Our quality driven focus is represented by our designers, who take pride working closely with clients in applying fresh ideas, imagination and functionality to every project – all with the client’s budget in mind. The following bios define the exceptional qualifications and seasoned experience level of our designers.
Kevin Tofstad, Designer & Sales Associate
Kevin, a lifetime cabinetmaker and designer, began woodworking as a child under his father’s watchful eye. He established his own custom cabinet company at the age of 21 until he branched out into general construction a few years later. After spearheading full remodels and new construction projects he discovered Baywood Cabinet’s exceptional products in 1991, and chose to refocus on custom cabinetry. Through nearly 20 years of partnering with Baywood Cabinet and working with many established builders, architects and designers, Kevin has brought thousands of local projects to life, from San Francisco to the North Cascades. His college experience in drafting and engineering coupled with decades of practical experience designing, building and installing custom cabinetry makes him one of the most skilled and qualified cabinet liaisons in the Greater Puget Sound area.
John Sheehan, Designer & Sales Associate
John has been in the cabinet business for 30 plus years. He is experienced in all phases of cabinetry design from furniture building to high-end residential and commercial work. John started his career as a cabinet maker on Baywood Cabinet’s production floor and worked his way into management, design and sales. This experience gives him a full knowledge of the shop’s production abilities, and how to produce exactly what his clients need no matter the style. The process starts with design visualized through conceptual and then full shop drawings for every job. It also includes custom stain color consultation and job management through the installation of the product.
Dale Sharp, Designer & Sales Associate
Dale landed his first cabinet job in 1987. Concurrent to applying hand-tool aptitude to making high end commercial cabinetry, furniture and casework, he also utilized other skill sets to become proficient as a draftsman and estimator. He entered the residential cabinet world in 1991 as a detailer, whose responsibilities included troubleshooting layouts and designs as well as calculating cabinet parts sizes. Four years later he entered into sales and design. Dale employs great precision in helping his clientele through the often time consuming and challenging process of arriving at cabinetry decisions that are right for them. Dale has been married to the same wonderful woman since 1982, and they have two grown daughters. In his spare time he can usually be found making and shooting bows and arrows.
Ginny Miller, Designer & Sales Associate
My family has been in the Cabinet & Woodworking business in Washington and California for 40 years. I started in the job costing and accounting part of cabinetry, and then moved into the creative part of design and sales. It has been an honor to be part of two award-winning Street of Dreams homes for two of Washington’s most prestigious builders. I love working with homeowners, from the little bathroom to the most spectacular home, my goal is to take your dream and make it a reality. With the expert engineers and fine craftsmen at Baywood Cabinet our team will make it happen.
Richard Birdsong, Designer & Sales Associate
Richard started building cabinets right out of school in 1977 at a small shop in Modesto, California. After relocating to the Seattle area in 1985, he started working at Baywood Cabinet on the production floor. Richard spent 10 years at Baywood Cabinet before leaving to start Richard’s Custom Cabinets in Auburn, which specialized in European style cabinets. He spent eight years designing prior to returning to Baywood Cabinet in 2010.
Steve Mirante, Designer & Sales Associate
Steve Mirante is a Residential Designer. Upon graduating from Washington State University in 1989, Steve went to work for Ernst Home and Nursery as an Outside Sales Representative. It was there that Steve gained his vast knowledge of home improvement. He was responsible for designing, selling and managing complete kitchen and bath remodels in addition to overseeing all facets of home improvement.
In 1995, Steve brought his skill and experience to a local custom cabinet company where he enjoyed 15 successful years designing and selling custom cabinetry for kitchens, baths, dens, utility rooms and entertainment centers. Being a true people person, Steve relishes the one-on-one contact with his clients and conveys the presence of mind and confidence to work within his client’s budget, design and timeline.
Richard Clark, Designer & Sales Associate
Richard has over 33 years experience in the woodworking industry, beginning in 1977, as a boat carpenter. He founded a commercial and residential casework company in 1981, which he owned and operated until 2007. Since then, Richard has been designing casework for all aspects of residential and commercial projects in the greater Puget Sound Area. Richard brought his wealth of experience to the Baywood Cabinet team in early 2010.
Stacie Steffy, Designer & Sales Associate
Stacie is a designer who graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1993. She has over 15 years of experience in residential interiors with the last 10 years being focused on kitchen and bath design, cabinets, millwork and doors. Stacie founded SJ & C Design, LLC in 2007, a full service design firm specializing in residential space planning, color and product selection, and staging. Stacie also enjoys and has experience working with builders and their clients, selecting all the products for their homes, with a focus on budget and the project schedule.