The Westward Foundry Team

  Lindy Williams, Co-Founder / CEO / Principal Designer   Lindy believes that a well-designed world makes people happier, and her passion is creating homes that nurture the soul and bring peace and beauty to people’s lives. She loves solving the problems of design, the math, and geometry, as well as the quest for finishes and furniture — especially the a-ha moment when she and her clients find “the one.” She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and earned a BS in Business and Marketing from James Madison University. She lived for over a decade in Seattle, where she was the director of marketing for a 20-unit restaurant chain. The company expanded with new locations and Lindy was on the team to design the restaurants - she was immediately hooked on design and quit her job a week later to enroll in the interior architecture program at Bellevue College. She has worked in visual display for Anthropologie, designed for a residential firm in the Seattle area, and starting in 2008 ran her own design firm, Lindy Williams Interiors which in turn has become Westward Foundry. In addition to her work and family, she loves traveling, cooking, trail running, and making things with her hands (she’s been an avid knitter since age ten)

Lindy Williams, Co-Founder / CEO / Principal Designer

Lindy believes that a well-designed world makes people happier, and her passion is creating homes that nurture the soul and bring peace and beauty to people’s lives. She loves solving the problems of design, the math, and geometry, as well as the quest for finishes and furniture — especially the a-ha moment when she and her clients find “the one.” She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and earned a BS in Business and Marketing from James Madison University. She lived for over a decade in Seattle, where she was the director of marketing for a 20-unit restaurant chain. The company expanded with new locations and Lindy was on the team to design the restaurants - she was immediately hooked on design and quit her job a week later to enroll in the interior architecture program at Bellevue College. She has worked in visual display for Anthropologie, designed for a residential firm in the Seattle area, and starting in 2008 ran her own design firm, Lindy Williams Interiors which in turn has become Westward Foundry. In addition to her work and family, she loves traveling, cooking, trail running, and making things with her hands (she’s been an avid knitter since age ten)

  Jordan Williams, Co-Founder / COO   Jordan loves balancing the creative and the practical, the art and the science. Though he stands as the lone non-designer at Westward Foundry, he holds a fine arts degree in Directing for the Stage from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. So he deeply understands the needs of working with and for a team of designers in the service of a creative goal. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jordan was a boy of the Northwest through and through. He grew up reveling in the urban/wild dichotomy of Seattle where one could spend the day playing in mountains and the evening dressed up and out downtown. Following NYU Jordan pivoted into a fulfilling career in marketing most recently as an executive with Vail Resorts before departing to cofound Westward Foundry. In addition to leading operations and the behind the scenes work of Westward Foundry, he's an avid skier, mediocre fly-fisherman and talented cook.  

Jordan Williams, Co-Founder / COO

Jordan loves balancing the creative and the practical, the art and the science. Though he stands as the lone non-designer at Westward Foundry, he holds a fine arts degree in Directing for the Stage from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. So he deeply understands the needs of working with and for a team of designers in the service of a creative goal. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jordan was a boy of the Northwest through and through. He grew up reveling in the urban/wild dichotomy of Seattle where one could spend the day playing in mountains and the evening dressed up and out downtown. Following NYU Jordan pivoted into a fulfilling career in marketing most recently as an executive with Vail Resorts before departing to cofound Westward Foundry. In addition to leading operations and the behind the scenes work of Westward Foundry, he's an avid skier, mediocre fly-fisherman and talented cook.
 

  Chelsea Thowe, Junior Designer   Chelsea is fascinated by how people interact with the built environment and how great design can change the attitudes of people living or working in a structure. She grew up in Loveland, Colorado, and received a BA in Interior Design from Colorado State University. She always loved interiors and architecture but it wasn’t until studying abroad in Spain, surrounded by beautiful European design, that she realized she didn’t want to do anything else. Prior to joining Westward Foundry she worked as a designer with Slifer Designs in Vail Valley, specializing in high-end residential mountain homes. When not working she loves to read (especially sci-fi and fantasy novels — she’s a bit of a nerd), spend time with her dog Zuko, and learn new things.

Chelsea Thowe, Junior Designer

Chelsea is fascinated by how people interact with the built environment and how great design can change the attitudes of people living or working in a structure. She grew up in Loveland, Colorado, and received a BA in Interior Design from Colorado State University. She always loved interiors and architecture but it wasn’t until studying abroad in Spain, surrounded by beautiful European design, that she realized she didn’t want to do anything else. Prior to joining Westward Foundry she worked as a designer with Slifer Designs in Vail Valley, specializing in high-end residential mountain homes. When not working she loves to read (especially sci-fi and fantasy novels — she’s a bit of a nerd), spend time with her dog Zuko, and learn new things.

  Melissa Wagner, Project Manager / Stylist   Melissa grew up in Nebraska, the daughter of a contractor. Her bedroom was over his shop so she would wake to the sound of his table saw and the smell of hot, fresh-cut lumber. Inspired by her childhood she graduated with a degree in interior design from the University of Nebraska. She worked in a commercial architecture firm and then joined RH, a high-end furniture design gallery, leading styling and installations for VIP clients in Colorado, and gallery installations around the country. She has lived in three of the four corners of the US. Outside of her work, she enjoys running, biking, portrait photography, and films (although she sometimes looses the plot because she gets preoccupied by the set design).

Melissa Wagner, Project Manager / Stylist

Melissa grew up in Nebraska, the daughter of a contractor. Her bedroom was over his shop so she would wake to the sound of his table saw and the smell of hot, fresh-cut lumber. Inspired by her childhood she graduated with a degree in interior design from the University of Nebraska. She worked in a commercial architecture firm and then joined RH, a high-end furniture design gallery, leading styling and installations for VIP clients in Colorado, and gallery installations around the country. She has lived in three of the four corners of the US. Outside of her work, she enjoys running, biking, portrait photography, and films (although she sometimes looses the plot because she gets preoccupied by the set design).

  Courtney Miller, Junior Designer    Courtney’s favorite part of being a designer is the joy and satisfaction she gets from helping people settle into a home that they love, because it speaks to who they are as a family or individual. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon, and received her BS in Psychology from Portland State University. From a very young age she took an interest in her surroundings, a passion that only grew over time and especially since becoming a mother. She has worked in procurement for the interior and landscape design firm Design Blue. She’s currently studying for her degree in interior design at PCC and also leads Courtney Miller Designs. Courtney draws inspiration from the beautiful architecture and design in her hometown of Portland, as well as from her extensive travels abroad. She lived in Europe in her early 20s, met her English husband in Spain, and lived in London for three years.

Courtney Miller, Junior Designer

Courtney’s favorite part of being a designer is the joy and satisfaction she gets from helping people settle into a home that they love, because it speaks to who they are as a family or individual. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon, and received her BS in Psychology from Portland State University. From a very young age she took an interest in her surroundings, a passion that only grew over time and especially since becoming a mother. She has worked in procurement for the interior and landscape design firm Design Blue. She’s currently studying for her degree in interior design at PCC and also leads Courtney Miller Designs. Courtney draws inspiration from the beautiful architecture and design in her hometown of Portland, as well as from her extensive travels abroad. She lived in Europe in her early 20s, met her English husband in Spain, and lived in London for three years.

  Kristi Freeland, Senior Designer   For Kristi, visual design has always been a way to solve problems and communicate ideas that she can’t express in words. She relishes the challenge of big design problems, breaking the rules if need be to solve them, and seeing the delight in the eyes of her clients at the end result. She grew up in Carmel, Indiana, where she helped her dad build furniture in the garage and loved walking through empty job sites to see how spaces flowed together. She received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has a Certificate Degree in Sustainable Design from UC Berkeley. Prior to her work at Carre Designs and Westward Foundry, she spent 15 years at the Wiseman Group in San Francisco, one of the top interior design firms in the country. She draws inspiration from the outdoors and loves when a design draws on organic qualities of nature. When not working, she enjoys yoga, hiking, woodworking, screen printing, and digging in her garden.

Kristi Freeland, Senior Designer

For Kristi, visual design has always been a way to solve problems and communicate ideas that she can’t express in words. She relishes the challenge of big design problems, breaking the rules if need be to solve them, and seeing the delight in the eyes of her clients at the end result. She grew up in Carmel, Indiana, where she helped her dad build furniture in the garage and loved walking through empty job sites to see how spaces flowed together. She received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has a Certificate Degree in Sustainable Design from UC Berkeley. Prior to her work at Carre Designs and Westward Foundry, she spent 15 years at the Wiseman Group in San Francisco, one of the top interior design firms in the country. She draws inspiration from the outdoors and loves when a design draws on organic qualities of nature. When not working, she enjoys yoga, hiking, woodworking, screen printing, and digging in her garden.

  Andi Jobe, Junior Designer   Andi grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She has a BS in Interior Design from Indiana University with a minor in business from the Kelley School of Business. In 2009 she studied interior architecture at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. She is a licensed interior designer (NCIDQ) and holds a USGBC LEED Green Associate accreditation. Andi grew up in a creative household and interior design has become her outlet. She likes to incorporate eco-design features whenever possible and believes good design can save the world! She once designed and managed a rooftop garden over a domestic violence shelter, and has participated in multiple social impact design projects in Central America. Prior to her work with Carre Designs and Westward Foundry, she was an interior designer at Indiana University, a member of the Association of University Interior Designers, and served for two years on the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. Apart from work she enjoys event planning, woodworking (using her laser cutter), mountain biking, rock climbing, and being in nature.

Andi Jobe, Junior Designer

Andi grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She has a BS in Interior Design from Indiana University with a minor in business from the Kelley School of Business. In 2009 she studied interior architecture at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. She is a licensed interior designer (NCIDQ) and holds a USGBC LEED Green Associate accreditation. Andi grew up in a creative household and interior design has become her outlet. She likes to incorporate eco-design features whenever possible and believes good design can save the world! She once designed and managed a rooftop garden over a domestic violence shelter, and has participated in multiple social impact design projects in Central America. Prior to her work with Carre Designs and Westward Foundry, she was an interior designer at Indiana University, a member of the Association of University Interior Designers, and served for two years on the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. Apart from work she enjoys event planning, woodworking (using her laser cutter), mountain biking, rock climbing, and being in nature.