MEET THE EIC TEAM!
Tina Beauvais, Founder and CEO
Tina is a "Mompreneur", who started EmBraced In Comfort in 2009, in response to her daughter's need for more comfortable and functional undergarments to wear under her Scoliosis Brace. Tina has a Bachelor's in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and, prior to starting EIC, she worked with companies around the world to implement effective manufacturing strategies. Tina also learned to sew at a young age, working alongside her Mother, Cynthia (dec), who had her Masters in Apparel Design and Textiles. Tina's Father was an Engineer. EmBraced In Comfort is a perfect marriage of both sewing and Engineering skills, as well as part of Tina's mission to help others who have gone through what she and her family have gone through in their Scoliosis journey. Tina has been married to Andrew, who is a middle school and high school principal, athletic director, and varsity coach, since 1998. They have two children - Cynthia, who was diagnosed with Scoliosis at age 6 (currently 16) and Vaughn, who was diagnosed at age 5 (currently 14). Andrew also has Scoliosis and was diagnosed when he was 16. Tina also loves to serve her church, currently as the Council President, and plays violin, keyboard, and sings vocals in a band (His Own Devices). She is also active in the Thumb Area Community Theater, having played various roles both onstage and as a Director. In addition, she has her black belt in Tang Soo Do.
You can get to know her family better at Her family Scoliosis support blog, or on the EmBraced In Comfort facebook page.
Phone: 989-575-3000 or 248-880-4851 (cell - texting welcome)
Tina and EmBraced In Comfort in the news:
O&P Edge, April 2013
Tina Beauvais Awarded the prestigious AATCC Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2014
Small Business Development Center of Michigan Featured Success Story
ABC News, Flint, MI
Scoliosis Quarterly, Fall 2014 Issue
Catherine Arnett, Design and Production Specialist
Cathy is the most senior team member, having been with EmBraced In Comfort since April of 2015. She is Tina’s right-hand gal, bringing loads of design, patternmaking, and fiber artistry experience to our team. The first “Act of Fiber Art” that she committed was a hamburger pillow panel back in the mid 1970s. In the 80s, she was caught assaulting innocent cheap t-shirts with RIT dye. Unable to reform her ways, she has left a trail of quilts, garments, theater costumes, and hand dyed fabrics in her wake. Cathy is the mastermind behind all of our beautiful EIC colors, as well as most of our custom patterns and work with outside clients. She also works directly with customers to answer questions, make recommendations, and resolve order issues. Cathy has a husband, Greg, of 30 years, as well as two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and a daughter. In her off-hours, she directs community theater and plays various musical instruments. She has even been known to bring a Ukulele to work to try and make Tina take a necessary “music break” and will make random serenades throughout the shop.
Jennifer Peckham, Production Assistant
Jennifer has been with EIC since October of 2016. She brings years of sewing experience to the team and is a collector of vintage sewing machines. Jennifer has two beautiful daughters and is married to EIC’s “hunky handyman”, Bryan, for 24 years. She’s also been a Girl Scout leader for many years. Jennifer is an incredibly hard worker, with a memory of steel. She keeps things running smoothly, keeping your orders organized and moving through the workshop in a timely manner. She has an excellent eye for detail and a heart of Gold. She keeps us entertained with witty stories and is our “resident Mom”, because she has great advice about nearly everything and is a great listener. She loves that she can make a difference in her job, stitching comfort into nearly every garment that goes out the door.
Debra Zamora, Production Assistant
Debra is our resident Jester. She has a Masters in Puns and a PhD in Sarcasm. She has been with EIC since October of 2016. She keeps us on our toes and helps us to remember to not take life too seriously. Deb has a husband Rick of 30 years, one son serving our country in the Marines, and one son in heaven. Her blood runs red, white, and blue. She also has a business designing and making jewelry and a budding talent in photography! Although she likes to joke around, Deb is a seriously hard worker and she literally runs all day to keep things moving through the shop. She has her hand in nearly every order that goes out the door and will pitch in with whatever is needed. She juggles tasks just like a good jester would juggle in the Queen’s court and life around EIC would be extremely boring without her!
Abigail Mowry, Production Assistant
Abigail is a college student and hobby seamstress. She also does Viking reenactments, theater, blacksmithing, and making chainmail - wow! She has been with EIC since July of 2017 and oversees our inspection, packaging, and shipping departments. She also fills in on machines when needed and is willing to pitch in and do literally anything that is necessary. She likes being a worker bee, keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes, as well as keeping Tina entertained with quirky commentary about life.
Eli Zaborney, College Intern
Eli is our newest team member, joining us for the summer as part of her educational requirements for her Bachelors degree from Central Michigan University. Eli is majoring in Fashion Design and minoring in Visual Merchandising, and is also a candidate for the Masters Program, where she plans to concentrate on functional design after her graduation in December of 2018. Eli brings over 10 years of sewing experience to our team and enjoys problem solving and finding the most efficient way to get each job done. She also enjoys working on sewing machine maintenance, various forms of technology and is always on the lookout for learning experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. Eli has only been with us for a couple of weeks, but is already a valuable part of the team and we are all learning a lot from each other. In her free time, she is an active cosplayer and costume designer. She also enjoys working with many different fabrics and thermoplastics, loving the process of bringing her creative ideas to life!
Photo credit: Debra Zamora