Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison Association

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Executive Board


Lisa Northman, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
Phone 617-632-6764                                                         


Megan Elam, EdD
Director, Center for School Services and Educational Research
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
Phone 513-803-3272
Alicia Riggs, MEd
Patient Academic Services Coordinator
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
St. Petersburg, FL
Phone 727-767-4130



Joni Hildreth, MPsy, NBCT
Teacher/Educational Coordinator
Levine Children's Hospital
Charlotte, NC
Phone 704-381-0156   



Courtney Emery, MEd, NBCT
School Intervention Specialist                                                           
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Phone 859-218-3442

Marketing and Communications Officer
Patty Dillhoff, MAT
Manager, School Intervention Program
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
Phone 513-636-7322                                                                                                                                                                 

Member At-Large
Sarah Smith

Hospital Teacher/School Liaison, School Intervention Program
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Grand Rapids, MI
Phone 616-267-0924



Member At-Large
Cara Giannillo, MSEd.
Coordinator, School Intervention & Re-Entry Program
Stony Brook Children's Hospital
Stony Brook, NY
Phone 631-444-7521



Member At-Large

Patricia Kerrigan, PhD                                

Cognitive Late Effects/School Intervention Specialists
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
Los Angelos, CA
Phone 310-824-5696



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