Who We Are

Jamie, President and Founder of Asha's Refuge

Jamie Jones

Executive Director, Founder and President

With the support of her family and church, Jamie Jones has developed a unique understanding of refugee urban resettlement. She has worked since 2009 in the Memphis, TN area face to face and in the homes of disadvantaged refugees successfully building lasting friendships. Jamie is well traveled. She has lived among those she has humbly served in poor villages and jungles with cultures, religions, and people groups much different from her own. Jamie has over 15 years leadership experience in non-profit and private sector work with a passion first for Christ and then for people of all cultures and backgrounds. The many hardships and challenges throughout her childhood and young adult life have proven to strengthen and encourage her while giving her a driven and understanding heart to care for those who struggle to find hope. Jamie has 16 years of professional experience productively working in high stress, fast paced environments directly under pastoral, executive and presidential officers. She takes the initiative to tackle problems creatively and enjoys serving others. Jamie founded Asha’s Refuge in 2011, increasing her opportunity to serve and share her hope with all people but particularly with the least of the least of these.
Deborah Eaton - Director, Vice President, and Volunteer Coordinator

Deborah Eaton

Vice President
and Chairman of the Board

Deborah Eaton served as Director of the IRS Employee Resource Center from May, 2004 until her retirement in August, 2008. She has 34 years of IRS experience in administrative services, help desks and taxation, serving both internal and external customers. She performed successfully in progressively responsible positions in the fields of Labor Relations, Personnel Technology Systems, Resources Management, Finance, Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Electronic Filing Practitioner Help Desk, before becoming Director of the Employee Resource Center. Upon retirement in 2008 she continued to pursue her interest in providing outstanding customer service as a management consultant with Skiltrek. Throughout her adult life, she has served as a volunteer with a variety of non-profit organizations including churches, International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, MERC Foundation, Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief, Tennessee Baptist Chaplains, and currently Asha’s Refuge. Serving with Asha’s Refuge brings her joy because she loves seeing how God is at work in the lives of these special women and children as well as her own life and the lives of other volunteers. She feels blessed beyond measure by the loving support of her husband, daughter and extended family as well as her home church, High Point Collierville.
Erica Stubblefield - Director, Secretary and Treasurer

Erica Stubblefield

Treasurer

Erica serves vital roles in Asha's Refuge related to finance and fundraising. Born in Little Rock, AR, she has lived in the Memphis Area since 1990, graduating from Collierville High School in 2000 and attending University of Memphis (Political Science/History). She has certifications for over 2000 hours of Drug and Alcohol Education and Training and worked with the Shelby County Sheriff Dept. to start a Drug and Alcohol Education program in the schools. She has been a member of an United States Senate Advisory Committee on Drug and Law Enforcement. Erica is an active Member of High Point Collierville, along with her husband and son, and has a passion for serving refugees through Asha's Refuge. She also has worked at Tencarva Machinery for over 10 years, using her skills in office management, accounting, sales, customer service, engineering, project management and administration.
Elaine Gedoz - Staff Assistant

Elaine Gedoz

Staff Assistant

A native of Brazil, Elaine has a personal understanding of the challenges faced by newcomers to America. She applies that knowledge along with her extensive business experience in finance and her love for Jesus to ensure that the client, volunteer and donor records of Asha's Refuge are accurate and current. She compassionately interviews clients and identifies needs and identifies appropriate ways to meet needs. She engages her many friends in the Brazilian community to volunteer with Asha's Refuge and to donate items and finds to support the ministry. She is encouraged and supported in her work with Asha's Refuge by her husband and two daughters.
Elaine Gedoz - Staff Assistant

Elaine Gedoz

Staff Assistant

David Loy - Board Member

David Loy

Board Member

David is a graduate of Carson- Newman University, with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics. He served in the US Navy, completing Naval Flight Training. His service includes search and rescue missions, Special Services, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures, squadron personnel officer, quality control officer, and recruiter. He served in the US, Southeast Asia, Egypt and the Mediterranean. After retiring from the Navy he worked in corporate aviation including domestic and international flights for Federal Express. David and his wife Barbara are active at Highpoint Church Collierville. He is inspired to serve with Asha's Refuge by these two verses: Matthew 9:37-38 “The Harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.”
Henrietta Belcher - Board Member

Henrietta Belcher

Board Member

Henrietta brings extensive social work experience to Asha's Refuge, with special expertise in the areas of immunization, women's health, and finances. Her heart's desire is to serve those in need and to show God's love to everyone she meets. Her work with Asha's Refuge enables her to use her many talents and skills to help refugees obtain vital services and to love them like Jesus does. She and her husband Percy are active in Fellowship Memphis Church. Henrietta enjoys Percy’s love and support in her service with Asha's Refuge.
Henrietta Belcher - Board Member

Henrietta Belcher

Board Member

Jenny McFarland - Donations Coordinator

Jenny McFarland

Donations Coordinator

Jenny is a native Memphian who’s passion is to serve the least of these in her city. She has served locally with Memphis Athletic Ministries, Manna House, and Memphis Union Mission, among other local opportunities. Outside of Memphis, she has experienced other cultures serving on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, and abroad on several trips to Tegucigalpa, Honduras as well. She especially loves the idea of sharing the love of Christ with the nations right here in Memphis through Asha’s Refuge. Jenny and her husband Scott are active members of Highpoint East, serving in the student ministry there, and she is a mom of two teenagers.
Madison Wilburn - Teen Community Relations Development Coordinator

Madison Wilburn

Teen Community Relations
Development Coordinator

Motivated by her love for Jesus, Madison began working with Asha’s Refuge in 2016 hoping to build cultural relationships between refugee and suburban teens. Along with the leadership at Asha’s Refuge she started a program called “Text Pals”, a modern day pen pal system that she hoped could begin connections and friendships over a series of back and forth messages sent by texts. In time, the Text Pal program helped Madison to begin friendships with local area teen refugees (and teen children of refugee parents). As trust built and parents better understood the teen program being initiated through Asha’s Refuge, the teens finally met one another face to face. From there, the friendships began to deepen in sincerity. One of Madison’s friendships was with Nadine. Their friendship was backed by a similar heart’s desire to help teens and young adults meet their needs socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Madison begin a partnership with Nadine and her college age sister Esiteri to build what would become our Asha’s Next Generation. Madison enjoys helping refugee teens understand some of the American ways of life and American teens how to be more sensitive to newcomers. Madison is a follower of Jesus seeking to be a light in the world by showing love and compassion to all people. She says, “It’s all about ‘love’.”
Madison Wilburn - Teen Community Relations Development Coordinato

Madison Wilburn

Teen Community Relations
Development Coordinator

Ron Zandbergen - Computer Systems Manager

Ron Zandbergen

Computer Systems Manager

Ron specializes in the establishment and execution of back office and IT solutions. He brings together in-depth technology knowledge, comprehensive business process engineering skills and senior management experience in both Fortune 100 and start-up companies. Ron’s talent lies in developing smart, streamlined operations and technology systems; he lays the groundwork behind the scenes to help his clients work at top efficiency.

Ron has had senior technical leadership roles at Bank of America, Liberty Tax, Christian Broadcast Network along with smaller startup companies.

He currently works with his wife at Insight Safari, a boutique market research company. He enjoys volunteering with Asha’s Refuge helping to develop and administrate a more efficient way of running the organization using current forms of technology. He also develops our client computer skills classes taking lead in teaching and coordinating volunteer computer skills teachers to assist him.

He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Canada. Additionally, he is a certified Scrum Master, Six Sigma Green Belt and ITIL Practitioner.
Luciene Campos - Volunteer Staff Assistant

Luciene Campos

Volunteer Staff Assistant

My name is Luciene Campos, I am 50 years old and originally from Brazil. My husband got transferred from Buckman Brazil to USA to work in Memphis in 2015. We don't have kids and I love dogs.

Following my mother’s steps, we always work in causes to support people in need and in my country I’ve helped poor people since I was a teenager.

Today at Asha’s Refuge, I have the opportunity to help a great cause and to understand real issues faced by people forced to leave their country due to war, terrorism and persecution. I have been able to share hope, light and life with people struggling to make new lives in America. I'm grateful to Asha’s Refuge for this opportunity to make a difference in their lives.
Luciene Campos - Volunteer Staff Assistant

Luciene Campos

Volunteer Staff Assistant

Beth Zahedi - Family Services Assistant

Beth Zahedi

Family Services Assistant

Elizabeth Zahedi is a hometown girl and 1969 graduate of Memphis State University. After a serious injury that caused her to re-evaluate her life, she attended International Bible College where she was prepared for the next phase- teaching English as a second language to foreign nationals in the Middle East. While she was experiencing frustration with language barriers, she was learning that assimilation into a new culture is not easy but worth it, that American customs and practices are not universally understood or appreciated, that bureaucracy is even more time-consuming in other areas of the world, and that pregnancy, labor and delivery “in another language” is a real adventure!

Through the years after her return to the USA, Elizabeth has continued to find joy in teaching and in working with refugees while maintaining a full-time job as a case manager for the Tennessee Department of Human Services until her retirement. Her language skills in English, Persian, and Spanish have been beneficial, as well. Elizabeth believes that her unique perspective on the problems of refugee resettlement has been great preparation for working with Asha’s Refuge. She feels that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28).