Joseph Trave III - Partner/Director of Sales
growing up in a family restaurant business joe soon realized his passion for woodworking and design needed to take the next step from the hobby stage. Working out of a 400 square foot shop in the back yard his career in woodworking began to take shape. As the company grew so did the size and scope of the projects he has taken on. Joe has honed his skills with continuing education in Design, Manufacturing and Finishing, to deliver extraordinary results for VHC’s clients. To date, he has designed and completed over 2500 kitchens and other cabinetry projects. he is the 2015-2016 president of the bucks mont chapter of (nari) the national association of the remodeling industry. when not working, joe enjoys traveling, working out, cooking and spending time with family.
Gary Marks - Partner/Director of Operations & Finance
Gary joined VHC in 2003. He is in charge of the Financial and Accounting end of the business. He is also in charge of all Production and Installation for the company. Gary works with sales, project management and Engineering departments to keep a seamless transition from the office to the shop. Gary feels challenged by the daily aspects of getting the products out the door so that the customers are delighted with their cabinetry. He and his wife Jen, have 5 children. Besides working, Gary enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.
Gina Trave - Partner/Director of Marketing & Technology
Gina earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Gwynedd Mercy College. She worked 6 years as a software developer for major Consumer Product Companies before she joined VHC in 2003. Her unique blend of custom software and creativity in marketing has helped drive the aggressive sales growth of the company. Today, Web Design and in house project based solutions have transitioned into her daily role with VHC.
Jennifer Marks - Partner-Director of Accounting and Administration
Jen joined VHC in 2003. She works in the front office and handles many aspects of the family business. She works with both vendors and customers. If you call into Village, you will most likely get a chance to talk to her. Jen really enjoys working with people and likes the many things she does at Village. She prides herself at helping solve customer issues quickly and effectively. Besides working, Jen enjoys entertaining, gardening and cooking.
Calvin Collins - project coordinator
Calvin Graduated from Millersville University with a BS in Industrial Education. He has been in the woodworking/cabinetmaking field for 30 years with experience in all facets of the industry. Enjoy spending time with my family, watching my 2 boys play ice hockey, and enjoy outdoors activities.
Marc cuce - FIELD SUPERVISOR
Prior to joining VHC in 2013, Mark served as a partner in a general contracting firm specializing in residential remodeling and homebuilding for 15 years. He attended West Virginia University for business management and has been in the construction trades since working in the family business as a youth. Mark is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.
Dave Stremme - Project Manager/Designer
Woodworking is in his family’s blood. Following in his Grandfather and Father’s footsteps, He has been in the Architectural Millwork Business for over 30 years now. Experienced in all facets of the woodworking business from commercial to residential – starting as an apprentice, working in the shop, and into the office He is confident in all aspects of any millwork project.
His education entails a degree in Business Management and Architectural Drafting and Design; combined with specialized training for CNC programming. Over the years, He has done project coordinating/management that entailed dealing directly with Architects, Designers, and Clients. He has turned sketches into engineered drawings and works of art. All this with maintaining budgets, shop schedules, and project deadlines. "If you can dream it, I can build it".
Katy Pellegrino - Project Manager/Designer
Katy started at a young age learning how much she loved being an interior designer, whether it was changing her bedroom around just about every month or even helping her grand pop fix things around the house. She has since been able to earn a BFA from Arcadia University in Interior Design as well as her Master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University. She fell into the kitchen and bath industry once she graduated from Drexel in 2013, and has loved it ever since. “Each project can be so uniquely different with each client’s wants and needs. I love seeing the final product and hearing how excited our clients are to have a functional kitchen or space that will last them years.” Katy uses inspiration from all around her, with texture and color, to help bring a room together to make it a dream space for her clients. In her free time, Katy enjoys exploring, traveling, shopping, cooking, playing just about any sport, and hanging out with her two dogs.
MORGAN Squire- project manager/designer
Morgan graduated from Arcadia University in 2009 with a BFA in Interior Design. She proceeded to attend Philadelphia University, where she received a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design. Morgan has worked as a designer for a residential design firm and a custom cabinetry company, prior to joining Village in 2015. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, cooking and traveling.
Marc Holbrook - project manager/designer
Marc joined Village Handcrafted in 2013 as a Cut Lister/Engineer. He graduated in 2009 with aBachelors of Architecture from Virginia Tech. While studying at Virginia Tech, he had the opportunity to display built work at the 2008 Milan Furniture Fair. After graduating, he practiced architecture for three years before moving to Philadelphia in 2012 to pursue his passion for furniture design. In his free time, Marc enjoy spending time with friends and family, and exploring the many wonderful bars and restaurants Philadelphia has to offer.
Matt Bauer - Engineer/Cutlister
Matt started in the custom millwork business while still in high school in 1996, going to school for a half day while learning a trade through the co-op program. After graduation in 1997 he was hired on full time as an apprentice learning many aspects of the woodworking industry. Matt eventually took a turn towards CNC machine operation and programming. After several years of learning many different types of machine operation & programming, he worked his way into engineering through AutoCAD & different woodworking software packages. The engineering & design aspect of the business was something he really started to enjoy. "Seventeen years later I still love seeing that finished product installed in a client’s home knowing I had a hand in making their design a reality".
Dennis Bechtel - Engineer/Cutlister
Dennis has a degree in Architectural Design and worked in architecture for over 10 years doing residential and commercial design. He transitioned to cabinet design because he found the detail of custom cabinetry more interesting.
Joshua Rodriguez - Project Designer
After receiving his degree in Architectural Design, Joshua worked in the healthcare design industry for many years, specializing in cancer treatment facilities, at a large international firm located in Center City Philadelphia. To express his more creative side, Joshua recently made the transition to Kitchen and Bath design and is currently a Project Designer.
"I have always been an artist. Creating new and beautiful things is my passion and I love seeing my designs come to life. I am also a loving husband and father. To me, the most important thing in my life is creating the best life and example for my son."
Lauren Searle - Project manager/designer
Prior to joining Village Handcrafted Cabinetry, Lauren honed her skills as a project manager and project designer at a local architectural firm where she handled everything from initial meetings, proposal writing, and sketch designs, to township presentations, CAD documentation, client communications and construction administration throughout project completion. Growing up in Bucks County, PA and attending Temple University, Lauren’s passion for fine craftsmanship began at six years old, when she began drawing and designing homes on whatever paper she could find, and she hasn’t stopped since. When not working on design projects, Lauren can be found volunteering at music festivals, knitting, hiking, playing with her dog, or enjoying time with her husband working on their home, located not far from VHC.
sandee burnham - administrative assistant
I spent 18 years in the publishing industry working as a liason between the many printers and service bureaus. After taking some time off to spend with my children, I worked 6 years as an assistant preschool teacher. I like working in a busy office, working with people, talking to customers and keeping things moving in the front office. I enjoy spending time with my family, entertaining, cooking and watching my 3 children play for their various sports teams.