The Team at Copperleaf Homes

For over a decade the team at Copperleaf Homes has worked to perfect the home design and home building process. With an unwavering commitment to putting more thought per square foot into their homes than any other builder in today’s market, the leadership of Copperleaf Homes, led by its talented core executives, continues to excel in the homebuilding industry.

Steve Neary
President, CEO

Copperleaf is pleased to have our award-winning President/CEO, Steve Neary, leading our efforts.  In the decades that Steve has been in the home building industry, he has continued to hone his passion for the best in home building design and construction.

As an owner of Copperleaf Homes, Steve has become a national voice and much sought after leader and innovator in the custom home building industry.  Steve has presented addresses at such prestigious venues as the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and the TecHome Luxury Builders summit as well as being a frequent contributor in Custom Builder Magazine, Modern Builder and Design Magazine, Modern Home Builder Magazine and TecHome Builder Magazine. Steve and his team continue to operate on the leading edge of the home building marketplace today, evident by the numerous awards Steve and his team have received.

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Elaina Johannsen
General Manager

Beginning with Copperleaf Homes in early 2013, Elaina was hired to oversee and improve our purchasing department. Quickly realized for her attention to detail and natural orientation toward processes and procedures, Elaina was soon promoted to Manager of Plan Development – working closely with buyers, architects and the design/engineering phase of homebuilding – where she again proved her knack for improving internal processes.

Due to her management skills and business aptitude in general, Elaina was eventually promoted to General Manager, running both our Colorado Springs and Denver offices. Elaina has been diligently gathering homebuilding experience since 2005 by learning multiple facets of the industry from sales and marketing to business development, purchasing and even serving as our in-house I.T. guru!

Elaina loves traveling, most recently making a trek to the Galapagos Islands, China, Africa and Iceland with her husband, Brian. Her ultimate dream is to visit at least one new country per year. A few years ago she took off on a (solo) 4-month hiatus visiting 11 countries! She also enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, camping and spending time in the mountains.

Fun Fact: Elaina was born in Italy and grew up in Germany and Korea before settling down in Colorado.

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Liz Cooper
Purchasing Manager

Liz began with Copperleaf Homes in 2013 as a purchasing agent and within 6 months took over the entire purchasing department. She works closely with all our trade partners and construction managers to ensure quality material and labor goes into each home. She is the daughter of a 50+ year architect and has been on job sites before she could walk – all aspects of construction are familiar to her. 

Liz and her husband Jeff are Colorado natives and have three children who love to spend time at their cabin near Gunnison. Fly fishing, ATV riding, hiking and spending time with family are top priorities!


Jennifer Brown
Accounting Manager


Amy Nelson, Allied ASID
Interior Designer

Amy knew at a young age that she had a passion for interior design and architecture. She earned her Design Degree in 1997 and has never looked back.

For 19 years she has continued to fine-tune her skills and expand her portfolio with her experiences working in almost every area of design. She has won numerous awards over the years for her talents in designing Parade Homes and Model Homes and has continued to be a leader in her field.

In April 2013, Copperleaf saw the opportunity to enhance their home buying experience by having an in-house designer and promptly asked Amy to join the Copperleaf team.

In her free time, Amy enjoys being outdoors with her husband, two kids, and a new puppy.

Fun Fact: Amy was fortunate to be involved in the “Extreme Makeover-Home Edition”.

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Jolene Catt
Office Coordinator

Jolene was born and raised in Colorado Springs but has lived in several parts of the city and a few locations in Denver.  After raising 4 great children, Jolene reignited her passion of learning and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science.  Jolene spent 16 successful years in the IT world working for Quantum, NxTrend and General Dynamics. Always seeking a new challenge, a few years ago Jolene and her husband undertook the general contractor responsibilities in building their new “Dream Home.”  Completing the build within budget and on schedule, she discovered a hidden passion for home building. Since joining the Copperleaf Homes team, Jolene is now able to help our clients build their “Dream Home.”

Fun fact: Jolene, is quite the entrepreneur, owned and operated the second video movie rental store in Colorado Springs and one of the first tanning salons.

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Ian Binkley
Director Of Construction Best Practices & Procedures


Allison Fields
Project Manager


Karl Wallstatter
Construction Manager


Erik Kislesky
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Marlon Johnson
Warranty Manager

One of the things that Copperleaf Homes is best known for is attention to detail.  It’s what separates good custom homebuilders from becoming known as the best of the builders. When it comes to putting the finishing touches on all Copperleaf Homes, Marlon is a detailing specialist!

Marlon has been involved in all facets of custom homebuilding since 1998.  His attention to detail and personal bent toward perfectionism is what enables him to excel in his role with Copperleaf.

A life-long native of Colorado, Marlon is proud to call Colorado Springs home along with his wife and two children.



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Caleb Neary