Thank you to the community members who lead the early learning movement in Pierce County.

Project Child Success Steering Committee

Christine Rosenquist, First 5 FUNdamentals Board Representative
Judy Nelson, Community Awareness Team Chair – Pierce County Library
Susan Anderson-Newham, Advocacy Lead – Pierce County Library
Victor Rodriguez, Quality Improvement Team Co-Chair – Tacoma/Pierce County Health Dept.
Candy Watkins, Birth to Three Representative – A Step Ahead in Pierce County
Jenny Nakata, First 5 FUNdamentals Staff
Susan Barbeau, First 5 FUNdamentals Staff

Role of First 5 FUNdamentals

First 5 FUNdamentals (F5F) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize and inspire the community to achieve its collective goals for children and families. To that end, F5F supports Project Child Success through staffing, leadership, communication, and fiscal agency.

First 5 FUNdamentals Staff

Susan Barbeau, Executive Director

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Susan Barbeau has served as the Executive Director since 2013. Susan provides direction and leadership in advancing the organization’s mission and strategically achieving the vision that all Pierce County children succeed. She holds a Master degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration and Bachelors degree in public policy. When not at work, Susan practices her parenting skills at home with her three year old son.

Jenny Nakata, Collective Impact Manager



Jenny comes to First 5 FUNdamentals with a background in international education, community health,  and social work. She served as a Peace Corps education volunteer in rural western Kenya and is passionate about working with underserved community members. She is excited to be part of the F5F team and contribute to collective impact work in Pierce County. Jenny holds a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and dual Masters degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from UC Berkeley.

Penny Larkins, Development Associate 



Penny brings to First 5 Fundamentals fifteen years in supporting the work of nonprofit organizations and building community partnerships. With experience in volunteer management, healthcare and museum education, she is delighted to join the community efforts to improve early childhood education and contribute to the success of every child. Penny is a graduate of UW Tacoma with post graduate studies in nonprofit management.

Heidi MacDonald

Heidi comes to us from Astoria Oregon, after moving to South Puget Sound in 2016. Her career focus has been in the nonprofit sector, most recently at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Heidi graduated with distinction from Eastern Oregon University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Business Accounting with additional concentrations in Leadership, Organization and Management.