Meet The Team

A commitment to excellence for 34 years.

Committed to continually earning your trust, our designers, project managers, carpenters, and office staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. Our award-winning custom remodeling projects are renowned for the quality craftsmanship, outstanding service, and long-lasting relationships that often transcend the project.


Jeff Metke

Founder & President

For Jeff Metke, woodworking and remodeling homes is more than just an occupation. It’s a way of life. Ever since his grandmother handed him a hammer at the tender age of three, carpentry became Metke’s passion. “In high school, I invested in tools while everyone else was out buying cars,” he remembers. “I put myself through college building furniture and cabinets.” After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Construction Management, he launched Metke Remodeling. Since then, the company has grown from a small outfit that concentrated on doors and interior finish carpentry into a full-service Design Build firm with 15 skilled employees. “I honestly love to dream up something and then create it,” he says. “My staff and I are truly passionate about our work. When a client walks in to see the finished job and their jaw drops to the floor, that’s what we live for.”

Teresa Metke

Vice President of Design & Marketing

Teresa has been in the design industry for over 20 years; however, she also has a background in business. Teresa graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. After spending several years in the restaurant management field working for a successful commercial chain, she decided to combine her management experience with her creative talents. Teresa went back to school to study interior design at Marylhurst University. From there she designed and managed the opening of several restaurants.

During this time Metke Remodeling & Woodworking was beginning to grow rapidly. Teresa made the decision to leave the commercial design field to help her husband Jeff further develop the Metke brand. Together they created and implemented processes, hired more designers, project managers, and opened a design showroom.

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Combining Jeff’s construction expertise with Teresa’s design skills allows Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes to provide something unique to their clients. “It is our goal to make a process that is difficult in nature, as easy as possible for the clients.” Becoming a Design Build firm allows Metke Remodeling to give our clients a better experience by eliminating costly delays and miscommunication. Teresa’s favorite part of the process is the continual search for beautiful and unique ways to create amazing spaces for our clients.

Projects Teresa Has Worked On:
Modern Canal Side Whole House Remodel
Lakeside Luxury Whole House Remodel
Old Spaghetti Factory

Nick Colaco Production Manager at Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes

Nick Metke

General Manager

Nick began working for Metke Remodeling in 2017 as a Project manager. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a BS in Business, Nick obtained a management position for a large construction supply warehouse where he worked for 7 years. Nick has always had an interest in the construction industry. Growing up he was constantly working on little projects around the house, and his favorite class in high school was shop!

Nick’s favorite part about being in a project management role is being able to see the project progress and transform into something beautiful. He enjoys managing teams because he loves helping people succeed and watching them grow. He also enjoys overseeing the details of the project to ensure the success of both the project and the team. Nick has recently transitioned into a production management role which excites him because he loves looking at all the parts and pieces of a project and studying how they will fit seamlessly together. He is very organized and has been very successful at implementing processes and procedures to enhance our overall production operations.

Annalisa Pena

Sales Designer

A native Oregonian, Annalisa comes to us with a strong background in interior design and residential real estate. After spending several years running her own business, she joined Metke in December 2023. A natural people person, she’s passionate about supporting homeowners in renovations with the client at the center of the process.

Inspired by classical paintings and textiles, interior design and architecture has been a natural outlet for her creativity. It fills her soul to collaborate and help clients love their home. She appreciates authentic design and even more so efficient spaces for a functional home. Her mission is to guide you in creating thoughtful, personal, and functional spaces for all to live and play.

Renovations aren’t just for her clients; she’s been transforming her home over the past several years and understands the rollercoaster of home remodeling. She’s currently trying to select a kitchen backsplash tile…so many choices!

Annalisa is a busy mom of two spunky children and spends much time cheering her kids on at soccer. Outside of parenting, you can find her hiking with her dog, connecting with friends and family or visiting notable Pdx restaurants. Ask her about what’s hot in Pdx, she prides herself on being “in the know!”

Jenny Thompson

Accounting Specialist

Jenny joined the Metke Remodeling Accounting team in November 2021.  Jenny comes to Metke with many years of experience in the Accounting and HR field in a wide range of industries the last one being the Wine Industry.  Jenny enjoys having a fresh eye and helping make her co-worker’s job a little easier by trying to find ways to streamline processes and sharing the workload in this time of company growth.  Jenny is excited to make the transition into the design and construction industry and has always enjoyed home design in every aspect.

Crystal Elder

Senior Design Coordinator

Crystal started at Metke in 2008 as a Project Coordinator. She graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Interior Design in 2002. From there she went on to work alongside a local designer doing residential interiors. Crystal has always been fascinated with homes. Not only does she love the pretty stuff, but she also loves to play around with the layout and space planning. When Crystal was a little girl, she loved to see the new homes being built around her neighborhood and longed to go inside to see them as they were being framed. “To me, it is like a game of Tetris. You have to figure out how you can make each space fit perfectly into your overall footprint”.

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Her favorite part of the design build process is being able to be involved from conception all the way to completion. “Being involved with the project all the way through construction allows me as a designer to have a better understanding of construction and how the project is built, which has made me a better and more thoughtful designer”. Crystal was the very first Design Coordinator at Metke, and now she is the Senior Design Coordinator overseeing two other designers. “I am so pleased that Metke has grown to the point of needing more than one designer on our team. I am very proud of how far we have come, and look forward to seeing where we will go from here”!

Meet Crystal Elder

Jenny Haynes

Senior Design Coordinator

Jenny graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Interior Design. After that, she worked for two years as a Real Estate Broker, until joining the Metke Design Team in 2016. Jenny grew up in a very creative household. She enjoyed refurbishing furniture, painting, and helping out with remodel projects around the house. Jenny was first introduced to the design industry in High School when her teacher noticed her unique skill set. When she discovered OSU’s design program, it was a match made in heaven.

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While Jenny cannot pinpoint one favorite design style, she likes to incorporate natural elements into her designs, wood, natural stone, etc. She also enjoys the challenge of being able to make any space beautiful no matter what style. “One of my favorite aspects of remodeling is having the opportunity to work with many different design styles. When you are only remodeling a few spaces in the home you have to ensure the newly designed spaces complement the existing spaces as well.” Her favorite remodel projects are whole-house remodels. “I love being able to provide the client with their dream house, and to see a complete transformation of every space!”.

Meet Jenny Haynes

Claire Bennett

Design Coordinator

Claire started working for Metke Remodeling in 2019 shortly after graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in Interior Design. Claire has always loved interior design and was constantly rearranging and redecorating her childhood home. Her interest in the design field continued to grow through high school and when she learned of OSU’s Interiors program she knew she was meant to be an Interior Designer. In addition to her design background, Claire also has several years of experience working in the retail environment which has equipped her with a very high level of patience and customer service skills. Claire’s favorite part of the design process is the “Idealization phase. I love sourcing materials, space planning, and drafting”! Her favorite design styles are “Modern, Scandinavian, contemporary, and mid-century modern”.

Meet Claire

Courtney Perez-O’Dess

Design Coordinator

Meet Courtney, a fresh and passionate designer who has recently embarked on a new chapter of her life! Although she is an original West Coaster, Courtney has spent the last four years expanding her cultural awareness and professional experience in New England – but is ready to bring her excitement for design to Lake Oswego, helping clients bring their design dreams to reality.

The love for creativity bloomed at an early age – from sketching fashion designs as a child to relentlessly redesigning her room’s layout, her artistic endeavors matured during her education at California State University of Long Beach. Graduating in 2014, Courtney was able to develop her skills by working with design firms on both the West and the East Coast, creating a unique ability to combine various architectural styles by blending the traditions of the historic east coast with the urban sophistication of Southern California and now striving to find connections back to nature reflecting the environmental beauty of Oregon.

Settling into her new hometown of Milwaukie, Courtney and her husband are excited to explore the picturesque landscapes of Oregon with their loving Labrador, Orion.

Zoe Chollar-Webb Junior Design Coordinator at Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes

Zoe Chollar-Webb

Design Coordinator

Zoe joined the Metke team in July 2021 as a Junior Designer after a 6-month internship. She was born and raised in Santa Cruz County on the Central California Coast. She has loved interior design since she was little. Her grandpa had been an art director and set designer for movies in Hollywood and as a kid, she spent hours drafting with him in his studio. As much as she loved interior design, she never realized it could be a career option. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014 with a BA in European history. While she doesn’t use that degree officially, the education she received and the skills she learned are invaluable. After moving to Portland, OR in 2017 she found Portland Community College’s interior design program. She completed her Associate of Applied Sciences in Interior Design from Portland Community College in June 2021. Prior to her job at Metke Remodeling, she was a nanny for 9 years where she learned the value of consistency, empathy, and clear communication, and also the importance of having fun.

Zoe loves the quirky details of old homes and enjoys working on projects that focus on preserving the historical integrity of homes and neighborhoods. She also likes to create connections between interior spaces and their exterior landscape to bring the outside in. Green and warm earthy tones are her favorites, especially when layered with organic materials and fun textures. Her favorite aspect of interior design, though, is creating warm and welcoming spaces that are unique to each clients’ individual needs.

Chris Wall

Project Manager

Chris started as a Project Manager for Metke in 2017, after running a successful framing business with his brother for many years. Chris entered the construction industry because he wasn’t satisfied working in an office environment. “I need to be outside, I feel trapped when I’m behind a desk”. Chris’s father was an engineer, so he was taught the elements of building at a young age. Chris built his own three-story treehouse when he was 8 years old! “The neighbor kid liked my treehouse so much, his mother hired a contractor to build him one just like it!” Chris’s favorite projects are whole-house remodels. He loves to see the complete transformation.

Arlo Christensen

Project Manager

Arlo has been around construction his entire life. As a young boy, he remembers sitting on his father’s lap while he dug footings for the house his dad was building. Arlo’s dad was always doing additions to the house during his grade school years. Out of high school, he got his first construction job, and it was off to the races for Arlo. He worked for the same company for 8 years. In 2009 Arlo got his general contractors license. He successfully ran a business for 12 years before coming to work for Metke Remodeling. Arlo specializes in finish carpentry and has a very sharp eye for finish details. He also enjoys interacting with clients and subs. When he is not working, he enjoys surfing, golfing, snowboarding, camping, and boating. Arlo recently moved from Santa Cruz, CA, where he was born and raised. He loves the ocean!

Darrell Knighton

Project Manager

Hailing from Queen Creek Arizona, Darrell joined the Metke team in 2023.

With over 20yrs of construction experience, Darrell brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He started his career in 2002 as a rough framer before entering the construction management field in 2005 as a superintendent for Pulte Homes. Since then, Darrell has worked with some of Arizona’s most premier custom home builders, managing the construction of homes from 5,000sf to 16,000sf and ranging in value from 1 to 12 million dollars.

Beyond his professional achievements, Darrell is a devoted father of five boys, aged 12-20. Passionate about fatherhood, he actively supports and engages in his children’s hobbies. He has served as a scoutmaster in his community and assisted dozens of youths in achieving their Eagle Scout rank, including two of his own boys.

He enjoys the outdoors and some of his hobbies include, Backpacking and Camping, Fishing, Gardening, and playing sports with his boys.

Will Lawson

Project Manager

Will joined the Metke team in 2024, stepping into the role of project manager with enthusiasm for merging his relationship-building skills with his passion for home transformations.

With over 7 years of hands-on carpentry experience under his belt, Will’s affinity for construction traces back to his childhood, where he eagerly crafted a shed for his remote-control cars at the tender age of 10, followed by constructing skateboard boxes and ramps for friends. Transitioning seamlessly from these early endeavors, he embarked on his professional journey straight out of high school, delving into the realm of construction with a home remodeler. This marked the inception of his deep-seated understanding of the intricate process of transforming houses, further bolstered by his involvement in framing new builds.

Currently embarking on a personal journey of home renovation alongside his fiancé, Will finds immense joy in the intricate process of molding his own living space.

Curtis Kisky

Production Manager

Growing up in Lake Oswego, Curtis spent most of his free time outside and making things with his hands. From constructing forts in his backyard and birdhouses in his dad’s shop to earning woodworking merit badges in Boy Scout Troop #127, building has always come naturally for him. Combining his appreciation of nature and building, Curtis started working in construction while earning a BS at Portland State University, majoring in Environmental Science. During that time, he developed a keen interest in sustainable building, renewable energy, and rainwater harvesting that he took into practice as a lead carpenter and project manager.

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Now at Metke, Curtis brings over 10 years of high-end residential remodeling experience back to his hometown. Having a combination of hands-on and project management experience has given Curtis a sharp eye for details and craftsmanship. His favorite part of being a project manager is the satisfaction of transforming an idea into a tangible, finished result. Even when he’s not at work, Curtis is likely still building something! He loves building computers, furniture, and tackling the occasional DIY project in his old house. He also enjoys camping, backpacking, snowboarding, and any lakeside/boating activities.

John Patrick

Senior Carpenter & Technical Support

JP (John Patrick) got started in the construction industry when he was 12 years old. His love for carpentry and woodworking started when he took his first shop class in middle school. With a teacher for a mother and an attorney for a father, JP had to obtain his skills through hands-on experiences. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Construction Management, JP worked as a carpenter for several years until he relocated to the Portland area in 1998. JP began working at Metke Remodeling in 2000 as a carpenter and quickly transitioned into a Project Management role. As the company expanded and transformed over the years, JP transitioned into the Production Management role to train and oversee all production and provide construction expertise to the Metke Design Team.

Today JP is back in a carpenter roll as that is his true passion. His favorite part of a remodel project is, “Seeing something finished. I love the tangible aspects of the project. You don’t get to see that as much when you are in a management position”. His greatest strength is “I am flexible. Being able to be flexible in a production role is very important as you never know when you will get thrown a curveball and have to adjust and keep moving forward”.

Derek Chism


Derek was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and loved woodworking from a young age. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Psychology, he realized that he was happiest when building things out of wood, so he decided to change course and pursue a career in carpentry. The focus and precision required for fine finish carpentry is his favorite aspect of the building process, and he was drawn to Metke because of their reputation for high-quality woodworking in their projects.

When he’s not on-site, Derek can usually be found digging in his garden, cooking, turning wood on his lathe, or hiking and camping with his dog Mars.

Jacob Cobb


Jacob started out working construction in the summers during high school and college. He decided to pursue the career further, working for a small remodeling company in SE Portland for over 2 years. Now at Metke Remodeling, Jacob is looking to further hone is frame and finish carpentry skills and is eager to help out wherever he can. During Jacobs free time he enjoys the outdoors and is the catching coach for the McDaniel High School baseball team.

Cooper Metke

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