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:

Katherine Stoehr

New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Katie Stoehr is the Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Services for the Department of Children and Families. She has served in diverse leadership roles at various child and family serving agencies and nonprofits, with a focus on coaching and training, technical assistance, research, strategic and programmatic support, managing child welfare reform initiatives, and implementing evidenced based programs.

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.

Past Recipients

Father Ed Leahy

St. Benedict’s Preparatory School

Judith Griffin

The Ophelia J. Berry Fund

Ketty Michel

Harmony Day Care Center

Stewart Campbell

Cope Center

Jeremy Johnson

Newark Public Library

Julie Cadwallader-Staub

Burlington School District, VT

Mary Burns

YMCA, Greater Burlington

Kathy Burke

Community Day Nursery

Bridget Turner

Precious Littles

Larry Tamburri

Newark School of the Arts

Cecelia Zalkind

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Blanche Podhajski

Stern Center for Language and Learning

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