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New Life Day Center Staff

Jennie Zamora

Executive Director

Jennie has been the Executive Director at New Life Day Center since January of 2023. She has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership and comes to us with extensive experience in nonprofit fund development, program management, and volunteer recruitment. Most of Jennie’s career has been spent in the nonprofit and education sectors in Orange County, California serving the foster youth and homeless populations. Jennie is a Member of Porter Memorial Baptist Church and volunteers with the MOPS program there.

John Welch

Center Coordinator

John Welch has served as the Day Center Coordinator since January of 2024. John comes to NLDC with extensive experience working with people in crisis. He has served as a missionary, with YWAM, in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic John had a vital role in planting several ministries, team building, and project management. John works with Bridge the Gap Lexington as a street pastor serving at risk youth and Adults struggling in Cardinal Valley, Lexington, Kentucky. He has a passion for serving the homeless population in Lexington and seeing their lives transformed. John is a member of Bluegrass Community Church Lexington.

Darren Foster

Panhandling Diversion Program Manager

Darren Foster has been managing the Panhandling Diversion Program since February of 2023. This flagship program has been operating in partnership with the city since 2016. Darren comes to NLDC after serving on the Outreach Team through Grace Christian Fellowship to bring the love of Jesus to our clients by running weekly fellowship nights and church services. He is passionate about loving people and sharing Christ with each and every one, in a way that brings dignity and hope.

Stella Boyd

Support Specialist

Stella Boyd comes to the New Life Day Center in August of 2023 after having been a volunteer for over three years with Community Action Center’s Senior Employment Program. Stella has made a profound difference in the lives of clients at NLDC and many clients view her as family. She is a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church.

Amanda Nord

Panhandling Van Finance Secretary

Amanda Nord has been managing the financial and statistical parts of the Panhandling Diversion Program since June of 2023. She is a regular volunteer with NLDC at fundraising events and is employed part-time at a local church in Lexington.

New Life Day Center Board Members

Faith Based Non-Profit

Steve Polston

Founder and Board Member

Board Member Steve Polston founded New Life Day Center in December 2011. A retired engineer, Steve operated New Life Day Center as Executive Director until 2015. He continues to work and advocate for the homeless community to this day, overseeing start-ups and implementation of new projects and programs at the Day Center.

Phil Miller

Board Chairman

Phil has been the Board Chairman at New Life Day Center since 2021 and has served on the board since 2014. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work and has extensive experience in working with those experiencing homelessness and/or mental health and substance abuse issues. Phil is also the Regional Manager for The AME Group, an IT Services Company serving Kentucky and several surrounding states.  Phil is a very strong advocate for our clients and looks forward to doing social work full time when he retires from his information technology career.

Karl Wetzel

Board Member

Karl and his wife Claudia moved to Lexington in 1993. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters. They also have 5 Grandkids. Karl is the founder and current owner of Worth Insurance Group. Karl and Claudia spend a lot of the summer in their camper at Cave Run Lake. “I think the most important thing about being a board member at the NLDC is learning about our Homeless problem in Lexington and supplying real solutions.

Mike Lavendar

Board Member

Bio Coming Soon

Mike Buckley

Board Member

Bio Coming Soon

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) April M. Brown

Board Member

April Brown currently serves as a police officer with the Fayette County Public Schools’ Police Department in the role of a school resource officer.

April retired from the Kentucky Army National Guard with 29.75 years of service with the occupational specialties of Military Police and Human Resources. She has held numerous leadership positions to include multiple company commands and a battalion command. April deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina for Operation Joint Forge/SFOR 9 and Guantanamo Bay Cuba for Operation Enduring Freedom. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Award (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), and the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6th Award).

April retired as a Police Sergeant from the Lexington, KY Division of Police with 20 years of service (1994-2014.)
She is a native of Frankfort, KY and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Centre College, Danville, KY.
She is married to Chief Warrant Officer Three (retired) Barry Brown and they have two teenage sons, Eli and Gabe Brown.

She is a member of and volunteers with East Frankfort Baptist Church, and volunteers with multiple veteran nonprofits, school booster clubs and on the board of New Life Day Center.

Rob Stravitz

Board Member

Rob Stravitz recently retired after a 30+ year career as a marketing executive. His most recent roles were Vice President of Marketing for Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Chief Marketing Officer for Sun Auto.

Since retirement, he spends his time serving in board and staff roles at several faith-based non-profits in Lexington, including New Life Day Center. He and his wife Susan have lived in Lexington since 2005.

Steve Krolak

Board Member

Steve Krolak joined the board at the start of 2024 having spent 40+ years building successful business operations globally with Lexmark International, Eastman Kodak, FMC, and retiring as President of GP Enterprises in 2022.

Steve and his wife Jennifer moved to Lexington in 2008 after living in multiple cities during his career. He has always sought ways to improve the community in which he lives and looks forward to helping the New Life Day Center increase the positive impact it has upon the homeless community and the greater Lexington area.

Rhonda Bower

Board Member

Rhonda Bower is CEO/CFO and co-founder of AAA Transit, a division of Appaloosa, Inc, that is a nationwide trucking business started in 2000. Prior to this she was co-founder and Vice President of Allstates Sign & Awning, Inc, a company servicing the sign industry across the nation and worldwide, from 1990 until its sale in 2000.

Rhonda enjoys serving the Lord by volunteering in her church, serving on the Strategic Planning Committee and hosting a weekly women’s bible study in her home.

She also enjoys travel, spending time with family, friends, grandkids and the animals on her farm.

Keith Ransdell

Board Member

Keith is a partner at the law firm of Ransdell, Roach & Royse in Lexington. He and his wife Dana are active members of Porter Memorial Baptist Church and have been volunteering to serve the homeless population in Lexington for several years. Keith enjoys serving on the NLDC Board because it provides practical solutions to many of the basic needs of the homeless in our area along with a message of faith in Jesus Christ.

Mario Campos

Board Member

Mario is both a board member and part time staff at New Life Day Center. As a person who has experienced both homelessness (3+ years) and drug addiction, Mario brings a very valuable perspective to our board and our staff. While homeless and struggling with addiction, Mario accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, and with the help of the Church and the New Life Day Center completely turned his life around. He has been clean from drugs, employed and housed for going on 4 years now. Mario has dedicated his life to helping others and his work at the New Life Day Center and with the Circle Program are the beginnings of that commitment. Mario’s love and deep concern for other people experiencing homelessness is a testament to his faith and commitment.

Eric Bevevino

Board Member

Eric Bevevino has spent his entire 30-year career in leadership positions related to mission accomplishment and maintenance/reliability. Born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania, Eric is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Honoring his ROTC scholarship commitment to the US Navy, Eric spent four years on active duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer with a Diving and Salvage specialty. Following his stint on active duty, Eric transitioned to the Navy reserves and entered the private sector, taking a position with Castrol Industrial. This five years with Castrol was followed by eight years with Chevron Lubricants. Looking to gain more perspective while using his solid foundation in maintenance from the Navy, Eric left Chevron to join a small reliability consulting firm in Connecticut. Over the next five years he focused on preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, reliability centered maintenance and best practices in asset management. This ultimately led him to his current position at Valvoline as the Senior Director of Channel Partner & Heavy Duty Sales, officed out of Valvoline World Headquarters in Lexington, KY. In the years after graduating from college, Eric has set foot in almost every type of commercial and industrial operation in North America, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe. Eric is a married father of two, a retired Navy Reserve Commander, a Certified Lubrication Specialist, a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional, a Certified Reliability Leader, and a passionate advocate for veterans.

Sarah Hancock

Board Member
Sarah was born and raised in Western Kentucky and graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health & Safety. She moved to Lexington in 1996 with her husband of 29+ years where they raised their 2 children Robert & Rachel. Sarah has worked as a Real estate agent for 25 years serving central Kentucky. Their family’s Christian faith has always been the central part of their lives and they have emphasized the importance of faith and community service to their children.
 
Sarah served on the Makenna Foundation Board of Directors from its inception in 2001 until 2014. The Makenna Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to provide for the needs of the Kentucky Childrens Hospital. Through annual fundraisers they provided needed medical equipment, renovations for the children’s oncology sedation area, and the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, which opened in 2010 serving Central & Eastern Kentucky as a level 1 pediatric trauma center. As part of the foundation, Sarah participated in planning and executing fundraising events, and the coordination of volunteers. The Art of Making Miracles, Derby Eve Party, Talon Winery Summer concert benefiting the foundation were some of the largest annual events. She stepped down from the Board of Directors, however, Sarah continues to support the Makenna Foundation in other capacities.

Center Hours
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat 8:30 AM  – 12:00 PM

Office Hours
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat 8:30 AM  – 12:00 PM

Address
224 N MLK Blvd
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone Number
859-721-2325

Fax
859-721-2325

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