Bill Laurysen – Vice President of Operations
Caroline Castrucci – Vice President of Administration
Giuseppe Castrucci – Vice President of Sales / Marketing
Corey Laurysen – Special Projects and Order Processing
Michael Laurysen – Plant Manager
Christian Slanina – Production Manager
Reza Irvanian – Controller
Steve Hnatyshyn – Sales Manager
Roni Lester – Human Resources
Don Waites – Ontario Dealer Representative
Meet Our Designers
At Laurysen, we’ve spent a lot of time scouting great design talent. All of our designers are professionally trained and accredited – and most of them have won awards too!
Stephen Hnatyshyn, Sales Manager
Stephen is a graduate of Georgian College in the field of Industrial Design. After coming to Ottawa in 1982, he found his way into the kitchen Industry where he has been ever since.
With his design background and interest in providing reliable quality service to his clients, Stephen became part of the Laurysen Kitchen Design team in 1991.
For 9 years he built up a strong clientele base and established a healthy portfolio of Builders, Renovators, and Retail customers with a strong referral network. In 2000 Stephen was promoted to the Sales Manager position. Aside from sales manager responsibilities, Steve still takes an active role in design and managing a few long standing accounts.
Wael Bakr, CKD
“Everyone’s economic and life style situation is unique. I keep that in mind when working with clients. Designing the same space for five different families may result in five different designs – this is how unique and distinguished we are.”
Wael Bakr is a Certified Kitchen Designer with over 20 years extensive experience in architectural and interior design. He is a true professional and a very creative designer, with excellent knowledge of design and fantastic customer service skills. He enjoys the challenges and responsibilities involved in his work and has produced award winning designs throughout his career.
Wael has also obtained the highly coveted NKBA Kitchen Designer Certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
- First Place – Traditional Kitchen Group B, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2016
- First Place – People’s Choice Award – Kitchen, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2015
- First Place – Traditional Kitchen Group B, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2015
Aviva Ben-Choreen, CKD
Aviva Ben-Choreen is a graduate of Emunah College in Jerusalem and expanded her knowledge with additional courses from the University of Ottawa in the ’90s. She is fluently bi-lingual in English and Hebrew.
She has worked in the field of design for over 25 years with work experience in Israel and Canada. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of the Laurysen Team. She is a member of the NKBA and is one of the first few to have achieved the Certified Kitchen Designer designation in the city of Ottawa.
She has extensive experience with individualized custom designs for one-of-a-kind jobs as well as the ability to work on large scale projects. Over the years Aviva has helped create many model homes with quality builders in Ottawa that have gone on to win awards in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders annual design competition.
Ola Elmaghraby, Designer
Originally trained as an Architecture Engineer, Ola has also graduated from the Kitchen and Bath Design program at Algonquin College.
“Kitchen are the most used space in our homes, where we share joyful moments with our loved ones,” she says. “That’s why I decided to specialize in kitchen design.”
Ola especially enjoys the challenge of making the best use of every available space in a kitchen or bathroom, as it gives her the chance to really put her knowledge and experience to work for her clients.
“Designing a kitchen should be a fun and exciting experience,” she comments. “I love that I’m able to make a difference in the everyday lives of the people I design for.”
Kimberly has been working in the interior design and décor field since graduating from Algonquin College in 2007. She began by starting her own decorating business while working as an office designer for the government and later working for a high end furniture store. Kimberly joined Laurysen Kitchens Design team in 2009, and quickly became an integral part of the team, working closely with well established contractors to provide clients with a complete renovation which is both easy and comforting. She enjoys providing clients with personal attention to help them discover their own unique sense of style and create their very own beautiful custom kitchen.
Janet Spencer, Designer
Janet discovered her love for design very early on in high school after finishing 4 years of drafting and design before continuing on to complete an Architectural Technicians degree at Loyalist College with honours. Wanting to focus her attention to interior design and combine her technical drafting skills lead her to commit to specializing in the Kitchen and Bath design industry and enrolling in the Kitchen and Bath course at Algonquin College winning the award for top mark in computer drafting. Janet has been working in the industry since graduating and enjoys taking her customers through the journey of initial concept drawings to the final project.
Heather brings extensive expertise and experience in the home furnishing, sales and customer service industry, including a strong creative background in marketing and advertising.
Heather is a member of NKBA and an Algonquin college graduate of The NKBA supported Kitchen and Bath Program. For Heather the most enjoyable aspect of design is working with the homeowner to make their dream kitchen, bath or closet a reality. She’s strives to determine the clients individual needs and incorporate those requirements into the overall design.
In 2014, Heather won 2nd place in the Best New Designer Category at the NKBA Design Awards. You can see her winning design below.
Elnaz Shahrokhi, Designer
Elnaz graduated from Azad University in Tehran with a bachelor degree in English Translation and Literature in 2002. Later, with an extreme passion and talent for designing and space planning, she became a certified Interior Decorator with an honour diploma from Algonquin College.
Having a background in sales and customer service combined with colour consultations and home staging experience, she started helping home buyers with selecting their finishes and upgrades at a design center of a local builder. In 2011, she realized that kitchen and bathroom planning was her specialty and moved to Laurysen kitchen to start her Kitchen Design career.
Since then, she has finished many stunning retail, builders and special projects. Working with MINTO, she has also been the Laurysen Designer for the CHEO Dream Home in 2017 and 2018.
“Designing kitchens, bathrooms and closets feels like showcasing your creativity and talent in a form of a painting on a blank canvas. This pleasure is endless,” she says.
- First place NKBA 2017 Housing award in Look for Less category
- Second place NKBA 2015 Housing Award in Contemporary kitchens
Marlene Nicholas, Designer
Marlene has had a passion to create from a very early age. This led to her studies in the Architectural Program at Loyalist College where she developed a keen eye for design and a myriad of practical skills, which helped her become instrumental in the success of a New Brunswick Custom Home Builder company. She continued to excel at all creative endeavours, especially once the company evolved into custom cabinetry, specializing in Kitchens. Marlene has been working in the GTA for the past several years with privates as well as some of the top home builders, who have gone on to win various awards for their kitchen designs.
“I take pride in my ability to develop a great synergy with my clients and really understand their needs and personal tastes,” she says. “In that way, I can create unique, beautiful, and functional spaces that give my clients the deepest sense of satisfaction.”
Marlene understands that family and friends are inevitably drawn to the kitchen and so it should be the showpiece of any home. She enjoys collaborating with a goal in mind to create beautiful designs and great spaces her clients love to come home to. And that is the exciting challenge that Marlene is always eager to tackle. “I am thrilled to be back in the Ottawa area, and look forward to working with Laurysen Kitchens to help create showpieces for their clients.”
“Marlene’s natural talent shone through the design projects she did for us. She interpreted our style and vision and the result was beyond expectation.” – Marie Peever
“Marlene’s artistic eye brought ingenuity to our renovation project. Her knowledge, guidance and support were most appreciated during what can sometimes be a stressful experience.” – Yvonne Bell