Meet Our Team
Abraxis Art Glass and Doors , Inc. was founded in 1977 by Robert Leimgruber. Since then, our expertise in leaded, stained, beveled, etched, deep carved and laminated glass can be found throughout the United States, Canada, Switzerland, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
Ranging in size from the 2" square doll house panel, to the 1000 sq. ft. church window, each project receives the same consideration to the clients needs, and is carefully guided by the collaborative efforts of our artists. Only in this way can we hope to realize and fulfill the creative expression to which we are entrusted.
Bob Leimgruber moved to Colorado in 1973 to escape the madness of New Jersey. He worked as a scuba and dive rescue instructor for many years before attending Colorado Ste University to complete his degree as a landscape architect. During this time he started Abraxis Art Glass, which has continued as a family run business for more than 43 years along with his wife Anne, and son Brandon. Bob enjoys riding his motorcycle and powered parachute, scuba diving, movies, reading, gardening, and spending family time including his other son Greg, and grandsons Zeke and Edan.
ANNE LEIMGRUBER: Co-Owner/Office Manager
Anne Leimgruber is co-owner and office manager at Abraxis. She keep things running smoothly in the office with her cool calm demeanor. She is most likely who you are first talk to you, whether you call or drop by for a visit. She always has a smile on and is happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. She is wife to Bob, has two sons and two grandsons. She loves going to the movies and her book club.
Brandon Leimgruber is a Fort Collins native who has been working with glass for almost 20 years. In the glass world he is passionate about all kiln fire glass projects and stained glass leaded pieces that follow more of an “organic” feel. He loves working on projects that are challenging and considered out of the box. Out of the glass studio, Brandon is a father of two boys and loves to play as much disc golf as he can fit in.
MELINDA MERGENDAHL: Quality Control
Melinda Mergandahl serves as quality control of the glass department.She Examines every corner, curve and speck of dust on all windows that pass through the shop before they are insulated and installed. She also handles the outgoing shipments, cabinet inserts, sample sets, and has become an accomplished glass artist.
Perfecting our windows can take a couple of hours, so she supplements this afternoon times tedious task with the true crime podcasts and Agatha Christie audiobooks. Melinda’s mantra for her work is: patina, pizazz, putty, and package.
ALAN KEMPKES: Designer/Fabricator, and Stained Glass
Alan Kempkes Was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He has been designing and fabricating stained and leaded glass windows for over 40 years.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 1986, he married his wife of over 30 years, and they have to fine boys together. Alan also has many years of experience in woodworking, AutoCAD, and figure drawing. In his spare time he likes to garden, watch movies, work on his artwork, and write poetry.
EVAN SCHAIBLY: Lead Installer, architectural elements, showers, railings
Evan Schaibly has been a glass artists in for more than 25 years, working first and stained glass, and then specializing in frameless shower design and installation. Since 2005 he has installed more than 1200 glass enclosures. Evan lives in Fort Collins with his wife and two teenagers. On days off you can often find him outdoors, biking, camping, and exploring the mountains.
DAVE SCHNABEL: Wood Working & Installation
Dave Schnabel Has worked in several door shops since 1982, and has been with Abraxis since 2008. His primary duties include receiving materials, and prehung interior and exterior entry units, some of which are 8‘ x 10‘ and weigh in excess of 500 pounds.
Many require his specialized custom woodworking skills with arch tops and unique hardware. They’ve also assist with installations, service calls, and deliveries. He is married to wife Shawn, and enjoys motor sports, riding his ATV, NASCAR and drag-racing, car shows, football, and a cold beer.
JOE DOUROUX: Installer
Joseph Douroux was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He recently moved to Colorado with his wife, where they eventually settled into Red Feathers Lake.
Joe has extensive experience in the construction industry as well as the hospitality industry. He is an installer and apprentice at Abraxis. In his spare time, Joe likes to enjoy the beauty of Colorado by going hiking, fishing, and hunting.
With my free time my favorite thing to do is be with my daughter who is almost 12 now. Mysecond favorite thing I like to do is to praise God by reading my bible, performing community service for my two churches ( The Good Shepherd & Foundation's ) or helping out a friend or neighbor. I'm very meticulously artistic and love to draw for hours or perform my work until absolute perfection & look forward to Any & All challenges physical & mentally. I’m an AVID movie & television watcher &; video game player. Favorite sport is basketball Absolutely love to go camping & fishing too.