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Jan 2009Present


DK Construction Services

Debra Thelen has announced the commencement of DK Construction Services State of California B – General Building Contractor License # 926873 as of January 6th 2009.Debra will confine her efforts to the Construction Industry throughout the United States.

Debra was born and raised in Billings, Montana.She attended courses at Eastern Montana College and Montana State University.She has 18 years experience as a field inspector for many litigated cases, involving both plaintiff and defense experts as well as owning and operating two previous successful companies in Montana.

Debra has invested 14 years in the Construction Industry where she has actively reviewed and analyzed many cases, managed legal proceedings for her employers and participated in mediations, arbitrations, and trial proceedings.She has working knowledge of the aspects of the Insurance Industry. She has provided litigation, consultation and expert witness services on construction defects and personal injury cases for many Architectural firms. The expert, comprehensive services were used by clients for successful resolution of disputes in many hundreds of individual cases since 1995.

For the past 14 years, Debra has been associated with many Construction Industry experts such as JP Landry & Associates, AV Builders Inc., Joelson & Vail, KPAA & Associates where she was an owner/shareholder of the company, Tedd Foley, Bayless Cobb, Ron Tov, Bruce Bergman, Andy Bowen, Duane Brown, Victor Dominelli, Tom Jenkins, Bruno Marsella, SC Wright Construction, Buckles & Associates, Architechnology, and RW James and Associates.

Debra has been involved in over 300 cases for clients including developers, general contractors, insurance companies, individual homeowners, and a wide variety of subcontractors.She has hands on experience with document review such as building plans, contracts, change orders, submittals, building department records and construction phase correspondence.Debra has had 14 years of hands on experience in field investigation including site observation, intrusive testing and has performed as a job superintendant for mold remediation cases in Newport Coast, Newport, LaJolla and Los Angeles.She has used all media methods, including still photography as well as the latest technology, examining and documenting existing site and building conditions.

With more than 21 years of executive management experience and extensive construction and general operations management Debra is known as an expert problem solver.Integrity and professionalism are at the core of Debra’s business and personal life.For inquiries please contact her at:

Mar 2002Present

Adult Caregiver


§240 hours per month of complete care of a mentally disabled individual

Oct 2007Jan 2008

Forensic Field Technician


·Prepared analysis spreadsheets, quantification matrices and summary of findings documents

·Reviewed and analyzed construction drawings, contracts and other construction documents

·Reviewed and analyzed field notes, sketches and photographs produced by all forensic consultants

·Prepared field books containing inspection floor plans and checklist for use during site inspections

·Performed visual site inspections and destructive testing investigations in order to document existing building and site conditions using photography, notes and sketches.

·Prepared architectural take-offs in preparation of upcoming repair recommendations and or mediations.

·Acted as liaison to clients

·Prepared attorney requested summaries and or documents in preparation of upcoming expert depositions


Jan 2007Jan 2008

State License

Golden State Contractors School

General (B) Building Contractor for the State of California(926873)

Jun 1971Jun 1973


Eastern Montana College


With more than 21 years of executive management experience and extensive construction and general operations management Debra is known as an expert problem solver.  ·        I have performed and supervised repair and re-construction of structural framing, concrete, masonry, plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, tile, HVAC, drainage, landscaping and flooring on various projects and worksites.  ·        Prior construction related experience (e.g. architecture, construction trades, and development ·        A working knowledge of California Type V construction, design and forensic architecture. ·        Familiarity and experience with Vista, Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft access databases, File-maker Pro, Corel Draw 9, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Internet browser software and some CAD ability.    


I am a motivated and detail oriented career individual whose major strengths are: Research and in-depth analysis, computer O/S skills (including Microsoft Office 2007 suite), completing multifaceted tasks in a timely and efficient manner while possessing excellent communication techniques.My banking, supervisory, prior business owner experience, as well as my investigative knowledge, proves me to be a valuable asset on many different levels.


Family, Construction, Architecture,Art, Music, History, Current Events


Jan 2009Present

DK Construction Services

State of California
Oct 2008Present

• County of San Diego Registrar of Voters (Touch screen Inspector)

State of California
Jun 2008Jun 2009

American Heart Association Heartsaver AED

North San Diego Fire Department

Top Secret - Full Scope/Lifecycle Polygraph