Caroline Tyler DeCesare

Principal, ASID

Caroline Tyler DeCesare, a fourth-generation Arizona native, founded DeCesare Design Group, Inc. in 2008. Housed in a historic building in downtown Mesa, DDG, Inc. specializes in both luxury residential and hospitality projects.

Caroline received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the School of Architecture at Arizona State University in 2000 after completing the school’s internationally ranked five-year program of study.

Caroline began her design career as an intern at the esteemed Scottsdale design firm of Wiseman & Gale. She had the opportunity to be mentored by Anne Gale and work as a design assistant and then project designer under Donna Vallone.

In 2001, when Donna Vallone founded Vallone Design, Caroline followed as a lead designer and was instrumental in launching the new firm. As project designer of both residential and commercial projects Caroline gained
invaluable experience in many different styles and locales.

Nicole Grkovic

Project Designer
Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Arizona State University 2004
10+ years experience in architecture and interior design
Joined Team 2010

Michelle Drake

Project Designer
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Arizona State University 2010
8+ years experience in Interior Design
Joined Team 2013

Kelsey Hunzeker

Project Designer
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University with Summa Cum Laude Honors
15+ years of interior design experience
Joined Team 2008

Kathryn Brower

Project Designer
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University with Magna Cum Laude Honors
Interned at DDG and Worked at an Architectural Firm in College
Joined Team 2017

Emily Nicoll

Junior Designer
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Arizona State University with Cum Laude Honors
Interned at DDG
Joined Team 2013

Adalynn Hassell

Design Assistant
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University with a Minor in Art History 2021.
Joined Team 2021

Elizabeth Aguilar

Design Assistant
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Arizona State University 2021
Joined Team 2021

Sydney Giesking

Design Team Intern
Graduating in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University
Joined team 2021

Jenny Young

Office Mom
Attended Brigham Young University and University of Utah
14+ years of office support experience
Joined Team 2014

Ross DeCesare

Marketing + Social Media
Highschool Diploma from Arizona State University Prep Academy Graduated 2021
Joined team 2018

Auburn Jones

Client Care
Joined Team 2019

Francisco P. Icedo II

Architectural Manager
Phoenix Institute of Technology – Architectural Drafting and Design
25+ years in Phoenix Area Architectural design industry
Joined Team 2012

Andrea Marie Balke

Logistics Manager
AA Interior Design with 3rd Year Certificate from Scottsdale Community College
10+ years interior design experience 5+ years logistics experience
Joined Team 2009

Tyler Smith

Logistics Assistant
Joined Team 2021

Liz Linford

Warehouse Assistant
Joined team 2018

Laurel Tyler Stangle

Purchasing Coordinator and Business Administrator
Bachelor of Science in Business with a minor in Organizational Leadership from Western International University with Cum Laude honors
10+ years experience in Purchasing 15+ years experience in Business Administration
Joined Team 2009

Ann Tyler Smith

Accounting
Attended Mesa Community College and Snow College
5+ years of banking experience, 5+ years of accounting experience
Joined Team 2011

Simon Lukert

Expeditor/Purchasing Assistant
Attended Mesa Community College
35+ years of purchasing experience
Joined Team 2016