Meet Our Studio Staff
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.
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.
Julie is from everywhere and yet nowhere. She was born on moving day and has enjoyed a somewhat nomadic lifestyle ever since! Julie graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry but God had different plans for her life. Julie and her husband Jeremy have worked with various non-profit organizations and lived in India and Thailand before moving to Cary, NC in 2017. They have appreciated a more settled existence since then and are currently enjoying the adventure of parenting middle schoolers! Her biggest passion is for women to know that they are seen and loved. She enjoys the unique opportunity that Designed for Joy has given her to bring her love of sewing and passion for mentoring women together. When she is home, Julie enjoys quilting, gardening, cooking and playing fetch with her dog. Her favorite way to relax is soaking up the sun on a beach with a good book.