Meet the Team

Renovate is comprised of dedicated professionals who have a passion for residential remodeling. They have worked for large companies in the past, but prefer to work for a small company like Renovate where each person is an integral part of the team. We take pride in the work we do and each person on our team understands that the client and the job come first. We are a tight-knit group and we work together to ensure every job is done to our highest skill level. Remodel work is about people – our team and our clients. We communicate, we plan, we deliver
and we all, to a person, love what we do which shows in the final product.

Our Team

Amanda Shesterkin

Amanda Shesterkin


Amanda grew up in a construction family. Her father worked for decades remodeling homes in San Francisco and Seattle. After spending 13 years overseas on commercial construction projects, Amanda returned to Seattle, founded Renovate Construction, and brought together a team of professionals who love what they do and who bring that energy to each job. Amanda spends as much time as business allows exploring the mountains with her husband, Mike, and their eight-year-old twin girls.

Derek N.

Senior Project Manager

Derek brings years of residential remodeling and design experience along with extreme enthusiasm for the process. He spearheads the team, lines out the work, and communicates constantly with our clients. Derek loves to design remodels that fit clients’ aesthetic and budget. Derek excels at creating custom solutions for every project and working with homeowners to create amazing spaces. Derek is a father of three and enjoys spending his off time with his kids and girlfriend adventuring in the Northwest.

Oleg K.

Senior Field Project Manager & Master Carpenter

Oleg learned construction from his father, working by his side for ten years. He was taught well, because Oleg has the rare ability to understand building and remodeling from the foundation to the final finish details. He is not only himself a highly skilled carpenter, he is also a meticulous Senior Project Manager, which is why he oversees all of our field operations. Oleg’s calm demeanor and quiet sense of humor are much appreciated by our field team and the clients. Interestingly, Oleg never envisioned himself working in the trades – he is a classically trained concert pianist and was pursing a career in music. He says that if it wasn’t for Renovate, he wouldn’t be remodeling, but what we produce is “art” and he can feed his creative soul.

Amethyst R.

Senior Interior Designer & Architectural Drafter

Amethyst holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design and has over 10 years of professional experience in the Residential and Commercial industries. She possesses unwavering attention to detail and a strong eye for color and form. Amethyst is skilled in designing to a vast array of styles, creating beautifully updated spaces tailored to our clients’ vision, while maintaining the architectural integrity of the home and enhancing its value. Amethyst recently relocated to Seattle from Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her spare time Amethyst is passionate about singing and cooking. She and her fiancé love being outdoors and are enjoying getting to know the gorgeous Emerald City..

Amethyst R.
Mike S

Mike S.

Safety Manager

Mike knows a thing or two about staying safe in the field. As a former combat soldier and Bering Sea crab fisherman, Mike has seen his fair share of dangerous situations. His excellent situational awareness and observation skills help keep our team safe in the field. Mike conducts our weekly safety meetings and safety training, and can be seen at various job sites delivering and picking up the “dump” trailer to help keep our work areas clean and safe for our field crew and our clients. 

When Mike is not working, he is teaching his eight-year-old twin girls how to throw the perfect spiral football and leading them, with his wife Amanda, on various outdoor adventures.

Darryl Hickam

Project Manager & Master Carpenter

Darryl learned the trades from an early age, working in California as a tiler and then becoming a general contractor. He ran his own company for almost 20 years and has over 25 years of experience in construction and is a great communicator. As a Project Manager, Darryl makes sure our field team is keeping to task and our clients are informed. When he’s not working, Darryl spends as much time as he can with his three kids and wife in Lakes Stevens coaching his boys baseball team and playing Barbies with his daughter. His family loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking.

Darryl Hickam – Project Manager
Ryan B – Lead Carpenter

Ryan B

Lead Carpenter

Ryan learned construction in the highly competitive and demanding residential framing industry in California. He is an excellent framer, carpenter, and all-around remodeler. Ryan’s dedication to perfection makes him a favorite of our clients – he loves what he does and his work shows it. He is a quintessential jack-of-all-remodeling-trades and excels at using his expertise to help everyone around him understand the “how” and “why” details that form the backbone of his top-quality projects. Ryan enjoys spending his off time with his wife, young daughter, and his fishing poles near their new home in Lake Stevens.

Chad K.

Lead Carpenter

Chad moved to Seattle a few years ago from Kingston to be with his girlfriend. He grew up on job sites learning the ups and downs of construction from his best friend’s father. Chad has over a decade of experience in construction. When you meet Chad you’ll see that he is full of energy and always ready to work. He is creative and inventive and takes pride in his work. On his off days he loves exploring the outdoors – rock climbing, skateboarding, and finding any way to enjoy the rare sun.

Jesse J – Lead Carpenter

Jesse J

Lead Carpenter

Jesse moved to Seattle from Bellingham, and we are fortunate that he did. Jesse is a great all-around carpenter and has a good attitude to match his skills. He learned his trade working at a small company helping the owner remodel homes in northern Washington. Having grown up in Eastern Washington, Jesse is a skilled outdoorsman, loves to ride mountain bikes, and spend his time with his girlfriend on various adventures near and far.

Ryan M

Ryan M.


Ryan is an excellent carpenter with a can-do attitude. His passion for what he does, and his brimming enthusiasm, drives our projects forward. You’d never guess, but before becoming the carpenter he is today, Ryan worked in the restaurant industry and is a highly skilled chef. He made the transition to carpentry several years ago and has worked tirelessly to achieve the mastery of carpentry that he has today. When Ryan isn’t cooking up success at work, he enjoys practicing his epicurean creations at home.

Pro chef tip: Ryan says that his trick for crowd-pleasing deviled eggs is a hint of butter flavoring. We say that the trick to great renovations is a creative carpenter like Ryan.

Tyler L

Tyler L.

Field Expeditor

Tyler makes sure materials are delivered on time and that job sites are clean. He also helps our carpenters with demo and other tasks, as he expands his skills in the carpentry trade. Tyler is always on the move, loading and unloading material from the bright yellow Renovate van and calling the team for his next assignment. When Tyler isn’t helping us keep operations running smoothly, he travels – his most recent trip was to Turkey with his fiancée.

Rebecca M.

HR, Compliance, & Accounting

An extremely detail-oriented person and trusted member of the team, Rebecca enjoys working behind the scenes managing accounting and compliance operations for the company. In her “off” hours, Rebecca makes beautiful jewelry in her studio, RAM Mountain Studio, at the base of Mt. Si. 

Rebecca M

Viana C.

Office Manager & Administrator

Behind every successful remodeling company is an administrator whose primary focus is supporting the field team. Viana is in charge of all things office related. She places orders, tracks material delivery, and makes sure the team is providing the necessary paperwork in a way that doesn’t interfere with operations. Each week she prepares the detailed invoices for our clients. At home Viana likes to spend time with her husband and family, watch true crime documentaries, and read.

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