Our People

Our Timber Framers

Mike Gullace Marc Schaertl Mike Basile Jake Webster Paul Plane Andy Tack Darren Watson Randy Yates
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.

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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Randy Yates
West Coast Timber Frame Manager

Randy was interested in building a timber frame so he stopped by our McMinnville shop to learn more. During his tour we discovered his background in CNC machinery, experience running his own metal fabrication business, and his charismatic personality, and we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Today he is a whiz with our Hundegger, confesses to a new appreciation for timber, and continues to hone his skills with metal (creating some stellar artwork). Randy's wife, three children, and grandchild are a big focus of his free time.

Mike Gullace Marc Schaertl Mike Basile Jake Webster Paul Plane Andy Tack Darren Watson Randy Yates

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
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. He's been trying out his wings as father, as he & Heather are proud parents of two. We're not sure, but we doubt fatherhood will slow 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.

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

Our Fine Woodworkers

Rob D'Alessandro Rick Drake Bill Devereaux Charlie Bartholomew Jay Bernard Gediminas Backus Hans Merritt Daniel Callahan Enrique Lopez Marty Avila Andy Clement
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 Desiree, his little girl, baby Hunter, and wife Jenna, Jay is busy being a parent and husband, which occupies most of his free time - but in the off chance he 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.

Marty Avila

For over a decade Marty has designed and crafted furniture and cabinetry professionally. He easily made the transition to our fine woodworking division as a project manager for the kitchen and furniture group. With our use of reclaimed wood, we couldn’t have come up with a better fit for this former arborist. He and wife Alice, who is a freelance graphic designer, spend most of their time corralling their three children — Tim, Lia, and Caleb. When he finds some down time Marty enjoys competitive cycling and the occasional duathlon.

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.

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

Our Construction Crew

Brad Hall Bill Williams
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. He and his wife Erin are expecting a baby girl much to the delight of soon-to-be big brother. In his spare time Brad is remodeling their home, an old farm house in the middle of no where, yet just 20 minutes from our Farmington shop.

Bill Williams

Bill is quick to smile even in the toughest construction environments - rain, snow, or shine. While he spends much of his time enclosing our frames,  he recently experienced his first timber frame raising.

Brad Hall Bill Williams

Our Office Groupies

Jonathan Orpin Brian Mosch Karen Parkhurst JoAnna Rease Pam Remchuk Kori Franklin Jennifer Young Megan Dean Craig Marlowe Drake Ambrosino Joe Ragusa 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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Brian Mosch
General Manager

After a decade of heading up the engineering department and timber frame division, Brian is now the general manager for NEW. When he's not scheduling production, ordering timbers, designing frames, running into the shop, managing - you get the idea - he's chasing after his daughter Madeline and spending time with his wife Christy.

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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.

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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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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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
Marketing

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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Megan Dean
Marketing

After a good gallop across the countryside on her horse, 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 home with her husband (that is when he's not working at nuclear plants around the globe). You might hear Megan's voice when you give us a call, but be warned, if you ask about her horse you're in for at least a half hour conversation.

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Craig Marlowe
Marketing

Craig joined us in January '08, after a spell of freelance work. A man of many talents, he's at his best when immersed in the world of colors, shapes, and typography, pulling together the elements of design to make our stuff look groovy. If you have any comments about this site, let him know. Outside of work, he's settled into his old RIT stomping grounds following his return from New York City. His roots in the Upstate NY soil have gotten a little bit deeper, as he and wife Kathryn have had a son, Owen, and a baby girl, Violet!

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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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Joe Ragusa
Maintenance

Joe, the newest addition to our maintenance team, supports Mike (our maintenance manager) in making sure we're up and running. At any given time he's either repairing, modifying, troubleshooting, installing or maintaining equipment. As a well-rounded forklift expert he keeps our fleet going strong. He also keeps our buildings look good inside and out. Joe spends any extra moments he has with his baby boy, Anthony, and his wife Danielle. Anthony is about ready to walk so while we know Joe would like to get back to practicing Jujitsu, we're sure he'll get enough of a workout keeping up with his boy.

Charlie
East Coast Canine

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 Brian Mosch Karen Parkhurst JoAnna Rease Pam Remchuk Kori Franklin Jennifer Young Megan Dean Craig Marlowe Drake Ambrosino Joe Ragusa Charlie Dexter
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