We utilize an in-house team of designers and project managers to provide the support needed to take a job from inception to completion. Our team of trade partners and suppliers are specialists in their field and meet our high standards of practice. All projects are managed by Jef Forward. We'd love for you to meet our team!


Jef brings a passion for the design and construction industry, and above all, helping our client love their home and the process! In his spare, time, Jef enjoys spending time with the family, reading and tinkering with objects and technology!

Jef Forward, President and Creative Director
Jef brings a passion for the design and construction industry, and above all, helping our client love their home and the process! In his spare, time, Jef enjoys spending time with the family, reading and tinkering with objects and technology!

Ruby is the current Vice Paw-resident of Forward Design Build.  Ruby has been known to kick back with a bone from time to time and take a nap in the middle of the office.  She understands her role very well. Click here to learn more about Ruby. 

Ruby, Vice Paw-resident
Ruby is the current Vice Paw-resident of Forward Design Build.  Ruby has been known to kick back with a bone from time to time and take a nap in the middle of the office.  She understands her role very well.
Click here to learn more about Ruby

Monica brings a direct no-nonsense approach to her work, yet always make it fun! She attended EMU in 1992 and received her builders licence in 2015. When she gets home from work, she loves spending time with her family or going on a long run.

Monica Hough, Estimator
Monica brings a direct no-nonsense approach to her work, yet always make it fun! She attended EMU in 1992 and received her builders licence in 2015. When she gets home from work, she loves spending time with her family or going on a long run.


Lynnette handles our books and client statements.  When she’s not at work or watching hockey, she enjoys gardening or traveling - though she doesn’t get to go as often as she’d like.

Lynnette Brice, Business Manager
Lynnette handles our books and client statements. When she’s not at work or watching hockey, she enjoys gardening or traveling - though she doesn’t get to go as often as she’d like.

Chad guides our homeowners through the remodeling process, from the first phone call.   He received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.  In Chad’s free time he enjoys playing hockey, working on his home, and spending time with his wife.  

Chad Weiler, Project Coordinator
Chad guides our homeowners through the remodeling process, from the first phone call. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.  In Chad’s free time he enjoys playing hockey, working on his home, and spending time with his wife.  

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Susie Arhangelos, Office Manager
Susie joined the Forward team at the beginning of 2017. Before she became a full time stay at home mom to raise her son, she worked as an office manager for MLive.com. Now that her son is older, she's excited to be part of a team again. While not at work, she loves being with her son and spending time with friends and family.


Melissa Armstrong, Marketing Coordinator
Melissa is an experienced writer, research assistant and content marketing professional and holds degrees in Art History and Video Art from Syracuse University. She joined the team at Forward Design Build because she was drawn to the lively, challenging atmosphere and passion for client care. When she's not at work, she loves to learn new skills, travel, and (most of all) to antagonize her stubborn old Bulldog, Frank.

 

Ann Marie provides our clients with creative designs and project guidance throughout the process.  She graduated from Michigan State with a bachelors in Arts and Interior Design. While not at work, she enjoys attending plays, reading and spending time with her family.

Ann-Marie Clark, Project Designer
Ann Marie provides our clients with creative designs and project guidance throughout the process.  She graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor's in Arts and Interior Design. While not at work, she enjoys attending plays, reading and spending time with her family.
 

 

 

Miranda Frye, Project Designer
Miranda provides our clients with creative designs and project guidance throughout the process. She graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado in Interior Design and has over 6 years of experience in home renovation. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with her family in her free time. 

The Junior Designer is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Designer in designing the project and assisting with completing plans, construction drawings, and renders. Ashley graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Architecture.  Ashley loves playing with her dog, Rue, and painting in her free time.

Ashley Howard, Designer
The Designer is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Designer in designing the project and assisting with completing plans, construction drawings, and renders.

Ashley graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Architecture.  Ashley loves playing with her dog, Rue, and painting in her free time.

The Junior Designer is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Designer in designing the project and assisting with completing plans, construction drawings, and renders. Christine graduated from the University of Michigan in Architecture in 2014. While not at work, she enjoys spending time on the lake with her husband and reading outside.

Caitlin Acampa, Designer
The Designer is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Designer in designing the project and assisting with completing plans, construction drawings, and renders.

Caitlin graduated from the New York School of Interior Design with her Master's in Interior Design in 2014. She has previous experience with both commercial and residential interior design in the New York City area. She has her undergraduate degree from Indiana University.  While not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, watching sports and reading.

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Millicent Murphy, Designer
The Designer is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Designer in designing the project and assisting with completing plans, construction drawings, and renders.

Millicent graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2017 with a degree in Interior Design.  In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, and spending quality time with family, friends and her Puggle, Emma.  Fun fact: if she hadn't gone with interiors, she says that she probably would have chosen to study historic preservation.


Tim Whitford, Production Manager

Tim has always worked in construction. He began working here in 2012 as a carpenter and quickly became the production manager. He loves spending time with his grandson or working in his garden.

Tim Frincke, Project Manager

Tim grew up in Ann Arbor and studied at Washtenaw Community College. He has almost 15 years of experience in residential finish carpentry, remodeling, and building work. He had his own business for 6 years before he came to Forward in the fall of 2013. He enjoys woodworking, playing sports, and spending time with his wife and two children - Ella and Axel.

Rob Walker, Project Manager

Rob has worked in carpentry for almost 35 years and has worked here since 2013. When he’s not building houses for Forward, or himself, he enjoys spending time with his 3 daughters and playing volleyball.


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Rob Reilly, Project Manager

Rob’s first project with Forward was a 1200 square foot second story addition in 2001. He won an award from the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission for the Waite - Kellogg residence built in 1837. He enjoys cooking and gardening in his free time and being with his wife and daughter.

Matt Nicholas, Project Manager

Matt studied at Eastern Michigan and began working here in 2002 for 5 years, then returning in the winter of 2016. He has nearly 25 years of experience in carpentry. While at home, he enjoys playing random sports and watching his daughters play lacrosse.

Jon Frincke, Carpenter

Jon has been with us since 2014. He went into masonry right out of high school and eventually found his love in carpentry. He enjoys playing hockey, ping pong, and golf. He recently got into making cutting boards with spare wood from his projects.


Ryan Beaber, Carpenter

Ryan graduated from Penn State in Architecture in 2014 and started working here a year later in April as a carpenter. He enjoys building houses more than designing them! While he’s not building houses, he enjoys running and doing yoga.

Jeff Bishop, Carpenter

Jeff joined the Forward team in the fall of 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience with remodeling and tile work. He enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors.

Brian Schmidt, Carpenter

Brian is an artist and a carpenter.  He's probably best known for his concrete counter tops and unique furniture pieces in wood, concrete, and metal. Brian brings many years of experience to the Forward Design Build team; he joined us in the Fall of 2017, and we think we will keep him.