Today we’re interviewing some of the lovely people who make up Team Allie. We’ll be sharing their name, role, and some fun facts about each of them. This will be fun!
But first, a note from Allie:
This blog post is so fun! I’m super excited for you all to get to know my team! Before we dive in, I thought you might want to know a little bit about how my company works.
Most people don’t understand that I’m running a company, not just sitting on my couch blogging and recording podcast episodes. There’s a whole bunch of amazing people who make sure the content I create gets out into the world so I can focus on being creative and making awesome things for you all! There’s intimidating legal stuff involved, trademarking, big decisions to be made, and sometimes it’s overwhelming to think that what we’re doing is being watched by so many people - I’ll never get used to that!
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ALRIGHT, here we go…
My company is called The Purpose Group, Inc. Brian and I incorporated in early 2017 (we were previously an LLC). The company houses everything you see happening on the outside - the blog, The Purpose Show, and my online academy.
I’m the founder and the CEO, as well as the face of the company and of course, the creative mind behind all the fun things we put out into the world. Basically, I act in my zone of genius- the things I’m good at- which is coming up with content ideas, blog posts, podcast episodes, emails to write you, courses to change your life, etc. And the people on my team help me take those wild ideas and make them exist.
Everyone on my team has special gifts they bring to the table, and I adore each and every one of them. I believe in affirming the people who help me make my mission a reality, and encouraging them big time! We meet every Friday all together to discuss what we’re currently working on, check in, and shout each other out for being awesome.
The people who you’re about to meet are the core team members. They’re the front lines of big projects and they come to weekly team meetings. But we also have a handful of other amazing team members who are doing SO many amazing tasks, projects & tech. (Shout out to them - we love you!) We’re only mentioning our core team members here so you can begin to imagine what day-to-day operations are like.
Hope you enjoy getting a little glimpse behind the scenes!
Allie Casazza - CEO and Founder
Allie is the creative mind behind everything you see coming from Alliecasazza.com. She comes up with all the ideas for episodes, blog posts, and writes emails to you each week from her front porch. She is the name, the face, and the heart beat of what we do, and her heart beats for the other mamas of the world!
How many kids I have: one thousand. Okay fine, four.
How do you take your coffee?: Strong with a splash of almond milk. Sometimes I’ll just drink it black.
Who's your role model: Lucille Ball. She was a femme pioneer and she was so strong amid so much. I’ve read every book about her. I adore her.
Favorite Quote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” -Annie Dillard
Favorite Episode of the Purpose Show: Ep 063: Life Hacks For Moms of Littles. It feels so strange to be out of the super-small-kids season of motherhood! It’s a really nice feeling to be able to help moms with babies and toddlers who are in the thick of it, trying to figure it all out and hear that the simple tips in this episode were game changers for them!
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I haven’t shaved my legs in like 3 weeks and it’s getting rough… #winter
Hayley Pandolph - COO
Hayley is Allie's right hand man ;) She manages the team and runs the day to day business stuff. She helps integrate Allie's wild ideas!
How many kids I have: one tiny human
How do you take your coffee? Coffee? I'll take whatever you give me.
Who's your role model: Daren Lindley is my hero! Here's the highlight reel of things he's taught me: love people before productivity, to affirm someone before correcting them, and never lose sight of your vision!
Favorite Quote: "Life is short. I want to live it well." -Switchfoot
Favorite Episode of The Purpose Show: Ep 006: How I Got My Husband Out of His 9 to 5 (Allie has allowed several stay-at-home moms to get their husbands out of their 9 to 5s! My husband included!)
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I'm a pretty calm person, but bugs make me scream and flail like a toddler.
Ashley Spriggs - Podcast Manager + Press Coordinator
Ashley helps Allie snag the best guests in the world for her podcast on top of getting her amazing press opportunities. If Allie is speaking on a stage, appearing on TV, or talking into a microphone ... Ashley coordinated it. Ashley also ensures that each episode of The Purpose Show are flawless and produced on time for your listening enjoyment.
How many kids I have: 2 - Liam and Lucy
How do you take your coffee? As basic as it comes … either an iced white mocha or iced cold brew with peppermint and cream.
Who's your role model: My husband, Jesus, and Christine Caine.
Favorite Quote: Be you. Everyone else is taken.
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I still sleep with the stuffed animal duck I carried around as a child. He is my best friend. My husband hates it. Don’t judge me!
Jenny Randle - Social Media Strategist
Jenny manages a team of ninjas that help get Allie's face all over your social media. She makes sure Allie's stuff is in front of mamas who need to find it!
How many kids I have: 2
How do you take your coffee? With almond milk and a dash of cinnamon if I'm feeling spicy.
Who's your role model: I love learning personal and spiritual development from Havilah Cunnington, Christine Caine, Shawn Bolz and Bob Goff's resources.
Favorite Quote: Our God-given creativity is the greatest weapon we carry.
Favorite Episode of The Purpose Show: Ep 081: Love In Action With Bob Goff
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I was speaking at an event and had a skull-bending-headache. An attendee found out and gave me some peppermint hippie-oils, which I proceeded to aggressively splash all up in my face. Newsflash: this isn't the proper way to use essential oils. My headache was dulled by the burn in my eyes and I basically led the presentation blind.
Chelsea Lybeck - Media Arts Designer
Chelsea makes all things Allie flow in a beautifully, branded, cohesive way. She’s Allie’s photographer and web designer. Without her, everything would be fugly.
How many kids I have: 1 little love bug, Adelynne (18 mos.)
How do you take your coffee? If I’m feeling a sugar rush, I’m a white mocha girl… if I want to play it safe, I’ll do a Vanilla Latte!
Who's your role model: It’s going to sound cliche, so don’t hate me. But it’s the truth, nonetheless. Allie is my role model! Her incredible story and business model inspire me, and if it wasn’t for her pushing me towards taking big leaps into the unknown, I would not be a stay at home mama with the ability to be fully present in my daughter’s life while pursuing my dream of entrepreneurship.
Favorite Quote: "Sometimes we get given the brave choice to surrender the things that have been truly great in our lives all in exchange for the greater. Greater is where the soul, the life, the wholehearted-boom-boom-heart out of chest, tears on cheeks, I’m alive & I’m free kinda passion lives --- it lives just around the corner from surrender's bend.” - Tess Guinery
Favorite Episode of The Purpose Show: Oooo! That’s a tough one! The one on the top of my head is Ep. 058: "You Can Stay Home with Your Kids with Erin Odom"
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: Oh dang… Ummmm… When my husband and I got married, I cried all night long at the hotel on our wedding night because he snored and I was convinced I was never going to sleep again in my entire life. Yeahhhh, nothing like the movies at all.
Kena Roth - Customer Service, Virtual Assistant
Allie's email inbox is a hurricane that is constantly moving and Kena makes sure it is moving efficiently so Allie can focus on creating content. She responds to every email in a timely manner and with the sweetest heart. If you send an email, you are talking to Kena!
How many kids I have: 2 boys - 18 & 16 :)
How do you take your coffee? Black & Strong
Who's your role model: I have lots of role models in my life. Each teach me something new everyday.
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.” ― J. Lynn,
Favorite Episode of The Purpose Show: Ep. 074: For The Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I'm deathly (like freeze up and die) afraid of cats of any size or kind. And, they ALWAYS flock to me no matter what or where I go.
Amy Tripak - Social Media & Operations Specialist
Amy helps admin Allie's Facebook page and ginormous and incredibly active Facebook Group. She also helps Allie keep up with all the Instagram messages - because the awesomeness never stops pouring in!
How many kids I have: 1 + baby #2 on the way!
How do you take your coffee? I don't. :) I've never liked coffee - not even the smell of it!
Who's your role model: Jesus, Bob Goff, Hermione Granger
Favorite Quote: "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." - Henry David Thoreau. Anything from Michael Scott on The Office
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I drool in my sleep... a lot... like sometimes I wake up in an actual puddle.
Brian Casazza - Videographer, Allie's Backbone
Brian is a super savvy video maker and can make a dark room look super well lit with minimal gear. If you have ever seen one of Allie's video, Brian is behind the camera. He’s behind the scenes in more ways than one! He also provides constant, minute-by-minute support, encouragement, and brainstorming for Allie. He’ll drop everything to take a walk and talk out a problem with her (which means he just listens… Allie is an external processor). He truly is the Love Bug :)
How many kids I have: one thousand (Allie says this so much it now feels true). Seriously though, four.
How do you take your coffee? Black
Who's your role model: Mat Fraser
Favorite Quote: “I’m gonna do today what other people aren’t willing to, so I can do tomorrow what other people can’t.” -Mat Fraser
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I snore insanely loud when I sleep. In Allie’s loving words, it sounds like a “freight train full of bears coming down the highway at full speed”.
Caleb Sanchez - Video Editor
Caleb is Brian's right hand man during filming. But once the filming is done, he works his magic in the editing room. fun fact: he is Allie's little (but taller) brother.
How many kids I have: none.
How do you take your coffee? Black cold brew
Who's your role model: My mom
Favorite Quote: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
Favorite Episode of the Purpose Show: Ep 049: Staying Positive When Life Knocks You Down
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: I’m seriously terrified of spiders. It doesn’t matter how small it is, or the fact that I’m over six feet tall, get it away from me.
Casey King - CFO
Casey handles all things financial on team Allie. She pays all the contractors, watches the bank accounts, and is super organized and fiscally minded - which really comes in handy for Allie who is way the opposite.
How many kids I have: 2 - Elijah (8) and Alexandra (5)
How do you take your coffee? I don't (I know blasphemy) I prefer tea :)
Who's your role model: My Mama. She was a strong single mom who set a great example to me that I now roll into my role as a single parent.
Favorite Quote: "Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." Mother Teresa
What is something embarrassing you don't want the world to know but they are about to see it: When I get really excited about food, I do a little dance that may or may not include a song.
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