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Location

Urban Chalet Inc.
100 Shoreline Highway, Suite B-125
Mill Valley, CA   94941
Fax: 415.729.9439

Our Team

Angela is a dynamic, extremely creative, high-energy, results-oriented leader, focused on interior design, client relations and company management. She is an accomplished professional with an outstanding track record of success, adept at working in a fast-paced, detail-oriented, deadline-driven, team-work or self-driven environment.

Angela has owned and run her design business in San Francisco for more than 14 continuous years, with annual sales reaching over $3 million. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, with dual majors in Business and International Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School. She has also completed postgraduate coursework in AutoCAD.

Areas of strength also include: 24 years of construction industry knowledge, 14 years of design and project management, and as a former investment banking financial analyst for 6 years, Angela developed tremendous strengths in building budgets, forecasting, and cost controls.
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Michelle has seven years of work experience that include working for both city agencies and architecture firms that specialize in institutional, commercial, and residential work. She has experience over a wide range of project scales, ranging from urban planning projects to detailing custom furniture. Her strength in working in interior design is her ability to coordinate efficiently and successfully with the project team, including the client and the different design and construction trades. Michelle is a LEED AP and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.Read More

Karina has eight years of interior design experience working on both high-end residential and commercial projects on multiple levels. Her skill set includes space planning, material idea boards, material and finish specifications, and project management and coordination. She is extremely skilled in the realm of custom furniture and upholstery, including material selection, shop drawings, and overseeing the fabrication process with the vendors. She holds an A.A. in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.Read More

Gillian Wemyss
Gillian Wemyss
project coordinator / technology guru

Gillian has worked with Urban Chalet as a designer and project coordinator for five years. She has worked on both residential and commercial projects and her attention to detail, project coordination skills, purchasing and sourcing knowledge has been tremendously valuable to clients and the company. Gillian is also Urban Chalet’s in-house technology specialist, managing in-house graphic design, web development & technology infrastructure.Read More

Caitlin Frostholm
Caitlin Frostholm
senior designer

As a member of the residential team, Caitlin brings an enthusiasm for furniture design, materials & finishes, as well as space planning. Her computer skill set includes AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and SketchUp. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from the Academy of Art University.Read More

Mai Takahashi Lee
Mai Takahashi Lee
senior designer
LEED Green Associate

Mai has experience working on residential renovations as a drafter and detailer. She has a strong customer service background with experience as a manager for a modern residential décor retailer. She has also worked as a design consultant in staging homes. Mai is a LEED Green Associate with a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.Read More

Rachel Chichester
Rachel Chichester
senior designer

Rachel is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she received her Bachelor of Architecture. After school, she worked in freelance graphic design and as a graphic designer for a weekly newspaper, before bringing her creative talents to Urban Chalet. Rachel’s background has shaped her into a well-rounded and thoughtful designer with a keen eye for detail and craftsmanship.Read More

Cristina has four years of work experience in high-end interior remodel design, space planning, landscape design, fixture & finish specifications and project coordination. Before joining Urban Chalet, she gained her experience working with several architecture and construction firms in Spain, and also spent 6 months working to renovate and preserve Museums and Hindu Temples with the Government of Kerala, India. Cristina holds a BS in Technical Architecture from Alfonso X El Sabio University in Madrid, Spain, and has also studied Interior Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.Read More

Alyssa recently graduated from the Academy of Art University with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture and Design. She believes that interior design can change the world, including people's quality of life and the natural environment. Her strong desire to learn more about the real side of the interior design industry has brought her to work at Urban Chalet.Read More

Julie has always loved interiors and creating spaces that are personal, unique, and functional. She comes to Urban Chalet with a background in commercial production design and furniture manufacturing, and recently graduated from the Interior Design and Interior Architecture program at UC Berkeley Extension. Julie is originally from the East Coast, and moved to San Francisco about 8 years ago.Read More

Katherine is a recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University where she received her Bachelor of Architecture. Her appreciation for creative problem solving and intentional use of color, texture, and pattern make Urban Chalet a great fit. Katherine’s background in architecture has strengthened her keen attention to detail and extensive technical abilities.Read More

David comes to Urban Chalet with an architectural background spanning 9 years in the residential and retail sectors. After completing his Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2006, David spent four years honing his design skills under mentorship in Johannesburg, South Africa. David then embarked on a year-long JET program exchange in Japan, where he taught English and fostered an appreciation for Asian design. Since then David has collaborated on a variety of commercial, retail and religious building projects.Read More

Rae brings 6 years of experience in retail management and display merchandising to her position as our Office Manager. Her creative outlook and clear management style fosters optimism, organization, and clear communication within the company. Rae holds a BA in Liberal Arts, with a focus in Studio Arts and Sculpture, from Sonoma State University.Read More

Darlene Sandoval
Darlene Sandoval
accounting manager

Darlene has over 5 years of accounting experience that include working in both corporate and private settings.  As an accounting professional, her focus is to remain proficient in all aspects of accounting through continual education and hands on experience.  At Urban Chalet, Darlene is happy to indulge in both her love for accounting and her attraction to great design.Read More

Kayla has always been intrigued by numbers and was naturally drawn to the accounting field early on in her career. As en established accounting professional, she brings to the team over 6 years of accounting experience. Kayla graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.Read More

Mike Sarmiento
Mike Sarmiento
chief financial officer

For the past 10 years, Michael has been responsible for overseeing back office administration, including accounting, taxes, contracts, legal, compliance, and banking. He has more than 20 years experience in finance, accounting, and business management, with an emphasis on high growth companies. Michael has held VP, Finance positions at two companies, was an auditor with Ernst & Young, and served in Senegal, Africa as a Small Enterprise Developer for the Peace Corps. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Berkeley, Michael earned his Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, graduating magna cum laude.Read More