Meet the Staff

Lee Eastbourne, Executive Director
Lee Eastbourne

Lee Eastbourne

Executive Director

 

Lee was born and raised in Bradford, England, approximately four hours north of London. He completed his undergraduate education in the United Kingdom and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Sport and Education Studies from Liverpool Hope University.

 

Lee moved to the United States in late 2004 for what he thought was a short commitment to work and gain valuable experience before returning to England to pursue a career in Education. That plan never came to fruition as Lee met, and is now married to Jennifer, with whom he lives in Gales Ferry, CT with their two children.

 

During his time in the United States, Lee has held roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, serving as Client Services Manager, Account Executive, and Operations and Marketing Manager, and most recently the Jonnycake Center’s Director of Development before being announced as the Center’s Executive Director starting in July 2017.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 106

leastbourne@jonnycake.org

Debbi Bammer, Bookkeeper

Bio to come

Sarah Cote, Program Director
Sarah Cote

Sarah Cote

Program Director

 

Sarah is the Center’s new Social Services Program Director, joining the Jonnycake family in August 2018 after completing a Master of Social Work degree at Rhode Island College. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, from Providence College. Prior to joining the Jonnycake Center, Sarah’s focuses have been on community support, resource coordination and mental health, having spent time at The Kent Center in Warwick and at the Providence VA Medical Center. She has also had her research published in the Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity in Canada. Besides supporting the needs of others, Sarah enjoys hiking, the beach, cooking, and spending time with her pup, Sophie! She is excited about the opportunity to support the Jonnycake mission of #SustainingCommunityTogether.

Tammi Dunlap, Fresh Start Case Manager
Tammi

Tammi Dunlap

Fresh Start Case Manager

 

Tammi joins the Jonnycake social services team as the Fresh Start Case Manager after spending 2 years as a volunteer in the Pantry. She most recently was the “Head Elf” for the gift bag portion of the Holiday Giving Program 2017.

 

Tammi received her Bachelor of Sociology with an emphasis in Medical Social Work from Northern Arizona University. She married her husband Dave 30 years ago and raised 4 children beginning in California and Connecticut before moving to Rhode Island in 2016. She kept busy with numerous volunteer activities associated with the kids, was a Toddler Tunes music teacher for 10 years, substitute teacher for 5, and held various office management positions. Since moving to Rhode Island, Tammi has become involved not only at Jonnycake but also at the Westerly Warm Center and community activities through her Christ Church family. She just recently became a Grammi to grandson Corey!!

 

Tammi is excited to help clients identify, prioritize and achieve goals and to develop healthy relationships through the Fresh Start Program in conjunction with the Jonnycake food pantry. She always loves to meet new people so don’t hesitate to stop on by.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 117

freshstart@jonnycake.org 

Kristin Ells, Admin/HR Assistant
Kristin Ells

Kristin Ells

Admin/HR Assistant

 

Kristin has lived in Ashaway with her husband and five children, ages 10-22 since 2008, having relocated from Vermont. You may recognize her from her frequent visits to the Thrift Store, her “favorite store”, or from her work as a camp counselor and art camp leader with Hopkinton Recreation. Kristin graduated from Granite State College in NH with a BA in Child & Family Studies and has worked in non-profit and for-profit businesses in recruiting, administration, human resources, and programming.

 

She is excited to bring all of those experiences together to assist Jonnycake employees and clients in reaching their goals. In her spare time, Kristin creates miniature teacup fairyscapes through her business Crafty Happy Place.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 103

kells@jonnycake.org

Adrienne Hall, Volunteer Coordinator
Adrienne

Adrienne Hall
Volunteer Coordinator

 

Adrienne joined The Jonnycake Center in May 2016.  Currently one of the volunteer coordinators, Adrienne received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University College of Communication with a concentration in Advertising/Marketing.

 

Adrienne has held positions in the financial world as well as several non-profit organizations in Boston and Hartford.  While staying home to raise her two daughters, Adrienne remained an active member of the Westerly Community.  She is a former board member of the Ocean Community YMCA, a literacy volunteer, and was an active volunteer at Dunns’ Corners Elementary School.

 

Adrienne is enthusiastic about the work of The Jonnycake Center and is eager to speak with individuals and groups about volunteering.  She finds most people are surprised to learn all that The Jonnycake Center has to offer the community.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 114
volunteer@jonnycake.org

Cyndee MacLaren, Volunteer Coordinator

Bio to come.

Bambi Poppick, Development Director
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Bambi Poppick

Development Director

 

Bambi joined the Jonnycake Center staff in June 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Cortland and attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Bambi is a Board Member of the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association and is a volunteer for the Connecticut Humane Society.

 

Bambi has held positions in the non-profit sector for her entire career, serving as Community Outreach Director, Membership and Marketing Manager, and Director of Membership before taking on the position of Director of Development with the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.

 

Bambi and her boyfriend Jon have lived in Mystic for 12 years. They have five daughters between them, three dogs, and three cats. She enjoys organic gardening, kayaking, horseback riding, and Block Island.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 105

bpoppick@jonnycake.org

Sarah Shaw, Pantry Manager
sarah

Sarah Shaw

Pantry Manager

 

Sarah joined the Jonnycake Center in November 2015. Sarah has recently received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island where she focused her studies on health promotion across the lifespan.

 

Prior to joining the Jonnycake team, Sarah was the Assistant Manager of greenhouses at Schartner Farms in Exeter. So, not only can Sarah tell you how to sneak more vegetables into your diet, she can also give you pointers on how to grow them!

 

401.377.8069 ext. 112

sshaw@jonnycake.org

Heather Vultee, Store Manager
heather

Heather Vultee
Store Manager

 

Heather started in 2014 as the Receiving Manager in the Backroom of the Thrift Store. She loved it so much she decided to take on the front of the store as well! Heather’s thrilled when people are happy to find treasures in the store, but she’s even more excited that every penny of profit goes to Jonnycake’s overhead. While at Colby College in ME she was named one of George Bush Senior’s 1000 Points of Light for her work with Colby Friends, an organization that worked with Student Volunteers and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She finds working with our volunteers very fulfilling and is always happy to welcome new volunteers, young and not as young, to the store. After college, Heather moved around New England as a Store Manager for various retail establishments, and eventually was promoted to a home office to work on special projects. Heather and her husband of almost 20 years live in Ashaway with their four children (two sets of twins), two dogs, two cats, a rabbit and a fish. She is not going to give in to her kids’ requests for a pet pig or a pet cow, but she might be talked into pet chickens.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 104
hvultee@jonnycake.org

April Vuono, Development Assistant
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April Vuono

Development Assistant

 

A native Rhode Islander, April grew up in Warwick, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and an area of interest in music, and now lives in Westerly with her husband Jeff.  She has been a chorister most of her life and has also studied piano, cello, tap, and ballet.  She enjoys walking around town, walking on the beach, and tandem bicycling with her husband.

 

Her professional background includes working initially in academia, followed by years in the defense industry, and most recently in a financial setting.  She has been a volunteer at the Westerly Hospital and here at the Jonnycake Center, where she helped out in the administration office.  In 2019 she was thrilled to join the administrative staff as Development Assistant.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 206

avuono@jonnycake.org

Elizabeth Wyllie, Education Coordinator

Elizabeth Wyllie

Education Coordinator, Real Jobs Rhode Island

 

Elizabeth Joined the Jonnycake Center in August 2018.

She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a specialization in developmental disabilities and human services.

 

Prior to joining the Jonnycake Center, Elizabeth worked in public school systems in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. During summer vacation and school breaks Elizabeth would work at her local YMCA where she would help facilitate programs for individuals with disabilities. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys hiking with her dog Sammie and spending time with her family.

 

Elizabeth looks forward to helping individuals of the Jonnycake Center to learn new skills that they can use to advance their careers.