About Nowak Cabinets

Nowak Cabinets was founded in 1990 by Joe and Tracey Nowak as a family business and purchased in 2018 by Brent Boncher and Shannon Jensen-Boncher.  They are focusing efforts on expanding the company while maintaining the personal touch and family atmosphere.  Together with the Nowaks, who have remained with the company, and a growing team of incredibly talented and dedicated designers and installers, the business is continuing to grow while maintaining the reputation as the premier design firm in Northern Michigan.  We look forward to working with you on your next project.

Meet the team


Brent and Shannon are honored to be the owners of Nowak Cabinets with its history of quality, design, and craftsmanship. They feel incredibly blessed to work with their staff, who are some of the most talented and dedicated people in the industry. 


Combining a passion for design, a keen eye for functionality, and unparalleled customer service leaves no doubt why Nowak Cabinets is considered the top design studio in Northern Michigan.  


Brent and Shannon reside on Old Mission Peninsula, and they are family-oriented and faith-centered. Together they have five children, four of which attend Traverse City Schools and participate locally in various sports. They are involved in the community as committee members, financial donors, and volunteers for numerous organizations and events. They are supporters of Single Momm, Elk Rapids Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Resource Center, other non-profit groups, and small business development and growth throughout the area. Brent and Shannon enjoy boating, skiing, hiking, and all northern Michigan lifestyle activities in their free time. Brent and Shannon are blessed to call this home and look forward to meeting you. 

Brent & Shannon Boncher - Owners


Joe Nowak - Designer

Nowak Cabinets was founded by Joe Nowak in 1990 as a cabinet manufacturer.  Tracey, his wife, came aboard in 1994 doing design and sales.  Joe is a craftsman and knows cabinet-making from the ground up.  He began doing design work years ago as well.  His knowledge as a craftsman, builder, company owner, and designer make him a complete package.  His wit, character, faith, and work ethic mean that his customers enjoy the process of remodeling their kitchen.  Honesty and integrity are his hallmarks and he strives to model that to their three children.  His faith is evident in his work and he is active in New Hope United Community Church.  Joe has built and/or remodeled 29 homes and buildings apart from his work in the cabinet industry. 


Tracey Nowak - Designer

Tracey has been a kitchen and bath designer for decades with an unparalleled reputation for attention to detail and accuracy.  The breadth and depth of her experience, which, paired with her easy-going character and incredible work ethic make her one of the top designers in the area.  She has 3 children with Joe who all graduated from Elk Rapids schools.  If you have Tracey as your designer, you can be assured that you and your project are receiving the utmost attention. 


Erica Siejutt - Designer

Erica graduated from Baker College with a degree in Interior Design in 2004.  Having grown up in the construction world learning from her father, Erica has a keen eye for understanding how the aspects of her designs affect and interact with the rest of the home’s systems and design aesthetics.  She has developed a five-star reputation in the area as being a wonderful designer to work with because of her communication, resourcefulness, and accuracy.  Builders and customers are flocking to Nowak Cabinets as they see how smoothly projects go with Erica at the helm.  Erica has two children who attend Elk Rapids Schools.  Her professionalism is equaled by her passion for her community as she dedicates significant volunteer hours to animal rescue, an Elk Rapids food pantry, and Habitat for Humanity.


Nancy van Praag – Designer 

Nancy hails from Texas but relocated to Traverse City with her son who attends Interlochen Center for the Arts.  With an eye toward balance, scale, texture, and color, Nancy strives to artfully imprint her client’s lifestyle and needs into her designs while enhancing the architectural elements of the home.  With over 25 years in the design industry, her award-winning designs span the spectrum from classic to traditional to sleek and contemporary.  Her ability to connect with her client’s needs, aspirations, and sensibilities makes her an invaluable part of our team at Nowak Cabinets.  


Philip Steward  - Designer

Philip graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design. His passion for design comes from his family. He has always enjoyed watching and assisting with his families' home renovation projects. His innovation and attention to detail are where he excels in design. As he starts his career, he is thrilled to bring new ideas and creativity to the table. His faith and family are most important to him. He finds pure joy in designing and creating spaces where families and friends will gather and create memories that will last a lifetime. In his free time, Philip enjoys the outdoors with his wife, plays slow-pitch softball, and likes woodworking.

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