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

Program Coordinator, 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.

Harriet Nakabiri

Program Coordinator, Central Uganda

Harriet holds a university degree in commerse. She began her professional career first serving at Day Spring Christian Academy as a school bursar and later at Rapid Advisory Services as a credit officer.

Harriet and her husband live in Kampala with their daughter and two sons.

Irene Atimango

Program Coordinator, Northern Uganda

Before joining Sweet Sleep, Irene served as a Volunteer for the Gulu District local government where she trained households with group development initiatives, provided guidance and counseling, and empowered women to practice good hygiene through hygiene and sanitation education.

Irene Atimango is a Kyambogo University graduate with a degree in Community Development and Social Justice.

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.

Savannah Koehn

Secretary of the Board and Trauma Nurse

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

Treasurer of the Board 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.

Greg Gore

Director, US Navy and Delta Airlines Pilot, Retired

Greg Gore began his career as a U.S. Navy pilot reporting to the Atlantic Fleet for carrier duty. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he joined the South Dakota Air National Guard. After 33 years of uninterrupted service, Greg retired from Delta Airlines in 2018, where he held the position of Captain on the Boeing 757, 747, Douglass DC-10, Airbus A330, and A350 aircraft.

John Matthews

Director and Risk Management Executive, Retired

John’s career spanned over forty years in the risk management field. He worked for multinational insurance companies and insurance brokers/consultants, as well as heading up the risk management operations for two hospitality and entertainment companies. After retiring in 2015, John returned to Middle Tennessee.