TEAM

Meet the Crew

We are successful because of our employees. Since day one, we’ve hired passionate, honest, well-rounded people.

JESSE ROWDEN

JESSE ROWDEN

COO/Partner

Hometown: Shady Cove, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Fly fishing, music, work, family (not in that order), and exploring spirituality.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: I enjoy offering a service to the community I am passionate about. I also love the human development aspect of growing an amazing team.

Proudest Accomplishment: Watching my two beautiful children grow into delightful, loving young humans.

Most Sentimental Possession: My mind—without it, I am nothing. My dearest and closest family and friends—without them, I am alone. It is hard to find sentiment in material items.

Favorite Quote: “When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor present use alone” – John Ruskin

CHARLEY ROBERTS

CHARLEY ROBERTS

CFO/Partner

Hometown: Texas

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, book collecting, oil painting, and cooking.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Growing a team that enjoys working together. Finding creative ways to do things differently—and better—in the construction field.

Proudest Accomplishment: Marrying my wife.

Most Sentimental Possession: Hand-made gifts from my kids and some of my rare books.

Favorite Quote: "You must force yourself to consider opposing arguments. Especially when they challenge your best-loved ideas." — Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway

JASON GILLIHAN

JASON GILLIHAN

General Manager

Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Long distance running, theoretical physics, abstract painting, and classic fiction.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Being a part of the best company culture in Central Oregon.

Proudest Accomplishment: Completing the Portland Marathon and raising tow beautiful kids.

Most Sentimental Possession: I don't find sentiment in material possessions and take a minimalist lifestyle approach when selecting or acquiring items.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

NGAN LE

NGAN LE

Marketing Director

Hometown: A-town, Oklahoma

Interests/Hobbies: Being in the backcountry - away from the masses, and spending time with my partner and pooch.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Inspiring people to be their best and implementing a grassroots culture of involvement.

Proudest Accomplishment: Becoming a father and teaching myself to play stringed instruments.

Most Sentimental Possession: My grandfather’s ivory Buddha.

Favorite Quote: "Life is not comprised entirely of making a living, or arguing about the future, or defaming the past. It should be comprised in part of the outdoors—and fishing." — H. Hoover

RYAN ROBERTS

RYAN ROBERTS

Marketing Coordinator

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

Interests/Hobbies: Writing and reading children's books, marble hunting, hiking, and kayaking.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: I genuinely like and respect everyone that works here.

Proudest Accomplishment: I rode a bull for 1.8 seconds.

Most Sentimental Possession: A drawing my daughter made of our dog who is no longer with us.

Favorite Quote: "Isn't it pretty to think so?" — last line of The Sun Also Rises

MELISSA JO ROWDEN

MELISSA JO ROWDEN

Controller

Hometown: Bend, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Oil painting, poetry, Peloton, backpacking, camping, Broadway, live music, Phish concerts, travel, reading, and spirituality.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The camaraderie of the SJC team and the support given.

Proudest Accomplishment: Choosing to create a life for myself by letting go of past expectations and bravely moving forward with the life I want.

Most Sentimental Possession: My grandmother's Kleenexes with her lipstick blots. I have it in a shadow box with her handwritten note to me.

Favorite Quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — R.W. Emerson

TABBY ROWDEN

TABBY ROWDEN

Accounting Manager

Hometown: Belgrade, MT

Interests/Hobbies: Horses—liberty horsemanship & riding, reading, and my family.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The people.

Proudest Accomplishment: My two kids.

Most Sentimental Possession: The farm and all my animals: Mack, Lila, and Odie.

Favorite Quote: “Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.” — Renard

RACHEL KUYKENDALL

RACHEL KUYKENDALL

Human Resources

Hometown: Portland, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Foraging for mushrooms, spending time with family, and watching reruns of Friends.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The supportive team and being part of a local business.

Proudest Accomplishment: Graduating from the University of Portland and marrying my best friend.

Most Sentimental Possession: A painting done by my grandmother and my engagement ring. Also, my cat Jade.

Favorite Quote: "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception" — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

IAN BURGESS

IAN BURGESS

Design-Build Dept. — Licensed Architect

Hometown: Billings, MT

Interests/Hobbies: Surfing, snowboarding, fly-fishing, backpacking, and working on my van so that I can get outside and do all the above.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The culture and diversity of work.

Proudest Accomplishment: Riding a motorcycle from Alaska to Argentina through 16 countries.

Most Sentimental Possession: My drift boat that's been in my family for over 30 years

Favorite Quote: "Less is More" -— Mies van der Rohe

CHARLIE FORD

CHARLIE FORD

Design-Build Dept. — Pre Construction Manager

Hometown: Tualatin, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Gardening, biking, skiing, camping, hiking, and fishing.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The culture and vibe - most days it doesn't even feel like a job.

Proudest Accomplishment: Marrying my wife and having our first child.

Most Sentimental Possession: My wedding ring: it was also my grandfather's wedding ring.

Favorite Quote: "The time is always right to do the right thing." Martin Luther King Jr.

JASON SMITH

JASON SMITH

Design-Build Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: Salem, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Any and all sorts of “fun-having” in the great outdoors.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The genuine family dynamic we cultivate here.

Proudest Accomplishment: Having and guiding two incredible little boys.

Most Sentimental Possession: A photo of my father and grandfather.

Favorite Quote: “Do everything in moderation, even moderation.” — Confucius

COLLIN GREEN

COLLIN GREEN

Design-Build Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Interests/Hobbies: Kiteboarding, climbing, playing piano (jazz and funk), and cooking.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: I love the family feel. I didn't realize how important company culture was to me until I worked here.

Proudest Accomplishment: Completing the Tchoupitoulas Challenge: 4.5 lbs. of ice cream consisting of eight scoops and eight toppings!

Most Sentimental Possession: My mountain bike

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Mint chocolate chip ice cream (just one scoop).

ED RAMSEY

ED RAMSEY

Design-Build Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: Soquel, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Skiing (Alpine & Cross Country), mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with the family.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Each unique project offers new challenges to solve.

Proudest Accomplishment: My daughter and my wife who has put up with me for 27 years of marriage.

Most Sentimental Possession: My grandfather's gold pocket watch and my dad's '65 Mustang.

Favorite Quote: "Do it now, sometimes later becomes never" -Tiny Buddha

LAUREL GULLIFORD

LAUREL GULLIFORD

Design-Build Dept. — Project Coordinator

Hometown: Decorah, IA

Interests/Hobbies: Gardening, fishing, camping, surfing, and anything with my dog, Walker.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Hearing everyone's self-banter around the office, it's very funny and strangely comforting.

Proudest Accomplishment: Learning to be a coach. It was born out of personal curiosity and turned into something much bigger but was my first chance to give back.

Most Sentimental Possession: A bamboo pyramid-shaped clock given to me by my friend, Dow. It wakes me up slowly and very zen-like. His mantra was "slow your roll.”

Favorite Quote: "When you see them be successful, no matter how small, you say to yourself, wow. And everything becomes possible.” — Anon.

BRAD LESHER

BRAD LESHER

Design-Build Dept. — Project Coordinator

Hometown: Westfield, IN

Interests/Hobbies: Sports enthusiast—I'll watch just about any sport, but I'd rather play it.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The support —everyone is willing to help out one another.

Proudest Accomplishment: I'm the only one in my family to graduate from college.

Most Sentimental Possession: My grandfather's necklace that was passed down to me.

Favorite Quote: "The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem." — Jack Sparrow

MICHAEL BRYDGES

MICHAEL BRYDGES

Design-Build Dept. — Project Coordinator

Hometown: Shoreline, WA

Interests/Hobbies: Cross-country skiing, basketball, and crossword puzzles.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: I get to solve a new problem every day.

Proudest Accomplishment: Only one cavity ever!

Most Sentimental Possession: My 1984 Schwinn Worldsport. I bought it for $100 about 10 years ago and I've put thousands of miles on it, including a ride from Bend to Phoenix via the coast.

Favorite Libation: La Croix, on the rocks.

RICK GULLIFORD

RICK GULLIFORD

Design-Build Dept. — Superintendent

Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Interests/Hobbies: Fishing, travel, making stuff...a lot of stuff.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The culture and friendly people.

Proudest Accomplishment: Being in the Antarctic Circle on the longest day of the year in the southern hemisphere, and 6 months later being in the Arctic Circle on the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Most Sentimental Possession: All of my dad's stuff, A.K.A. my shop. Also, my dog and my wife.

Favorite Libation: Pearl IPA

FRANK DREJKA

FRANK DREJKA

Repairs Dept. — Large Loss Estimator/Sr. Project Manager

Hometown: New Castle, DE

Interests/Hobbies: Enjoying life with my amazing wife, Amanda.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: A true family environment that exemplifies a genuine concern for our client's disaster restoration or construction needs to make them feel like an extended family member and not just another number.

Proudest Accomplishment: Serving & supporting this country as a veteran of the United States Army.

Most Sentimental Possession: My grandfather's shadow box with memorabilia from his service with the US Army during WWII.

Favorite Quote: "Success is when preparation meets opportunity!"

JORDAN LUNSFORD

JORDAN LUNSFORD

Repairs Dept. — Estimator

Hometown: Sherwood, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Music, basketball, football, snowboarding, videography, coding, hiking, and kayaking.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Our team.

Proudest Accomplishment: Graduating from college. Go Vikings!

Most Sentimental Possession: My coin collection.

Favorite Quote: "No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now" — A. Watts

BRYON MALITZ

BRYON MALITZ

Repairs Dept. — Estimator

Hometown: Redmond, OR

Interests/Hobbies: College football, golf, and fly fishing.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Overall culture—friendly and team-oriented.

Proudest Accomplishment: My daughter and grandson.

Most Sentimental Possession: My dad's military medals/ribbons and my parents’ old photos.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Mud pies.

BRENT EDENS

BRENT EDENS

Repairs Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: Denver, CO

Interests/Hobbies: Family, spending time outdoors: mountain biking, trail running, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, camping, and learning to fly fish.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The friendly and collaborative culture.

Proudest Accomplishment: Convincing my wife that I was worth building a family with.

Most Sentimental Possession: A little turquoise bear figurine that my father believes contains some of my mother's spirit.

Favorite Quote: "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between work and play…they simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing." — J. Michener

SEAN COETZEE

SEAN COETZEE

Repairs Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Interests/Hobbies: Seeing people break free from addiction. Also, camping and floating.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Being part of a team that cares about what they do.

Proudest Accomplishment: First place at World's Powerlifting competition.

Most Sentimental Possession: I dont have sentimental possessions, but sentimental memories abound.

Favorite Quote: “They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now! - Lewis B. Puller

STEPHEN THOMAS

STEPHEN THOMAS

Repairs Dept. — Large Loss Project Coordinator

Hometown: Tumbleweed-town, USA

Interests/Hobbies: Connection with our ancestral roots.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The focus on excellence and honor.

Proudest Accomplishment: Committing to my wife and starting a family with her.

Most Sentimental Possession: My woman, family, and dog.

Favorite Quote: "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" — Mark 8:36

MERRIT GORMAN

MERRIT GORMAN

Repairs Dept. — Project Coordinator

Hometown: Redwood City, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, exploring new places, beaches, and cooking.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Working with all sorts of different people in Central Oregon and building relationships with customers and contractors.

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising my two beautiful children: Devon and Danielle.

Most Sentimental Possession: My great grandmother's photo album which is filled with family enjoying our lake house in California.

Favorite Quote: "Sometimes things have to break before you can fix them" - K. Garcia

RACHEAL FORESTIER

RACHEAL FORESTIER

Repairs Dept. — Project Coordinator

Hometown: Healdsburg, CA

Interests/Hobbies: I love traveling to Idaho to horn hunt and hike with my dad. I also love spending my weekend with my son exploring.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Meeting our clients and growing lasting relationships with them.

Proudest Accomplishment: Being a Mother.

Most Sentimental Possession: My grandmother's hope chest and vanity that my dad and I rebuilt from the 1800s.

Favorite Quote: "Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire." - St. Catherine of Siena

BRETT HARPHAM

BRETT HARPHAM

Mitigation Dept. — Manager

Hometown: Eureka, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Fishing, shootin' (bow & guns), gardening, cooking, exercising, reading, and hiking.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: To continue to do what I enjoy and build up the mitigation department. I also enjoy working with and crossing paths with former/current co-workers.

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising three fine young gentlemen.

Most Sentimental Possession: A signed Nolan Ryan baseball.

Favorite Quote: "Rub dirt on it!"

GONZALO REYES

GONZALO REYES

Mitigation Dept. — Estimator

Hometown: West Cavina, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, camping, concerts, and hanging out with friends.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The people that work here. It makes a huge difference working with a cool and down to earth team.

Proudest Accomplishment: I caught a ling cod on the Oregon coast my first time fishing!

Most Sentimental Possession: My dog, Chapo.

Favorite Quote: "That's the way she goes, boys. Sometimes she goes, and sometimes she doesn't.”

KEALIB KUYKENDALL

KEALIB KUYKENDALL

Mitigation Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: Bend, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Drawing, painting, gardening, cooking, and mushroom foraging.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Awesome group of individuals—everyone is encouraged to be themselves, and the work varies daily, so I'm never bored and always learning.

Proudest Accomplishment: Following my dreams to move back to Oregon, where I am now happily married and closer to family.

Most Sentimental Possession: A collection of fly fishing gear that once belonged to my father.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Djent metal music

NICK FORSETH

NICK FORSETH

Mitigation Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: Prineville, OR.

Interests/Hobbies: Fishing, camping, and golf.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: No two days are alike, and the culture is great!

Proudest Accomplishment: Overcoming personal and life challenges and becoming the person I am today.

Most Sentimental Possession: Life itself: my health, friends, and future goals.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: A stream to myself in the middle of nowhere, flyrod in hand.

BRENDAN POWELL

BRENDAN POWELL

Mitigation Dept. — Project Coordinator

Hometown: Terrebonne, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Working on my cars, detailing cars, racing, video games, hiking, camping, shooting, football, and running.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Everyone makes me feel a part of the SJC family.

Proudest Accomplishment: Overcoming challenges in training and learning new things.

Most Sentimental Possession: My Nissan 370z.

Favorite Quote: "Leadership is not a capability you learn, it is something you are born with." - My dad

ALEXIS REYES

ALEXIS REYES

Mitigation Dept. — Technician

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Music, traveling, and going to concerts.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Awesome people to work with.

Proudest Accomplishment: Meeting and knowing the best people in the world.

Most Sentimental Possession: My first car.

Favorite Quote: "Success happens when your dreams are bigger than your excuses.” — Cristiano Ronaldo

KYLE DELONG

KYLE DELONG

Mitigation Dept. — Technician

Hometown: Redmond, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Camping, paddleboarding, hiking, and traveling to new places.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Traveling around Central Oregon while learning with fun co-workers.

Proudest Accomplishment: Building a four-bedroom custom home with just three people.

Most Sentimental Possession: Life in general. I am grateful to be alive and learning.

Favorite Quote: "Nothing changes if nothing changes.” — Donna Barnes

ALAN REYES

ALAN REYES

Mitigation Dept. — Technician

Hometown: Oceanside, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Playing hoops, traveling, gaming, and watching sports.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The work environment. Everybody gets along like a big family!

Proudest Accomplishment: Learning how to read/speak Japanese.

Most Sentimental Possession: My 2008 Chevy Silverado—it's basically our family heirloom.

Favorite Quote: "Be phenomenal or be forgotten." —E. Thomas

MELISSA ATKINSON

MELISSA ATKINSON

Fire & Contents Dept. — Manager

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Interests/Hobbies: Drag racing, family get-togethers, walking my dogs—Rusty and Grumpy Cat—and cooking.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The team atmosphere.

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising three wonderful children.

Most Sentimental Possession: A sculpture of my father's hands.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Nehalem Bay sweet red wine and cinnamon bears.

DANIELLE HIGGINS

DANIELLE HIGGINS

Fire & Contents Dept. — Project Manager

Hometown: Toutle, WA

Interests/Hobbies: Anything that involves my dog, skydiving, traveling, gardening, reading, playing intense board games, and everything outside.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The diversity and team atmosphere.

Proudest Accomplishment: Being ranked as the number one wrestler for my weight class in all of Washington state.

Most Sentimental Possession: My coin collection that I've built with my grandfather, Dan.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Techno Music: Womp!

MIKE THOMAS

MIKE THOMAS

Lead Painter

Hometown: Parts Unknown

Interests/Hobbies: Snowboarding, golfing, making music, and WWII history.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Having my experience and opinion valued and appreciated.

Proudest Accomplishment: Building a strong, love-centered family.

Most Sentimental Possession: Anything that was my Dad's.

Favorite Quote: “Do remember to forget anger, worry and regret. Live while you have life to live. Love while you have love to give.”

RICK HEINE

RICK HEINE

Lead Carpenter

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Interests/Hobbies: Woodworking, hockey, and chicken wings!

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The family-friendly culture and environment.

Proudest Accomplishment: I paid off my student loans.

Most Sentimental Possession: A sharp Japanese chisel.

Favorite Quote: “Forget about style; worry about results” — Bobby Orr

RUSS JOHNSON

RUSS JOHNSON

Shop Manager

Hometown: Corvallis, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Long-range and combat pistol shooting and gardening.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: The atmosphere and teamwork mentality.

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising my children.

Most Sentimental Possession: A 1922 Silver Dollar, which is my mom's birthyear.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Soda pop and cookies.

BLUE

BLUE

Marketing Dog

Hometown: Bend, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Backcountry excursions with my dad and going hiking with my mom.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Eat, Play, Sleep, Wash, Repeat.

Proudest Accomplishment: Learning to be gentle with my cat-brother, Jazz.

Most Sentimental Possession: My tug toy!

Favorite Libation: Puppuccinos.

LILA

LILA

Office Dog

Hometown: Bend, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Chasing bugs, playing in water then rolling in dirt​.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: Getting treats and barking at strangers.

Proudest Accomplishment: Not being as afraid of little dogs.

Most Sentimental Possession: My pig toy.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Not listening or obeying.

COCO

COCO

Office Dog

Hometown: Bend, OR

Interests/Hobbies: Chasing birds, bees, and shadows. Plus, waiting for my humans to leave so I can spill their trash can looking for anything but kibble​.

Favorite Aspect of Working at SJC: All the new people I get pets from.

Proudest Accomplishment: Learning how to salute for meat and treats.

Most Sentimental Possession: The spot on the bed next to my two-legged master.

Favorite Libation: Kitchen floor tri-tip juices.