AMBUCS Resource Center Staff

The AMBUCS Resource Center provides sales, marketing and other support for chapters. It also acts as AMBUCS national headquarters to the outside world. AMBUCS Resource Center staff is always ready to help you. Feel free to use our easy contact form to reach out.AMBUCS Resource Center
Fax: 336-852-6830

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 5127
High Point, NC 27262

Shipping / Physical Address:
4285 Regency Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
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Office hours: 8:30am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday

Staff Directory


Jay handles executive level decisions or concerns. Jessica oversees chapter funding/grants, all major donor functions, national and named scholarships, the Veterans Initiative, chapter building  and scorecard questions. Finally, Tony is our main man in the warehouse.

Chief Executive Officer • Jay Laurens 800-838-1845 x123

The nonprofit bug clearly got ahold of our fearless leader, Jay. He’s spent more than 20 years in nonprofit management, predominantly working with children and adults with special needs and joined AMBUCS in January 2017. Jay has his Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and his M.A. in Special Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Outside of work he enjoys fitness, creative writing, acoustic guitar and home repair. Jay has four adult children – Drew, Matt, Ashley and Harley. Personally, the values that guide him are determination, integrity, compassion, vulnerability, curiosity and creativity. “Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance, you have to keep pedaling and moving forward” is a favorite quote of his. Jay strongly believes in the AMBUCS mission and is inspired by knowing he plays a small role in helping our dedicated volunteer members accomplish that mission.

Chief Operating Officer • Jessica Wall800–838-1845 x113

Jessica is a self-proclaimed “cool, nonprofit nerd” and began her AMBUCS journey in February 2014. She obtained her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications/English and a M.S. in Mass Communications from South Dakota State University and worked in higher education before coming to AMBUCS. Jessica has a corgi named Madoc and a nine-year-old Tabby cat named Tookie. While she has an impressive Steven King collection, “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay is her favorite book. A unique fact about Jessica is that she celebrates International Women’s Day annually by collecting, purchasing and donating sanitary products for those in need. “At AMBUCS, I’ve been fortunate to grow, not only as a professional but also as a human. Our volunteers are extraordinary. Knowing them is the opportunity to see the best parts of humanity in action,” she said.

Warehouse Assistant • Tony Salvato

Before moving to North Carolina, Tony lived in Connecticut with his parents and siblings. After two years of volunteering, Tony officially joined the team in February 2010 to share his mechanically inclined talents and passion for the AMBUCS mission. He takes pride as the Warehouse Assistant in knowing that what he does when he walks into the building every day is not only important, but necessary, and helps Amtryke recipients experience a special milestone in their lives. In his down time, Tony enjoys tinkering, cooking, gardening, Halloween decorating and giving away candy to trick-o-treaters. He also has a furry friend at home named Stitch, Tony’s beloved Yorkshire Terrier who, occasionally, can be seen wearing holiday sweaters (beware: Stitch is friendly to Tony… but quite wary of others).


Customer Service

Maria is our customer service expert! She handles all customer service needs, including Amtryke/AMBUCS Store orders, invoices, returns and Amtryke/AMBUCS Store accounts payable/receivable.

Customer Service Coordinator • Maria Austin800-838-1845 x114

Maria began working for AMBUCS in August of 2018. She attended Guilford Technical Comm College and Everest University Online and has many years of Administrative/Clerical and customer service experience. Her professional skills include patience, communication and attention to detail. For her, the most pleasing part about working for AMBUCS is “enjoying the feeling of making a difference and the impact we have on people.” She was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina and can be described as loyal, empathetic and real. When Maria was young, she wanted to be an author, so it’s fitting that her favorite quote is by Maya Angelou: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maria is driven by her personal values: love, truth and compassion and her hobbies include cooking, reading, gardening and watching movies.

Customer Service Representative • Stephen Vinson • 800-838-1845 x116

When Stephen was a child, born and raised in Lexington, NC, he dreamt of being a doctor when he grew up. Today, his desire to help and ensure the happiness of others has manifested into his 7-year-long career in customer service. Since starting his position as an Amtryke Customer Service Representative at National AMBUCS in August 2020, Stephen has been most inspired by the smiles on children’s faces once they are strapped onto their Amtryke. He describes himself as a dependable, loyal, and loving person whose strengths lie in being creative and a quick learner. In his free time, Stephen enjoys singing, playing the drums, and hanging out with friends and family. His favorite quote is 1 Corinthians 2:9, “Eyes has not seen, nor ears heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.”


Marketing and Membership

AMBUCS marketing includes, social media, AMBUCS Magazine and chapter marketing support.

Janice is our membership guru and oversees our Big Hat Club, friends and member information changes, chapter rosters and gift acknowledgements.

Membership Service Coordinator • Janice Blakenship800-838-1845 x118

Janice began working for National AMBUCS in September 2000 and her knowledge of everything AMBUCS is invaluable to her colleagues. Janice’s expertise lies in bookkeeping and accounting and she brings that and so much more to the organization. Janice has three adult children – Charlotte, Melissa and Mike and is an amazing dog mom to her precious six-year-old pup, Maddy. She describes herself as loving, trusting and shy. Something you likely don’t know about Janice is that she was a clarinet player from third grade until she graduated high school! In her downtime she loves to cross stitch. Janice said the most rewarding part about working at AMBUCS is, “seeing the happiness on a child’s face as when riding their bikes for the first time and seeing the members giving their time and volunteering hours for our mission. They open their hearts to help.”


Charitable Programs

Jessica Wall and Janice Blakenship manage all AMBUCS charitable programs, including the National Amtryke Wish List, the AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists Program and evaluation sites.