Introducing the individuals behind JPS Construction and Design who work together every day to ensure that our clients are satisfied.
Owner and founder Jamie Stebenne is a licensed contractor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He started working in the construction industry while studying architecture at Roger Williams University. By the time he graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture in 2008, Jamie was co-owner of a full-fledged construction and design business. In 2012 he branched out on his own and established JPS Construction and Design. Jamie is very hands-on and still manages the majority of the construction projects at JPS. He can usually be found out on a job site ensuring the work meets the high standards of quality and workmanship JPS upholds.
Kevin SawyerVice President
Vice President Kevin Sawyer is a fellow graduate of Roger Williams University. After earning his Bachelor of Architecture in 2008, Kevin went to work for an international interior design firm specializing in high-end hospitality projects. In 2011 he joined the JPS team as lead designer. Over the years, Kevin transitioned to the role of vice president and general manager. While Kevin now spends most of his time managing construction projects, he still tackles design challenges whenever he gets the chance.
Debbie WattSenior Project Manager
Debbie brings over 30 years of commercial construction experience to the world of residential construction. She is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a Masters Degree in construction management from Stanford University. While her background is large scale commercial renovation and new building projects, she can translate many of these management skills to JPS. She is an accomplished project manager who focuses on financial management and communication with project stakeholders. She lives in Bristol, RI where she is learning to sail and enjoy small town life after living in the Washington, DC metro area for many years.
William H. LytleProject Manager
William Lytle started his career at JPS as a carpenter’s helper in 2011 while working towards his degree at New England Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Associates Degree in Building Construction and Cabinet Making in 2012. William’s field experience and quick thinking make him an excellent leader, and his passion ensures that the jobs are completed to the highest caliber.
Allison Jenkins Interior Designer and Project Manager
Allison Jenkins has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and an international design education from Lorenzo De Medici School in Florence Italy. Allison began her career in New York City, working for a world-renowned residential interior design firm until opening her own studio in 2006. With over 15 years of experience, she has provided interior design solutions for high-end residential projects all over the country. Allison joined the JPS team in 2018 and brings with her a unique and sophisticated design philosophy, stressing a close link between the disciplines of architecture and the beauty of interior design.
Mark NevesProject Manager
With over 30 years of experience in the construction field, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge of both residential and commercial projects. He joined JPS as a Lead Carpenter in 2015 and quickly advanced to the Project Manager role. Mark has the ability to coordinate projects of all sizes. He has great working relationships with subcontractors and his leadership skills help him manage even the most complex projects with confidence.
Alanna HarleyProject Manager
A Rhode Island native, Alanna holds a B.S. in Interior Design from Mount Ida College. After moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Alanna worked as an Interior Design Assistant for a boutique firm where she provided oversight of multiple luxury projects from inception to installation. To achieve the client’s vision, Alanna worked closely with custom purveyors in the woodworking, finishing and upholstery trades. After returning to the Ocean State, Alanna expanded her interior expertise while working in a tile showroom, before joining a Rhode Island-based construction company where, as a Project Manager, she oversaw the renovation of numerous hospitality properties nationwide. Alanna’s knowledge of estimating and the logistical aspects of the design-build process will be put to good use as she returns to residential construction at JPS.
Bob AllisonProject Manager
Bob is a recent addition to the JPS Team of Project Managers. He has more than 20 years of experience in carpentry and construction management, including historical restoration services. After managing his own construction company for many years, he brings his knowledge of the “big picture” and knows what it takes to bring projects from concept to completion.
Assistant Project Managers
AJ FensterAssistant Project Manager
AJ began working in the construction field with his father at the age of 16. After working with his father for many years, AJ decided it was time to make his own path and began a career at JPS. Due to his hard work and dedication, AJ was quickly promoted to Assistant Project Manager. AJ takes the time to share his knowledge and skills with others, which strengthens the crews he leads. AJ’s positive, “can do” attitude makes it a pleasure for his co-workers and customers to work with him.
Dominic has a unique hybrid role as both a Designer and Assistant Project Manager. With a Master’s degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University, and after 4 1/2 years working in the architecture and construction industries, he has experience taking projects from schematic design through construction administration. He always strives to provide clients with their dream project.
Johnny AgorosAssistant Project Manager
Johnny started with JPS as an intern helping in the field as a laborer in the summers and during school vacations from 2017 to 2019. During this time, Johnny improved his skills and was promoted to the role of Carpenter’s Assistant. After graduating from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Construction Management, he was accepted to participate in another internship for Project Management in Quonset. Johnny has lived in Middletown since he was 5 and he enjoys music. He is looking forward to applying his education and experience to the projects at JPS.
Sue HorwitzDirector of Design
With over ten years of experience working as a licensed architect in Canada Sue has faced and conquered many design challenges. Her thoughtfulness and attention to detail is unmatched. She dedicates herself to her projects and makes sure each space is designed to perfection. Sue currently volunteers as a member of the zoning board in Portsmouth, which highlights her vast knowledge of building and zoning codes.
Domeny has been a key member of our design team since 2018. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Mount Ida College. During her studies, she completed an internship doing design work for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Domeny is an analytical thinker; she has a passion for the detailed and technical side of design. When developing floor plans, elevations and drawings, Domeny always strives for perfection, with great attention to detail.
After earning a B.S. degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University, Hayley continued her studies and will graduate with a Master’s degree in Architecture in December 2020. While attending school, she worked for her father’s general contracting company as a Laborer. Her direct knowledge of the field work, combined with her educational background, has given Hayley an excellent understanding of design-build companies like JPS. Hayley is driven to apply her knowledge and skills to assist the design team in producing high quality drawings for our customers.
Lindsey McCartyAssistant Vice President and Finance Manager
Lindsey started at JPS in 2014, doing marketing and clerical duties, and quickly grew into the role of managing all aspects of the company’s day to day financial activities. She works closely with the Project Managers to monitor client budgets, invoicing, A/R and A/P functions, and manages the sub-contractor and vendor account relationships. Lindsey is a critical component of the financial success of the company. Lindsey graduated from Manhattanville College, where she played NCAA Div 3 field hockey and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
David StebenneCorporate Secretary and Business Manager
In his leadership role as Business Manager, David works to ensure financial and regulatory compliance, and build corporate strategy. He oversees the financial and real estate investments, and develops benefits and compensation programs for the JPS team. David comes from the world of financial planning, where for over 25 years, he advised clients how to grow and protect their personal wealth while reducing taxes and other financial risks in their plan. In his free time, David enjoys boating, skiing, and his two dogs, Emma and Sadie.
Tricia WilkeyHuman Resources/Admin. Asst.
Tricia joined the JPS team in January 2020. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and years of experience in the field of Human Resources. In addition to providing support in the day to day office operations, she is responsible for the HR functions of recruiting, orientation, payroll, and employee relations. Tricia is a welcomed addition to our growing company.
We are committed to upholding our most cherished values in every project and task we take on. From inception to completion, JPS will be with you every step of the way.