Champions for Children

Each year, Project Child Success identifies and celebrates people in Pierce County who have made a significant impact in the lives of children and families. These are not just experts or professionals, but people from all walks of life who have made a difference for children and families from our community.

Each champion is nominated by community members and voted on by the Community Awareness Team. Project Child Success partners surprise these individuals in a public arena and give them a plaque celebrating them as a Champion for Children! As each award winner is surprised, it is fun to see their faces light up! Join us in congratulating the following individuals.

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2017 Champions

John Briehl

A leader and integral part of the Children Services Network, Pierce County’s first early learning coalition, awarded at the 2017 Champion for Children Celebration

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Vera Brokenshire 

Lil Reader volunteer, awarded at Lil Reader Celebration.


Grocery Outlet at 56th St. 

Brian Mack- Grocery Outlet store owner, awarded at Customer Block Party celebration

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Peggy McCloud

Director at Grandview Early Learning Center, awarded at staff meeting.

Peggy McCloud

Dr. Sherwin Shinn 

Dental Director at Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children, awarded at Lindquist all staff meeting. Learn more about his story here. 


2016 Champions

The 2016 Champion Recognition event celebrated all past Champions for Children, learn more here. 

Holly Bamford Hunt 

Director of the Bamford Foundation, awarded at 2016 Champion Recognition Event


Bruce Dammeier

Washington State Senator, awarded at 2016 Champion Recognition Event


Lolita Estrada

Raindrops & Rainbows manager, awarded at Blue Star Families event

Watch Lolita’s Early Learning Champion KBTC video here


Ellen McCracken

Spanaway Lutheran Preschool director and teacher, awarded at Spanaway Lutheran Church


Brianna Rommel Howell

Bethel High School student, awarded at Bethel School Board meeting


2015 Champions

Helen Myrick

Community Activist, awarded at Project Child Success Partnership Meeting

Watch Helen’s Early Learning Champion KBTC video here

Helen Myrick

Neel Parikh

Former Executive Director of the Pierce County Library System, awarded at Tacoma Rotary 8 meeting

Watch Neel’s Early Learning Champion KBTC video here


Brenda Rogers

Bethel School District School Board Member, awarded at School Board Meeting

Watch Brenda’s Early Learning Champion KBTC here


Frank Hewins
Superintendent of Franklin Pierce School District, awarded at the School Board Meeting

Watch Frank’s Early Learning Champion KBTC video here


Betty Renfro
Family Support Worker, awarded at Family Support Worker Meeting

Betty Mann

2014 Early Learning Champions included:

  • Rick Allen, Past President of United Way of Pierce County
  • Lisa Block, Harbor Kids Teeth & Dr. Mark Kadoshima, Light Touch Dental
  • Jo Cruz, Child Care Provider
  • Propel Insurance
  • Dr. Mary Ann Woodruff, Pediatrics Northwest