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Our Valuable Design Team Members

The Solid Wood Cabinet Company has highly trained designers who utilize state-of-the-art kitchen design software in all of our local showroom. We pride ourselves on being able to offer the best prices, quality cabinets and the best kitchen design in the industry. We have showrooms in Allentown, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Lancaster, PA, Levittown, PA, Plymouth Meeting, PA, Springfield, PA, Warminster, PA, Brick, NJ, Moorestown, NJ, Paramus, NJ and Woodbridge, NJ. Stop by and visit our one of our beautiful showrooms for a free 3D kitchen design!

Allentown, PA Showroom Designers

Tabitha Kardelis
Tabitha KardelisKitchen Designer

Here is a little bit about Tabitha, to give you the confidence to allow her to be your Personal Kitchen Designer!

Tabitha received her Interior Design Degree at Northampton Community College in which she was also the President of the Interior Design Club. Tabitha has been a Professional Designer since 2014 and also a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Design). Through hard work and dedication, she achieved the honor of being a “Presidents Club Member” here at Solid Wood Cabinets!

Tabitha’s goal is to design a functional kitchen as well as create beauty and capture her client’s personality to showcase in their homes. She fabricates imaginative solutions for complex problems and transforms good ideas into great ones. All of her designs are based on up to date research and open dialogue. Tabitha has found this always ensures the most desirable ideas and concepts for your new dream kitchen. She takes pride in the excited and radiant smiles that leave her showroom after a design session. It has been Tabitha’s dream to use her artistic ability to help people feel better and to create beautiful things that matter. Tabitha would like to thank all of her clients for giving her the opportunity to do what she loves to do every day!

Eric Schnell
Eric SchnellKitchen Designer
Eric earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Marywood University, upon graduation he worked in an architecture firm for a few years. While working for the firm he gained a great amount of knowledge in the design, documentation, and construction process of both residential and commercial buildings. Although he enjoyed the architectural field, he wanted to focus more on design and in particular kitchen design. Because the kitchen is the heart of most homes, Eric particularly enjoys helping customers create a beautiful and highly efficient space that will enrich the owner’s everyday life. In his free time, Eric enjoys playing with his dog and spending time with family and friends.

Harrisburg, PA Showroom Designers

Jackie Thomas
Jackie ThomasKitchen Designer
Jackie attended The Art Institute of York and received her degree in interior design in 2008. She since has dabbled between working for furniture dealers and designing kitchens, but definitely enjoys kitchen design much more! Jackie loves having a job where she can use her creativity to help her client’s dreams come true. Design has always been an important part of her life, and she regularly is looking for ways to enhance different design elements her my own home. In her spare time, Jackie loves being with her dogs or spending time outdoors.
Melissa Herren
Melissa HerrenKitchen Designer
Melissa has years of experience in the construction/remodeling industry. Most of which has been spent in kitchen design. She started her career in general construction building schools and post offices for the government. From there, she expanded into learning and executing blueprints and surveying. Melissa went to Home Depot for a part time job and was recruited due to her background to be a kitchen designer. They sent her to Home Depot University for 6 months to learn kitchen and interior design, from there she became an independent contractor focusing on designing for high-end homes in Reno, NV, Austin, TX and Phoenix, AZ. Melissa traveled and enjoyed building her business. She worked closely with a custom granite company in Los Angeles, CA, traveling there on a monthly basis to pick custom granite for her clients. She returned back home to PA to open her own construction company with her twin sister, and they ran that for 5+ years doing brand new construction, remodeling, additions etc. She often found herself in the field missing the hands on experience. From time to time she would help her crew install kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. After, Melissa moved to New York, into more of an executive position as District Manager, growing her teams and motivating them to be future executives. Missing the action again, she now finds herself very excited to be working for The Solid Wood Cabinet Company. Rest assured that when you work with Melissa, she knows how to design your kitchen and knows how to install it as well. Customer Service is number one for her, and she knows that making sure all details are in place up front makes for an easy transition from concept, through design to install. In Melissa’s spare time, she loves photography and spending time outdoors with her 3 puppies Marley, Tucker, and Gracie! Making your dreams come true is what she does best! You dream it, and Melissa will design it!

Lancaster, PA Showroom Designers

Tim Cranmer
Tim CranmerKitchen Designer

Tim comes to Solid Wood Cabinets with an extensive knowledge of all things “home” related. He has helped remodel some of the most beautiful houses in Lancaster City and surrounding areas. His expertise in such areas makes him a prominent resource to those that know him or even those that have just met him. Tim has spent years teaching at local area Vocational Technology Schools which goes to show you that he indeed has a heart for making dreams come true for those he comes in contact with. Tim has a desire to complete the seemingly impossible, and find a way to make it work. In his free time, Tim enjoys fishing with his wife off the coast of any beach. Tim has two grown children (and daughter-in-law) that he loves dearly and spends countless hours helping with their own home needs.
Debbie Johnson
Debbie JohnsonKitchen Designer
I have been in sales throughout my career. I previously worked in a tile showroom designing kitchens and bathrooms. I also sold custom window treatments. Most recently, I was in advertising sales, but my passion has always been interior/kitchen design. I am so excited to have the opportunity to help others create the kitchens they have always dreamed of! I look forward to designing beautiful kitchens and providing superior customer service to my new clients! I spend most of my free time with my family and my two Morkie dogs, Macy and Chloe.
Danny Valentine
Danny ValentineKitchen Designer
Danny has a strong background in Kitchen Design. He grew up in the DC Metro area and graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA with a degree in Business Administration and has been in sales ever since. “The kitchen is the most important room of your house, and the setting for most of your favorite memories” is what drives Danny’s passion for design. Danny loves meeting with people, discussing their wants and needs, and finding a solution that fits their criteria and most importantly- their budget!

When Danny is not designing kitchens he spends time with his adorable toddler daughter Fiona, or his dog, a white German Shepherd named Casper. What little free time is left, Danny spends building and tinkering with guitars, computers, or other various electronics. He is a huge sports fan, especially Hockey (Go Caps!) and Football (Fly Eagles Fly!)

Levittown, PA Showroom Designers

Natalia Panczyszyn
Natalia PanczyszynKitchen Designer

Natalia has been with The Solid Wood Cabinet Company since August of 2014. Although she is new to the team, she is no stranger to the kitchen and design industry. Prior to focusing her career on kitchen design and sales, Natalia worked on residential restoration throughout central NJ, as well as commercial and multi-housing design and sales. Natalia has an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts and continues taking classes at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia to pursue her passions in painting and sculpture.
Shawn Maxwell
Shawn MaxwellKitchen Designer
I am very passionate about creating a home that reflects the personality of its residence. I first started decorating homes and as my passion grew, I went for my degree in Residential Design at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. I later continued on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the same school. Working in private residence throughout Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and the Caribbean, I developed an interest in kitchen and bath which lead me to a job at The Home Depot. There I fine-tuned my niche as a kitchen designer. Spending a lot of my off time cooking and entertaining, I am dedicated to creating kitchens that reflect the needs of the specific family. Whether it is an individual, young family or transitional families; the configurations are endless. But one thing remains fundamental… “The Kitchen is the heart of the home”, and as such it must be designed so it functions appropriately for the entire family! Selling kitchens is the appetizer; the main course is the relationships you build through customer service as you work with the customer to the completion of the project.
Malina Davis
Malina DavisKitchen Designer
There is art in the environments we live in and this is what drives me as a Designer. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Along the journey, I found my passion specifically in residential design. The kitchen is a room we use every day and designing kitchens for people, allows me to better someone’s every day life. Growing up in South Jersey I’ve experienced the luscious pine barrens, sandy shores, and city life across the bridge. Exploring these various cultures, I can design with a variety of styles and influences in mind. A room is a canvas that limits no medium to develop a relationship between people and their surroundings. A project with me will be exciting and fresh and I look forward to the adventure.
Ben Mehlman
Ben MehlmanKitchen Designer
Ben started with Solid Wood Cabinets in 2014 after many years in the home improvement industry. A graduate of Temple University with a degree in Communications, Ben is also a parent of five (six if you include his Boston Terrier). He enjoys the collaboration of the design process and the enthusiasm of his clients as they see their dream kitchen come together before their eyes. When he’s not in the showroom, Ben can be found at his children’s sporting events, reading a book, or trying a new recipe in his own kitchen. The kitchen is such an important area of the home. There are many important decisions to be made, and the investment is a major one for the average family. Ben says the best compliment a customer can give him is simply that they appreciated the time, effort and patience he afforded them at all times. And that he made it easier to complete than they thought it would be.

Plymouth Meeting, PA Showroom Designers

Cindy Juillet
Cindy JuilletKitchen Designer
I found a home at Solid Wood Cabinets and I am not leaving! Do you want to know why? I’ve been around the block and after getting my college degree in Interior Design, I went to work for a large Philadelphia Real Estate company, where I designed and decorated hotel lobbies, model apartments, and conference rooms. I did this for 10 years but needed more of a challenge. I then accepted a position designing kitchens with a private custom kitchen & granite company. I found my true calling designing kitchens and I followed my dreams working in the design industry. I have been with SWC for over 4 years where I work with great products, excellent corporate support, and a friendly and courteous staff. I have accumulated 15+ years’ experience designing kitchens. I have won numerous awards and I can’t wait to help my new customers, step by step, in designing their dream kitchens.
Jennie Farmer
Jennie FarmerKitchen Designer
Jennie has been designing kitchens since 2000 and has extensive training with an array of different cabinet manufacturers. Over the expanse of her time designing kitchens, she has taken multiple classes for designing Islands, working with trim, making furniture units out of kitchen cabinets, etc. Jennie got started by selling solid wood furniture and transitioned into selling cabinets – she has always felt like she found her calling when she started in this field. Growing up and throughout most of her adult years some of her fondest memories are of the holidays spent cooking in the kitchen with family and friends. “I love helping people and giving them a space to create those amazing memories of their own” she says is the reason why she is not just going to work, she is going to make people happy by helping them obtain their dream kitchen!!

In her free time, Jennie loves to cook and spend time in her own kitchen trying out new recipes for her two children. “I would love to help you bring your dream kitchen to life!!”

Springfield, PA Showroom Designers

Ambra Hyman
Ambra HymanKitchen Designer
Ambra joined Solid Wood Cabinets in July 2015, after working predominately in kitchen and bath industry in the Greater Philadelphia Area. She earned a master’s degree from Drexel University in Interior Architecture and Design. Ambra feels most rewarded being able to execute a client’s ideas and style into their dream kitchen. Her passion for design and connecting with clients is evident throughout her work. Ambra is enthusiastic to be a part of Solid Wood Cabinets and is looking forward to designing dream kitchens for her clients.
James Taylor
James TaylorKitchen Designer
James has been in the design and customer service world for years. Currently, he is finishing his degree in Computer Science. Knowing that providing world class service was important to him, he always worked within the community in which he lived. James is an avid Philadelphia sports fan but believes to each his own. Coming before his passion of design and sports, James is a true family man. He has a daughter of 11 and is close to the best time of a father’s life, high school. Supporting a family and watching in pain as each Philly team misses the playoffs, James will continue to provide the community of Springfield top level service and dream kitchens!

Warminster, PA Showroom Designers

Robert “Bob” Chiarlanza
Robert “Bob” ChiarlanzaKitchen Designer

Bob, although he has only been with SWC since September of 2014, has been in the kitchen and design industry for years. He previously worked for Lowes in Bensalem. Bob is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association and has an engineering degree. His designs are functional and balanced. Contractors revere him because of his knowledge with all aspects of installation. You’ll normally find Bob on a golf course or down Atlantic City fishing… or maybe in a casino!
Patricia “Patty” Mattos
Patricia “Patty” MattosKitchen Designer
Originally from Brazil, Patty is an excellent Interior Designer. She is amazed by kitchens. As they say in Portuguese: “A cozinha é o coração da casa” (The kitchen is the heart of the house). It’s where meals and memories are made. Patty studied interior design in São Paulo/Brazil and Milan/Italy. She worked for several companies in Brazil as a kitchen/closet designer. Details and organization define Patty. She believes design should be a reflection of your own personality and it also needs to have functionality. Patty dedicates her work in making the perfect combination between the client’s personality and the optimum functionality. There’s nothing like seeing your clients walking away happy with a product that is going to enrich their lives!
Donna Solecki-Moschetti
Donna Solecki-MoschettiKitchen Designer
Bonjour! I am a resident of the Philadelphia suburbs for the past 15 years having moved here from Paris, France where I lived and worked for over 10 years. I love fashion and interior design and I have a passion for designing Kitchens and Bathrooms.
I believe that functionality and attention to detail is KEY to a successful design and my goal in designing Kitchens is to ensure I fulfill the desires of my Clients. I have also been on the “other side of the desk” when my husband and I decided to remodel our own kitchen 10 years ago… a very emotional and exciting event – many a happy meal and memory have been made in our Kitchen!

Brick, NJ Showroom Designers

Teresa Nieves
Teresa NievesKitchen Designer
Teresa has been involved in Graphics first as a Graphic Arts Instructor with all Adobe and CAD Software’s and more recently as a professional kitchen designer. She loves the interaction with her clients, sometimes going to their homes for an expert measure and getting a realistic feel and idea of what the client is looking for. Nothing makes Teresa happier than helping her clients achieve their goals in making one of the most important rooms in a home a success. She wants them to be content when it’s all said and done, on that first morning when they wake up all sleepy and heading for the coffee maker thinking how much they love their new kitchen and that it was all worth it!
Nate Berger
Nate BergerKitchen Designer

Nate’s thorough knowledge of the kitchen industry & signature easy-going style of unsurpassed customer service loves guiding his customers in the process of designing their dream kitchen, and within their budget! Nate is an honorary member of the President’s Club & The Million Dollar Club. Nate has also been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his years at SWCC.

Moorestown, NJ Showroom Designers

Jill Kidd
Jill KiddKitchen Designer
Jill joined Solid Wood Cabinets in 2015 after moving from the Boston area. She has many years of experience in residential design, construction and cabinet design as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University. According to Jill, the best part of her job is making each client’s dream kitchen a reality. In her spare time, Jill enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, cooking, and gardening.
Peggy Reese
Peggy ReeseKitchen Designer

Peggy joined Solid Wood Cabinets with creativity, passion, and comprehension derived from her extensive and diverse experience as an interior general contractor, muralist, and fine artist. Her work has been showcased throughout the Philadelphia area as well as on the TV program Extreme Makeover Home Edition. She also holds a B.A. from Rowan University and continues her education by consciously trying to learn and grow from something new every day. She attributes her contagious smile and positive attitude to living a balanced life that includes working hard, spending time with her adoring family, and making time for things she enjoys like sculpting, golfing, surfing, snowboarding and playing ice hockey.
Inge Lawyer
Inge LawyerKitchen Designer
Inge is a Graduate of The School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Interior Design. She was on the Deans List, received the best thesis award and won the IIDA NYC student chapter design award for three consecutive years. Inge has worked as an interior designer in Manhattan focusing on high end residential projects as well as multi-unit dwellings in Boston for corporate residential and hospitality clients. She also has experience with Disney cruise ships, Westin hotels and in Philadelphia working on corporate and hospitality design. Inge is a coauthor for a craft and DIY blog called Nutmeg Creative Café and a participant and past winner of the Fab Furniture Flipping Contest © Inge was featured in the Courier Post this past January for her Nordic themed craft at this year’s Philly Home Show. When Inge is not working, writing, crafting, blogging etc. she enjoys walking with her son Ryder and her chocolate lab Teddy Bear.

Woodbridge, NJ Showroom Designers

Ana Zmuda
Ana ZmudaKitchen Designer
Ana has been working with The Solid Wood Cabinet Company since 2011. She has a degree in interior design from Berkeley College and she has been designing kitchens ever since. Ana has worked with custom, semi-custom, and stock and her greatest joy is showing her clients that YES, they can afford their dream kitchen!!!
Mike Shroeder
Mike Shroeder Kitchen Designer

Mike is a sales professional with years of experience in providing superior customer service. He has spent the last several years in custom design and always goes the extra mile to see that his customers are completely satisfied with the kitchen that has been designed. Mike loves collaborating with his customers to make sure the end result is the kitchen of their dreams!
Ziada Swai
Ziada SwaiKitchen Designer
I have been a kitchen designer for over a decade. I’m passionate about what I do. I graduated with a Bachelors in International Business. I’m naturally a good listener and understand customers’ needs. My joy is seeing a customer happy because I listened, respected them and worked to give them the best solution for their project; that’s in a great design, of quality and within their budget. My roots are in service. My family made it by cultivating grains or by moving into the city to become successful business people. While growing up in Tanzania I picked fresh ripen fruits, peeled several, dried the beans, roasted them and ground my first coffee. I then set up a street stand to sell my 1st dry coffee. It was an exciting experience. As a kitchen designer I have sold kitchens in the USA, Africa and the Caribbean – specifically Bermuda. I’m looking forward to making your dream kitchen come true!

Paramus, NJ Showroom Designers

Matt Sharp
Matt SharpKitchen Designer
Matt has been involved in the kitchen business for a number of years. He started as a shop manager without knowing the kitchen business and ran 13 guys in a production shop. There he learned the use of machinery like panel saws, point to point cnc machines as well as thermofoil door making machines. Matt got involved in the fabricating and installation of high end cabinetry shortly after. He has been designing and selling kitchens for many years now. Matt has also imported cabinets from Canada and China. He loves working with people to create the kitchen of their dreams and finds it rewarding when they are completed and look amazing!