The AHH Team
Seth Foster, President – Owner
Seth is a construction native and has been building most of his life. He has a deep desire to help his clients build their quality, dream home.
In 1997, Seth began his own Northern Utah framing company, where he employed over 75 framers and built over 2000 homes. This extensive framing experience is a huge benefit to his clients because his knowledge is practical. In 2008, Seth found himself unemployed in the volatile real estate market. It was then that he and his wife took this opportunity and American Heritage Homes was born. In 2009, Seth’s brother, Shem moved to Southern Utah and they combined building expertise, teaming up as partners in American Heritage Homes.
His clients enjoy the “planning stage” as he integrates his knowledge into a “custom” building process to provide the ultimate home buying experience. Seth’s philosophy of life is to “lead by example” and he is not afraid to “get down in the trenches” to solve a situation. Seth is known for being solution-oriented, and he sets the stage to ensure a positive home buying and building experience.
Seth is married with three children and he has been a Washington County resident since 2006. He would consider himself the ultimate sports/outdoor enthusiast, enjoying running, canyoneering, hiking, fishing, hunting, four-wheeling and skiing. Southern Utah is his playground and he enjoys the weather, the scenery and the endless outdoor activities.
Shem Foster, Vice-President – Owner
For most of his life, Shem has been intrigued with various styles of architecture and building has been his passion. He brings an extensive field management background to the company and American Heritage Homes is the vehicle to help his clients build their dream.
In 2000, Shem worked for a large home builder as a field superintendent gaining many broad experiences in all aspects of building homes. During his building career, he has achieved many certifications of project management, safety, green building, and consistent quality control which allow him to deliver homes, on time and on budget. With his past experience and passion to create beautiful and quality homes, he is confident in his ability to help the home buyer get exactly what they are looking for.
On a more personal note, Shem is married and has 4 children. His hobbies include anything “active” such as, running, cycling, swimming, hiking, fishing and his fitness accomplishments include many marathons, triathlons, and finishing the 2007 Silverman, 2010 and 2015 Ironman.
Klen Brooks, Administrative Executive
Native to Southern Utah, Klen was born and raised in St. George, UT., where he graduated from both Dixie High School and Dixie State University. In addition to graduating with an Associate’s Degree of Science, he successfully earned his aircraft mechanics certificate along with a commercial pilot’s license.
Klen’s professional career spans over 40 years as an airline captain, flight operations director and Vice President of flight operations. His extensive flight experience includes his work with government agencies, sorting through regulations and solving tough issues. Agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Foreign Government aviation departments, Immigration Service (INS), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have all benefited from Klen’s expertise and commitment to aviation best practice. This Pilot in Command has flown the skies totaling over 25,000 hours and, one of his favorite memories is when he gained approval to fly the 2002 Winter Olympics torch from Washington to Alaska and back again.
After retiring from the airline in 2014, he and his wife Shanette, diligently set out to design and build their dream home. The search for a builder led them to American Heritage Homes. When asked why they chose American Heritage as their builder, Shanette simply replied, “We were impressed with the quality of their homes, the price and the excellent referrals given by their prior clients and business suppliers.” Described as an “oasis in the desert, Klen and Shanette are currently living in their dream home and love everything about it.
Adventurously exploring the Amazon rain forest, Klen enjoys the outdoors, fishing in Alaska and hanging around the islands of Hawaii. He also volunteers for several weeks each year doing back country patrols for the National Park Service into the remote areas of Canyonlands National Park. Klen was a proud member of the Utah National Guard serving twelve years with the 222nd Field Artillery.
Klen and Shanette have 7 children and 14 grandchildren. ((It can definitely become “entertaining” at times!))
In addition to his excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Klen brings a wealth of expertise that benefits both company operations and client experience and communication. American Heritage Homes is very fortunate to have this “retired” Aviation expert as both a happy homeowner and team member…the epitome of the “Client for Life” philosophy.
Jon Hunter, Field Superintendent
Jon found his love for making furniture in his high school shop class and he has been doing finish carpentry / custom furniture for 7 years. He is a master wood craftsman and has a love for building through bringing plans to life. Jon’s positive attitude, coupled with his past building expertise and superior customer care philosophy were a perfect fit for the American Heritage Homes team. He was offered a field superintendent position and just couldn’t say no!
Jon loves Southern Utah and would stay here forever (if God allows). He is a veteran of the National Guard of the United States. He served in Iraq for one year, overseeing and running a prison. After 8 years of patriotic service, Jon was honorably discharged. He has a profound love for his country and is so grateful for the experience and opportunity to serve. “Always Ready, Always There!”
Jon is married to his beautiful wife Austin and they have 6 amazing children. He enjoys doing anything outdoors, including dirt biking, boating, swimming at a lake and camping.
D.J. Heinze, Field Superintendent
D.J. comes to American Heritage Homes with a diverse career background and a multi-faceted skill set. From owning his own successful business to management of multi-million-dollar retail stores, D.J. bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the American Heritage Homes team.
In 1996, D.J. started his construction career at an entry level position with Tuff Shed, the largest shed and garage business in the country. D.J.’s talent for motivating others was quickly discovered and he was promoted into management, becoming the youngest individual to hold the position of General Manager at that time. D.J. attributes his successful move to management directly to the great mentorship he received and to his own personal drive for success / “can’t lose attitude”. He is profoundly grateful for the leadership he was given and loved any challenge that was offered to him
In 2013, D.J. partnered with his family to begin a construction company that specialized in smaller construction projects. Projects were built both locally and statewide. The business ran successfully for 5 years, constructing a wide array of projects including sheds, barns, garages, pergolas, mini cabins and tiny homes. With a young growing family, D.J. made the decision to pursue an opportunity that would allow him to stay closer to home while bringing his diverse background and love for building to the residential homebuilding industry.
D.J. married his beautiful wife Jessica in 2003. Their life revolves around their 3 handsome boys, David III, Carter and Graham. All boys play soccer and some may call them one of those “CRAZY SOCCER FAMILES” since they tend to spend most of their vacation time traveling to Soccer tournaments. When not in soccer season, D.J. and his family enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, cliff diving, and playing in the dirt with dirt toys (of course!) Family time is D.J.’s favorite time…his wife and boys are his everything.
Eldon Gibb, Field Superintendent
Eldon is very passionate about the home building process and strives to deliver above expectations. Eldon grew up building homes/remodeling with his father in the Utah County area. While working with his father he gained a deep knowledge in all aspects of construction. In 2005, Eldon began to specialize in custom framing where he oversaw two framing crews that worked all along the Wasatch front. Since then, Eldon has ventured into remodeling, finish carpentry and siding. Eldon is a graduate from Southern Utah University where he earned his masters degree in public administration. Eldon is married with three kids and enjoys spending any free time with his family.
Brent Clark, Customer Care
Brent and his wife Linda moved to the beautiful St. George area in 2013 and purchased a home built by American Heritage Homes. They loved it so much that they had American Heritage Homes build the same home on the neighboring home site for his father (with enough exterior changes that it is hard to tell that they are the same floor plan.) Both Brent and his father left the basements unfinished, later designing and building out the basements themselves. Brent thoroughly enjoyed the basement projects and he was excited to take the opportunity where he could continue similar projects with American Heritage Homes. American Heritage Homes opened their Remodel and Design services in 2014 and Brent currently manages that division of the company.
Before moving to St. George, Brent was a partner in a Las Vegas landscape architecture business. He designed public parks, commercial landscapes and residential landscape projects using AutoCAD software, and had the opportunity to craft structures within those landscapes. Brent enjoys creating unique layouts and structures to fit existing buildings and sites, making them visually attractive while being useful and efficient. Casita’s and gazebo’s are especially rewarding for Brent to design.
The most critical priority in his relationship with a client is keeping them informed of the project progress, and encouraging positive lines of communication.
“My wife and I have two married daughters, one in Northern Utah and one in nearby Kanab, with three grandchildren that we love to spoil. What a great opportunity to live here and enjoy so many things – RZR riding, boating, golf, and exploring this amazing country. We love it here.”
Yvonne Christensen, Interior Designer
Yvonne moved to St. George from Canada in 2008 and has worked with American Heritage Homes since 2010. She has a degree in Business from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Interior Design. She was the Interior Design Chair for the Parade of Homes in 2016 and 2017 and also is a contributing writer with her “Idea Board” column in the St. George Magazine. Yvonne was a client, building with American Heritage Homes in the spring of 2012 so she understands the building process from both sides. Yvonne chose American Heritage Homes as her builder because she felt they were “the best value.”
Yvonne’s personal design style has evolved over the years, and enjoys designing all home styles from contemporary, to craftsman, and classic traditional.
Yvonne will generally meet with clients before construction begins to review their plans and do a final red line revision meeting, ensuring all options are defined prior to submitting plans into the city. From there, the fun part begins as Yvonne assists the client in all design selections from exterior stone, to cabinetry and granite, and lighting. Depending on the client’s availability, Yvonne can also create a custom color package. If more detail is needed, Yvonne is also able to create software interpretations of a client’s home to showcase the final selections prior to construction completion or mood boards. (Additional fee may apply.)
American Heritage Homes strives to ensure the selection process is simple and enjoyable by providing many sample selections (within the client’s desired price range) – allowing all selections to be accomplished in as little as one meeting. Or, clients may meet with the American Heritage Homes vendors to go over their selections in more detail. We have a seamless relationships with our suppliers, our goal to help our clients find the right selections for their home.
Yvonne loves what she does and continually looks forward to working new clients on a variety of styles…..”helping them build their dream home is my passion.” If the clients may choose, Yvonne is also available for Interior Furniture Design and Consults.
Yvonne and her husband Brian have two daugthers, Presley and Peyton.
Caroline Foster – Invoicing & Accounting
Caroline grew up in a small town in Idaho and loves living in Hurricane because of the small town living. She graduated from Utah State University with a BS in Elementary Education, and went on to teach 3rd grade for 5 years – before having her four children. Caroline is married to Shem Foster (owner) and is also in charge of accounting and invoicing for American Heritage Homes.
She enjoys living in Southern Utah for so many reasons, especially for the quality of life it offers for her family. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in Zion’s National Park, going to the movie theater, Tuacahn, Country Dancing and traveling.
Tamara L. Foster, Real Estate Broker
American Heritage Real Estate & Development
“I love NEW home sales! To be a part of the home buying experience from beginning to end is truly a rewarding experience.”
Tamara has been working in the Real Estate industry since 2003 and became a licensed broker in 2007.
She feels proud to work with American Heritage Homes (not only because her husband Seth is one of the builders) because of the ethical and professional manner in which the company is operated.
Tamara and Seth have been married for over 20 years and they have three kiddos who are full of life and much comic relief to boot! She loves living in Southern Utah because of the weather and the good people who choose to live there. In her “spare time,” (does a mom/Real Estate Broker/In A Pikle entrepreneur really have spare time?) she enjoys her civic commitments, reading, hiking, traveling, and just relaxing with her family.
Baylie Brooks, Real Estate Sales Professional
Baylie Brooks is known as a team “go-getter”, and is recognized as the type of person who leads by example. While attending Dixie High School, Baylie served as Captain for the Jetettes drill team during both her Junior and Senior years.
Baylie graduated from Dixie State University with an Associate’s Degree in Science, and continued her education with a Medical Assistant Certificate from Dixie Applied Technology College.
This “get it done gal” is known for her kind heart, and children adore her. She has spent the last couple of years as a Nanny in southern Utah and in New Jersey.
Baylie is currently a member of a dance team called Moxi and is in charge of the teams’ Social Affairs. She is also involved in numerous activities in her church and enjoys helping others.
Other than being with kids and dancing, she loves to spend time at the pool, lake or beach. She enjoys watching movies and being with family and friends and meeting new people.
Baylie is excited to bring her leadership and determination skill set to American Heritage Homes, and is looking forward to a rewarding career in real estate.
Donna Glass, Real Estate Sales Professional
Donna grew up in Edmonds, WA and made her way to Chicago in 1978. After telling her parents she’d be back in 2 years, she ended up staying in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland for 40 years! During her “short stay”, Donna flew the friendly skies with United Airlines as an integral part of their flight attendant team. She thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet new faces and travel to new places.
In 1993, Donna turned her attention toward the new home-building industry and began her construction career as a sales design counselor. After working with many buyers during their design/selection and building processes, Donna decided to expand her knowledge to become a New Home Sales Specialist.
Since 2001, Donna has been a licensed Real Estate Professional. She has successfully worked with buyers and sellers within many real estate markets. Whether it be new home sales, resale property, or selling ownership shares within retirement communities, Donna loves the opportunity to help people fulfill their home-ownership dreams.
Donna and her husband Mark, said “farewell” to Chicago and “hello” to Utah in January of 2019. In the quest to find a new home, they selected and worked with American Heritage Homes to build their home-ownership dreams.
Donna is a mother of 5 grown children, 2 grandchildren and 3 grand-pups. One of her greatest joys is whipping up a delicious home-cooked meal, and spending time with her family. During their visits, it’s fun for her to show them the local tastes, popular places, and hidden gems within the southern Utah sunshine.
This real estate expert has a passion for people, and a zest for living her life to the fullest capacity! In her spare time, Donna can be found hiking, mountain biking, boating, and kayaking. It’s no secret that she loves to adventure! Whether it be in the mountains, around a campfire, exploring the country in her RV, or volunteering 600+ hours as a camp site host, Donna is always on the move – excited to meet new faces and the opportunity to learn something new!
Her vast experience and contagiously positive attitude is a win/win for all. Come see Donna at The Haven at Heritage Acres. She’s very excited to meet and work with you to build your home-ownership dream!
Tom Patinella, Real Estate Sales Professional
Tom was raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but felt an internal tug to be adventuring and exploring the great outdoors. After high school, the mountains called, and Tom answered. He shook off his Midwestern roots and headed west, planting new seeds in Crested Butte, CO.
His new life adventure not only allowed him the opportunity to fulfill his passion for the mountainous peeks, but it also united him with his greatest love, Esperanza, his four-legged furry companion.
Balancing mountain life with academics, Tom graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies in 2013 from Fort Lewis College. He appreciates the opportunity to have this area of study, helping him become a more well-rounded and environmentally consciousness individual.
After graduation, Tom wore many entrepreneurial hats, even starting a live glass blowing business in downtown Durango, CO., where tourists and locals could watch custom glass be blown to order. He enjoys the challenge of creating from scratch and building with his hands.
Tom is a master woods craftsman, and has built many unique furniture pieces for happy clientele. After purchasing his home in Bayfield, Colorado he built a woodshop and successfully converted a Sprinter Van into a recreation vehicle that was then used to travel throughout the United States and Mexico. Tom’s experience with wood working, plumbing, electrical systems, construction jobs and education from Solar Energy International helped him build a comfortable sustainable traveling paradise on wheels.
In his most recent venture, Tom successfully took on the role of General Manager at the flagship Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store in Durango. This position afforded him the opportunity to be a favorite fan to each customer walking through the door. (And, his Chocolate connection has also made him a favorite fan within his own family during the holiday gift giving season too!)
Speaking of family, Tom is the favorite youngest brother of two older sisters who look up to him (literally and figuratively.) He appreciates his relationship with these two amazing role models, and contributes his witty sense of humor and much of who is he is today to his eldest sister Michelle. Tom is also the proud father of not just his beloved Esperanza, but her fur-brother, Bode as well.
In April 2019, a new adventure called Tom and his fur-babies, only this time it was to the desert in southwestern Utah. While the remarkable landscape captured his eye, the undiscovered trails and vast opportunities captured his soul. His genuine passion for people can be felt in every smile he gives and every conversation he shares.
Tom is grateful to be a part of the American Heritage team, and he looks forward to making a positive impact on the lives of all he encounters.
Lindsey Abbott, Certified Bookkeeper
Lindsey Abbott has been working in the accounting field for the past twelve years and brings a wealth of expertise to the American Heritage Homes team. She obtained her designation as a Certified Bookkeeper in 2012, and became a QuickBooks ProAdvisor in 2014. Lindsey finds joy in both working with numbers AND helping people ensure financial records accuracy.
Lindsey works with Caroline to offer professional expertise in invoicing and bookkeeping accuracy. She offers top notch customer service with a smile!
Lindsey is an Oklahoma native, but grew up in a small mountain town in Colorado. She and her husband have been married for thirteen years and have two beautiful daughters. She enjoys a wide variety of activities such as, exploring ghost towns, going to concerts, hiking, kayaking, and just spending time with her family. She is also a Friend’s Board Member of the Washington County Children’s Justice Center, and enjoys helping with community and civic events when possible.
Nikki Nelson, Social Media Manager
Nikki joined the American Heritage team in March 2016 as the Social Media Manager.
In 1990, she and her family moved to Washington County, where they owned and managed a local pizzeria. Nikki graduated from Dixie State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and immediately began working with Sunroc Corporation as their HR Specialist. In 2009, she left the corporate world of construction to become a full time CEO of Nelson Enterprises.
Nikki is very involved within the community. She has volunteered her time in various civic and educational organizations, and was instrumental in the resurrection of the Washington County Family to Family Network, serving as co-chair for 2 years. Nikki currently serves as the PTA President at her sons’ elementary school and enjoys the opportunity to “go to school” with her twins.
Nikki and her husband Andrew have been married for 18 years. They have 3 boys, ages 16 and 9 years old (twins.) During this time, they have moved 9 times, driven 11 different cars and Nikki founded her own successful photography business. In her (very rare) “spare” time, Nikki likes to read, edit photos, sit by the pool, or just take a nap.