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Welcome to Caitlin Church, New Craniofacial Program Coordinator

Visitors to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley at IU Health are being greeted by a new (and perhaps familiar!) face. Caitlin Mannan Church was recently hired as the new Cleft and Craniofacial Program Coordinator, a position currently held by Trish Severns who will fully retire at the end of the year. The two coordinators will be working together throughout 2015 as Caitlin is trained in her duties, which includes managing the weekly Craniofacial Clinic, maintaining patient records, and helping to develop educational and recreational programs to improve the quality of life of patients with facial differences.

Born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, Caitlin was herself a “Riley Kid” who visited clinic as a patient and who attended Camp About Face, a camp for children born with craniofacial anomalies that is sponsored by the Craniofacial Team at Riley at IU Health. Caitlin attended camp for 10 summers, after which she went on to become a volunteer adult mentor for the Camp About Face Leadership Academy and now helps coordinate both programs as a team member.

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in religion. She has presented on her personal experiences with craniofacial anomalies to young adults, parents and healthcare personnel and brings a wealth of professional skills and personal experiences that will further enhance the Craniofacial Program.

Please join us in welcoming Caitlin to the team.

Trish Severns, MA

Author of this Article

Trish is the Cleft and Craniofacial Program Coordinator for Riley at IU Health. She is active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association where she serves on the Cleft Palate Foundation Leadership Award Committee.

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