Meet the Team


James has been in the design/build and construction industry for the past 15 years, working closely with firms such as Donnally Architects and Vandeventer + Callander Architects to develop successful projects.  At the core of his work is a belief that good design is at the intersections of beauty and economy.  James is a D.C. native, a graduate of George Washington University's International Affairs program.

James Desarno, Co-owner


Eduardo has been traveling to Yakima with his family for the better part of the last 10 years and always wondering why the area still feels like an undiscovered sunny gem in the vicinity of Seattle. As a technologist and real estate entrepreneur, he is keen on further investing in the development of the area and spreading the word about all the great places to visit in Yakima Valley. Professionally, Eduardo is a co-founder of, D3 Design/Build, and previously a software engineering manager at eBay and Microsoft.

Eduardo Oliveira, Co-owner


Karissa is Yakima native that has long been partial to the wine and events industry.  Graduating from Central Washington University with a Bachelors in Information Technology and Administrative Management with a minor in Project Management gave her a solid platform in business management and project and event planning. Working with several largely known local companies in leading and prominent roles has given her the experience, driving force and guidance that united her with Freehand Cellars.

Karissa Brandhagen, General Manager & Partner