Meet the Team

One thing you can count on from all our employees is that they are thoughtful, conscientious, skilled, honest and nice to work with. They’ll do anything they can to make your experience better.

Mitchell Newman – Principal
Mitchell Newman, formerly a family physician, brings his experience from his medical career to his work at Stratagem. This manifests in his planning, precision with details, dedication to quality and passion for his work in addition to an awesome bed-side manner. He also ran a theater company where he honed his skills at working cooperatively and productively guiding the creative process.

Meet the Team

One thing you can count on from all our employees is that they are thoughtful, conscientious, skilled, honest and nice to work with. They’ll do anything they can to make your experience better.

Mitchell Newman – Principal
Mitchell Newman, formerly a family physician, brings his experience from his medical career to his work at Stratagem. This manifests in his planning, precision with details, dedication to quality and passion for his work in addition to an awesome bed-side manner. He also ran a theater company where he honed his skills at working cooperatively and productively guiding the creative process.

Zane Wiersema – Construction Project Manager
Zane Wiersema, Construction Project Manager, was a former Union Carpenter with nearly 20 years of construction experience, 6 of which are in Construction Project Management. He studied statistics and actuarial science at DePaul University and graduated summa cum laude in 2012, but prefers working in an environment with tangible results. Being able to physically see his work after a long day brings him an unparalleled satisfaction. Zane prides himself in organizing projects, streamlining processes and procedures, ensuring good quality craftsmanship, providing creative solutions to challenges and providing great customer service. When he is not immersed in his craft, he enjoys relaxing with his wife, studying logic, theology, science, math and computer science, listening to music, traveling, playing sports as well as actively engaging in his church and condominium association.

Nick Riedel – Construction Project Manager
Nick, Construction Project Manager, was a carpenter and an Architectural designer before joining the Stratagem team. He received his Bachelor in Architecture degree from Miami University and his Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Arizona. As much as he enjoys designing, he appreciates the building aspect even more. After working in both retail and residential design, he decided to join the Stratagem team so he could be more engaged with the construction phase. He’s obsessed with details, demands quality, and loves seeing a project come together. When he’s not building for Stratagem, he’s designing and building furniture for his own home. He’s a passionate traveler, loves to scuba dive, ski, and hike. And he always brings his dogs along whenever possible.

Kapan Shipman – Senior Designer
“Spirited…Different…” is how senior designer Kapan Shipman would describe herself. With her diminutive size and easy smile, she has a way of making her clients feel comfortable and relaxed. She is curious by nature, and always on the lookout for inspiration. Pop culture, fashion, art, and films influence in her work. Kapan’s love for design is not limited to interiors and architecture. This eccentric Jane-of-all-trades is also a fashion stylist, a personal shopper, style consultant and a jewelry designer.

Kapan is a graduate of Harrington Institute of Interior Design and has experience in both commercial and residential design. Her work has been featured in numerous articles.

Hannah Tindall – LEED AP ID+C Interior Designer
Greatly influenced by a 15 year background in dance, recognizing how humans utilize and move through space has always come naturally to Iowa State University Graduate Hannah Tindall. Many weekends were spent rearranging and re-organizing her room as a child; Dad always helping out because she was too young to move the furniture herself. Drawing from travels abroad and the nature surrounding her, Hannah finds inspiration in many places. She considers obtaining her LEED accreditation one of her greatest accomplishments.

Krzysztof – Master Craftsman
Krzysztof Jachym, formerly in hotel management, brings unparalleled craftsmanship to his work. The bigger the challenge, the more he enjoys the good result. He’s an expert finish carpenter and loves making beautiful built-ins, bookcases and furniture. He’s also an expert tile layer. Recently, he has discovered snow skiing.

Artur Kras – Master Craftsman
Educated as an artist, Artur Kras brings a love of handwork to his craftsmanship. Artur is an excellent tile layer, a skilled carpenter, and can do just about anything else necessary in home renovation. He is recently a new father.

Tatiana Ulyanova – Business Manager
You can always count on our business manager Tatiana Ulyanova for a smile. With a Ph.D. in Sociology, an MBA, and an M.A. in Accounting she’s happy to share her knowledge and experience with colleagues and to make sure that everything runs smoothly at Stratagem Construction. Loving her work at Stratagem, Tatiana does everything with enthusiasm. At her spare time, Tatiana enjoys exploring Chicago with her husband and younger son, keeping up with her older son while he’s away in college.

Kanya Phev – Administrative/Project Coordinator
With a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis, Kanya has spent her formative years as a landscape designer in Venice Beach, California. She is passionate about traveling and storytelling, and dreams to one day publish an illustrated pop-up children’s book based on the stories she’s collected on her journey.

In her spare time, she enjoys a cup of tea while painting greeting cards, writing snail mail, assembling Ikea furniture and researching travel plans.