517 W Cabarrus St Suite A, Raleigh || Shop and Visit Monday- Saturday 10am -2pm

Meet Our Studio Staff

Storefront Manager

Shanon Baggett

While Shanon considers Asheville her “true home,” Raleigh has run a very close second since 2007. The mountains have always been close to her heart and therefore Appalachian State University was the perfect spot to gain her BA in Communications and to meet her spouse, Chip, of now over 24 years. Together they are raising two teens, Isabel and Samuel. Isabel also felt called back to the mountains and is enjoying her freshman year at UNCA. Samuel is trying to make his mark at Millbrook High School. Upon walking through the door of DFJ last fall, Shanon instantly knew she was some place special and needed to be a part of this amazing mission. Serving women, supporting vulnerable populations and surrounding herself with a Christ centered organization are all reasons why Shanon feels called to work with Designed For Joy.

Production Coordinator

Samantha Bishop

Samantha is a former DFJ artisan now in the leadership role of production coordinator. She's originally from New Jersey but has lived in Raleigh for 10 years. When Samantha is not busy making beautiful products, she's with her two little boys many memories. Samantha finds a lot of pride in her work at DFJ. She came to us in a tough time in her life, a single mom, a survivor of trafficking, and homeless. The community in the studio helps her stay on a healthy path. Samantha's long term goal is to get her cosmetology license. Her biggest passion is to help others feel great about themselves.

Volunteer Coordinator

Jennifer Covington

Jennifer has called Wake County home for 30 years, twenty of those have been in Apex. She is a realtor, decluttering specialist, mom and volunteer. She attended Meredith College (she’s an odd). She has worked with various nonprofit organizations for over 17 years. Feeling connected to the community and finding ways to contribute has been important to Jennifer especially since becoming a mother. She loves connecting people in ways that they can serve, support and engage with one another. Jennifer enjoys traveling the world, the ocean and finding something to laugh about.

Storefront Assistant Manager

Suzanne Gifford

Suzanne answered the call for retail volunteers in 2020 and is now on staff. She instantly fell in love with the women and the mission. Suzanne is passionate about expanding our reach in the Triangle and beyond. She loves sharing the DFJ mission with visitors in the studio and shoppers at vendor events. When not at DFJ, she enjoying spending time with her family, paddle boarding at Lake Jordan, reading, attending concerts and traveling.