Harjo Team

Who We Are

We know that the building and remodeling processes are full of challenges and can be stressful for clients. We also believe that we can minimize and possibly eliminate much of that stress by placing more emphasis and value on clear and consistent client communications.


The smallest of projects has a lot of moving parts, so even with the best preconstruction planning in the universe, “stuff” happens. And when it does happen, Harjo Construction proves its integrity in craftsmanship and communication with consistent, honest feedback and engagement on every client project.

Kurt Harjo

Principal, General Contractor

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Since the age of 19, Kurt has dreamt of starting a business to build beautiful things. Growing up in construction, Kurt had a lot of preparation before founding Harjo Construction, including building tree houses, growing up with a home workshop, working in commercial construction during college, and later working in the field and project management.  If he had to choose the single most important thing to do in a day, Kurt believes it’s understanding priorities. He enjoys solving problems with clients, putting together strategies, and helping them visualize a new reality for their home. Inspired by Coach John Wooden, Kurt motivates others by helping people see new or bigger realities for themselves — discovering a capacity within them they weren’t aware was there. Evident in his management style, Kurt encourages his employees to grow by offering them new challenges. If he wasn’t improving homes, Kurt could see himself sailing around the world or designing and building furniture. In his spare time, he likes competitive mountain biking, playing volleyball, cooking and conversing with his wife Meghan and young son Koen.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Mountain Biking

Listening to: Khruangbin & Bears Den

Meg Harjo


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Meg grew up in New Mexico and spent time in St. Louis and Chicago before moving to Seattle in 2012 to work at Starbucks. After eight years at Starbucks, Meg left to join Harjo Construction and is currently serving as the company’s controller, overseeing financials, pipeline management, human resources and a variety of special projects.  She enjoys learning and is embracing the opportunity to learn the construction industry. When she’s not working, Meg is spending time with her toddler Koen and baby Anna.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Hiking & Backpacking

Listening to: Bloc Party, Passion Pit, The Postal Service & The XX

Kaylee Dorsey

General Manager

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Kaylee is almost always the first person people talk to when they contact Harjo Construction with a new project. As a Seattle native, Kaylee graduated with her BA from University of Washington, spent some time abroad and also lived in New York for a few years.  She excels in troubleshooting problems, developing efficient systems and creating strong teams. Working in residential construction has been a dream come true for Kaylee as she has always loved designing homes and seeing project through from start to finish! Prior to working with the Harjo team, Kaylee worked as a bench jeweler for years. In her spare time, Kaylee designs, manufactures and sells jewelry, is an avid gardener, and is currently remodeling her mid-century Seattle home.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Gardening & Boating on Lake Washington

Listening to: Kings of Leon

Sadie Waddell

Designer and Preconstruction Manager

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A PNW native, Sadie graduated from Oregon State University in 2016 with a BS in Interior Design, followed directly by a move up to Seattle.  She started working in the hospitality industry where her role included project management as well as design and permitting for hotel renovations across the country. With a love for old Seattle homes, Sadie loves giving each home a new life and improving the functionality of the spaces within. On a more personal note, Sadie has a fluffy cat named Stevie, after Stevie Nicks, and in her spare time she enjoys seeing live music, camping with friends, and rollerblading around Green Lake.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Rollerblading at Green Lake

Listening to: The Shins

Beth Skirvin


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Beth was born and raised in Seattle and attended WSU.  She married a year later and had a son, Zach.. Beth has been working in the construction industry ever since. She started as an accounting assistant for a large commercial contractor before joining a smaller residential remodeler where she really learned about the whole construction process, which Beth enjoys for all its varied experiences. She hopes to be an asset to the Harjo team!

Zach is Beth’s only child however she had 2 foster children (brothers) that she raised as well. They are Beth’s hobbies. Zach is an undergrad at WSU right now studying Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Science, a brand new program in the United States.  And now Beth is a grandmother to a beautiful 3 month old little girl. When she can, Beth heads to Pullman to see them and help work Zach’s own farm (crops and animal rescue). Maybe one day Beth will have time for more hobbies!

Favorite Summertime Activity: White water rafting, seeing shows & gardening when at her sons farm

Listening to: Classic Rock & Country

Gwendy Lara

Office, Marketing & Sales Coordinator

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Gwendy grew up in southern California moved to Washington about ten years ago. She has a background in customer service, managing, building, and training teams, and she also was the Director of Outreach at local church. She loves people and helping them grow in their spiritual journey. She leads a young adult women’s group weekly. You can always find her hiking a mountain or on the road visiting the National Parks in the USA.  Gwendy supports the Leadership Team of Harjo Construction while also leading initiatives for our Marketing & Sales Department!

Favorite summertime activity: Hiking everywhere!

Listening to: Hillsong, Bethel, and Jesus Culture

Stacey Spencer

Project Manager

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Stacey fell in love with construction the very first time her father let her ‘work’ on one of his sites. From that moment on, she was hooked. He taught her everything, including how not to use a drill press!  Before joining the Harjo team, Stacey flipped countless houses and has developed a strong appreciation for quality craftsmanship.  Art is her other passion and she loves turning architectural salvage into up-cycled pieces that can be enjoyed in our clients homes. She spends her spare time with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Hanging at the Lake near her cottage

Listening to: The Rolling Stones

Michael Fraser

Project Manager

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From a young age Michael would often be found taking apart and reconstructing anything he could get his hands on. Understanding various systems and how things were built has been an interest for much of his life. Throughout his academic career, he has found the intersection of business, design, and technology to be intriguing as it is always evolving.  Over the years this passion has culminated into a Bachelor of Interior Design from Seattle Pacific University.  Michael’s design philosophy has a deep focus on creating human-centric designs. Michael has found that much of our built environment is not designed for humans of all ages and abilities. He emphasizes that universal design approaches need to be applied to all projects not only to meet your design needs but to help make our world more inclusive. Michael is politically engaged and is an advocate for more affordable housing and aid to fight homelessness. Outside of work, he can be found tinkering with virtual reality systems, engaging with photography/editing, fishing with friends, and relaxing at the Seattle waterfront.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Relaxing with his family on Hat Island

Listening to: Phoenix

Emily Garbarino

Project Manager

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Growing up, Emily spent weekends with her mom driving into new developments and examining model homes, which sparked her creativity and ultimately led to the remodel of her family home in Sonoma, California.  After that experience, Emily knew she wanted to pursue construction in some capacity, so she decided to spend her early college years in a technical construction program in Santa Cruz, California.  In her second year, Emily transferred to Boise State University to finish her Bachelor’s degree, and started as an Assistant Project Manager for a custom home builder in Sun Valley, Idaho.  After graduating, she pursued a role with a real estate development company in Boise and in the middle of 2020, she made the decision to move out of Idaho and relocate to Seattle.  In 2022, Emily joined the Harjo team after working for a similar remodeling company based in a suburb of Seattle.  Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with friends, taking walks around Green Lake, visiting new coffee shops (send her your best recs!), listening to live music, going to comedy shows, and volunteering at the Young Adult’s shelter.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Taking a walk around Green Lake, picnicking at Gas Works and watching the sea planes, or camping at the beach

Listening to: Kaleo, Maggie Rogers, or Jack Johnson

Lindsay Perrigo

Project Coordinator

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Lindsay was born and raised in Northern California (wine country), went to UC Davis and graduated with a degree in International Relations and Socio-Cultural Anthropology. After college, she snapped up the first job that would have her and learned a lot about corporate office work. She moved to South Lake Tahoe to enjoy the mountains every day as she transitioned into a new role. In 2014 her boyfriend (now husband) and her moved to Washington for a change of scenery. Lindsay transitioned to working in the food & beverage industry, starting as customer service at Chateau Ste. Michelle then working in a local bar as a hostess, a brewery as a server, a steakhouse as a sommelier/server/manager and then most recently at the Herb Farm in Woodinville. After 7 years in hospitality, Lindsay went back to school for Project Management and transitioned to her Project Coordinator role at Harjo Construction.  Her hobbies include photography and hiking (usually both together), skiing, traveling to new places, WINE, hanging out at home with her husband and 3 cats.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Intense hikes & photography

Listening to: Classic Rock, AC/DC, etc.

Ellery Jun

Project Coordinator & Designer

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Having graduated with a degree in Interior Design from Bellevue College, Ellery credits Robert Morris as being one of the most influential people to him when it comes to perspective on design. The minimalist intent and the relationship between Space, Object, and Subject is constantly something that he thinks about when designing a space. Ellery is a firm believer in the notion that Less is More, and that God is in the details.

Outside of work, you can find Ellery drinking coffee at Santo Coffee, enjoying a good whiskey & cigar, and enjoying intentional time with friends and family.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Off-Roading, Fishing, and Spending time outside with friends

Listening to: Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Christian Kuria, and Drake

Alyssa Plett

Project Designer and Coordinator Intern

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Alyssa was born and raised in Bellevue, WA and is going into her senior year at Seattle Pacific University with a major in Interior Design and a minor in Business Administration. She has a lifelong love of art, which eventually led her to some graphic design work. After starting at SPU, Alyssa realized that interior design is truly the field for her. In this field, she can combine her love of art with her logical and technical side, given to her by her engineer parents.  Alyssa is passionate about using design to improve the quality of life by designing with function, beauty, and sustainability in mind. Some of her hobbies include baking, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Spending time near the water with friends and family

Listening to: Taylor Swift

Luis Chaires


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Luis enjoys the home building process and helping his fellow carpenters, especially with framing. A self-professed “professional learner,” he’s always looking out for the client, from cleaning the job site to securing a property before he leaves. Luis likes the ample opportunity at Harjo Construction and isn’t deterred by complicated projects. Away from work, you might find Luis hiking a trail or relaxing at Ocean Shores.

Dino Davis


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As a Seattle native, Dino grew up in the Mill Creek area working for his father’s drywall and remodeling company where he learned the trades.  He is a journeyman finisher and painter.  Dino’s career has led him to be a technology executive and realtor while always doing one or two construction projects a year. He returned full time to Residential construction running the program for Habitat for Humanity in Kitsap County.  When not working, he is usually sailing, fly fishing or playing golf; (Unless there is snow!) Then he’s in the cascades skiing.  He loves watching Hockey and formula one with his Girlfriend and their dog, Ryder, a muppet-faced honey badger from Mexico.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Sailing on his boat

Listening to: The Police, Brubeck & Charlie Parker

Michael Higgins


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Michael ran his own construction company for four years prior to being recruited into the Harjo family. He has been in construction for most of his adult life in one form or another including both remodels and new construction. He spent a few years working in sales of building materials, restoration of old homes, and custom projects.  Michael has a strong background in troubleshooting and remediation of construction defects and jobsite safety. Michael has lived in Seattle for 25 years. They own a mountain property in the Olympic mountains where they try to spend as much time as possible, and they’re preparing to build their own cabin. He also has a nine-year-old daughter.

Favorite Summertime Activity:  Kayaking, hiking, and camping with his family and two dogs

Listening to: If he’s not listening to classic rock [pink floyd, zeppelin etc.], he’s listening to traditional classical music for extra focus.

Stephen Markert


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Stephen was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and grew up in the Shoreline/Richmond Beach area.  He currently lives in Bothell with his wife Michaela and their two youngest children.  Stephen’s hobbies include cooking (mainly on a outdoor grill), board games with his family and most outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and fishing (especially fly fishing).  He’s also a die hard Mariners and Seahawks fan, and he’s waiting for the NBA to return to Seattle!  After graduating from Shorewood High School in 1990, Stephen spent five years in the Navy.  He began his journey in construction in 1996 when he entered into a business partnership in the landscape/hardscape industry where he discovered a passion for woodworking and the construction side of the business.  In 2001 Stephen made a permanent move into residential home construction, and he’s been working in the industry ever since. 

Favorite Summertime Activity: Camping and Fly fishing

Listening to: Classic Rock

Octavio Jimenez Duarte


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Octavio brings a range of knowledge to the jobsite. He was a painter for a few years before he transitioned to working on framing, drywall, and finish carpentry which he has been skillfully mastering at Harjo for the past 5+ years. Octavio’s sense of humor brings our guys in the field together and adds to the camaraderie of the team.  In a previous career, Octavio played in a band and would go on tour singing and playing keyboard! He is a family man so when he is not working, Octavio enjoys spending time with his son who is training to be a marine, watching boxing, and spending time by the water.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Camping with his family

Listening to:Juan Gabriel, an incredible song writer!

Bryan Mercado


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Bryan began his career as a landscaper and then worked as a framer for six years before joining the Harjo Team. When he is not working on a jobsite, he enjoys cooking and the company of his cat.

Cole Cordell


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Cole is the oldest sibling in his family and was raised by two hard-working parents who rubbed off on him at a young age. His hobbies include occasional guitar practice, and a passion for fitness and working out. His work experience includes carpentry, masonry and roofing.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Playing Golf

Listening to: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tony Lorca-Merono


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Tony has worked in residential construction for over nine years, and he loves it.  Tony started as a framer building custom homes in the Portland area.  Since then he’s built in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and, since 2020, Seattle.  Tony is engaged to an amazing woman, Karissa, and they have a 10-year-old daughter, a dog and a cat.  Tony likes playing softball, basketball and disc golf.

Favorite Summertime Activity: Playing softball

Listening to: Rap!