Our Team

At the heart of California Closets is our philosophy of customization.

Experience has taught us that no two customers are the same. Especially when it comes to finding personalized solutions to organization challenges.

California Closets Design Consultants are trained to provide you with a distinct and unique storage design that embraces your belongings and the way you use your living spaces. A broad array of color and finish options, and accessories, will beautifully integrate your storage solution into your home décor and the life you lead. The combination of design skill and product choice creates a customized solution that responds to your needs and wishes exactly.

We invite you to learn more about the Design Consultants on our team:

Kate Young , Senior Design Consultant

Kate was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Art.

Adrianne Sheridan, Senior Design Consultant

Adrianne has been a Design Consultant with California Closets since 2004 and loves a challenge whether working in an odd shaped space, expanding the usable space or simply extending the existing beauty of the home. She has a degree in Industrial Design from University of Wisconsin Stout and lives in Bloomington in which she has personally run out of spaces to put California Closets in. "Once you have one you can't get enough!" - Adrianne Sheridan

Therese Sonsalla, Senior Design Consultant

Therese comes from a background of art, design, fashion and business. She has a diverse education and working experience that directly impact the high quality design experience she bring to her clients.

Megan Fronek, Design Consultant

Megan is originally from St. Paul, graduated with a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Eden Prairie with her husband and two boys.  Megan loves helping people get organized. She will take the time to get the design just right for you.

Staci Steinman, Design Consultant

Staci holds a Design degree in Technical Illustration/Graphic Design with an emphasis in Architectural Model Building. She spent some time with a design company just out of college and then moved into a finance position in a corporate environment. Although her experience in the corporate world was unrelated to design it did give her an invaluable business experience in many ways. "It gave me insight into how a business works and with that knowledge I was able to launch my own home based design business that eventually led me to my position with California Closets."

Anna Abrams, Design Consultant

Anna holds a degree in Architecture and has 10+ years of experience in residential remodeling and space organization, as well as having worked for 3 years with California Closets in Chicago. Anna's passion and talent for design and architecture started at four years old when she designed her own house in detail, all the way down to the closet systems inside. Helping people "live in their best space" is what drives Anna to deliver functional designs that creatively reflect the needs of her clients. 

Valerie Turns, Design Consultant

Valerie was born and raised in the Twin Cities.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and now lives in Woodbury with her husband and two young children.Valerie loves to get the most out of small spaces!  She will work tirelessly to make any space the best it can be.  “There is no reason to lose beauty in functionality!”

Brandy Ward, General Manager

Brandy has been with California Closets since 2008.  Her background/degree is in Interior Design and she is certified in Kitchen and Bath Design through the NKBA.  You may have seen her work as one of her interior design projects was on the cover of MSP Magazines 2010 Spring Home Remodel edition.  She was also a panel speaker at the 2012 national California Closets conference and has been certified as a California Closets "Performance Sales Manager".  In 2012 she was chosen to participate in the California Closets Design Symposium

Katie McGraw, Business Development & Design Studio Manager

Katie has worked as our Design Studio Manager since 2010. She was raised and still loves living in her city of St Paul. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts-Interior Design. She is knowledgable in our product and provides the customer service one would expect when working with California Closets.  In 2011 she won the Marketing of the Year Award, in 2012 she won the 2012 Peer Award and in 2013 she won the Leadership Award.  She is great to both our clients and fellow employees.

Sam Buchberger, Business Development & Events Manager

Sam is originally from Wausau, WI and has been with California Closets since 2013. Sam is a Jack-of-all-Trades and can be found representing California Closets throughout the metro at home tours, shows and events. She won our Marketing award in 2014.Contact Sam Buchberger to learn more about our Trade Partnerships, our awesome Referral Program, and Event opportunities!

Rachel Nystrom, Client Liaison

Rachel grew up in Waconia, MN. She studied Mass Communications/PR at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Kristen Emerick, Client Liaison

Kristen is a Graphic Designer, DIYer and Elvis fanatic from Minneapolis who studied at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Driven by her passion for creativity, she seeks any opportunity to broaden her outlook on the design world. As a Client Liaison, Kristen loves working with clients and helping them get started on their projects.