Cassie Uhl, Founder & Owner
As a creative soul from a young age, I have always valued, appreciated, and loved handcrafted pieces. My love of creativity, stargazing with my father, a deep adoration for yoga, and my grandmother’s open-minded spirit have all inspired my jewelry designs and seep into the soul of Zenned Out.
Before launching Zenned Out, I taught art in public schools for five years. As someone with a deep desire to help young people awaken their inner artist, I found myself disheartened by the devaluation of the arts our school systems. I wanted to catalyze change by creating something that inspired others to unleash their own artistic energy and live a life that is in line with their soul’s divine purpose. I have dedicated myself to leading by example, making a living with my art, and thriving as a creative being.
Further, and more personally, I launched Zenned Out with the mission to create a brand that normalized spirituality in the common marketplace and offered people a space to discuss topics of spirituality freely, without fear of judgment. I believe empowerment springs from the wells of open-minded dialogue, freedom of expression, and discovery of one’s inner divine energy. I wanted Zenned Out to galvanize others to saturate the mainstream with unheard of thoughts and inspired actions, in the hopes that it would one day be “normal.”
Zenned Out started with small beginnings, beading on the floor and stamping jewelry at my kitchen table. Now Zenned Out is run in a spacious, charming studio where we feel inspired to do our work. With so many talented others helping at Zenned Out, I am able to devote time to sharing my experience with creative entrepreneurs and supporting their growth. As with all journeys, I still have missteps, and the occasional twelve-hour work day, but I love what I do and am elated to help others find their voice and align passion, purpose, and profession.
Brittinie Saenz, Lead Jeweler & OOAK Designer
Brittinie joined the team when it was still being run out of Cassie’s two story apartment! She has a creative background and has learned all of her technique while working at Zenned Out. Brittinie has become an essential part of the Zenned Out team, she is the lead jeweler and designs all of our OOAK (one-of-a-kind) gemstone pieces. She has a deep love for animals, especially cats, taking on the care of any neighborhood cat that is in need. She even captured a rogue scorpion in the studio once to ensure it would be set free.
Cat Mackliney, Wholesale Customer Service & Jeweler
Cat is a welcomed bubbly and adventurous addition to Zenned Out team! She has taken on the role of being our main point of contact for wholesale customer service and also helps with jewelry production. With a background in jewelry production, Cat loves creating perfectly stamped pieces and we don’t mind having another perfectionist in the studio! When she’s not at Zenned Out or out adventuring she’s makes beautiful malas for her Etsy shop Sundara Creations.
Kaela Beach, Customer Service & Social Media
Kaela joined the Zenned Out team with a successful background selling handmade necklaces from her own Etsy shop. We’re thrilled to have her as a part of the team with all of her handmade biz know how. Kaela is the primary customer service contact, so if you have questions, she will most likely be the friendly person answering them! She also heads up shipping, packaging and helps with social media. She has a flare for goal-setting and hopes to start another biz in the future helping creatives focus their ambition and meet their objectives.
Sydney Martenis, Graphics & Web Designer
Over a craft meeting of painting pet portraits and sewing felt puppets, Cassie and Sydney found they were on the same wavelength of design style and creativity. After designing the Zenned Out branding identity and website, Sydney was brought on as the design guru for the blog, social media, and workshop materials. With a background in fine art and over five years of professional graphic design experience and website building, Sydney enjoys working with small businesses to help them create designs that really speak to their focus. She has a new miniature intern, her daughter Madelyn. When they aren’t enjoying traveling and drinking coffee, they are working together to create bold, fun baby onesie designs.