Alan & Jennifer Vazqueztell – FOUNDERS
Alan and Jenni’s passion for vulnerable children in our community is at the core of their beings. Alan and Jenni are active and licensed foster parents in Laramie, Wyoming. They witnessed a marked change in their own two children and in their lives as a result of fostering children in their own home.
This conviction brought them to begin Laramie Foster Closet in March of 2017 because they witnessed marked changes in the lives of foster children and foster families when their needs were met. As a result of the foster closet, Alan and Jenni believe that not only are basic needs met, but that fostering becomes a sustainable practice and a valuable community of foster parents is created. Alan and Jenni believe that they are called to “Defend the cause of the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) and know that it is their God-given responsibility to respond to the tremendous need of hurting children in our community.
Sara has a heart for hurting children and has worked for the Department of Children and Families in Texas. As a social worker, Sara has been witness to many dark situations and understands the importance of shining a light on foster care.
Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and is actively works in the social work field in Indiana. Her oversight of Laramie Foster Closet and help with government resources is invaluable to our team.
Hanni is an incredible asset to the Laramie Foster Closet team. She has been active in our Christmas present program for foster youth and has consistently organized community events to help children and families in foster care. She instills Christian values in her own family while consistently organizing fundraisers and participating on the board of Laramie Foster Closet. Hanni deeply believes that all children should be loved, respected, and given the opportunity to experience the message of Jesus Christ.
Laramie Foster Closet is so thankful to have Sue Morgan as a board member. She is a long-time resident of Laramie, Wyoming and is devoted to making Laramie a better place. In addition, Sue’s business career spans decades and she continuously advises the board on financial and business issues. Sue is passionate about helping children in foster care and is a wonderful asset to our board. Her heart for vulnerable children in our community is admirable and we can’t wait to see the incredible things she does.
Trista Ostrom, originally from Powell, Wyoming now resides in Cheyenne as the executive director of the Wyoming Congressional Award. Trista graduated from the University of Wyoming with both a Bachelors and Masters in Education and is continuously committed to nonprofit work in the state of Wyoming. She is a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne and currently serves on the Greater Cheyenne Economic Development Steering Committee as well as the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Committee. The Wyoming Congressional Award is dedicated to volunteering with the Laramie Foster Closet and supporting Wyoming nonprofits, thus Trista strives to volunteer alongside the Congressional Award participants to make an impact in our local communities. Trista is passionate about helping children from hard places and continuously works towards helping foster children obtain what they need most.