Our People

Lisandro Allende, Owner

Lisandro has been repairing automobiles his entire life. He started Uptown Body & Fender with his business partner Giovanna Tanzillo in 1992. Lisandro brings over 53 years of expertise and genuine craftsmanship to every car that comes into the collision repair center. He works closely with his highly skilled team of technicians to provide the highest quality of workmanship and service to every customer that comes to Uptown Body and Fender.


Giovanna Tanzillo, Owner

Giovanna started her career “keeping books” for an auto body shop in downtown Oakland in 1978. She started Uptown Body & Fender with her business partner Lisandro Allende in 1992. Together they have built one of the best auto collision repair shops in town. Giovanna runs the office, interacts with customers and makes customers comfortable about the repair process. She is committed to providing the highest quality workmanship and customer service to every customer that comes to Uptown Body and Fender.


Andrea Rytkönen, Office Manager

Andrea has been with Uptown Body & Fender for over 14 years. Her primary goal is to answer customers’ questions about their collision repair or insurance claims process and help them through a potentially difficult experience. She also assists with processing and submitting supplements to insurance companies, monitors the shop’s production and workflow, and is responsible for the billing, collections and HR services for the staff at Uptown Body and Fender.


Michael Khoa Van Tran, Estimator and Customer Service Specialist

Mike has a background in the insurance industry, as well as hands-on mechanical and collision repair experience. He brings this skillset to his work at Uptown Body & Fender. Mike is a gifted diagnostician, solving issues that may arise during the collision repair process. Mike enjoys knowing he has done his best work on his customer’s vehicle.


Steve Villa – Estimator and Customer Service Specialist

Steve has worked as a customer/shop liaison in the insurance industry for many years. He brings to Uptown Body & Fender a keen understanding of how insurance claims work and how to best assist a customer who has just been in involved in a collision. Steve’s commitment to eliminating snags in the repair and claims process and getting the customer’s car back on the road expeditiously is his top priority.


Teresa Maria Chavez, Parts Manager

On a typical day, Teresa deals with parts availability issues, hunts down the best deals for our customers and makes sure vehicles move through the various phases of production with maximum efficiency. Her dynamic attention to detail adds to the overall workflow of Uptown Body & Fender.


Blanca Flores, Shop Engineer

One of the many duties Blanca performs is the meticulous intake of all vehicles that arrive at Uptown Body & Fender. She physically moves cars through their stages of production and acts as liaison with the office if unforeseen issues arise during production. Blanca oversees the physical condition of the shop, ensuring the comfort of both customers and employees.


The Talented Team in The Shop

Uptown Body & Fender is proud of the highly skilled, dedicated and long-time members of its auto body and collision repair crew. They have been skillfully trained to provide the highest quality craftsmanship and service to all our Uptown Body and Fender customers.

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