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Gammill employs individuals at our West Plains and Columbia, Missouri, locations. Here are the team members you will work with when contacting our company.
Michelle Weaver – General Manager
Michelle joined Gammill in 2014. She brings an entrepreneurial background with experience in the sewing industry and in education. She and her husband Andrew have been happily married for 17 years. In her spare time she enjoys nature, stargazing, long scenic drives and playing goalie for her hockey team.
Jennifer Smith – Operations Manager
Jennifer joined Gammill in January of 2014. She brings a strong marketing and sales background to Gammill. Jennifer received a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix with an emphasis in marketing and management. She and her husband Greg have been married since January 1992 and have three children, Ashley, Tayler, and Isaac. Jennifer served as an Ambassador for the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce and as the Heart of the Ozarks United Way Board President.
Rob Webb – Quality Assurance Department
Inocencio (Chencho) Leija – Senior Accountant
Chencho has been with Gammill since February 2008 and his responsibilities include Financial Accounting and Human Resources. Chencho was born and raised in central Mexico in the state of San Luis Potosi. At the age of 15, he moved to Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, OR. He went on to study at Portland State University School of Business Administration where he obtained degrees in Accounting and General Management. In January 2008, he and his family moved to West Plains, MO. Chencho and his wife have three children.
Eric Smith – Tech Support Manager
Eric joined the Gammill family in February 2018.He began in table assembly and currently brings several years experience in an emergency call center to his role as tech support manager. Originally hailing from Illinois, he has lived in West Plains since 1992 and considers Missouri his true home. Eric and his wife, Melanie, have three sons and two dogs at home. When not at Gammill, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids watching movies, playing video games, board games, and disc golf.
Lana Adams – Office Supervisor
Lana joined Gammill in September of 2013. She processes and ships all parts and supplies. Lana is married and has 2 children, Braxton and Kynsley. Lana enjoys spending time with her children and family.
Kenny Collins – Electrical Supervisor
Kenny joined Gammill in March of 2009. However, he has wired hand-guided quilting machines since 1999, when the wiring was previously subcontracted to KC Shops. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He has been married for 35 years and has two daughters.
Matt Sherman – Engineering Manager
Matt is the author of CreativeStudio, a Computer-Aided Drafting Manufacturing Application that is used worldwide. He is an artistic programmer who has a great interest in robotics and in helping others become more creative. His development of CreativeStudio from the ground up has been exciting project that continues to this day and into the future. Merging Technology with Creativity is what Matt is good at. His goal is to make a robotic control interface that is as easy to use as a paint brush is for an artist. Matt has been with Gammill since March 2005.
Kent Adams – Warehouse Manager
Kent joined Gammill in March 2011. He began with table assembly and worked in various parts of the warehouse including sewing off machines and technical support prior to becoming Warehouse Manager. He and his wife, Lana, have two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Mary Foley – Production Manager
Mary has been employed with Gammill at the Statler facility since July 2011, but her association with the company goes back to day one as she is the daughter of Paul and Mildred Statler. Her duties at Statler include building cables, producing videos, inventory, shipping, quality testing and all around keeping everything organized. She grew up in Columbia, Missouri. She and her husband, Tim, were married on Nov. 5, 1988 and have six children. Her hobbies include video work, creating music either playing live or producing tracks on the computer, singing, and loves being involved with the local theater.
Customer Service and Support Team
Amanda Johnston – Customer Service
Amanda joined Gammill in 2020. She is a life-long Missouri resident. When not working she loves to spend time at home with her family, and spend time outdoors fishing, hiking, and woodworking. She and husband, Trenton, have four children and three dogs.
Lis Groe – Customer Support
Lis joined Gammill in July of 2009. She began her career with Gammill in the supply department but transitioned into a technician and trainer in 2013. Lis has been to most of the major quilt shows around the country. In her spare time, Lis spends time playing with her two adorable dogs, practicing martial arts, and watching science fiction movies.
Mike Caldwell – Tech Support
Mike joined Gammill in November 1985. He began by working with Ken Gammill at the store on Washington Ave. Mike has delivered quilting machines, worked at various quilting shows, and trained customers all over the USA, including Alaska. Mike has been married to Donna for 48 years. They have one son, Chris, who also works at Gammill.
Chris Caldwell – Tech Support
Chris joined Gammill in September 2000. He began in table assembling and now works in Technical Support. In 2014, Chris earned a degree in Audio Engineering and Music production. Chris and his wife, Marietta, have been married since 2010. He enjoys playing music and spending time with family and friends.
Bobby Ware – Tech Support
Bart Spurling – Research & Development Specialist
Bart joined the company in January 2005. He and his wife have been blessed with five children, triplet boys and a twin boy and girl. He has always been interested in technology – agricultural, mechanical, and electronic. Bart resides in Fulton, Missouri and grows vegetables for the farmers market with his wife and children, and tries to satisfy his technological curiosity with Raspberry Pi projects.
Paul & Mildred Statler – Creators of Statler by Gammill
A life-long inventor, Paul owned his own electronics business at the age of 15, mastered multiple electronic equipment during four years in the Air Force, and worked 26 more years with the VA in biomedical technology. After retiring, Paul began a new career when he built the first Statler Stitcher for his wife, Mildred, in 1990 and they began production quilting. Paul continued improving the system and the first machine with Statler Stitcher technology was sold in 1994. To this day, Paul and Mildred continue to build and improve the Statler by Gammill. In addition, Paul loves to share his talents and knowledge, providing training and guidance to Statler users and instructors.
Andrew Weaver – Machine Whisperer
Andrew first started servicing machines for customers at age eleven. In the past 30+ years he has serviced thousands of sewing machines of all makes and models. Andrew serviced a Gammill machine for the first time around 1990 and fell in love at first sight with the machine. He spent six years as a Gammill dealer prior to coming to Gammill, Inc full time in 2018.
Andy Hemphill – Engineering Technician & Support
Andy has worked in technical support roles in the industry for the past six years. In his spare time he enjoy working with mechanical and electronic devices, computers, and reading.
Rachael Sherman – Mechanical Engineer & Web Developer
Rachael started at Gammill in the Summer of 2018 as an intern while completing her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Mizzou. Now in May of 2020 she works as a mechanical engineer and web developer with the team to develop new product ideas from sketch to production and to bring new features to PatternCloud. She enjoys 3D modeling and 3D printing and her hobbies include playing piano, painting tabletop miniatures, reading, and playing video games and tabletop games with friends.
Shandi Brinkman – Marketing Director
Shandi joined Gammill in March 2015. She has more than 15 years of Marketing, Public Relations and Media experience. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Administration and Communications from Missouri State University. She and her husband, Allen, have one son, Jonah, and a daughter, Marat. In her free time, she enjoys long-distance running.
Lisa Schiffleger – Data Analyst
Lisa joined Gammill in August 2018. She comes to the company with decades of experience as a seamstress and quilter. She enjoys detail, whether it be working on an Excel spreadsheet or inspecting the stitches of the quilt she just quilted on her Gammill longarm. Working in the quilting industry allows her to be surrounded by quilting 24/7, and that’s a good thing. Lisa enjoys winters here in the Ozarks because it allows her to spend her spare time sewing and quilting in front of the wood stove. She has a married daughter and twin sons that live far and wide. As an empty nester she as extra rooms for a sewing room, quilting room and . . . a fabric room.
Ashley Smith – Marketing Assistant
Ashley joined Gammill in March 2020 as Marketing Assistant. She brings 7 years of marketing experience to the team. While not at work, Ashley serves on the worship team, in kids and youth ministries, and runs a foster care ministry at Endurance Church. In her free time, she enjoys making music, painting, and binge watching TV shows.
Marietta Caldwell – Marketing Assistant
Chris and I have been married since 2010. When I’m not working, I enjoy music, nature, photography and anything else creative. My family can attest that I have involved them in a variety of interesting Pinterest induced activities.
Production and Warehouse Team
Angela Ruebling- Production
Angela has worked for Gammill since 2005. She builds head parts and Retro kits at the Statler production facility. She lives on a farm in Central Missouri. She loves to produce a high-quality product and take pride in her work. She enjoys reading, gardening and movies.
Brandon Collins – Electrical Shop
Richard Wood – Machine Technician
Richard joined Gammill in October 2009. He spent 20 years serving our nation. Richard enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling. He has been married for 31 years to his best friend and has three daughters and grandchildren.
Kyle Mings – Shipping
Kyle joined Gammill in November 2007. He began with table assembly and has worked in various parts of the warehouse. He now works in the electrical shop. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.
James Lockerby – Driver
Al Hargis – Production
After serving as a direct contractor for a period of time, Al became a full time employee at Statler in 2003. He married in 1973 and taught high school for 34 years, all but two of those years were at Hickman in Columbia, Missouri. Hobbies include reading, electronics, and amateur radio; call sign WD0AFE.
Bonnie Phillips – Production
Daniel Johnson – Production
Daniel joined Gammill in early 2020. He grew up in West Plains, Missouri and has lived there most of his life. He is married with four children, three girls and a boy. He and his wife spend most of their free time at their children’s events. He also enjoys working on crafting small woodwork pieces and restoration projects.
Aaron Stanley – Production
Aaron joined Gammill in 2020 after a 14-year career as an auto mechanic. He enjoys spending time with his daughter and his girlfriend of nearly 10 years. He also loves riding motorcycles and owns two Harley Davidsons.
Dylan Anderson – Production
Dylan joined Gammill in 2020. Dylan is committed to customer service, problem solving and a keen attention to detail. He previously managed a restaurant for more than 24 years. He has been married since 1996 and has four children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, seeking adventure and exploring new things.
Trenton Johnston – Small Parts & Shipping
Trenton joined Gammill in 2020. He grew up in Arkansas and worked as a surgical technician for nine years. He and wife, Amanda, have four children and three dogs.
Alina Johnson – Small Parts & Shipping
Alina joined Gammill in 2020. She is an Air Force veteran who worked as a C-17 engine mechanic for six years. Most recently, she was a paraprofessional for eight years working with special needs children. In her free time, she loves to travel and has been to 49 states and seven countries. She and husband, Daniel, have four children, one boy and three girls.
Sharon Blackmore – Educator
Sharon and her husband are both full time quilters. They have three children and four fur-babies. Outside of quilting she her hobbies are diamond painting and Color Me Mine dates with her girls. Her favorite pieces to paint are owls and skulls.
Eva Birch – Educator
Eva is married with three children and eight grandchildren. She loves spending her time with her family. Her favorite thing to do in the summer is spend her time at the ballfields cheering on her grandchildren. She loves to travel, experience new places and meet new people.
DeWayne Carron – Educator
When DeWayne retired from Boeing, he decided it was too early to retire, so along with his wife Jan they got involved with the Gammill company. He loves how this company is like a family. It gives him the opportunity to work on the Machines, which he finds fascinating and has also sent him around the country traveling. So far, his favorite place is the Canadian Rockies. The next stop he would like to go to is anywhere that happens to be hosting the St. Louis Cardinals, so he can catch a baseball game!
Karen Farnsworth – Educator
Karen lives in a small town in Missouri with a population of less than 300 people. She loves small town life and working on her family’s Cattle Ranch. She considers herself an equestrian. When not at home, she loves to travel and has been to Australia four years in a row. While traveling Australia, she has come to love everything it has to offer, but by far her favorite is the Great Barrier Reef. She hopes to travel everywhere, but will settle for everywhere the ocean touches.
Karen Marchetti – Educator
Karen has been married to her husband Joe for 30 years, together they have a son and three fur-babies, she has a favorite, but will never tell who. She loves family time and fishing in fresh and saltwater. She is a prolific doodler, ambidextrous and extreme attention deficit, which all aid her in quilt artistry.
Christine Perrigo – Educator
Christine is a native of Colorado, where she lives with her daughter and husband of sixteen years. Before quilting she worked for a computer company which helped with tech savvy modern quilting. She loves reading and Sci-Fi Movies, her favorite is Star Wars and watching her daughter swim on the swim team.
DeAnn Perrigo – Educator
DeAnn lives in Washington along the Columbia River with her high school sweetheart. She has three children and four grandchildren. She enjoys going to the farmers market and making fruit cobblers in her cast iron skillet. She has passed on her quilting machine knowledge to her oldest grandson who enjoys entering quilt shows.
Page Johnson – Educator
Page lives in Minnesota with her husband and near her large family. She loves family get togethers and playing cards with the whole group. Her grandma always said, “boredom is the sign of a simple mind” so she always stays busy. Her favorite thing to stay busy with is quilting and that is why she has five Gammill machines.
Jodi Robinson – Educator
Jodi lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and crazy dog Otis. She has a son who lives in Denver and she loves to travel to Colorado as much as she can to visit him. While she is there she loves to explore the mountains and the area that Colorado has to offer. In her spare time at home, she enjoys riding her ATV out in the woods.
Georgia Stull – Educator
Georgia has been married to her high school sweetheart for 45 years. Together they have four sons and six grandchildren. She loves to cook, and has a recipe for Red Velvet Cake that is better than anything you can buy. With her love of cooking, she won the Betty Crocker contest for, Future Family Leader of Tomorrow with her Stromboli recipe. Her family is of the most importance to her, as well as her Faith. She enjoys seeing her granddaughter follow in her footsteps, winning ribbons for quilting and looks forward to traveling and being closer to her other grandchildren.