Jaime Erskine-Pettit: Jaime is the co-founder and co-chair of Dreams from Drake. She is a mother of four children, Trevor, Delaney, Drake and Tiernan, the wife of Brian and a Physician Assistant for Unity Hospital Parkridge Chemical Dependency. She was born in California and raised in Rochester. She received her B.S. from Daemen College and her M.S. from the University of Nebraska as a Physician Assistant. She is thankful for all the support her family received from family, friends, colleagues, and the community. Dreams from Drake was developed to offer that same support to other children and families dealing with the loss of a sibling or parent.
Haverly Erskine: Haverly is the co-chair and co-founder of Dreams from Drake. She is the proud aunt of three nephews and one niece, including Drake Ross Pettit. She owns a small business dedicated to small business marketing and content promotion, and she is a freelance writer for the Democrat and Chronicle and Rochester Business Journal. She studied public relations at Syracuse University and has a masters degree in educational leadership from the University of Rochester.
Kristi Cowell-Kusak, M.D.: Kristi is a primary care physician, wife, and mother of two girls as well as pediatrician and dear friend of the Pettit family. A Michigan native with degrees from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, she moved to Rochester to complete her Med-Peds residency training. It is here that she met her husband, began her primary care career, started a family, and came to know the entire Pettit family. She has always been an active member of many community service organizations supporting children and families including U of M’s Dance Marathon, AmeriCorps, and URMC’s PLC-CARE Track program. Dreams from Drake provides an opportunity for her to share her passion for children, families, health, and providing services to those in need.
Julie Ann Wilson: Julie Ann is all about family and friends. Besides the abundance of family and friends she has surrounding her, she also has five amazing godchildren, including Drake. She recently graduated with her master’s degree in liberal studies from Nazareth College. She has Type 1 Diabetes and does a lot of advocacy and volunteer work with the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She wrote her graduate thesis on living with diabetes and hopes to turn it into a published memoir. She also writes a blog about living with Type 1. She looks forward to the next endeavor in her career and life and enjoys working on this excellent board.
Ashley Pinkeney: Ashley Pinkeney, MA, MFT is a lifelong traveler who is also a Marriage and Family Therapist. She currently is the Pediatric Bereavement Coordinator at Golisano Children’s Hospital and a Research Assistant at The Healing Connection, a partial hospitalization eating disorder program in Rochester, NY. Ashley’s a native Rochesterian, earning her bachelor’s degree at St. John Fisher College. She then traveled cross country to earn her master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy at University of San Diego. She served in Rochester AmeriCorps from 2010-2011. Ashley’s honored to serve on the board with other people who are passionate about serving the needs of grieving children and families.
Anthony Ricci, DDS
Kyle Omphroy: Kyle is a Web Designer at the Democrat and Chronicle and graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 with a bachelors degree in Interactive Arts and Multimedia. He’s been with the paper for five years and has won several awards including two AP awards. Kyle was born and raised in the Rochester area and enjoys supporting the Greater Rochester community.