Promoting Literacy, Creating Potential™

Meet Our Team

Jennifer Williamson Forster

Executive Director

Jennifer Williamson Forster has been the Executive Director of the South Sound Reading Foundation since 2007. She is committed to literacy, learning and her South Sound community. When not working Jennifer is volunteering, reading or doing something fun like skiing, cycling or hiking with her family.

Jennifer's favorite book

My favorite children’s book is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson because in this book as in life wonderful things can happen with a little work and a lot of imagination.

Ellen Jilek

Books & Program Coordinator

Ellen Jilek started with the SSRF in July 2015 as the part-time Books Coordinator, taking on the role of Program Coordinator in August 2016. Ellen’s background is in English literature and nonprofit work. In their spare time, Ellen plays board games, bakes, and of course, reads.

Michaell all's Red: A Crayon's StoryEllen's favorite book

My favorite children’s book is Red: A Crayon’s Story, by Michael Hall. I love this book because it shows children (and adults!) that people can and - if they want - should be way more than just the social label they’re assigned. It celebrates being true to yourself, which I think is super important!

Emily Ecker

Development Director

Emily Ecker joined the team as the part-time Development Director in 2016. She has a background in early childhood education and fund raising.  On her days off she likes to go to the gym, read books, and spend time with her husband, son and two German Shepherds.

sylvester-and-hte-magic-pebbleEmily's favorite book

My favorite children’s book is Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. The book deals with many intense emotions – fear, loneliness, regret, redemption, joy, love – with depth and wisdom.

Our 2016-2017 crew is rounded out by the following fantastic people:

Trisha Johnson, SPSCC Work Study student

Favorite Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney 

Sarah Lantz, AmeriCorps volunteer

Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Laurel Olfson, AmeriCorps volunteer

Favorite Book: Ten Apples up on Top by Dr. Seuss