Guest Advisory Council

The Family Promise Guest Advisory Council (GAC) is comprised of graduate guests of Affiliates across the country. The GAC is drawn upon for advocacy efforts, public relations, the development of initiatives and the formation of policy for Affiliates.

Rebecca Esparza

As a former graduate of Family Promise of Lawrence (Kansas), homelessness became a defining moment in the restoration process of her life. Since her time with Family Promise, Rebecca has received her social work degree from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing her MSW.

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Syri Gerstner

Syri leads the Graduate program at Family Promise of Greater Phoenix in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a member of the Board of Directors and the CQI committee for Save the Family.

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Tammi Hart

Tammi is a member of the Board of Directors and the Congregational Relations committee for GAIHN, our Affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina. She works for Day & Zimmerman, ECM as their Employee Concerns Program Representative.

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Hope Johnson

Hope is a 2010 graduate of Family Promise of Hunterdon County in western New Jersey. She was forced to stop working due to a health issue and, as a result, she and Olivia, her one-year-old daughter found themselves without a home.

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Yusuf Kalule

Yusuf is a graduate of Family Promise Metrowest (Massachusetts), and currently sits on two board committees for the Affiliate. He works for McKesson Technologies as a credentialing specialist and also works part time as a caregiver.

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Kat Lilley-Blair

Kat is a Colorado native who has 10 years’ experience in business management and development, and a degree in Business Administration. She has had close ties to Family Promise of Colorado Springs since 2013.

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Theresa Pinger

Theresa graduated from Family Promise of Anoka County in Minnesota with her mother in 2015. During her time in the program, she was a junior at Blaine High School. She is currently working on obtaining a BA in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.

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Sarah Jackson

Sarah was a 2011 graduate of Family Promise of Gwinnett County outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  She was the mother of four wonderful girls ages 5, 7, 8, and 16.  Sarah was a career advisor for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program. She recently served on the board for Family Promise of Gwinnett as treasurer. Sarah frequently spoke at congregations throughout Gwinnett County about the impact of Family Promise. Sarah Jackson died on September 7, 2020. She had profound impact as a member of the GAC and we miss her and cherish her memory.

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