Board of Directors

As a former foster parent and someone currently involved with children in foster placements through the courts, I see Treehouse as a beacon of hope for the reform of our foster care system. Treehouse not only demonstrates the efficacy of providing a supportive multigenerational community for families and children but is also creating public/private collaborations to insure that children in the "system" are served more effectively. ~ Sue Alexander, Treehouse Foundation BOD Chair


Sue A. Alexander, Chair, Leverett, MA 01054. Dean of Students Emerita at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Currently, Sue is working as an Educational Consultant and a Court Investigator/Guardian Ad Litem at Hampshire Franklin County Juvenile Court. She is the foster parent of two daughters who came through The Cambodian Refugee Resettlement Program in 1982.

Beth Coombs, Vice Chair, Easthampton, MA 01027. Beth is a Permanency Mediator who has over 10 years experience working with birth and adoptive families to craft post-adoption visitation agreements. She also supervised a program designed to assist young adults who were about to age out of the public foster care system to identify adults who would make a commitment to be a permanent lifelong connection for them.

Dana Pasquale, Secretary, Florence, MA 01062. Dana is a retired educator with over 30 years as as a classroom teacher in both public and private schools throughout the Pioneer Valley. During her tenure as a teacher, she worked with many children placed in foster care.

Rosa Young, Treasurer, Easthampton, MA 01027. Rosa retired in 2002, ending a successful career as director of mental health programs in Boston and the north shore communities. She is a “founding Treehouse Community Member”. This spring Rosa won the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Myra Kraft MVP Award for her work at Treehouse.

Peter Pollard, Hatfield, MA  01038. Peter is the Training and Outreach Director at 1in6 Inc. - a national organization offering resources and information to adult survivors of sexual abuse. He also works for a certified batterers intervention program. He worked as a Department of Children and Families Social Worker for 16 years before attending the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Judy Cockerton, Founder/President, Sharon, MA 02067. Judy is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and recipient of the 2010 Congressional Angel in Adoption Award and the 2012 Margaret A. McKenna Community Service Award. Her vision:  Inspire a Re-Envisioning of Foster Care in America.

Michael FordMichael Ford, Northampton, MA 01060. Mike worked as a Professor of Politics and acted as Dean of Students Emeritus at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. before recently retiring. He chairs the Treehouse Foundation Board Development Committee.


Sally Popper, Northampton, MA 01060.  Sally is a Child Psychologist with 40 years of experience serving children whose lives have been impacted by foster care. She is currently supporting the development of the Re-Envisioning Foster Care's Early Childhood Wellness Project and the Education  and Permanency Working Groups.

Honorable Judge Lillian Miranda, Northampton, MA 01060. Judge Miranda served children in foster care during her 17 year term as a Juvenile Court Judge at the Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court. She currently chairs the Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Transitional Youth Housing Committee.

Jessica Saalfield, Florence, MA 01062. Jessica graduated from the Smith College School of Social Work (LICSW) after a career as an award-winning equestrian. She has used animal assisted psychotherapy therapy to support the health and wellbeing of her young clients who experienced trauma, and currently works with adults at ServiceNet. She is an adoptive parent of two daughters.

Priscilla Touhey, Northampton, MA 01062. Priscilla is a Principal at PJT Consulting, specializing in project management, grant writing and strategic planning. Before launching PJT Consulting, Priscilla served as the western MA manager for the American Diabetes Foundation.

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