Meet Our Team

Our Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based team of experienced professionals is ready to roll up the sleeves and work with you from early project development to installation, final adjustments and fine-tuning.  We pride ourselves on offering windows and doors of exceptional quality, and service to match.  Our office team looks forward to working closely with you to determine how we can best satisfy your project’s performance and aesthetic needs within your budget.  Our expert service technicians are available for technical advice, including installation and adjustment guidance.

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Jessica Pfohl, President & Head of Business Development

Jessica grew up on a ranch in rural Southern Oregon where she lived until moving to New York City for college.  She is passionate about promoting sustainable building practices, including the use of energy efficient construction methods and natural materials.  She has been active in the development of the company’s vision since 2011, when she left her career as a corporate attorney and co-founded Zola with Florian.  Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and the belief that business can be a means for positive social change, Jessica is also involved in managing the natural finish company, Unearthed Paints.  She enjoys skiing, biking, traveling, and hiking and is grateful to be living in the beautiful mountain town of Steamboat Springs. 

Contact: jessica@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A., Columbia University
  • MSc, London School of Economics
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley Law
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Florian Speier, Vice President & Head of Product Development 

Florian consults clients on a variety of technical aspects of their projects and oversees product development.

Florian was born and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany and received his architectural training at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland and Columbia University in New York City. Florian brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to window design. Before founding Zola Windows, Florian had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of architectural projects, both large scale commercial buildings such as the Seattle Public Library and custom homes. His experience includes work at Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, SHoP Architects in New York, and Zeitgeist Design in San Francisco, a company that he founded. Florian is a LEED AP, a Certified Passive House Consultant, and a Certified Passive House Builder.

Contact: florian@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • MSc Project & Enterprise Management University College London
  • M.Arch ETH Zurich (+GSAPP Columbia University)
  • Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS CPHC)
  • Certified Passive House Builder (PHIUS Certified Builder)
  • LEED AP
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Evan Anderson, VP of Operations

Evan assists our clients from the earliest design phases of their windows to final completion – always willing to address questions along the way.  Evan heads Zola’s downtown Seattle office.

Born in Kearney, Nebraska, Evan was originally trained in fine furniture design, making, and restoration in Scotland, at the Thomas Chippendale School of Fine Furniture. As pressing energy issues began to become more apparent, Evan made an unlikely career change and graduated head of his class in energy efficiency engineering – desiring to make a positive impact on the way the built environment uses energy. Evan is excited and honored to be part of Zola Windows, where energy efficiency is key. 

Evan has a great passion for strawbale, earthship, and passive house construction. If he’s not at work, or have his nose in a book, you can usually find him enjoying the outdoors with his wife and dog.

Contact: evan@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • A.A.S., Energy Efficiency Engineering, Ecotech Denver
  • Certification: BPI Building Science Analyst
  • Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS CPHC)
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Matt Newman, VP of Sales & Service 

Matt heads Zola’s Sales and Service departments.

Matt grew up in Northern Iowa and began working at his father’s mechanical contracting company at an early age. As early as 12 years old you would find him working alongside his grandfather in the sheetmetal shop building ductwork or installing equipment out in the field. After high school Matt continued to work in the HVAC industry in various roles such as sales, marketing and project management with expertise in indoor air quality and energy efficiency. After nearly two decades in HVAC Matt decided it was time for a change and moved to Vail, Colorado to start his own contracting company. His focus being commercial interior finish and cabinetry successfully completing some of the largest projects along the I-70 corridor.

When he’s not working Matt is with his family somewhere in the mountains rafting, fishing, hunting or hiking.

Contact: matt@zolawindows.com

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Julie Baker, Logistics Manager & Quoter 

Julie manages Zola’s shipping logistics and puts together many of the window and door quotes that go out to our customers.
Julie was born and raised in Kearney, NE.  She obtained a comprehensive BS degree in Interior Design from the University of NE at Kearney in 2007.  Julie has a passion for design, remodeling and refurbishing old items for new uses.  She enjoys: Crafting, baking, gardening and camping, her free time is devoted to her family which includes her husband, 3 kids and 5 step kids.

Contact: julie@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.S., University of Nebraska 
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Luisa Lombera, In-House Technical Expert and Post-Order Optimizer

Luisa is from Mexico City, but also lived in England for six years growing up.  As an undergraduate, she studied Earth Systems at Stanford University and stayed on for a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Subsequently, Luisa worked at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) for four years doing research and consulting to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Luisa left RMI for Barcelona where she embarked on an MBA focused on social enterprise at ESADE Business School.  After her MBA, Luisa co-founded Pixán, which sought to work with coffee farmers to find new value in the much-overlooked fruit of the coffee plant.  Luisa loves efficiency, sunlight and warmth and is excited to work with Zola to optimize all of those in beautiful, comfortable and responsible buildings.

Among other recreation, Luisa enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, biking and back-country skiing – and is always excited for opportunities to build bridges between Mexico and Colorado.

Contact: luisa@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.S. Stanford University
  • M.Sc. Stanford University
  • M.B.A. ESADE Business School
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Diana Suhanyi, Project Manager & Architectural Consultant

Diana was born and raised in Holyoke, Colorado. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa and received a bachelors degree in fine arts with an emphasis on painting and a minor in geology. She returned to Colorado and eventually pursued her passion in architecture receiving a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver. During graduate school, she traveled to Italy, Brazil, and Paraguay.

Beginning in college, Diana worked in Historic Preservation and has a love for good craftsmanship and well-detailed buildings. Following grad school, she worked in an architecture firm with a focus on construction administration.

She is excited to be a Zola and looks forward to learning more about window detailing especially installation details. Diana is happy to be in a position to contribute to the success of projects ranging from ultra-modern to the historic renovations.

Diana and her husband recently moved to Steamboat. She loves to ride her bicycle and walk the dog while taking in the beautiful Steamboat scenery.

Contact: diana@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A., Cornell College – Mt. Vernon, Iowa
  • M. Arch, University of Colorado – Denver
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Catherine Brown, Project Manager & Architectural Consultant

Catherine was born and raised in Minnesota but spent much of her time in Colorado training and competing in alpine ski racing.  She attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned a bachelors degree in environmental design with an emphasis on architecture.  Her love for the mountains kept her in Colorado and a growing passion for resilient, efficient, and contextual design pushed her to pursue a dual masters degree in Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado Denver.  Catherine spent several years working in architecture with an emphasis on renovations and construction administration and found it was the details and problem solving that she loved most about design.  She looks forward to the opportunity to bring the sustainable and resilient strategies of Zola to the variety of project types and complexities from existing to new design. Catherine enjoys all things in the mountains and spending time with her dog Loki.

Contact: catherine@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A., University of Colorado- Boulder 
  • M. Arch/M.S. Historic Preservation, University of Colorado – Denver
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Josh Madsen, Project Manager

Josh assists our clients on project quotes and various architectural aspects of ordering and specifying custom window and door packages.

Josh is born and raised in the midwest and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Upon completing his B.S. in landscape architecture in 2012, he ventured to the front range for the active lifestyle offered by the mountains. Josh likes to apply his knowledge and passion of sustainable design in every facet of his work, indoors and out. After multiple trips abroad throughout Europe, he looks forward to enhancing home designs through the application of Zola European Windows in the American market. .

Contact: josh@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison
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Samantha Cesarini, Project Manager

Samantha grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and completed an undergraduate degree in the history and theory of architecture at Columbia University. After spending time in the Pacific Northwest, she returned to the east coast to pursue an academic interest in 1970s experimental architecture at MIT. Subsequently, Samantha worked as an architectural historian, and most recently as a Landmarks Preservationist at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, where she developed a strong interest in sustainability and Passive House construction. Samantha discovered Zola by way of the local Passive House community, and having worked passionately on a variety of Passive House and deep energy retrofit projects, is happy to share her enthusiasm about Zola with clients in both the Pacific Northwest and New York City regions.

Samantha enjoys wandering around interesting buildings, tending to her community garden plot, record collecting, and spending time outdoors.

Contact: samantha@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

B.A., Columbia University

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Marsh Gooding, Project Manager

Marsh was fortunate enough to grow up in Steamboat Springs, CO where he spent evenings after school skiing at Howelsen Hill.  He went on to be captain of the ski team at the University of Vermont where he studied Geography.  It was here that he developed a strong interest in sustainable development patterns and building solutions.  While in VT he built up a multi-family real-estate company where he did everything from hands-on energy retrofits to the permitting of complex redevelopment projects.  In 2013 his longing for Colorado sun brought him back to Steamboat Springs where he now lives.  When he’s not helping you dial in your Zola window package you can find him in the backcountry bowhunting elk or skiing with his lovely wife and daughter.

Contact: marsh@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

B.A., University of Vermont

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Ellie Lassiter, Technical Support Specialist 

Ellie is on our technical support team and assists customers with any post order/delivery requests. She also manages our sister company, Unearthed Paints.

Ellie was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Parsons School of Design. After graduating, she worked in the sustainability field, managing farmers markets, working on rooftop farms and building community gardens in underserved areas of New York City. In 2014 Ellie began working in Chile managing a small, organic farm. She landed in Steamboat in 2015 with her sister, April Lassiter. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys fly fishing, camping, gardening and taking her husky on hikes.

Qualifications:
B.A., Parsons School of Design

Contact: ellie@zolawindows.com 

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Joshua McMahon, Field Technician

Joshua has roots originating in New Mexico and spreading across the west to Seattle.  Now residing in Portland, OR, Joshua can enjoy his time within a culture of like-minded artisanal types. Fueled by his passion for sustainable living, Joshua has years of hands-on experience with alternative building and low-tech DIY techniques, including cob construction, earthen floors, passive solar design, eco-roofs, and Earthship techniques. His diverse background from an avionics technician to a licensed general contractor makes him a valuable asset to any team that needs a mix of creative problem solving and technical know-how.

A natural appreciation for wanderlust makes Joshua a great fit as a Zola Field Technician.  Traveling allows him to gain new perspectives on sustainable homes and the people who create them.

Contact: joshua@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A. Architecture, Portland State University
  • Certified Passive House Builder (PHIUS Certified Builder)
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Dom Franceshi, Field Technician

Dom is from Portland, Oregon and recently returned there after living in South Carolina for the past 7 years studying architecture and practicing his trade. He has been a woodworker/maker for over half his life and loves any excuse to bike, draw, cook or be outdoors.

Contact: dom@zolawindows.com

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