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 children's 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.  I also LOVE the Book Thief!

Zoe Cockrill (she/her)

Development Director

Formerly a public school teacher in the South Sound area and Operations Manager of a Lewis County nonprofit, Zoe joins the SSRF team ready to tie together her passions for learning and supporting her community. Zoe enjoys spending her down time reading with her daughter, hiking and exploring, and cooking!

Zoe's favorite children's book

My favorite children’s book is The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein. It’s a book that grows in meaning throughout my life and always finds its way back into my hands when I’m at a crossroads. It’s such a beautiful reminder to connect with your authentic self!

Abby Huennekens (she/her)

Book Program Coordinator

A recent college grad, Abby interned with us over the summer of 2021. Abby primarily runs our Bag O' Books program that puts books directly into the hands of children and families. In her free time Abby loves traveling with friends and family as well as quieter arts and crafts like sewing and needle felting.

Abby's favorite children's book

My favorite children’s book, Smile by Raina Telgemeier, is an autobiographical graphic novel about a young girl trying to fit in and find friends in middle school. I read this when I was 13 and instantly connected with Raina’s struggle to balance the twists and turns of everyday life

Ben Jurkovich (he/him)

Book Program Coordinator

Ben Jurkovich is a 2020 University of Washington graduate who is passionate about reading. As a kid it was nearly impossible to find Ben without a book in his hands and he is excited to help make that a reality for every kid in the South Puget Sound no matter their background. Outside of work Ben can be found reading, skiing, or watching sports

Ben's favorite children's book

My favorite children’s book is Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery because it sparked my interest in horror novels and was the perfect balance of scares and laughs for my age at the time.

Lynn Neeley (she/her)

Inventory and Program Coordinator

Lynn joins SSRF after a 38 year career in the high tech industry.  She is passionate about Little Free Libraries, books in the hands of youth.  She volunteers her time to youth leadership programs focused on community giving back.  As a member of the Kiwanis Club of North Thurston.  You can find Lynn working with Key Clubs and youth in NTPS clubs.  Lynn adds a strong background in processes needed for efficiency in organizational focus, project management and will add her skill to making SSRF successful in bringing the joy and promise of books and reading to South Sound children.

Lynn's favorite children's book

My favorite children’s book is “The Bronze Bow” – Elizabeth George Speare  because in this book the bronze bow symbolizes “strength and safety” and that “love is stronger than hate”.  Life lessons that still carry with me today.