Meet our esteemed panel of Kitchens of the Year judges:
Susan Bower, Bower Leet Design
Drawing inspiration from her childhood spent on her mother’s Kentucky farm combined with an enthusiasm and curiosity for learning, Susan has a unique point of view that allows her to relate to each client’s perspective. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky, Susan spent time in New York City working as an apprentice while furthering her education with a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She settled in Missouri with her family where she has lived and worked in St. Louis for more than 30 years.
Louis Rybacki, Marc Christian Cabinetry
Born and raised in St. Louis, Louis Rybacki began his career in the Kitchen and Bath industry on his 21st birthday in 1990. Since then, Louis worked at multiple showrooms and studios before being called to join Marc Christian and assist in the opening of a new designer showroom. He now lives in Ballwin with his wife Kelly and is enjoying life as an empty nester while his two daughters are in college!
Kim Taylor West, K Taylor Design Group
Kim has been an interior designer for almost thirty years! Her past projects include new construction houses, residential remodeling and commercial designs. Kim enjoys cycling, traveling and hiking with her husband and daughters! She enjoys being an active volunteer with Home Sweet Home and MO-HAB.
Serena Williams, Beck/Allen Cabinetry
Serena Williams, CKBD, is an experienced and award-winning kitchen designer whose work has garnered the Grand Prize in the Crystal Cabinet Works awards and a Bronze from Kitchen & Bath Design News. A University of Nebraska graduate, she has been shaping spaces with Beck/Allen Cabinetry since 2010.