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Project Management / Customer Service Team

DeannaKaminski2022

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Office: (510) 982-3944

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About Deanna Kaminski

Almost half of Deanna Kaminski's 15-year career in the lighting industry have been dedicated to Lighting Systems. Staring out as a Quotation Specialist, Deanna is now an integral part of our Project Management team.

We are "Lucky" to have her trendy persona enlightening the office this past 7 years. She is always looking for something new and willing to explore and learn unfamiliar and different things; goat yoga, oatmeal lattes, and growing loofahs in her home garden - just to name a few. We look forward to having her as a part of the Lighting Systems family for multiple septets to come.

As a busy mom to two wonderful active boys, (Shane 6 and Dylan 2), Deanna and her husband Scott love to go camping, swimming and vacationing.

When she does finds the time, she has a passion for cooking, baking and tending to her impressive garden.

Deanna Kaminski
Project Manager
KimRaffaini2022

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Office: (916) 865-2432

Cell: (916) 384-7096

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Kim Raffaini

We are happy to announce that Kim Raffaini (formerly Evans) has been promoted to Project Department Supervisor. In her new role, Kim will provide leadership to her amazing Quotations and Project Management Team to ensure projects stay on schedule and budget. She will also assist our Specification Sales Team to ensure quotes are current and accurate.

Backing Kim’s promotion is her 22-year career in the electrical and lighting industries, 14 of which have been with Lighting Systems in quotations and project management. She spent the first 6 years of her career in project management designing medium voltage substations in Louisiana. After migrating to California in 2000, she worked in electrical distribution until coming to Lighting Systems.

Recently married to "an amazing man," Kim loves spending time with her 10 grandkids and impatiently awaits the arrival of #11.

She also loves camping, gardening, painting and chilling with her fur babies: Roux and Bonnie.

Kim Raffaini
Project Department Manager
KimberlyFord-2022

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Office: (510) 982-3928

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Kimberly Ford

Kimberly Ford was destined for a career with Lighting Systems. As a third-generation employee, she didn’t fall far from the industry tree. Her knowledge of lighting is deeply embedded thanks to her grandfather, Al Thompson, who was one of Lighting Systems original partners, followed by her father, now retired, former Principal, Dan Thompson.

After completing her degree in design and marketing from Sacramento State, Kimberly started her career at Lighting Systems in 2014 as a Customer Service Rep. She is now one of our many amazing Project Managers working diligently to ensure projects stay on schedule and budget. She loves learning more about the industry with its constantly changing products, technologies, and methods, but most of all she adores her Bay Area clientele.

Kimberly and her husband Jeff are about to celebrate their 7th year of marriage. They recently expanded their family with the birth of Thomas in 2020.

When not working on renovating her recently purchased Roseville home, Kimberly enjoys getting out and kayaking with her family on Lake Tahoe or closer to home on Folsom Lake. In her quiet moments, she likes to bake and read.

Kimberly Ford
Project Manager

 

Quotation Team

KeriManyvanh

 

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Office: (510) 982-3934

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About Keri Manyvahn

We are so excited that Keri Manyvanh chose to start the second chapter of her professional career as a Quotation Specialist for Lighting Systems. Her first 25 years in the lighting industry were spent working for Omega Pacific in Richmond, CA, where her duties included customer service and project management. Her acquired knowledge of the industry will be a huge asset to our top-notch Quotations Team.

Originally from Laos, Keri migrated to the United States with her parents and 4 siblings in 1979 to escape the communist regime. She planted roots in the East Bay where she worked and raised her own family, two daughters and a son.

Keri, now an empty nester, has discovered a passion for wine tasting and travel. In her quiet time, Keri enjoys watching her seedling flourish in her garden.

Keri Manyvanh
Project Quotations
GadorMelanie68

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Office: (916) 865-2431

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About Melanie Gador

Melanie has the proud distinction of being a part of the Lighting Systems family through three generations of our growth. Over the last 23 years she has worked with the original partners on Townsend Street, 2nd generation on Howard Street and now with the 3rd generation at the Roseville office. With 31 years of experience in the electrical industry Melanie is a wiz in the CSR/Project Manager and Quotations arena.

Melanie and her husband Michael have two children, two nephews and one niece whom have kept them very busy over the past 26 years of marriage. Melanie enjoys cooking, traveling, and DIY projects with the kids. Her life goal is to become a foster parent to children in need.

Melanie Gador
Project Quotations

 

Contractor / Distributor Team

DustinReyff

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Office: (510) 982 3920
Cell: (707) 477 4790

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About Dustin Reyff

Dustin has been in the electrical field for the past 15 years. After graduating from Oregon City High School, he moved to California to work for his family's electrical company where he was an electrician for 8 years in the field and running commercial and service work. Dustin then moved on to electrical distribution at Graybar for 7.5 years. He worked in customer service, project specialist, account rep and rounded out his career in outside sales.

Dustin's hobbies are golfing, bike riding with the family and taking his son swimming anywhere and everywhere. He also likes to travel to San Diego to visit his parents.

Dustin is passionate about the lighting business and always eager to help anyone and everyone.

Dustin Reyff
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors
EricLeber2021

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Office: (510) 982 3919
Cell: (408) 772 8062

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About Eric Leber

Eric comes to Lighting Systems with 10 years of working with major lighting manufacturers and 6 years working with electrical contractors on lighting projects. He was featured in the “Practical Wine and Vineyards” and “Wine Business Monthly” magazines for lighting retrofit solutions and was published nationally for his work with Kendall Jackson Family wines. Eric led a local ESCO branch in San Leandro that earned 6 PG&E awards and is passionate about using LED lighting design solutions for a more energy efficient future in California.

Eric loves to travel internationally and spend time with family. Hobbies include most outdoor activities, especially boating at Lake Berryessa in Napa. Eric and his wife Paula are excited for the post covid environment as they love to attend concerts and do an occasional stage dive. They have a 2-year-old daughter and spend most of their weekends at local parks in San Ramon.

Eric Leber
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors
RafaelFajardo2020

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Office: (775) 329 2030
Cell: (775) 386 7295

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About Rafael Fajardo

Rafael runs a tight regiment in our Nevada office, thanks to his military background. He is an Army, Gulf War veteran whom participated in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort. In addition to his military service, Rafael brings 30+ years of experience in the lighting industry to Lighting Systems. He has worked for distributors, lighting manufacturer, electrical contractor and lighting agencies.

Rafael and his wife Jackie have four children living in all corners of the United States.

In his free time, Rafael enjoys golfing, fishing, scuba diving/spear fishing, hiking, target shooting, and, he recently took-up snow skiing.

 
Rafael Fajardo
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors
RonJuco1
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Cell: (415) 815 9972
 
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About Ron Juco
 

Ron, originally from the Philippines, is a retired United States Air Force veteran with 20-years of service under his belt. During his military career he worked as an electronics technician on some high-profile, top-secret assignments involving the secrecy of the F-117A Stealth Fighter Program and participated in aircraft deployment providing air support during Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991.

Now, Ron is already 7+ years into his second career in the lighting industry. Prior to Lighting Systems, Ron worked for Omega Pacific Lighting Supply in distribution, supporting the city and county of San Francisco.

A sports enthusiast and avid running, Ron and his girlfriend Faith participate in numerous racing events for both fun and good causes. When not stomping the pavement, he is cruising down it on his road bike.

Ron enjoys spending time with his two nieces, Gianna (9) and Penelope (5). He is a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys travel when his schedule permits.

Ron Juco
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors

 

Specification Team

RafaelFajardo2020

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Office: (775) 329 2030
Cell: (775) 386 7295

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About Rafael Fajardo

Rafael runs a tight regiment in our Nevada office, thanks to his military background. He is an Army, Gulf War veteran whom participated in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort. In addition to his military service, Rafael brings 30+ years of experience in the lighting industry to Lighting Systems. He has worked for distributors, lighting manufacturer, electrical contractor and lighting agencies.

Rafael and his wife Jackie have four children living in all corners of the United States.

In his free time, Rafael enjoys golfing, fishing, scuba diving/spear fishing, hiking, target shooting, and, he recently took-up snow skiing.

 
Rafael Fajardo
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors

 

Controls Team

RonFrance2020

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Office: (510) 982 3925
Cell: (415) 464 7005

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About Ron France

If one could say they are obsessed with lighting control it would be Ron France. His career in lighting has touched just about all facets of the industry: Manager, Engineer, Presenter, Designer, Troubleshooter, Integrator, T24 AT tester, just to name a few. His accolades include: Senior Electrical Engineer- design and specifications for commercial buildings (20 years); Lighting Designer – notably - Devos Children’s Hospital, Redbull Soccer Stadium, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Past VP for a Lighting Rep, Knowledge of AGI32, Autocad, A/V design and specifications, communications and networking infrastructure and certification; College Lecturer.
Ron enjoys working with "one of the best teams in the industry," as he leads the efforts of the Lighting Controls Department at Lighting Systems.

While Ron enjoys golf and bowling, he and his wife, Mary, enjoy home DIY projects including anything from landscaping to construction. They have five children. Ron says being a Grandfather surpasses anything one can imagine. Hearing "Papa Ron is amazing" is definitely something he loves!

Ron France
Controls Group Manager

 

Technical Support Team

AlessiaPope2022

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Office: (510) 982-3936

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About Alessia Pope

Alessia Pope is the perfect blend of Tech and Design. Celebrating her 4th year with Lighting Systems as one of our “amazing brains” on the Applications and Tech Support Team, Alessia is also considered our “taste-maker,” driving the look and feel of our marketing materials and website content.

A Santa Cruz native, Alessia graduated from UC Davis with a BFA in Design. Little did she know at that time she would end up marrying her college sweetheart, Tobias, years later in her hometown. After graduating she put her degree to work as an Architectural Lighting Designer, in both New York City and San Francisco.

In her role on the Lighting Systems Applications and Technical Support Team, Alessia now dedicates her time to supporting Lighting Systems’ sales team by providing customers with specification assistance, lighting calculations and technical support.

Alessia and her husband are avid climbers and cyclists. They recently built custom bikes for bikepacking and bike touring adventures. A lover of art and music, she also enjoys painting in her art studio as well as jamming on her guitar.

Alessia Pope
Applications/Technical Support
AlissaDoucette2022

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Office: (510) 982 3917

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About Alissa Carlos-Doucette

Alissa’s love for lighting was spawned by her early studies in interior design. While a student, she worked in a small lighting showroom in Walnut Creek. After spending the next 25 years in the lighting industry, her passion for lighting and design has not waned. In 2005, Alissa became a Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC) professional with the American Lighting Association and has worked in all facets of lighting.

We were fortunate to add Alissa to the Lighting Systems team in 2017 as part of the Project Quotations team. Today, as the Technical Support Manager, Alissa works closely with the sales team to provide clients with specification assistance, quotations, technical support, and exceptional customer service.

A Bay area native, Alissa spent many a weekend with her brother and father in Golden Gate Park, visiting the Academy of Sciences, hanging out at the Marin Headlands, and watching sport bikes race at Sears Point.

In her free time, Alissa enjoys spending time with her dog, Cali, and family. Her hobbies include driving & modifying her Camaro, travel, music, and Dharma studies.

Alissa Carlos-Doucette
Technical Support Department Manger
BrianFranco

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Office: (510) 982-3938
Cell: (510) 612-4721

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About Brian Franco

Brian Franco has worked in the lighting industry for over 16 years. In 2005, after graduating from Penn State with a degree in Architectural Engineering (lighting/ electrical option), he began his career as a lighting designer in San Francisco. In his role on the Applications and Technical Support Team, Brian now dedicates his time to supporting Lighting Systems’ sales team by providing customers with design and specification assistance, lighting calculations and technical support. Brian has his LEED AP BD+C credential and is also a Lighting Certified (LC) professional.

As a child Brian and his family moved around a lot, including stops in Budapest, Hungary and Rochester, NY but he has always called the greater Philadelphia area home and still makes frequent visits there to see family. Between his younger brother and sister, Brian now has an additional three nieces and a nephew to visit on his trips.

Brian was recently married on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe to Brooke, his partner of 5-years. His passions are music, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, and snowboarding.

Brian Franco
Applications/Technical Support

 

Accounting Personnel

MichelleDarcey4

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Office: (510) 982-3923

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About Michelle Darcey

Michelle brings to Lighting Systems an extensive background in leading account operations for companies of varying sizes in Northern California. After graduating from Chabot College in Hayward, CA, Michelle has spent her career focusing on all aspects of office management and internal operations. Utilizing analytics, she has identified and resolved inconsistencies and streamlined workflow processes for companies in the pharmaceutical, material handling, and optical industries.

Michelle enjoys tending to her vegetable garden and spending time with her husband Bob, her 5 rescue kitties, and Bella her rescue dog. She looks forward to Sunday dinners with her entire family as the highlight of her weekend.

Michelle Darcey
Office Manager