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.
Jenna ElmoreProject Manager
Jenna has been managing her own job sites for the past 30 years, mainly focused in residential remodeling and new construction. Jenna’s father was a contractor which allowed her to engrain herself early in the business. She worked for IBM for 9 years in their global IT division, she left the company in 2011 to officially become a licensed construction supervisor. After 3 years in Boston designing and managing construction projects, Jenna moved to Newport and joined the JPS Team as a Project Manager. In her free time, Jenna spends a lot of time outdoors with her passion being water skiing, wakeboarding, and kayaking.
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.
Jonathan Camelo Assistant Project Manager
Jonathan started his construction career at JPS over 8 years ago. Prior to JPS, He received his Associates Degree in Building Construction & Design Technology from the New England Institute of Technology. His great attitude and vast knowledge of the industry makes him an invaluable asset to the company. Jonathan loves spending time with his family and in his free time you’ll find him either watching a football game or playing the drums with his band.
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.
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.
Jennifer GardnerAdministrative Assistant
Jennifer has worked in the construction and property management industry for over 15 years and brings a wealth of experience to JPS Construction and Design, Inc. She is passionate about helping others and goes the extra mile to assist our clients, showing them the care and respect they deserve. When she’s out of the office, you can find Jennifer spending time with her family and two dogs, Jagger & Nikki.
Shane O'RourkeMarketing Specialist
Shane is one of the company’s most recent hires, joining the JPS Team in 2021. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and got his first job in marketing at a sporting goods company. Shane uses his creative mindset and technical know-how to facilitate all of JPS Construction and Design’s marketing and advertising.
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.