Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

Children's Alliance Announces 2010 Voices for Children Awards


Next month at our annual luncheon, the Children’s Alliance will present five awards honoring child advocates whose work has improved the lives of Washington children.

This year’s Voices for Children Award recipients have demanded health care for all Washington children, pressed for the elimination of racial inequities in the foster care system, and secured funding for early learning programs for the children most at risk of being left behind. Above all, they have sought to protect the most vulnerable and inspired others to speak out for kids. They are:

Hannah Lidman, who serves as senior policy associate at the Economic Opportunity Institute, and is a passionate and effective advocate for early learning. Her leadership on the Early Learning Action Alliance campaign to give more kids access to preschool, and her efforts to protect funding for existing early learning investments have made a real difference for Washington’s youngest learners.
Sebrena Burr, who works as hard for all of Washington’s kids as she does for her own. Her willingness to tell her story, whether in front of thousands rallying on the Capitol steps or before a panel of lawmakers, demonstrates inspiring advocacy leadership at the grassroots level.
Neal Philip, a dedicated advocate for ending childhood hunger in Washington. From his leadership with Lawyers Helping Hungry Children to his direct advocacy, Neal’s work helps people understand that volunteers play an important role in public policy change for kids.
Cassie Sauer, whose work helped to create the Health Coalition for Children and Youth and to develop Apple Health for Kids. Her tenacity and leadership over the years have been instrumental to improving access to health coverage, and making children all over the state healthier.
Nancy Roberts-Brown, whose leadership led to the first-ever summit on racial disproportionality in the Washington’s foster care system. Her support of local racial disproportionality coalitions in King County and across the state, and her efforts to bring the voices of families to the table, have been instrumental in addressing racial inequities in Washington.

The Children’s Alliance established Voices for Children Awards in 1993 as a way to recognize those extraordinary advocates who have fought for the laws and policies that make Washington a better place for kids.

The awards will be presented at the Children’s Alliance’s Voices for Children Awards Luncheon, May 20 at 11:30 a.m., at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. Ron Sims, who left his post as King County Executive when President Obama named him deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will deliver the keynote address. The event is open to the public (see reservation details below).

To attend the Voices for Children Awards Luncheon, please contact Deborah Bowler at or register online at Individual tickets are $60. All guests will be asked to make a donation to support the work of the Children’s Alliance. A minimum gift of $150 is suggested.

2010 Voices for Children Awards Nominees

Janis Avery, Seattle
Elise DeGooyer, Seattle
Deanne Eikenbary, Yakima
Julie Finholm, Tacoma
Lonnie Johns-Brown, Seattle
Marcelas Owens, Seattle
Mary Quinlan, Tacoma
Thomas Rembiesa, Seattle
Margaret Sanstad, Seattle
Rep. Pat Sullivan, Covington
Kathy Thamm, Spokane
Karen Tvedt, Olympia

Paola Maranan, Executive Director, (206) 324-0340 x 16
Liz Gillespie, Communications Manager, (206) 324-0340 x 18

The Children’s Alliance is a statewide public policy advocacy organization that works at the state and federal level to ensure that all children have what they need to thrive. Current campaigns focus on health care, childhood hunger, early learning, and foster care. Our membership includes 125 organizations and more than 10,000 individuals statewide who are members of our Children’s Action Network. To learn more about the Children’s Alliance, go to To sign up for our media list, e-mail Liz Gillespie at