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ParentMap’s 2023 Superheroes for Washington Kids and Families

Q&As with local champions worth celebrating

Published on: March 30, 2023

ParentMap publisher Alayne Sulkin pictured with 2023 superheroes David Heppard, Yaffa Maritz and Kimonti Carter
Left to right: David Heppard, Alayne Sulkin, Yaffa Maritz and Kimonti Carter. Photo credit: Will Austin

Get ready to be inspired!

ParentMap’s annual “Superheroes” issue shines a light on the dedicated work of leaders in our community who are working tirelessly every day to improve the lives of kids and families in Washington state. In 2023, as the publication celebrates its 20th birthday (and 346th issue!), we recognize anew some of these crusading honorees from past years — and introduce you to their Superheroes. Get ready to be inspired!

  • The Law ChangersDemocratic Sen. John Lovick, 44th Legislative District, Lori Markowitz, The Josh Fund
  • The Social Justice Activists, Kimonti Carter, founder, T.E.A.C.H. (Taking Education and Creating History); David Heppard, executive director, Freedom Project; Yaffa Maritz, founder, Community of Mindful Parenting
  • The Healers, Abena Knight, M.D., and Michelle Terry, M.D., Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington School of Medicine
  • The Community OrganizersAngie Hinojos and Carlos Jiménez, cofounders of Centro Cultural Mexicano; Putter Bert, president and CEO, KidsQuest Children’s Museum
  • The Veterans’ Advocates, Nino Gray Jr., community engagement manager, Seattle Seahawks; Carla Carrell, senior director, External and Government Affairs, Comcast; Mike Schindler, founder and CEO, Operation Military Family
  • The Equalizers, Sherry Williams, executive director of operations, Technology Access Foundation; Trish Millines-Dziko, cofounder and executive director, Technology Access Foundation
  • The Artisan, Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman, founder and executive director of the Refugee Artisan Initiative
  • The Political Firebrands, Washington Rep. My-Linh Thai, 41st Legislative District; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director, CEO and cofounder of MomsRising

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