Turrell Fund Champions

The Turrell Champion Award is given to individuals who demonstrate the furthering of the Turrell Fund Vision, Mission and Values in important and lasting ways.

We invite you to meet some of our recent Champion Award recipients


Kay Hendon

Nicholson Foundation

Kay leads the Nicholson Foundation’s early childhood initiatives. She is experienced in the areas of child care, child welfare, and neighborhood services. Kay has held leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors and has spearheaded public policy initiatives. Before joining the Foundation, she was the Associate Commissioner for Child Care Operations for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.



Verna Gray

The Gray Charter School

Miss Gray founded and opened The Gray Charter School in Newark, New Jersey on September 5, 2000 at the urging of parents who wanted true choice in public education for their children. She trained dedicated teachers who believed in making every child an achiever. Although The Gray Charter School is a public school, Miss Gray, who is an education expert, runs the school like an elite private school. She truly is making a difference in children’s lives.



Blanche Podhajski

Stern Center for Language and Learning

Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D. is the founder and President of the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston and White River Junction, Vermont. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.


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