Gang

Working in corporate America for many years, I gained vast knowledge on how to run a business and more importantly…how not to. In 1989, I started Lee Douglas Interiors combining my name (pronounced Laura Lee), and my husband’s name Doug. The outcome: Lee Douglas Interiors. What’s really embarrassing is we actually hired an advertising / creative firm to develop that.

I had no idea Lee Douglas would become what it is today, but one by one I hired these amazing people that kept taking us to the next level and changing the dynamic of this company. I soon realized that sometimes the best plan is to be open to change.

I love my work and I’m good at what I do. I love working with my clients, developing my designers, refining our customer support, developing products, expanding the stores, and focusing as much on the details as I do the big picture. I also love going home every night to my same partner who has been there since the beginning, Doug and the three LDI mascots Roman, Zoe, and Kit.

My goal for you is to have an experience when you visit. I want you to walk in our stores and be bouncing to the beat while you’re shopping. I want you to feel inspired, be greeted by a cool staff and made to feel welcome no matter who you are. I want the experience to feel good, to look good, to sound good and to smell good. I want you to open the doors of our website and feel the same exact way.

My dream was to be the best at what we do and stand out from all the rest. I’m all in; continually adding lines, products and locations, making us a big deal. I want you to be part of this- Thank you for your business, friendship and loyalty.

Carpe Diem!

Lorele

It Takes a Village

Your vibe attracts your tribe.

Collectively, we determine who gets adopted into this family. Collectively we accept their talents, traits, shortcomings and quirks, and collectively we feed off of each other’s energy to give you the best crew ever.

Meet Lee Douglas Interiors…..

Design Teams

Lincoln Staff

Lorele Lesoing

Founder/President/Lead Designer

Lorele Lesoing

Working in corporate America for many years, I gained vast knowledge on how to run a business and more importantly…how not to. In 1989, I started Lee Douglas Interiors combining my name (pronounced Laura Lee), and my husband’s name Doug. The outcome: Lee Douglas Interiors. What’s really embarrassing is we actually hired an advertising / creative firm to develop that.

I had no idea Lee Douglas would become what it is today, but one by one I hired these amazing people that kept taking us to the next level and changing the dynamic of this company. I soon realized that sometimes the best plan is to be open to change.

I love my work and I’m good at what I do. I love working with my clients, developing my designers, refining our customer support, developing products, expanding the stores, and focusing as much on the details as I do the big picture. I also love going home every night to my same partner who has been there since the beginning, Doug and the two LDI mascots Roman and Zoe.

My goal for you is to have an experience when you visit. I want you to walk in our stores and be bouncing to the beat while you’re shopping. I want you to feel inspired, be greeted by a cool staff and made to feel welcome no matter who you are. I want the experience to feel good, to look good, to sound good and to smell good. I want you to open the doors of our website and feel the same exact way.

My dream was to be the best at what we do and stand out from all the rest. I’m all in; continually adding lines, products and locations, making us a big deal. I want you to be part of this- Thank you for your business, friendship and loyalty.

Carpe Diem!

Lorele

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:lorele@leedouglas.com

Meg Penrod

Design Project Manager

Meg Penrod

Meg works as Lorele’s executive and design assistant- that should be a heaven thing right there, but Meg actually loves her job and you can tell.

Meg is the mama of anything doodle, and her current is Foster, a ginormous golden doodle. Meg is an art major, a communication major, an “I love my clients major” and a “I run a job like no other major”! It’s hard to find both a comrade and a ying to your yang – Meg has done it, we couldn’t do this without her.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Meg@leedouglas.com

Elizabeth Donkin

Brand & Business Development Executive

Elizabeth Donkin

Connie Deterding

Lead Designer

Connie Deterding

A true American patriot, Connie’s main man is Uncle Sam. Connie is a seasoned pro who is known for saying “take it to the curb”. She is inspired by the world and trust and loyalty are traits she is known for. “I love all design styles, but they have to be done right. I don’t beat around the bush, I’m honest and tell it like it is”. She has clients that have been with her longer than some of the designer’s are in age, and they will be clients and friends for life.

Outside of LDI life, she’s a chef, a mother, and a great friend who is always well dressed and off to a dinner party.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Connie@leedouglas.com

Kelly Paro

Associate Designer

Kelly Paro

Always watchful and attentive, Kelly views life as a mystery thriller. Like any seasoned sleuth she is a great listener and can read between the lines. Methodical by nature, she’ll lose sleep if she isn’t two steps ahead of you and leaves nothing to chance in her designs.

Kelly lives for making a personal connection with everyone she encounters. So much so that she snagged her man while they were both working at Lee Douglas and married him 2 1/2 years later.

Don’t let that sweet smile and blonde hair fool you though. She’s the mastermind behind the office practical jokes. She has an infatuation with all things scary and she’ll make sure your home is perfectly designed with great hiding places for a good scare.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Kelly@leedouglas.com

Rick Russell

Lead Designer

Rick Russell

Coming in as the second longest standing designer at LDI, Rick Russell.

Have you ever met someone that is never in a bad mood?  Consistent in mood, client service, results, outcome and the team- Rick is our man.   An accomplished designer and polished in every style, he will make your ideas come to life only better than you imagined them.

On a personal note; you won’t catch Rick here when he has time off, he is a jet setter and always exploring new places.  No time off?- his go to for relaxation is karaoke, (don’t even try- he’s the best).

Even in the most serious of meetings, Rick has a one liner that brings us all back to what’s most important- his jokes.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:rick@leedouglas.com

Ruth Barankevich

Associate Designer

Ruth Barankevich

The pearls, the stilettos, the pencil skirt–that’s Ruth. Modern, sleek, and a minimalist, her wardrobe reflects her favorite design style. Confident, detailed, and organized, she is a perfect compliment to Rick.

Whether she is clicking her heels through a foreign city, cooking her favorite seafood dish, learning a new song on the violin, or being sassy in Russian, Ruth’s wit, intelligence, and commitment permeate every aspect of her life.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Ruth@leedouglas.com

Lindsay Day

Lead Designer

Lindsay Day

Call on Lindsay when you have a set of plans that need a tweak. She has this love for interior architecture and spatial relationships that is almost obscene.

She ditches us occasionally for the mountains where she runs, hikes, goofs off with her boys (one of them her son) and tries to memorize every sunset.

Don’t kid yourself, Lindsay is a girly girl. She is like a lioness on a Saturday afternoon searching for that fashion score. She can lose herself in a good magazine or can power pin like no other on Pinterest.

She’s all about Mid-century architecture and looks to Kelly Wearstler and Philippe Starck for inspiration.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Lindsay@leedouglas.com

Ashley Humm

Associate Designer

Ashley Humm

Ashley joined Lindsay’s team straight from graduation and the UNL cheerleading squad. Don’t tell anyone, but the first game she cried 3 times knowing she had to become part of the big girls club, get off the field, and go to work. Ashley graduated from UNL in Interior Design in 2017 and is a joy to be around. In 2017 she captured her master’s degree in business to give her a perspective on business.

Ashley has a slight obsession with dogs, thunderstorms, and sports, while her design eye is attracted to clean lines and cozy spaces.

Although she may be a quiet talker, she speaks fluent sarcasm, loves to laugh, and is a habitual coffee drinker.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:AshleyHumm@leedouglas.com

Allison Schneider

Designer

Allison Schneider

An LDI family member since 2013, Allison is the “go to” for every question at the company, resident Hall Monitor, Lunch Coordinator, and Office Satire Provider.

 

Plan to arrive as a client and leave as her best friend. She thrives off absorbing ALL the details—not only when it comes to your project, but every facet of your life, so expect to get personal with this one. Clients love her for her design sense and directness, but also her ability to make sure everyone is having a good laugh during the process. She’s a prankster at heart, but making a project come to life is no joke to her.

 

Business or pleasure she keeps a full social calendar and we swear the only time her mouth stops moving is when she is reapplying her lipstick. Allison is the Alpha of any situation including her own personal wolf pack at home comprised of her 4-legged best friends — Baxter & Bogey.

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Allison@leedouglas.com

Zoe Hasselbalch

Associate Designer

Zoe Hasselbalch

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:Zoe@leedouglas.com

Omaha Staff

Clarissa Tuxhorn

Lead Designer & Omaha Site Manager

Clarissa Tuxhorn

Clarissa moved her life from Sioux Falls to Omaha for LDI. An Auburn, NE native, she went from riding horses to riding the wave of Interior Design, claiming her master’s degree in in 2011. Her real mastery is perfecting every drawing, selecting every material and finalizing every detail. Her perfection is doing a series of small things really well for a result that makes her clients light up.

A detail queen, Clarissa often annoys all of our partners in construction to get what she wants, but they keep coming back for more because of the pride in the outcome. “I know your kids names and I know how you live, I will make your home yours, I take this responsibility personally”.

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:clarissa@leedouglas.com

Amanda Novacek

Associate Designer

Amanda Novacek

Amanda joined Connie’s team in 2017. She is younger, taller and stronger than Connie so she can easily throw her down when Connie is out of line. Amanda is a small town girl with a big city style, but a daddy’s girl- seriously, hunting and fishing? She is one of the lucky ones that is tall, thin full of energy, but not from eating salads, her dinner of choice is steak and potatoes. Amanda is a on her way to owning this! She is a gunner giving 110%. Everyone says that is what they give, but she actually does it. We love Amanda!!

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Amanda@leedouglas.com

Kelly Grimm

Lead Designer

Kelly Grimm

It’s hard to keep Kelly in town, she needs to have 3 trips planned at a time to explore the world with her husband and best friend Jeremy. When she is here she is a hard listener, a novice photographer and an architecture snob but more importantly Kelly is determined to save the world.

Kelly claims the title of “Minimalistic” and her clients LOVE her. Kelly will always push to find your boundaries. She makes the process about the client and listens before she decides. She is amazing at the details, a wiz at showing you what it looks like via Photoshop and doesn’t stop until it’s done (at least this round).

Finally, she is a dry comedian, a healer, and P.S. she is the staff massage therapist at market!

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:kellygrimm@leedouglas.com

Amanda Jaime

Design Assistant

Amanda Jaime

Amanda is our dedicated lounge singer, if you don’t like her design ability, she can serenade and play for you. Amanda is a natural when it comes to music and loves an audience. You think that’s ambitious, Amanda is finishing school in design at night and working full time for LDI during the day, hats will fly next summer. She sees design as life changing, both hers and the clients. She feels strongly about outcomes “I love that I can make a difference in someone’s life through my design”.

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:AmandaJaime@leedouglas.com

Abby Fugleberg

Lead Designer

Abby Fugleberg

“I am who I am. I can try to be someone else for you, but I’ll fail every time.” Some may say she’s no chameleon, but she explains it as being genuine. From a young age Abby was taught to treat the janitor the same as the CEO and this is probably why she has a big heart.

She prioritizes her family and friends but only allows those in that are quick witted, because laughter is too important to her. Career wise and simply put, Abby owns her role, she establishes a relationship and has this uncanny ability to “feel” what you want and need”. What’s great is she doesn’t stop till you are convinced you need it too, and always leaves you coming back for more.

Abby has one major guilty pleasure- making sure everyone else is having a good time.

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:abby@leedouglas.com

Ashley Dolezal

Associate Designer

Ashley Dolezal

When asking Ashley what she is passionate about, Michael Scaturro is her answer. One would think that was some famous Italian Designer- but no, it is her significant other. Changing her mind on her favorite style often, this Michael dude is a saint because Ashely always tries it out at home first. Her current style romance is “mid-century modern and craftsman, I’m bouncing from clean lines, and modern colors to warm woods, cozy comfy furniture and wainscoting”.

However, there is one other man who has managed to capture Ashley’s attention and that would be Harry Potter. This “Potter head” is a wizard at running remodels and lives for mastering them. She’s constantly helping clients’ visions come to life.

Ashley stays sane after a long day of with a glass of wine and a good book, dreaming of world travel after winning the lottery, and oh yeah….Michael. 

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:Ashley@leedouglas.com

Jami Miszuk

Lead Designer

Jami Miszuk

“Newomt”-  a style Jami has molded.  New, old, modern, traditional, to clarify- she loves it all!  Taking risks in design is her rush, “When I take risks that could end in total failure, my adrenaline will start to pump and creativity will start to flow, making sure failure is not an option, and I get a rockstar result every time.”  She lives for connecting with her clients and taking her their breath away, so if you aren’t one to get excited don’t call her.

A great mom, wife, and designer, Jami was a good find. Finally, she cracks herself up and she thinks she is hilarious- so just go with it.

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:jami@leedouglas.com

Melissa Rohren

Associate Designer

Melissa Rohren

Melissa has a Nebraska t-shirt that simply reads “I married into this”. A native Colorado kid, Melissa’s husband Reid fortunately got transferred to Nebraska and a great addition to LDI landed on our doorstep.

Melissa is sweet and charming and her rose is currently the modern farmhouse style. She does however have a thorn, “negative people, there is always a positive in EVERY crappy situation”- see….I told you she was sweet. A Jami /Melissa reminder- Leave your pets out, they love them.

Phone:402.932.9932

Email:Melissa@leedouglas.com

Faux, Decorative Paint and Murals

Mark Jantz

Mark Jantz

Lead Artisan

Operations

Doug Dittoe

Co-Founder/Vice President

Doug Dittoe

When the weather is below 70 and he’s not golfing

Email:Doug@leedouglas.com

Phone:402.488.4422

Donna Nissen

HR & Operations Department Manager

Donna Nissen

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Donna@leedouglas.com

Kate Becker

Purchasing & Operations Site Manager

Kate Becker

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:kate@leedouglas.com

Megan Lauber

Purchasing & Policy Manager

Megan Lauber

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Megan@leedouglas.com

Vonnie Fredrick

Accounting & Claims Executive

Vonnie Fredrick

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Vonnie@leedouglas.com

Debbie Riege

Accounting Executive

Debbie Riege

Phone:402.488.4422

Email:Debbie@leedouglas.com

Warehouse

Brandon Priest

Brandon Priest

Warehouse Department & Logistics Manager

 

Willy Zabel

Willy Zabel

Installation Lead

 

Tre Brown

Tre Brown

Delivery & Installation Specialist
Travis Sewell

Travis Sewell

Delivery & Installation Specialist

 

Ephraim Lopez

Ephraim Lopez

Delivery & Installation Specialist