“Andy” Andrea Mangione Standish, CCLS
Founder, President, Square Peg
Certified Child Life Specialist
Samuel Golter said, “There is no profit in curing the body if in the process we destroy the soul.” Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” It is where those two quotes intersect that you will find the work, hopes and dreams of Ms. Mangione.
An experienced Child Life Educator and Certified Child Life Specialist, Ms. Mangione is an advocate, educator, practitioner, trainer, mentor, volunteer and consultant. She has worked extensively to promote and support the rights and needs of ill children and their families and has helped introduce sustainable child and family friendly healthcare practices globally.
Ms. Mangione is a key note speaker and workshop presenter discussing her passion to implement sustainable practices to make healthcare more child and family friendly. It’s been a pleasure for her to speak to: fellow child life specialists, doctors, nurses, residents, psychologists, hospital play specialists and allied health professionals in the USA and in Italy, Brazil, Japan, Jordan, Nicaragua, Taiwan, Israel, Georgia, New Zealand, Egypt and the Philippines.
Ms. Mangione has volunteered on medical missions in: Brazil, China, Jordan, Nicaragua, Egypt, Vietnam, Honduras, Ethiopia, Laos and the Philippines. She has worked with children and families in the acute and chronic settings in the following units: oncology, hematology, pediatric intensive care, emergency department, inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, acute dialysis and outpatient dialysis.
Ms. Mangione loves her poodles, traveling, reading, sewing and everything Texas. She claims her two favorite aromas are cinnamon rolls and jet fuel. And yes, she loves purple.
Interim CEO, Standish Foundation
Casey is a native Texan, having grown up in a small town on the Texas gulf-coast. He spent most of his formative years fishing, playing sports, and performing manual labor for his father. He attended Texas A&M where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution. He suffers from recurring delusions each August, continually thinking this is the year the Aggies will win another Football National Championship. Luckily this problem is short lived, typically passing by early November.
Casey’s business career started in consulting, where he worked for Ernst&Young in their process improvement consulting practice in Dallas. Next he joined Compaq Computer, when they were the largest manufactured of personal computers and servers in the world. After almost 5 years with Compaq, he joined Apple where he spent 11 years in a number of executive roles. He worked for Apple in Cupertino, Singapore, and Austin. He left Apple to join Ceva Logistics, a global logistics provider where he served as the regional CEO for South East Asia based in Singapore, the Regional CEO for Australia and New Zealand based in Melbourne, Australia, and as the Head of Business Development based in Austin. He now serves as the Managing Partner of Provident Global Advisors, a consulting firm focused on interim executive services and business improvement consulting.
Casey is currently serving as the Standish Foundation Interim CEO. He works with the Board of Directors to Ensure the Foundation’s mission is achieved in the most effective means possible.
Casey is a family man, and loves most any activity outdoors. He is the devoted husband, proud father of three children, and the meal ticket for two dogs. He spends most of his free time watching kids sporting events, but tries to sneak in some running and golf when time allows. Along with his wife Kristy, he serves in the children’s ministry program at his church, and is an Ambassador for Pine Cove Ministries.
Kasey Reinhardt, BS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist
Social + Digital Media Manager, Standish Foundation
USA, Latin America
Kasey grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina USA and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with degrees in both Psychology and Child and Family Development. She has worked with children with autism as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist and in a variety of education settings.
Kasey became certified as a child life specialist in her final year of college and began her professional career at Novant Health Medical Center. She enjoyed working with patients, family and staff in the pediatric emergency department and the neonatal intensive care unit. In an effort to support her community, Kasey devoted countless hours to become proficient in emergency response. She also worked closely with the fundraising arm of the hospital to create family friendly spaces and develop supportive patient- and family-centered care programs. It was through her experiences here that she truly developed and nurtured her passion for helping and supporting children and their families throughout their medical journeys.
Kasey also volunteers as a child life specialist working with children and families on international medical missions. While volunteering, you’ll find Kasey writing blogs about her travels and her work with children and families. She loves to travel and once even put her things in storage to live in a Volkswagen Vanagon and travel the US for two months. She arrived home rejuvenated along
with a stray dog. She is a lover of cats, has dabbled in commercial acting and recently took up improv. She loves the Carolina Panthers, is an airbnb “superhost” and currently resides in sunny Long Beach, California. Kasey spends her free time exploring California and at the beach with her dog “Cranberry.”
Thomas McNeely Hobson, MHA, MMEd, MT-BC, CCLS
Music Therapist-Board Certified, Certified Child Life Specialist
Children’s Research Foundation Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Chief Outcomes Officer, Standish Foundation
USA, Qatar, Jerusalem
The words of Audrey Hepburn, “As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others”, have driven Thomas McNeely Hobson throughout his education and career. This drive, coupled with his determination and ingenuity lead him to create opportunities where others see obstacles.
Mr. Hobson and his brother were raised by their parents in locations all over the southeastern United States. Since childhood, Mr. Hobson exhibited a desire to help those in need. At age four, Mr. Hobson offered to console his brother by singing to him, and thus began his quest to connect with and bring comfort to people through music.
After studying music in South Carolina at Presbyterian College, Mr. Hobson sought to expand his knowledge and skill by studying music therapy. During his studies at East Carolina University, he completed a music therapy internship at Florida State Hospital, a large state mental hospital. However, it was his work at Pitt Memorial Hospital, on a pediatric unit, which ultimately drew him to working with hospitalized children.
In pursuit of this mission, Mr. Hobson began working at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee since 2002 where he became the first Director of Child Life Services. Concurrently, he served as the Interim Child Life Consultant for Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. Mr. and enjoyed assisting the hospital to develop its first child life program. Currently, Mr. Hobson is serving as the Business Manager to the Children’s Research Foundation Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
With a desire to deepen his leadership knowledge, Mr. Hobson went on to earn a master’s degree in healthcare administration. He has held a number of volunteer positions at the Child Life Council and the American Music Therapy Association.
Creative, intuitive and humorous, Mr. Hobson’s blog about his work with hospitalized children here and aboard is an inspiration to his colleagues as well as to his patients and their families. Mr. Hobson looks forward to working with Standish Foundation, and is most excited about knowing that children and families will benefit from this global collaboration.
Ellen Steele, M.Ed, Ed.S.
Ellen grew up in Northwest Ohio, as the youngest of four. She attended Bowling Green State University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After working for a year in a juvenile justice center for teenaged girls and boys, Ellen strove to intervene with children at a younger age. She earned her Master’s degree in Education, as well as an Educational Specialist’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and earned the credential of Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Ellen lived and worked in Michigan, Hawaii, Maryland, and Illinois, before settling in Texas. Ellen continues to work as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology at the elementary school level in Austin, Texas.