Meet the Designers

The entire team of Neal Communities Designers is committed to excellence in design and to helping you choose the features that enhance your new home. Our designers are creative, organized and skilled in combining aesthetic vision with practical skills and knowledge. Our designers will offer guidance and assistance in developing a design plan to create the perfect home for you.





CHARLENE NEALCharlene Neal - Vice President Design
Charlene is a nationally acclaimed designer who uses her talented vision to bring a home to life. She is the leader in establishing the look and ambiance of the model homes. She took a major role as the lead designer in the new 6,500 square foot Design Gallery created solely for Neal customers. Staying up to date on the latest design trends world-wide, Charlene makes sure every home is on the cutting edge while staying true to the Neal design philosophy of a traditional style with the Florida flair. She is a graduate from University of Mississippi with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Charlene has been in the building and design business for over 30 years, crafting more than 80 models for Neal Communities, beginning with the enormously successful Players Club in 1978. From there, she has been the leader in ensuring that each home is delivered with the style and panache that each customer deserves.

KATHY FORINASHKathy Forinash - Design Director
With over 30 years experience in the home construction Industry, and owner of a Custom Home Building Company for 15 years, Kathy brings a wealth of knowledge in exterior and interior design to Neal Communities. She has been a team member for over 14 years. Among her many responsibilities, Kathy manages the design gallery and talented team of designers. Along with evaluating the latest designs and market trends, she participates in the creation of new plans and elevations. She is responsible for the architectural themes and exterior color palettes, and is coordinator for all of the model homes and merchandising. Kathy maintains a strong commitment to serving our buyers with the latest and most current design styles.

JENNIFER STARRJennifer Starr - Design Gallery Manager
Jennifer comes to Neal with several years of design experience. Prior to joining Neal, she worked in the commercial design field and managed a family-owned decorating business for 15 years located in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice. She has been a Neal team member for 10 years and has the ability to listen to each homeowner and help them design the home of their dreams. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont and has attended the Academy of International Design in Tampa, Florida.

DONNA POLZAKDonna Polzak - Design Consultant
Donna is a Florida licensed Interior Designer with over 10 years of  experience working in both residential and commercial design.  She is NCIDQ certified and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Florida State University.  Her experience includes designing custom homes for another luxury home builder, and creating commercial interiors for Fortune 1000 companies in Central and Southwest Florida.  She is creative, detailed and gifted at visualizing her clients’ dream and helping them to bring it to life.


Sheri Roca - Design Consultant
Sheri has over eleven years of experience in Interior Design, as a Showroom Manager and Corporate Trainer for a major furniture retailer and manufacturer, a Design Consultant for a national home builder, and a Kitchen and Bath Designer for a local distributor of cabinets, tile and granite. Sheri’s first priority is always to create the optimal interior selections for her clients, no matter their style or budget.  Sheri has an Associate’s Degree in Design as well as a Certification in Home Staging and Redesign.

Amy Schwake WEBAmy Schwake - Design Consultant

Nicki Krebs WEBNikki Krebs - Design Consultant

Kristy Duval WEBKristy Duvall - Design Consultant




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