Port Orchard Independent


Three local women are 'Women of Achievement' by YWCA

Port Orchard Independent Editor
April 19, 2013 · 9:08 AM

Three South Kitsap women are among 12 honorees who will be recognized at the 24th Annual Women of Achievement Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, April 23, at the Kitsap Convention Center at Bremerton Harborside.

The event is sponsored by the YWCA of Kitsap County.

Honorees from South Kitsap are Shannon Childs, vice president and marketing director for Kitsap Bank; Sharon Fields, lead lab assistant for Group Health Cooperative; and Tamika Tiller, community volunteer.

The group was selected from nominations received from the public in categories for women who have overcome odds, students 17 and older, government/political, business/professional, eduction, human services, community activist/volunteer, arts and others.

Childs has served as Kitsap Bank’s marketing director for nine years.

“I’m very humbled by the recognition,” Childs said. “For many years, I seen many women honored and they are truly fantastic individuals who have done great things for their communities. Truly, to be counted among them is a gratifying thing.”

She previously served as community relations director for the state’s First Congressional District under Congressman Rick White and is past president of the Olympic College Foundation.

Childs serves as director of Cedar Cove Association, participates on the City of Port Orchard’s Design Review Board, is a member of the Navy League and has served on the Kitsap County Citizens Budget Advisory Committee.

She is passionate about providing equal access to education.

Childs said she doesn’t know who nominated her, but she been hearing bits of information.

“Maybe some of my friends from Olympic College, that’s what I suspect,” she said.

Childs lives with her husband, Jerry, in Port Orchard.

Fields, who has been president of the YWCA of Kitsap Board of Directors for the past four years, said she was surprised by the announcement.

“I’m very honored and humbled to be numbered among the women honored,” Fields said. “There have been more than 300 before me. I was humbled when I received the phone call.”

She was notified about honor last month.

Fields, who has served on the board for eight years, originally was part of the Women of Achievement selection committee, but was sick during the process.

“I had no idea I was going to be honored,” she said.

Fields has served as a volunteer with Planned Parenthood via Bremerton School District’s Abstinence program in 1988.

From 2007 to 2009, Fields was Leadership Training Committee chair and teacher, Service Department leader from 1989-2004 and Women’s Committee member.

She is a graduate of Leadership Kitsap 2012.

At Emmanuel Apostolic Church, she served as pastoral aid from 1998 to 2006, as a Sunday School teacher, Marriage Class teacher and Women’s Department manager from 2011-13.

For the 27 years, Fields has worked as a phlebotomy lab tech with Group Health and now serves as lab lead, along with being a certified nursing assistant.

Fields lives in Port Orchard with her husband Darrell.

Tiller is familiar with Women of Achievement honors. Her older sister, Shatara, was honored several years ago by the YWCA.

“I’ve know about it for a long time,” Tiller said. “There has been women from my church who have been Women of Achievement in the past.”

She said there has been a few teen girls who previously were recognized.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the little things that I do. Community service is just something I do for fun.”

Tiller, who attends Olympic College, will graduate with her association degree in American Sign Language. She is a Running Start student at South Kitsap High School and served as Fathom o’Fun queen in 2012.

She worked with the Office Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) dream team as a youth spoke’s person to advocate for students of colors to close the achievement gap.

Tiller led leadership teams to increase awareness in health issues across the state in 2007. Her team received the Gov. Chris Gregoire health disparities called, “Selecky Award.”

She participates in the Kitsap County Youth Rally as a facilitator for the past six years and is one of the keynote inspirational speakers who help students understand the issues around “culture to culture” and “from the school house to the jail house.”

She was the youth secretary for the National Association of the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) 1170 council for two years and is a member of Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Bremerton.

Others being recognized are State Rep. Sherry Appleton, of the 23rd Legislative District; Jackie Brown, director of YWCA ALIVE Shelter; Karen Carson, program director of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Bainbridge Island; Mary Ellen de la Pena, community volunteer; Judge Anna Laurie, Kitsap County Superior Court; Margaret Orn, registered nurse at Harrison Medical Center; Peggy Howland, community volunteer; Sam Schicker, owner of La Fermata Restaurant; and Elaine Turso, owner of Elaine Turso Photography.

Amy Burnett was the first woman honored as a YWCA Woman of Achievement in 1989 for her tireless work for both our community and guaranteeing the future of YWCA in Kitsap County.

After some challenging financial times during the 1980s, when the YWCA was close to having to close the doors — Burnett stepped forward with a special commissioned painting.

Burnett sold prints of this artwork and desperately needed proceeds poured into the YWCA. Her vision escorted YWCA to a secure financial footing and YWCA was able to keep the doors open at both the ALIVE Shelter and to our entire community.

Since 1989, Kitsap community members have nominated and honored more than 300 women.


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