Treehouse Team

Judy CockertonJudy Cockerton

Executive Director

Judy Cockerton is not your average social entrepreneur. She is an nationally recognized visionary who leads the Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Movement and who personally established three non-profit organizations designed to improve life outcomes for our nation's children and youth living in foster care: Treehouse Foundation, Sibling Connections and Birdsong Farm.

This award winning educator, businesswoman and award winning nonprofit leader established the Treehouse Foundation in 2002 to help move children out of foster care into permanent, loving families and communities so that they are never at risk of “aging out" of foster care alone and at risk of being the next generation of poor and homeless Americans. Cockerton is known for her collaborative social change approach - an approach that inspires widespread investment in foster care innovation. Her bold vision for the Treehouse Foundation - Every Child Rooted in Family and Community - has inspired Americans of all ages and backgrounds to stand under the Banner of Shared Responsibility and work in partnership to ensure improved outcomes for all children and youth in foster care.


Kerry Kerry Homstead

Community Facilitator

Kerry joined Treehouse in 2005, one year after the Intergenerational Treehouse Community broke ground. She has helped Judy Cockerton build the Treehouse Foundation from a grassroots movement to a nationally-recognized and award-winning organization. Having seen the increasingly negative impact of many education and child welfare policies on family success, Kerry welcomed the opportunity to become part of the Treehouse Foundation team and to promote collaborative change outside of the box. She continues to facilitate the Re-envisioning Foster Care in America Movement and Intergenerational Treehouse Community with creative programming, general administration, and by serving as a key leader in the organization. She received her EdD from the University of Massachusetts and her BA from Smith College, previously served as the Coordinator of a Research Project on Casey Family Resource Centers in the Northeast, and brings over 30 years experience in community-based work with at risk populations to the Treehouse Foundation.


Beth SpongBeth Spong

Chief Operating Officer

Beth Spong has been a nonprofit leader in a variety of roles: Founder, Development Director, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, leadership coach, and consultant.

She’s served in the fields of political advocacy, education, women’s wellness and foster care innovation, Beth leads from experience in the trenches. As Executive Director of MotherWoman, she tripled annual revenue and led the organization’s growth from local impact to a national force for maternal mental health. Additionally, Beth served as Interim Director of Development for National Priorities Project, Director of Donor Relations at The Care Center. In every case, Beth’s expertise and vision have been central to increasing the regional and national profile, and significantly expanding revenue. Beth has a proven track record of raising millions of dollars and coaching nonprofit leaders and boards to successfully reach their fundraising and organizational goals. Beth is committed to the health of high-performance nonprofits and to the power of joyful philanthropy.

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