Meet Our Team

If You Want To Know How A Company Will Treat You – Just Look At How They Treat Their Employees

It may seem farfetched, but it is a valid point. Think of it this way. What does it say about a home-remodeling contractor when its employees love working there? Do you think that maybe it’s because the company is taking care of them? And, if a company is so keen on taking care of their employees, do you think they might feel the same way about their clients?

In our decades of experience, the answer is ABSOLUTELY.

It’s why we work so hard to attract and keep the very best of the best. It’s one of the things we pride ourselves on. In fact, some of our team members have been with us since the day we opened Transitions Remodeling. Why do we go out of our way to attract and keep the very best? Simple. It’s because a company is only as good as the people that stand behind it.

Our Team

  • Our Designers

    Jena Anastasio, Interior Designer

    248-260-2468 ext. 204, jena@transitionsremodeling.com

    A graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Interior Design program, Jena has her bachelor’s degree in Interior and Architectural Design. She has several years of design experience and considers herself to be a “Function First” designer with a clear focus on space planning. She is contagiously enthusiastic about design and views each new project with versatility and individuality. Jena is infamous for saying, “I can make anything look ‘pretty’, but if it doesn’t function, it doesn’t matter.”

    EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

    • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Interior Design

    • Bachelor of Science in Communications Arts and Public Relations

    • Allied Member of ASID

    • Associate Member of SE Michigan HBA

    HONORS & AWARDS

    • NKBA – Michigan Chapter Design Excellence Award 2014 “People’s Choice” category

    • SE Michigan Home Builders Association 2015 Silver Medal Award – Bathroom Design category


    Mike DeCaussin, Kitchen And Bath Designer

    248-260-2468 ext. 205, mike@TransitionsRemodeling.com

    Mike grew up on the east side of Detroit where his dad was a Firefighter. He has worked in design and home improvement through woodworking and continues to spend his free time his woodshop. He officially started in the Kitchen and Bath industry in 2013. As a designer, Mike’s philosophy is to first make it functional and efficient, then make it beautiful! He tackles his projects with a mindset of problem solving for his clients.


    Olivia Dee, Design Assistant

  • Our Carpenters

    Jason Livernois, Project Manager

    Jason grew up in Farmington Hills and lives there today. He is a skilled carpenter and a certified automotive mechanic. He spends his spare time enjoying motor sports and boating. He has been involved in both residential and commercial construction. Jason owned his own business where he completed a lot of commercial construction work and performed maintenance for several companies on multi-family units in the area. He is known for his tile and finished carpentry skills and is always focused and interactive with his clients to ensure they are pleased with the final outcome of their project. A comment from a client on one of his last project says it all… “Jason, your work on our bathroom far exceeded our expectations. We love our bathroom, it is pure perfection!”


    Lynn Gertsch, Project Manager

    Lynn grew up in Utah and moved to Michigan in 1992. He has worked as a Lead Carpenter and Foreman during most of his 30 years in the construction industry. He has a reputation in the area for his problem-solving ideas and high level carpentry skills. He owned his own home remodeling business for 18 years specializing in room additions and kitchen and bath remodeling. Being a licensed General Contractor and remodeler, he is skilled in all phases of remodeling projects including drawing plans at the concept stage to complete installation and custom finish work.


    David Franklin, Lead Carpenter

    David has spent his life in Michigan and previously owned his own residential remodeling business where he specialized in kitchens, baths, and custom built cabinetry and staircases. He has also worked for several remodeling and building companies in the Howell and Auburn Hills areas leading crews and building custom homes. His knowledge and specialized skills as a carpenter show in his work. He is an active member of Multi-Lakes Conservation Club in Commerce and loves hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, and snowmobiling.


    Dan Owens, Lead Carpenter/Tile Specialist

    Dan started working in construction as an apprentice. He has spent time working both independently and as part of a company. He greatly values working on a team that is dedicated to high quality workmanship, which is why we were happy to welcome him to the Transitions Remodeling team in May. He takes great pride in all aspects of his work and favors finish carpentry and tile. While he’s not on the job he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.


    Chris Jones, Tile Specialist

    Chris grew up in Adrian, MI and started in construction around 1993 refinishing and installing hardwood floors. He started doing bathroom remodels in 1995 and has been doing residential and commercial tile work ever since. What he likes most about the remodeling process is the feeling of accomplishment and self-worth that the transformation from old to new brings. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his wife and family, travel, and play video games.


    Matt Jaworski, Field Assistant

    Matt started with new construction in 1990 and has done mostly remodeling since then. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University and we have been happy to have him with the Transitions Remodeling team for two and a half years; he brings a lot of skill and dedication to the table. His favorite part of the process is seeing the project come together at the end with beautiful results.


    Martin Peterson, Field Assistant

    Martin grew up in Waterford and started working in construction right out of high school. Now at 25, he has gained a lot of experience in many areas of construction and remodeling. Formerly, he did a lot of exteriors including decks, but loves working on kitchens and bathrooms. He says, “The best part of the process is finishing up and seeing that the customer is happy with what we’ve done and knowing I did the best job possible”.


    Alan Bamford, Field Support

    Originally Alan comes from marketing background which lends him a keen sense of big picture teamwork and customer satisfaction. Since then he has worked as a sales consultant for a counter top department and cabinet refacing services, during which he organized and lead training programs for their field crews.

    His time as an independent contractor has given him the valuable experience of seeing many projects through from start to finish. His favorite parts of the process are the creative aspect of all the possibilities for a single space and being able to hand the keys back to a smiling customer.

    Being a native Detroiter, he’s naturally a Red Wing fan and was a proud hockey dad to his now college-age son.


    Adam Hardow, Carpenter


    John Bremer, Carpenter

    John has been doing all sorts of craftsmanship carpentry for over 15+ years. His specialties include painter by trade, finished work, attention to detail, and very artistic. He graduated from University of Michigan with a BA in Music. Shortly after graduating he pursued his other love, carpentry, John loves outdoor sports and activist. He is the proud owner of a yellow lab. He enjoys working with customers and working with his hands. Transitions Remodeling is so happy to have John on our team.


    Ryan White, Assistant Carpenter

    Ryan is a great addition to our Transitions Remodeling Team. He loves creating kitchens, baths, you name it. He loves creating something from nothing and making it beautiful and amazing. He loves taking pride in the finished results. In his spare time Ryan is a singer and song writer. He simply adores his wife and his two children and loves spending time with them


    George Bayles, Carpenter

  • Our Support Staff

    Sandra Williams, Showroom Manager

    Sandra is the first face you see when you visit the Transitions Remodeling Universal Design Center. She is also the friendly voice on the end of the phone who confirms appointments and helps people schedule important meetings for their projects.

    She grew up in Metro Detroit and spent many years working for a restoration company as Quality Control Supervisor for every job that was processed. She helped restore documents after natural disasters (including Hurricane Sandy), and building fires. She enjoys boating and other water activities and mostly loves her new, beautiful Granddaughter.


    Corrine Bilkie, Bookkeeper

    Corrine grew up in Metro Detroit. She started with the Transitions Remodeling team in June 2014, after spending time away from working with a newborn and 3 other children. Prior to that she worked in finance in the automotive industry for 11 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, likes to read and loves warm weather and traveling.


    Danielle Gill, Production Assistant

  • The Owner

    Barb Baker, President and CEO, CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist)

    Barb Baker is President and CEO of Transitions Remodeling where she oversees the strategic direction of this dynamic company. Founded in 2011 with a focus on helping meet the needs of an aging population committed to remaining “safe and independent” in their homes, the business has grown into a remodeling company known for their design and quality workmanship.

    Barb is a dedicated ambassador for the remodeling and building industry serving as the President of Professional Women in Building for the SE Michigan Home Builders Association for 2014-2016. She is also an active member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Women in Construction and received their Distinguished New Constructor award in 2015.

    On a personal level, Barb gained her compassionate perspective from the real-life experience of providing in-home care and a safe environment for her husband and mother who both were dependent on wheel chairs. This drove her to obtain a Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation from HBA which recognizes her qualifications to design and build barrier free environments.

    This was just the beginning of Barb’s dream. Now at Transitions Remodeling the possibilities are endless. Whether you want that bathroom you’ve been thinking about forever or that kitchen you deserve, Transitions Remodeling is the place that makes dreams come true!