Meet The Senior Kitchen Design Staff at Main Line Kitchen Design
We love what we do and you’ll see that expressed in the kitchen we create together.
President + Senior Designer
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John Cisneros has over twenty years experience in the kitchen design and cabinet industry. Prior to Main Line Kitchen Design’s founding in 2010 John worked with or trained the entire design staff at Main Line Kitchen Design. While the kitchen design community is relatively small it was surprising that everyone at Main Line Kitchen Design was friends with John and knew him well. It was only fitting that John join our team as soon as our company grew enough to bring him on.
John is the easy going and smiling face that we all enjoy sharing our office space with. He offers his design ideas and opinions without judgement which makes listening to them easy.
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Tom Shannon has more than 20 years experience designing kitchens and in the field measuring kitchens and templating countertops. Tom has the distinction of being one of the ALL TIME highest grossing kitchen designers in the entire Lowes Home Improvement chain.
Attention to detail is what enables Tom to shine as a kitchen designer. Kitchen designers know that not making mistakes is our biggest challenge. Tom succeeds not only because he is detail oriented but because he is also open to a second opinion when considering complex design changes such as removing load bearing walls or moving a staircase.
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After Stacia Fischer graduated from the University of the Arts she began a career in kitchen design and has been designing kitchens and managing kitchen renovations for the last 15 years. Stacia’s love for our industry spans all things kitchen. From great chef’s and dining experiences (see her recent blog about an evening dining at chef Grant Achatz’s restaurant Alinea in Chicago) to alternative materials and colors, to construction itself (Stacia recently received the National Association of Remodelers Lead Carpenter Certification).
We pride ourselves on the accomplishments and the abilities of all our designers. Stacia is our most accommodating designer and the most collaborative. Because of this she is our go to designer when working with interior designers, architects, and builders. Something that Paul regrets he has never excelled at.
Operations Manager + Senior Designer
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Ed Sossich and our owner Paul McAlary have worked together at many different showrooms over 20 plus years. Ed refers to the pair as Batman and Robin although who is who is up for debate. Bringing Ed on to check and expedite all of Main Line Kitchen Design’s orders has kept mistakes and delays at our expanding company to a minimum.
Ed, (Batman or Robin), your guess, can be found checking our company’s orders and designing his customer’s kitchens in our new Upper Darby office on City Line Avenue. Ed is quick with a joke although his yellow legal pad is no joking matter for our designers. Ed makes the trains run on time at Main Line Kitchen Design.
Julie Meyer, Paul’s wife, and our marketing director helps make the advertising and business decisions that propel our expanding company. In fact, the company itself was her idea! Julie edits the Main Line Kitchen Design blog, and is a big reason why our blog is visited by 1000 people each day and ranked as one of the top kitchen design blogs in the world.
Julie mans our kitchens on the Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour and represents us at industry events. People love Julie’s smile and her laugh is infectious. And since Julie isn’t a kitchen designer she is a great intermediary between the design world, our customers, and our manufacturers.
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Lauren Sciarra brings a love of interior design to all of her kitchen renovations. In fact several of our designers rely on Laurens help when working on larger scale projects that require interior design expertise. Lauren’s good taste and her straight forward design approach is what builders and home flippers find particularly helpful on projects that need to be coordinated beyond the kitchen. Her attention to detail is obvious from the first appointment when she measures a kitchen until she sends out our Di Bruno Brothers cheese book when the project is complete.
Main Line Kitchen Design is a unique business model! We are a group of skilled Kitchen Designers each with many years of experience planning kitchens around the Delaware Valley. And we are cabinet dealers for 8 nationally distributed cabinet lines much like traditional showrooms.
Unlike full showrooms open to the general public, Main Line Kitchen Design works only by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled days, nights, and weekends either in your home or in our office and selection center. During office appointments we display clients kitchens on a flat screen TV and help them look through 100’s of sample doorstyles, almost a thousand sample finish blocks and sample kitchen cabinets. During home visits we can bring samples, take measurements, and make design changes on laptops showing you what your kitchen can look like in the very room being renovated. This is more convenient for our customers and it eliminates the expense of staffing and maintaining a larger space that is open to walk in traffic. We pass the significant savings on to our customers and so we sell cabinetry for less than other dealers, even home centers like Lowes and The Home Depot.
We believe that since a web site like Houzz.com has over half a million kitchen photos, any advantage to going to a full kitchen showroom with full kitchen displays has been lost. Almost no customer today will ever get to see a display kitchen in their door style and finish because there are just too many possibilities. And the design of each kitchen is unique anyway. Our design process allows us to spend more time working on our customer’s designs. This is what we enjoy most about our business and it is what makes the difference between an average and a great kitchen design. Among the kitchen cabinet lines we design with and sell are Jim Bishop, 6 Square, Fabuwood, Brighton, and Wellsford Fine Custom Cabinetry. Links to these lines can be found at the bottom of this and all of our web pages. Simply click on the logos of each cabinet line to reach their web site.