Meet Our Team

Get to Know Our Eureka, IL Design Team for Your Upcoming Project

When you invite our designers into your home, we believe that trust is one of the biggest factors that come with every design. So, before planning out your next remodel project, read more about our staff so that you can get to know, and trust, our team! We will invest all the necessary time and care into your home as if it were our own. You can direct all your questions and concerns our way and trust us to adhere to your specifications. We want you to not only be satisfied with the results of your project, but also with the quality of service you received. We hope you’ll find that our team consists of friendly and skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing you with excellent customer service.

Chris Gentes
Owner

Chris Gentes

Born and raised in Chenoa, Illinois, Chris brings with him over 20 years of home building experience, during which he built invaluable relationships. He has never met a stranger – an asset that allows him to constantly listen, learn, and improve the service for Gravel Lane Design Studio clients. Chris is quality-minded, budget conscience, and loves to talk shop – stop in any time and bounce your ideas off him! He loves working with clients and helping them realize their vision for their home project.

Ben Kingdon
Owner

Ben Kingdon

A second-generation contractor, Ben grew up in nearby El Paso, Illinois working for his dad, a local general contractor. He graduated with an associate degree in Architectural Design from Illinois Central College before earning a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University. Ben brings to the team experience in project design, project management, and an eye for detail. He enjoys a challenge that allows him to think outside the box – come in and talk details!

Kelsie Thompson
Senior Designer

Kelsie Thompson

Born and raised on a cattle farm in Beardstown IL, Kelsie now resides in the Bloomington-Normal area with her husband and three small children. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and has been doing home design for 8 years. Her favorite part of the design process is the ability to get creative with the little details. She is an expert at finding the intersection between functionality and design and will create a beautiful space on any budget. With her outgoing and bubbly personality, Kelsie will make sure you have an enjoyable design experience. Come by and let her help you design your dream home!

Natalie Engeling
Senior Designer

Natalie Engeling

Natalie is a Bloomington-Normal native who completed her degree in Interior and Architectural Design at Illinois State University and got the opportunity to study design in Florence, Italy. Whether it’s re-configuring a floor plan, creating a custom kitchen, or picking out fresh paint colors, Natalie is the person you want in charge of your project. She will help guide you through the process from start to finish, and her attentiveness to detail is unparalleled. She would love the opportunity to speak with you about your project and utilize her expertise to provide exceptional results.

Katie Risley
Senior Designer

Katie Risley

After working in the Windy City, Katie established herself here at Gravel Lane with her strong attention to detail and her ability to manage projects fluidly. With over 7 years of experience, she is passionate about helping her clients brainstorm creative ideas while being budget-conscious to make their dreams become a reality. She believes homes should be a personal reflection of who you are. Her aesthetic can be described as functional, warm, collected, and layered. You can find Katie in Mahomet juggling her role as a wife, mom, and lover of big coffee mugs.

McKenzie Rieke
Designer

McKenzie Rieke

Born and raised in Eureka, McKenzie received her degree in Interior Design at Illinois State University. She currently resides in Mackinaw with her husband, Jordan, and their son, William. McKenzie is known for her kind personality and attention to detail throughout her designs. Her eagerness and creative abilities within the design process help her stand out as a designer. McKenzie will work around the clock to make sure her client’s expectations and dream designs are exceeded. She would love the opportunity to share her passion for interior design with you while creating spaces that will instantly make you feel at home!

Carly Hoskins
Designer

Carly Hoskins

A lifelong Peoria-area resident, Carly took her first interior design class in high school and has had a passion for it ever since. She is an Illinois State University graduate and studied both design and business during her time there. Over the last few years, she's done remote design and styling projects with clients across the United States. She loves blending creativity and functional organization.

Outside of work, you'll find Carly spending time outside with her toddler and husband at the end of their own gravel lane - surrounded by cornfields, an old barn, and a Christmas tree farm.

Alicia Roberts
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Alicia Roberts

Originally from Springfield, Alicia now lives in the Bloomington-Normal area where she attended Illinois State University, earning degrees in both Graphic Design and Art Education. Alicia is our go-to for all things photography, social media marketing, and digital content creation. She is the one who photographs our finished projects to share with others for inspiration. When Alicia isn’t traveling with her camera, you can find her working on personal art projects or relaxing with her husband.

Looking for an Internship?

Looking for an Internship?

Are you or someone you know interested in the field of Interior Design? Gain experience while building your skill set in a comfortable, professional environment by contacting us today about an internship opportunity! Work alongside our team at Gravel Lane designing kitchens and bathrooms, building client relationships, and gaining industry knowledge. We offer paid opportunities that are flexible to your schedule. If interested, please email us for more information.