Passionate about Model Merchandising
Lisa Briand President
Lisa Briand has over 20 years’ experience in model merchandising and builder marketing. As President of UBS, her passion is helping homebuilders create model homes that move buyers to action while running a company where talented professionals can be creative, successful, and give back to their communities. A graduate of the University of Miami, she lives in Camas, WA with her husband Alain, her son Mason, and Jack Russell mix, Max.
Deanna Dickinson Vice President of Design
Being a third-generation interior design professional, Deanna grew up helping her mother and grandmother on their projects while working summers in the family retail furniture business. Having earned her BFA in Interior Design from Appalachian State University in 1989, she has over 29 years’ experience in the design industry and has received multiple “best interior design “awards. Deanna and her husband are empty nesters living in Hickory, NC.
Dawn Kines Snow Senior Interior Designer
Dawn started her career as a design assistant for Beazer Homes in house design team in 2002. She has been in the model home merchandising field ever since as Designer and Senior Designer. She attended school at Georgia College & State University & with over 17 years in the model home industry she has an impressive portfolio designing many styles to meet her client’s specific needs. Dawn loves spending time traveling with her husband Dave & her fur baby, Patch.
Emily Maier Interior Designer
Emily earned her BFA in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado in 2005. With a passion for residential design, she began her career in model merchandising right from the beginning and has worked with UBS since 2014. She prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients and designing modern spaces with a timeless aesthetic that are memorable for buyers nationwide. Emily lives in Arizona, is an avid golfer, and loves traveling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Danielle Hoffman Interior Designer
Dannielle has a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design and over 15 years of experience in model home merchandising. Her extensive understanding of design materials, space planning and project management allow her to take on any scale and scope of project with ease. She thoroughly enjoys developing a relationship with her clients and helping them to determine their needs and wants and transform those desires into reality. When she is not designing, she can often be found hiking the Texas hill country with her partner, Dave and puppy, Abbey.
Megan Moore Interior Designer
Megan earned her BFA in Interior Design at the International Academy of Design, Tampa 2004. Bringing with her 10 years of model and furniture merchandising experience; she joined the UBS team in 2014. She enjoys creating designs that are eclectic, calming and incorporate green, natural elements. Megan loves cooking, yoga and spending free time with friends, her husband Ron, and their two energetic Boston Terriers-Angus and Peaches.
Alisha Goggans Interior Designer
Alisha earned her degree in Interior Design and Marketing from Appalachian State University in 2006. With thirteen years’ experience in model home merchandising, Alisha enjoys creating spaces that are memorable and fun, while functional. Alisha loves to spend her free time staying active with her husband Kris and two young children, John Thomas and Ruby along with their Westie, Lainey.
Mary O’Brien ASID, NCIDQ - Lead Designer
Mary has 20 years of experience in her career as an interior designer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University. Mary is known for her distinctive ideas and passion that she brings to each project. Mary is based in Alexandria, VA and enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend Jason, family, friends and her sweet cat Ellie.
Christen Lehr Interior Designer
Christen graduated from The Art Institute with a BFA in Interior Design in 2012. She has spent time working at a Kitchen & Bath design firm in addition to assisting homeowners with renovations, new construction and project management before joining Ultimate Builder Services in 2015. Her personal passion for residential design allows her to stay on top of ever-changing design trends to create memorable and aesthetically pleasing spaces for clients. Outside of designing Christen loves the time spent with her husband Andrew and young daughter Olivia.
Melissa Geiger Interior Designer
Melissa Geiger started designing spaces since the day she was old enough to play with her dollhouse, moving furniture from one room to another. She attended The International Academy of Design to pursue her passion of Interior Design, while interning at a local design firm. Her love of color, fabrics, furniture, and material selection is apparent with every design scheme she creates. While not on the job, Melissa can be found at home with her husband and 2 young daughters, resisting the urge to rearrange the Living Room.
Liz Dulacki Interior Designer
Liz began her career in the model home merchandising field in 1999 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Colorado State University. She's worked with builders across the country and loves being able to personalize models to their particular geographic area. In addition to model home merchandising, Liz also has 8 years of high-end residential design experience. When not working, Liz enjoys exploring her home state of Colorado and spending time with her fiancé, Jay, and their dog, Emmy.
Melanie Farrell Interior Designer
Melanie’s love of residential design began at a young age growing up around her Parent’s custom home business and her Grandfather’s drafting board. After earning her design degree from the University of Florida over 10 years ago, she went on to work in a variety of design related fields that have given her a unique perspective of the industry. Working in new construction, remodeling, home staging, furniture and design sales and e-design has given her a vast understanding of both the clients’ needs and endless possibilities for every project no matter the size or budget. When not creating beautiful spaces, Melanie loves to spend time with her husband and 3 kids either traveling in their RV or relaxing in their Newnan, GA home.
Savannah Wiersma Interior Designer
Savannah graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design. While having a passion for all types of design, model home design has specifically become the focus of her career. She has experience in both production and custom build model home design and loves the possibility and creativity each design brings to a new project. Outside of design, her interests include travel, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer Jensen Interior Designer
Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Liberty University in 2011, Jennifer moved to the Baltimore area where she began her career in design. She has experience in residential interior design, kitchen and bath design, and home staging. Fun kids bedrooms are her favorite spaces to design. When not working on UBS design projects, Jen enjoys traveling (especially Germany!), helping with community events through her church, and spending time with her husband and new son.
Michelle Benet Interior Designer
Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008. After spending several years in the furniture industry she moved her focus to model home merchandising. Her design aesthetic is always evolving as she loves to design eclectic and inviting spaces. Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband Danny and their two young children, Caden and Sloane.
Janine Martin Design Assistant
Janine's passion for design can be traced back to her love of touring model homes with her Mom. Inspired by what she saw, Janine would recreate those designs by using what she could find around the house. After raising twin daughters she decided to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a designer by attending the Interior Design Institute and began working in Colorado on varied design projects. She loves traveling for installs, meeting new people, assisting others, finding ways to improve work-flow and in her spare time, Janine enjoys traveling and having adventures with her Hubby.
Robin Gaensslen Interior Designer
Robin has always believed that a creative life is a life well lived. She holds a BFA in Interior Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and has been in the model home design world for over 17 years. Robin feels right at home in the dynamic pace of the model home world, driven by the desire to create beautiful spaces that feel at once current, inviting and attainable for both homebuyers and homebuilders across the nation. In her free time she enjoys designing her own little farmhouse at home in Colorado, reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and growing menagerie of animals (goats coming soon!).
Lynn Hamby Project Manager
Lynn graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. A career in Furniture Marketing and Design led to the opportunity to join a model home merchandising division in 2002. All of these experiences have served her well as a Project Manager at UBS. Lynn spends her free time with her family, friends, pets, and remodeling projects.
Lindsey Thomas Project Manager
Lindsey brings over 15 years’ experience to our team with her logistics, procurement and project management skills and ten years’ experience specifically in model home logistics. Lindsey received her MBA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and now resides in Madison, Wisconsin. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two young girls, dog and traveling as a family.
Jamie Thompson Senior Project Manager
Jamie is our senior project manager with over 15 years in model home project management. She started her career in model home merchandising in 2004 at Furniture Brands Builder Services in Conover, NC and has been with UBS since its inception. Jamie and her husband enjoy spending their free time traveling the world and visiting family and friends.
Julianna Smith Design Assistant
Julianna began working for UBS helping on installs mainly in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. A few months later, in early 2018, she officially joined the UBS team as a Design Assistant. Before UBS, she devoted her time to working in retail management and taking classes at the University of Phoenix. Julianna currently resides in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania where she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.
Kate Brown Interior Designer, Merchandiser
Kate graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Interiors Merchandising and a minor in business. She grew up in Nags Head located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and is currently based out of Raleigh, NC. Kate is passionate about the design industry and has a vast amount of experience in visual merchandising, model home design and installation, home staging and design consultations, wedding and event design and installation, and the retail industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, painting, checking out live music, thrifting, and going to the beach whenever possible.
Kourtney Haley Design Assistant
Kourtney grew up in Caddo Mills Texas and began her career in administrative work. She quickly learned she had a passion for Interior Design and helping designers with their design work. Kourtney enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Cameron and their young son, Porter.
Cindy Beasley Controller
Cindy earned her Business Administration/Finance degree at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. With 30 years of accounting and administrative experience, Cindy enjoys crunching the numbers and finding places to fine tune the process to be more efficient and effective for our builder clients. Cindy loves to spend free time with her husband Mike and 3 children, Christian, Mollie and Blake. They enjoy working together on the Fallen Heroes ministry which honors the lives of the soldiers that have given their life in sacrifice to our country from the state of NC.
Sallie Sullivan Design Assistant
After many years as an Event Planner, a change in pace encouraged Sallie to pursue an Interior Design degree. Many of her strengths from planning events easily transitioned into the design world. Her strong organizational skills and her attention to detail have proven to be invaluable as she supports the designers behind the scenes. Sallie enjoys gardening and cooking and spending time with her wonderful friends and family.
Lisa Radicioni Design Assistant
Lisa is a born and raised Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University. She has always had a passion for interior design and loves being able to learn from and assist her designers in any way they need. She has two kids, Hadley and Garrett, and married her Junior High Sweetheart.
Alessandra Lasanta Social Media Coordinator
As Social Media Coordinator, Alessandra maintains our company's social media presence. Graduating from University of Miami with a BA in Public Relations and minor in Marketing, most of Alessandra’s career has been working for advertising agencies. When not on Facebook or Instagram, you can find her spending time driving her two teenage children to either the theatre or to a swimming pool.
Bella Zorrilla Interior Designer
Bella earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel and Textile Design with a minor in Applied Art in 2002 at Michigan State University. In an attempt to escape the cold Michigan winters, she found home and a career in the exciting and beautiful city of Atlanta. With over 16 years of experience decorating model homes and a true passion for design, Bella loves to create gorgeous spaces with a modern and trendy touch. She loves to travel, dance, and experience all the wonders of life and new motherhood with her husband Willi and son Tristan.
Pamela Gingras Design Assistant
Pamela holds a Bachelor of Business Administration that she received from Averett University in Virginia and has worked in many industries and capacities until an interest in design led to a role with UBS. Pamela is enthusiastic about supporting the design staff in all areas so that they can create a flawless experience for the customer. She is passionate about hard work and giving her all at Ultimate Builder Services. During her free time, Pamela enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave and son, Will.
Candace Sanders Interior Design Assistant
Candace began her love for interior design at an early age helping friends and family with their homes in Dallas, Texas. Once she moved to Pittsburgh, PA she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She spent 6 years managing a furniture store, working closely with clients creating their dream spaces. Candace loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two dogs.