Jaime Anderson: Jaime has 15 years of non-profit fundraising experience and currently serves as the Director of Development for Bivona Child Advocacy Center.  She has a BA from Niagara University and a MA from The College at Brockport, and she recently earned the CFRE credential (Certified Fund Raising Executive). Jaime joined the Dreams from Drake board in 2018 after serving as a volunteer for three years helping with the Happy Hearts for the Holidays toy drive. She is passionate about supporting children and families who are grieving the loss of a loved one as she lost both her mother and her sister when she was a young child. She believes the services that Dreams from Drake provides are crucial to supporting children and teens as they move forward. She lives in Spencerport with her husband, two children, and three fur-babies. Contact Jaime at jaime.anderson@dreamsfromdrake.org

Kristi Cowell-Kusak, M.D.: Kristi is a primary care physician, wife, and mother of three 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. Although recently relocating to Chicago, she continues to support the mission of Dreams from Drake, continuing her passion for community service. She’s always been an active member organizations that support 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. Contact Kristi at Kristi@dreamsfromdrake.org.

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, and two foster children, Amanda and Steven. She is 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. Contact Jaime at info@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Haverly Erskine: Haverly is the co-chair and co-founder of Dreams from Drake. She is the proud (and obsessive!) aunt of nine nephews and two nieces, including Drake Ross Pettit. She owns a small business dedicated to small business marketing and content development, and she coaches a team of budding entrepreneurs who are as passionate about having a “Plan B” as they are about taking care of their mental and physical well-being. She studied public relations at Syracuse University and has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Rochester. She divides her time between Rochester, NY, and Knoxville, TN where she helps her father who courageously battles ALS. Her sister is her best friend, and they talk about 26 times a day. Contact Haverly at info@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Mona Ockenden: Mona actively supports several non-for-profits including Dreams from Drake.  Professionally, she currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Airosmith Development, a site development company focused on telecommunications and utilities. She graduated from RIT with a BS in Civil Engineering Technology and AAS from Alfred State in Architecture. For fun, she loves to cook, staying active, mentoring STEM and college students.  Mona’s husband is Jim and she has two amazing kids. Contact Mona at mona@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Kyle Omphroy: Kyle is a Project Manager at Gannett (the parent company of the Democrat and Chronicle and USA TODAY) and graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Interactive Arts and Multimedia. He’s been with Gannett for ten 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. Contact Kyle at kyle@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Lisa Ostrander: Lisa is a devoted wife and mother of two amazing children, Jaden and Dylan. Lisa’s husband Steve works as a Network Engineer. She and her husband enjoy time with friends and attending concerts. Lisa has a master’s degree in Business Management from Nazareth College and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Brockport. Lisa manages her daughter’s travel soccer team and enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools. The family has a travel trailer and enjoys camping on weekends and spending as much time together as possible. Lisa is a loving wife and mother, and together with her husband, that strive to teach their children respect, empathy and kindness. Volunteering for various non-profit organizations around Rochester such as Dreams from Drake has always been a big part of her life. Contact Lisa at lisa@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Ashley Pinkeney, LMFT, CT: Ashley is a native Rochesterian and lifelong traveler who is always searching for the next adventure. She currently is the Pediatric Bereavement Coordinator at Golisano Children’s Hospital and Intern Coordinator/Group Therapist at The Healing Connection, a mental health clinic that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in Rochester, NY. Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree at St. John Fisher College and earned her master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy at University of San Diego. Her practicum experience as a bereavement counselor at San Diego Hospice and Palliative care sparked her passion for working with bereaved families, and she has been committed to providing quality counseling to families in need. Ashley’s honored to serve on the board with other people who are just as passionate about serving the needs of grieving children and families. Contact Ashley at ashley@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Stephanie Thomas: Stephanie was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at The University of Pittsburgh where she met her husband and began her career as a Realtor with Howard Hanna Real Estate. Recently they moved back to Rochester and she is continuing her career with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Pittsford. She has worked on committees for the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund and is excited to continue giving back through Dreams from Drake. Stephanie can be reached at stephanie@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Lindsay Tomidy: Lindsay is a very proud mother to an amazing little boy, Declan and two doggies. Her and her husband, Nick, enjoy traveling and family time. Lindsay was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from the College at Brockport. She has many years experience as a marketing professional with print, digital, and TV experience, and she loves giving back to the Rochester community through Dreams from Drake. She was drawn to help grieving children, as she lost her older brother suddenly at the age of 12. She feels passionately that no child should feel alone through this loss. Contact Lindsay at lindsay@dreamsfromdrake.org.

Julie Ann Wilson: Julie Ann is all about family and friends. She also has five amazing godchildren, including Drake.  She has a master’s degree in liberal studies from Nazareth College and is a physician support specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  She has Type 1 Diabetes and leads a support group for women with diabetes through DiabetesSisters.  She also writes a blog about living with Type 1.  She was born and raised in Rochester, and she travels wherever and as often as she can.  She also enjoys reading, gardening, wine and brewery tours, and attending or watching sporting events with her fiancé. Contact Julie Ann at julie@dreamsfromdrake.org.  

Our Drake Ross Pettit

Drake Ross Pettit went to Chuck-E-Cheese every year on the exact day of his birthday with his family!

His fourth birthday was no exception. With a cup full of tokens, Drake was off to play all the games and ride every ride he could.

Drake would share his tokens with his three other siblings, making sure that everyone got a piece of the fun!

At the end of his day at Chuck-E-Cheese, Drake had earned enough tickets to pick out a cool toy to take home with him; he picked out a lamp that continuously changed colors!

Because Drake loved sharing, he let each of his sibling’s take a night where they could keep the lamp in their room! Once again, sharing is caring.

 The Pettit Family with Drake Ross

Jaime and Brian Pettit are amazing parents who value nothing more than investing all their time and energy in to their children. Their four children, Trevor, Delaney , Drake (forever 4), and Tiernan, are their lives. Jaime and Brian spend their time helping others either at work or through volunteer opportunities. Their children are involved with karate, dance, baseball, soccer, piano, religious education, and art.

The Pettit Family with Drake Ross in Spirit and the Introduction of ROY

To represent the idea that Drake Ross Pettit is always with them in spirit, the Pettit family never takes a family picture without Roy, the rainbow-colored sock monkey featured in Delaney’s hands and pictured below. Roy travels everywhere with the family, including vacations, soccer games, birthday parties, all holiday events, recitals, and much more. Wherever the family goes, Roy goes. He is featured in almost every Pettit family picture, and everyone in the Pettit/Erskine/DiNitto family carries their own Roy with them to represent Drake’s spirit. Drake is and will be always with our families.

How did Roy get his name? Drake LOVED rainbows. He always thought they were so beautiful because they had so many colors. He also LOVED sock-monkeys. He slept with at least one every night. The rainbow-colored sock monkey is a perfect representation of two of Drake’s favorite things, and since it travels everywhere with the family, it needed to have a name! Trevor decided on Roy, short for Roy G. Biv, the acronym used to describe the sequence of colors that make up a rainbow.