About Us

Our Team



Scott Byrd


The company was founded in 1982 by Scott Byrd.  Scott has spent thirty-five years in the business and has worked with over 2,400 clients.  He has specialized in kitchen remodeling, but also does extensive remodeling, additions, new construction, decks, wet bars and more.  Scott has won numerous awards including Nebraska State Home Builders 2001 Remodeler of the Year, 2001 ASID Designer Show house Builder and has won Best of Omaha Kitchen and Bath Remodeler 2009 through 2017.  Scott and his staff are dedicated to producing quality projects in all price ranges giving individual attention to detail with each and every client.  We have hundreds of references from satisfied clients that we can provide to you.
"I am joined in our company by my wife Barbara.  We each have two children.  They have given us ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Barbara and I enjoy traveling and playing golf when time permits.  Life is good.  God is good.”

Kris Elsasser


Kris joined the company in 1992 and handles all office related tasks from personnel and advertising to the accounting and project coordination of all jobs.  She is responsible for monitoring and overseeing all projects to insure that our staff is taking good care of you, the client, and that your project runs smoothly from start to finish.  Kris is married with two grown children.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and time at the lake soaking up the rays.

Rachael Wilmeth

Interior Designer

Rachael joined Kitchens By Design in 2007.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in Interior Design and has over eleven years experience in the remodeling and design industry.  Rachael has a vast knowledge of both current trends and timeless styles to make sure that your new project says “you”.  She will guide you through the design process to explore new ideas and avoid costly design mistakes.  Rachael will make your project fun and easy so that you can enjoy and look forward to your new space.  Her attention to detail will turn your living space into both a beautiful and efficient product.  Rachael loves a design challenge and always looks forward to working with the clients on their next project.  

Rachael enjoys spending time with her young family, friends, planning the next "event" and vacation spot while sipping a good glass of wine.

Carie Lynch

Interior Designer/Cabinet Designer

Carie’s career in design started straight out of college.  In 2004 Carie was asked to join Kitchens By Design as an interior designer and kitchen/bath designer.  Her work and talents can be seen in many of the photos currently in our photo gallery.  Carie believes it is very important to understand a client’s needs, wants and their budget in order to best design the perfect kitchen.  She prides herself in her ability to help the client envision the beauty and functionality of her designs.  Hard work and time with her client pays big dividends.  Carie enjoys gardening, bicycling, and spending time with family and friends to recharge and get ready for the next big project.



Emily graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in interior design and joined Kitchens by Design in 2015.  Emily has a passion for the design process which includes understanding the client’s needs, vision, and budget and bringing that vision to life.  She enjoys running, tennis, traveling, reading and spending quality time with her family.

Tony Thiele

Lead Carpenter

Tony joined our company in 2000. Although Tony is shy, he lets his workmanship do all of the talking, A nicer man you will never meet. Tony and his wife live in Missouri Valley, Iowa on a nice acreage. When he has time off, you can find Tony in his garden or on numerous outside projects.

Jerry Potter

Lead Carpenter

Jerry joined our company in 2003. Jerry began his career as a carpenter soon after the “civil war”. All kidding aside, this man’s skill and experience is evident in his workmanship. Jerry and his wife live in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Jerry is also a gifted musician and enjoys playing in his band.

Doug Moore

Lead Carpenter

Doug joined our company in 2004. Doug is a master of many skills. He is our “go to” man. He has the uncanny ability to remember names and dates. There is a good chance he either knows you or someone in your family. Doug and his wife live in West Omaha. They enjoy riding their Harley Davidson and traveling together.

Scott Kirkpatrick

Lead Carpenter

Scott joined our company in 2004. Scott loves to show off his workmanship. He and his wife live in West Omaha. They have a young family and they all enjoy time at home and being at church. Scott enjoys spending time restoring his Mustang.

“JT” Jamie Tafoya

Lead Carpenter

JT joined our company in 2007. JT’s skill set includes beautiful carpentry work and attention to detail. He also helps with our major structural changes when required. JT and his wife live in Elkhorn, Nebraska. He enjoys watching Red Wing Hockey. Both JT and his wife enjoy martial arts, cooking and entertaining.

Rafael Orellana

Granite Manager

Rafael joined our company in 2008.  His ability to shape stone into exactly what our designers and clients have asked for is second to none.  Rafael and his wife live in South Omaha.  He and his family love to go fishing and enjoy the great outdoors.  Rachael enjoys spending time with her young family, friends, planning the next "event" and vacation spot while sipping a good glass of wine.

Greg Hrabik

Lead Carpenter and Master Tile Setter

Greg joined our company in 2010.  Greg has many skills.  He is an excellent carpenter and does fine tile work.  When complicated tile work is required, Greg gets the call.  He and his wife live in Ralston, Nebraska.  He enjoys restoring old cars in the garage and spending time at the lake.

Matthew Gusta

Carpenter/Refacing Division

Matt has been in the kitchen and bath industry for over 14 years.  During this time, he has worked in nearly every facet of the industry.  His experience includes design, project management, cabinet manufacturing/production, assembly, installation and more.  Matt also has experience with laminate and veneer.  This blend makes him uniquely qualified to handle the entire process of refacing a kitchen.  From measuring to ordering to reface, Matt has the experience and know how to turn your current kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams.

Doug Moore, Jr.


Doug joined our company in 2012.  Doug has followed his father into our company.  He has sharpened his skills by working with other lead carpenters.  He lives in Central Omaha.  Doug enjoys working on home projects and playing softball.

Eric Hrabik

Carpenter and Tile Setter

Eric joined our company in 2013.  He has followed his father into our company.  Eric is refining his skills of the trade as he works with his father and other lead carpenters.  He likes to restore old classic cars with his dad

Gustavo Alonso

Granite Fabricator

Gustavo joined our company in 2013.  Very few craftsmen can equal this man’s ability to shape rock.  Gustavo lives in South Omaha with his wife and four children.  He loves to play and watch soccer.

Lance Wagner

Carpenters Helper

Lance joined our company in 2015.  He has worked for our company part time for many years.  Recently, we asked Lance to join our company full time.  We are glad to have him.  He lives in Louisville, Nebraska, enjoys life and loves to play golf.


Kitchens By Design is truly blessed to have such outstanding specialists working with us to make every project a reality.