Project Child Success is led and governed by a Steering Committee

comprised of 6-9 community members who are committed to building

an equitable and inclusive community in which all children thrive.

Steering Committee Members

Susan Anderson-Newham

Susan Anderson Newham

Pierce County Library


Penni Belcher

South Sound 211
United Way of Pierce County

Susie Mathews portrait pic

Susie Mathews

Community Member

Judy Nelson Portrait pic

Judy Nelson

Community Member

Alyssa Torrez Portrait Pic

Alyssa Torrez

Tacoma Housing Authority

Candy Watkins

Candy Watkins

Early Intervention Program
Pierce County

Staff and Support

Rachel Haas

Rachel Hall, MPH

Project Child Success Manager

As the Project Child Success Manager, Rachel builds upon a foundation of deep trusted relationships to align 175 community partners around a shared purpose, and achieve the vision that all children thrive in nurturing relationships and environments. In addition to her local efforts, Rachel also represents Pierce County as part of the Washington Communities for Children. She holds a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Washington and is passionate about the intersections between education and health.


First 5 FUNdamentals is a non-profit organization, founded in 2008, whose mission is to support community-based initiatives in achieving their collective goals for children and families. First 5 FUNdamentals provides staffing, communications, and organizational infrastructure to Project Child Success.