Meet Our People

Jonathan Orpin Jered Slusser Carolyn Bailey Roblyn Powley Elise Payne Wendy Graham Kim Casselman Sean Comerford Ashley Samuel Rick Gulvin Michele Caryl Jonathan Taylor Alex Monachino Randy Yates Ingra Stephens Josh Peck Patrick Ester Steve Pettrone Jess Kesel West Coast Crew The Timber Saw Crew The Moulder Crew The Denailers The Board Stock Saw Crew The Barn Team Wood Mavericks The Finishing Team Deanna Varble Jennifer Young Megan L John Champlin Snow Blackwood Karen Parkhurst Jan Boor Jen Garritano Pam Remchuk Steve Herrick JoAnna Rease Office Greeters
Jonathan Orpin

Founder and owner of Pioneer Millworks, J. Ohhhh plays as hard as he works - on a sunny Friday lunch hour you'll often find him tooling down the muddy inclines of Victor's single track. On the home front, Jonathan enjoys the craziness of family life with witty Sierra beginning adulthood on the west coast, adventurous & quizzical Jake River chasing after Luca-the-dog and the ever-patient Maxine who manages to keep them all in health, in love and in line.

Jered Slusser
Northeast Reclaimed Design Expert

Jered started with us in 1997 and is an avid railroad buff hobbiest, creating custom-painted model trains when he isn’t on the sidelines of lacrosse fields watching and coaching his two boys. Jered, his wife Jamie, and their boys always enjoy weekends camping through the summer. With a BFA in Interior Design, he helps customers navigate our myriad choices of flooring, paneling, millwork, and custom products. He can often be found on the road in New York City and other locales across the eastern half of the country, meeting with architects, interior designers, and builders.

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Carolyn Bailey
Rocky Mountain Reclaimed Design Expert

Carolyn Bailey joins our sales team from Denver, Colorado. She has an BFA in Interior Design/Architecture, has worked as part of a Design-Build team for over 8 years, owned an art gallery, and tells us that since 7th grade wood shop she has loved the smell of sawdust. Outside of work, Carolyn and her husband Greg are helping their girls make college preparations while enjoying their 6 month old, 100lb Saint Bernard "puppy" Oscar and squeezing in time to hike, camp, paint, and conquer DIY home projects. Carolyn is the go-to for designing with reclaimed wood for commercial and residential projects in Colorado.

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Roblyn Powley
East Coast Sales Support

Roblyn is a key memeber of our East Coast sales team. With a degree and loads of experience in residential and commercial interior design, a background in fine tile, and an intense love of remodeling, Roblyn is a favorite among our pro design clients and homeowners. Walking the talk, Roblyn makes a habit of updating her home, over and over again. In between she spends time with Rocco, the sweetest, mean-looking dog ever, reads any book she can grab, and laughs at her cat, Francis.

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Elise Payne
West Coast Reclaimed Design Expert

Elise Payne joins our west coast team in Portland, Oregon with an MFA in Interior Design and a love of all things reused and reclaimed, especially when it comes to design. Originally from the Rocky Mountains, she is a nature lover and is happiest when spending time outdoors with her husband Adam and Barlow the dog. When not at work or in the woods, she spends most her time cooking, thrifting, gardening and constantly renovating their recently purchased mid-century ranch home in the up-and-coming Kenton neighborhood of North Portland.

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Wendy Graham
Customer Services Leader

Wendy is our be-all-end-all Customer Services Leader, ensuring production, invoicing, and projects are handled with customer service beyond belief. You’ll likely meet her via email or over the phone, and yes, she’s that smiley. When she isn’t organizing and communicating, she’s camping with her husband, Lou, playing softball, cheering her kids (Preston and Jasmine) on — basically she never stops.

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Kim Casselman
Customer Service and Shipping

Kim recently joined our customer service and shipping team after completing her degree in Sustainable Development from SUNY Empire State College. Each day she works tirelessly to determine the best shipping solutions for our East and West Coast locations and customers alike. A self-described 'total geek', Kim's a fan of sci/fi books, movies, and television shows, but is also quick to mention her love of The Great Outdoors. Her husband Tim and two kitty-fur-babies love to keep her company while knitting, crocheting, and (her new addiction) spin fiber-ing. 

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Sean Comerford
Sales and Support

Passion for history and wood brought Sean to our mill where he joined our moulder crew and learned our products. He soon found his way into our office and has become a member of our sales team, supporting Jered and Roblyn while helping our walk-in clients and local requests. Touring Europe after college gave Sean a world view fitting his easy demeanor. Besides a love of old wood, he enjoys local IPAs, hiking, and throwing pottery.

Ashley Samuel
West Coast Sales Support

Ashley is a force in all things customer service. She works in tandem with our west coast team, behind the scenes, making project details flow seamlessly. She finds her energy easily focuses on organization even in her personal time where she's a huge component in making the Pickathon independent eco-centric music festival happen in Oregon. An avid locavore, Ashley is a true foodie enjoying cooking gourmet meals for her husband Chris, their son Alan, family friends, and even — we know we're really lucky! — her coworkers.

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Rick Gulvin
Production Manager

Don’t let Rick’s gruff exterior and coach’s voice fool you – this Scout Master, youth football coach, amateur sports photographer, golfer, and proud dad of a Marine is the guy we go to when stuff needs to get done. In his past life he was a football star at Alfred University. A team member for well over 10 years, he keeps the mill running smoothly and can identify just about any wood species at a glance.

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Michele Caryl
Acquisitions Manager

Michele is a veteran of the days when we were a tiny little operation in Shortsville. She's still with us, though often out of the office digging through a ramshackle building talking the value of timbers with demo-guys. In addition to buying wood, she manages our wholesale sales, and our barn crew. Michele's most happy, however, spending her time with her two beautiful daughters, her guitar riffing son Evan & her Remington 1100, given to her by her beloved Dan.

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Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan hails from Boston but found home on the west coast with our Oregon teams. He’s happy to have left the cold winters behind but has kept a classic Boston accent, much to the amusement of our co-workers. He is passionate about all things wood and even owned his own custom cabinet shop for a time. These days he loves to get his hands dirty with our custom build projects but is also a jack-of-all-trades around the office. When he’s not doing paperwork or inhaling sawdust there’s nothing he enjoys more than being out in nature or putting together puzzles with his three year old daughter, Genevieve. As an avid hiker and off-roader, Jonathan is exploring Oregon’s ample opportunities for adventure, and we’re excited that he’s digging the west coast lifestyle. 

Alex Monachino
Acquisitions Leader

Alex takes on many roles a day in the mill and around the office. Often he is creating samples for the sales team, but he also fills in on the production line catching boards, defecting, applying finishes, packaging, and more. From time to time he travels for acquisitions reclaiming timbers/flooring from barns and industrial buildings. These days he stays a bit closer to home spending time with Margaret and their toddler Charley. Alex has a wicked racquetball serve and (although he tries not to let anyone know, we've found out) he's a great cook!

Randy Yates
Purveyor of Reclaimed Wood

We knew Randy was one of us when he stopped in our McMinnville shop looking for a reclaimed timber. We knew he should join our team when we learned of his experience with wood and metal, and he charmed us with his personality. Today, he works with our acquisitions team, scouring the nation to rescue planks, joists, and timbers. He also works with builders, timber framers, and architects to locate just the right timbers for their projects. And for those folks looking for wholesale volumes, he does that too. If you meet up with Randy, chances are you’ll meet Daisy, his faithful canine companion. Randy is proud to be the newest steward of 50 acres of forested land he calls home in Oregon.



Ingra Stephens

With a background in accounting and management, Ingra is an excellent fit to our west coast office, where she considers herself kind of a catch-all. We adore her resourceful and adaptable nature. Ingra grew up in the mountains of Idaho where she helped her family split firewood and make shingles for their cabin and outhouse. That DIY-spirit has stayed with her – she has become a skilled felting artist. When she’s not juggling the daily adventures of our Portland, OR shop, Ingra is likely gardening, teaching felting classes, hanging out with her rescue pups, or attending a musical with her partner, Arlene.

Josh Peck
Yard and Inventory Leader

Josh has the task of having to sort and categorize the timbers that come into our yard as well as manage our inventory system. [Not an easy job when you consider the 9 acres of timbers this guy calls his office.] Amazingly gifted in his ability to identify wood species, he can spot a quality timber from 300 feet, inform you on the latest-coolest-hip-musician and create a fine home brew. To see a hysterically funny tutorial on wood identification visit the Pioneer Millworks' YouTube channel.

Patrick Ester
Production Leader

Previously one of our "wood mavericks" and now working closely with Rick on all things production and with a special focus on our dust collection project. Pat has proven himself to be a dedicated, invested co-worker bringing new ideas and a strong work ethic to the mill.

Steve Pettrone
Finishing & Sampling Leader

Notorious for his sense of humor and discerning eye, Steve is our sample and finish guru, crafting and assembling samples large and small, and leading the team on custom finishing projects. A former contractor who owned a business specializing in wood flooring, Steve earned his BS in Forestry at the University of Vermont. He traveled to California to be a wild land firefighter, then to North Carolina and a few other states, before settling with his wife Christine in Upstate, New York. Steve and Christine are music festival connoisseurs, introducing their daughter Willow to the art of bluegrass early in life. They also enjoy hiking and are currently working on the final room in their whole-house restoration: the kitchen.

Jess Kesel
Sample Guru

Jess is a hardworking guy and man of few words. He’s part of our samples team and can be found assembling samples large and small for our customers. When he's not experimenting with different finishes and stains (eco-friendly of course), you'll probably find him setting up camp mountainside under a starry sky. We've also heard he plays tennis, snowboards, and is obsessed with everything automobile - especially those of the European variety.

West Coast Crew

Our West Coast team is a cohesive unit where everyone does a little bit of everything. From the shop in McMinnville, OR (left to right): Isaac Thompson – Production, Cameron Delzell – Production, Jonathan Taylor – Operations Manager, Jacob Westgard - Production, Josh Felty – Euro Planer and Inventory, Ingra Stephens – Office Manager, Mike Gillespie – Samples and Inventory, Joshua Alexander – Production

The Timber Saw Crew

Gnarly timbers in, clean timbers out. TJ and Carl run some of the biggest bandsaws in the industry, and do so with skill and dedication to quality. A love of showing off the latest pics of the kids, a jam session on the weekends, and the good natured patience it takes to coax the balance of grade and story from each timber they encounter.

The Moulder Crew

It's just board stock until John, Josh, Dave, Luke, Alex, and Jonah turn it into tongue and groove flooring, or any of the many custom and standard molding profiles we create. Thanks to these precision-minded woodworkers, professional installers and homeowners alike sing their praises noting the quality of the fit - an important feature when you're paying your installer by the hour, or looking to finish your floor quickly.

The Denailers

Dave, Lucas, Jacob, Derek, and Jesse are a tough buncha' guys who work in the cold & the humidity to pull the metal oddities out of the timbers and planks we salvage from across the country. They may seem rough at first, but either the close quarters they work in or the teamwork it takes to do what they do has softened their dispositions to that of an amiable lot.

The Board Stock Saw Crew

Mathew, Steve on the headsaw, and Tony on the ripsaw are the guys who take timbers and turn them into blanks for the moulder crew to mill into the flooring you love. They're the ones who decide which grade which board belongs in, they cut out defects, they feed the hog, they play in bands, they fish, they joke, they make for a pretty entertaining bunch.

The Barn Team
Search & Rescue

The barn team spends their time around regional barns investigating the contents and evaluating their worth in wood. They've often been captured on film as siding harvesters, honey gatherers, amateur art collectors, arm wrestlers, or trying to make their way into the latest PBS documentary. A note on barn rescue: If a barn or agricultural building can be saved and left in place, it should, and we're happy to make that recommendation. Unfortunately, time, changes to farming methods and so much more often conspire to suggest other uses for great old barns, otherwise they fall in rot and abandonment. If you know of a building that may be at the end of its life, call us at the Pioneer Millworks office in Farmington, NY or email us at

Wood Mavericks

The World's Most Eco-friendly Engineered Flooring (and paneling) wouldn't exist without Carl, Cal and Dan. These seasoned craftsmen have sawdust in their DNA. They do it all - they run our engineered line, they apply custom finishes, build tables and fixtures, handle reclamation of our limited edition stock, make local deliveries, and just about anything else that needs to be done. Cal and Dan hold a wealth of knowledge that only comes with being key players on our teams for over a decade. Add in photography, fishing, hunting, and storytelling — there is always something to learn from this eclectic bunch.

The Finishing Team

Our dedicated finishing team knows that providing a great finished product requires attention to detail and creativity to bring out the best in our antique wood. In this last stage of production, it isn't uncommon to find Dan, Brie, Steve, Mark, Tysha, Mike, Adam, and Carl visualizing how the floor, paneling, or stairs will look when installed while moving and grooving as tunes rock through the shop. Powering through thousands of square feet of material, energy and passion keeps this team moving and as their infamous leader, Steve, has been known to say, “This group will not rest until the product is just right.” Their talents don’t end at producing amazing finishes. They’re skilled cooks, singers, photographers, guinea pig wranglers, and woodworkers. 

Deanna Varble
Creative Director

Deanna is back with our team after working in-house at Habitat for Humanity and agency-side at Dixon Schwabl. Her heart is with helping those who need it, family, farm-to-table, and anything hygge. She’s a designer and wordsmith by trade and leads our crazy creatives by filling their buckets with “pretty things”, chocolate, and high-level conversations. Win her over with your best dad-joke and a well mixed Old-fashioned – she’ll be yours forever.

Jennifer Young
General Manager

When Jennifer isn't lurking in the sample rack - you'll find her pouring over the latest industry trends, figures, campaigns and guerrillas [advertising, not Primates]. Inspired by the curiosity of her three boys and her husband Will's rock star musings, it's only on the crystal ski slopes in NY that her body gets to catch up with the pace of her creativity.

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Megan L
Communications Director

After a good gallop across the countryside on her horse Jack, Megan can be found putting her creativity and multitasking abilities to work in the office. A stickler for making things happen accurately and on time, the only place she lets things slide is at the barn where she's happy to spoil Jack and all the other horses. On-the-go is a way of life for Megan and as she has her sights set on a few 5Ks (even though we know she dislikes running), she's busy working out, playing racquetball, rock climbing, and enjoying the occasional baked good.

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John Champlin

John came to us with not just a love of design and abundant enthusiasm, but a genuine enjoyment of nature and biology. He's known in the Rochester NY community for his involvement in citywide improvement projects and art shows featuring his work. Often seen taking photos of the interesting textures and species of wood in the shop, he happily embraced the graphic design responsibilities in our marketing department and has made it his mission to let the world know the story of the people and the products of our company - while helping keep the beard quota up, of course.

Snow Blackwood
West Coast Creative Leader

Snow comes to us with years of experience in the magazine world. With her last position as editor and creative director of Oregon Home magazine, she more than has her feet wet in the home industry. With a love for all things wood and the environment, she’s excited to onboard with our company to help plan events, design promo materials, manage marketing and write about things that matter to us and those who care about sustainable wood products and practices.
Favorite wood: Hickory
Freetime: I’m a sucker for staying in bed with a good book and a cup of coffee, but most of the time I’m chasing after my two lil’ boys, Shiloh (9 years old) and Lyric (6 years old). I like to do art with them and get outside in nature.
Favorite part about working here: I like the people and the ethos. And I love being surrounded by beautiful wood.

Karen Parkhurst
Finance Office

Karen has been a vital member of our community for 20 years. She's now in retirement (for the second time as she spent a few days a week during her initial 'retirement' continuing to help out in our finance department). While she tries to project the personality of a pit bull, once you get to know her she's actually all warm & fuzzy. Grandchildren, amateur dramatics, boating, her duties as a Rotarian and several new volunteer positions keep her busy these days.

Jan Boor
Accounting Specialist

Jan joined our finance group after owning and running a small manufacturing business while acting as assistant manager for the ARC. Needless to say, she can handle most anything thrown her way with ease! When asked about her free time, Jan laughs saying she and her beau Mark have "a bunch of kids!". Recently all of their free time has gone into building their home, complete with Jan's favorite reclaimed flooring (oak). That bunch of kids, Kay, Nathan, Adam, Michael, and occasionally Joshua (who is now in the Air Force), have all pitched in on the big build. Jan is also a trustee for a local public library, a good fit as she is an avid reader.

Jen Garritano
Accounts Payable

Jen is one of our finance gurus with a touch of IT obsession. She keeps us all in line and accountable for everything that needs to be paid, but also works closely with our IT provider to manage our varied and numerous IT requests. She, husband Joe, and kids Nicholas and Nicole are working to update their home - from what we understand pulling wallpaper is a fun family activity! Jen loves to cook, admits to an undying love of cheese, addiction to kick boxing, and keeps everyone (cat, dog, and fish included) healthy and happy.

Pam Remchuk
Finance Manager

A native of the Rochester region, Pam stepped in as our Finance Manager in Farmington NY with positive energy and a contagious smile. Outside of work, Pam and her husband Jeremy are honing their swimming and soccer jargon thanks to their daughter Ella and son Connor’s avid interest in both sports. When she has a free moment Pam can be found shopping – she can hold her own with any bargain hunter – or jogging. Last year she ran her first 5K and we know she’s planning to conquer a few more in 2012.

Steve Herrick
Maintenance Manager

Steve was our original maintenance manager way back when we were located in the old Pioneer Road building in Shortsville a few decades ago. He took a break from our shop and we couldn’t be happier to have him back on our team.  He was previously challenged with setting up and installing all the tools and machines in our current factory in Farmington, today he meticulously maintains that equipment and our facilities day to day. A quiet one, he opens up when big saws or big game are mentioned.

JoAnna Rease
Office Manager

JoAnna had filled in for us here and there in the past and we're glad to have added her full-time to our group. With her experience in medical/clerical she'll be able to handle our needs with ease. In her spare time, JoAnna enjoys gardening, fishing, and spending time with her two children (Alana and Alex) and husband Ben. She is also an avid quilter.

Office Greeters
Canine Clan

If you visit in NY you'll likely be greeted by Kairo, Betty, Riley, or Penny. Charlie, pictured here, was our official office greeter for nearly a decade. We'll always remember his dedication to welcoming folks, making rounds for treats, desire for any/every game of fetch, and bountiful love for his family and friends. Recently we also said goobye to Phin, one of our smaller office canines who did plenty of lap hopping and playing. Today, guests in Farmington are met by a variety of wet noses against their hands, big brown eyes, wagging tails, and excited 'dancing' paws. The same applies in our Oregon office and shop as Sherlock, Barlow, and a few others are honing their greeting skills.

Jonathan Orpin Jered Slusser Carolyn Bailey Roblyn Powley Elise Payne Wendy Graham Kim Casselman Sean Comerford Ashley Samuel Rick Gulvin Michele Caryl Jonathan Taylor Alex Monachino Randy Yates Ingra Stephens Josh Peck Patrick Ester Steve Pettrone Jess Kesel West Coast Crew The Timber Saw Crew The Moulder Crew The Denailers The Board Stock Saw Crew The Barn Team Wood Mavericks The Finishing Team Deanna Varble Jennifer Young Megan L John Champlin Snow Blackwood Karen Parkhurst Jan Boor Jen Garritano Pam Remchuk Steve Herrick JoAnna Rease Office Greeters