Our People

LEARN ABOUT YOUR FUTURE COLLABORATORs; MEET THE ETHOS TEAM BELOW.

REALTOR & PRINCIPLE CATALYST

Sarah Cunningham

Born and raised in Boise, Sarah has been at the helm of Ethos Design+Remodel since 2010. She then added Ethos Real Estate to her business repertoire in 2014 in order to better cater to her clients’ home quality needs.

She spent 5 years as a Design Consultant and Project Manager with Neef’s Creative Ventures in Boise, ID, during which she represented them on the board of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Idaho, serving as both secretary and vice president on the board of directors. This experience gave her insight and experience in working with other remodelers, which ultimately informed her own set of standards and ethics in the remodeling industry. She has worked with some of the most reputable remodelers in Treasure Valley, giving her valuable hands-on industry experience that she shares with her clients.

Sarah Cunningham is the Ethos Realtor as well as the Catalyst for Ethos Design+Remodel. She is a Boise native, active mother, and a savvy advocate for sustainable practices in the home and community. Sarah is known for her great client and trade relationships, industry and local knowledge, unique creativity, humor, wit, and going above and beyond to get the job done right while keeping an eye on the big picture and maintaining attention to detail.

Whether buying, selling, or remodeling your home Sarah is here to help you live life by your design.

sarah@ethosrealestateidaho.com

VP OF ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION

Erin Sorensen

As a serial entrepreneur, Erin has launched several businesses including a community preschool, a food truck park, and affordable housing made from shipping containers. From 2018-2020 working as a member of a design and development team, Erin helped build 93 living units in the states of Idaho, Colorado, Virginia, and California. 

From 2008-2017, she served on the Veterans Park Neighborhood Association Board. She has been on the NieghborWorks Boise Board of Directors since 2009 where she currently holds the position of Real Estate Chair. in 2016 Erin received a Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award from NeighborWorks America which is bestowed annually to eight citizens across the nation in recognition of outstanding community leadership. When not working Erin enjoys meals with family and friends, gardening, cycling, and camping with her fluffball dog Lucy.

Erin has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Boise State University and has a Credential of Readiness from Harvard Business School. She completed Venture College at Boise State, is a friend of Trailhead Boise, and a Leadership Boise Class of 2017 Alumni.

erin@ethosdesignremodel.com

PRINCIPLE DESIGNER

Nia Church

Nia Church is an interior designer with more than three decades of experience. Nia joined forces with Ethos in September 2021 after running her own business, Collins Group Design, since 1991. She brings a deep passion for art and beauty. She believes a well-designed home should deliver the experience of “the art of living well” and that homes should express the identities of those who live there.

Nia’s approach to design involves getting to know her clients well and how they envision themselves using and enjoying their living space. She believes in the art of living well, and that home should soothe your senses and exist in harmony with a family’s emotional and physical expectations.

Nia graduated with honors from Cornish College of Arts with a BFA in Interior Architecture. She continues to learn as an active member of design organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Nia is professionally certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ # 011193), considered the gold standard for excellence in the field. This certification requires passing an exam about design industry standards, including regulatory codes that govern the built environment. Most states and Canada require this licensing, though Idaho does not.

TEAM ASSISTANT

Alyssa Velicky

Alyssa Velicky has called Idaho home for 20 years. Her values of health, harmony, and helping others create a sense of home make her an enthusiastic member of the Ethos team.

She brings a diverse background and a keen eye for home organizing and staging and is currently a Boise State University student in the design, architecture and engineering fields.

Alyssa draws inspiration from spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors and going on photography adventures nearby and abroad. She spent countless hours wandering around the mountains in upstate New York and Colorado during her childhood and feels right at home here with Idaho’s grand landscapes.

Alyssa is passionate about helping those around her grow and create and serves as Ethos’ Jane of all trades, assisting with design and photography as well as handling administrative tasks.

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN ASSISTANT

Anna-Marie Vargas

A lifelong resident of Southern Idaho, Anna-Marie Vargas graduated from Walla Walla University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. Prior to joining Ethos, Anna-Marie worked as a freelance designer, crafting brands, logos, websites, and architectural renderings for local businesses and organizations throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. She is driven by her passion for design, and how it affects the environment in which we live.

Anna-Marie actively serves as the Communications Director for her church board. She enjoys her free time hiking in the mountains, capturing the beauty of Idaho through her photography, and adventuring with her cuddly Chiweenie dog, Maggie.

 

SITE SUPERINTENDENT

Brian Andersen

Brian is a seasoned construction professional who brings years of industry knowledge to the Ethos Design+Build | Remodel team. Brian is passionate about delivering quality, environmentally-conscious and cutting edge construction services. Brian previously worked as an on-site manager for a local Boise startup that builds affordable, upcycled shipping container homes in Idaho and several other states. He’s also led operations at a propane tank company in New Zealand and built playgrounds for city and county parks.

Brian’s approach to managing a construction site is to communicate clearly and often with the homeowner so they feel confident about the work that is happening and understand the why and the how behind a project. Brian prides himself on staying on schedule and keeping property owners aware if something changes. He runs a tight ship overseeing Ethos’s many subcontractors and is currently building out the company’s own crew to handle light electrical work, demolition, framing, and finished carpentry.

Brian has owned several businesses in LA and New York prior to relocating to Boise six years ago. The quintessential jack-of-all-trades, Brian is as handy around a construction site as he is in the kitchen, where he’s known for his chicken piccata and keeping his wife happy with innovative dishes most nights of the week.

Brian enjoys biking, camping, fly fishing, hiking, floating the river and trying out new breweries with friends. When not working, you’ll find Brian smoking meats on his patio or enjoying a beer at Payette Brewing along the Boise River. He’s the proud parent of two grown children.

LEAD CARPENTER

Jim Ishta Toto 

Jim Ishta Toto knows his way around any construction or remodeling project. He found his way into the construction industry ten years ago because he needed a job. His dad had worked as an electrician, but was never into shop as a student. He learned to love it after being lucky enough to get his start working on high quality custom homes in his home state of California. The attention to detail and world class craftsmanship drew him in and inspired him to follow suit. Jim’s experience includes framing, siding, drywall, tiling, working with cement and metal, and installing custom windows in luxury homes and hotels.

Jim loves working outside in pretty much any weather, and enjoys the satisfaction of seeing a project completed. He’s particularly proud of two projects he did in his own neighborhood and seeing what each home added to the community.

Jim lived in Hawaii prior to moving to Idaho in 2011 and enjoys horse racing and motorcycle racing, as well as spending time with his wife and their 10-year-old daughter.