About Java Momma

The idea for Java Momma came about in September 2017. Melissa and Brian Shoop came up with the basic concept for Java Momma at their kitchen table one Friday night. The focus would be on relationships from the very start. A company built from the ground up to serve the needs of fellow direct sellers, with the focus on customer relationships. Java Momma cares about the community, providing leadership to our baristas, maintaining your trust, and product integrity.

Meet the Java Momma team

Melissa Shoop

Melissa Shoop

CEO & PRESIDENT

I am the Founder and President of Java Momma.  Before all this awesomeness, I was a major “kitnapper” in many direct sales companies, a consultant in a few that I ran as a business, and still a loyal shopper of many.  I am married to Brian and between us, we have eight kids, four grandkids and three dogs and two cats. We live in Danville PA with three of our kids and three of our grandkids! Life is such an adventure – so live every moment to it’s fullest. I am a firm believer in being positive every chance you get. 

 

Dana Jenkins

Dana Jenkins

COO

Hi! I’m Dana and I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing company, Java Momma. I’ve known Melissa for years and love the culture and company that she has built with Java Momma. I’ve been involved in Direct Sales for over six years as a consultant and leader – but I enjoy working on the back-end business processes the most. My favorite part of Direct Sales is watching consultants grow into new skills, leaders and business owners. Prior to DS, I fulfilled a 20-year sales career as a rep, manager, and executive leader mostly in the pharmaceutical arena. I have a love for strategy, business processes, marketing, and analytics. Newer to a coffee-obsession, but long-time tea lover! It’s important for me to have work-life balance, so I love working remotely for Java Momma. I live in MD with my husband, son and daughter.

 

Brian Shoop

Brian Shoop

ROASTER

I’m Brian! Husband to Melissa theJava Momma Roaster. I also work full time for Geisinger Health System as a Computer Analyst. I’ve been there for 30 years. The thing I love most is all the adventures Melissa and I have with her brainstorms.

 

Brie Carriveau

Brie Carriveau

CBDO - Cheif Business Development Officer/Creative Director

Hi! I am Brie and I am the CBDO of Java Momma as well as Creative Director and Brand Developer.  I am also the companion to the Doctor (aka Melissa) I am lucky enough that I get to work remotely from home here in Wisconsin. Graphics are my baby and I love how much fun and sass we get to pour into them. The thing I love the most about Java Momma is not just the product, but the community and heart. We are a tribe and we have a good vibe. When Melissa says we are a relationship built company, she was not kidding. I have met some amazing people that I now get to call friends. I have an amazing Husband, a teenager, a tweenager and a toddler! My boys’ middle names are David and Tennant respectively. I bet you know my other obsession. Allons-y!

Sally Valenti

Sally Valenti

Field Development Officer

Hi!  I’m Sally, the Field Development Officer for Java Momma & a Barista.  I joined Java Momma pre-launch knowing that this was a door opening to an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up!  Having been in the Direct Sales industry for about 14 years, I know I have grown along the way and am very excited to be able to share knowledge about the industry and how to build a successful business with all of you! Learning is constant and I am here to help you succeed on purpose! “In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.” ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi
 
A little bit of fun background on me.  I have lived in and have been a die-hard Cleveland, Ohio fan my entire life!  I have been married for over 20 years to my HS sweetheart and am a mom of 3 teenage boys! As a family we have traveled all over the USA and have visited quite a few tropical locations as well.  Baseball and wrestling are the sports of choice at my house, with the theater being close on it’s heels!  I personally love to cook and bake and always try to find fun and innovative ways to use Java Momma in each recipe!  I look forward to celebrating the creativity and success stories that each barista brings to the table.  I raise my mug to all of you! 

 

Tammy Rose-Townsend

Tammy Rose-Townsend

Blogger and Social Media Strategist

Hi I’m Tammy I live waaaaay Down Under in Tasmania Australia where I single handedly keep the coffee industry alive trying to keep up with my 5 kids, husband and cat. I’m a long time blogger and when Melissa asked me to come and blog about coffee I was thrilled! I’ve been involved in the direct sales industry for well over 10 years in the roles of consultant, leader and trainer.

I love Java Momma and the culture that has been developed over the years as well as the flexibility of how you can grow the business in so many ways (oh and did I mention the amazing coffee?).

Kate VanSickle

Kate VanSickle

Social Media Brand Invigorator

Kate has been surrounded by the world of business and direct sales her whole life but has been on her own journey within them for nine years now. Having hit many ranked titles within different direct sales alongside working with individual companies on their social media, Kate is able to look at all sides of marketing business and bring it together to create relationship focused marketing- which is what Java Momma is about! Her goal has always been to work at the corporate level of direct sales, so being here at Java Momma is a dream come true for her!
 
When Kate isn’t in marketing-land, she is focused on raising her two children/gremlins in the beautiful Emerald City, finishing up her degree, and empowering individuals to love and be their true authentic selves.
Bonnie Barista

Bonnie Barista

Community Manager

Hi! I’m Bonnie, Java Momma Community Manager! I’m here for support, encouragement, and to remind you to be your best self, while building your empire! My favorite thing about being a community manager is being able to spend my time with and watch the personal and business growth that happens daily! My colleagues at the home office are incredibly inspiring, supportive and they own their awesome. This company is full of incredible Baristas who are building their empires and lifting each other and making a change. It’s incredible, and I couldn’t be more proud to be apart of something so amazing. Plus, I get to drink coffee all day, everyday who would hate that? I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my days! 

Grace Nichols

Grace Nichols

Customer Support

Hey Y’all! My name is Grace and I do customer support for Java Momma. I was previously a part of the Production Crew of Java Momma. I currently live in Jacksonville, NC with my husband who is a Corporal in the Marine Corps. It has been a wonderful experience watching Java Momma grow from Melissa’s kitchen to now our new and larger location! I have been working for Melissa since 2014/15. I have been through her most of her LuLaRoe years and since the start of Java Momma. I was one of her first workers when Melissa and Uncle Brian started Java Momma. My favorite Java Momma product would be the various Hot Chocolates with Chocolate Truffle being my favorite Hot Cocoa. I think the most ironic part of being with this business is that I do not care for coffee but I love smelling the various coffee flavors!

Josh Lindenfeld

Josh Lindenfeld

General Manager

Josh is the General Manager of this eclectic crew. Josh has 25 years in the food service industry, is Serv-Safe Certified and 20 years experience managing kitchen crews. Josh came to Java Momma upon an invitation from Melissa in January of 2019. FUN FACT: Melissa and Josh were married in 1998.

Mitch Holdren

Mitch Holdren

Shipping Specialist

Mitch is the in house Java Momma DJ (specializing in 90’s grunge), Post Master (not to be confused with Post Malone), and grinds a mean bean when he’s in the kitchen cranking out your orders. He is Melissa’s favorite person to pick on. Josh invited Mitch to the Team in October 2019. Mitch lives in Northumberland with his cat, Sasha.

Matt

Matt

Shipping Specialist

Matt came on board in November 2019. He’s working on moving to Colorado, and we are so excited for him. He will be missed at Java Momma. He packs all of your boxes with care and love. Until USPS get them…………….. He also works with Grace on all of customer and barista service issues.

Mission Statement

Armed with an arsenal of responsibly grown options of coffee, tea and, cocoa, we are fueling the opportunity to percolate your own dreams. Java Momma is brewing a strong community one sip at a time.

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