While the skills and craftsmanship of our team are known to be exceptional, clients are often surprised by our pleasant demeanor, manners, and neatness.
By nature, remodeling is invasive into the private lives of our clients. As wonderful as we are, there will be days when you’re going to wish nobody was in your home. We want you to feel comfortable with and enjoy the people that you’ll come in contact with daily, so here is a quick introduction to our team members.
David Supple- Chief Executive Officer
David is a graduate of Tufts University with a degree in architecture. In California, he trained as an architect for three years, designing, directing, and managing 50- 100,00 square foot renovations. He founded New England Design & Construction in 2005 and became incorporated in 2006, and rapidly expanded the company to servicing the Greater Boston Area. He is an aspiring comedian but currently he only practices with his wife.
Elaine Merkel - Office Manager
Elaine has worked as an executive in a variety of corporate and non-profit organizations for almost 40 years. Studying philosophy of science in college, she soon discovered her real interest was in group dynamics and organizational structure. While raising her four children, she established her own company, providing bookkeeping and management consulting services to small businesses throughout the New England area. She joined NEDC in 2017 to pursue her passion for team-building and for establishing company policy and expansion plans. She enjoys long walks, growing plants, creating aesthetic spaces, making music with her husband, and writing poetry.
Kara Wilson – Brand Manager
Kara joined the New England Design & Construction team in the summer of 2013. Previously she had been employed in the sales and marketing industry, even though she attended school at the Academy of Art University for Interior Architecture and Design. Her past work experience with a commercial architecture firm and passion for architecture combined with her more recent sales and marketing experience made her an ideal fit for NEDC. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, plays the electric viola, and makes art in her spare time.
Linda Doering - Chief Financial Officer
Linda joined the company in January of 2016. She and her husband moved to New England in 1992 from El Paso, Texas. Linda has extensive experience in accounting, internal audit, rates, ethics, compliance for electric/gas utilities, and interstate gas pipelines. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Texas Christian University, studied accounting at the University of Texas at El Paso and earned an MBA from Northeastern University. In her rare spare time, Linda enjoys reading novels and traveling. Her go to place for a winter vacation would be the warm and beautiful, Caribbean islands.
Javier Montalvo - Production
Javier joined the NEDC team in June of 2015, relocating from Oregon with his wife and family. Javier’s enthusiasm for construction, remodeling, and business started at a young age. He gained renovation and construction experience in Florida where Javier purchased homes and supervised remodeling them, provided home inspection services, and completed all the marketing for his business JML Real Estate Services. In Ecuador he designed, remodeled, and became a Restaurant Owner among other things, contributing to his vast experience in business and the construction industry. He attended high school and INDEG Business School in Quito, Ecuador. He really enjoys working with and helping people, which is what drives and motivates him.
Bradley Cashin - Business Development Manager
Brad started with NEDC in Summer 2013 as a Carpenter, and then later shifted in to the Lead Designer position when an opening occurred within the company, aligning with his education and work experience as an architectural designer. He has a background performing carpentry as part of a framing crew and remodeling. He found that he preferred finding design-oriented solutions for combining the old with new and interacting with clients who really cared about the investment in their home, and has remained in the remodeling industry since. Brad buys books faster than he can read them and fears that by the time he gets around to building his own home, he will need extra structural support just to hold the weight of his library. He is currently finishing his thesis at Boston Architectural College.
Daniel Tassinari – Production Director
Dan has been in the construction related trade industry for over 16 years. He is trained in residential remodeling, restoration carpentry and home building. Being a licensed contractor and working under experienced builders allowed him to run projects, crews and expand further into the building field. He has founded multiple companies designing and building his own projects within a diverse range. NEDC initially hired him to produce built in work and custom cabinetry, and after several successful years, Dan joined the team as a Lead Carpenter and executed many successful projects since. He holds a MA CSL, HIC, is a NARI Certified Lead Carpenter, has RRP certification, and OSHA 10.
Mike Banville - Production Coordinator
Mike was first introduced to the design-build method in southern Maine, where he found his passion for complex waterfront properties crafted of natural materials. His past experience in commercial and residential architecture firms and 6+ years of project and construction management make him an asset to NEDC. Mike has grown up on the ocean. You can find him in the summer months chasing his next catch either by boat or beach.
Ann Fullerton - Design Director
Ann brings a broad range of architecture and interior design experience to the NEDC team. In her 18 years practicing in Boston she has worked on projects as small as Cape Cod cottage renovations, and as large as new construction Boston area hotels. She is excited to help each NEDC client find a unique design solutions for their needs. In her spare time she and her husband work on their perpetual renovation projects and she makes time to pursue artistic ventures like making stained glass windows.
Joshua Butkus - Senior Designer
Joshua is a born and raised New Englander who approaches his work confidently, consciously, and creatively. The son of an architect, and grandson of a master carpenter & a drafting professor, Joshua began his design path at an early age. His experience spans boat building, residential design & construction, non-profit development, sustainable design, and fine carpentry. As a graduate of Boston Architectural College’s pragmatic BARCH degree program, he combines in the field construction experience with a trained design process, and a love for complex problem solving to create unique, useful and meaningful design solutions.
Diana Pauro - Designer
Diana has been passionate about designing since 2006 when she started as an architectural intern in her hometown in Argentina. She holds a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning and worked as registered architect in her country doing custom homes and commercial projects until she met her life partner and moved to the US in 2016. She joined the NEDC Team in March of 2017 and enjoys helping our clients to have the home they want. In her spare time she and her partner run a design objects brand and learn new crafts.
Abby Woodman - Designer
Abby holds a Masters degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Before studying design, Abby received her Bachelors in Natural Science from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Her varied interests give Abby a keen eye for detail and process within and around each design. As a New England native, Abby relates to local design sensibilities but is also able to understand the desire for high functioning spaces, bringing in high-design elements that elevate and seamlessly integrate into her projects. Abby has a background not only in residential, but also commercial, office and multi-family projects. In her free time, Abby enjoys baking and cooking, visiting exhibits at local museums, and throwing some punches at Title Boxing.
Drew Tessier - Design Intern
Drew is currently a Sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology studying Architecture. Before college, he worked for his father in the residential construction and carpentry field. This experience allows him to better understand the construction aspects of projects in addition to the design aspects. In his free time he enjoys fishing and woodworking. He is also an avid Red Sox fan.
Josh LaPan - Construction Manager
Josh joined the NEDC team with a strong background in skilled carpentry and leadership roles in the retail world. He started in October 2016 as a Project Manager in Training, growing into a Project Manager in early 2017, and transitioning into the Construction Manager by late summer. Josh has both an active Home Improvement Contractor license and Construction Supervisor License. In his free time, he coaches soccer and little league!
Ryan Hayes – Project Manager
Ryan has been with NEDC since March of 2014 as a Lead Carpenter. He learned the carpentry trade from his father as a kid, but has been doing it professionally since 1999. His biggest inspiration is his family and his friends, and his sunny disposition lights up the office every time he comes in. He is a NARI Certified Lead Carpenter, and in 2016 moved in to a position as a Project Manager.
Scott Kelly - Project Manager
Scott was hired as a carpenter in 2017 before transitioning to the role of Project Manager. He spent summers during high school and college working as a carpenter. After college he focused his attention on Business Development where he ran his own company for 12 years. He has extensive experience is residential house flipping and carved out a niche in high-end barn remodeling. His dedication and attention to detail has made him an invaluable member of our team.
Nick Schwertschlag - Project Manager
Nick has a hybridized background in construction and architecture. He learned carpentry at a young age in his father’s woodworking shop and later took an interest in architectural design. His earliest floor plans can be traced back to when he was eight years old. Nick acquired his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Boston Architectural College and worked professionally as a carpenter and builder during his tenure, specializing in home renovation projects to custom luxury home construction and light commercial work. He has worked professionally as an architect in renovations and new home and commercial construction, however his true passion is on the job site. When he’s not working, he spends time with his daughters and somehow always finds a new remodeling project to take on in his home.
Gary Brown – Carpenter
Gary joined our team in September 2015 as an invaluable member of our carpentry team. Gary completed the Keefe Technical Post Graduate Program for Carpentry, and has been in the carpentry and remodeling field since high school. His attention to detail and immersion in his craft are what drew us to him, and his solid dependability and quality help him excel at NEDC.
Gustavo Osorio- Carpenter
Gustavo studied in Cali Colombia at a technical and industrial school. At a very early age, his parents noticed his interest in building and encouraged him to develop this skill. He has spent much of his time in New England although he has also lived in Florida. Gustavo has 16 years of experience in the remodeling and construction industries. He specializes in carpentry and has worked hard to learn and put in practice all his skills. He has successfully completed a great variety of jobs, from small residential to large commercial projects. He truly enjoys his job and seeks to continuously improve his skills. When he is on the job, he likes things done right; “quality and satisfaction” is his motto. Gustavo is a family man, he loves his wife and kids and treasures spending time with them. All his hard work and effort is dedicated to the future and well being of his family. Some of his hobbies include traveling, swimming, mountain biking and one day he would like to skydive. It’s on his bucket list!
Andrea Dobrzelewski - Carpenter-in-Training
Andrea attended the Boston Architectural College where she majored in Architecture. She is drawn to the design-build process because she is most interested in how things connect together. Connecting beams to columns, connecting clients through their design realization, and connecting with an overall team to help make that all happen. She used to be a World Cup snowboarder, she loves bikes, and she takes her coffee black!