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meet the team
We are comfort makers, travelers, writers, artists, musicians, do-gooders, gardners, yoginis, hikers, and eco-promoters. We believe we are stronger together. We are always striving to do more, find better ways, and make what we want to see in the world. Welcome to our family. Welcome to Yala.
Kathrin Platt Gonsalves
President / Chief Comfort Officer
Explorer, Traveler, Mom, Wife, Business Owner
Find her snowboarding in the winter, hiking in the spring, berry picking in the summer, splashing in puddles in the fall.
Comfort is family, friends, and a lot of laughter.
Favorite YALA Product: The Rory Pant – A tee shirt and jeans kind of girl, these have jean worthy looks with pajama worthy feel.
Favorite Trip: Safari in Tanzania, Africaread full bio
Kathrin Platt Gonsalves
At her first real job interview Kathrin was asked, where do you see yourself in 5 years. Without missing a beat, she replied I want to own my own company. She was asked what kind of company, and replied, if I knew that, I wouldn’t be here now. Amazingly she got the job and 15 years later fulfilled the dream of having her own company. Life is wonderfully full: she spends her days juggling young kids, husband, family, work, and play. Thanks to YALA, she has a renewed focus on the important role that providing comfort can have at work, at home, and in the world in general.
Manager of Design / Comfort Creator
Mom, Adventurer, Artist, Friend, Optimystical Human
Find her reading, cooking with family and friends, playing guitar, and exploring the world.
Comfort is when you feel amazing inside and out.
Favorite YALA Product: Audrey Pant – they are flirty and fun, but you can wear them all day and never feel uncomfortable, pinched, or squeezed.
Favorite Trip: Shanghai, Chinaread full bio
Tif has been sewing and making things since she was 5 years old in her Grandmother’s sewing studio, where she made new outfits for her dolls. She has had a passion for all things apparel from that day forward. She spends most of her free time with her husband and two boys, but squeezes in making new and exciting things any chance she can get. YALA has provided Tif with her dream job and has given her the opportunity to design comfortable yet beautiful clothes that all women can feel good wearing.
Marketing Manager / Comfort Communicator
Writer, Photographer, Wife, Parent
Find her with a great book, under a silk blanket, with her dog (in a cat’s body) at her feet.
Comfort is to see oneself fully without judgment.
Favorite YALA Product: The Silk Filled Comforter- This is so comfortable it defies description, and she has never slept so well.
Favorite Trip: Thailandread full bio
A deep love for story, a passion for design - and the job outlook in the publishing industry - led her to pivot to marketing and design and she’s never looked back. While the impossibly soft fabrics landed her at YALA, the community has glued her here. Close to YALA since the company’s founding, she has seen every part of its growth & evolution. Always looking forward to the pursuit of what’s next in life, here’s to shaping the next chapter.
Wholesale Sales Manager / Comfort Agent
Food and Drink Enthusiast, Traveler, Music Lover
Find her eating...all the time.
Comfort is knowing who you are, what you have to offer, and how you can share your best self with others.
Favorite YALA Product: YALA’s bedding- A life changing experience, there has never been a better night’s sleep.
Favorite Trip: Greeceread full bio
It all started with Barbie® when Carolyn discovered her love for fashion and the truth that women can do anything! Carolyn played with color, materials, and textures as a child, making her versions of items she coveted and played store on the side. As soon as she was old enough she got a job in a clothing store and gravitated towards merchandising. After college she continued to follow her passions on the wholesale side of sales, working as a liaison between world renowned brands and large department store brands. Always one to say yes to new challenges and adventures, she found herself agreeing to a move from her home in Northern California to Eugene, Oregon after reconnecting with an old college boyfriend. A strong believer that everything happens for a reason, she’s pretty sure she’s right where she needs to be. By the way...that same boyfriend will soon be her husband.
Customer Service Representative / Customer Comfort & Care
Musician, Dog Parent, Amateur Film Critic, Baseball Nerd
Find him binge watching the Simpsons with his dog (June Bug), while eating vegan junk food.
Comfort is feeling like the most authentic version of you.
Favorite YALA Product: Luxe Sheets –A night owl his entire life until he put these on the bed. Now he finds any excuse for naps and an early bedtime.
Favorite Trip: Paris, Franceread full bio
Matt happily joined YALA this year after venturing northwest to Oregon from Oklahoma. His varied, passionate interests range from music and film to fashion and clothing to sports (among others), and if you start talking to him about any of those topics, he may never stop. He considers himself a proud ambassador of the YALA lifestyle and is committed to helping our customers find their comfort.
Wholesale Sales Representative / Comfort Specialist
Author, Adventurer, Gamer
Find her with her husband gaming in the world of Elder Scrolls.
Comfort is trying something new and embarking on another adventure.
Favorite YALA Product: The Cybill wrap is comfortable and chic no matter what it is paired with.
Favorite Trip: Italyread full bio
Cherie started out as a purchasing agent before subsequently owning an interior design consulting firm and a Bed and Breakfast. That lead to a love for sales and before she knew it, she was part of the YALA Family.She spends her free time word-spinning and has two published works under the pen name C.R. Cummings (Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy). She hints at the fact that she is really a high elf resigned to live among mere mortals..
Controller / Financial Comfort Provider
Philosopher, Traveler, Bibliophile
Find her curled up by the fire with a book, traveling somewhere new, or pondering life with a glass of wine on the deck with a good friend (that is when she is not playing with numbers).
Comfort is confidence.
Favorite YALA Product: The Ryder Sweater-What’s not to love about clothes you can look great in at work, lounge in through the evening, and even sleep in comfortably?
Favorite Trip: Portugalread full bio
Always comfortable with organizing financial information, as a kid she created a ledger for her allowance before she even knew what a ledger was...She’s tried a lot of different jobs in her life, but always came back to: what’s the most fun, and the most comfortable? Figuring out the daily puzzle that is accounting. Yeah, she’s a self-proclaimed nerd..
Warehouse Manager/ Comfort Organizer
BBQ Master, Traveler, Gamer, Mr. Wonderful
Find him enjoying long exhausting hikes at the wee hours of the morning with no sound but footsteps treading on the path, and the sound of Rusty (his dog) running off ahead in the shadows.
Comfort is having room to stretch your wings and a place to lay your head.
Favorite YALA Product: The Cybill Wrap – Wanting to be in on the ultimate in comfort clothing, Glen decided it was the perfect comfort piece for gaming on the couch (just don’t tell him we told you).
Favorite Trip: Italyread full bio
After spending over two decades in warehousing, Glen knows what it truly takes to run an efficient department. His number one priority is getting the product to our customers in the timeliest manner. His co-workers would describe him as a very tall, strong man with glasses, who loves his dog and family (unsure which comes first). He enjoys barbequing anything, any time, no matter what the weather conditions are. He spends his free time with his family, gaming, and traveling the world with his wife.
Find him anywhere Glen is...or eating the cat’s food at home.
Comfort is sleeping, eating, and having his tummy rubbed.read full bio
Rusty picked his people with great care waiting for just the right time to be lovable so they would choose him out of all the other puppies. He is a papered Chocolate lab and is very proud that he has been able to train his people to serve his every need. He graduated from Pet Smart Academy in 2011 with a degree in wiggling excitedly. He spends his days patrolling YALA’s shipping department and greets everyone with the warmest welcome possible.