OUR TEAM

We are woman-owned and as a team are a diverse, fun, hardworking and educated bunch with the same goal in mind:

Produce an awesome outcome and thrive as super heroes for the construction industry. 

We take great pride in our experience, expertise, quality and customer service. Additionally, we are driven to provide energy efficient and durable spaces that will improve your home and your experience of living in it. It is our mission to provide finely crafted details and complete customer satisfaction from start to finish.

From design to installation, we will work to ensure that the project will exceed expectations.

 

Lori reese

owner

Lori Reese left the family farm at 18 with visions of a life in a skirt, toting a briefcase, and owning her own business.  When she completed college and needed a job, she took a temporary summer position as a commercial carpenter apprentice having no clue why she was drawn to a world of blue jeans and no skirts. She realized later she was drawn to the “yearn to learn” that comes with each unique building. Learning became her driving passion once she discovered it made her good in her profession not just good at her skill. 

In 1990, Lori fulfilled her original dream and launched her own business - Wonderwoman Construction – knowing it would take superhuman powers to succeed in a man’s world. She already had the gifts of strength and stamina from the farm. She added a woman’s ability to nurture - setting herself apart from the competition by taking the time needed to help clients gain confidence in their decisions. This proved to be beneficial when she began incorporating better building techniques and energy efficiency into her business.

Lori is now a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified energy professional. In addition to offering beautiful remodeling services, she is qualified to assess a home to maximize solutions for comfort, durability, health, and energy savings.  She looks for air leaks and insulation problems that cause uncomfortable drafts and high energy bills. She snoops out moisture issues that can lead to stinky basements, moldy walls, and ceiling stains. She even helps clients uncover sources of harmful toxins such as carbon monoxide.

Lori has been walking the walk by improving her own home. She took the siding off her home and added rigid foam insulation to the outside before residing. This non-traditional way of insulating can be a better way to insulate because it helps reduce “thermal bridging”; it reduces the transfer of hot or cold outside temperatures into the home through the wood building components. It can also help reduce drafts by acting as an “air barrier” to stop the movement of air from outside to in. During the process of insulating and residing, Lori upgraded her windows to ENERGY STAR and was careful to seal the gaps between the windows and the walls – an often-overlooked area that frequently causes drafts.  Her experience making her own home comfortable has come in handy helping clients find solutions to their comfort complaints. 

When I asked Lori which project has been the most memorable, she slowly answered, “The most memorable projects were not about the project itself but about the memorable people.”  

Lori is a committed student of her craft, she takes construction journals on vacation – craving quiet time to catch up on reading so she can stay on top of her game. She does find time to have fun, though.  She plays drums with her band – Risk Factor –works out daily and motivates everyone around her. When you get to know this confident woman who runs a business named Wonderwoman Construction, not much is surprising. 

 -bio by Cindy Ojczyk, Simply Green Designs

 

kelly gordon

sr project manager

I have been in the construction business for 23 years, with Wonderwoman for 15 of those years.  I have a B.A. in liberal arts, emphasis in the fine arts and an A.A. from Dunwoody in Architectural Drafting and estimating.  I have worked in both commercial and residential construction.  What I love about my job is that every job is different, so I am constantly learning something new.  It is also what is the most challenging, but I thrive on learning new things and don’t back down from a good challenge.  There is never a dull moment in this business.  My life outside of work is busy, I manage may adult son’s care, he has cerebral palsy.  He has brought a lot of trials and joy to my life.  In my free time I enjoy reading, painting, photography, gardening, taking my puppy Blue on walks and hanging out with my cat Josie. 

tammy earley

project manager

professional painter

 

In her previous life Tammy was a top notch salesperson. After hooking up with Lori, she saw how much fun we have and decided to leave the desk behind and become a project manager as well. Tammy takes no bullshit and will see a project through until it is done right. At the same time, she will make you laugh even as she talks you into moving piles and piles of firewood. She also rocks her Grandma title! Tammy loves to fish and can be found at least a few weekends in the summer floating in her houseboat.

 

Kirsten billmeyer

in-house designer

project manager

In her previous life Tammy was a top notch salesperson. After hooking up with Lori, she saw how much fun we have and decided to leave the desk behind and become a project manager as well. Tammy takes no bullshit and will see a project through until it is done right. At the same time, she will make you laugh even as she talks you into moving piles and piles of firewood. She also rocks her Grandma title! Tammy loves to fish and can be found at least a few weekends in the summer floating in her houseboat.

Houses are my passion. At a young age I started playing around with houses in my head - what I would do if I had a magic wand. I graduated from Dunwoody with a B.A. in interior design and have been making houses amazing, efficient, and getting them to their full potential ever since. In my free time I have two labs who hike with me anywhere I can find that's dog friendly (including patio happy hours!) You'll find me out side in the sun whenever possible. 

 

gabe reese

hr

project manager

As Lori’s son I have grown up around construction sites and power tools, new to the office side of the business I am becoming adept at project management. I have a degree in History from Augsburg University. I can be found snapping pictures of the wonderful people and places in the Twin Cities for historical posterity.  I am an amateur photographer and a professional podcast listener; so, if you need recommendations please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Dave finney

Project supervisor 

Carpentry and working with his hands comes naturally to Dave. When he is not working at Wonderwoman Construction he is at home creating and building things out of wood and metal scraps in his garage. Dave attended Hennepin Tech for carpentry but found himself welding at Ridgid hitch for 16 years. Have a Ridgid hitch on your car or truck? There is a good chance Dave Finney made it! After a hiatus from carpentry Dave decided to hang up his welders mask for a tool belt.
Dave has strong work ethic and high standards for his work as he is typically the first one there and last to leave.  He enjoys all aspects of his job from demo to finish carpentry. He also enjoys learning and evolving with his craft and working alongside the WWC team.  Sorry ladies and gents he is taken! Dave and his wife Kelly have two sons and enjoy spending time together as a family.

 

KEVIN WALLACE

HEAD ELECTRICIAN 

Kevin decided to go back to school in 1992 and get his Construction Electrician Associate degree. Kevin worked as an IBEW union electrician until starting his own company in 2006.  After many years working as a sub-contractor for Wonderwoman, Kevin decided it would be a lot more fun to join the team. Bringing his many years of experience as a Master Electrician and a love for projects and working directly with clients, he will be developing our in-house electrical department and project managing.  In his spare time he can be seen wondering the globe on long distance treks and getting ready to be a 1st time Grandpa come spring of 2019.

 

THE CreW

fantastically awesome

 

office furbabies

bringing joy and fuzzy butts to the office 

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