We’ll coordinate your decorating project from start to finish. Our staff undergoes extensive training on Hunter Douglas window fashions and more – including design, measuring, installation and trouble shooting.
Sherri Tafoya – Owner
As leader of our team, I work hard to ensure your experience with our Gallery®. I started this business by looking for something to be passionate about and grew it from the ground up. I then turned it over to God, (it’s His anyway), and here we are.
Jill Reed – Designer
Jill is multi-talented with high energy and her rapid-fire pace is a joy to see. As one of our custom design specialists, Jill has an eye for selecting just the right fabrics for window panels, decorator pillows and duvet covers. Whether your style is modern, traditional, transitional or eclectic, Jill always seems to find window treatments that make you say: “That’s it! I love it!”
Kristine Benson – Designer
Another talented member of our team is Omaha native Kristine Benson. As a lifelong fashion enthusiast, she loves the high quality, “gorgeous” Hunter Douglas products and looks forward to helping you create beautiful spaces in your home. She loves to have fun at every appointment and is proud of the many friends she’s made over the years with people who began as her clients.
Gina Jackson – Designer
Gina Jackson is the newest member of our team, having moved here recently from California. With her attention to detail, Gina has used her degree in Interior Architecture and Design to help her clients find the best window treatments for their homes and unique tastes. She loves the great products and options available from Hunter Douglas and appreciates how her new associates care about each other and their clients.
Rhonda Cash – Sales Director
Rhonda is fantastic at many things, especially in developing connections with clients. She excels as a Designer by taking the time to get to know people on a deeper level so she can get the exact shading to fit your needs. In the office, she’s also known as the company chef and do-it-yourselfer, as well as an occasional 32-ounce Diet Pepsi drinker.
Sally Vandeberghe – Business Development/Designer
Sally is the person on our team who seems to know everyone, or wants to if she doesn’t already! She’s known for celebrating the successes of others and rooting for staff members, other small businesses or community organizations. Her presence enhances any ribbon cutting or networking event, which makes sense because that’s where you’ll often find her!
Susan Hall – Designer
Susan has an incredible eye for design and color since growing up in Crete helping her parents with their floral shop. Before her time at Custom Blinds, she owned a very successful faux painting company for many years, until we convinced her to join us a decade ago. We’re so happy she did and you will be too – just ask her clients…they refer Susan to their friends all the time!
Tim Zoz – Gallery Sales Support
As a relatively recent addition to our staff, Tim loves the friendly atmosphere and team effort at Custom Blinds, and feels we fit very well with how he ticks. “Over the years, my clients have told me I’m helpful, friendly, always smiling and provide over-the-top service”, says Tim. “Building relationships and helping people are some of my favorite things in life.” Once you meet Tim, we’re sure you’ll agree!
Sally Dion – Administrative Assistant
Sally’s smile is familiar to anyone who’s ever visited the Gallery®. She’s been a part of our team since we opened our Omaha Gallery® in 2008. While parts and repairs are her areas of expertise, she also handles all the customer rebates and tax credit paperwork. She’s small, but mighty and makes a mean enchilada!
Katelyn Houser – Operations Director
Katelyn is good at pushing our team to do better as a whole and be the best we can be. What she does behind-the-scenes ensures your experience will be truly memorable. Her talent for seeing things in a practical and logical way, proves she is wise beyond her years. This is also why the annual Wahoo Rodeo is one of the best in Nebraska, because Katelyn helps with this in her spare time!
Rachael Boyden – Project Coordinator
As one of the newest members of our team, Rachael loves working with and helping people, and the effort she puts forward does make people happy. In her role, she handles your order with tracking, scheduling installations and all the communication details needed to fulfill your project. One client recently told us: “Rachael gave me the confidence to change my powered blinds’ batteries on my own, and I did it!”
Kelsey Hrabik – Sales Assistant
You’re not seeing double, you’re seeing twins! Yes, Kelsey is Katelyn’s sister and though she may be the quiet one, Kelsey’s always listening, which is why she’s so great with detail. And while her sister is indeed a sibling, Kelsey feels everyone at Custom Blinds is her family and will do what it takes to make you happy.
Justin Eisley – Certified Hunter Douglas Installer
Justin’s a guy who’s never met a challenge he wasn’t willing to tackle. Not only does he conquer challenges head on, he does so with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. His warmth is infectious so it’s never a surprise to hear a client raving about him. While he may lack hair on his head, he never lacks the energy to go above and beyond for our clients, his co-workers, or his family.
Marcus Ramer – Certified Hunter Douglas Installer
Marcus comes from a construction and architectural background and is the newest installer to join our team, thus giving him a unique ability to view things from a different perspective. He’s skilled in “outside-the-box” thinking to solve issues or tricky situations and will surprise you with his creative solutions.
Tom McNaught – Logistics Coordinato
With his engineering background, Tom brings a keen and analytical mind to our company, coupled with over ten years experience in the exterior shading business. Tom sees how Hunter Douglas brings an innovative approach to window coverings and how Custom Blinds exceeds the expectations of our clients. And, according to Tom, that’s what he wants to do: “When I make your day, it makes my day!”
Kirk Landgren – Certified Hunter Douglas Installer
As an installer, Kirk has over 25 years of experience in blinds and custom treatments. Clients love working with him because he’s quick, efficient, knowledgeable, and punctual. While we hired him for those reasons, we keep him because he’s very tall and doesn’t need to use a ladder for many of our projects! Kirk is a great guy who ultimately makes sure you’re happy with your shadings before he leaves your home.
Jeremy Klein – Certified Hunter Douglas Installer
Jeremy is a power expert! A former accountant, he left the bean-counting world to go into business with his dad, Larry. Now a certified Hunter Douglas Installer, Jeremy is our “geek” and the fastest power-shade programmer in the west. And he’ll coach you on how to operate your shades from your phone or iPad.
Larry Klein – Certified Hunter Douglas Installer
Larry traded his baseball glove for an installer’s tool belt. Once a professional baseball player, he’s now a father of five and a certified Hunter Douglas Installer. Larry makes even the most challenging shutter installs look easy and gives great advice for those tough to diagnose windows.