Our Staff  

Rain Rezendes, Manager

"We are such stuff as dreams are made of; and our little life is rounded with sleep." - William Shakespeare

I learned about Cotton Cloud in 2007 and joined the team as a sales associate which later evolved into management. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus on Human Ecology.

This education along with growing up on a small farm helped me develop an awareness of the direct connection between natural and organic food and materials to our health. The concept carries on into my work as I take into consideration energy consumption, recycling, using renewable & natural materials and keeping the chemical treatments typically used in the bedding industry out of Cotton Cloud products.

I believe that it shouldn't have to be the consumer's responsibility to research what products are safe, healthy and sustainable to have in their home. Manufacturers should clearly disclose what chemicals, if any, are used in their product. Which is why I'm excited to be a part of a thriving, Eco-conscious business that handcrafts non-toxic products out of sustainable fibers right here in Portland.

Spare time activities include marking art out of recycled/reclaimed materials and other "interesting" (as my husband says) crafty projects. :) I love tending to my organic fruit and vegetable garden, thinking about quantum physics or what it would be like to be Gandalf, cooking/baking delicious things and hiking in our beautiful city with my dogs.

Cory Palaske, Assistant Manager

Cory -
Is A native Oregonian.
Is also a Part time student at P.C.C.
Loves to read mysteries, comedy, horror and science fiction.
Always finds time to drink local micro brews.
Does not like so called reality T.V.
Is one of the many Portland bicyclists who share the road.
Thinks that a well made sandwich is the perfect meal.
(Actually, even a poorly made sandwich is pretty good.)
Has traveled to Europe, Central America, across America and
also willingly gone to Canada twice.
Takes photos and draws when he has free time.
will at some point say something funny.

DeAna Agresto

Hello World! My name is DeAna. I grew up in New Jersey and traveled to Southern California to study photography. I fell in love with Portland on a road trip from Cali to the Gorge. I made my decision to move to Oregon and six years later here I am.

I enjoy music, art, fun and food. I also drink much too much coffee. I paint, sew, take photos, read or write in my spare time. I am a published poet and a hippie at heart. You will frequently catch me wearing peace signs.

I am excited to now be working for a business that cares about the environment as much as I do.

Sossity Chiricuzio

I'm an Arizona native who is oh so grateful to have transplanted myself to Portland 10 years ago the weather, the people, the politics, the many diverse communities, the resources and the Eco-consciousness are just a few of the reasons why. Being an activist and a grassroots event producer has clashed with jobs I've had in the past, but working at Cotton Cloud is a perfect match for similar reasons we produce and supply quality products that are ethical, natural, and make a difference in the quality of life for our customers.

Helping a parent find an all natural bed for their child, or a couple striving to make ends meet find a futon that is in their budget without compromising on comfort or materials truly makes me happy. I also love how involved we are with local communities everything from donating to shelters and local events, to networking with recycling centers and charities to keep used furniture out of the landfills. When not helping customers at the shop, I do website/online networking consultation, graphic design, clothing re-design, write, garden, dance, perform and spend time with my amazing community of family and friends, and my sweet beau.

Andrew Izzett

The name is Andrew, and I feel more than amazing knowing I am working for a fantastic company that fancies on helping out the community and overall well-being for everyone in terms of one of the most important factors in everyday life... sleep. Rather than thinking about sleep, the greatest factor for me is what am I sleeping on? So many things I did not know and I have never been so happy being a part of educating clients and learning more for myself about the health benefits of being eco-savvy minded when shopping for your bed mattress or a futon! Especially being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a couple years ago, I have been more natural minded than I was years ago and it is quite the eye opener!

Usually you can find me watching A LOT of movies or researching upcoming movies, it is my guilty pleasure! From horror to comic book movies even foreign films, I watch it all. I thoroughly enjoy cooking and learned a lot from working for a local business like this one for 8 years in Oregon City called Pioneer Pizza. From what I did there, I do want expand and further my education in the culinary industry and ultimately run a restaurant or if the moons align... open up a restaurant with the hopes of influencing a menu which would accommodate for diabetics like myself and reach out to local farmers and such to help maintain a healthy & local economy.

Christopher Mack

Hail to all of you beautiful Eco-conscious people of Portland! My name is Christopher but you can call me Mack for short. I moved to Stump town from Los Angeles but don't hold that against me I was raised in the Rogue Valley so you can consider me a fellow Oregonian. I am excited to be working for Cotton Cloud and proud to be peddling a truly Eco-friendly product! Even as elementary student I understood that the resources of our beautiful planet are not infinite; I have always tried to educate and learn from- those around me about making our world a safe, non-toxic, self-sustaining paradise.

My interests outside of the store include hiking, camping, music and art. By education and training I am an illustrator, currently working on my first contracted graphic novel. I live in the southeast with an indoor garden of over 75 houseplants and a saber-toothed kitten, Fiona.