Meet The Team

Susan Janyszek

Owner / Designer


cell: 301-751-6454

Debra Sweeney




cell:  240-682-6885

Crystal Ames



cell:  240-577-9698

Gabrielle Halpern



cell: 240-808-5487


Susan has more than 30 years of experience designing all rooms of the home at all levels.  She has designed spaces for hundreds of clients up and down the East Coast and in Puerto Rico.  She has served on the Board of NARI and has earned their title of Certified Remodeler and holds a Maryland Home Improvement License.  

Debra is kind and patient and has an amazing ability to  create unusual and intricate designs that reflect her clients' vision for their home.  Her Interior Design Degree along with over 20 years of experience helps to ensure that every detail is thought out carefully and interpreted properly.  Debra creates spectacular spaces that are stunning and timeless!

Crystal has been designing kitchens for over 10 years.  She enjoys the challenge of making every kitchen unique to the home owner’s taste. She believes not only in creating a beautiful space but making it functional as well.  For Crystal, being a kitchen and bath designer really is the dream job and one that is forever changing – with new clients, new spaces and new products and trends.

Gabrielle's many years of design experience has led to an incredible ability to interpret our clients' needs into unique designs.   She uses her extreme creativity when designing any room and helps clients pull it all together with color and form.  She has a knack for contemporary and finds it easy to incorporate new, updated ideas into traditional design. 


Jessica Gentry                   

Office Manager                      cell:  301-801-0248

Jessica has been managing our showroom for several years and knows everything that is happening on every project on at any given time!  Her amazing organizational skills ensures that every order is processed when needed and every installation packet is available when cabinets are installed.  Jessica works tirelessly to make sure every client is happy and has a positive experience with Custom Kitchens.


Family Owned and Operated

for over 19 years. 


Custom Kitchens was founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Susan Janyszek and Ronald Pickrel, both of whom have a Maryland Home Improvement License. Our first showroom located just one block off of 301 was destroyed in the tornado that devastated La Plata in 2002.   Rebuidling after that landed us at our current location directly on 301 in the heart of our beautiful town. 


We take pride in every project we do and it shows in our client's recommendations and in the loyalty of our builders and contractors who send all of their clients to us.  We are very proud to be a part of the Southern Maryland community of designers and remodelers.


At Custom Kitchens, we design functional and stylish spaces that you and your family can love to live in.  Our designers understand the unique aspect of each project and work with you to design a space that not only matches your house style, but also fits with your life style.

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