Founder & CEO
Julie has made a revolutionary impact on the market of cloth diapers for the baby industry. While filling a personal need to find a better diapering solution for her own family, Julie created, developed and now produces diapering solutions with patented leak protection.
Kanga Care, was formed in 2007 after an overwhelming response from the public to purchase the diapers Julie designed and had sewn for her daughter. This original diaper was the Rumparooz One Size Pocket Diaper. Julie has since gone on to conceptualize and bring to market many more brands and accessory products for Kanga Care. Kanga Care products can now be found world wide in more than 50 countries through online retailers, boutique shops and major retailers such as Babiesrus, Amazon.com, Walmart and more.
Julie's passion is founded in creating. Her constant need to design and develop along with her drive to better the world around her keeps Kanga Care in a perpetual forward motion of improvement and innovation. In 2012, Julie was nominated for and won the Gold Stevie Award for Entrepreneur of the Year and also the Silver Stevie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award. On April 23, 2013, Julie was granted US Patent 8,425,483 for the Double gusset cloth diaper along with method for making the same.
CFO & Director of Sales
Chad Ekstrom brings 14 years of sales experience to the Kanga Care team including a 10 year sales career with a top ranking Fortune 500 bank. When he is hard at work, Chad manages new relationships to the Kanga Care family as well as business development. Chad uses his experiences to bring life and a laugh to the team. From soup to nuts, Chad has supported Julie from cutting and tracing fabric to international sales trips to support growth and education of cloth diapering globally.
Chad is the husband to Julie Ekstrom and proud father of their three daughters and two sons. When not working or parenting Chad enjoys mountain biking, playing music, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Finance & Production Director
Aaron oversees Kanga Care’s financial and production process, including company performance and product supply. Prior to joining Kanga Care, Aaron spent 18 years in the insurance industry with involvement in reserving, forecasting, and product design & management. In his free time, Aaron enjoys snowboarding, soccer and music.
Amy is the proud mom of 3 kids and is a cloth diapering mom herself! Before coming to Kanga Care Amy was a paramedic because of her desire to help others. After leaving EMS and becoming a stay at home mom she wanted to continue helping people. So she started volunteering to help Kanga Care customers with fit and function which made her the perfect person to meet our customer needs. Her love for Rumparooz makes her passionate about wanting her customers to feel the same way!
Social Media, Graphics & Marketing
Marquel recently graduated from RMCAD with a BFA in Graphic Design. Marquel came to Kanga Care through the internship program. Upon wrapping up her internship it was clear that Marquel's ideas, engagement with the customers and excitement for the industry had carved her out a permanent position in the Marketing Department. Marquel is excited to be part of a fast paced and creative environment where she can see the impact of her efforts on a daily basis.
By the time I was 14 I had lived in 6 different states, went to 3 different high schools and was the typical middle child with 13 siblings…that is typical, right? I’m the most adaptable human being on the planet and love taking things as they come. Change is refreshing and I love the challenge it offers. I’m a single mama to two sweet little boys and a slightly out-of-her-mind beagle mix. My day typically starts with 3 cups of coffee and ends with some sort of whiskey…or falling asleep pathetically early. I’m a huge fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm, red-dirt country music, crossfit, rock climbing and adding things to my bucket list. I’ve been in business for the last 5 years and it has been an incredible ride. Photography has been a huge part of my life since my Sophomore year in HS, and I haven't put the camera down since.
Nana & Autumn
The Little Girl Who Started It All & The Woman Who Taught Her Daughter To Sew
These may very well be two of the very most important ladies that Kanga Care has to pay gratitude toward. Without either of them the Rumparooz would have never been born and thus Kanga Care and the future lines of diapers and accessories would have never followed!