Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference
Since 2017, Parent Possible has hosted the annual Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference. The conference brings together home visitors, nonprofit partners, researchers, parents and others from across Colorado (and the nation) to focus on the most pressing issues facing home visiting programs.
Below you’ll see photos from previous conferences as well as a list of individuals and organizations recognized at the Conference for their excellence and contributions to the home visiting field in Colorado.
Thomas A. Fitzgerald PAT Parent Educator of the Year
The Thomas A. Fitzgerald PAT Home Visitor of the Year Award honors a PAT home visitor that has shown an exceptional commitment to home visiting and the families served through PAT. Named after Tom Fitzgerald, who dedicated his career to improving education for children in Colorado and introduced PAT to Colorado in 1989.
2022 – Erika Grohmann, Roots Family Center
2020 – Lety Mier, Growing Home
2019 – Patty Webb, Starpoint
2018 – Kristina Gorshe, Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo
2017 – Rose Oliva, Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo
Bernice Frieder HIPPY Home Visitor of the Year
The Bernice Frieder HIPPY Home Visitor of the Year Award is named for Bernice Frieder, who was born and raised in Colorado and in 1991 she brought HIPPY to the state. She was a passionate advocate for families of young children and was said to be “tiny in stature but titanic in spirit.” We are pleased to honor Bernice by presenting this award to a HIPPY Home Visitor that displays the same spirit and commitment to families in Colorado.
2022 – Gloria Fuentes, Mile High United Way
2020 – Marlene Gordo-Luna, North Range Behavioral Health, Family Connects
2019 – Adriana Escamilla Ysguerra, Clayton Early Learning
2018 – Sanaullah Abdur Rahim, North Range Behavioral Health, Family Connects
2017 – Irma Lopez, Jeffco HIPPY
Parent Possible Leadership Award
The Parent Possible Leadership Award is meant to lift up and honor our Colorado PAT & HIPPY supervisors and coordinators for all of the incredible work that they do to support their home visitors, who are then able to better support their families.
2022 – Juanita Puga, North Range Behavioral Health, Family Connects
Erin Binford Social Justice Award
The Erin Binford Social Justice Award is named for Erin Binford who was a Senior Program Officer at the Buell Foundation. Erin’s work and her life were rooted in values of equity and inclusion and her impact on early childhood work in Colorado was vast. Each year we honor Erin by acknowledging the extraordinary work that an individual or group has done to increase equity, improve support for families, and transform our communities to create positive change.
2022 – Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
2020 – Katherine Bair, PAT Trainer
2019 – Mary Martin, CDHS
2018 – Ida Rhodes, Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo
2017 – Janis Pottorff, North Range Behavioral Health, Family Connects
Vroom Champion Award
The Vroom Champion Award is meant to honor an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the effort to share Vroom in Colorado. Recipients of this award embody the spirit of Vroom and its inspirational messages that remind parents that they already have what it takes to be a brain builder.
2022 – Elizabeth Chaney, Focus Points Family Resource Center
2020 – Kathleen Kennedy, Starpoint
2019 – Letty Bass, Merle Chambers Fund
Previous Conference Resources
- 2022 Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference App
- 2020 Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference App
- 2019 Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference Program & Conference Workshop Materials
- 2018 Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference Program
- 2017 Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference Program & Conference Workshop Materials
Thank you to previous sponsors including:
- Alpine Bank
- Bellows CPA
- The Bezos Family Foundation
- Citywide Banks
- CoBiz Financial
- The Colorado Trust
- The Denver Channel
- Denver Preschool Program
- Gary Community Ventures
- G & H Realty
- Point B
- The Rose Foundation
- Ryan Gunsauls & O’Donnell (RGO)
- Sam’s Club Store #6632
- Vectra Bank
- Visit Tracker DataKepeer Technologies
- Walmart Store #3533