Changing a generation - one child at a time.

In the early 1990's it became evident that children in our community were in critical need of specialized mental health services. The St. John Medical Center Foundation wanted to use its resources to address this vital need. The dream of creating A Child’s Place was initially identified by the Children’s Interagency Board (leaders of local children’s organizations). Psychiatric unit staff agreed there should be a place for children to be assessed, and where services could be coordinated between medical and social service professionals.

Task Force

A community Task Force defined the program. The Foundation held fund-raisers and created a large base of community donors. Within a couple of years, enough money was pledged to make the dream a reality. The doors opened In 1997 with Dr. Mark Schwei and Program Manager Kyle Rahn acting as team leaders for A Child’s Place. The Foundation continued to raise funds and participated with management of this new program. The Task Force and some members of the Foundation Board formed an Advisory Board, assisting with the development and operation of A Child’s Place. Annual symposiums involved multiple professionals and members of the community, and helped to keep the vision of A Child's Place strong and clear.


The focus of A Child’s Place continues to be prevention, early intervention, and education. Issues of older children were so severe, however, that most of the early critical services were directed to that population. There have been changes in psychiatric leadership over time, and the severity of children’s issues dictated the need for more than one psychiatrist. The program has, by necessity, become more clinical in nature than originally intended. The Advisory Board continues to provide leadership to work toward the vision – serving the young child, collaborating with other community professionals and with parents, sponsoring educational forums, and “changing a generation – one child at a time.”


A Child’s Place is grateful to the many donors who helped to launch this program. A list of the contributors is included below. Some original donors are continuing to make contributions through the Foundation, to ensure that services for which no other funds are available can be provided. Individuals interested in contributing to the kinds of services that will be mission and vision focused are invited to make a gift, or learn more by calling the St. John Foundation at (360) 414-7900.

Those who made A Child’s Place possible:



The Health Care Foundation

Weyerhaeuser Company

Jackie & Dan Evans
J.H. Kelly

Pat & Don Rodman

William R. Sari Family

PeaceHealth Regional Executives

Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Michael T. Kolln Charitable Trust

Ramona J. & Elmer Sylvester Endowment


Eric Ofstun Memorial

Jennifer & Mitch Kolln

Sheli & Randy Sweet

Gerrie & Bob Booth

Ellen & Steve Wilcox

Judy & Philip Miollis

Diane & Ted Natt

Kay & Dick Sinnett

Margaret & Bernard Scheurich

HLM Design

Turner Construction

Longview Junior Service League

PeaceHealth Regional Managers


Clara & Don Lemmons

Robert Sandstrom, MD

Ann & Dan Burns

Leslie & Clay Bartness, DC

Marla & Mark McGourty

Darrell Bennett

Pauline & Robert Kirchner

Pediatric Clinic

Altrusa Club of Longview/Kelso

Glaser Foundation

US Bank

Washington Contract Loggers Association

Longview Monticello Lions Club

Pepsi-Cola & Seven-Up Company

Bud Clary Chevrolet


Sue & Cal Lantz

Mardy & Bob Korten

Margaret & Greg Lapic

Donna & Tom Bashwiner

Cindy & Steve Maldonado

Cindy & Randy Ross

Judy & Gene Moenck

Windemere Real Estate

Allen & Associate

Interwest Financial Group, Inc.

Arthur Andersen & Co.

Lakeside Industries

Longview Radiologists

Longview Surgical Group

Lower Columbia Pathologists

Valley Rental


Markita & Glen Davis

Cathy & Gary Healea

Kristen & Mike Kennedy

Patricia & Robert Gaubatz, MD

Mary & Mike Patterson

Ann & Stan Norquist, MD

Steven Carlisle, MD

Penny & Micky Cowden

George Fortner, MD & Eleen Kirman, MD

Maureen & Brad Jaspers

Jane & Ernie Graichen

Jeane & Galen Conrad

Jonell & John Kenagy, MD

Margaret & Ted Chuman

Gwenn & Augie Weitz

Bill Struer

Zala & Dick Smith

Columbia Bank

Cascade Natural Gas Co.

Familian Northwest

Nelson Electric


Ann Cavanaugh

Karen & Hank Hanigan

Linda & Jim Meskew

Karen & John Mitchell

Karen & Mark Thorson, MD

Cheri & Jerry Dolezal

Cindy & Dean Nordstrom

Marilyn & Richard Binder, MD

Judy I. Veazie

Michele Budd


Weyerhaeuser Employees

Longview Pioneer Lions Club

Convenient Health Care

Cowlitz Clean Sweep

Equifax ARC/CBI

Garvey, Schubert & Barer


Longview Toyota, Inc.

Humps Restaurant