Our People

Our Timber Framers

Mike Gullace Marc Schaertl Mike Basile Jake Webster Paul Plane Andy Tack Matt Hickey Justin Roeland Darren Watson Shawn  Folkert Mike Westgard
Mike Gullace
Timber Frame Manager

Mike's the head of the timber frame shop. In addition to his feline sense of balance (he'll be the guy walking nonchalantly along the ridge beam on raising day), Mike has an uncanny ability to think in 3D & can come up with a solution before anyone else has an inkling that there's a problem. Mike built the home he shares with his wife & children. When free of family obligations, he can be found at one end of a fishing pole in the summer and attached to a bowstring in October.

Marc Schaertl
Timber Framer

As well as being a long-serving timber framer, Marc comes from a long line of master masons. He has the patience that comes with having a grown up daughter, two growing children and grandchildren. Marc and his family enjoy skiing, various sports, and soothing tones of the violin from daughter Olivia, a soon-to-be-master violinist.

Mike Basile
Timber Framer

Mike's love of things old school and quirky is a thread that runs through his day to day life. From his choice of tools to his vehicles — his car has its engine backwards he's got a kick starter & points on the bike — he's not afraid to take a stand against the vagaries of fashion.

Jake Webster
Timber Framer

The only member of the shop with a log-home building background and a Mr. Clean hairdo. Jake's steady hand, and carving skill is the force behind all of our timber engravings. He's also a pro at found form and putting the finishing touches on our mortise and tenon joints. When he's not swooning over his wife, daughter, and son, he and his dog Stewie often find themselves at the dry end of a fishing pole.

Paul Plane
Timber Framer

Paul came to the timber frame shop by way of our construction group and is now all grown up with lovely wife Jolene, four young boys, and a 19th century timber frame farmhouse that he's whipped into shape for them all to nest in.

Andy Tack
Timber Framer

Andy's a bit of an enigma — a quiet guy with a tough work ethic. His composed nature makes him a great team member and a skilled hunter — which until recently had occupied most of his Fall weekend mornings. Currently Andy and his wife Ashley are busy keeping up with their baby girl/active toddler, Bristol Elizabeth, while remodeling their family home.

Matt Hickey

Matt is one of the go-to guys in our timber frame group who works on all aspects of projects – from sanding each timber and mortise pocket to raising day where the timbers are joined to form the final frame. He particularly enjoys raising the frame, spending time on work sites, and seeing the team’s handcrafted art come together. Matt and his wife, Shannon, enjoy the city life in Rochester and spending time with their two Boxers.

Justin Roeland

Masonry, general construction, and stonework, each brought new learning, each provided a stepping stone for Justin to reach our timber frame group. Today he is honing his skills with chisel, hammer, beetle, timber, and peg. Outside the shop he tunes his mind with music playing a variety of instruments, and tones his body with cycling riding hundreds of miles around wine country in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.  

Darren Watson
Timber Frame Champion

Darren moved from the West Coast to the East Coast a few years back and found his place in our engineering department. Eventually the lure of the West was too strong and he soon found his way to Washington and then to Oregon where he lends his talents as our West Coast timber frame shop manager. Quick to smile with a contagious laugh, he enjoys all things outdoors and provides fierce competition to his fellow racquetball enthusiast co-workers.

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Shawn Folkert

When Shawn first joined our West Coast timber frame division working on layouts, he was living in Vancouver, WA and commuted nearly 2 hours each way, for two years, before finally moving closer to McMinnville. That’s dedication. He has a background in log homes and when asked about his work, he told us, “I like intricate joinery.” Who doesn’t?! He also likes shooting pool, and according to the guys, he is really good at it. Life is always full of energy for he and his wife as they enjoy their six children and one grandchild.  

Mike Westgard

Mike is an up and coming timber frame champion on the West Coast. He’s a tenacious bearded man who, in his words, “loves wood.” He started with carpentry at the age of 18, then took some time off to become a sexton (that’s a grave digger) but with the market shutdown in 2009, it became a dying industry and he returned to his roots. He’s from McMinnville, and may be one of our only hometown boys, though he loves getting away into the mountains as far as he can for as long as he can. 

Mike Gullace Marc Schaertl Mike Basile Jake Webster Paul Plane Andy Tack Matt Hickey Justin Roeland Darren Watson Shawn  Folkert Mike Westgard

Our Dreamers

Ty Allen, AIA, LEED AP Eric Fraser Jonathan Orpin John Nihart Maxine Bromfield Mike Beganyi David Shirley Michael Hahn Sean Berman Owen MacDonald Bryan Bleier Justin Jaycox Todd Campbell Jen Larson Pete Heintzelman, LEED Green Assoc. Karlis Keuten
Ty Allen, AIA, LEED AP

Joining us after attending Cornell & years specializing in ecclesiastical architecture at a Rochester architectural firm - Ty made himself at home in the loft next to our engineers where he heads up our east coast design group. He & wife Kellie are parents of young boys Seth, Elijah, and Nahum. A few other things about Ty — he's dedicated to the NY Giants, he has a love for cycling & keeps a busy social schedule with his family [who also happen to be his neighbors].

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Eric Fraser

Another RIT graduate — Eric went straight from school to being a mechanical engineer for an aerospace company and then to his desk upstairs where he now manages our quirky crew. He's a busy Dad, as he & Heather are proud parents of three. Fatherhood hasn't slowed him down on snowy mountains on his skis or on the muddy inclines on his mountain bike...

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Jonathan Orpin

When in his creative mode, this VIP is head of our west coast architectural team. We send Jonathan to meet with clients who are in the designing stages of their dream home process because his acute sense of room transition and home design panache are matched only by his subtle wit and crazy reading glasses.

Jonathan keeps a personal blog about his journey. Check it out.

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John Nihart

John surfaced from years designing trade show booths and now he's part of our architecture department. A sculptor at heart, John spends a great deal of his free time in the art world exhibiting his work in regional & national shows. And then there are the times when he's simply away from it all - just him & wife Jamelle, daughters Alison & Heather, their dog Luca and his kayak.

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Maxine Bromfield

Maxine is our west coast interior designer and chooser of color, texture, shape and form. Although you can sometimes find her in clients' projects or scouting Portland, OR showrooms, you'll have better luck tracking her down if you first look for her son Jake. Maxine will be the woman about four paces behind him with arms outstretched.

Mike Beganyi

Mike left our design-loft a few years back for the sugary forests of Vermont to act as our New England Representative. The move's been refreshing and he’s found a whole new set of challenging hills for his long distance cycling habit. He & Jen manage to squeeze in a bit of personal travel once in a while but they're starting to settle with their daughters, Ava and Angelina. We expect the girls will soon learn the finer points of trail running & snowshoeing.

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or call him directly: (802)310.3546

David Shirley

Hailing from TN where he worked the family fruit farm and joined a small architecture firm, David moved to Oregon to learn more on viticulture and to find a more eco-conscious way of life. He's now sharing his architectural skills with our west coast team, embracing the Pacific Northwest sense of style, and enjoying timber as a renewable building resource, particularly reclaimed timbers. Outside of the studio he plays soccer and golf, snowboards, and is planning to learn kite surfing on Hood River.

Michael Hahn

Michael Hahn works in our design department out west, laboring away to draw 3D images of timber frames, volume structures of homes and even rain water harvesting systems including the one at The Vermont Street project. He’s a graduate of the University of Oregon’s architectural program and has worked with some of Portland’s premium names in architecture. He’s also willing to jump in on whatever needs to get done around here including mixing plaster, carrying concrete blocks, and delivering flooring.

Sean Berman

Coming to us from Colorado, Sean began work in our timber frame shop for hands-on training. He soon used his Architectural Engineering degree and practical application skills to move on to our NY office's engineering group. Now he is the newest addition to our Portland office, filling the role of engineering manager. Sean put his avid passion for rock climbing and snowboarding on hold while on the East Coast. Always active, today he's back at it and he's added biking and racquetball to the mix.

Owen MacDonald

A native of upstate New York, Owen ventured to Florida for a few years working as a production engineer for powerboats including racing sailboats and aircraft float pontoons. He's returned home and joined our engineering group in Farmington, NY. Owen is an avid sailor, acting as skipper whenever he can. He's happy to be close to Lake Ontario and always looking for that perfect sailing day (although he admits he is looking forward to a cold and blustery winter so he can hone his downhill ski racing skills). If he's not out on the water…actually it seems that Owen is always on the water, sailing or kiteboarding or water skiing or swimming...

Bryan Bleier

Bryan joined our engineering group after earning his degree from the SUNY Institute of Technology. He's quickly learning the intricacies of timber frame project engineering. Outside of the office he's an avid outdoorsman and enjoys anything to do on the water - fishing, boating, jet skiing, and kayaking to name a few. When the weather cooperates and there isn't a nearby body of water, he can often be found camping, hiking, or hunting. If the weather isn't so great, we've learned that he's a skilled blackjack and poker player.

Justin Jaycox

Justin joined us as a project engineer in charge of new business after his time serving in the US Navy. This Veteran is into art, specifically the building kind: renderings, sketching, models. When not in the office, Justin, his wife Catherine, and their two daughters are very active, love to be outdoors in any weather and in the water any chance they get - their favorite thing to do is to be in Nature. An ambitious and pleasant fellow we're happy to have added to our clan!

Todd Campbell

Todd started as a timberframer in our shop and out on job sites before relocating to his desk with our design department in the loft. While his background is in architecture, Todd also lends his brain to the engineering department when needed. A hands-on person, he can still occasionally be found at job sites raising and enclosing the structures he helps design. Outside of the loft, Todd explores Rochester on his bike and is enjoying the newlywed life.

Jen Larson

After working with Habitat for Humanity in Delaware, Jen found her way back home to upstate NY and is busy putting her BS in Civil Engineering to good use as one of our project engineers. Jen's passion for building, natural materials, and understanding how things work is well appreciated by our engineering team. An avid indoor soccer player, Jen also hikes, camps, and enjoys traveling - especially when sampling the local cuisine!

Pete Heintzelman, LEED Green Assoc.

Pete moved into our design group’s loft after settling down near the shore of Canandaigua Lake. He’s a LEED Green Associate, meaning he's our type of guy,  incorporating the most current green building principles and practices into each design. When he’s not at his desk, he’s outside mountain biking and snowboarding whenever the white stuff is flying. Pete and his wife, Carrie, enjoy fixing up their new house and exploring the Finger Lakes.

Karlis Keuten

A native of Denver, CO, Karlis was looking for a new adventure so when his fiancée, Becky, was accepted at the University of Rochester's nursing school, they were on their way East! Karlis' environmental design/architecture and construction management degrees combined with his crazy skills in CAD make him a valuable member of our engineering team. On nice days you're likely to find Karlis on a golf course, biking, hiking, or closer to home working his green thumb with Becky in their ever-expanding garden.

Ty Allen, AIA, LEED AP Eric Fraser Jonathan Orpin John Nihart Maxine Bromfield Mike Beganyi David Shirley Michael Hahn Sean Berman Owen MacDonald Bryan Bleier Justin Jaycox Todd Campbell Jen Larson Pete Heintzelman, LEED Green Assoc. Karlis Keuten

Our Fine Woodworkers

Rob D'Alessandro Rick Drake Bill Devereaux Charlie Bartholomew Jay Bernard Gediminas Backus Hans Merritt Daniel Callahan Enrique Lopez Andy Clement Matt Darnieder
Rob D'Alessandro
General Manager

Rob's the leader of the NEWwoodworks crew and has been with us for 15 years. [Ask him about the tiny office he used to share with PMW's Michele when we were first starting out in Shortsville. Oh, those were the days!] When his wife Stephanie can pry him away from the new cabinetry shop, you'll find Rob, Stephanie, and their daredevil son hanging out in the woods of Ithaca and the shores of Cayuga Lake.

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Rick Drake

The NEWwoodworks bunch acquired Rick from the New Energy Works engineering group because they needed a Sensei who would teach them the finer art of beard-growing. In his free-time from the facial hair conversations Rick's part of the team that designs & drafts the bespoke cabinetry & other bits of the woodworking shop. He's a vintage race car buff, summer resident of the Adirondack Mountains, and company Santa at Christmas.

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Bill Devereaux

Bill has the distinction of having employee #010, which makes him the 10th employee New Energy Works hired way back in 1986. Pretty darn cool. A fan of world music, literature and microbreweries, Bill spends his free time with his wife Charlotte, helping her run the Summerbeam bookstore and working on their house.

Charlie Bartholomew

A quiet man of few words. In fact, this was about all we could muster Charlie to tell us about himself:

He has 29 years cabinet making experience, 3 children, and for a hobby he does woodturning. He volunteers as an ambulance EMT-CC & his cell phone plays Die Valkure.

Jay Bernard

With kids Caleb, Desiree, and Hunter, Jay and wife Jenna are busy parents, managing family activities and school, which occupies most of their free time - but in the off chance Jay gets a respite, you can find him camping, hiking, and doing all of those other outdoors-y type things.

Gediminas Backus

Gediminas is a transplant to American from Lithuania. He, his wife and daughter continue to celebrate anniversaries here in the great USofA. Though he still has a daughter & other family back in Lithuania whom he misses very much - he believes he's here to stay. You'll find Gediminas and his family enjoying the outdoors during the weekends.

Hans Merritt

Hans is the finishing guru on our fine woodworking team. His final touches create the super smooth surfaces on all of our hand crafted pieces. Hans enjoys several sports with his two sons – snowboarding, cross-country skiing, white water rafting, canoeing – they are currently working on building their third canoe. One of a number of musicians in our midst, Hans enjoys playing the mountain dulcimer and mandolin.

Daniel Callahan

Good employees sometimes venture off to explore different opportunities, very often they come back. As is the case with Daniel, now on his second tour with NEWwoodworks. He and his wife, and two dogs make camping, hiking and skeet shooting high priorities. Though he's considering adding a mini-donkey to the clan possibly to compliment his hobby as a Republican propagandist. We can't help but wonder if it's because he couldn't find a mini-elephant?

Enrique Lopez

A native of Argentina, Enrique joined us with an interesting background in stair, chair, and other custom furniture making for large ships and yachts. Skills that not only come in handy at the shop, but in restoring his home. Though these days he and his wife spend most of their time with their two boys.

Andy Clement

Andy is patient, open to new ideas, positive, world-view kind of guy. So it's no surprise his past adventures included long stops in New Zeland, Fuji, and Australia. Throughout his moves Andy retained a love for woodworking. Returning to his hometown just ten minutes from our Farmington NY shop, Andy found us and joined our fine woodworkers. These days his travel is continental and his down time is filled with anything outdoors – skiing, camping, hiking, swimming. Andy is the only person we’ve ever met that does Poi, specifically the type of modern Poi twirling, specializing in fire spinning. Very cool, or hot, depending on your point of view.

Matt Darnieder

Matt is our CNC router guru who regularly drafts and programs all projects for the CNC. He keeps a close eye on every job’s progress as the machine is working its magic. When Matt isn’t perfecting the details of the next project running through the CNC, he works on any other jobs he can get his hands on. Outside of the shop, he enjoys fixing up his motorcycle (café racer style) while keeping an eye out for the next big bike project.

Rob D'Alessandro Rick Drake Bill Devereaux Charlie Bartholomew Jay Bernard Gediminas Backus Hans Merritt Daniel Callahan Enrique Lopez Andy Clement Matt Darnieder

Our Construction Crew

Brad Hall Mark Musser John Mastin
Brad Hall

Brad has enjoyed a love of carpentry and wood since he was a boy, a passion that has earned him a living since his school days. He's a member of our construction team, though he often lends a hand in the timber frame shop or in the office supporting clients. Brad recently became a certified Passive House Tradesperson and his expertise in air sealing and the building envelope is a practice that we are implementing to continue building well-insulated and comfortable homes. He and his wife, Erin, have two children and spend their spare time remodeling their home, an old farm house in the middle of no where, yet just 20 minutes from our Farmington shop.

Mark Musser

When Mark, a member of our construction team, isn’t building homes, he’s exploring the outdoors while fishing, hiking, and camping. Much of his spare time is spent with his newborn daughter, Amelia. Mark studied metal and wood sculpture at Alfred University, then lived in Connecticut for a number of years before returning to settle near our shop in Upstate New York.

Kevin is a natural fit for our construction crew – he’s a lover of all things outdoorsy and woody. Hot, cold, rain, snow, he’s conquering it all with a smile. He skills have been honed over the 17+ years he’s been raising homes and our team is glad to have him on their side! Kevin’s local to our Farmington headquarters having planted roots with his wife Megan, and 3 year old little guy, James, just down the road in Bloomfield, NY. 

John Mastin

John joined our construction team after 8 years as a helicopter mechanic for the Marines. Looking to put his construction background and technical skills to use, he started in our timber framer shop then moved over to our build group getting his hands involved in all aspects of construction. When he and his wife, Amber, want to get away, they can be found hitting the pavement on their motorcycles going as far as they can ride - after all, it is about the journey, not the destination.

Brad Hall Mark Musser John Mastin

Our Office Groupies

Jonathan Orpin Karen Parkhurst Pam Remchuk Jen Garritano Kori Franklin Jennifer Young JoAnna Rease Megan Dean John Champlin Drake Ambrosino Steve Herrick Charlie Dexter
Jonathan Orpin
Founder

Grande Fromage of both NEW and PMW, J.O. spends much of his time jetting around the globe in search of the next cool project, the best sources of timbers, the next big thing.

When he's not over-working, you'll find him tooling down the muddy inclines of Victor's single track or in the West, trolling up the Willamette River, or speeding down Mt. Hood's glacier. On the home front, Jonathan enjoys the craziness of family life with adventurous & quizzical Jake River chasing after Dexter-the-dog, the occasional visit from an all-grown-up Sierra, and the ever-patient Maxine who manages to keep them all in health, in love, and in line.

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Karen Parkhurst
Finance Department

Karen has been a vital member of our community for 19 years. She's now in "retirement" continuing to help out in our finance department and heading up our Human Relations a few days a week. While she tries to project the personality of a pit bull, once you get to know her she's actually all warm & fuzzy. Grandchildren, amateur dramatics, boating, her duties as a Rotarian and several new volunteer positions fill her time when she's not in the office.

Pam Remchuk
Finance Manager

A native of the Rochester region, Pam stepped in as our new finance manager in Farmington NY with positive energy and a contagious smile. Outside of work, Pam and her husband Jeremy are honing their swimming and soccer jargon thanks to their daughter Ella and son Connor’s avid interest in both sports. When she has a free moment Pam can be found shopping – she can hold her own with any bargain hunter – or jogging. Last year she ran her first 5K and we know she’s planning to conquer a few more in 2013.

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Jen Garritano

Jen is one of our finance gurus with a touch of IT obsession. She keeps us all in line and accountable for everything that needs to be paid, but also works closely with our IT provider to manage our varied and numerous IT requests. She, husband Joe, and kids Nicholas and Nicole are working to update their home - from what we understand pulling wallpaper is a fun family activity! Jen loves to cook, admits to an undying love of cheese, addiction to kick boxing, and keeps everyone (cat, dog, and fish included) healthy and happy.

Kori Franklin

Kori is a member of our finance team supporting both Pioneer Millworks and New Energy Works. She’s quick to laugh and enjoys stirring things up. A breakfast fiend, she has the office group addicted to breakfast pizza, and even the occasional chain-restaurant egg sandwich. With her son Michael out of school and on his own, Kori is filling her free time honing her already formidable billiards skills, sharpening up her dart throwing, and relaxing poolside.

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Jennifer Young

When Jennifer isn't honing her timber skills — you'll find her pouring over the latest industry trends, figures, campaigns and guerillas [advertising, not Primates]. Inspired by the curiosity of her three boys, her husband Will's rock star musings and the writings of Seth Godin, it's only on the crystal slopes of Hunt Hollow Ski Slopes that her body gets to catch up with the pace of her creativity.

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JoAnna Rease

JoAnna had filled in for us here and there in the past and we're glad to have added her full-time to our group. With her experience in medical/clerical she'll be able to handle our needs with ease. In her spare time, JoAnna enjoys gardening, fishing, and spending time with her two children (Alana and Alex) and husband Ben. She is also an avid quilter.

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Megan Dean
Marketing

After a good gallop across the countryside on her horse Jack, Megan can be found putting her creativity and multitasking abilities to work in the office. A stickler for making things happen accurately and on time, the only place she lets things slide is at the barn where she's happy to spoil Jack and all the other horses. On-the-go is a way of life for Megan and as she has her sights set on a Tough Mudder event, she's busy working out, playing racquetball, rock climbing, and sneaking the occasional baked good.

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John Champlin
Marketing

John came to us with not just a love of design and abundant enthusiasm, but a genuine enjoyment of nature and biology. He's known in the Rochester NY community for his involvement in citywide improvement projects and art shows featuring his work. Often seen taking photos of the interesting textures and species of wood in the shop, he happily embraced the graphic design responsibilities in our marketing department and has made it his mission to let the world know the story of the people and the products of our company - while helping keep the beard quota up, of course. We say all of this, but he readily admits to understanding that he is just the driver of a cute Boston Terrier named Phineas, who we all love having in the office.

Drake Ambrosino

Drake came to us from his own custom building enterprise in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he now serves as our midwest representative. Some of Drake's great pleasures include playing bluegrass music on one of his many guitars or mandolins, traveling across country in his pickup camper, relaxing by the fire with his wife, five kids and other family and friends or hiking in the woods with his troupe of dogs. His newest heart throbs are grandson Max, the first grandkid in the family, and newest addition (Max's cousin) Charlotte Lee.

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Steve Herrick
Maintenance Manager

Steve was our original maintenance manager way back when we were located in the old Pioneer Road building in Shortsville a few decades ago. He took a break from our shop and we couldn’t be happier to have him back on our team.  He was previously challenged with setting up and installing all the tools and machines in our current factory in Farmington, today he meticulously maintains that equipment and our facilities day to day. A quiet one, he opens up when big saws or big game are mentioned.

Charlie
East Coast Canine

If you visit in NY you'll likely be greeted by Charlie, Betty, Phin, or Penny. Charlie is our official office greeter. Guests are met by a wet nose against their hands, his big brown eyes and a big wagging tail. He even has a custom water dish in the break room which was crafted from a reclaimed agricultural timber. While visiting us in the office has to be one of Charlie's favorite things (who wouldn't like getting pet and treats from everyone!) he also loves swimming, chasing the tennis ball, or playing Frisbee.

Dexter
West Coast Canine

Dexter is a Brittany rescued by Maxine, Jake, and Jonathan. He's a big-hearted sort of a guy who doesn't have a mean bone in his body. Loved, and now missed by all in the NY shop since he took up his new assignment in Portland, OR at The Vermont Street Project.

Jonathan Orpin Karen Parkhurst Pam Remchuk Jen Garritano Kori Franklin Jennifer Young JoAnna Rease Megan Dean John Champlin Drake Ambrosino Steve Herrick Charlie Dexter
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