Meet the Team

Who We Are

Owner
Tim Frost


Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Small Business Management and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and has worked in the homebuilding industry as the owner of Peregrine Design/Build for over thirty years. Tim was involved with Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont. He has served as President of the association, Chair of its Green Council - where he earned Certified Green Professional designation - and was the Chair of its Remodelers Council.

Tim truly enjoys building lasting relationships and working on a personal level with his team of employees and clients. He continues to attend national level building conferences to keep current with market trends and learn from other successful leaders in the industry. “What I like the most about this business is the relationships you build with your clients. It is so satisfying to hear from them that you have had an impact on the way they live in and experience their homes. That is so rewarding”.


Most days you can find his bike or skis strapped to his car, ready for an outdoor adventure after work. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Mellissa and daughter Francesca.

Design and Sales
Cliff Deetjen

Cliff graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College and received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland. He and his wife, Kim, also in the interior design profession, lived in Boston where he worked with the large architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch. Enjoying the urban lifestyle, but a desire to move to "greener pastures", they chose the beautiful Champlain Valley to raise a family in 1998. With two older sons now and always a family dog underfoot, Cliff loves living in close to Burlington and enjoying all that the city has to offer. When not working around the house or involved in the gardens, Cliff can be found traveling and exploring architecture in other regions, or knee-deep in a river, and always with a fly rod in his hand.


Cliff's passion and interest in design stems from the huge appreciation of how the details come together in the field. He loves exploring with the Peregrine Team of craftsmen, how traditional methods and materials can be heightened to new levels, in a contemporary setting. Cliff has been with Peregrine since 2008 and looks forward to every project with enthusiasm and creating long lasting relationships with our clients.

Design and Sales
Jillian Bartolo

With a dedicated eye for detail, Jillian confidently creates the design and selections for our clients. She has a B.A. degree in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. Jillian has been working at Peregrine Design/Build since 2011 and earned her certification in Kitchen & Bath Remodeling from the National Association of Remodelers. She has continued to focus on expanding her knowledge of interior renovations by becoming a Certified Green Builder while at Peregrine Design/Build. “I truly love learning something new in the construction field everyday and applying it to my design concepts.”


In her free time, she enjoys spending it at home with her husband and dog, Roxie. She’s an avid gardener and we all enjoy the fruit of her labors at the office.

Design and Sales
A.J. Browne

A.J. spent most of his adult life in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY. and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is also a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. His engineering background and detailed nature, really helps him connect with people to define and develop their visions.

A.J.’s mother is from England and his father is from Jamaica. If he could be anywhere, Jamaica is calling his name. He is new to Vermont but he and his two kids are enjoying exploring their new home state.

Design and Drafting
Griffin Allen

Griffin joined the Peregrine team in 2013, after having earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2008, followed by his Master of Architecture in 2010. With a father who is a general contractor and a mother who teaches art, Griffin shares a passion for the two, which naturally drew him to architecture.


Griffin loves the company culture at Peregrine and believes that the design/build business model is the most efficient and effective way to help a client through the entire design and construction process. In addition to his work at Peregrine, Griffin is the current Chair for the Remodelers Council of the Vermont Builders and Remodelers Association, and currently serves on both their Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 2016 he was awarded Remodeler of the Year for his service to the VBRA.


In his spare time Griffin enjoys being with his wife Amber and dog Enzo. He’s also a die-hard skier and during the winter months can be found up at Smugg’s usually poking around in the Back Bowls - often times accompanied by Peregrine owner, Tim Frost.

Lead Carpenter
Jaret Bates

A natural problem solver and if you need a fire put out - he’s your man. He is to the point, dedicated and extremely talented. Jaret has been running Peregrine Design/Build jobs since 2005. On a Sunday morning, you can find him eating pancakes, hunting or shooting with his daughter or just hanging out outside.

Lead Carpenter
Lee Bates

Up before most of us to get his chores done before heading in to work - Lee is a dedicated worker. If he had another go at life, he would be a dairy farmer. Vermont agriculture and local food and businesses are his passion. Lee has been a Peregrine Design/Build team member since 2007 and enjoys working with his crew and the homeowners.

Lead Carpenter
Brian Higgins

An ideal day for Brian is relaxing with his wife, while the 7 kids sleep. With such a large family, communication is one of Brian’s strongest assets. He has been a dedicated, experienced carpenter with Peregrine Design/Build since 2002 and has a huge amount of pride in his work. Brian is also an expert at folding a fitted sheet.

Lead Carpenter
Alan Brace

A caring, easy going but precise kind of guy, Alan is always quick with a smile. He’s very organized and a strong communicator. Since 2013, Alan has been well known for bringing his homemade jerky to the job sites and for his guitar playing. On a Sunday morning you can find him feeding his birds and tackling the home project list.

Business Manager
Jill Gormon

A positive, outgoing force, fueled by her love of coffee - Jill is the go to person for everything in the office since 2010. She has many interests but one of her passions is the Mahana Magic organization dedicated to the children of cancer patients. When she is away from the office, she enjoys being out on Lake Champlain, biking on the bike path or being with her friends.

Marketing Director
Rachel Cloutier

A creative and flexible person, Rachel enjoys that each day at Peregrine Design/Build can bring a new learning experience. She always wanted to be a photojournalist and her position at Peregrine is letting her live out that dream. An avid runner, you can usually find her out pounding the pavement on Sundays.