Board of Directors

Robin Sorensen

Board President and Co-Founder

Robin’s proudest accomplishment is co-founding Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with his brother Chris. As a board member, he enjoys approving donations of lifesaving equipment and funding for first responders and public safety organizations.

Robin was the recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in Washington, D.C., in March 2010, presented to individuals whose achievements in the areas of crime prevention, drug deterrence, or similar educational programs have made a positive difference in their communities. Robin was named to his state restaurant industry organization’s Hall of Fame when he won 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Robin is a resident of St. Johns, Florida where he lives with his beautiful wife Tabitha and their four children. His philanthropic heart continues to advance the mission of the Foundation.

Chris Sorensen

Secretary and Co-Founder

Growing up in a family that is both entrepreneurial and built on decades of fire and police service, Chris Sorensen served as a professional firefighter for more than a decade before becoming an entrepreneur and restaurateur.

Chris co-founded the non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with his brother Robin in 2005. Knowing personally the needs of first responders, Chris is committed to making a difference for the men and women in the fire service and public safety through his philanthropy and board service.

Chris is the father of three children and a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his fabulous wife, Puschel. An avid golfer and accomplished musician, Chris continues to support public safety organizations and our military veterans long after his retirement from the fire service.

Jennifer Adams


A native of Savannah, Georgia, Jennifer graduated from the University of Georgia in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.  Shortly thereafter she moved to Jacksonville where her work in broadcast production eventually led her to start CROP Creative Media in 2012.  The full service production company employs 10 people and works with clients including the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association),, Allstate Benefits, Harrell & Harrell Personal Injury law firm, Wounded Warrior Project and several area advertising agencies. Jennifer serves on the Jacksonville Film and Television Board and has two college-age daughters, Johanna who attends Flagler College, and Dixie who attends Florida State University.

Bill Carr


Jacksonville native Bill Carr began his career as an independent financial advisor in 1989. His background includes studying business at Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. In 1994, he and colleague Bill Hart formed Retirement Strategies, Inc. (RSI), an independent wealth management firm. Bill has been married to his wife Ernie for 26 years and together they enjoy spending time with their four sons and four grandchildren. In addition to serving on the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Board, Bill also serves as the Treasurer for GlobalJax, a local non-profit organization.

Brian Lee


Brian is a native of northeast Florida, where he started working in public service at the age of 17 as a volunteer firefighter with the St. Johns County Fire & Rescue. For the last 31 years, Brian has continued to serve his community with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. Brian currently serves as a chief in the law enforcement. Most precious to Brian is his wife of 30 years Cheri and three sons Tyler, Justin and Jeremiah. The tradition of public service continues in the Lee family with Tyler and Justin serving as St. Johns County Fire Rescue firefighters. Brian’s focus for the future is to continue to serve his community and be an advocate for public safety.

Maryellen Mech


Maryellen Mech joined the Firehouse Subs team in 2013 as Area Representative for the Pacific Northwest and Franchise Owner in Vancouver, Washington. Mech graduated from the University of Illinois and worked with McDonald’s Corporation in the Portland, Oregon region for eleven years. While with McDonald’s, Mech obtained her Human Resources M.B.A, at Marylhurst University. Prior to Firehouse Subs, Mech spent thirteen years in a variety of leadership roles with Papa Murphy’s International and was the vice president of human resources for her last five years with the company. Maryellen is an asset to the board of directors with her expertise in the restaurant industry and understanding of public safety through her experiences with Firehouse Subs.

John Long


Jacksonville native, Captain John H Long III became a member of Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department in 1991. Since then, he’s been awarded two unit citations in lifesaving performance of duty and has become a state certified hazardous materials technician and past forestry certified firefighter. John has a passion for canines and is the owner and handler for his Advanced Type I FEMA dog, Gunner, and human remains detection canine, Wall. John holds the office of 1st Sergeant-at-Arms to the Florida Professional Firefighters and is Vice-President of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters. He is a father of two and has been married since 1989 to Alicia Long. In addition to serving on the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Board, John also serves on the Jacksonville Firefighter Death Benefit Fund Board.

Mike Williams


Mike Williams currently serves as Jacksonville’s Sheriff. Mike was born and raised in Jacksonville, served in the Air National Guard and began his career at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 1991. Before joining the Foundation Board Mike was always the “go to guy” for questions regarding the needs of law enforcement and equipment technology. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. He retired from the police service in July 2014 as the appointed Director of Patrol and Enforcement and was elected Jacksonville Sheriff in May 2015. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, watching football and playing golf.

Senior Staff

Robin Peters

Executive Director

Meghan Vargas

Senior Manager of Foundation Development

Jacquelyn Gubbins

Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications

Gina Brown

Senior Manager of Finance & Compliance