The DeSantana Team believes that not everything is inevitable. You have to work for it. Unearthing stone, like unearthing a perfect vision, design or outcome relies on symmetry, dedication, imagination and lots of experience and energy.
Our team has worked on hundreds of projects over the last couple of decades and we have developed and refined our efficient process with regard to field analysis and measurement, stone quality, lead-times, creativity, and aligning the best fabricators & craftspeople with the best project for their skills.
Our team provides: Drawings – freehand illustrations and CAD to perfection; Highly qualified and experienced craftsmanship; The right stone for the right project in order to meet the clients' wishes; Shipping and logistical expertise; An understanding of the unique characteristics of the stones we work with; Ability to apply our knowledge of stone types and characteristic to inform design and applications for exceptional installations.
This team is widely traveled - understands the history of materials and their applications - the art forms that make certain materials shine and how to make something invisible and articulated by clients into something that those same clients will appreciate and enjoy for decades to come.
For commercial clients - it's this team's ability to listen, coordinate, thread the needle between art and math, from under the earth to public-ready - that sets us apart as well. See more on Houzz.
Jane Kennelly Owner
With over 30 years of experience as an Architectural Stone Consultant, Designer and Business Owner, Jane is recognized throughout the architectural stone industry as a passionate leader, lover of stone and a tireless and dedicated advocate for both clients and the stone masons and artisans.
Jane's skills and expertise include Project Management, International Business Relations, Shipping Logistics, Import Management and a skill for creating long-term, dependable relationships and trusted alliances with suppliers, subcontractors, stone masons, designers and other key employees needed to see a vision from thought to installment.
Jane studied Business Management and Art History at Northeastern University in Boston and at Arizona State University, Tempe.
Seay Stephens Technical Design Leader
Seay Stephens is DeSantana's CAD Leader and on-site Logistics Supervisor. For more than a decade, Seay has contributed his knowledge in the areas of construction, codes and design and he has been an invaluable component in DeSantana's success. He sees what isn't seeable - at least not yet - and drafts the visuals that allow others to view potential outcomes. Seay sees both the art and math and solves what's in between.
He manages and oversees take-offs, estimating and on-site evaluations of all of DeSantana's largest and most complicated projects and is a trusted ally in every project.
He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.
Michael Youngblood Illustrator
Michael has been an expert Illustrator & Sales Associate with DeSantana Stone for over a decade. He's a trained artist, with a degree in Fine Art from the University of North Carolina - Asheville. Michael brings his trained eye and attention to detail in helping express the vision of clients through natural stone. He's DeSantana's magician.
Frank Genello Restoration & Masonry Expert
Frank Genello is a Master Craftsman, teacher and above all else, a great friend and asset to the DeSantana Team. Frank consults and leads our most complicated restoration projects and he is easily one of the most knowledgeable people in this country in the fields of restoration and masonry.
Among his most notable projects are the stone restoration of the historic Charleston County Courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina and the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York.
Frank holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration from Marywood College and Historic Preservation from Boston University. He has held faculty positions at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and more recently at the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) in Charleston, SC, as a Professor and founding faculty member.
"Wonderful company. I have done several projects with DeSantana Stone. Jane Kennelly is fabulous to work with; she is very detail-oriented and stays on top of our projects." - Maria Cooper