Our Team

At Peyton Manning Children’s hospital, our team of Child Life Specialists are certified individuals who are prepared at the master’s and bachelor’s degree level in child development, child life and family-centered care, or related fields.

The Child Life team works throughout the hospital, surgery center, emergency department and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit located in our women’s hospital, offering support for children and families to help them cope with illness and injury.

Our team also includes pediatric trained volunteers, child life practicum students and child life interns who are committed and dedicated help change the outcome of our patients and their families.

Kaitlin Knapp, MA, ATR, LMHC – Clinical Program Manager
Kaitlin.Knapp1@ascension.org
Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
MA in Art Therapy, Herron School of Art + Design; IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
BA in Studio Art, Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Alycia Hostman, MS, CCLS – Outpatient Surgery & Radiology
alycia.hostman@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
Certified Passenger Safety Technician
MS in Family and Consumer Sciences: Child Life Concentration, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
BS in Health Science, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Chelsea Hayward, BS, CCLS – Inpatient & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
chelsea.hayward@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
BA in Family Science, Anderson University, Anderson, IN

Katie O’Leary, BS, CCLS – Inpatient & Outpatient services
katie.oleary@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, Towson University, Towson, MD

Laura McIlrath, BS, CCLS – Inpatient & Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Diseases
laura.mcilrath@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
BS in Family and Consumer Sciences, Concentrations in Child Life and Child Development, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Lyndsy Harrington, BS, CCLS – Inpatient & Outpatient Services
lrharri1@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
BS in Youth Adult and Family Services with Child Development, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Meghan Watts, BS, CCLS – Emergency Department
meghan.watts@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
BS in Family and Consumer Science with Concentration in Child Life, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Morgan Mitchell, BS, CCLS – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
morgan.mitchell@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
BA in Psychology with Certificate in Family Life Education, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Sarah Easley, BS, CCLS – Inpatient Services
sarah.easley@ascension.org
Certified Child Life Specialist
BS in Family and Consumer Science with Concentrations in Child Life and Child Development, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Madison Hershberger, M.Ed, BS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
M.Ed in Child and Family Studies, Bryan College
BS in Applied Psychology, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

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