Board Bio

 

Jamie Potter -New Executive Director

Jamie and Forrest Potter have been Foster Parents since 2012. They meet the Gaskill’s early into their fostering journey when they took their first sibling set of three children only a few days before Christmas. They had  heard of Sibling House, what their mission was  and contacted them. Lynne & Michael were excited to help with what they could to ensure the children had a wonderful holiday as every child deserves. Over the last six years they grew to become good friends so when Lynne and Michael announced their plans to retire Jamie and Forrest knew that they needed to continue with the Gaskill’s legacy of continuing to keep siblings together, as a family, while in foster care. They interviewed with the founders & officially July 1st, 2019 Jamie Potter took the rains as the New Executive Director of Sibling House. While Forrest continues to work in the corporate world he supports his wife and the exciting new journey that they have started together.

Emily Garwood -President, Board of Directors

Sean Berger -Vice-President, Board of Directors

Scott Humphries -Treasurer, Board of Directors

Patricia Dooley -Secretary, Board of Directors

Lori Church-Pursley -Branch Director – South County Distribution Site

Lori Church-Pursley is a volunteer Branch Director of Sibling House in Renton, WA. Lori and her husband Mark have been foster parents since 2008, and they accepted their first sibling set a couple years later.  The girls came with nothing and needed clothes, shoes, toys, a car seat, diapers, and more.  Feeling overwhelmed, they finally found Sibling House.  In gratitude for help their foster daughters had received, Lori cleaned out their garage and turned it into our South County Distribution Site in 2012!  She works for a nonprofit in the area of hunger relief and volunteers for several organizations including leading a Girl Scout Troup.  Her family keeps her busy the rest of the time.

Michael & Lynne Gaskill -Co-Founders

Michael & Lynne Gaskill have been Foster Parents since 1991. It was through their early experiences as foster parents when they discovered that siblings in foster care were being separated because there weren’t enough homes available that could take siblings. At that time they began to take siblings and the experience and challenges of caring for groups of siblings provided the inspiration to help other foster homes do the same. This was the beginning of what is now known as The Sibling House Network with Michael & Lynne’s homes as the first of what is now 309 homes. The Gaskills have two birth daughters, and have adopted 6 foster children , 4 of whom are siblings.