Janice Hanks

Principal, Designer

As founder and creative lead of Next Level Austin, Janice is intimately involved in every project.  She brings an innate design sensibility built on over 20 years in the industry.  Known for her contagious enthusiasm, passion for the unique, and intricate layering of color, shape, and texture, Janice playfully pushes her clients to explore outside their comfort zone. 

Our clients have described working with Janice as follows:

"Janice has been such a pleasure to work with- she picked up on my style immediately and can determine things I like before I even know I like them."

"Janice is a genius at color/light/texture and first-quality products but respects a budget as well. She listens to our ideas and takes our taste seriously, nudging us toward the adventuresome but keeping me out of trouble when I venture too far into whimsy. We wouldn't have considered launching this project without her."

"Janice's exceptional network of contractors and suppliers, her expertise with colors and materials, her thoughtful suggestions large and small, and her sense of humor made what is always a stressful experience manageable. We are absolutely thrilled with how everything turned out!"



Dana Sheets Ivers


Our go-to for all projects requiring technical precision, Dana provides sketches and dimensional drawings of room layouts and lends her expertise to all custom furnishings, bedding, and window treatments.   Dana graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Interior Design and has over 30 years of experience as a designer.  She contributes a refined sense of harmony and seamlessness to Next Level designs.

Sara Stinsmuehlen

Project Manger

A native Austinite, Sara brings years of experience in managing all phases and aspects of construction and remodeling.  Our clients appreciate her designer’s eye, focused expertise, and attention to detail.  Sara loves being on the job-site, connecting with clients, working with sub-contractors, and above all, seeing our clients’ eyes light up when a project is completed.


Judy Daffer

Project Manger

Judy’s fun-loving, laid-back personality infuses all of her projects with joie de vivre.  She is known for her ability to connect with clients and manage complex design and remodel projects with professionalism and positivity. 

Amelia Yant

Project Manager

Amelia taught meditation for ten years before joining Next Level Austin as a Project Manager.  Appreciated for her detail-oriented and client-focused approach, she imparts a sense of calm and focus to all jobs.   Amelia’s favorite aspect of design is finding ways to instill a project with meaning, from incorporating family heirlooms and personal treasures to working with local artisans to create a one-of-a-kind piece for a client.


Camey Stanley


Camey has over 30 years of experience in small business management and accounting.  She manages the billing and finances for Next Level with clarity and efficiency, and is always available to our clients.

Lauren Tatro


Lauren is an indispensable part of our team, providing all levels of project and administrative support.  Whatever the project, Lauren is there behind the scenes, supporting the Next Level team and assuring a smooth and successful completion.