Meet Our Team

Jennifer Williamson Forster (she/her)

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.

Sarah Gage (she/her)

Program Coordinator

Sarah Gage joined the team in March 2020. She has a degree in psychology and experience studying the social and cognitive development of children. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys playing with her German Shepherd called Honey, baking for friends and family, and finding new trails to explore.

Book cover with illustration of little boy looking up at green tree with title "The Giving Tree"

Sarah's favorite book

I love The Giving Tree! My momma used to read this book to me and my brother everyday. From it, I learned the importance of not taking loved ones for granted and putting love before self-serving wants. Take life slowly, be grateful for what you have, and face your problems head on! Shel Silverstein's life lessons are endless!

Amanda Sipher (she/her)

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 (she/her)

VISTA, AmeriCorps through United Way of Thurston County

Berkeley Rothwell (she/her)

AmeriCorps Youth in Service, Community Youth Services

Jae Townsend (they/she)

AmeriCorps, Washington Service Corps