Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation’s
Annual Prayer Breakfast

September 11th, 2020

“The historical narrative of 9/11 will be forever woven into the canvas of our lives.” – Unknown

Nineteen years later, we remain humbled by those first responders and soldiers who courageously responded. It is with that sentiment we are privileged to present our Gift to the Community – the 10th Annual Prayer Breakfast on September 11, 2020 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, WA.

We are excited to announce our speakers for this morning of inspiration, hope and courage. Emily Compagno, Chris Fields, Jason Redman, Vann Morris, and Mike Blair. Guest musical artists, Andy Shofner – lead singer for the Santa Poco Band and Robert Watson, native of So Cal, accomplished musician composer for film and tv, pipe organist at Glenkirk Presbyterian in California.

We invite everyone to join us on September 11th, 2020 either in person (limited seating will be available), or from the comfort of your own home via live stream.

Mark your calendars, announcement and RSVP options to follow and don’t forget to set a reminder so you don’t miss this event!


In-Person at Chapel Hill Church
(limited seating available)

7700 Skansie Ave
Gig Harbor WA 98335

Doors open at 7:15 am
Program begins at 8:00 am


Watch Party at Wesley Inn – Breakfast Included
(limited seating available)

6575 Kimball Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Doors open at 7:15 am
Live Stream begins at 8:00 am



Live stream begins at 8:00 am

Emily Compagno | Emcee, Fox News Contributor & Attorney

We are extremely honored and grateful to announce that Emily Compagno will emcee the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation’s 10th Annual Prayer Breakfast on 9/11/2020, livestreamed from Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, WA. Emily is an American attorney, TV host, and former NFL cheerleader who currently appears as a Contributor on Fox News Channel.

Emily’s father was a US Navy Commander and she is extremely proud of the long list of generations of family members who served in the military and fought in every conflict. She is committed to bringing awareness to both the needs of our US service members and veterans and to those selfless individuals and organizations dedicated to getting those needs met.

She explains: “Besides being a patriot who fiercely loves her country, with infinite gratitude and respect for those who risk or sacrifice their lives for everything this country stands for, including my freedom, I have two personal reasons for my commitment to service members and veterans causes: I hail proudly from a strong military family and my firsthand experience visiting our deployed US troops in Kuwait and Iraq in 2009.”

Jason Redman | Retired Navy SEAL

Jason Redman joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and spent eleven years as an enlisted SEAL. He was selected for the Seaman to Admiral commissioning program and attended Old Dominion University graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2004. He completed his time with the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC as Student Battalion Commanding Officer before he was commissioned as a SEAL Officer. Over the next four years, Lieutenant Redman completed combat deployments in both Afghanistan and Iraq. On September 13, 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Lieutenant Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman authored and hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became known as the Sign on the Door and became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.

Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Trident, capturing a 21-year career and journey in leadership serving with the US Navy SEAL Teams. He has taken those lessons learned and is now sharing his motivational message with companies, teams, churches, and individuals across the globe through motivational speaking, workshops, personal coaching, and business consulting.

Chris Fields | Retired First Responder

Chris Fields is a former member of the Oklahoma City Fire Department, Chris joined the fire department July 12, 1985 promoting through the ranks and retiring as a Major March 1, 2017 serving the citizens of Oklahoma City for 31yrs and 7 months. Chris was captured in a photo that became an iconic symbol of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 when he was cradling the body of 1yr old Baylee Almon. Chris is now dedicating his life, and travels to speak to other 1st responders, he discusses the brutal realities of a life spent responding to citizens in their darkest hours. Chris tells the story of his life, his 31yrs of public service, and how that day in 1995 all combined to take a toll on his life and his family, he suffered in silence for many years. Now he shares how with God, Faith, and Family he took control and his journey out of the suffering in hopes of helping others avoid the failure, the pitfalls, and to reach out.

“I was shocked when I reached out, how many people were reaching back, I want 1st responders to know its ok, not be ok sometimes. It’s all about changing the narrative of reaching out for help. As heroic a calling as our profession seems to many, to me it’s just as heroic if not more to speak up, reach out. Be a hero to yourself and your family.”


Vann Morris | Combat Veteran

Vann Morris is a combat veteran turned motivational speaker & narrator. Born to inspire! He has visited 45 countries and has made hundreds of speeches in 20 years.

Evangelo (nicknamed Vann) communicates with heart wrenching power and influence. His Orator skills includes voice overlays, motivational speeches, inspirational storytelling, narrations, seminar dialogues, and stage acting.

Vann has spoken at the following venues: the Pentagon, non-profit orgs, aircraft carrier strike groups, corporate conventions, U.S. Special Operations Command and Central Command, college universities, community fund raisers, and funerals. No matter the occasion, he loves nothing more than encouraging and inspiring people.

Mike Blair | Chief of Staff, Pierce County Sheriff's Department

Mike Blair has been in law enforcement for over twenty five years, having started as a Deputy Sheriff with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in March of 1995. He has held a variety of patrol and instructor positions within the Sheriff’s Department as well as supervisory responsibilities and leadership roles. Mike Blair served as the Chief of Police in University Place for seven years before taking the position as Chief of Staff for Sheriff Paul Pastor.

Mike’s passion for officer Wellness and Resiliency grew out of tragedy. Pierce County law enforcement agencies lost ten officers to line of duty deaths in the last decade. Mike was asked to take over the Pierce County Sheriff Peer Support Team on the heels of the murder of Deputy Sheriff in late 2009. The Peer Support Team has been enhanced and multi-facets were included such as a Hospital Response Team, Guild Benevolent Fund and a relationship with psychologists.

Mike serves in various capacities with Behind the Badge Foundation which is an Incident Management Team specific to line of duty deaths. He has represented multiple families as their liaison during the funeral process and the rebuild of life afterwards. He teaches for leadership courses as well as wellness and resiliency techniques for Performance Leadership Institute.

Guest Musical Artists

Andy had grown up on George Strait and classic country gold. He made a name for himself burning down honky tonks and venues all across the south Puget Sound area in his band Colt and the Peacemakers for many years.

Robert Watson - Musician & Professional Organist

Native of Southern California, accomplished musician, composer for film and TV, pipe organist at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora, CA. 

Answering the Call

Nino Gray is one of the Community Engagement Managers with the Seattle Seahawks with his focus of supporting all matters involving the United States Armed Forces, it’s Service Members, and Veterans within our local community.

Nino is prior service Military, joining the United States Army as an Infantryman in May 2003, and honorably served until October 2012. He has deployed to assignments in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

On September 24th, 2010, Nino was awarded the Purple Heart when his Stryker vehicle hit a 400 lbs. Improvised Explosive Device. His wounds sustained were a Traumatic Brain injury, 3 broken ribs, broken left scapula, a completely torn right knee, a shattered right Tibia and Fibula. The injury to Nino’s right leg required 2 twelve-inch plates and 17 pins being implanted over the duration of nine operations.

Post Military, Nino has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project as an Outreach Coordinator for 2 years where he searched for at-risk veterans and looked for opportunities to get them involved with available WWP programs and resources. He has also worked for Wounded Warrior Project as an Independence Program Specialist for 2 years where he case managed for 200 severally wounded veterans here in the Pacific Northwest. Nino then went on to work for Triwest, under a DOD contract, as a Suicide Prevention Supervisor for the Armed Forces.

Nino is originally from Los Angeles, California, but has resided in Washington State for the last 10 years. Nino has 3 children, Jayden, Jordan, and Julianna.

Abel Hernandez | Veteran

Abel Hernandez is a native of San Diego, CA who relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2014. He served in the Army as an Infantryman from 1999-2006. Towards the end of his military career, he started to experience the effects of PTSD, anxiety, survivors’ guilt, and depression. It took many years for him to finally seek help. With the support of his family, friends, church, and God, he has started to work on himself which include the successful completion and implementation of the Warrior PATHH 18 month program. 

While he continues to fight the daily battles that are associated with PTSD, he actively looks for ways to give back to the local church and veteran community. He knows that every story is different and for some it may seem impossible to find healing. However, he knows that Post Traumatic Growth is real and obtainable. His goal is to break the cycles put in place by his family of origin, life circumstances, and experiences while helping others see a path from PTSD to PTG.

Abel is an active professional in his community who operates as a Mortgage Broker with Northwest Mortgage Services. He’s been married for over 15 years and is raising two beautiful girls. His dream is for his daughters to grow up seeing and knowing a father who is strong and willing to fight the battles brought on from PTSD. He wants to give his girls what they deserve not only financially or physically but emotionally. This only happens by putting in the necessary work.

May we all learn to Struggle Well!

Justin Uhler | Veteran

Justin Uhler served in the US Army for 10 years as both an enlisted and commissioned Infantryman, deployed to Iraq in support of OIF III from 2004 to 2005.  Celebrating 21 years of marriage to his wife, Jessica, on September 11th, they are the parents to four kids: Sabine (19), Isaiah (18), Jasper (15), and Amos (8).  Justin currently works as a Sr. Director for Infor, Inc, leading Infor’s North America Consulting Services Change Practice.

Veteran mental, spiritual, and physical health are subjects for which Justin is passionate. 


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