Our Staff

Steve Lesniak

Steve Lesniak

Owner / Founder

Steve Lesniak arrived in Charleston from England in 1992. In 1994 Celadon was born out of Steve’s vision to bring something fresh and non-traditional with a global point of view to Charleston’s home furnishings & accessories market. Since founding Celadon, Steve has traveled to India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and throughout Europe in search of unique, functional, high-quality furniture. Celadon’s selection is a reflection of Steve himself: free-spirited, adventurous, and worldly.

Steve takes a very hands-on, fun approach to running Celadon and in doing so has united a loyal, customer service driven staff , and created an eclectic store filled with beautiful, solid furnishings that maintains an approachable, relaxed atmosphere where customers can bring their pets or grab a cup of coffee or tea while they shop.

Steve enjoys sailing competitively and for fun, and he spent 5 years living on his sailboat. He now resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Kathleen, dogs, Allie and Rupee, and cat, Tofu. His charitable nature and love for animals keep him and Celadon involved with various non-profits throughout Charleston.

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Olin Ravenel

Driver/Warehouse Associate

Joining Celadon in April of 2012, Olin is another native to Charleston, SC. A proud father of 5, Olin is a self -pronounced sports fanatic whose calm demeanor and good nature have made him a favorite staff-wide. Olin is also one of the men behind the wheel…give him a wave!

Derrick Karnicky

Derrick Karnicky

Warehouse Supervisor

A loyal employee since 2005, Celadon could not be more thankful to have Derrick. His jovial spirit, memory like an elephant, and commitment to his work have made him a staple at both the store and the warehouse. Derrick resides in Charleston and is the proud father of 5.

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Grace Toland

Assistant Buyer

Grace is a Mt. Pleasant native and recent graduate of the College of Charleston with a Degree in Communications. She joined Celadon in February 2012 after completing Internships in Public Relations with Charleston Fashion Week and Marketing with the Coastal Community Foundation. Grace’s vibrant, contagious energy is a daily breathe of fresh air, and her passion for fashion, design, and travel have made her the perfect addition to the Buying Department here at Celadon.  She is a lover of the beach and life on the water and currently resides in downtown Charleston with her puppy Hadley.

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Rebecca Hawkins

Head Buyer

Rebecca joined Celadon in August 2009 after a series of diverse work experiences from teaching school in South Africa to a 3 year jaunt in events with Spoleto Festival USA. She has found her niche, and couldn’t be happier as the head buyer for the store. She continues to pursue a painting career and passion for travel, writing and photography in her spare time. Rebecca resides in downtown Charleston with her dog Boss.

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Dana Hallgren Strich

Accounting & Logistics Coordinator

After falling in love with Charleston while working as a flight attendant, Dana took a life chance, flew south, made Charleston her new home and joined the team here at Celadon in December of 2010. Dana grew up in Colorado and has since had careers that afforded her the opportunity to travel worldwide, both professionally, and recreationally. Dana lives in Avondale with her husband Todd, and their dogs Raymond Jackson Jr., and Walter Jefferson Jackson III.

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Jill Roe

Office Manager

Jill is the magic that has kept this place moving since 2005. She does… well… just about everything! She runs this business like a well-oiled machine, shows tremendous dedication and a love for her job that most anyone would envy. She is a numbers guru, team-player extraordinaire and most importantly a mother. Jill resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, Rhett and their two sons, Luke and Vann.

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Kate Fagan

Design Consultant

Kate’s mission to live in Charleston, and passion for design landed her downtown where she is now enrolled in the Residential Interiors program at the Art Institute.  She realized her hobby of Pinterest, magazine cut-outs, and inspirational corkboards could actually be a career.  Originally from VA, Kate graduated from Virginia Tech then off to NYC where she was involved in the creation of Haven’s Kitchen (from business plan to brick and mortar space)!  Her style is traditional with an understated hint of funk.  She is amazing with customers and we are ecstatic to have her join Celadon!

Amber Baxley

Amber Baxley

Design Consultant

Amber joined Celadon in April of 2012, bringing with her three years of experience in the furniture industry, as well as a formal degree in Interior Design from Western North Carolina University.Her design aesthetic marries a mix of old & new things and a love of bold graphics & color.Growing up in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, Amber has an innate love for the outdoors, and finds inspiration from natural forms & organic shapes. She has lived a lifetime of experiences already in her young life, having traveled extensively to Iceland, Russia, Sweden, and Australia, interned for English-Green Interiors of Cashiers, North Carolina, started a beautiful blog, Domestic Peacock, and even traveled the entire US by RV! When not busy with all of the above she enjoys hanging out with her Border Collie, Jack.

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Bree Myers

Store Manager

Bree arrived in Charleston via Palm Springs, California in 2011, but she has traveled the whole of the US and lived in six states (including Hawaii).  She attended the Art Institute of California, and recently completed her BFA in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Charleston. She is an Allied ASID, and a Green AP. The premise of her design mantra is to create comfortable spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional for everyday life. She has developed an interest in the Green Movement and gravitates towards materials that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Bree joined Celadon in April 2012 and brought not only her formal degree, a friendly upbeat personality, but also a heart of gold. Bree resides in Summerville.

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Taylor Sasser

Advertising and Social Media

Born and raised in Asheville, NC, Taylor graduated from College of Charleston with a degree in Communications. Before officially making Charleston “home,” she tried out Birmingham, AL for two years. Always up for a new adventure, Taylor teaches Pure Barre classes loves spending time outside. Favorite season? Summer. Best day? Sunday.

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Tyler Hastings

Pricing Coordinator

Technically born in Maryland, Tyler grew up a cowboy in San Antonio, Texas. He moved to Charleston in 2013 and relishes time on water on his boat. The San Antonio pitcher also worked as a government contract for the US Air Force in TX before coming to Celadon. His interests include sports cars, baseball, football, basketball, golf, socializing and BBQ and grilling out.

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Clara Roche

Design Consultant

Aside from one year in New Orleans, Clara spent her entire life living in Chicago until she arrived in Charleston in 2013. A DePaul University graduate with a BS in Education, she moved here sight unseen and with only one friend, her dog Wells. Living on James Island, Clara is a freelance carpenter, woodworker, and jewelry maker. Her design style is eclectic: a rustic twist on traditional lines, bringing in color and texture with textiles and art.

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Samantha Jones

Design Consultant

New Jersey native, Samantha received her Interior Design Degree from High Point University, where she gained valuable experience in visual merchandising and sales through work with multiple furniture market showrooms. She fell in love with Charleston’s rustic charm at an early age. While she respects tradition, Samantha has a love for mingling old with new and describes her design style as cozy, practical, and charmingly modest. In her spare time, the Pinterest Junkie can be found completing DIY projects or enjoying the beach.

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Emily Papuga

Design Consultant

Originally from Virginia, Emily moved to Charleston after graduating from WVU with a degree in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising. She studied Women’s Wear Design in Milan, Italy in the summer of 2007. Emily designs and produces a local clothing line, creating custom dresses as well as full seasonal collections and she enjoys playing tennis exploring Charleston and spending time at Folly Beach with friends in her free time.

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Brett Powell

General Manager

After time spent living and working in both North Carolina and Florida, the Lowcountry came-a-callin’ in 2002, and Brett returned to his native South Carolina and joined the team here at Celadon. Brett has an admirable commitment to his work, is a true jack of all trades, and can be found at both the store and the outlet doing everything from creating innovative, functional displays to working with customers to managing container arrivals and daily store flips. Outside of his work at Celadon, Brett enjoys a thirst for travel (most recently to France), an avid interest in sports and a talent for whipping up gourmet meals for friends.