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.

Isaac Jennings

Program Coordinator

Isaac Jennings joined the South Sound Reading Foundation in Spring of 2018 as the new Program Coordinator. His background is in education and child literacy. In his spare time, Isaac enjoys spending time with friends, being in nature, and searching used bookstores for his next read.

Isaac's favorite book

My favorite children's book is A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket. The book is the first in a series that allows the reader to explore themes that are difficult and inspiring in equal measure. The author has a strong understanding of how to write for children, crafting an often serious story that is still full of whimsy. In short: I loved it as a kid, and I love it as a grown-up!

Amanda Sipher

Development Director

Amanda Sipher joined the team as Development Director in 2019, and is thrilled to be fundraising for children's literacy! She enjoys exploring the outdoors, making music, and delighting in her one year old's latest discoveries on and off the page.

Roald Dahl BFG cover image showing giant holding girl

Amanda's favorite children's book:

The BFG! I love Roald Dahl's mischievous, magical, determined characters, and Quentin Blake's illustrations.

Our 2019-2020 crew is rounded out by the following AmeriCorps and VISTA members:

Rebecca Jewell-Strange

VISTA, AmeriCorps through United Way of Thurston County

Berkeley Rothwell

AmeriCorps Youth in Service, Community Youth Services

Jae Townsend

AmeriCorps, Washington Service Corps