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 Teixeira, Pantry Manager
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Sarah Teixeira

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

steixeira@jonnycake.org

Denise Acker, Marketing Director

Denise Acker

Marketing Director

 

Denise has returned to the Jonnycake after a brief hiatus to assist a patient advocacy start-up in Baltimore, MD. She has 10+ years experience in project development & marketing strategy serving social service, environmental, education, and healthcare fields. She has been volunteering administration services to the Jonnycake over the past year and is excited to be back at the Jonnycake supporting marketing and community events!

 

When not at work you can find Denise volunteering at 96.7 The Buzz radio to promote local musicians through social media marketing. Denise also loves writing stories & poems, singing, dancing, and jumping in the Misquamicut waves with her little guy.

 

401.377.8069 x116

dacker@jonnycake.org

Susan Rosen, Program Director
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Susan Rosen

Program Director

 

Susan joined the Jonnycake Center staff in October of 2015.  Susan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Northeastern University and Master of Science  degree in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Rhode Island. Susan is also a Board Member of The Greater North End Community Development, Inc.

 

Prior to coming to Jonnycake, Susan held the position of Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate at the Naval Submarine Base New London and still remains involved in activities  in conjunction with SafeFutures of New London  spreading community awareness about domestic violence.

 

Susan is excited to be a part of the Jonnycake community.

 

401.377.8069 ext. 110

srosen@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

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

Betsy Thoman, Administrative Assistant/Human Resources

Betsy Thoman

Administrative Assistant/Human Resources

 

Betsy joined the Jonnycake staff in January of 2017 bringing her passion and drive to
the agency. She completed her education at the University of Rhode Island with a
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Science in Humanities degree.  She enjoyed returning to
school after her time away and found it to be rewarding academically.
Betsy truly enjoys working at the Jonnycake Center finding it to be very gratifying, and
she looks forward to coming to work every day. Her organizational ability has been a
tremendous asset in the newly created Administrative Assistant/Human Resource
position.
Betsy has two children who are the light in her life and has enjoyed the privilege of
watching them grow up into fine adults.  Along with her children, family and friends are a
huge part of her life and loves spending her free time with them.
Never been confused with being shy, Betsy enjoys meeting new people and finds joy in
sharing great conversation.
Outside interests include gardening, travel, spending time with family and friends,
vineyard hopping, photography, and is an avid scrapbook creator.
Her favorite saying is “Don’t look back you’re not going that way.”

 

401.377.8069 ext. 103

bthoman@jonnycake.org

Asucena Colon, Education Coordinator

Asucena Colon

Education Coordinator, Real Jobs Rhode Island

 

Cena received her Bachelors degree in History from the College of St. Joseph in Vermont and her Masters degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She also holds degrees in Montessori Education from North East Montessori Institute in Beverly, Mass.  After ten years in the classroom, Cena moved to Thailand and Nepal to teach Montessori and remained in Administration for the past 8 years.  She has held Coordinator positions at Worcester State University and LEARN in Old Lyme, Ct. before coming to the Jonnycake.
In her spare time, Cena enjoys photography, traveling adventures, gardening, and hiking with her poochies.

 

401.377.8069  #115

acolon@jonnycake.org