Meet the Experts

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The CAROLE team knows the specialized craft of cabinetry design and cabinetry planning inside and out. Our depth of experience—and our ability to leverage team support to get you the best—sets us aside from other firms.  We have:

  • Experience…more than 300 years’ of kitchen projects (thousands of unique kitchens!) across our team.
  • Longevity…we’ve been here in our Woburn location for about 25 years.
  • Many, many past clients…willing to vouch for us! (Please read our reviews.)

Although you work with one designer through the process, our team is intensely collaborative. Our team’s MISSION is to personally guide you—delivering expert cabinetry design and product education, so you have confidence in your choices and the results meet YOUR individual goals. If you are, in fact, seeking professional kitchen design and you’d like new kitchen or bath cabinets or countertops, our talented team can help!

Continue below to meet our crew!

Kathy Cremone, Design Manager

This gal knows her stuff! With more than 30 years of experience in the kitchen and bath product and design industry, our Design Manager, Kathy Cremone is integral to providing the level of superior design and customer service you can expect from every member of our professional Design Team. Kathy makes it her personal mission to be sure every Designer thoroughly educates each client about all available products and design options so you can make the best decision for your project goals and budget.  Kathy will tell you that what makes the difference at Carole’s is the depth of team experience and the collaboration that happens behind each project. You have a squad of talent behind the scenes led by Kathy!

You can see Kathy and Carole Kitchen on This Old House working on the show’s Newton, MA project.

Sara Hawkins, Designer

Sara Hawkins explains that her design philosophy is, “to design a functional, beautiful kitchen by incorporating the client’s needs and wants, while keeping budget in mind.” To complement Sara’s more than 20 years of on-the-job kitchen and bath design experience at Carole’s, is her degree in Interior Design from Mt. Ida College.

Mary Jane Caprio, Designer

Kitchen and bathroom designer Mary Jane Caprio concentrates on a space and develops it into a livable and workable area, while still incorporating a fresh, innovative look.  Individuality, aesthetics, and quality products are consistently found in Mary Jane’s designs.  Also a seasoned designer with Carole’s for over 20 years, Mary Jane is a graduate of Newbury College and Mt. Ida College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

Debbie Toland, CKD, Designer

Debbie Toland has been a professional Kitchen and Bath Designer for close to 30 years.  She approaches every design with a fresh outlook and a keen eye towards maximizing functionality without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.  Debbie has earned the designation of Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) through the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  She is confident and super-experienced working with a huge range of cabinetry styles and products! Check out Debbie’s page by clicking HERE to see multiple photos of her distinguished Boston-area kitchen, bath, and interior design projects.

Michelle Connolly, AKBD, Designer

Michelle brings close to 20 years of design experience to her work, including full-custom kitchen and design-build firm work.  She enjoys great satisfaction in working closely with her clients, listening to, and understanding their personal needs and priorities, and then providing unique, creative designs. ”I thrive on working as part of a team of talented designers and craftspeople who collaborate to develop and implement the best design solutions for each project.” Like most of our team, Michelle works directly with homeowners, but also routinely collaborates with architects, building contractors and interior designers.

Caitlin Swinton, Designer

Caitlin Swinton delivers design and project distinction for her Carole clients, and she takes pride in each and every project. Her clients praise her for instilling confidence, for her responsiveness, and for her ability to translate goals into a successful project—- whether it’s a quick remodel of a kitchen or bath to help sell a home, to a full-custom, high-end ‘dream kitchen’. Caitlin brings to her design work a bachelor of arts in Interior Design and a minor in business from Becker College. Her past kitchen experience honed her skills in crafting highly-detailed technical plans. Caitlin has a broader background in interior and furniture design as well.

Stacey Tempesta, Designer

Stacey has been designing kitchen and bathrooms since 2004 and she has been in the design industry since 2000. Stacey has a firm understanding of the functionality of spatial layouts and can make even the smallest spaces efficient.  She quickly understands clients needs and has an amazing ability to translate them into creative designs reflective of the customers budget and aesthetics.

Maryellen Perry, Designer

I have a huge passion for meeting new clients and making their kitchen dreams come true. With over ten years in the home improvement industry I have worked on many projects from small galley kitchens to full scale developments. I love bringing colors into any space and I bring a fun positive outlook on all my customers projects.

Frank Purdy, Manager – Kitchen Sales

Frank Purdy brings close to 30 years of industry experience to Carole’s. He is particularly experienced with cabinet placement and installation techniques.  Franks loves to help clients brainstorm, present options, and explain differences between cabinet and countertop brands. You will also find Frank at a construction site with his laptop, drafting a kitchen layout for a contractor, complete with 3-D images, exact products placed in the layout, and delivering on-the-spot estimates. He’s a terrific problem-solver with challenging spaces.

Susan Fraser & Karen Griffin, Admin & Ops

The level of detail and minutia that goes into behind-the-scenes kitchen cabinetry ordering and project accounting is enormous, and Sue and Karen are each incredibly detail-oriented, meeting highest standards every day to get the job done well. They are committed to our team and to our clients and do an exemplary job communicating with numerous vendors and throughout every step of the project to support the team. We could not do what we do so well without their industry expertise and reliability. And on the topic of commitment and dedication, while Karen has been with Carole’s many years now, Sue has been with Carole’s 20+ years!

Melanie Adamopoulos, Sales and Showroom Assistant

Born a carpenter’s daughter, I have been surrounded by the home improvement industry all my life.  I was able to witness the hard work and finesse that goes into cabinetry building and the passion behind the craftsman.  I enjoy hearing and seeing the joy the client gets when their project is completed.  I am happy to be part of the process here at Carole’s Kitchen & Bath Design.

Sophia Krumrey, Sales and Showroom Assistant

I recently moved from Chicago, where I first dipped my toes in the interior design world as a kitchen designer and warehouse manager at a cabinet company.  My positive energy and passion for people is something I hope every customer sees and I hope they feel important during every visit and interaction.  I love seeing clients happy about getting the dream space they desire and I know that can be accomplished here at Carole Kitchen and Bath Design.

Donny Petersen, Delivery Driver

Donny is the behind-the-scenes hero of Carole’s. Donny has been driving and delivering for Carole’s for about 20 years, and whether he is delivering to a residential home, unloading a truck, or helping out on a philanthropic delivery mission (such as the monthly pick-ups for the local food pantry Carole’s has committed to), he will get the job done and keep everyone laughing all the while!

Patrick Sansonetti, Owner and General Manager

Patrick has had a passion for running small companies for almost 25 years…he started his first company when he was 26.  Patrick adds a unique range of experience to Carole’s including customer service, sales, business development, team management, and marketing.  Patrick and co-owners Gene and Maura have worked together in several businesses since they went to college together.  As the General Manager, Patrick “drives the boat” and runs all aspects of our business at Carole’s…you might even see him even loading and unloading trucks.

Gene & Maura Fredey, Owners

People ask us all the time how we got into the kitchen business. It’s a long story, but when we met in college, we’d never have predicted we’d be running a kitchen design and cabinetry business TOGETHER! We are proud of our 5-star reputation for service, expertise, and follow-through. We have hundreds of 5-star reviews on-line (, Google, etc.). Most of our business comes from past clients’ referrals to their friends and family. Our team brings tremendous experience to every project. Carole’s has designed and delivered project excellence for literally hundreds of customers, and every cabinetry project is tailored to that client’s tastes and goals. We are grateful to all who have chosen Carole’s for their project! Local connections and happy customers are the best part of Carole’s.