Meet the Team

Madelene Metcalf

President / CEO

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.

Josephine Ssebambulide

National Director, Uganda

At the age of 7, Josephine became a single orphan and was exposed to the challenges of life faced by those that Sweet Sleep now strives to protect. Josephine joined the Sweet Sleep team in 2009 and has been the cornerstone of the development of Sweet Sleep’s operations in Uganda. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Ndejje University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Nkumba University. Before Sweet Sleep, Josephine served the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through an NGO focused on providing education, shelter, and care to orphans.

Consy Adokorach

Regional Director, Northern Uganda

Consy holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from Gulu University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kyambogo University. Before joining Sweet Sleep, she worked as Finance and Administrative officer at Partners for Community Health and Development, and Information for Youth Empowerment Programme. Consy has also participated in group formation and training of community groups in financial management in several parishes in the Gulu district.

Betty Kansaze

Program Coordinator, Central Uganda

Orphaned at an age of less than two years, Betty was raised by her grandmother, giving her great insight into the struggles of orphaned children in Uganda and the single women who so often raise them. Betty holds a Bachelor of Microfinance and Community Economic Development degree from Uganda Martyrs University. Prior to joining Sweet Sleep, Betty worked for World Vision and Uganda Christian Outreach Ministries.

Stella Laker

Field Staff, Northern Uganda

Stella holds a diploma in Social Work and Community Development from Kyambogo University.  Before joining Sweet Sleep, Stella’s career with indigenous NGOs focused on group formation, training activities and working closely with vulnerable mothers and children.

Meet the Board

David Howell

Chairman of the Board and Financial Executive, Retired

David Howell is a retired financial executive in the Christian Media industry and has held various roles with Hachette Nashville, Worthy Publishing, Integrity Publishers, Harrison House/Honor Books, Thomas Nelson, and Word Records. Prior to his work in media, David was a CPA with Ernst & Young in Nashville.

Beth Dunning

Secretary of the Board and Attorney & Senior Project Manager, Legility

Beth is an attorney in Nashville, TN with more than twenty years of experience in corporate, financial, litigation, and general business legal matters. Beth is also an author and frequent lecturer for various professional publications and seminars.

Savannah Koehn

Director and Trauma Nurse, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Savannah first became involved with Sweet Sleep as a volunteer intern and has been traveling to Moldova and Uganda, leading mission teams for seven years. Savannah holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and a minor in Religious Studies from Belmont University.

Dana Maynor

Director and Senior Business Analyst, HCA

Dana is a senior business analyst at HCA in Nashville, TN. She holds degrees in both psychology and industrial engineering, and has more than twenty years of experience in business operations, process, and quality improvement.

Paul Stringfellow

Director and Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Paul has over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor Paul has served as an Edward Jones Financial Partner for the past 22 years, specializing in estate, life insurance, college, and retirement savings investments. Paul is also a graduate of West Point and served in the U.S. Army for eight years.

Alyson Walker

Director and Preschool Minister, First Baptist Church, Tulsa OK

Alyson has 20+ years of experience in preschool and children’s ministry in Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas and has specialized in early childhood education with the Oklahoma Baptist Convention