People

Emil Frei & Associates artists and craftsmen are experts in the industry. Equally important, they are thoughtful and can carry on a conversation. Speak with any of us here and—whether about elastomeric sealants or systematic theology, soleic flux or lyric poetry, thermal bonding mesh or ancient philosophy—you will find yourself surprised by our knowledge and curiosity.

Stephen Frei

Stephen Frei

MBA, Owner

Steve took command of family business from his father, Robert Frei, in 1990. Steve ran track for the University of Missouri while earning his MBA, even though he can’t stand stretching. Spend a few minutes with Steve, and you’ll quickly learn about the things he loves: badminton, the hammered-dulcimer, and eating popcorn with his grandchildren.

Aaron Frei

Aaron Frei

MA, President

Aaron earned his Masters in Theology from the University of Dallas. In addition to acting as the firm’s President, he is an expert in theology and iconography. Aaron started working here at age 11 and, except for the few years he spent in a Cistercian monastery, has not found a way to break the mold. Not only did he take over the company reins from his father, but he lives in his great-grandfather’s house and drives his grandfather’s tractor.

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Nicholas Frei

Nicholas Frei

Vice-President, Project Manager

Nick holds a BA in Theology from the University of Dallas. Nick manages the firm’s projects forecasting and manages many of the firm’s installation and restoration projects. On the weekends, in-between his toddlers’ naps, Nick powers up his woodshop to make everything from doors for churches to furniture for his wife.

 

Recent Projects: St. Anthony of Padua (Saint Louis, MO), Providence Heights (Issaquah, WA), St. Francis of Assisi (New Orleans, LA)

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Br. Martin Erspamer

OSB, MFA, Designer

Br. Martin is a Benedictine monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey who splits his time between the monastery and his art studio. Martin holds a Masters in Ceramics from Boston University and a certification as a Liturgical Designer from the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago. He is a nationally recognized artist known for his stained glass, ceramics, paintings, prints, and illustrations.

 

Recent Projects:

St. Mary’s of the Knobs (Floyd Knobs, IN)

St. Monica’s Catholic Church (Indianapolis, IN)

Immaculate Heart of Mary (Atlanta, GA)

William Frank

William Frank

MFA, Designer

Will holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington University in Saint Louis and a BA in Literature from the University of Dallas. He works as a designer of the studio’s new stained glass and mosaics. When not at the Frei Studio, you will find him pulling prints on his etching press, digging in the dirt, and chasing chickens with his children.

 

Recent Projects:

St. Mary’s Hospital (Jefferson City, MO)

Catholic Charities (Oklahoma City, OK)

Cistercian Preparatory School (Irving, TX)

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Jeff Govro

Jeff Govro

Craftsman

Jeff is a senior craftsman whose problem-solving abilities are matched only by his affability. Over the past few decades, Jeff has not only kept the company trucks running but has handled some of our most challenging projects.

Jennifer Kim

Jennifer Kim

Craftsman, Office Manager

Jennifer is a fifth generation Frei. In addition to keeping the office humming, she is our primary glazier and responsible for assembling many of our new stained glass projects.

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Elizabeth Kutz

Elizabeth Kunz

Craftsman

Elizabeth is a fifth generation Frei. She works on restoration and new work, and specializes in soldering, waterproofing, and cleaning stained glass. Outside the studio, Elizabeth is known to organize and declutter anything in her way.

Buddy Pondrom

Buddy Pondrom

Artist, Craftsman

His given is Guy, but he goes by Buddy. And that’s how we think of him. Buddy doubles as an onsite craftsman and in-studio artist, where he excels at duplicating painted art glass. Buddy is a tinkerer at heart, so outside the Frei Studio you’ll find experimenting with his cnc router or drawing at community art events.

Gustavo Saavedra

Gustavo Saavedra

Craftsman

Gustavo works as a craftsman restoring and preserving stained glass. He came to Emil Frei & Associates with a breadth of professional experience that ranges from pouring concrete foundations in Alaska to restoring murals and oil paintings in Mexico City.

John Wheadon

John Wheadon

M.Arch., Designer, Project Manager

John holds a Masters in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis and a BA in Sculpture from the University of Dallas. He wears many hats around the Frei studio including project manager and designer. In addition to his knowledge of building systems, John is also the firm’s expert in trending podcasts and obscure but delicious candies.

 

Recent Projects:

Basilica of St. Michael’s (Pensacola, FL)

SLU Catholic Studies Centre (Saint Louis, MO)

Pius V (Saint Louis, MO)

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In addition to our core group, Emil Frei & Associates is proud to count a variety of artists, carpenters, metalsmiths as a part of our team. Although they aren’t mentioned here by name, we greatly value their contributions to our projects, and we love to work with them.

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