She’s not one to toot her own horn, so we’re glad ParentMap magazine decided to do it for her by naming our workhorse of an executive director, Paola Maranan, one of its 2010 Superheroes for Washington Families.
Speaker of the House Frank Chopp sums it up when he calls her a “tireless advocate for kids” whose “passion, inspiration and dedication make the Children’s Alliance a leading voice in Olympia.”
We salute the other 2010 Superheroes, several of whom we are proud to call dedicated colleagues and supporters of the Children’s Alliance, including:
• Jim Theofelis, whose leadership as founder and executive director of The Mockingbird Society has been an invaluable resource to our work to make Washington’s child welfare system more responsive to the needs of youth in foster care. Theofelis has worked hard to bring the voices of young people into these discussions.
• Jill Sells, director of the Washington state chapter of Reach Out and Read, an organization that partners with doctors’ offices to provide books and other early reading tools to families. She is a key partner of the Children's Alliance and also represents Reach Out and Read as part of the statewide Early Learning Action Alliance.
• Joan Cole Duffell, executive director of Committee for Children, a member of the Children’s Alliance that works to prevent bullying, violence and child abuse worldwide.
• Eric Pettigrew, an eight-term member of the state House of Representatives and a strong legislative ally of the Children’s Alliance, who was a public policy coordinator for us in the late 1980s.
Congrats, Superheroes. Our kids are lucky to have you in their corner.
– Liz Gillespie