Meet Our Development Team


Development Team MEMBERS

Executive Director

Jack Lee is proud to be the Executive Director of Voyageur Outward Bound School and he celebrated his 10th anniversary with VOBS this past April! Jack brings a varied background, which includes leadership positions in both business and nonprofit organizations, to his role at VOBS.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1987, Jack worked in commercial banking in Cincinnati. He went on to obtain a MBA from the University of Michigan and spent nine years in finance with Intel Corporation, working with everything from an internet start-up to a $2.5 billion factory construction project.

In 2002 he made a career shift and moved back to the Twin Cities. He spent nine years as the President of Youth Frontiers, a nonprofit organization that partners with schools to improve school climate, and reaches more than 100,000 students annually, before joining the VOBS Crew.

Outside of work, Jack is active in his church and community and enjoys traveling with his wife, Laura, and their three children, Elisabeth, Catherine and Timothy.




Donor Engagement Manager

Sarah grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis and spent her summers outside paddling further and further north with YMCA Camp Menogyn. After attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, she moved to Washington, DC to work for an Americorps program focused on HIV testing and safer sex education. In 2022, Sarah earned a Masters in

Public Health with a focus on Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She is passionate about health equity, reproductive rights, and youth empowerment. In her role as Donor Engagement Manager at VOBS, Sarah is excited to bring more community members into the VOBS family and help fund life-changing programs for more students, especially students of color.

Sarah lives in Minneapolis with her adventure dog, Pringle, and loves to travel, read, and explore new dog parks.

Director of Development

Our Director of Development, Poppy Potter, has dedicated her career to education and supporting the positive growth of individuals. With over 15 years of experience at VOBS, she is humbled to work with our donors and community to support such an important mission.

“I believe these experiences change the trajectory of someone’s life as I know it changed mine,” she said. If you spend time with Poppy talking about this work, you will feel her passion and understand how the students and staff are at the center of her focus.

When not working, Poppy loves spending time on the North Shore of Minnesota at the shores of Lake Superior, most likely with friends, or her two dogs, Birch and Oakly.


Development Associate

Emily grew up in Idaho but held deep connections to Minnesota through her grandparents living in Duluth and an aunt living in the Twin Cities. Among her early Minnesota memories, she fondly thinks of Camp Snoopy (now Nickelodeon Universe), watching boats going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and winning a family competition to stand the longest in the cold waters of Brighton Beach with triumphant but very purple toes.

Emily graduated from Cottey College in Missouri with two Associates degrees, then transferred to Hamline University in Saint Paul for a BBA in Finance and a minor in Nonprofit Governance.

During that time, Emily was a math tutor and took pride in helping kids go from thinking they are bad at math to getting engaged and excited about solving math problems. After graduating from Hamline, she decided to stay in Minnesota and that’s when she found VOBS.

Similar, in its own way, to getting a kid excited about their least favorite subject, Emily understood how challenge and discovery has the ability to change lives. Emily started at VOBS in 2015 as the Development and Executive Assistant, where she discovered her passion and skills in database management and analytics. Now, as the Development Associate, Emily helps the Development team get excited about technology and using our data to solve problems.



Be tough, yet gentle. Humble, but bold. Swayed always by beauty and truth.
-Bob Pieh, Founder of Minnesota Outward Bound (now VOBS)

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