Our People

Our Timber Framers

Mike Gullace Mike Basile Jake Webster Paul Plane Andy Tack Matt Hickey Darren Watson Mike Westgard Marc Schaertl
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.

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 daughter Bristol and son Luke, 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.

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. Darren and his wife Rachel recently welcomed their baby boy, Tucker, to the world.

Mike Westgard

Mike is a tenacious, bearded timber frame champion on the West Coast who believes any day he made someone smile a little bigger and brighter is a day well spent. 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. He's from McMinnville, one of our only hometown boys, though he loves getting away into the mountains for hiking and hot-springing as far as he can for as long as he can. His favorite fellow crew members of Spaceship Earth are his wife Billie Jo, daughter Hazel, son Jacob (a fellow employee), and dog partner Porter.  

Marc Schaertl
Timber Framer

As well as being a long-serving timber framer, Marc comes from a line of master masons. He has the patience that comes with having a grown up daughter, two growing children and grandchildren. He's semi-retired, spending time building his own business while continiuing to help operate our crane from time to time. Marc and his family enjoy skiing, various sports, and cheering on their daughter Olivia, a high school crew champion.

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

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 Andrew Altoft Pete Heintzelman, LEED Green Assoc.
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/build group. Ty has a natural love for how good design helps people enjoy where and how they live. He & wife Kellie are parents of  Seth, Elijah, Nahum, and Lydia. A few other things about Ty — he enjoys cycling, keeps a busy social schedule with his family & is tirelessly updating an old farmhouse into their family home.

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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
Associate Architect

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!

Andrew Altoft

Andrew came to our design team with a background in interior design and architecture, and a passport full of stamps. He lives design and feels that all old wood has a story to tell. When he’s not at his desk in our design loft or off globetrotting, Andrew is usually tackling projects at his home, mixing up cocktails for guests, or enjoying the great outdoors with his four-legged sidekick, Kairo.

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.

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 Andrew Altoft Pete Heintzelman, LEED Green Assoc.

Our Fine Woodworkers

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

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.

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. These days, after nearly 16 years with us, Rick is enjoying retirement, using his free-time for facial hair conversations, vintage race car fun, and even more time in the Adirondack Mountains.

Bill Devereaux

After 29 years with us Bill had officially retired. We're going to miss him, but we know he and Charlotte have big plans to enjoy their newfound free time. 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 micro breweries, Bill and Charlotte will spend some of their time running Summerbeam bookstore while traveling the country.

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

Our Construction Crew

Brad Hall Mark Musser Scott Powers Kevin Gilbert Jen Larson
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 daughter Amelia and newborn son, Hans. 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.

Scott Powers

After spending 18 years in Colorado, Scott joined our construction group with a vast knowledge of carpentry and experience working with (and against) the elements. When he's not building one of our timber frame homes, he's 'just playing' with his two sons, Gavin and Ryan, stepdaughter Natalia, and wife Julie. You may also find him amongst the mountains climbing or riding the slippery slopes. 

Kevin Gilbert

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. 

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 and natural organizational skills to good use with our construction project management team. Jen's passion for building, natural materials, and understanding how things work is well appreciated by our teams. An avid indoor soccer player, Jen also hikes, camps, and enjoys traveling - especially when sampling the local cuisine!

Brad Hall Mark Musser Scott Powers Kevin Gilbert Jen Larson

Our Office Groupies

Jonathan Orpin Pam Remchuk Jan Boor Jen Garritano JoAnna Rease Megan Larmouth Deanna Varble John Champlin Drake Ambrosino Jonathan Taylor Ingra Stephens Steve Herrick Karen Parkhurst Office Greeters
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 Luca-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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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!

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Jan Boor

Jan joined our finance group after owning and running a small manufacturing business while acting as assistant manager for the ARC. Needless to say, she can handle most anything thrown her way with ease! When asked about her free time, Jan laughs saying she and her beau Mark have "a bunch of kids!". Recently all of their free time has gone into building their home, complete with Jan's favorite reclaimed flooring (oak). That bunch of kids, Kay, Nathan, Adam, Michael, and occasionally Joshua (who is now in the Air Force), have all pitched in on the big build. Jan is also a trustee for a local public library, a good fit as she is an avid reader.

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.

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 Larmouth
Communications Director

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 few 5Ks (even though we know she dislikes running), she's busy working out, playing racquetball, rock climbing, and enjoying the occasional baked good.

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Deanna Varble
Creative Director

Deanna is back with our team after working in-house at Habitat for Humanity and agency-side at Dixon Schwabl. Her heart is with helping those who need it, her family, and anything farm-to-table. She’s a designer and wordsmith by trade and leads our crazy creatives by filling their buckets with “pretty things”, chocolate, and high-level conversations. Win her over with your best dad-joke and a well mixed Old-fashioned – she’ll be yours forever.

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. 

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 his grandkids Max & Gus in Ann Arbor MI and Charlotte Lee & Isaac in Denver CO.

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Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan hails from Boston but found home on the west coast with our Oregon teams. He’s happy to have left the cold winters behind but has kept a classic Boston accent, much to the amusement of our co-workers. He is passionate about all things wood and even owned his own custom cabinet shop for a time. These days he loves to get his hands dirty with our custom build projects but is also a jack-of-all-trades around the office. When he’s not doing paperwork or inhaling sawdust there’s nothing he enjoys more than being out in nature or putting together puzzles with his three year old daughter, Genevieve. As an avid hiker and off-roader, Jonathan is exploring Oregon’s ample opportunities for adventure, and we’re excited that he’s digging the west coast lifestyle. 

Ingra Stephens

With a background in accounting and management, Ingra is an excellent fit to our west coast office, where she considers herself kind of a catch-all. We adore her resourceful and adaptable nature. Ingra grew up in the mountains of Idaho where she helped her family split firewood and make shingles for their cabin and outhouse. That DIY-spirit has stayed with her – she has become a skilled felting artist. When she’s not juggling the daily adventures of our Portland, OR shop, Ingra is likely gardening, teaching felting classes, hanging out with her rescue pups, or attending a musical with her partner, Arlene.

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.

Karen Parkhurst
Finance Department

Karen has been a vital member of our community for 20 years. She's now in retirement (for the second time as she spent a few days a week during her initial 'retirement' continuing to help out in our finance department). 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 keep her busy these days.

Office Greeters
Canine Clan

If you visit in NY you'll likely be greeted by Kairo, Betty, Riley, or Penny. Charlie, pictured here, was our official office greeter for many years. We'll always remember his dedication to welcoming folks, making rounds for treats, desire for any/every game of fetch, and bountiful love for his family and friends. Recently we also said goodbye to Phin, one of our smaller office canines who did plenty of lap hopping and playing during his time. Today, guests in Farmington are met by a variety of wet noses against their hands, big brown eyes, wagging tails, and excited 'dancing' paws. The same applies in our Oregon office and shop as Sherlock, Barlow, and a few others are honing their greeting skills.

Jonathan Orpin Pam Remchuk Jan Boor Jen Garritano JoAnna Rease Megan Larmouth Deanna Varble John Champlin Drake Ambrosino Jonathan Taylor Ingra Stephens Steve Herrick Karen Parkhurst Office Greeters