Doug Selby, CEO
BS (Chemistry), CAPS, CGR
A building science expert and president of Meadowlark Builders, Doug attended Michigan State University and graduated with a BS in Chemistry. After working for a year as a pharmaceutical chemist, Doug left the profession to co-found a woodworking company with Kirk Brandon. In 1997, Doug became a carpenter and began remodeling houses, learning all residential trades. Doug and Kirk co-founded Meadowlark Builders in 2004.
Doug spent several years studying primitive living skills, and enjoys cooking, growing food and chasing his 2 young children.
Kirk Brandon, COO, CFO
BA (Accounting), LAS
Vice-President of Meadowlark Builders, Kirk attended Michigan State University and graduated with a BA in Accounting. After college, Kirk co-founded a woodworking company with Doug Selby. Kirk moved to Seattle in 1997 and worked as a cabinet-maker. Under the mentorship of John Blunt, Kirk mastered the art of cabinetmaking, and worked with proprietary CAD software developed to streamline the production of built-in cabinets. Kirk moved back to Michigan in 2003 and co-founded Meadowlark Builders with Doug in 2004.
Kirk spent several years studying primitive living skills, and enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking. A wine enthusiast, Kirk also enjoys food and music. Kirk has built 2 guitars, with several others in various states of production.
Lisa Rousseau, Office Manager
Lisa has more than 20 years experience with running efficient and effective front office systems, including 11 years at an architectural office. With her organization and personal skills, she deftly administers marketing, scheduling, and office information systems.
Lisa enjoys reading, gardening, keeping up with her 4 daughters. She is a member of the Band Boosters and PTO, and volunteers for senior citizen activities.
Sherrie Greenleaf, Comptroller
Sherrie has over 13 years experience in bookkeeping in the construction industry. Her specialized skills and attention to detail helps Meadowlark Builders generate feedback to both the design and construction departments. She runs a tight ship, helping our organization do the same. Sherrie has helped develop several cost reporting schedules to further assist us in our efforts to make Meadowlark Builders very competitive in our marketplace.
Sherrie enjoys gardening, baking, and training and working with animals.
Melissa Kennedy, Design Manager
BS (Architecture), LEED AP
Melissa attended the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (TCAUP) and graduated with a BS in Architecture. While at UofM, Melissa served as the Vice-President of the AIA Student Committee and President of the Architectural Representative Committee. She was awarded the TCAUP Program Distinction Award for the graduating class of 2005. Melissa was highly influenced by experienced architects at David Milling Architects for 3 years. Melissa works tirelessly to help clients create beautiful interiors, keep projects on track and full of positive energy.
Melissa enjoys the trails and parks in Ann Arbor, competing in ultra endurace events and staying involved in her local church.
Michael S. Kirchner, AIA
Registered Architect; Michigan, Illinois
BS (History), Masters (Architecture)
Michael is a registered architect in the State of Michigan and the State of Illinois. He has a diversified background of 15 plus years with a highly varied set of experiences in the construction and architecture industries.
Upon obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Dayton, he soon thereafter pursued a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Miami University in Ohio. Upon graduation, Michael lived in Chicago working for various commercial Architecture firms, in Planning & Development for the City of Chicago and in Retail Construction Management.
Michael started working for Meadowlark Builders in February of 2012 after returning to his home state of Michigan with his wife, Laura. They welcomed their newborn son, Van, in the spring of 2013.
Jennifer Luce Hinesman
BS (Interior Design, Marketing), Masters (Architecture)
Having worked both domestically and abroad, Jen has a varied background in design. After working as an Interior Designer in a commercial setting, Jen decided to pursue a Master of architecture from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Jen moved to Switzerland with her family and worked in residential design – enjoying the focus on high-quality craftsmanship as well as plenty of fondue.
Jen joined the Meadowlark Builders team in February 2013 upon returning to Michigan.
Spending childhood constructing play-forts and doodling house designs led Marsie to pursue and graduate with a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan. The desire to work in the residential housing field was solidified after spending her undergrad summers working for her grandfather’s building company, along with a few housing competitions in undergrad, a short architecture externship, and trips to New Orleans to build homes in Katerina’s aftermath. Marsie joined Meadowlark Builders Design Department in early 2012.
Combining the interests of architecture, travel, and the outdoors, Marsie backpacked/hiked a 550 mile trek in Spain as a study abroad program. Marsie also enjoys cooking, dancing, campus ministry, and various crafty projects.
Susan Christian, Marketing Manager
BSE (Chemical Engineering)
Susan has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. After an initial stint working as an engineer for two large oil companies (Mobil and Caltex), Susan decided to move into technical sales and marketing for small start-up companies and has been at it ever since. Susan has traveled and lived all over the world, but was thrilled to be able to move back to Ann Arbor in 2011. Susan is married to another U of M grad (also an engineer) and has two grown children.
BBA (Marketing and Management)
Michael graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a BBA in Marketing and Management. Soon after graduating, Michael came to work in the Marketing department of Meadowlark Builders, Meadowlark Energy, and Arbor Insulation. As an enthusiast of Architecture and the outdoors, the Meadowlark family was a natural fit for Michael.
When not at work, Michael enjoys exploring the city of Detroit, playing soccer, and being with friends and family.
BS (German Linguistics), MS (Architecture)
Jessica earned her undergraduate degree in German Linguistics from the University of Georgia and her Master’s from the University of Michigan. She has implemented systems to help in the operation and management of multi-state construction projects and developed the national networks of a non-profit advocacy group by designing the information architecture and website of a collaborative research library.
Jessica is an avid writer, photographer, and graphic designer, and can be infinitely boring on the subjects of architecture, Ann Arbor, birthdays, and her dog Henry.
GARY KADE, SALES
BS (Multi-Discipline – Physical Science, Social Science & Education)
A State of Michigan Licensed Builder since 1982, Gary has hands-on experience in every phase of building, from footings to roofing, sales to management. In 1981 he founded Sunspaces Unlimited and helped pioneer the sunroom industry in southeast Michigan. In 1996, he merged with Four Seasons Sunrooms. H became one of the top sales consultants for Four Seasons worldwide.
Long before it was popular, Gary was building with energy efficiency and advanced technology–building his own earth-sheltered passive solar home in the early 80′s. Joining Meadowlark Builders was a dream come true, finding a company with his same passion for green building and excellence in customer service.
When not at work, he serves his community as a member of his Township’s Board of Review, is on the Architectural Committee of his Homeowner’s Association, and is active in his Church’s leadership. Gary and his wife Della are avid runners; and have run seven marathons including the Boston Marathon twice.
Greg Brown, Construction Manager
Greg has 23 years of experience in the construction industry. Starting as a carpenter in 1987, Greg subsequently learned all trades and served as a Project Manager. Greg has developed front-end project management and estimating systems for building companies, and developed and ran his own business prior to joining Meadowlark Builders. With deep and broad knowledge of the building industry, Greg is highly organized and effective at collecting the data needed to run a project smoothly. Greg also helps with intra-office procedures and information flow.
Greg spends his free time reading, listening to music and playing golf, and enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters.
Joe Scanlon, Project Manager
BA (Literature), LAS
Joe graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Literature, and has worked as a carpenter and project manager for 12 years. He brings a calm and professional demeanor to his job sites and receives rave reviews for his personable and friendly style.
Joe enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, basketball and kickball. He spends time with civic groups and leaders, and is an advocate in local government.
John Crawford, Project Manager
BGS (Journalism), LAS
John graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of General Studies in Journalism, Philosophy and Political Science. He first became interested in carpentry after buying and restoring an antique wooden sailboat. He worked as a carpenter for 7 years and has been a project manager for the last 12 years. John enjoys the variety inherent in custom homes and remodels, and has built an off-the-grid home in Maine. He brings his professional management skills and attention to detail to his job sites. He has lived and worked in Maine, Florida, and Michigan.
John has a passion for sailing, as well as enjoying cooking, brewing beer, and playing drums in various bands.
Al Mathews, Project Manager
Al joined Meadowlark Builders in the Spring 2012, bringing with him 35+ years of experience in residential construction. Al has done it all–from general laborer to rough and finish carpentry, to job supervisor and project manager, to renderings and construction drawings in CAD. He truly enjoys this trade and has learned to adapt to its highs and lows. His subtle sense a humor makes him a welcome addition to our team.
Al spent his early years in upper Michigan and enjoys fishing, beaches, and the outdoors.
Ken Thybault, Framing Crew Manager
Ken has framed houses for 26 years, running his own framing business for 21 years. With a keen eye for efficiency, quick learning capabilities, and ability to think 3-dimensionally, Ken is an outstanding leader of his crews. Few people possess his abilities to think on their feet while running crews at peak efficiency. His precision work and speed are keys to our efficient rough building operations.
Ken enjoys hunting and fishing with his kids and spending time with his family at their cottage up North. He is an excellent cook and loves outdoor activities of all types.
Our framing crews are proficient at the many advanced building methods we use. Highly skilled and efficient, our rough building crews can do everything from foundation work to high-quality exterior trimwork.
Brad Hooks, Jeremy Thybault, Jon Higgs, Dennis Hollenback, Jerry Lamb, Randy Wood
Jeff Sarna, Finish Carpentry Manager
Jeff has performed finish carpentry for 5 years for Meadowlark Builders after working in other building trades for several years prior. His attention to detail and woodworking skills are evident in the final product, and he completes his work with efficiency and a calm, professional demeanor.
Jeff has a love of woodworking and the outdoors, and enjoys spending time with his family. He is a professional chef, and may have graced your table with his fabulous food if you have eaten in some of Ann Arbor or San Francisco’s finer restaurants.
Perry Brandon, Cabinet-Maker
Perry possesses a perfectionists eye toward his work product, and has a wide variety of skills in the building industry. Perry’s 11 years experience in custom picture framing and design supports his detailed work in the woodshop. Perry’s painting touch can be seen in many of our finely finished homes, and he helps leave our clients homes clean as a whistle at the close of projects.
Perry’s interests include perennial gardening, fine arts, and traveling.