Geneva Cabinet Gallery

Meet Our Designers

Lynn Havlicek
Owner of Geneva Cabinet Gallery and a successful designer since 1985, Lynn’s work has been showcased in the award-winning models and show homes of Havlicek Builders, Inc. From her years of working with clients through Havlicek Builders, Lynn has honed the fine art of assisting customers in coordinating the entire design process, and has a vast knowledge of the complete building/remodeling process. Lynn’s strengths include her ability to ascertain her customer’s tastes and help obtain their desires within their budget. She believes every home should have a functional and beautiful kitchen, a serene bath to relax in, and family areas to build memories. As owner of Geneva Cabinet Gallery, she is now focused on helping her customers maximize the value of their homes, while obtaining their vision of the perfect living space.

Glenda Swanson
Glenda Swanson has many years of experience in the construction and cabinet industry. She has learned through the supervision and management of her own prior cabinet and remodeling business about structure and various mechanical aspects involved in handling large and small remodels. She has designed kitchen, large bars, baths, libraries, and offices, plus other unique places in many large multi-million dollar homes. The projects she enjoys most are the kitchen remodels which she finds to be the most challenging because of the constraints which exist in the space. She has the ability to visualize and the expertise to take an ordinary kitchen and turn it into a showplace. When designing, Glenda believes in function before form: when looking at a project, first make it functional and then make it pretty. Glenda majored in history and math at the University of Illinois which set forth a good foundation for the cabinet and design business. She has been published in many publications and won numerous awards from various cabinet manufacturers and new home cavalcades.  When her four children were growing up, she followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a very capable cook, mainly out of necessity. In the many years of cooking for her family she learned the need for function in the kitchen. The first kitchen she designed was her own. Through the years she has developed an expansive referral business, actually designing kitchens for the same customers numerous times in Illinois and other states. She has always enjoyed the cabinet industry, both remodels and new construction, because the work is so varied and the customers are interesting.

Gayle Safford
Design is Gayle’s passion. Happiness to Gayle is creating a space that brings joy to her clients’ lives, both visually AND functionally. With a degree in Interior Design, Gayle owned her own business before branching into kitchen and bath design.

Gayle believes in looking at the entire picture of harmonizing cabinetry into the home:

  • Start with a wish list. 
  • Measure the space. 
  • Find a focal point. 
  • Add Geneva Cabinet Gallery’s quality, top-notch design and craftsmanship, and prepare to have your expectations exceeded.

Gayle lives in St. Charles with her husband, daughter and Labrador, Lilly. Her spare time is spent experimenting with recipes, working in her gardens, walking Lilly and thinking of YOUR next home remodeling project!

Valerie Price, Design Assistant
Valerie is an integral member of the Geneva Cabinet Gallery design staff. A graduate of the College of DuPage with an Associate's Degree in Interior Design, Valerie is also certified in AutoCAD. Valerie's area of expertise is in closet cabinetry utilization, and she handles project quoting and ordering. With Valerie's assistance, a Geneva Cabinet Gallery client can expect an experience that goes smoothly from start to finish.

Deanna McCarney, Office Manager
Another indispensible staff member, Deanna has been with Geneva Cabinet Gallery since 2016, and has over 15 years administrative experience in the remodeling industry. Deanna's duties include estimates, contracts, payables, receivables, invoicing and payroll. Her organizational skills ensure that the day-to-day operations at Geneva Cabinet Gallery proceed without a hitch, no matter how busy the work environment.