JEM’s Team

Neil Schnelwar – President and CEO

The president of JEM Woodworking, Neil Schnelwar, has always had a love and appreciation for fine woodworking and cabinetry. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in communications and worked in the Telecom industry for several years. When his uncle presented him with the opportunity to acquire his highly reputable custom cabinet business, he jumped at the chance.

Neil acquired the company in 2007 to do what he loved most. With his uncle’s help, he has been able to build JEM into one of the finest and most respected custom cabinet business in the industry.

Rob James – Partner/VP of Operations

Rob has worked in the custom cabinet and furniture industry since the 1990s. His experience includes 12 years + building some of the highest quality cabinetry sold in the U.S. Rob’s role at JEM includes supervising all operations at our facility and in the field. Among his many responsibilities, two that are paramount to Rob are maintaining JEM’s impeccable quality as well as our hard-earned reputation for on-time deliveries. The last decade has been spent with an emphasis on building and training one of the most versatile teams of woodworkers and designers in the northeast.

Ashley Hamm – Office Manager/Director of Marketing

Ashley earned an associate’s degree in advertising communications from Johnson & Wales University and has been working behind the scenes at JEM since 2008. Her goal is to support the staff to ensure your time working with JEM runs smoothly. You will hear from Ashley periodically, when she answers the phone or schedules the installers.

Please feel free to contact Ashley with any questions or concerns you have throughout the process.

The Design Team

Kelly Bielefeldt – Senior Kitchen & Bath Designer

Kelly joined JEM in 2007. She is a graduate of Sage College of Albany and an NKBA member. Kelly sold manufactured and built to order cabinetry before coming to JEM and she says she prefers working with fully custom, high-end cabinets.

“The greatest satisfaction of a job well done is hearing a homeowner tell me that his or her quality of life has improved based on their new design,” she said. “I personally love the option that JEM has to finish paint the cabinetry on site after installation. It is an option that you don’t typically see, but is extremely beneficial.”

When not working, Kelly enjoys married life with her husband Brad and their son Parker.

Elise Gramaglia – Kitchen and Bath Designer

Elise joined JEM in 2013 as an assistant and has evolved to a Kitchen and Bath Designer. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and graphic design. Elise has a passion for design. She enjoys working with homeowners to create a functional and esthetic space.

Jennifer Filuta – Kitchen and Bath Designer

Jennifer came to JEM as an intern in January of 2014 and quickly developed into a designer. She is a graduate from Sage College of Albany with a BFA in interior design. Jennifer has been drawn to and influenced by design from an early age. Her strong attention to detail has helped her quest to design to her clients needs.

Tom Murphy – Production Engineer

Tom is a 15 + year veteran with JEM. Prior to JEM he owned and ran his own custom woodworking business. Tom has worked in all areas at JEM from overseeing the field to client preparation. He currently works with the designers, architects, and our drafting team to ensure all cabinetry is built to the proper spec.

Steve Becker – Draftsman

Steve has 27 years experience in custom residential woodworking and remodeling. He enjoys the challenge of finding solutions to unique needs and has been with JEM since 2008.

Steve enjoys working with wood in every way, from splitting firewood in the Adirondacks to programming our CNC (Computer Numeric Control: the automation of machine tools that are operated by precisely programmed commands).

Jeanne Fallon – Design Assistant

Jeanne started with JEM in the spring of 2015. She graduated from SUNY College at Oneonta in 2013 and majored in Computer Art and Anthropology. Her love of learning and helping clients helps her in assisting our designers.

Jonathan Linville – Assistant Drafter

Jonathan came to us with experience in drafting and surveying. Most of the time he is behind the scenes, creating drawings for the shop. You may see him from time to time on site.