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 of 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.


Vice President 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 ten 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.


Vice President of Donor Engagement

Lisa loves fundraising and engaging with donors! Her previous careers in publishing and conference leading at Lifeway Christian Resources, and as Senior Editor/Investment Limited Partner at J.C. Bradford & Co. were the perfect preparation for a development career.

Whether working with corporate and foundation executives, conducting research, engaging with major gift or planned giving opportunities, she pursues excellence through best practices regarding recurring donations, online acquisition and retention, database management, and board relations.

Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University and her Master of Education in Early Childhood at Middle Tennessee State University.

Lisa lives in Nashville near her extended family and two adult children.

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.