Sue Braaten, President
Sue Braaten is owner/operator of the Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites in Gig Harbor, Washington. Sue has worked as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for over 20 years after first being exposed to the Foster Care system in the process of adopting her youngest son from the system.
Seeing the extreme need children living in Foster Care have for stability, Sue founded the Homestead Community to try and give these special children the opportunity to grow up in a loving, consistent place they can call home. Sue and her husband Ken have lived in Gig Harbor for over 35 years and are actively involved in their community and local church. They have 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren.
Colleen Bond, Treasurer
Colleen is a certified public accountant who has been practicing in the non-profit sector since 1997. She graduated cum laude from St Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington, in 1994 and started her accounting career by working in the DSHS accounting office in Olympia. She is currently the Controller of a large NPO in Tacoma, Washington. Before completing her accounting degree, she received a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Puget Sound and worked for two prestigious Tacoma law firms.
Colleen and her husband, Mark, became foster parents in 2006 and through this experience came to realize the huge need for a stable home for children in the system. Because of this, she was excited to join the Homestead board and has served as treasurer since inception.
Kathy Heerema, Board Member
Kathy Heerema is Sales Manager of Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites of Gig Harbor. She is an original member of the Homestead Community board and a long-term advocate for those in need. Kathy is known for being very empathetic and brings a tenderness in her approach to serving children in the foster care program.
Daniel Johnson, Program Consultant
Daniel’s degree from North Central University in Minneapolis prepared him for a life in the non-profit sector. After college he opened a drop-in center for at-risk and homeless teens in Tacoma, Washington. He then served on staff at an NPO in Tacoma and founded an intentional community, Next, which he led for ten years.
Afterward, he entered the PR and marketing space where he and his business partners produce client content for a diverse set of industries and publish it on their network of news and review sites. He has written dozens of articles on topics ranging from leadership to futurism, has ghost-written several books on the brain, and edited and published many books including a biography of a legendary college football coach. He has spoken over 800 times and been a high level consultant on marketing, PR, and social media for dozens of companies.
Brooke Murphy, Board Member
Brooke brings a personal passion to Homestead Community. Her youngest sibling was adopted from foster care, and she has witnessed firsthand some of the challenges faced by children in the system. She is driven by her belief that every child deserves a stable place to call home.
Brooke received her accounting degree from the University of San Diego and has worked in the public accounting industry for over fifteen years. When she is not busy keeping all of our numbers on ‘the straight and narrow’ as one of our two resident CPAs, you can find Brooke running, hiking, being active, and loving life with her husband and three young children.
Shiela Off, Board Member
Shiela is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer with Signature Design and Cabinetry. She brings a wealth of experience and network of relationships in the home and design industry. She also has a deep concern for children and works with Homestead Community to make sure every child has a loving and beautiful home environment in which to thrive.
Gentry Yeatman, Board Member
Dr. Yeatman comes to Homestead Community with a specialty in pediatrics and a subspecialty in adolescent medicine. Adolescent counseling was a large part of his practice. He developed and managed health care delivery systems as well as published peer-reviewed articles on medical, anthropological, social, genetic subjects. He chaired the Child Abuse Team and is known for his analytic thinking and book reviews. Past experience includes serving on the board or as physician advisor to numerous NPOs. Current NPO positions include Member Emeritus, Physician Resource Council of a national family NPO. A former Lt. Col. in the US Army Medical Corp, he also served on the Advisory Board of High Flight Foundation working with soldiers and veterans with PTSD and TMI.