My grandson, David, has autism and is nonverbal. When someone suggested we get him a weighted blanket, we had no idea what that was! We ended up attempting to make one for him, and eventually we just kept at it until we had come up with something we thought we should share! My friend Carol helped with coming up with the pattern and we spent a lot of time in the quilting room at church perfecting our weighted blanket. We still do a lot of work in that quilting room.
Now we have 9 women and 4 men as part of the SensaCalm team. All of us are able to do most of our work from home, so we are happy to spend more time with our families. We each pray for the recipient of the weighted blanket we are making while it is being made. The letters we receive from customers saying that our work made a difference in their lives bless us so much and we read and pass around every one... so keep them coming.
My main focus is answering emails. I also purchase materials, seek out new products, do some marketing, deal with required paperwork, handle accounts receivable, etc. My husband Robert works full time, but but he is always willing to help out when I need him. He loves to read the emails and letters we get about the children and his heart goes out to them. I am thankful for his support and that he has the vision for our ministry.
Roger (center) is our Pastor at St. Elmo Avenue Baptist and Carol is his wife. Carol helped create the first weighted blankets we made and has been there for every creation since! She does a little bit of everything now and is the driving force behind keeping us all organized and on track. She does all this while still sewing blankets all week long! Cynthia (tall red hat) is Carol's daughter. Roger cuts fabric, irons it, and marks the sewing grid with chalk to make it easier for Carol to sew.
Cynthia, wife to Brian, stay at home mom to Jedidiah, Ezra, and Noah. You may notice that Jedidiah and Ezra have worked before as models for our products! Cynthia was the first person to contract for us sewing blankets. She has her hands full with all those little boys, but she still finds the time to make some beautiful blankets.
Sheila is Carol's sister. She has had some experience working with autistic children. Sheila is an expert seamstress and she puts a lot of care into every blanket she makes. Her husband Paul helps as well by cutting and marking the fabric beforehand. They attend Fairview Nazarene together where Paul is the Minister of Music.
Sharon (left) is one of Carol's long time good friends, and her husband is the pastor at New Covenant Baptist Church. She now works part-time as a pharmacy technician and sews blankets for us in her spare time.
Andrea is our Logistics Manager. Before joining our team Andrea spent more than 10 years working in Marketing and Advertising. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Andrea is married to Chris. They have 2 children. When not working she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family camping, cycling, or just hanging out. She is just as active around the office, always jumping in to help in any capacity needed.
Ben is our website designer and marketing specialist! He has 10 years of experience in website design, eCommerce, and internet marketing. The list of things we count on Ben for is endless, and he is always faithful.
Ben and his wife Lauren and have two daughters, Rachel and Caelyn. They serve at Crosspoint Church in Ringgold, Georgia. Ben is currently attending Reformed Theological Seminary!
Mamie is the wife to Eric, and mom to two teenage boys, Gage and Wes. Mamie works full time for Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN and spends most of her weekends watching wrestling tournaments! She has been known to take a college class here or there towards her degree in social work, and in her free time she does something called "Soddy Karate". (private joke....)
Mamie has been a long time friend and came on board during a time when I really needed some serious HELP with the administrative side of things. She wasn't working at the time, so she dove right in and got to work. She's back to her regular job now, but she will always be a part of the team and will ALWAYS be one of my best friends.....I love her and her family dearly.
Brenda is my aunt (my mother’s sister). Prior to joining us at Sensacalm as office manager she worked primarily in the field of customer service and sales. She is mother of four and grandmother of six. Her granddaughter Erin, who is now 7 years old was born with microcephaly. Brenda knows firsthand the stress and frustration felt by parents who experience seemingly never ending sleepless nights and often feel unable to comfort their child during out of control episodes. Brenda says that the potential hope that Sensacalm offers to families makes her new job very satisfying.
Customer Service Representative
Elaine came on board May 2013, before working with SensaCalm Elaine worked Managing a non-profit program to unify and support Children and their families for a Mental Health company in Nashville. Elaine moved to the St. Elmo area of Chattanooga where SensaCalm is based , so she can actually walk to work! She has one daughter, Brittany who works as an Audiologist for the V.A. in Durham N.C.. Elaine and her partner in life Jim Masiella operate a food truck in Chattanooga as well. Elaine enjoys talking to the parents and families who call daily, having had a child who had sleep problems hearing the joy of a parent who's child actually can sleep because of a weighted blanket purchase brings her joy.