Christina Connors, President
Christina Connors, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and proud mother of 2 children. With over 16 years of clinical experience, she has worked to enhance the function and independence of children and adults with various physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities in acute inpatient rehabilitation, home health, hospital, and educational settings. She has implemented visual, tactile, and sensory motor strategies to aid in the learning and functioning of children with autism and developmental delays. She has helped to optimize the recovery of children, adolescents and adults with brain injury in hospital, school and outpatient clinic settings. Christina takes pride in creative problem-solving, and her ability to consider the big picture and think outside-the-box during personal and professional challenges. She enjoys identifying the meaningful activities and goals in the lives of her patients, and working with them to enhance their ability to reach their greatest potential.
Christina initially developed Child Inspired in partnership with artist John Donato after her young son faced a life-threatening illness and hospitalization. Christina was deeply impacted by this experience with her son, and based on her professional background in medical and educational settings, wanted to develop developmentally-appropriate, child-centered tools that would help children visualize their progress throughout medical recoveries. Since Child Inspired’s inception, the mission of Get Well Map Foundation began to evolve as an organization that would continue to create and distribute child-centered tools and resources, as well as provide collaborative training to pediatric medial teams, in order to integrate these medical education tools into pediatric discharge planning pathways and improve the patient experience. View Our Story
Jennifer Kelley, CCLS, Chairperson of Healthcare Initiatives
Jenn Kelley, CCLS has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for over 6 years and now proud mother to a young daughter. In addition to Jenn’s work in Creative Arts Therapy & School Programs, Jenn works collaboratively with pediatric oncology patients, families and medical teams at Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Wilmington, Delaware. She has worked with patients with various types of chronic illnesses for 3 years, spent 2 years working with cardiac intensive care and step-down patients, and the last 3 years working with oncology patients receiving inpatient and outpatient treatments. Her passion has been working with siblings and facilitating support groups. She has led a monthly sibling/patient support group and developed and implemented a sixteen week sibling bereavement support group, in collaboration with social work . She continues to develop sibling programming for oncology patients, working closely with the interdisciplinary psychosocial support team. She has been the co-coordinator of the ACLP accredited Child Life internship program since 2013. Jenn received her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from San Diego State University in 2008. She was certified from the ACLP (formerly Child Life Council) in 2010 and recertified in 2015.
Jeanette Brown, SecretaryJeanette Brown has more than 18 years of non-profit medical marketing experience. Jeanette has been responsible for enhancing and growing organization brands, as well as providing analysis and solutions to over 100 non-profit companies. She holds a BA in Psychology from Arcadia University, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Jeanette has served on the Board of Directors for both the Anne Arundel Special Olympics and Annapolis Jaycees. Jeanette is a mom of 2 children and resides outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Christopher Lehman, Treasurer
Christopher Lehman is currently an Education Associate for the Delaware Department of Education, with the Student Supports Team and School Improvement Workgroups. Christopher has 22 years of combined building leader and classroom teaching experience. With initial training as an adaptive Physical Education Educator and Special Education Teacher, Christopher completed 12 years of classroom teaching in Maryland at the H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center in the Prince George’s County Public School System. Christopher was an Assistant Principal in both Baltimore City and Prince George’s County Public Schools. After moving to Delaware, Christopher was Principal for Kent County Community School in Capital School District and the Woodbridge Early Childhood Center for the Woodbridge School District. Christopher is currently entering his 15th year of combined higher education teaching experience as an Adjunct Professor for both the University of Maryland College Park and Wilmington University. In addition to Christopher’s extensive experience in Education, he is the proud father of 3 smart and active daughters.
Christopher received his training at:
•Johns Hopkins University, May 2007; Graduate Certificate in School Supervision and Administration
•The George Washington University, August 2004; Master of Arts in Education in Special Education
•University of Maryland College Park, June 1997; Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
John Donato, “Artist in Charge”, began his career as a freelance graphic designer and then worked in the marketing and advertisement field for a large Real Estate Development company. He became a full time fine artist in 2008 with a new found talent for painting whimsical acrylic paintings that seemed to make everyone smile. He was able to collaborate with anyone at any skill level to create a unique and stunning work of art together. He found that allowing them to experiment and succeed in a safe environment was an incredible tool for developing their character and confidence through artistic self-expression. “I am dedicated to developing artwork and creative projects that bring joy, introspection, inspiration, self-expression, heightened communication, and innovative thinking to communities. I have a passion for collaborating with members of a community, their school systems, and their businesses to create mutually beneficial and educational communications projects using art as the creative catalyst”. To learn more about John’s collaborative murals and fine art visit: www.artsmack.com