Our Team

Velma Watkins

Velma has been with Burdorf Interiors for over ten years serving as the Executive Vice President, Buyer, Marketing, and Community Relationship Developer. Her work has been highlighted in numerous newspapers, magazines and television where she is the Kentuckiana Design Pro for WHAS. Charitable Design Projects include the designer for Norton Children’s Foundation, Win a House, Help a Child for four consecutive years, Bellarmine Women’s Council Show Houses, numerous Homearama Homes. She is also the designer for the Set of WHAS Great Day Live. Velma has a huge following of customers and is often known to be working with second generations of families and many repeat clients. Her work can be seen in the Elite Home Models and the Clubhouses. She is the commercial designer for The City of St. Matthews, The Chamber of St. Matthews, The Middletown Chamber and Outfront Media. Velma enjoys volunteering at many local events, organizations, non- profits, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Phyllis Zaepfel

Phyllis Zaepfel is the Operations Executive for Burdorf Interiors. She has been in the industry for more than 35 years. With her extensive retail furniture experience including positions in sales, IT management, distribution supervision, system implementation, and customer relationship management, she drives the company’s strategic growth initiatives and oversees all daily operations and client services at Burdorf Interiors.

Kathy Kleeman

Kathy Kleeman is a furniture and design consultant at Burdorf Interiors. She’s been in the furniture business for 30 years (including the Bacons Home Store in St. Matthews) and the last 18 years with Burdorf Interiors. Kathy has had the opportunity to meet and help so many people find just the right furniture for their home. She gets a lot of satisfaction helping first time customers and takes a lot of pride in knowing that so many regular customers from over the years continue to come to Kathy for help or to recommend her to their friends. Kathy looks forward to many more years at Burdorf Interiors continuing to do her best for our Burdorf customers.

Kevin Vallance

Kevin Vallance has been in the interior design field for more than 30 years. Kevin completed his Design Degree from EKU and has been in furniture and kitchen and bath design ever since. It’s what he loves to do. Kevin also had his own Faux Painting service for about 10 yrs. It’s always gratifying for Kevin to have completed a project and see the joy on customers faces. Kevin has been at Burdorf Interiors for 2 years now and he’s very proud to be part of the Burdorf Team.

Chandra Silman

Chandra Silman is originally from Orlando Florida where enjoyed a successful career in Real Estate for more than 20 years. During that time she was involved in home staging and took part in several home renovations. Chandra is very passionate about interior design and her clients as well. “I’ve always been interested in interior design,” says Chandra. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been affected by space, light, texture and color. As a child, I remember rearrange my room regularly, and that play turned into a passion. I enjoy being surrounded by beautiful things every day and I love the relationships I have developed with my clients and my vendors.”

Kiersten Trover

Kiersten Trover is one of our in-home designer & sales consultant. She comes to us from Arhaus Furniture in the St Matthews Mall where she worked in sales for the last 3 years. Kiersten grew up Madisonville and then Louisville graduating from Assumption High School. She then attended U/K leaving in her senior year to graduate with her BA in fashion design from the International Academy of Design in Tampa Florida. She moved to Dallas Texas and worked at Fossil in footware and part time at the Dallas Trade Mart.. Later she worked at VOOM by Joy Han in contemporary appeal for 2 years. She moved back to Louisville where she worked for the Flooring Gallery in its builder division for 3 years. She then moved on to sales and design with Arhaus.

David White

David White has resided in the Louisville area since 1994. He moved here from Paducah, KY where his family, two sons, their wives and grandchildren still live. His design career started many years earlier in Detroit Michigan. With over 35 years of design experience focusing on residential and outdoor living, David’s formal training comes from Sheffield School of interior design, now known as the New York Institute of Art and Design. He has been associated with several interior design companies, as well at one time owning his own design business. David is very happy to be part of the Burdorf Interior family where he can showcase his passion for design.