Judy Cockerton, Founder and CEO
Judy Cockerton is not your average social entrepreneur. She is an nationally recognized visionary committed to Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America. This award winning educator and businesswoman 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.
Cockerton is known for her collaborative social change approach to inspiring widespread investment in foster care innovation. Her bold vision - Every Child Rooted in Family and Community - has inspired thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds to work in partnership to ensure improved outcomes for all children and youth in foster care.
Kerry Homstead, Community Facilitator
Kerry joined Treehouse in 2005, during the construction of the first Intergenerational Treehouse Community in Easthampton. She has been key to building the Treehouse Foundation from a grassroots movement to a nationally recognized and award-winning organization. Kerry welcomed the opportunity to promote collaborative change “outside the foster care box.” She continues to facilitate the Re-envisioning Foster Care in America Movement and Intergenerational Treehouse Community with creative programming, partnerships and leadership.
Homstead received her EdD from the University of Massachusetts and her BA from Smith College, previously served as a Research Project Coordinator for Casey Family Resource Centers in the Northeast. She brings over 30 years experience in community-based work with at risk populations to the Treehouse Foundation.
Beth 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.