The DIY Woodshop Team
The DIY Woodshop has a diverse, experienced management team with a passion for woodworking. Many of the team members have worked together and/or known each other for years.
Deborah Giudicessi, Owner/President
Deborah has over 25 years of management experience, and has owned & operated successful businesses. Several years of woodshop classes, building decks and a variety of projects makes this a perfect fit. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing (including design of marketing materials), procedure development, staff training, management, heading up events, presentations, planning & zoning, customer service, document/contract creation and much more. Since she was young, she has had a passion for designing and building projects. Having been raised a tomboy and country girl, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty (and loves every minute of it).
Brad Darrah, Pro/Shop Foreman
Brad has over 35 years experience in construction and remodeling, a majority of it, owning a successful business – everything from small projects to building and remodeling multi-million dollar homes from top to bottom. A sample of his custom work includes toys, cabinetry, build-ins, wood curving, spiral and curved staircases, furniture, mill-work, flooring, secret rooms, entertainment centers, bars and wine racks. He has trained many employees in every aspect of building and woodworking and is a very creative perfectionist on all of his projects. He knows his stuff and it shows in the details of his work. Those qualities, along with his fun nature, will be a driving force in our success.
Rick Andrews, Pro/Shop Foreman
Rick has over 40 years experience with owning and operating a custom architectural mill-work company and lumber yard. He has been a custom home builder, as well as a high-end custom cabinet maker for years. He has 20 years experience in selling building materials, along with 10 years experience managing 12 mill-work service representatives in six states. He has operated a vast amount of heavy equipment, such as forklifts, skid loaders, and tractors, and has a Class A license. He brings so much experience to our team.
Bob McCall, Pro/Shop Foreman
Bob is an innovative and driven professional with over 18 years of experience in positions of responsibility and management. He is the Owner/Operator of Summit Property Solutions and specializes in framing/finish carpentry with ability to create unique, customized designs by combining various design styles. He also has experience with performing residential and commercial construction/remodeling including but not limited to installation and repairs for drywall, electrical wiring, plumbing, framing and floor repairs. In his spare time, Bob has volunteered at the City Union Mission to feed homeless, volunteered at the Anchor House aiding men recovering from substance addictions, managed neighborhood cleanup day for his local community and enjoyed assisting in coaching youth football and youth mentoring.
Jim Adams, Shop Coordinator
Jim has over 17 years of inventory and stockroom management. He also has over 25 years of equipment, parts/supply procurement & purchasing experience, 10 years of specialty product handling/shipping, as well as a year of facilities management experience. He developed a love of woodworking at a very early age, in his Great-Grandfather’s wood-shop, in Edgerton, Ks. Growing up on a farm and around the wood-shop, brought years of experience with tools and equipment, of all types.
Herb Denne, Shop Coordinator
Herb brings 40 years of retail and customer service experience, including 20 years with tools and hardware. He has specialized in planning, merchandising, inventory and training. He enjoys a variety of interests, including woodworking projects and mechanics. He believes in having the right tools for the job. He enjoys traveling in order to spend time with his daughters and his siblings, is a passionate Kansas City Royals fan, and likes to have fun with whatever he does.
Heather Steinle, Executive Assistant
Heather has over 20 years of experience in customer service including management, data entry, problem resolution and general office skills. She enjoys solving problems and using her vast knowledge to find the best solution for all involved. She’s a mom to a beautiful daughter, Maddie, as well as 5 rescued fur-babies (Rex, Tiny, Mingle, Chica and Conner). Animal advocacy is her passion, but helping family and friends is a close second.
The DIY Woodshop will also have a fourth pro/shop foreman, to be hired in the near future, as well as additional instructors to cover specialty classes and training — many have already stepped up to volunteer their services for our various youth programs.