about teleCalm

Our Mission

At teleCalm, our mission is to improve quality of life for families and caregivers living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We’ve had firsthand family experience with the everyday communication challenges with our loved ones. With our unique background of telephony and software, we created teleCalm to help solve these challenges and protect your family by empowering the caregiver with a smarter, safer phone service.

Our Team

Tavis Schriefer

Chief Executive Officer

Tavis is the CEO and Co-Founder at teleCalm. He got involved in elder fraud issues after his mother was repeatedly the target of scammers and telemarketers, trying to drain her bank account. In 2015, Tavis founded teleCalm to solve these and other phone-related issues with the mission to help seniors safely stay connected with friends and family, while prolonging their independence.

A serial entrepreneur, Tavis founded his first startup in 2002 where he bootstrapped Ideative, a boutique consumer electronics company; with Ideative he took seven of his patented products to mass retail markets worldwide. Prior to Ideative, Tavis was an eCommerce Strategist and Project Liaison at Nortel for 10 years; he also spent 10 years in the Air Force as a software programmer.

Carl Ott

Chief Technology Officer

Carl is the CTO and Co-Founder at teleCalm. He brings over 15 years of cellular product R&D experience at companies including Nokia and TerreStar, where he managed device, web app and cloud service development, certification and launch.

Jill Schriefer

VP of Customer Success

Jill is the VP of Customer Success and Co-Founder at teleCalm. She brings 20 years of relationship management, 13 years of grant and fundraising and 7 years of proposal management experience to teleCalm. Jill’s greatest skill is being detail oriented and thorough, which is vital to providing good customer support to teleCalm’s customers.

Jill has witnessed the effects of cognitive disorders first hand, with her Grandfather, Aunt and Uncle all diagnosed with different forms of dementia.

Jim Gleason

VP of Sales and Operations

Jim is VP of Operations at teleCalm. Jim has over 25 years experience overseeing all operating functions of business, including 10 years at Interphase and 10 years running his own company. He has negotiated deals with large enterprise companies, worked extensively with manufacturing and sales networks, and implemented state of the art business processes.

Kari Bartels

Marketing Coordinator

Leads teleCalm’s marketing efforts to both senior living communities and referral organizations. Kari has been a senior advocate for the past 6 years. With 3 years of marketing experience, she provides professional solutions faced by the aging community.