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Youth First’s annual Breakfast of Champions takes place every October and honors a “Dr. William Wooten Champion of Youth First” – an individual who has dedicated their time, talents and treasure to Youth First. Due to the pandemic, we cannot hold the traditional in-person event; however, we will still recognize the 2020 Champions of Youth First! With mental health at the forefront, and youth and families needing caring support now more than ever, the 2020 Champions of Youth First are our organization’s social workers and program staff: 72 trained and caring individuals who dedicate their career to strengthening youth and families. With support from generous sponsors, Youth First will share and celebrate their life-saving work via a heartwarming multimedia campaign.

2020 Youth First Champions

Abby Betz
Abril Hatfield
Addy Gomez
Aisha Givens
Alicia Slaton
Alliyah Patton
Alyssa Sieg
Amber Russell
Amy Steele
Ashley Manship
Ashley Underwood
Ashley Hale
Beth Greene
Brandi McCord
Brooke Skipper
Callie Sanders
Christine Weinzapfel-Hayden
Dawn Tedrow
Deena Bodine
Diane Braun
Donna Ferriell
Elizabeth Christmas
Ellen Dippel
Grace Wilson
Haley Droste
Heather Miller
Heidi Mikac
Holly Branam
Holly Parod
Jayme Waddell
Jenna Kruse
Jennifer Kurtz
Jessie Laughlin
Jessie Smith
Jillian Moon
Jordan Beach
Kacie Shipman
Kathy Baker
Katie Omohundro
Kayla Fein
Kelli Chambers
Kelsey Hagemeier
Kelsey Weber
Krissy Melhiser
Laura G Walker
Laura Keys
Laura Wathen
Laura Arrick
Leah Lottes
Lisa Cossey
Lori Powell
Marge Gianopoulos
Mary Haas
Mary Ruth Branstetter
Megan LaRue
Megan Shake
Niki Walls
Nolan Miller
Salita Brown
Sara Wilson
Sarah Audu
Sarah Laury
Shannon Loehrlein
Shelby McDannald
Sophia Blaha
Staci Chambers
Teresa Mercer
Tiffany Austin
Tiffany Harper
Valorie Dassel
Vicki Kirkman

Past Champions


Title Sponsor

Mission Sponsor

Celebration Sponsors

Dan & Scherri Arens

Tricia Hollander Henning & Jeff Henning

Healing Heart Sponsors

Steve & Suzette Fritz

Drs. William & Mona Wooten

Robert & Marguerite Kent

Caring Supporter Sponsors

Tim & Robin Quinton

Dan & Laura Hoefling

Champions Sponsors

Jeff & Marti Deig – 3 sponsorships

Azzip Pizza & the Niemeier Family – 2 sponsorships

Parri & Dave Black – 2 sponsorships

The Falconer Family – 2 sponsorships

The Hammett Family – 2 sponsorships

Jeff & Leanne Happe – 2 sponsorships

Mike & Julie Hoon – 2 sponsorships

Dennis & Catherine Lamey – 2 sponsorships

Paul & Martha Weaver – 2 sponsorships

Jeff & Nancy Anderson

Jim & Amy Back

The Becht Family

Angie Brawdy & Brad Wagner

Andrea & Jarrod Brown

John & Susan Browning

Greg & Gini Combs

Cork ‘n Cleaver

Phil & Deborah DeLong

Kyle & Kristin Fields

Donald & Becky Fuchs

Rhett & Amanda Gonterman

Krista & Dennis Greenfield

Ken & Amy Hall

Nick Hermann, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor

Fred Kent

Wade & Katie Lowhorn

Carol & Dick Lynch

Yadilka Maldonado

Aaron & Kate Miller

Ann & Glen Muehlbauer

Norbert & Madonna Niemeier

The Palmer Family

Jana & Ray Pritchett

Jason & Tonya Puckett

The Rawley Family

Mark & Cheryl Rietman

Martha Rohlfer

Robert & Mary Tiemann

Christy & Joseph Walker

Kenneth & Cheryl Wathen

Jerry & Patricia Ziemer

Friends of Youth First

Friend of Youth First Sponsors

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville

Wilfred & Dr. Phyllis Bussing

Barry & Stella Heichelbech

Robert Lamey

Media Mix