Get to know our talented team.
Terry Gaulrapp, Partner
Terry has worked in nearly every facet of the construction industry in his over 20 years in business. His hands-on experience in everything from design to scheduling to building and finishing give him unparalleled knowledge and understanding of how the process works.
On any given day you’ll find Terry meeting with clients, estimating or managing projects, and overseeing Highmark finances. He enjoys the opportunity to work closely with clients to create the spaces that will transform and enrich their families’ lives. Highmark’s strong culture of ethics and teamwork is a direct result of his leadership.
Terry has a B.S. in Construction Management from Mankato State University. He subsequently spent five years at Ryan Companies as a Project Manager for both residential and commercial construction projects. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as many outdoor sports.
Terry is married to Sara and father to Adrianna, Riley and Addison.
You can contact Terry by emailing email@example.com.
Jim Moras, Partner
Jim learned about the inner workings of houses at an early age from his dad, who was both a plumber and electrician. That interest blossomed into a career that has spanned two decades and included stints with commercial as well as residential construction firms from the Twin Cities to L.A. Jim loves going to work every day, meeting new clients and taking on new challenges.
He particularly enjoys using his gift for design to create homes that combine beauty with unique functionality. It’s also important to Jim that Highmark offers a warm, open and family-oriented environment where people can thrive in their positions. He and partner Terry work hard to recruit the best people and make it a place that they want to stay.
Jim has a B.S. in Construction Management from Mankato State University. He enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering on building projects in Central and South America through his church.
He is married to Katie, a Spanish teacher, and the father of Courtney, Cody and Andrés.
You can contact Jim by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Design and Drafting
Nathan Carlson, Project Development
Nathan hits many notes working in sales for Highmark. Experienced in all areas of construction, he is detailed, organized, honest and funny—it’s not surprising that he creates special relationships with clients. Nathan counts project management and insurance work among his specialties, and is certified in lead detection as well as installing GAF, James Hardie and LP SmartSide products. He values the integrity at Highmark as well as the family-oriented culture.
Nathan is married to musician Molly Dean, and enjoys playing guitar and connecting with his Native American heritage.
Kristen Schammel, Interior Designer
Kristen is a highly skilled and talented designer who loves working with clients to bring their spaces to life. She enjoys designing cabinetry, working with tile and selecting countertops and lighting, all of which she uses to bring color and texture into her rooms. Kristen’s knowledge of all phases of design and construction make her an invaluable resource. Kristen holds a B.A. in Interior Design and Construction Management from Mankato State University.
She and husband Tim are parents to two beautiful girls.
Callie Valtakis, Interior Designer
Callie loves helping clients create beautiful homes, as well as understand how design works in their home on an everyday level. She reminds us that our surroundings impact our lives more than we realize, and that wisely imagined surroundings can help us thrive. Callie’s expertise helps Highmark clients enjoy their new homes to the fullest.
In her spare time, Callie enjoys reading, going to plays, bike riding, and spending time with her family, fiancé Jordan and Yorkshire Terrier, Mandie.
Kelly McDermott, Interior Designer
Kelly has been in the interior design field for over 4 years. She has even studied some interior design in France. Kelly loves that every project has its own unique design. When she’s not adding a “wow” factor to our homes, Kelly is out being active with her puppy, Max, or failing at baking a Pinterest recipe at home.
Christina’s love of color, patterns, and bold texture bring a bright personality to the Highmark team. Her passion for interior design has sparked for as long as she can remember and she enjoys watching a project go from start to finish. This is why she chose to go to the University of Wisconsin- Stout to get a BFA in Interior Design and minor in Business Administration.
In her free time, she enjoys tennis, crafting, traveling, and cooking. She also loves adventuring to the “newest hotspot” in the area to see what it is all about.
John Wallace, Design & Marketing
John is a skilled graphic designer with experience in drawing, marketing, and design. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Graphic Design. John brings his skills of technology and design to enhance Highmark with new advertising, renderings and website design. In his spare time, John enjoys hanging out with his girlfriend Jess and their dog Louis, going on walks, listening to music, and checking out new movies.
Melissa Dieckmann, Office Manager and Project Administrator
An energetic and highly capable multi-tasker, Melissa runs the office and has the scoop on everything Highmark. It’s often said that if Melissa doesn’t know where to find it, it doesn’t exist—that’s how organized she is. She credits Highmark’s success with the company’s family approach to business and commitment to building long-term client relationships. Melissa received her degree in Business Management and Business Administration from Rasmussen College.
In her spare time, she loves tracking down great deals for clients and spending time with her husband Chris and their son, Caleb.
Jason Hoernke, Project Manager
As a Project Manager for Highmark, Jason is responsible for overseeing a new construction or remodeling project from start to finish. He enjoys the high level of detail that characterizes Highmark homes, especially trim work, and the challenge of coordinating the many activities going on at once within the framework of a schedule. Jason has a B.S. in Construction Management from Mankato State University.
He and his wife Jaimi enjoy spending time with their son, Brexton.
Matt Eastman, Project Manager
Matt brings over a decade of field experience to Highmark along with a degree in Construction Project Management. As a Project Manager, Matt likes being involved in different aspects of the building process, from design to scheduling to sitting down with clients.
When he’s not climbing ladders or checking tasks off a punch list, Matt enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife Ashley and their daughters Chloe and Denver.
Dan Archambault, Warranty Manager
Dan has been with Highmark Builders since the early days and is a crucial team member. With two decades of construction experience, Dan enjoys that no two homes are the same and that he is constantly able to work with different homeowners. An all-around skilled Carpenter, he's got the best one-liners around (we call them Arch-isms).
Married to Kristi, and father to Lauren and Hunter. Dan enjoys muskie fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling in the Rocky Mountains.
Jeremy Gregorich, Carpenter
Jeremy has been working in construction since he was 12 years old. He finds great satisfaction in watching each home project progress and gets a kick out of how excited the homeowners get. Jeremy and wife Amanda are parents to Hannah Rose and Mason.
In his spare time Jeremy loves to practice jiu-jitsu, play with the family dog, Nellie, and read.
Bryon Juliar, Carpenter
Bryon brings years of residential construction experience and a degree in Carpentry/Cabinetry to his position at Highmark. He enjoys producing top quality work for his clients and really appreciates his coworkers’ level of expertise. In his off hours Bryon enjoys hunting and fishing.
Jason Long, Carpenter
Jason has over twenty years of experience in the construction field. His specialties include finished and rough carpentry, custom decks, and flooring. When he is not at work, Jason enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife, three children, and three dogs. Though he is a dad and an adult, Jason is a kid at heart and loves to make people laugh.
Dan Laino, Carpenter
Dan has been a carpenter for over twenty years, excelling at finish carpentry. He gets a sense of pride when a project is complete and loves the camaraderie at Highmark. On his off time, he is a personal trainer because he loves helping people. Dan also has two children in college.
Lola, Greeter and Stress Reduction Specialist
A Black Lab, Lola spends her days welcoming visitors and positioning herself strategically for optimum petting (don’t be shy). In her free time she enjoys chasing tennis balls, snoozing and bird hunting with her human, Jim Moras.
Chloe, Physical Therapist
This sunny Lab girl is Terry’s family fur-kid and Lola’s BFF, but she’ll quickly be your friend too, particularly if you have a tennis ball. At work, Chloe makes sure Lola gets enough exercise; in her off hours she enjoys hunting, walks in the park, swimming and shedding.