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. They have a daughter, Emmeline and son, Noah.

 

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

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
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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

Lori Stedman, Marketing Director

Lori Stedman

Marketing Director

 

Bio to come.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 116

lstedman@jonnycake.org

Elizabeth Wyllie, Education Coordinator
Elizabeth Wyllie

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.

 

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.

Heather Vultee, Store Manager
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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

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

Ed Generali, Volunteer Coordinator
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Ed Generali
Volunteer Coordinator

Ed came to the Jonnycake as a Pantry volunteer in 2016, where we quickly realized we want Ed permanently on the team! Most recently in 2018, Ed has become a Volunteer Coordinator helping us bring do-gooder’s like himself into the Jonnycake way of giving neighbors in need a hand-up.

 

Professionally, Ed dedicated his life to Catholic education serving as a Guidance Counselor for 44 years. Ed served the students and families at Holy Cross from 1984 -2016 where he was the Director of Guidance and senior counselor. Ed also worked as a Social Studies teacher and guidance counselor at Sacred Heart High School. Ed earned his Bachelor degree at the University of Connecticut, his Masters in Counseling  and 6th year professional degree in Supervision and Administration at Southern Connecticut State University. Ed has always been heavily involved in the community, volunteering  for The Special Olympics and ST. Vincent DePaul shelter.

 

Many know Ed as Coach “G” as he was one of the most successful basketball coaches in Connecticut. In 35 totals season, with the Sacred Heart boys, and Holy Cross girls and boys, Generali totaled 638 victories, 13 NVL titles and three state titles. Coach G guided the Crusaders to State Championships in 1995 and in 2000. The 2000 Crusaders finished ranked #1 in the State of Connecticut.

 

Ed currently resides in Westerly, RI with his wife Robyn. Ed has two lovely children, Matt and Alyssa, and he is a proud grandparent of four, Audrey, Jocelyn, Olivia, and baby Zephyr.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 114
volunteer@jonnycake.org

Amanda Mattoon, Administrative Assistant/Human Resources

Amanda Mattoon

Administrative Assistant/Human Resources

 

Bio to come.

Tammi Dunlap, Fresh Start Case Manager

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