TEAM PROFILES

Bill Jetton

Bill Jetton | President and Founder
Bill Jetton grew up in a small town on the gulf coast of Texas.  He earned his BA in economics from the University of Houston in 1973. He left for California shortly after graduation and began apprenticing as a carpenter in Mendocino. “As a young man, I was drawn to carpentry because I liked working with my hands and being part of a team.  Building my company has been exciting and fulfilling in both respects.  Once I started building I never wanted to stop.”

Jim Williams

Jim Williams | Project Manager
Jim Williams was born in New York City, but gained his gentlemanly ways from a childhood spent in the south. “As production manager, I enjoy “choreographing” the many elements within each project.”  Jim has been in a lead position at Jetton Construction since 1987.  He is a licensed contractor with over thirty years of experience and also has a B.A. in dance.

Steve Weaver

Steve Weaver | Project Supervisor/Journey Carpenter
Steve Weaver earned a B.A. in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. His interest in vernacular architecture and ruins gives him a unique perspective on the remodeling business. As he sums it up “I am fascinated by new uses for old structures.” Steve has been working in construction since 1984. He is committed to craftsmanship, enjoys the process of building and appreciates a well-designed architectural space.

Robert Lee

Robert Lee | Senior Project Manager/Estimator
Robert Lee, a native of the East Bay, has worked in high quality remodeling since 1988. Having extensively re-built his own home, Robert knows first-hand what it is like to be on the customer side of the construction project.  “I take great pleasure in working with our clients to ensure that they achieve their remodeling dreams.” Beyond work he can be found enjoying his family and writing songs.

Steve Klucharich

Steve Klucharich | Estimator/Project Manager
Steve, our estimator, is an LEED Green Associate. He draws on a wealth of experience as a finish carpenter and project manager.  His skill at finding the highest quality at the best value makes him essential to the Jetton Team.  He is excited to have the privilege of working with some of the most talented architects, designers and craftspeople in the Bay Area. When not immersed in spreadsheets, he likes to cook, garden and coach his daughter’s softball team.

Bill Cucci

Bill Cucci | Senior Project Manager/Estimator
Bill Cucci has been working as an administrative and estimating guru for over 35 years and has consistently kept pace with this ever-changing field.  He is a wizard with the computer and values the unique collaborative effort in managing projects at Jetton.  Bill is excited to be a part of the movement towards beautiful homes made almost completely out of recycled and reused materials. Outside of working in Management, Bill holds a black belt in Aikido and enjoys using trig functions to cut unusual rafters.

Michael Van Lokeren

Michael Van Lokeren | Project Manager
Michael studied languages at Middlebury College in Vermont and is fluent in Spanish and French. He developed his expertise as a builder and supervisor working alongside his brother for over a decade in Santa Monica, CA. Michael is a LEED AP and has certification in Construction Management from UCLA.  In his free time, Michael surfs the Pacific coast and is a member of the US Tennis Association. He is most happy spending time with his family and watching his two daughters grow.

Tim Dawson

Tim Dawson | Project Supervisor
Tim first began working in construction with his father.  He built fireplaces while earning a degree in philosophy. In the early 1980’s he moved from Indiana to California where he and Bill Jetton met as fellow carpenters. Tim has managed a number of projects for Jetton Construction over the past twenty years. Tim has a passion for the outdoors and has spent time whitewater rafting throughout the country including Alaska. He lives in Stinson Beach where he is an active member of the Volunteer Fire Department.

Galen Pimentel

Galen Pimentel | Journey Carpenter
Galen Pimentel graduated from Bishop O’Dowd in 2005 where he was a valued member of the soccer team.  He also rowed for the award-winning Oakland Strokes Crew team.  He has now established himself in the carpentry trade and appreciates the continued team effort construction requires.

John Lancaster

John Lancaster | Journey Carpenter
John has been interested in construction since the age of four when he built his first tree fort with his mother. As a carpenter, he believes that there is a certain amount of respect that one attains from others as well as pride from within. John also devotes his time as a volunteer each year with Habitat for Humanity; he and his family volunteered in Nepal to help rebuild after the recent earthquake damage. John is an active participant in his daughter's Girl Scout Troop, an enthusiastic volunteer within the city of Oakland.

Todd Ehmann

Tod Ehmann | Journey Carpenter
Tod graduated from UC Davis in 2000 with a degree in history. While completing his coursework, he worked on a West Davis family owned farm, where he turned an acre of dirt into a blackberry patch. He moved to the Bay Area and began working in landscaping.  Tod moved on to work with the East Bay Conservation Corps, where he helped kids from East and West Oakland cut trails in the Berkeley and Oakland Hills. When he's not playing with his kids, or working on his house, you might find him at an A's game or listening to a local band.

Heladio Mendez

Heladio Mendez | Journey Carpenter
Heladio Began working in construction in 1998.  Coming out of high school, he was immediately intrigued with the art of carpentry.  He began with pieces of scrap wood to get familiar with the contouring of the wood and within three months he was making miter joints, casing, and painting his creations. He lives in Marin with his family and enjoys playing soccer with his son. His dream is to build a home for his family.

Lisa Suardana

Lisa Suardana | Office Manager
Lisa has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Lisa enjoys being a part of the integrated team effort that is involved in every construction project Jetton undertakes. She is committed to implementing systems to smoothly manage the financial details of the building process. When not at the office, Lisa can be found in her garden. As a transplant to Berkeley from New England, Lisa enjoys spring in February and growing California native plants year round.

Ashley Rene Smith

Ashley Smith | Contract Administrator/Scheduling Coordinator
Ashley graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture and design. While in college, she embraced cooperative living which broadened her understanding of eco-design and taught her to view sustainability as a way of life. Ashley interned for Solar Community Housing Association of Davis as the Interior Design Coordinator for a yearlong LEED Certified Building project. She is excited to contribute to the Jetton team and eager to learn as much as she can about the construction industry.

Starr | Administrative Assistant
A native of Los Angeles, Starr is a recent arrival to the Bay Area. She has worked for over 15 years as an administrative assistant in diverse settings including higher education, entertainment and healthcare. Starr has trained as a doula and herbalist and has always enjoyed being a part of the “behind the scenes” work that helps keep the company flowing. She is proud to be part of the Jetton family that shares her concern for sustainability.