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2017 Workshop Speakers
D&J Kitchens & Baths Darius Baker
D&J Kitchens & Baths, Inc.

Darius Baker and John Scofield became partners in 1981 with a cabinet making business named Custom Kitchens & Furniture. As the demand for their product shifted in the late 1980's to a more remodeling orientated direction, they closed the cabinet shop and started D & J Kitchens and Baths, Inc., specializing in kitchen and bath remodeling projects. In 2000 Darius and John began to grow the company to what it is today, with 13 employees which include in house designers and field staff capable of any remodeling project.

The company focus is still on interior type projects and can include entire house remodels. Many of D & J's clients remember the personal service they received from Darius and John. Rest assured this service has not changed from our growth. You will receive the same personal service from a qualified D & J team member. Today, D & J Kitchens and Baths has completed over 300 remodeling projects in the Sacramento area and has received 17 COTY (Contractor of the Year) awards.


Lisa Ely & Michael Glassman Family Friendly Landscapes
Lisa Ely & Michael Glassman

Michael Glassman is a recognizable and sought after name in the world of landscape design, especially in the Greater Sacramento and Davis region. His expertise is unmatched when it comes to combining landscaping with kids.

Likewise, Lisa Ely is fast becoming a known "enthusiastic mom" in the mommy world and is gaining a loyal following to those who want to tap into her creative parenting brain. She has been referred to as the "Martha Stewart of Gardening."


Michael Glassman Michael Glassman

Michael Glassman is an award winning landscape designer and owner of one of Northern California's most prestigious design firms. With more than thirty years of experience in landscape design, waterworks and the creative elements that enhance outdoor living environments, he spent two years as co-host and designer of Discovery Home Channel's series "Garden Police".

Michael's work has been the subject of nearly fifty Sunset Magazine feature articles. He has also been published in numerous other publications including: Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking with Paula Dean, This Old House Magazine, Garden Design and Landscape Architecture. Five of his gardens were recently featured in Great Backyards 2009 magazine. His sustainable landscaping ideas were recently featured on CNN's Glen Beck show. He has been the spokesperson for the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) and has been honored three times by the American Horticultural Society, who has selected his gardens to be on their tours of Northern California gardens.

His landscape and design solutions have been the subject of more than 7 books books including: Gaining Ground by Maureen Gilmer; Outdoor Designs for Living; Garden Getaways: Havens at Home and his latest to be released at the Northern California Home & Landscape Expo — The Garden Bible.

Part environmental evangelist, part landscape design coach and connoisseur, Michael regularly appears on HGTV's "Gardening by the Yard" with Paul James. His pool designs were featured on a HGTV special , "Spectacular Pools" and recently one of his Outdoor Kitchens appeared on the HGTV special " Sizzling Outdoor Kitchens". His kitchen design was selected as the second best in the nation. Michael's clients are always amazed by his expert vision in unifying the interior and exterior of their homes while finding beauty in their natural outdoor settings, which are coaxed by his creativity into works of art.

He received his degree in landscape Architecture and design from the University of California at Davis and studied at LaNapoule Art Foundation in France. His work can be viewed on his website.


Barry Hoffer Barry Hoffer

Barry's passion is Japanese Maples. He turned his passion into a business when he opened Maples for all Seasons, a Nursery specializing in Japanese Maples, based in Pleasanton, CA. His passion grew from when he acquired his first Japanese Maple, Acer japonicum, Acontifolium, 15 years ago, to a collection that now consists of almost all of the worlds available cultivars. He is still adding.

He serves as President of the Northern California Japanese Maple Society and regularly conducts classes as "The Maple Guy" teaching about gardening with Japanese Maples, the care and pruning of the Japanese maples as well as discussing the four seasons of the Japanese Maples. Being an expert on Japanese Maples, including the care, planting and pruning, Barry has been on Radio, TV and does regular appearances at local Garden Clubs, Home and Garden Shows, Landscape and Garden Shows, and Nurseries throughout the western states.


Kathleen Jennison Kathleen Jennison
ASID Interior Designers

Kathleen Jennison, is an award winning Certified Interior Designer and General Contractor in Stockton, California. Currently serving as President of the ASID California Central/Nevada Chapter and Marketing Director of the Great Sacramento NARI Chapter. She works with creative, edgy & stylish new homeowners who want to create spaces that are show-stoppingly beautiful, functional & unique. Whether you're looking to rebuild, remodel or redesign, she can take your big vision and turn it into a unique-to-you home you & your friends will love, and people won't stop raving about!

Katherine Kawaguchi Katherine Kawaguchi
Owner - Guchi Interior Design

Katherine and her husband Bruce opened Guchi Interior Design to offer their expertise in individual home Interior and Exterior design and installations. They have helped hundreds of Sacramento area homeowners plan and execute the latest in timeless design with an emphasis on "...creating beautiful homes one room at a Time!" Once you start working with Guchi you will always turn to them for all your remodeling projects. Katherine enjoys life in the Sacramento area watching her home, state and capital city become one of the nation's leaders in both current trends and Universal Design.

Genise Plessas Genise Plessas
Medimer Marble & Granite

An Interior Design professional, owner of genise plessas designs since 2001, Genise began working for Medimer Marble & Granite in 2014. She has learned the stone and tile industries from the ground up and now holds the position of Operations & Special Projects Manager. Genise is constantly looking at new products to see how they will fit in to our homes and communities as we continue to remodel, rebuild and construct our built environment. The focus for her at Medimer is to educate and inform staff, customers and clients as new information and technology comes to market. She attended KBIS (the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Orlando, FL earlier this month.

Genise is currently the VP Communications & Marketing for the California Capital Chapter of NKBA. She is also a member of the Architectural Control Committee for Natomas Park HOA. Her former volunteer positions include, Junior League of Sacramento, Natomas Park Walk to School Program with Walk Sacramento, and Sacramento Children's Home Guild.


Farmer John Muller Farmer John Muller
Daylight Farms / The Heirloom Seed Store / Franchii Old World Seed Co.

Farmer John, a 3rd generation Family Farmer will share his knowledge and family secrets on vegetable and flower growing to help you take your seed to the table. As an urban farmer growing for farmers' markets, select restaurants, and most importantly, his grandchildren, his approach works for first time gardeners, seasoned pros, and those who love to eat what they grow! His engaging and practical experience will take you from soil preparation, to seed germination, to planting, and finishing with how and when to harvest, with his Top Ten Tips along the way.

Kathe Russell Mike & Kathe Russell
General Manager, DreamBuilders Home Remodeling

Mike Russell, CR and Kathe Russell, CKBR, CAPS are the owners of award winning DreamBuilders Home Remodeling. Now in the 15th year of business, DreamBuilders' specializes in creating dream homes for homeowners planning to enjoy their retirement years. Their boutique showroom and consumer education center is located in Rancho Cordova.

Mike is a general contractor and certified remodeler. Kathe is an interior designer and certified aging in place specialist. Together with their dream team, they help you transform your house into a home.


Roberta Walker Roberta Walker

Drawing upon her background in fine art and graphic design, Roberta Walker combines her aesthetic sense with her passion for gardening. With extensive training and experience ranging from nurseries to lush English gardens, Roberta is a pro at creating beautiful landscapes which are also "low-maintenance."

One of her great joys is sharing her passion and experience with others. Examples of her work and a detailed description of her landscaping philosophy can be found at her Web site, www.robertawalker.com.


Rebecca Ward Rebecca Ward
ASID Interior Designers

Rebecca Ward is an award-winning, certified interior designer offering full service interior design to the greater Sacramento area. Specializing in fresh, contemporary spaces; her focus is to bring beauty, purpose and inspiration to every interior. She received her BA in Interior design from CSU, Sacramento and founded her company, Rebecca Ward Design, in 2007 to enable her to fully pursue her passion for design. A native of Sacramento, Rebecca enjoys continually contributing to the community and culture of the city through innovative design.