Carolyn Johnson
Carolyn Johnson | Owner

Carolyn Johnson has been a kitchen designer since 2003. Her goals is quite simply to use her ideas to create functional, well-designed space for her clients. She hopes that by bringing her experience to a project it will help her customers make educated decisions, with no surprises throughout the process, and great results. Carolyn has a Mass Communications degree from the University of Minnesota, and an A.D. from Century College in Kitchen and Bath Design. She is AKBD certified and a licensed contractor with the state of Minnesota. She has two boys, loves to cook, spend time at her hobby farm, practice yoga and listen to live music.

Aaron Garner
Aaron Garner | Director of Business Development & Construction

Aaron Garner has been in construction industry since the calendar rolled into this millennium. Starting his career in 2000, he is a veteran project manager with a demonstrated history of managing multiple projects and punch lists at the same time. Aaron’s organizational ability to manage projects from the initial design phase through passing the keys off to the client is impeccable and his attention to detail is unlike any other. When tasked with an assignment, large or small, Aaron will not only complete it within the timeline allotted and within the respected budget, he will deliver an exceptional end product. Aaron is certified from the University of Minnesota in Project Management. Away from Satoree, Aaron enjoys working out, studying architectural design, traveling, being outdoors and out on the lake. Aaron volunteers his time coaching youth hockey, serving at the Ronald McDonald House and being involved in his community, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Sarah Woxland
Sarah Woxland | Flooring Sales Manager

Sarah is a flooring professional with a “get things done” attitude. Her education in Construction/Project Management and excellent communication skills make her valuable to the industry. With a charismatic and loyal personality, she has the ability to create relationships immediately and problem solve effectively. Sarah’s love for her family/friends, outdoors and golden retrievers is what motivates her to be a strong leader in her community and anywhere the day takes her.

Sarah Thomella
Sara Thomalla | Residential Design / Construction Manager

Sara graduated from Minnesota State University of Moorhead and received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications.  She is self-motivated, loves working with people and has been in sales for over 15 years. She excels in building relationships and maintaining them by anticipating needs, listening, pre planning, meeting deadlines and following up in a timely manner. When Sara is not working, she enjoys attending music festivals and spending time with her husband and two children.

Designer / Sales

Jessie Drometer
Jessie Drometer | Designer / Sales

Jessie Drometer has been designing kitchens and bathrooms since 2002. Her architectural drafting background and keen eye for details lets Jessie’s creativity shine. She dives in with an enthusiasm level that is characteristic of our design studio. She enjoys working with customers to help make their homes more functional and enjoyable for years to come. When not at work, Jessie loves spending time at the cabin with her husband and 2 kids.

Angela Story
Angela Story | Designer / Sales

Angela Story Angela earned her bachelor’s degree in Design Management, and is an instrumental part of the team at Satoree. With equal parts left and right brain, Angela’s creative eye and her attention to detail enable her to execute projects successfully. A die-hard Vikings fan who bleeds purple all year long. During her free time she likes to travel, do yoga, and spend time with friends and family.

Michelle Asche, Designer / Sales
Michelle Asche | Designer / Sales

Michelle Asche has a keen eye for design and detail. She loves a space planning puzzle and utilizing her love of math in a creative endeavor. She decided to pursue a career in design after years in the classroom as a Kindergarten/ESL teacher. Michelle holds a degree in Interior Design as well as a Masters in Education. Michelle has travelled the world and loves to incorporate world elements into her designs. In her freetime, Michelle can be found walking in nature, dancing to Latin or Kizomba music, or boarding an airplane to an adventure overseas.

Kashai Zupancich, Residential Designer
Kashai Zupancich | Designer / Sales

Kashai Zupancich has an intuitive eye for design. She brings years of professional experience to her role at Satoree having worked in the commercial design field, residential flooring industry, and residential interior design field. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Interior Design. She enjoys getting to know her clients and eagerly assisting them with creating beautiful and functional spaces. In her spare time, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, three children, and dog R2.

Chad Thompson, Flooring
Chad Thompson | Flooring Sales

Chad brings more than 20 years of flooring experience to Satoree. He has worked with homeowners, contractors, and design firms to help pick the right solution for every job. His knowledge of products and installation methods helps him to tackle any project big or small. Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as playing golf and hockey.

Avery Johson, Flooring Sales
Avery Johnson | Flooring Sales

Avery is a new and eager addition to the industry. He attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning a BA in Cello Performance. A lifelong musician and music lover, he has been playing the cello since the age of 3 and guitar/bass since the age of 14. After college he worked as an audio engineer for Stone Cottage Studios. Son of the founder and an MN native, he moved back in 2021 to be closer to family, and is excited to be a part of the family business.

Operations / Project Management

Brittany, Project Manager
Brittany Hughes | Marketing / Project Management

Brittany Hughes is a Project Manager who uses her organizational talent and communication skills to bring together designers, contractors and vendors, with the aim of producing a coordinated project. She is results driven! With a calm demeanor and friendly personality she is able to resolve issues fast and efficiently. When not in the office, you can find her at the gym either on the track running or in the pool swimming.

Brittany, Accounting
Vanessa Gehl | Project Manager

Vanessa has a strong background in developing and executing large scale program launches across multiple manufacturers, distributors, and states. To achieve consistent project success, she credits implementing strategic logistics and prioritizing effective communication and follow up. She has a passion for developing processes, and tackling those nitty gritty details that others try to avoid. Her willingness to go above and beyond is one of her strongest attributes, which helps her build great lasting partnerships. Her psychology degree, which she received from University of Minnesota, has strengthened her critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her friends, family and three dogs.

Maureen Oien
Maureen Oien | Project Coordinator

Maureen attended Inver Hills Community College for two years and then started working at a Flooring store in Minneapolis. That led her to be a part of the construction community where she has been able to make many great connections with companies and subcontractors the past six years. Maureen bought a house at age 23 where she lives with her dog Milo. Maureen is the youngest of five, loves playing hockey as well as watching it (Go Wild!). Maureen also enjoys volunteering for ambassador programs in Minnesota.

Carrie Shere
Carrie Shere | Project Support / Installer Relations

Carrie is our Go-To for our Sub-Contractor onboarding and relationship building. She is also an experienced project manager whose main area of focus will be with our flooring division. She can be trusted to ensure a smooth installer onboarding transition and has a passion for building that trusting and long lasting relationship. When she is not in the office supporting us Carrie enjoys spending time in her colorful home with her 3 cats, hiking and exploring new parks with her Fiancé, and planning her next Vegas trip.

Ben Sundlin
Ben Sundlin | Job Supervisor Commmercial

Graduating with a Welding Degree in 2014, Ben joined the General Construction field where he has been developing his skills for the past 7 years, joining Satoree in the Spring of 2021. Ben brings a wealth of knowledge with him to Satoree's projects. While on-site Ben works diligently to make sure that all work being completed is to the customer's satisfaction. His positive personality and team oriented attitude make him a joy to have on any project he supervises. In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his 2 cats, camping, traveling, and playing the drums.

Bryan Cater
Bryan Cater | Superintendent of Construction

Bryan has spent his entire career in the building/remodeling industry. He enjoys the building process, and taking a project from conception to completion. He utilizes his over 30 years of management experience to help guide his projects and keep them on schedule and budget. When he's not at work Bryan likes to travel, hike, kayak and spend time with his wife at their cabin at the lake. \

Brittany, Accounting
Brittany Peterson | Bookkeeper

Brittany has been the bookkeeper at Satoree since July 2016, primarily managing Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable. She earned her BA in Communication from Crown College in St. Bonifacius. When not in the office, Brittany enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. She loves to read, travel and run.

The Satoree Team