Thomas Jastermsky, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board
As the founder of Holy Joe’s, Tom provides leadership, communications, logistics expertise, quality control and guidance. He has developed strategic partnerships with key product suppliers including Keurig | Green Mountain Coffee, New England Coffee, Harney & Son's Tea brands, and many others. Leading key logistical expertise, Tom has developed strategic partnerships with transportation teams from FedEx, Schneider National, Conway, JB Hunt and many others. Tom works closely with the deploying military to coordinate logistical needs with Space-A (Space Available) military flights for delivering our pallets of coffee for worldwide distribution to military bases.
Susan Rubinsky, First Vice Chair
Susan Rubinsky has led marketing initiatives for Holy Joe’s Café since its inception in 2006 on a pro bono basis. A marketing and communications consultant with a background in tech, startups, and public and non-profit sectors, Susan brings a wealth of experience to the Holy Joe’s team. Her client list includes The Nature Conservancy, Yale University, and regional transit and public agencies such as Greater Bridgeport Transit and Norwalk Water Department. In addition, Susan has won numerous awards for her work including the American Library Association “Top 10 Internet Resources” award and the American Public Transportation Association AdWheels Grand Prize award.
You can find out more about Susan on LinkedIn.
Mary Ann Starkes, Second Vice Chair
Mary Ann Starkes graduated from Yale University School of Nursing in 1984 with a degree in Adult Psychiatry and then became an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She retired from the West Haven Veteran's Medical Center in 2002 and then started a private practice in Adult Psychiatry and currently practices in Hamden,CT.
Mary Ann is the mother of two grown children who live in Seattle, Washington.
You can find out more about Mary Ann on LinkedIn.
John Chaple, Treasurer
John Chaple joined the Board of Directors and was nominated Treasurer in November 2018. With over 30 years experience, John brings strong expertise in financial and accounting oversight, and extensive experience in engagement across many functions — Commercial (Sales & Marketing), Supply Chain, IT, HR, etc. — providing a big-picture view of operations, with experience optimizing processes and finding efficiencies across an enterprise.
You can find out more about John on LinkedIn.
Don Snow served twenty-seven years on active duty in the Navy retiring in early 2008 from SEAL TEAM 7. In mid-2008 he was hired by SEAL TEAM 7 as a civilian DOD employee to the Operations Manager (OPS Deputy) position and has been involved with Holy Joe’s since 2010, Don has an expert level of understanding in key DOD logistics systems that has assisted Holy Joe's in distributing over 3 million K-cups and over 200 Keurig machines to forward deployed stations to include locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guam and various other worldwide locations. He is always available to provide key advisory support to the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. In current capacity as OPS deputy he manages 200 SEALs and a budget in excess of 3 million a year to ensure all command members are trained in compliance with the NSW force readiness standards. Don's community service includes Church security coordinator at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado Ca, Little League coach and manager and RBI baseball Coach and Manager. He is a certified National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) coach and has continuously coached numerous baseball teams year-round for the last 5 years. Don joined Holy Joe’s Board of Directors in 2018.
Aaron Shelton served 21 years on active duty in the Navy retiring in June 2008 from Commander Destroyer Squadron One. In mid-2012 he was hired by General Dynamics Information Technology as a civilian Officer of the Deck/Navigation Instructor for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility. Aaron has been helping distribute coffee provided by Holy Joe’s since 2015, Aaron has an expert level of understanding in key DOD logistics systems that has assisted Holy Joe's in distributing to Naval ships heading for deployment overseas. He is always available to provide key advisory support to the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. In current capacity as Senior Navigation Instructor he ensures all sailors are trained in compliance with Naval force readiness standards. Aaron's community service includes Treasurer for a yearly Motorcycle Charity event which gives 100% of all proceeds to Homefront San Diego. He is also involved with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Aaron joined Holy Joe’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Donna Beres joined the Board of Directors in October 2018. A graduate of UCONN and the Morse School of Business, Donna brings 30 years of experience in advertising. Starting out as proofreader and working her way up to manager, Donna has worked for the following publications: Passport Magazine, Litchfield County Times, CT Magazine, The Register Citizen and Foothills Trader. Donna presently works at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital/Hartford Hospital as a Patient Representative. Donna is a divorced mother of two fantastic sons!