Meet Our Team

Jared Thayer
Founder

Jared facilitates the project design and development process. A Corvallis native and lifetime Oregonian, Jared grew up in the construction industry. After obtaining a degree in English he started the business at 25. As a father and an avid reader Jared believes in the importance of education, giving back to the community, and leading with a servant’s heart.

Cheliss Thayer
CFO

Cheliss supports the administrative and accounting end of the business. As the co-founder of Thayer Design Build, Cheliss works behind the scenes to make your project runs like clockwork. When not working in the office, you’ll find her having fun using her Masters in Creative Writing and thoroughly enjoying family time with their two sons.

Natalie Pozzesi
Interior Designer

Natalie works closely with our clients in space planning, assisting in selecting materials, and making certain your remodel ends up beautiful.  Natalie graduated from Oregon State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design. Since then, she has been working in the industry in the Corvallis area. When she's not in the office, you can find her in a kayak or hitting the trails for a hike.

Jeff Cedarleaf
Project Manager

Jeff is your guide through the Construction process. Throughout his 25 years of experience, Jeff has earned over 30 safety and OSHA training certificates. A detailed craftsman and highly communicative manager, Jeff makes the construction process seamless for you. Jeff is on-site almost daily and is a pleasure to have working in one's home.

Sean Kringle
Project Manager

As one of Thayer Construction’s first employees, Sean remembers working from the Thayer’s home garage and office at the start of the business. Having obtained a degree in Economics, Sean is now one of our project managers. 

David Ballard
Lead Carpenter

After twelve years of retirement, David knew his time in construction wasn’t over. With a background in residential and commercial construction, David brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the Thayer Design Build team as our Lead Carpenter. When not working, David enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 adult children, and five grandchildren, reading, gardening, playing chess, and cycling.  

Jenny McDonald
Interior Designer

Jenny graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design and a minor in Building Design and Construction. She has a passion for making spaces functional and comfortable for her clients while incorporating beautiful design. She is a new resident to Corvallis and is excited to get into the “Oregonian lifestyle.” When not at work, find her running after one of her four boys, gardening, reading or cooking for a crowd.

Brent Zenisky
Project Manager

Brent has a degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University and over 15 years of experience in the industry ranging from high-end custom home building to commercial tenant improvements. As an avid outdoorsman, his passions include fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and most everything wild.

Sammy Nguyen
Project Coordinator

Sammy works closely with the Thayer Design Build team from our office to keep projects running smoothly. She moved from Washington to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University for her degree in Interior Design and will be graduating in the Spring. Outside of work and school, you can find her relaxing with friends and family, playing volleyball, or going on adventures with her cat and dog.