The MSK Design Build Team
Scott Westby

Scott Westby, President, Owner

After graduating with a JD and MBA from the University of Oregon, Scott worked in the field of law, first in corporate law and then in construction law. But he always loved to build. “My dad is a builder/remodeler, and my brother also has a construction company back in North Dakota. I started helping my dad when I was old enough to pick up nails, and I worked in numerous areas of residential and commercial construction. After years of practicing law, I decided to get back to building, and opened MSK Design Build in 2001.”

Scott has a great eye for architectural detail, a talent for overcoming design challenges, and provides innovative design solutions where others have not. He has a vision for what can be done in a home and the ability to bring that vision to reality.  Scott and the team have won  21 awards for design and contracting since 2006. When he’s not working, Scott enjoys reading, golf, skiing, and biking with his wife Kat. They enjoy entertaining at their home in the Oakland Hills.

Kat Mullen

Kat Mullen, Vice President, Owner

Following a career as a special educator in NYC and many years as a sales executive in the shipping industry, Kat jumped ship for the design build industry. She joined Scott at the company in 2011 and finds owning an award winning design build firm creative and satisfying. Asked how she likes the industry, Kat says “Leveraging skills from 25 years in the corporate world to owning and running our own creative business allows us to bring professionalism, integrity and heart to our work. We love what we do, and it shows in our work.”

Kat enjoys the creative and dynamic nature of the business, the great team at MSK, and the satisfaction derived from seeing happy clients. Kat and Scott married in 2014 and have beautiful twin daughters. Freetime is spent reading, doing yoga, hiking, golfing, gardening and spending time with family and friends, both here and in New York.

Nicole Amen

Nicole Amen, Office Manager

Nicole Amen is the MSK office manager. She’s a dynamic multi-tasker, and handles everything from purchasing office equipment, to keeping us OSHA  and Covid compliant, scheduling client and vendor appointments and even removing splinters! A native Californian, and a 20 year resident of Walnut Creek, Nicole has worked in various companies over the past 18 years, keeping those businesses running smoothly and efficiently. Nicole and her husband Will have three sons, two of them graduates of the University of Oregon (Ducks) and one in his 1st year of college. The whole family are sports nuts,  game days are big in the Amen household. Nicole and Will love cooking together, followed by working out to work off those delicious meals!

Margie Witt

Margie Witt, Bookkeeper

Margie joined MSK Design Build in September 2011. Having worked as a bookkeeper in a local construction firm for over 30 years, Margie’s wealth of experience, great work ethic, and dry sense of humor are a welcome addition to the team. An avid music lover and traveler, Margie is also a wonderful hands-on grandmother. Margie pays the bills and keeps us laughing!

Kelly Morisseau, CMKBD, CID

Kelly Morisseau, CMKBD, CID, Lead Designer

A Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, and a Certified Interior Designer, Kelly joined MSK in 2002 after relocating from Canada. She’s a second-generation designer with over 25 years of experience.  She is also the author of several design books as well as an avid and well-respected kitchen and bath blogger.   Not only has she served as a design judge for NKBA national and regional competitions, but six of her MSK Design Build projects have won NARI awards. Well-traveled and savvy, Kelly’s clients love the high-end projects she creates as much as they love working with her. When not working, Kelly enjoys fine dining and European travel.

Linda Bryant, AKBD

Linda Bryant, AKBD, Designer

Linda joined MSK Design Build in October 2012, bringing 25 plus years of design experience to the company. Having run her own design business, Linda enjoys working at MSK Design Build, where she gets to work with great clients, create beautiful projects, and work hand-in-hand with our team of craftsmen and designers. Linda loves listening to her clients, really hearing what they want in their new space,and then helping them realize it.

Suzy Baur, AKBD, CID

Suzy Baur, AKBD, CID, Designer

Suzy Baur landed on our shores from Zurich, Switzerland in 1995 with her husband Stephan, and happily calls the Oakland Hills home. Starting her career as an art historian, Suzy found herself drawn to interior design, including kitchen and bath design, as a means of beautifying the practical. A Certified Interior Designer, she loves listening to her clients, hearing their vision for their new space, and making the space a reality which reflects their lifestyle. Suzy loves working with a company that builds their own design projects. Color, material, and simplicity are her passions in design. Outside of the design world, Suzy & Stephan enjoy visiting art museums, attending concerts, and hiking local trails.

Karen Johnson, CIDA

Karen Johnson, CIDA, Designer

Karen began her design career in Washington State over 20 years ago, in the textile, furniture and material specification sector. She enjoyed the industry so much that she returned to school, earning her undergraduate degree in Interior Design. Fast forward to today, Karen is an accomplished kitchen and bath designer with many years of experience. The diversity of her job, from client collaboration to material selection, jobsite coordination with the crew and staying current on trends is Karen’s passion. In her free time, Karen enjoys hiking and skiing with her daughter Alyssa.

Luz Mendoza

Luz Mendoza, Design Coordinator

Luz Mendoza is our design coordinator and a talented draftsperson. Originally hailing from Colombia, Luz spent five years in Atlanta, at which time she and her husband relocated to the West Coast in 2014. With a degree from SF State in Industrial Design, and 5 years’ experience working with a kitchen and bath group, Luz is knowledgeable, competent, motivated and full of heart! She works closely with the designers and our clients on every aspect of the project, from drafting to ordering, scheduling, and design. We are very happy to have Luz on our team!

Megan DiMartino

Megan DiMartino, Office Assistant

An only child born and raised in the East Bay, Megan recently completed her BA in Psychology while working full-time at Golden State Lumber for 3 years. After working briefly in the behavioral psychology field and continuing her education, Megan joined MSK Design Build. It turns out that her family, friends and significant other are all involved in the construction trades, and that is her passion! She likes speaking with vendors, subs and clients, and learning something new about construction everyday. When not working, Megan is also passionate about cats, and her new favorite sport golf – fore!

Jackie Rodriguez

Jackie Rodriguez, Office Administrator/Scheduling Coordinator

Born in Guadalajara, and raised in Pittsburg, CA Jackie is a go-getter! The first in her family to attend college, Jackie works days at MSK and studies Business Administration at night and on weekends. Jackie worked for two years at a law firm before joining the dream team at MSK!

Jackie loves traveling, and is a total foodie – she enjoys trying out new foods and new restaurants. But her favorite pastime is spending time with her five nieces and nephews! We are happy to have Jackie on board.

Curt Roth

Curt Roth, Project Manager, NARI Certified Remodeling Project Manager

Curt has worked with MSK Design Build since 2003 our project manager. He oversees the construction operations in the field, manages the client relationships on the job, keeps clients and subcontractors updated, and is responsible for scheduling the crew and trades once construction is underway. His calm demeanor makes organizing all aspects of a remodel look easy–it’s not.

Curt move here from Oregon in 1997, and has been happily settled in the East Bay ever since. He enjoys the outdoors, boating, hiking, fishing and golfing.

Alex Burla

Alex Burla, Estimator, Project Manager

Born and raised in Timisoara, Romania, Alex moved to America and became a diehard Californian in 2011!  Alex loves the building trades, began sweeping floors at a construction company in 2011 and worked his way through the ranks until he became a full-time estimator and project manager.  Interested in traveling less and spending more time with his family, Alex joined MSK Design Build, where he is enjoying estimating with our 4 designers, and managing design-build projects. Alex and his wife Megan welcomed their son Aiden to the world 10 months ago, and are blissfully happy! Alex loves soccer, playing in 2 weekly leagues, and he and Megan enjoy playing tennis and hiking together. We expect great things from Alex!

Jorge (George) Martinez

Jorge (George) Martinez, Utility Capenter/Plumber

Jorge has been with MSK Design Build longer than any other employee.  His talents encompass many areas of construction including plumbing, framing, stucco, and rough & finished carpentry. Jorge is quiet, funny, and extremely hardworking. No job is complete without him as a steady presence on the job. Jorge lives with his wife and two daughters in the East Bay, and enjoys visiting his family in Mexico when he’s not busy swinging his hammer.

Chuck Gilbert

Chuck Gilbert, Lead Carpenter

Chuck is a talented finished carpenter, having worked through various roles within our company to become a lead carpenter.  With 16 years working with us at MSK, Chuck is a steadfast and respected member of our team. Chuck has 30+ years of flooring installation under his belt, having learned the trade from his grandfather. He’s a master at cabinetry installation, and does all manner of fine finish work in the home. His attention to detail and willingness to listen to the customer’s comments and concerns earn him high praise from our clients, who speak highly of his work and professional manner while in their home. When he’s not working, Chuck and his wife Venetta are busy enjoying life with their three kids and many friends in the East Bay. We are lucky to have him on our team!

Joe Businsky

Joe Businsky, Lead Carpenter

Joe Businsky  joined MSK Design Build in 2015, and it feels like he has been with us for years – and we mean that in the best possible way! With over 25 years of construction experience, Joe is talented in both rough and finished carpentry, and loves to take on a project and “own it” till completion. His can-do attitude probably comes from his years of experience raising five children and three grandchildren with his wife Tina. When he’s not running his crews at work or at home, you’ll find Joe relaxing with his fishing rod and tackle – out fishing.

Alvaro Alas

Alvaro Alas, Lead Carpenter

A talented landscape artist with years of experience in the family business, Alvaro followed his dream of furthering his carpentry skills and and becoming a lead carpenter in the field of design build. Alvaro joined the MSK Design Build team as a delivery driver and apprentice carpenter. His work ethic, steady manner, natural talent and ability to quickly learn various carpentry skills earned him several  promotions in short order. A natural team-player, Al is now one of our talented lead carpenters, working on everything from plumbing to rough and finished carpentry, as well as cabinetry and flooring installation. With an adorable 6-year-old daughter and a very active 13-year son, Alvaro and his military reservist wife Otilia love camping and spending time with their families. And whenever you see Alvaro, he is calm, hardworking, and always ready with a smile!

Pablo Arteaga

Pablo Arteaga, Lead Carpenter

As a teen, Pablo worked with his father building homes in Mexico. He studied carpentry in technical school, and found it to be his passion! He also enjoyed working as a furniture maker.

Arriving in the Bay Area in 2000,  Pablo worked as a rough carpenter. He met and married Sandra in 2007, and they have three great kids, ranging in age from 6 months to thirteen years old. As a family, they enjoy camping, baking and watching movies together. We enjoy having Pablo on our team, adding his talents as both a rough and finish carpenter!

Jason Owen

Jason Owen, Lead Carpenter

Jason Owen is a Northern California native, currently living in Vacaville with his wife Emily and five year old son Brandon. Jason started in the construction trades in 1996, working as a custom home framer, and over the years has become an accomplished rough and finish carpenter, with great plumbing skills as well.

Jason and his family are huge SF Giants  and beach fans, and when not indoors watching games,  enjoy gardening as a family and weekend jaunts to the beach.

Dom Dinatale

Dom Dinatale, Lead Painter

Dom Dinatale has been painting for 25 years, on both commercial and residential projects. He got into it accidentally, (as many tradesmen do!) and he loves it. The instant gratification of taking the ugly and making it beautiful pleases him. Dom grew up in Livermore and lived his whole life in the East Bay, which he proudly calls home.  Dom and his wife Leslie love spending time with their 7 and 10-year-old kids, be it hiking, biking or hitting the museum and local zoos.

Shawn Mapes

Shawn Mapes, Painter

Raised in San Jose and Modesto, Shawn has lived in the East Bay now for over 30 years. With an adventurous period in Catalina as a boat captain, and diver,  Shawn settled down 12 years ago in Vallejo with his wife Jennifer and dog Mila. Sean started painting out of high school and has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of professional painting.

Sean and Jennifer are both beach lovers and enjoy boating as well. Sean is a great golfer, with a 13 handicap, and will be our ringer in the next industry golf outing!

Jose Roberto Saucedo

Jose Roberto Saucedo, Utility Carpenter

Jose and his wife Erica have been married for 8 years and live in the East Bay. A tightknit family, they enjoy fun outdoor activities such as horseback riding at a friend’s farm, visiting the zoo, and riding their bikes together. Seven year old Gio is a big soccer player, and four year old Natalia loves the pool.

After working as a roofer for a number of years, Jose turned his sights to carpentry, and specializes in rough carpentry. He works with MSK as a utility carpenter, and looks forward to continuing his education as a finish carpenter.  We’re happy to have him onboard!

Jose Mariscal

Jose Mariscal, Utility Carpenter

Jose Mariscal and his lovely wife Erica have three children ranging in age from 18 to 7, so we know they’re busy! Jose has diverse experience in construction, from dry wall and framing to plumbing and flooring. Jose has a very calm demeanor and is always ready with a smile and a helping hand, which makes him popular with the crew. When not building and remodeling, Jose enjoys playing guitar, hiking, camping and listening to Audible books.

Miro Mihalev

Miro Mihalev, Utility Carpenter, Plumber

Raised on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, Miro made his way to the East Bay in 2004 by way of Spain, where he lived and worked for 4 years. Starting as an apprentice carpenter, Miro learned carpentry, plumbing, and various construction skills,  and now has 25 years of building experience under his tool belt! He is also a certified home inspector. On weekends, Miro plays soccer and enjoys biking with his son Boris in San Francisco; their favorite bike ride is across the Golden Gate Bridge! We are happy to have this adventurer join the MSK team.

Austen Estrada

Austen Estrada, Deconstruction Specialist (Demo)

Born and raised in Oakley, CA Austen is an East Bay guy through and through! He started in construction labor at 18, and is excited about learning to frame and in expanding his carpentry skills with MSK. Austen looks forward to going home each day to his three gals: wife Marie Joy and daughters Elisha (2 years old) and Ella (8 months old)! When not working, Austen enjoys hanging out with the family, working out, fishing, and watching the fights with his friends. Austen is a great addition to the MSK team!

Luis Ortega

Luis Ortega, Delivery Driver, Construction Helper

Born and raised in the East Bay, Luis has been driving professionally since he graduated high school, working for UPS, Fedex, and Safeway. He’s always had an interest in the construction field, working with family and friends, and is excited to be working in construction as his new career!

Luis enjoys working on his cars during his free time and has recently taken up welding as a new hobby. What he enjoys the most is spending his free time with his girlfriend Angela. We are happy to welcome Luis to our team!

They wanted to make it our home for us, and that made it really really special!

Amy Buta, Danville, CA, October 2017