has passionately provided services to inpatient Rehabilitation unit and the Intermediate Care unit. Recently she transitioned into a full-time Radiology position where she is implementing a non-sedation program. She loves getting to use her creativity in graphic designs, collages, newsletters, and more to showcase all the work we do as child life specialists ! Paige has served on an FACLP planning committee and has presented at the 2019 and 2021 FACLP Conferences.

Development Coordinator

Taylor Hinton, CCLS 

Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL

Taylor is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Primary Facility Dog Handler at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida! She is currently working as a CCLS in the Hematology/Oncology department where she has the opportunity to work both on the inpatient unit as well as the outpatient clinic and infusion center. Her facility dog, Lemon, works alongside her throughout the hospital to help provide a sense of normalcy for patients and families, alternate focus during procedures or episodes of pain, and most importantly, play! Taylor has served on the Sponsorships & Donations committee for the past two years for FACLP. In her spare time, Taylor loves to take her three dogs to the beach, read a good book, and binge watch reality tv.

Hayley Wells, CCLS
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital



Hayley Wells has the privilege of serving as this year’s past FACLP President. Hayley is the Outpatient Child Life Supervisor and also provides services in the Emergency Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL. When she is “off duty” she enjoys unwinding with her family, friends and fur babies. You can also find her at her happy place which is anywhere near the water. 

Student Member-at-Large

Mikayla Cagney, CLA 


If you are a student and have any questions about our organization or opportunities for student involvement, please email us at students@faclp.org