The Team

Shauniece Lee
Program Coordinator

A Sarasota native, Shauniece studied locally obtaining a license as Practical Nurse before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health services administration.

As a mother of three – two girls and a boy – Shauniece’s children are her driving force. She is passionate about working with the youth within our community.

Shauniece serves as an active board member and volunteer of two local community organizations: Making an Impact, a local organization dedicated to equitable access to community resources, resulting in longer, healthier, and happier lives for all; and the Parent Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

When she’s not serving her community, Shauniece recharges in her garden, where she grows okra, tomatoes, peppers, and other fresh produce. She also enjoys spending time with her three children, her strong network of friends, and confidants who continually uplift and encourage her.

Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond is a proud husband, father, Christian, philanthropist and professional athlete. A lifelong Sarasota/Bradenton area resident, an active member of the community, and a biracial American passionate about breaking down barriers. Ian believes that a culture of inclusivity and acceptance is achievable through the game of baseball, and is determined to make that vision a reality. Ian is a decorated 11-year Major League Baseball veteran, appearing in 1,478 games and at six different positions. Primarily a shortstop and outfielder, Ian played six different defensive positions and posted a career .263 batting average, hit 181 home runs, and drove in 711 RBI and stole 181 bases. A two-time MLB All-Star (2012 (SS), 2016 (OF)) and a three-time Silver Slugger award winner (2012, 2013, 2014), and has often been hailed for on- and off-field leadership by his peers. Five-time recipient of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award (2011, 2013-16); Six-time nominee for the Roberto ClementeAward (2011, 2014, 2017-20). Ian is a Co-Founder of Newtown Connection.

Vince Northfield

Vince Northfield is a co-founder of Newtown Connection.  Vince, is a retired business executive spanning a variety of industries around the world. Vince was born in London, England and moved to the USA in 1998, has been a Florida resident since 2001 and became a US Citizen in 2007. In his free time, Vince takes time to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, enjoys golf, exercising and has a passion for sports cars.