Bill Laurysen – Vice President of Operations
Caroline Castrucci – Vice President of Administration
Giuseppe Castrucci – Vice President of Sales / Marketing
Corey Laurysen – Special Projects and Order Processing
Michael Laurysen – Plant Manager
Jim Gorman – Controller
Steve Hnatyshyn – Sales Manager
Don Waites – Ontario Dealer Representative
Meet Our Designers
At Laurysen, we’ve spent a lot of time scouting great design talent. All of our designers are professionally trained and accredited – and most of them have won awards too!
Stephen Hnatyshyn, Sales Manager
Stephen is a graduate of Georgian College in the field of Industrial Design. After coming to Ottawa in 1982, he found his way into the kitchen Industry where he has been ever since.
With his design background and interest in providing reliable quality service to his clients, Stephen became part of the Laurysen Kitchen Design team in 1991.
For 9 years he built up a strong clientele base and established a healthy portfolio of Builders, Renovators, and Retail customers with a strong referral network. In 2000 Stephen was promoted to the Sales Manager position. Aside from sales manager responsibilities, Steve still takes an active role in design and managing a few long standing accounts.
Janet Spencer, Designer
Janet discovered her love for design very early on in high school after finishing 4 years of drafting and design before continuing on to complete an Architectural Technicians degree at Loyalist College with honours. Wanting to focus her attention to interior design and combine her technical drafting skills lead her to commit to specializing in the Kitchen and Bath design industry and enrolling in the Kitchen and Bath course at Algonquin College winning the award for top mark in computer drafting. Janet has been working in the industry since graduating and enjoys taking her customers through the journey of initial concept drawings to the final project.
Kenysha Manery, Designer
A graduate with a diploma in Architectural Technology from Saint Clair College in Windsor, Kenysha has been a designer for over 4 years and has been a member of our team since early 2016. As she continues to design and expand her client base, she is also continuing to advance her education in the Kitchen Industry by taking courses that will result in her achieving the Certified Kitchen Designer designation from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She feels comfortable in Transitional as well as Modern design and brings a youthful enthusiasm to each of her projects. From new home construction, to renovations and retail, she looks forward to working with our customers.
Erica Naish, Designer
Erica’s creative flair began at a young age and eventually led to her completing a degree in theatre. Designing kitchens was a logical and natural next step for Erica, and has led to a decade of experience in the design field. She now brings her passion and casual, friendly style to Laurysen. She believes in combining form with function to create spaces that are both practical to work in and beautiful to look at. She works collaboratively with her clients to design spaces they can be proud of and enjoy. Erica holds an honours graduate certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design from Algonquin College and was an instructor in the program.
- First Place – Best New Designer, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2015
- First Place – Student Design Competition, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Exellence Awards, 2014
Aviva Ben-Choreen, CKD
Aviva Ben-Choreen is a graduate of Emunah College in Jerusalem and expanded her knowledge with additional courses from the University of Ottawa in the ’90s. She is fluently bi-lingual in English and Hebrew.
She has worked in the field of design for over 25 years with work experience in Israel and Canada. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of the Laurysen Team. She is a member of the NKBA and is one of the first few to have achieved the Certified Kitchen Designer designation in the city of Ottawa.
She has extensive experience with individualized custom designs for one-of-a-kind jobs as well as the ability to work on large scale projects. Over the years Aviva has helped create many model homes with quality builders in Ottawa that have gone on to win awards in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders annual design competition.
Wael Bakr, CKD
“Everyone’s economic and life style situation is unique. I keep that in mind when working with clients. Designing the same space for five different families may result in five different designs – this is how unique and distinguished we are.”
Wael Bakr is a Certified Kitchen Designer with over 20 years extensive experience in architectural and interior design. He is a true professional and a very creative designer, with excellent knowledge of design and fantastic customer service skills. He enjoys the challenges and responsibilities involved in his work and has produced award winning designs throughout his career.
Wael has also obtained the highly coveted NKBA Kitchen Designer Certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
- First Place – Traditional Kitchen Group B, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2016
- First Place – People’s Choice Award – Kitchen, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2015
- First Place – Traditional Kitchen Group B, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2015
Heather Chabot graduated from the Interior Design program at Algonquin College in 2005. She moved out to Calgary where she gained experience in the work field with a small architectural firm as well as a large custom home builder. She also gained experience in the kitchen and bath field before moving back home to Ottawa.
Heather has been with Laurysen Kitchens since 2008, and has been working with a number of established contractors, builders and retail clients over the years.
She uses her training and experience to help clients achieve a functional and beautifully designed space that best suits their lifestyle and design tastes.
Natasha came to Laurysen in 2010 after working for many years in Toronto. She graduated with Honours from the Interior Design program at Sheridan College of Art and Design in Oakville before living and working in the Cayman Islands as an interior designer. This international experience, combined with several more years in the high end residential and kitchen design world in Toronto allows Natasha to understand what her customers want and how to best create the space that meets those expectations. Natasha is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, loves what she does, and would be happy to help you turn your ideas into reality to create a space that you will enjoy for years to come.
- First Place – Traditional Kitchen Group A, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2016
- First Place – Other Rooms in the House, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2016
Heather brings extensive expertise and experience in the home furnishing, sales and customer service industry, including a strong creative background in marketing and advertising.
Heather is a member of NKBA and an Algonquin college graduate of The NKBA supported Kitchen and Bath Program. For Heather the most enjoyable aspect of design is working with the homeowner to make their dream kitchen, bath or closet a reality. She’s strives to determine the clients individual needs and incorporate those requirements into the overall design.
In 2014, Heather won 2nd place in the Best New Designer Category at the NKBA Design Awards. You can see her winning design below.
Kimberly has been working in the interior design and décor field since graduating from Algonquin College in 2007. She began by starting her own decorating business while working as an office designer for the government and later working for a high end furniture store. Kimberly joined Laurysen Kitchens Design team in 2009, and quickly became an integral part of the team, working closely with well established contractors to provide clients with a complete renovation which is both easy and comforting. She enjoys providing clients with personal attention to help them discover their own unique sense of style and create their very own beautiful custom kitchen.