Doug Selby, CEO – BS (Chemistry), CAPS
Building science expert and CEO and co-owner 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 two young children.
Kirk Brandon, COO, CFO – BA (Accounting), LAS
COO and co-owner 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 two guitars, with several others in various states of production.
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 U of M, Melissa served as the Vice-President of the AIA Student Committee and President of the Architectural Representative Committee. Melissa was highly influenced by experienced architects at David Milling Architects for three years. She works tirelessly to help clients create beautiful interiors and keep projects on track.
Melissa enjoys the trails and parks in Ann Arbor, competing in ultra endurance events, and staying involved in her local church.
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’s in 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.
Katie MacGillivray – BS (Interior Design), CAPS
Katie joined the Meadowlark team in March 2014, and is thoroughly enjoying her role. After growing up rearranging friends’ bedrooms, drawing, and doing math problems for a hobby, she became interested in design, specifically the impact an environment can make on an individual’s well-being and behavior. She pursued her new-found passion at Central Michigan University, graduated with her Bachelor’s for Interior Design, and gained work experience designing for commercial settings. Now at Meadowlark, Katie continues to design with intentionality and is pursuing another passion: people!
In her spare time Katie enjoys playing piano, cooking and baking for family and friends, and challenging herself in endurance sports.
Marsie Klug – BS (Architecture), CAPS
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 Katrina’s aftermath.
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.
Jimmy Bevilacqua – Masters (Architecture)
Jimmy has a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Economics from Harvard College and a master’s degree in Architecture with Distinction from the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, Jimmy received a number of design awards, including an MTV Innovation Award. Jimmy’s professional design experience includes residential work as a Conceptual Designer at Blu Homes in Ann Arbor and commercial work as a Designer at VolumeOne Design Studio in Detroit. Prior to entering the field of Architecture, Jimmy had different roles in various industries, including major league baseball, investment banking and the film industry, where he worked on a major Warner Brothers motion picture and as development assistant for an A-list film director.
He has lived in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) before planting roots in Ann Arbor with his wife and three children.
Brian Burkett – Masters (Architecture), Registered Architect
Brian has been designing homes for over 17 years, starting at a design/build firm while an undergraduate at Lawrence Tech (B.S. Architecture). After that, he moved on to Montana, where he could enjoy the mountains while designing log homes. 2005 saw a return to Michigan, where he worked with a prominent local architecture firm on some of Michigan’s first LEED Platinum homes (built by Meadowlark!) before joining Meadowlark.
When not working, Brian and his wife enjoy reading, hockey, golf, and taking it easy with the animals.
Melanie Grabarkiewicz, Associate IIDA – BS (Interior Design)
Melanie holds a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University and has over 11 years of expertise as a high-end Kitchen and Bath Designer. Her philosophy is to “design with the client in mind.” She loves the challenge of combining both functionality and aesthetics to create the best possible design solution for each customer. Melanie strives to convey a friendly, positive attitude allowing her clients to feel at ease through the ever so stressful building/design process.
In her free time, Melanie enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Amy Etz, Designer, BS (Interior Design), LEED AP BD+C
Amy attended Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a BS in Interior Design. While at EMU, Amy became increasingly passionate about the environmental impact of her designs. She pursued a LEED GA credential in February 2013 and by June of 2014, she passed her LEED AP BD+C exam. Having a heart for both residential and sustainable design, Amy was a perfect fit for the Meadowlark team. She enjoys being apart of the synergistic design/build process from concept development to project completion.
With Starbucks Frappuccino in hand, Amy enjoys resale shopping, attending her weekly bible study, and visiting all 30 major league baseball stadiums with her husband.
David is an expatriate from Scotland. He attended the Glasgow School of Art. He has 23 years’ work experience in manufacturing and sales. David has also worked on some of the old churches and cathedrals in Scotland as a stained glass lead worker. David guides clients through the process of remodeling their homes, from whole-home remodels to kitchens, bathrooms, and additions. He brings years of experience to the building industry from working with Andersen windows and Masco corporation as an Energy Building Analyst.
He enjoys traveling, golf, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family in Northern Michigan.
Greg Brown, Construction Manager – CGB, LAS
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 two daughters.
Jake Grimes, Project Manager
Jake developed an early love and respect for building while watching and later helping his father and grandfather work in their woodshops. He has 27 years of construction experience and had operated his own building company before joining the Meadowlark team. Jake is a Master Level Carpenter with projects featured in The Ann Arbor News, Our House Magazine and The Washington Post. Jake is a natural leader, known for his professionalism, calm demeanor, and can-do attitude. Jake also conducts guest lectures on design and woodworking at local colleges.
When not at work, Jake can be found tinkering in his own woodshop creating live-edge furniture and “The Ypsi” trophies for the Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout, and spending time helping his bride with her growing ballet school or chucking tennis balls for his two Labs, Violet and Tulip.
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 eight years and has been a project manager for the last 18 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. He has two Labradoodles named Levon and Shasta.
Harry Ramsden, Project Manager
Harry attended Madonna College, where he studied psychology and Washtenaw Community College, where he studied construction systems and accounting. He has been in the construction business for 27 years. He first started as a laborer-lead carpenter and has been a project manager for the last 16 years. Harry also owned his own residential construction company for ten years. He enjoys the challenges of remodeling and getting results for our clients.
In his spare time Harry enjoys hiking and biking with his wife and two children, woodworking, reading and helping the community through his church.
Jason Patterson, Assistant Project Manager
Dennis Hollenback, Carpenter
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 trim work.
Perry Brandon, Cabinet-Maker – LAS
Perry possesses a perfectionist’s 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.
Tina Roperti, Office Manager – BA (Psychology and Business)
Tina earned a B.A. in Psychology and Business with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from the University of Michigan. She has over 20 years experience in Human Resources and Office Administration in various industries including Construction, Education, Information Systems, and Manufacturing.
Tina enjoys spending time with her family, sewing and crocheting.
Chassy Horton, Administrative Support
Jason Start, Estimator – BS (Finance)
Originally from Michigan, Jason went to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received his degree in Finance. From there, he worked in the building industry, supplying General Contractors as an inside and outside salesman. Jason received his General Contractor’s license in North Carolina and his Advanced Green Builder Certifications from Green Builder College. As an Estimator, he is responsible for working with Meadowlark Design and Production departments to help make every project as efficient and high quality as it can be.
In his free time, Jason enjoys studying monetary policy and other financial concepts. He likes to travel with his wife across the US and Canada, visiting National and State parks, and doing just about anything outdoors.
Marcia Luke-van Dijk, Marketing/Business Development Manager – BA (Economics & English), MBA
A true Michigander, Marcia earned her degrees at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State. She’s worked in product development and marketing roles at various organizations in the U.S, with a six-year stint in the Netherlands. This gives her the unique ability to pronounce her last name and speak fluent Dutch with her husband and kids.
Marcia’s a past attendee of several Behind the Drywall tours and survivor of the custom-home-building process, so she jumped at the chance to work for Meadowlark!
Susan Christian, Marketing Coordinator – 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.