Meet The Team

Company PhotoWe are a passionate team that loves what we do and focus on high levels of communication, collaboration, trust and continuous innovation. We strive to blend excellent craftsmanship, high human connection and service.

We believe in doing the right thing even when it is costly, owning our mistakes and giving people freedom to grow. We strive to truly serve you and make your experience of building your home an enjoyable and memorable one. We believe that “good enough is never good enough."


Candi Schexnayder

Building Consultant Lead | 337-981-5315 ext 11 | Email

Candi is our Team Leader for all building consultants. With a healthy history of extremely high homeowner satisfaction and referrals, exceptionally thorough custom home design and an ability to understand exactly what each of her homeowners need on an individual level, she is both highly respected by her team and loved by the families whose homes she designs.


Grant Guidry

Building Consultant - Lafayette | 337-981-5315 ext 24 | Email

Grant's patience and thoroughness in the early stages of the building process always result in very happy and satisfied homeowners who understand exactly what their options are and what specifically is going into their home. He has a passion for people and making sure he truly understands their vision for their home, and then doing everything he can to help them bring that vision to life. His previous experience in professional land and resource management also gives him an edge on the most unpredictable part of building a home, site preparation.


Wendi Ritz

Building Consultant - Lafayette | 337-981-5315 ext 38 | Email

With more than 13 years of experience in new home construction, Wendi is our most seasoned consultant. She first began working with families to design and style their dream homes while living in Katy, Texas, but - after having three beautiful children - decided to move home to Louisiana to be closer to family. She specializes in walking homeowners through their options and helping them weigh the pros and cons of each decision and plan customization.


Shauna Rucins

Building Consultant - Lake Charles | 337-240-9999 ext 101 | Email

With a background and degree in finance, Shauna specializes in working with homeowners to get what they want and need in their homes, whether that's a certain amount of square footage or specific amenities or special features, for a total investment amount they're truly comfortable with. Her skill with facts and figures, as well as her ability to breakdown the costs and benefits of each area or option ensures that those she guides through the process are confident in what they're investing, as well as what they're receiving!


Taylor Burtner

Building Consultant - Baton Rouge | 225-424-8600 ext 25 | Email

Taylor has been part of almost every stage of new home building, including as an actual project manager over homes in construction, but his most unique asset as a building consultant is his 2+ years in our Warranty and Service department. He knows from experience all about what works and what doesn't, what products and applications work best, which flooring is and isn't truly waterproof and what past homeowners wish they had or had not done on the front end.


Tassie Fonseca, REALTORĀ®

Community Sales Manager | 337-981-5315 ext 44 | Email

Tassie Fonseca is licensed REALTORĀ® with Lamplighter Realty, LLC and the leader of our communities sales team. As our home-buying expert, she consults with clients who are interested in living in our Manuel Builders communities. Whether you are looking for a ready-to-move-in home or want to build on one of our lots, Tassie can guide you through the process. As a seasoned REALTORĀ®, she is great at helping home-buyers navigate everything from pre-approvals to closings.