Meet The Team
Committed to the Cause
Dr. Jeffery Eugene Thompkins Jr. PhD, MBA, BSA
Founder & President
I started this foundation due to having gone through personal trials, and not having the needed resources to help in my time of need. Being a single father, and dealing with a multitude of health issues for several years; I know what a tough time is. I can remember countless nights of laying in the hospital and getting comfort from planning to help those around me and our community. I can remember back to crying and staring in the face of my sleeping son, while being displaced and staying in a shelter not knowing where to go, or what to do. After gathering my own thoughts I put pen to paper and hatched a plan. There are definitely a lack of resources in the community, and less for those with any sort of income. I am looking to hit the ground running by bridging the gap and help those in need. I have worked in the field for several years while attaining my education and JET Foundation is a culmination of my life's journey coming full circle to start my own foundation to help our community.
Treasurer & Lead Volunteer Coordinator
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Kerri Martinez is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.
Kerri Martinez is a single mother of five special children. Her oldest, Precious, now a typical 15 year old, was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, with multiple heart surgeries since she was an infant. Precious loves to read, draw, and talk on her phone. She is getting ready to start high school in the fall.
Anthony, an active 13 year old, has severe anxiety, PTSD and mood disorder. He enjoys PS4, basketball and playing with his little brothers. Angelina, a focused 11 year old, can be found on any available device creating her anime characters or drawing very impressive characters. She will be starting middle school in the fall. Javier, a 5 year old with autism and delayed speech, can be located near toy cars and dinosaurs, creating cars with his Legos, watering Nana’s garden or teaching Papa what being a Grandfather is all about.
Sergio, her youngest, is a demanding 4 year old with severe autism, completely non-verbal and has recently had a G-tube placement since he doesn’t like to eat. He likes to make planes out of Legos and torment his big brothers. Kerri tries to stay very active in teaching her children the values of helping others as we as the community. You can always find her volunteering her time and knowledge where she is needed.
Kerri opens the line of communication between clients, customers, and businesses to get projects done. With over 10 years in both public and private sectors, Kerri has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration which makes her an asset to our JETlife Team.