Meet the Crew
With 28 years of construction experience, Neil founded Revitalize Construction after moving to Helena in 2006. A certified green builder from the Green Builder College, Neil hopes to make the world a better place one home or remodel at a time.
At the age of 24, he became crew foreman for Neergaard Homes, Inc. where he was involved in the construction of more than 50 custom homes. He started his first construction business in Durango, Colorado, in 2002, providing construction management for a multi-million dollar town home project. He began remodeling homes in 2004 and found the unique challenges of working on old homes a rewarding way to marry his entrepreneurial spirit with his skills as a carpenter.
Chase is a highly skilled journeyman carpenter who has been with the Revitalize crew since 2013. When he isn't building beautiful things, you'll find him mountain biking or building trails.
Matthieu Oppedahl is a native Helenan with diverse interests, a colorful past, and a strong penchant for reggae and ska music. He graduated from Carroll College with a B.A. in Philosophy and French and is currently pursuing a Special Education or Elementary teacher position. His professional capacities have led him through various positions: lead installer of telephony back-up power equipment, adjunct professor, store owner and operator, and currently a jack-of-all-trades at Revitalize since 2010. He and his wife, Amy VanDam, have two children, Hugo and Louise, and a Newfoundland; the whole family recently spent a year in the French side of the Basque region.
Designer and Draftsman
David has worked for Revitalize since 2012. With more than 15 years of residential construction work experience, he works hard to ensure our clients needs are met and ideas are communicated through the design process. David was born in Helena, graduated high school in Coeur d'Alene, and holds a degree in Outdoor Education from North Idaho College. David has worked as a back country ski guide, framing and trim carpentry subcontractor, and currently teaches drafting and design at Jefferson High School when he's not in the office working on a current design for the Revitalize team.
Vice President Finance and Marketing
Born and raised in Great Falls, Kim moved back to Montana from Colorado with Neil in 2006. She has a degree in communications with emphases in journalism and public relations. In 2013, she brought her experience in non-profit communications and fundraising to the private business of construction.
Mic was born in Great Falls, and he grew up on a ranch nearby. He started his career in carpentry by helping a couple of his uncles who were home builders in Missoula. He holds an associate's degree in carpentry with an emphasis on green building from the University of Montana. Mic recently moved to Helena with his wife Emily, daughter Isabelle, and their two dogs. During his down time, which is not often, he enjoys good coffee and conversation, mountain biking, skiing, seeking out good music, gardening, and always finding projects around his own home to work on.
Cohen grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, and has lived in Helena for the past nine years. One of his first trades was glass works, which he learned from his father. Cohen values creativity and sees construction as a means to share that passion. He finds inspiration in the work he does and the people he works with and meets along the way. Away from the construction site, he enjoys making jewelry and collages, performing in plays, and hiking with his dog. He believes strongly in the way we connect to people, to animals, and to the environment. He maintains a practice of staying present and grounding himself so that he may learn, connect, create, and grow everyday.
Ariana joined Revitalize with a strong desire to learn everything about construction and carpentry. As an aspiring "Jill-of-all-Trades" she loves the never-ending amount of skills there are to master in this industry. Ariana has bachelor's degrees in Spanish, as well as Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. Though she has yet to use these degrees, she has since been a sous chef, barista, backpacking guide, bike mechanic, and bartender. Her life goals are to be self-sufficient, well-traveled, and to never stop learning. In her next life, she would like to be a professional salsa dancer from Colombia.