My grandson David has autism and is nonverbal. When someone suggested getting him a weighted blanket, we had no idea what that was! We ended up attempting to make one for him, and we kept at it until we came up with something we thought we should share! My friend Carol helped come up with the pattern, and we spent a lot of time in the quilting room at our church perfecting our weighted blanket. We started the habit of praying for the recipients, and we still do so.
We have graduated to a much larger space now, but we work hard to continue to provide that personal touch. Thank you for continuing to believe in us!
Donna Chambers a.k.a. The Blanket Lady – Owner
I am a mom to three adult children, Nana to two delightful grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter. As an adult with ADD, I struggled to find where I fit in the job world until SensaCalm was born. I was blessed and continue to be blessed by all the people that have made SensaCalm what it is today. It has definitely been a team effort, and a ministry of love.
SensaCalm is proud to support work at home parents and grandparents, while making a product for people with sensory needs. We grew bigger than we ever imagined possible, all owed to the people that put their trust in us.
Every letter, every email, and every testimony you send lifts our spirits and rededicates our efforts to doing the best job we can for you. Please don’t stop sending them. Know that no matter who you are, where you are, or what you have done…..we all have the same capacity for success inside of us.
Carol, Cynthia, and Roger Kittle – Founding Members
Carol, Cynthia, and Roger Kittle are founding members of SensaCalm. Roger was the pastor at my church for many years, and Carol his first lady. Carol helped create the original product and her daughter Cynthia (in the tall hat) was THE first seamstress! Carol and Roger did everything from sewing, cutting, marking, delivering, managing, shipping, praying, whatever needed to be done!!! This company wouldn’t exist without the dogged determination of Roger and Carol Kittle!!! Carol still has two sisters and her best friend working for us today. 🙂 Roger and Carol have since moved away to minister on a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico.
Elaine Moore-Essary – Marketing Representative
Elaine came on board in May 2013 as a Customer Service Rep. Having insomnia and a child who had problems sleeping, she can relate to many of our customers. In 2016 Elaine received a new job title of Marketing representative for SensaCalm and is enjoying reaching out to individuals and facilities who want more information on our weighted products.
Sarah – General Manager
Sarah is Donna’s daughter and works everywhere at Sensacalm. She is the list maker, organizer, and general question solver. Her favorite spot is customer service and she is dedicated to helping you find the sensory product to best fit your needs. She may not know all the answers but she can find them.
Sarah has 2 children. David who is 13, has classic autism and is non-verbal and a new baby girl, Stella, who was a 3 month premature baby. Sarah has a lot of experience in the special needs community, she started a special needs t-ball team in her town and occasionally volunteers at the local Autism Center. She enjoys this work because she knows the struggles and the joys and understands just how much these blankets can help through personal experience.
Bradley – Web Manager
Bradley is Donna’s son and does a little bit of everything at Sensacalm. Between managing stock on the website, taking product photos, and random graphic design jobs he has no trouble staying busy and being an asset for the company. Brad likes taking long walks on the beach, going for a nice run, and playing guitar.
Cody – Customer Service Specialist
Cody is Donna’s nephew and has joined the SensaCalm team as a Customer Service Specialist. Being a caregiver for children with special needs in the past, has given him a lot of knowledge in working with people who have disabilities. Cody is passionate in the work that we do and the products that we make. The changes we make in the lives of our customers and their families are what keep him going. He may not always know the answer, but will do all he can to find it for you. Cody is always keeping the best interest of our customers and their families in mind.
Robyn Cress – Bookkeeper/Office Manager
Before joining our team in May 2016, Robyn had a successful career as an accounting professional. She is responsible for the Accounting department and Human Resources at SensaCalm. If you have questions about invoicing or billing, Robyn will be the one to talk to.
Robyn is somewhat new to Tennessee. She moved here from Florida 7 years ago. She has two boys, Aiden and Garrett. Whether it’s sporting events or finding fun things to do on the weekends, they are always on the go.