Who We Are

Treehouse Team

  • Judy Cockerton, Founder and CEO
    Judy Cockerton, Founder and CEO

    Judy Cockerton is not your average social entrepreneur. She is a 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 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, Chief Operating Officer

    Beth Spong is a nonprofit leader who's had 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. Beth also served as the Director of Donor Relations for The Care Center, and as Interim Director of Development for National Priorities Project. 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.

  • Julie Kumble, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development
    Julie Kumble, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development

    Julie Kumble, M.Ed., joined the Treehouse team in August, 2018 as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development. She brings to Treehouse many years of social justice programming, organizing, organizational development fundraising and grantmaking. Julie is also a researcher, writer and consultant in leadership, and presents on gender issues in politics, nonprofits and businesses to international audiences.

    She was the founding director of a leadership program called the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact at the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a philanthropic foundation, where she was also the interim CEO. She also served as senior foundation officer at the Peace Development. Julie has been a U.S. State Department Fellow, recipient of the International Women's Day award from the Amherst League of Women Voters, grantee of the Foundation for Motivated Women, and U.S. Peace Corps volunteer.

    As a research consultant at Cornell, she co-authored a book with Cornell University Dean Emeritus Dr. Donald Smith on women’s leadership in veterinary medicine called Leaders of the Pack, Women and the Future of Veterinary Medicine (Purdue University Press). In veterinary medicine, she has written numerous articles on women’s leadership and has led seminars at veterinary colleges and conferences. Julie is currently working on a book about servant leadership across professions and lifestyles.