Meet the Team

Madelene Metcalf


Madelene began her involvement with the ministry in 2008 when she “Gave the Gift” of beds for Christmas. After serving as team member and leader on several mission journeys, she was named Sweet Sleep’s “Volunteer or the Year”.

Madelene saw the need to respond to government and global changes in orphan care. She has developed comprehensive family preservation programs that place and keep children in families while expanding Sweet Sleep’s reach and efficacy of beds delivery. She has extensive experience in international nonprofit missions and management.

Madelene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University.


Director of Operations

Stuart became aware of the needs of Moldova’s orphans in 2005 through a partnership between Sweet Sleep and EMI CMG, where he served as Director of Inventory Management for nine years. The following year, Stuart took his first trip to Moldova and his passionate advocacy for orphaned and abandoned children deepened.

Stuart served as the first Chairman of Sweet Sleep’s Board of Directors before joining the Sweet Sleep executive staff. He has been pivotal in moving the ministry into Haiti and Uganda and in more than doubling Sweet Sleep’s beds delivery capacity over three years. Stuart oversees international operations and programming.

Ronda Harris

Director of Finance & Administration

Ronda is the Director of Finance and Administration offering a rich background in accounting and ministry, having worked in corporate America, the private sector and churches.

Ronda questioned how God could use her skill set to further the Kingdom. “Working with and for orphans has been a long passion of mine; it was the catalyst in our personal decision to adopt four children domestically in 2004.”


Ion Groza

National Director of Moldova

Ion Groza is Sweet Sleep’s National Director of Moldova. He grew up in a Christian home during the Soviet Regime, a time in which Christians were banned from university. Even with being recruited to Soviet Army service and being persecuted for his beliefs, Ion never wavered in his Christian faith.

Ion was elected as Local Counselor for his district in southern Moldova. He was also named the Committee President for Social Problems in the Cahul district. After serving as a volunteer Bible teacher at a local orphanage, he was invited to work as a Coordinator in the Southern area for Mission Without Borders, Moldova, where Ion later served as Executive Director.

Veronica Popa

Program Coordinator of Moldova

Veronica serves as Program Coordinator in Moldova. Prior to joining Sweet Sleep, Veronica served as a Program Administrator for Mission Without Borders. She has served Sweet Sleep as a missions coordinator & translator since 2013.

Josephine Ssebambulide

National Director of Uganda

Josephine serves as Sweet Sleep’s National Director of Uganda. At the age of 7, she became a single orphan and was exposed to the challenges of life faced by those that Sweet Sleep now strives to protect.

Before Sweet Sleep, Josephine served as Administrator at Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation, an NGO focused on providing education, shelter and care to orphans, helping coordinate care for needy and orphaned children in Uganda.

Jennifer Oketta

Program Director of Northern Uganda

Jennifer is Sweet Sleep’s Program Director of Northern Uganda. Before Sweet Sleep, she served as Field Manager for American Refugee Committee, where she identified family land sites and resettled refugees who had been displaced by the 24-year civil war in Northern Uganda.

She grew up in Northern Uganda during the brutal LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) attacks. After losing both her parents to rebel attacks, she has a first hand understanding of the suffering and needs of the estimated 750,000 children growing up in child-headed households in the region.