Pull Up a Seat: Meet Zippie & Associate Product Manager, Christy Clover-Nalley
As a clinician who worked full-time for over 12 years at a pediatric hospital before I joined the Sunrise Medical family, I have known for many years that the name Zippie is synonymous for the highest quality of pediatric wheeled mobility equipment. A great deal of work goes into the development of new products, enhancing current products, and managing the Zippie line of strollers and wheelchairs. Associate Product Manager Christy Clover-Nalley, has the role at Sunrise Medical US of managing all of the pediatric folding, rigid, and tilt-in-space wheelchairs and strollers. Christy's passion for the children and caregivers who use the products she helps to manage is evident to each person she encounters.
In order to take a peek into the world of Zippie, let's pull up a seat and meet Christy:
Who is Christy and what does she do?
Christy was born and raised in Clovis, California (a suburb of Fresno). She graduated from Fresno City College with highest honors and moved on to Fresno State where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Her personal passions include spending time with her family and friends, crafting, and party planning. She has been married to her wonderful husband Chris since June 2014. They welcomed their precious daughter Everleigh May into the world in January 2016.
Angie Kiger: Why did you join the Sunrise Medical family?
Christy Clover-Nalley: My career at Sunrise Medical began in February of 2014 — almost 3 years ago! I joined the Sunrise team because making a difference in someone's life has always been my goal and working with children is something I adore. While I don't always work with children directly in my role, I can keep their little hearts in mind every day. Being able to bring ideas to our Engineering team to carry out a child's needs is very fulfilling. When I bring a product to market that meets those needs, it reminds me what a special role we play in each family's life.
AK: As 2016 comes to an end, what was your favorite project launch of the year?
CC: The NEW Zippie Voyage! With the introduction of the Moderate Seating option with 180° recline, it opens up a whole new patient population that we were missing with our stroller portfolio. Based on user and clinician feedback, we also made a significant change to how the seating attaches to the base, creating a more ergonomic experience.
AK: You mentioned that there are now two types of Voyage seating system options. Can you provide an overview of each?
CC: VAS — Voyage Advanced Seating is the same seating system as used on the original Voyage. It is designed for children with moderate to advanced positioning needs. The system offers an extensive selection of seating and positioning components.
VMS — Voyage Moderate Seating is the new seating system designed for children with mild to moderate positioning needs. It offers soft adjustable components. It also features a stylish polka-dot fabric. This new seating system adds to the "retail stroller" look that families love.
AK: Is there anything else you would like to highlight about Voyage?
CC: With the launch of the new Voyage we incorporated a new Slide-N-Lock™ technology for removing and attaching the seat to the stroller base and either booster base.
Speaking of booster bases, we now have two options:
- Folding Booster Base — Portable, light, and collapses into a small package made for a home setting.
- JCM Booster Base — Larger, more robust design ideal for a clinical or school setting.
Do you have questions about the Zippie portfolio of strollers and manual wheelchairs for Christy? Leave a comment below or send us an email.
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Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users. Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.
Posted by: Date: 12/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
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