About Us

about us

Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Preferred Kitchens offers a full range of kitchen remodeling and home improvement services for homeowners. With over 30 years experience, we are experts in creating functional, beautiful designs that improve the quality of lifestyle for you and your family. Sit down and discuss your design needs with us today, and let us help you make your dream kitchen, bathroom or living space a reality! Call 651-429-1212 or send us a message for a free consultation.

Meet Our Team


Mark Klosterman


“My goal for the past 30 years as part of the team at Preferred Kitchens is to provide the best possible experience for our clients regardless of the scale or budget of your project. It’s all about real life design, products and project management for your real life home.”


John Wangen

Designer & Senior Project Manager

John was born into a construction family and started his career as a laborer at age 14. He worked as a carpenter for the next ten years while putting himself through college where he earned a degree from UW Stout in Construction Management. He entered the home building industry, worked as a Superintendent, and coordinated the construction of well over 300 homes. He gravitated back to his roots and now specializes in the remodeling of Kitchens and Bathrooms. His lifelong construction experience, dedication and creativity has made him the designer and Project Manager he is today.


Mary Ellen Gardiner

Designer & Project Manager

Mary Ellen considers herself lucky to work in a field that she loves. She enjoys building relationships with clients and helping them express their style as well as improving the function of their homes. “It’s so satisfying to take existing space and modify it according to how clients live or want to live. We can really customize and personalize peoples’ homes and I know what a positive impact these changes can have on their quality of life”. Along with years of experience in the residential design and remodeling industry, Mary Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota.


Patrick Neuschwander

Designer & Project Manager

Patrick has been working in the construction industry for many years. His “real world” experience brings a functional touch to his projects and a vast amount of knowledge to the rest of the team at Preferred Kitchens.


Christen Kriesel

Production Manager

Aside from designing for new home construction, Christen assists other designers at Preferred Kitchens with remodel projects. Her strong ability in creating 3D designs, give clients an inspirational and functional representation of their project. She coordinates with a variety of subcontractors to seamlessly complete projects for herself and others. Christen is a graduate from the University of Minnesota, College of Design where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a minor in History.

Jacob Kriesel

Operations Manager

Jacob has been with Preferred Kitchens since 2016, and is an essential part of the organization. Unlike other design firms that place the responsibility on the customer for managing multiple subcontractors and complex schedules, Preferred Kitchens operates as a full-service design firm, coordinating all aspects of each project. Jacob’s behind the scene role makes this possible, by running the day to day operations of the office as well as keeping track of all projects with each designer. In addition, Jacob’s experience goes beyond just administration with his knowledge and experience in process development.

Home Remodeling Contractor | White Bear Lake
White Bear Lake, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, Shoreview, Stillwater, Oakdale, Maplewood & Saint Paul MN