Meet our Executive Board
Our executive board and leadership provide the dedication, vision and spirit that helps Sibling Strong thrive. Their enthusiasm and willingness to dedicate their talents, plus the hundreds of volunteer hours they give to fulfilling Sibling Strong's mission, mean that many siblings separated by foster care now have opportunities to come together for meaningful visits.
Pictured: Sibling Strong co-founders: Deb Kennedy and Bob Partlow
Deb Kennedy, Co-founder and Director
Deb and her husband Dave Kennedy, a minister, lead by example. They are the parents of eight children, including two sibling groups adopted through foster care. For 11 years, Deb has poured her her time and passion for children in care into founding and serving as director of Sibling Strong and Washington's chapter of Camp To Belong International. She often represents our organization before groups and organizations. She is a recipient of the Foster Parents Association of Washington's Luminary Award for her contribution to the welfare of Washington children in care.
Bob Partlow, Co-founder and Board Member
Bob is an amazing champion for children and a valued member of leadership team and board, where he serves as secretary. He was instrumental in founding a Camp To Belong Washington chapter in our state while he was employed by Washington Children's Administration, now the Department of Children, Youth and Families. He served with the State for 11 before retiring. Previously, he was a political and investigative reporter for 27 years. He made the career change following several years of foster-parenting with his wife Deanna. They are parents to five, including one adopted child. Bob continues to volunteer with Sibling Strong and advocate for foster children. While at summer's Camp To Belong, Bob is a jack of all trades, and during the Christmas season, does his other favorite work, serving as a Santa at numerous celebrations in Western Washington.
David Lewis-Randolph, Board President
David, known to everyone at Camp To Belong's summer camp as B.A., has been a part of the Sibling Strong team since 2010. He is not only a member of our Leadership Team, but also serves as president of our organization's board. As a lead counselor at summer camp, B.A. is known for his ability to encourage and mentor the "tough boys" and to belt out goofy camp songs at any time. He is the proud father of daughter Kammarie, and when he is not being a camp superhero, he is a water infrastructure specialist.
Rebekah Bauer, Board Member
Rebekah Bauer joined the Sibling Strong team as an administrative assistant when she was a senior in high school. It didn't take long for her to fall in love with its mission and the kids she worked with. Besides serving on the Leadership Team, she is now in charge of year-round events in Pierce County, and also serves as lead counselor at Camp To Belong Washington. For much of the year, Rebekah is a gifted kindergarten teacher with a certification in special education. This year, following camp, she will teach in Korea for a year. When she is not occupied by Sibling Strong or teaching, she enjoys running and traveling the world!
Lena Mitchel, Board Member
Lena Mitchel became a volunteer in 2009 and joined Sibling Strong's executive board in 2010. A former foster parent and an advocate for youth in care, Lena is the mother of five, two of whom were adopted from foster care. She became active in the organization after adopting a child who is separated from his siblings. She serves as board treasurer and is active in fundraising.
Deanna Partlow, Board Member
Deanna Partlow, who serves on Sibling Strong's executive board, and her husband Bob are parents of five, including one adopted child, grandparents and former foster parents, While she considers parenting the best job ever, she is a retired journalist and worked for many years as a media relations professional and journalism teacher at a college. She still works as a writer and editor and as Mrs. Claus during the holidays. Her passion is bettering the lives of children, especially those in foster care.
You have never lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.