Hi, I'm Kathe Russell, co-owner of DreamBuilders. When people ask me what I do, I often describe myself as an interior designer, realtor, and contractor all rolled into one. What I love most about my work at DreamBuilders is meeting our clients and helping them make changes in their homes that transform the quality of their lives.
Before I joined my husband Mike in our business, I spent 15 years as a clinical social worker and ran a non-profit health organization. I have a B.A. Degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's Degree from CSU, Sacramento.
I entered the field of construction and interior design as a second career and became certified as a kitchen and bath remodeler and certified aging in place specialist. In addition, I have my real estate license for cliients who need assistance with additional real estate transactions. I served on the board of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, California Capital Chapter for four years and the board of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Sacramento Region for three years.
People often ask me if it was difficult to transition from being a social worker to a designer. What I tell them is that it was actually quite easy. Although the technical knowledge base is, of course, different- the skill set is the same. Both entail listening to our client's needs and helping them find the right solutions.