Our Leadership

We’re proud to have earned an industry reputation for being a company that people want to work for and do business with. Today, our diverse team is made up of dedicated craftspeople, site coordinators and delivery personnel, who all work in concert with our leadership team to help carry out our mission to empower lives and bolster the communities where we live and work.

Melissa James-Geska

A fourth-generation construction professional, US Ceiling Corp President Melissa James-Geska takes a hands-on approach, setting and defining the vision and culture of our organization and helping oversee estimating, operations and project and business management. Melissa has emerged as an industry leader and was named a Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) Power 30 List honoree for Real Estate and Construction in 2022, an RBJ Circle of Excellence and Excellence in Construction honoree in 2021, an RBJ Women of Excellence honoree in 2018, and shortlisted in 2018 and 2019 as an SBC Business Person of the Year finalist. Because of her tireless leadership, US Ceiling received NYS’ most prestigious honor for M/WBEs in 2018: the Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Award. As part of her commitment to her community, Melissa works closely with the Urban League of Rochester in support of their varied initiatives, as well as other local non-profit organizations that help support and empower women and priority populations. She is chairwoman of the Rochester Builder’s Exchange, a board trustee for Young Women’s College Prep and Genesee Valley Club, a board and construction committee member for Flower City Habitat for Humanity, and a board member for RochesterWorks! Melissa is also past president of the Greater Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Gary Black
Executive Vice President

With an ever-growing list of jobs and manpower, it was apparent that US Ceiling needed a dedicated, direct, knowledgeable and experienced champion of excellence, accuracy and safety. Gary Black meets each of those needs and then some. With decades of experience as a subcontractor and self-performer on projects of nearly all scopes, Gary brings his tremendous experience and attention to detail to our team. His contribution has been immediate and immense.

Kellah Alford
Vice President of Operations

Kellah Alford oversees the daily workflow of our estimating, project management, warehouse and delivery teams, as well as helps establish and communicate the strategic direction of our operations division. She brings an incredible attention to detail with big picture perspective and is driven by excellence—learning new and better ways to improve our productivity, efficiency and quality. Kellah continually strives to provide an exceptional customer experience as US Ceiling delivers on our project commitments.

Sherry Jackson
Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Sherry Jackson’s decades-long career has been characterized by professional excellence and high-quality work. She is a results-driven leader and proven relationship builder with a keen ability to strategize, streamline and effectively deliver. In her role as vice president of marketing and communications, Sherry develops strategies, tools and tactics to expand US Ceiling’s business in its key markets. She leads our marketing, branding, social media, advertising and communications efforts, focusing on growing brand awareness and enhancing employee and customer engagement.

Laura West
Vice President of Business Development

Laura West’s extensive knowledge of community outreach, marketing, real estate and program development makes her the perfect person to oversee our business development efforts. In her role, Laura aims to strengthen existing client relationships, promote US Ceiling’s position as a long-standing trusted resource and identify emerging gaps or opportunities in the marketplace. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester and serves as a board member for Al Sigl and Save our Sodus. Laura is a founding member of the Rochester Business Hall of Fame and has also served as a United Way volunteer. She is a local real estate investor and NYS licensed salesperson, working in commercial and investment sales.

Tom Scanlon
Director of Finance

As a multidisciplinary and innovative finance and accounting professional, Tom Scanlon oversees our accounting operations, including financial planning, analysis and reporting, as well as ensuring compliance with financial polices and controls. Tom brings aboard his solution-driven style, making him a valued and productive member of the team.

Casey Johnson
Director of Logistics & Safety

As director of logistics and safety for US Ceiling, Casey Johnson strives to set standards that ensure safe working conditions for our employees. From supervising activities and inspecting equipment and property to identifying strategies and implementing procedures to prevent future accidents, Casey’s drive, curiosity and expertise make him a tremendous asset to our team. He also oversees our USC Academy initiative, an internal training program designed to bolster the skills of our existing workforce, as well as partner with community groups that support diversity and the development and increase of skilled tradespeople.

Jeff Drobek
Warehouse Manager

As warehouse manager for US Ceiling, Jeff Drobek delivers on our promise when it comes to dependability, integrity, attention to detail and leadership. From liaising with customers, suppliers and employees to overseeing and streamlining the storage and logistical operations of our bustling warehouse, Jeff’’s drive, curiosity and expertise make him a tremendous asset to our growing team.

Ethan Geska
Field Manager

Ethan Geska represents his family’s fifth generation to work in construction. As field manager, he brings a distinct level of consistency and care, helping our team oversee the various projects we service. Whether it’s the very beginning planning stages or the closeout phase, Ethan upholds our company standards and makes sure we successfully deliver time and time again.

Riley Emmerson
Project Manager & Estimator

After gaining valuable field experience as a union carpenter apprentice, Riley Emmerson’s passion for a secure, clean work site, proper sequencing and scheduling, and bidding work is what ultimately led him to make the switch to project management and estimating. He brings his tremendous work ethic to every initiative, demonstrating his value to our company and our clients.

Chelsey Hanfland
HR Administrator

In her role as HR administrator, Chelsey Hanfland supports and administers our company’s human resources and compliance activities, along with benefit data management. Her experience allows her to seamlessly handle everything that comes her way.