Our Team


Keating Hurd, Interior Designer

My success in the building and home remodeling industry comes from having a firm grasp and understanding of space planning, and how it affects the lives of my clients.  In my 17 years in this industry, I have built over 350 homes as a residential builder, have held real estate licenses in two states and most currently, earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego.<

Ben Weiss, Design Consultant

I am a graduate from the University of Arizona. I have been designing custom storage solutions for over thirteen years and was recognized as the International Designer of the Year in 2014, 2013 and 2006 and second in 2009, 2010, & 2011 and third in 2012 and 2008. I have been the top designer for the San Diego Franchise each year since joining the company in 2001.

Kathy Bitter, Design Consultant

I have always been passionate about organization and design, earning an advanced degree in Interior Design.  I have had the privilege of designing custom storage solutions for California Closets since 2001.  Throughout my career with California Closets, I have sold and designed over 2,000 custom storage systems for every room of the home.

Mona Ciampa, Design Consultant

After many years in the Advertising and Marketing field, I decided to embark on a career change. A friend of mine who was a designer for California Closets, (and knew of my passion for the design industry), suggested that I pursue a design consultant career with California Closets. The combination of my past career experience, my love for design, and the innate need that a Virgo has to organize, I soon realized that I loved the challenge of creating customized storage solutions for my clients.

Claudia Hemmi, Interior Designer

I always think about home as our sanctuary, our personal space where we retreat from the world. That’s why I am always looking for ways to make areas of the home more functional, organized and harmonious. To me this where we start to define our life, it starts in the places you spend most of your time or where you wish you had more time to spend.

Morgan Henington, Design Consultant, Interior Designer

As a graduate of The Design Institute of San Diego, my first experience was in residential design where I learned what an amazing privilege it is to be a part of creating a beautifully, functional space in a client’s home. I believe space planning is the most challenging and also the most rewarding part of design and that is why California Closets is an ideal fit for me.

Joanna Suero, Interior Designer

 Joanna joined the California Closets San Diego team after relocated from Florida where she honed her skills as a design consultant for the California Closets Naples franchise.  Prior to joining California Closets, she worked as a project manager and has extensive background in building and construction, product design and rooms decor renovations. 

Katie Swinburne, Design Consultant/ Interior Designer

Katie joined the California Closets team after receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego.  Born and raised in California, she’s been in San Diego for over 5 years and is happy to now call it home.  As an interior designer, she has a fresh outlook on the design world and sees every space as an opportunity for improvement in both functionality and beauty.   She truly believes that color holds the potential to change everything and her specialized experience in color selection gives her a certain edge in realizing the bes

Tessa Kelly, Design Consultant/ Interior Designer

Tessa Goble Kelly is an Interior Designer dedicated going above and beyond a client’s imagination. She is an active member in The American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and feels passionately about the need to be involved in one’s community both locally and globally.   

Jackie Rivas, Interior Designer

As an Interior Designer, my knowledge and experience has enhanced my passion of form and function, which is exemplified in the designs that we will create together. Our collaborating goal is to reach the most efficient use of space planning; while incorporating the importance of visual symmetry, balance and rhythm within your environment.

Jonathan Avne, Design Consultant for the Inland Empire

I am very excited to work for a company who treats their employees and clients with the upmost in professionalism, integrity, and respect.  I absolutely love what I do, and it’s that passion that inspires me to work with my clients in coming up with solutions to help simplify their lives.     I have over 8 years of experience with California Closets, and 25 years of sales and management experience.  I pride myself in exceling at communication and follow through .

Suzi Beirle, Design Consultant

One of my favorite games is Tetris. All the different falling shapes and pretty colors all needing to be fit into a small space, maximizing the amount of tiles to rack up points. The hours of playing this game have paid off! Over the years, assigning falling objects “a place” has been the number one reason people initially call and invite me into their homes. After recently downsizing homes personally, I appreciate first-hand how essential it is to maximize space and uncover and utilize hidden space you didn’t even know existed!