Human ecology instructor elected to national board

May 12, 2014 | Applied and Natural Sciences

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Anita Pumphrey, instructor of human ecology in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Applied and Natural Sciences, has been elected to a two-year term as secretary on the Child Life Council’s Board of Directors.

Anita Pumphrey

Anita Pumphrey

An active member of the Child Life Council since 1987, Pumphrey has served in a number of roles including a two-year stint as a member-at-large on the CLC’s Board of Directors, chairperson for the CLC’s Education and Training Committee and a member of the Exam Assembly Committee, which reviews and assembles the national Child Life Professional Certifying Examination.

“Obviously I’m very honored to be back on the board again after my first two years as a member-at-large,” Pumphrey said.  “I think the difference this time will be more responsibility involved for me. This time, I’ll be considered part of the executive committee, so there’ll be more work and more responsibility.

“I’m looking forward to stepping up into that role, especially at a critical time for our profession as we set policies and guidelines for internships and practicum programs and working to get people certified in the field. It’ll be a good deal of work, but it’s exciting to be part of moving and shaping the profession as we carry forward with it.”

Pumphrey is also a member of the CLC’s Academic Task Force, which she chaired for two years and worked to develop academic standards for all child life academic programs.

The Child Life Council is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, that represents professionals who provide expertise in helping children and their families overcome some of life’s most challenging events, particularly those related to hospitalization and healthcare.

Established in 1982, CLC’s 4,000 members include child life specialists, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, school teachers and therapeutic recreation specialists. Written by T. Scott Boatright –