Meet Our Team

Our Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Child Life Department covers our general pediatric inpatient unit, pediatric intensive care unit, and our Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders hematology/oncology outpatient clinic. Child Life Staff are required to have an undergraduate degree in a number of disciplines related to the child development field, complete a 600 hour supervised internship as well as pass a national certifying examination. Many staff members also hold multiple degrees in higher education covering a variety of specialties and services along with additional certifications. All Child Life Specialists are trained to work with hospitalized children and their families as well as to understand the difficulties that accompany hospitalization.

Child Life Specialists

Anne Reilly, MS, CCLS, Child Life Department Manager & PICU Specialist

Sarah Garvey, BS, CCLS, weekend Child Life Specialist

Kelsey Gitchell, BA, CCLS, per Diem

Jillian Hinko, BA, CCLS, Outpatient Valerie Fund Child Life Specialist

Kim Hudock, BA, CCLS, Pediatric unit Child Life Specialist

Shannon Jenkins, MS, CCLS, per diem Child Life Specialist

Sara Pagano MS, CCLS Inpatient Valerie Fund Child Life Specialist

Esther Savetsky, ATR-BC, LCAT , Art Therapist Valerie Fund and Inpatient Units

If You Wish to Make a Donation

Click here to visit our Child Life Program donation page