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Trundle transforming where children sleep. We collaborate with kids and their caretakers to create safe, inspiring spaces where they can dream.  Combining creativity, a small budget and teamwork, we make visible progress, quickly. Children learn that they don't have to settle for things as they are. Simply applying a fresh coat of paint, they prove to themselves that they can begin to change the walls and world in which they live. Co-founded by Maris Garcia and Kristen Zelenka.

Who We Are

We're the Trundlers.

Transform your space with us and have some fun. 

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Maris Garcia is a design strategist, who brings innovative practices and solutions to commercial settings, educational environments and the social sector. She has worked with leading organizations, including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, YMCA of the USA, Target and Cricket to create better programs, products, services and spaces. Maris teaches design Research Methods at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied architecture and psychology. Before starting Trundle, she served as a building inspector and spent eight years at gravitytank, an innovation consultancy, working as a researcher, strategist and engagement manager. When she can sneak away from the office, Maris leads teams of volunteers around the world to build homes with Habitat for Humanity's Global Village program.

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Kristen Zelenka is a Chicago-born designer and social enterprise entrepreneur applying her creative skill set to the greater good. In addition to her work at Trundle, Kristen started Question Box Studio to work at the intersection of the arts, education, and activism. She has worked on several projects that grappled with serious issues such as gun violence in Chicago communities, child abuse and bullying in schools, urban homelessness, at-risk youth, and the Middle-East conflict via the development an innovative interactive map for a university and high school student role-playing simulation. Kristen received a B.A. in Art & Design from the University of Michigan and is now a student at Northwestern University pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate from Northwestern University. Kristen is a world wanderer, cookie connoisseur, and fun-fact enthusiast.

Thank you!

We're thrilled to be working with incredible families and partners to bring Trundle to life! We'd especially like to thank Palatine Township High School District 211 and Bedding Experts for their support. One more big thank you goes to Paul DiMeo and Extreme Makeover Home Edition for inspiring us to start Trundle. In one very moving episode, they transformed the bedrooms of several children living in poor conditions in Erie, PA. These quick and simple makeovers had a huge impact on the children, their families and us.