Meet the Woodhouse® team; dedicated professionals who love their jobs and have a passion for timber framing. Exceptional designers work alongside outstanding craftsmen. An administrative support staff and team of project representatives are here to help. When you work with Woodhouse®, you know your project is going to be our top priority.
We believe the main reason for our success at Woodhouse® is our team members — the Woodhouse® family. From taking your initial phone call to hand-finishing the last timber for your home, we work toward one goal – to meet and exceed our clients’ home building experience.
Director of Design
There are very few people in this world who can honestly say they are “living the dream!” Diana is blessed to be one of them. Joining the Woodhouse team is the culmination of a lifetime spent in, around or designing timber frame houses and barns.
It seems Diana’s life has always revolved around timber frames. Most of her childhood was spent in horse barns and it was an amazing day when she discovered she could turn a barn into a beautiful house.
After graduating from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s of architecture, she obtained NCARB Certification and currently hold licenses in MA, PA, NJ, VA. (NY, CO, MI are in the works).
She ran an architecture firm for over 20 years, which made her understand the reality of working hard to do the thing she loves. It is her absolute pleasure to be able to help clients turn their dreams into reality.
Project Coordination Manager
Todd has a diverse background that seems custom tailored to fit his current position at Woodhouse®. He has 18 years experience in the automotive industry where he spent the later years managing the Service Department. Customer service being a priority at all times. Looking for a change, he stepped out to become self employed as a general contractor in the local residential market. He often complimented his projects by hand crafting custom furniture for his clients, a passion that he has pursued for the last 20 years. His diverse background, attention to detail, and unparalleled organization skills makes him a perfect fit for the Project Coordination Manager position. He is responsible for NOC adminstration, tech. rep. scheduling, delivery coordination, builder tech. support and warranty issues.
While not at Woodhouse®, Todd strives to spend as much time as possible with his two teenage daughters Abby and Alison.
Western Regional Project Manager
With over thirty years of experience in the residential building industry providing a variety of custom millwork, Jim understands the importance of details. He takes great pride in helping clients turn their ideas into dream homes.
Jim is married and has two grown children. In his free time, Jim enjoys sports, camping and fishing.
Southeastern Regional Project Manager
FL, GA, AL, MS, TN, SC, NC, VA, WV, DE & MD
Don manages Woodhouse® projects in the Southeast, both directly and through our Independent Builder Dealer network. Don has a lifelong passion for everything about houses, with a special interest in both traditional and contemporary design. His introduction to the craft of timber framing, back in 1997, involved hand-cutting timbers and doing frame and structural insulated panel installations at jobsites. This was a natural outgrowth of his earlier experience as a historic restoration carpenter, remodeler, and woodworker. He particularly loved the challenge of applying trigonometry to the layout of intricate timber joints, but was soon drawn to the project management side of the business. Although he still enjoys the occasional opportunity to use his framing mallet and chisels, he loves being involved with projects from start to finish. Don has a dedication to exceptional customer service, and strives to help each client realize their vision for their project.
A native southerner, Don recently returned to his home state of North Carolina after several years in the Great Lakes region. Outside of work, Don enjoys listening to acoustic music and playing his guitar, reading both fiction and non-fiction, working on projects around his home, and learning about cars and – big surprise! – houses.
Debbie has a background in retail sales, operating a chain of convenience stores for over 13 years. Debbie joined Woodhouse® in 2004 and acts as the Office Manager of the company. She enjoys being the voice of Woodhouse® and talking with new customers about their dreams of timber framing.
Debbie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, outdoor activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, camping or just sitting down and reading a good book. Debbie’s personality, dedication, and organizational skills play a huge role in the day-to-day operations at Woodhouse®.
Mid-Western Regional Project Manager
Ben brings an impressive level of experience in timber framing. He built his own home in the Ozarks, felling and milling over 100 oak trees that were standing on site. Ben’s intimate relationship with the trees, the land and the process means that every oak is now part of the family home and history. Ben went on to establish a successful timber frame company helping clients use their own standing timber as posts, beams, trusses and even countertops.
Ben has a degree in marketing management and combines that knowledge with his creative talents. Ben is an Air Force veteran and has been married for fifteen years. He enjoys working on his classic car with the help of his grown daughter.
Todd began working at Woodhouse® in 1999 after graduating from Penn State where he received a BS in both physics and civil engineering. He originally started as a draftsman while still working in the coal mine that funded his college tuition.
Originally, Todd’s mindset was that his time at Woodhouse® would only be temporary until he could decide on the first real step of his career path. Since then Todd has worked in several different areas of Woodhouse® including estimating, purchasing, and for 7 years as the leader of the entire design team. Todd’s temporary intentions soon changed as he dove into the challenges and was adopted by the Woodhouse® family. His current focus is to improve the manufacturing process and coordinate our deliveries throughout all aspects of the company as the operations manager. Outside of Woodhouse® Todd likes to spend time with his wife Sarah, and his family and friends. He loves the outdoors and is a dedicated archery hunter.
President & Owner
After a reasonably successful and fulfilling corporate career that took him all over the globe, Pat and his wife Tracy wished to raise their children in the Finger Lakes region of New York State where he had grown up. A 30-year acquaintance of Steve Keller, the company’s founder, Pat joined Woodhouse® in 2003 and worked as a regional sales manager in order to see firsthand how the Woodhouse® organization supported its clients. He became an Owner, the President and General Manager in 2004 and subsequently has cheered the entire Woodhouse® team along a path of continuous improvement and aggressive growth.
In 2011 Pat completed the acquisition of Woodhouse® and is now the sole owner. A tour of the homes that Pat builds in the Finger Lakes region of New York is usually part of every clients’ introduction to Woodhouse®. One of these homes is his personal custom Woodhouse where he lives with Tracy and assorted menagerie of children, dogs, cats, and fish. His home is located about one hour north of the Woodhouse® campus.
Northeast & New England Regional Project Manager
PA, NJ, CT, RI, NY, MA, VT, NH & ME
The soul of a woodworker.
As I look back on my 40 years since high school, just about every facet, from art and industrial arts schooling, to years as a carpenter, to a business building furniture and wood home interiors, to now, the last twenty years designing and building timber frame homes, everything I touched had something to do with wood. Wood feeds the soul like no other material we build with. I think if you cut me you would find bones made of oak.
Outside of my career making things of wood and building homes with timbers, Sandy, my wife of 35 years, and I have two sons, one married with kids on the way, and the other not married and working at a career in theater lighting and design. When time allows I hobby with powered paragliders, tinker with a collection of European Smart cars, toil over an endless pile of firewood (We heat our timber framed home with wood, surprise surprise) and stay active as a volunteer engineer at the local rural fire company.
Timber framing allows me to meet fantastic people, design beautiful spaces and environments, and enjoy these homes vicariously through my clients’ creative adventures. As an added plus, and no less important to me, the super insulating systems that are second nature to the timber frame home allow us together to give back to the environment, one beautiful home at a time. Tread lightly. Dan T.
One could certainly say that Chris is not your atypical accountant. With a degree from Penn State, which he earned while running two family businesses, and with experience in the Natural Gas industry as a Controller, purchasing manager and accounting associate at a local bank, designing an inventory control system for a local chain of convenience stores and assistant store manager at a local tractor supply, you could say that Chris has had a well-rounded career.
Chris is a local and grew up on a large dairy farm in Mansfield, PA. He still helps run the family’s Yak farm, which is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi. Yes, you read that right, Yak farm. We know, it took us a few times until it sunk in and then we started asking him questions about Yaks. We are pretty sure he is use to the questions now although whenever we have a new team member, Chris is well prepared for the Q&A.
He has also worked as an electrician and general contractor, helping to build his father’s cedar log home many years ago. And yes, we realize the value of that experience here at Woodhouse!
With so much going on in his work life, Chris has a very active life outside of work. He has four children who keep him busy with sports, Boy Scouts and just being kids. Both Chris and his wife, Maryann are coaches. Maryann coaches the local varsity soccer team and she utilizes Chris’ accounting skills to help her with the team’s stats.
Lastly, Chris is an avid outdoorsman. He has chased game in many parts of the country. Parts both far from here and near, and he loves to fish as well. Mix in the odd outdoor hike and one begins to wonder where he finds the time.