Our Key Personnel
Sandy Harris, Controller
Sandy joined the Sun Design team in April 2008. As the Director of Administration, she plans, directs and coordinates administrative services, including human resources, company benefits, departmental processes and general office support. In addition, she serves as a member of the management group and the board of advisors where she participates in the development of organizational strategic plans, contributing expertise and information within the area of administration, as well as coordination of intra-departmental objectives and initiatives.
Prior to working at Sun Design, Sandy accumulated 20 years of administrative experience while serving as director of operations for the Federal Research Service and as general manager for Quicksilver Restaurants. “I love working at Sun Design because of our team-spirited and customer-focused environment,” says Sandy.
Beth Walters, Director of Communications
Beth joined Sun Design in January 2011. As the Director of Communications she analyzes our market and proposes and implements strategies through market research, advertising and sales promotion programs. This involves designing, implementing, and facilitating annual marketing plans for the firm, translating business objectives and strategies to develop brand portfolio objectives, developing strategies to facilitate business growth, and developing all promotional and marketing materials.
She brings to Sun Design and its clients nearly a decade of experience in land development, community associations management, new home construction, remodeling, interior design and marketing. Before joining Sun Design, Beth was Marketing and Designs Manager for a leading new home builder in Virginia Beach, VA. Prior to that, she was the Community Associations Manager for KETTLER in McLean, VA. She has earned certifications from a number of urban planning, real estate and development organizations.
“I’ve always had a passion for architecture and then developed a craze for generating buzz. When my husband and I decided to move back to our home town I interviewed at a couple places, but when I met with Sun Design, it was love at first sight. The atmosphere in the office is electric… very addicting to one that likes high energy.”
Beth is married, has two little ones, and an English bulldog at home to keep her on her toes 24-7.
Cathy Ryals, Director of Administration
Cathy joined the Sun Design team in October 2014. As Director of Administration, she keeps the office running seamlessly, supporting various staff and making sure everyone has what they need to provide an exceptional client experience.
Cathy brings several years experience in office management to the Sun Design team. She studied Information Technology Management at George Mason University and uses that experience to provide on-site IT support to our staff.
“I love working at Sun Design – our employees are an eclectic blend of folks with really cool ideas.” Cathy says.
In her spare time, Cathy likes to travel, and spend time read and entertain.
Erin Garvey, Director of First Impressions
Erin holds a position that few companies even have – but one that all Sun Design clients appreciate – Director of First Impressions. Erin joined Sun Design in 2014 and is the first person that every prospective client speaks to. She is an intricate part of the process to understand what potential clients’ needs and desires are and, in turn, educates them on what it is that Sun Design does.
Before joining Sun Design, Erin worked extensively in customer service and client experience as a project coordinator in the remodeling industry. Erin was raised in Burke and graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology.
Erin says, “The difference at Sun Design is its culture. Sun Design recognizes that its greatest resource is its people; their employees, trade partners and, most importantly, our clients! Sun Design offers a healthy balance of professionalism and light-hearted atmosphere.”
Outside of work, Erin loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys trying new foods and wines, kayaking, traveling and adventuring the outdoors.
Maryam Sodeifi, Client Support Manager
Maryam joined Sun Design in 2015 and has the role of Client Support Manager. In this position she supports both our internal staff and our clients alike. She helps the office function smoothly day-to-day, manages Sun Design’s master schedule, as well as special projects like EPA compliance. She is also the first point of contacts for any Warranty concerns, and is spearheading Sun Design’s new Forever Home Care program with Warranty & Service Manager, Jeff Nichols.
Before joining Sun Design, Maryam dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector, supporting a variety of teams and clients with limited resources. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from George Mason University, and brings leadership and facilitation experience to the Sun Design team.
Maryam said, “I heard about Sun Design from a friend and employee. I really love the community of people here at Sun Design, and admire the level of care they bring to our clients at every step through the remodeling process!”
Outside of work, Maryam enjoys gardening, swing dancing, spending time with her family and friends.
Rachel Pickerel, Administrative Assistant
Rachel joined Sun Design in 2017 bringing eight years of customer service to her Administrative Assistant role. As the first face of the company she sees herself as the “company landing page” for both clients and staff alike.
In addition to directing phone calls, she helps resolve many of the day-to-day obstacles in the office. She is the backbone of the daily office flow, receiving deliveries, mail, architectural plans, and other design materials and delegating them to the appropriate personnel.
“I enjoy helping people,” Rachel says. “It feels good to meet our clients and interact with them, and I love continuing to hone my skills in office administration here.”
Outside of work Rachel enjoys playing video and board games, playing guitar and having fun with friends.
Dave Cleary, Chief Estimator
Dave joined the Sun Design team in July 2007. As Chief Estimator, he is responsible for working with Accounting to develop standards of estimating, and to maintain estimating processes and methods. He works closely with the Sales and Design teams in order to gathering complete and accurate estimates of overall project costs to help ensure the clients goals are met, as well as the Sun Design standards.
Before coming to Sun Design, Dave spent over a decade working at his Father’s construction company. Building custom homes and remodeling projects all over Northern Virginia, Dave helped review plans, estimates, and contracts, and oversaw several building projects.
He says, “Coming from a large family, it’s comforting to be able to work at a place that has that same atmosphere of camaraderie and humor as you get at home.”
When not at work, Dave enjoys the outdoors. He likes to spend his time hiking, fishing, or floating down a river. When not outdoors, he likes to create in the kitchen, cooking delectable meals, some of which he shares with his coworkers…….if they’re lucky.
Heather Lapsley, Purchasing Agent
Heather joined Sun Design in 2006. As Purchasing Agent, she plays a key role in managing our trade relations. Heather works closely with the Design Team to develop and receive Requests for Pricing (RFP’s) from our trades, and placing trade orders. In addition, Heather tracks these orders to ensure they have been received and confirmed. This position requires a high-level of attention to detail to ensure receipt of accurate and complete quotes, distribution ofthese quotes to the sales team for estimating purposes, and finally, placing completed orders after contract signing. Heather also works closely with the Production team to hire new trades and assists in tracking the quality of the trade’s work during the production phase.
According to Heather, “The cool part about my job is that I get to help out in all departments. The people and the atmosphere at Sun Design are the best. We love to have fun while we’re working.” Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, and traveling with friends.
Heather Edmondson, Marketing Coordinator
Heather joined Sun Design in May 2015. As the Marketing Coordinator she is Sun Design’s very own marketing and social media guru. Handling Suns’ online presence and acting as a digital liaison for everything from online client interaction and marketing analytics, she continually provides clients with an enriching online experience.
Heather’s understanding of the remodeling world extends from her time spent as a business administrator in new home construction and land development.
She was turned on to Sun Design by a friend who has over ten years with the company. After learning of the companies’ collaborative approach and family-friendly environment, she was convinced it was time to apply and has never looked back.
“I think it’s really rare this day in age to find a company who practices what they preach from the top down. Sun Design values their employees as much as they value their clients – we’re all in this together, and it’s an honor to be part of such a talented and warm-hearted team.”
Heather holds her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies from George Mason University & enjoys a spiritually rich life filled with yoga, reading & the great outdoors.
Dana Bailey, Accounting Assistant
Dana started with Sun Design in 2017 bringing with her four years of experience as a bookkeeper in custom homebuilding. She is responsible for payroll processing, payment of bills and reconciliation of statements, generation of relevant reports and general filing for the department.
Dana says, “I really resonate with the company values: Truth, Fun and Charity. Sun Design is really well run and I like that they value me as much for who I am as what I bring to the table.”
Dana has an Associates of Science from Stratford University in Baking and Pastry Arts. In her spare time, she does cake decorating and gardening.
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