Executive Committee

  • Johanna Malen

    Johanna Malen

    President

    Tell us about your personal/professional background? My first career was in retail merchandising, product development and sou…

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  • Rachael Wilson

    Rachael Wilson

    VP/Administration

    How did you become involved in NEWH? I first entered the Hospitality industry while living on Oahu. My families interests s…

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  • Janine Peluffo

    Janine Peluffo

    VP/Development

    How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did! Tell us about your personal/pro…

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  • Brittany Spinner

    Brittany Spinner

    Secretary

    How did you become involved in NEWH? -I was inspired by Cliff Tuttle’s participation in the events and his constant encou…

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  • Genevieve Mansfield

    Genevieve Mansfield

    Treasurer

  • Terri Metzger

    Terri Metzger

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Tell us about your personal/professional background? After working in interior design for many years I decided to join the o…

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  • Debra Calkins

    Debra Calkins

    Executive Advisor

    Debra Calkins is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and a minor i…

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Board of Directors

  • Janine Peluffo

    Janine Peluffo

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did! Tell us about your personal/pro…

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  • Rachael Wilson

    Rachael Wilson

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    How did you become involved in NEWH? I first entered the Hospitality industry while living on Oahu. My families interests s…

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  • Jennifer Lee

    Jennifer Lee

    Scholarship

  • Christine Grant

    Christine Grant

    Membership

    How did you become involved in NEWH? Upon arriving in San Francisco four years ago, I was told NEWH was a great group to joi…

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  • Angela Rates

    Angela Rates

    Programming

  • Jeremy Bitter

    Jeremy Bitter

    Fundraising

    How did you become involved in NEWH? Several years ago, the NEWH president looped me in and asked me to volunteer for our W…

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  • Kelsi Coia

    Kelsi Coia

    Marketing

Committee Chair

  • Kiko Singh

    Kiko Singh

    Community Service

  • Claire Love

    Claire Love

    Historian

  • Alfredo Orea

    Alfredo Orea

    Student Representative

Johanna Malen

Johanna Malen

President

Tell us about your personal/professional background? My first career was in retail merchandising, product development and sourcing. I did this for many years, but took a break when I had my daughter in 2004. I entered hospitality sales in 2008, when a designer friend referred me to a manufacturer looking for a rep. It was a very difficult time to enter a new industry, but fortunately, I met some great mentors, colleagues and friends (many in NEWH)! I love collaborating with designers and providing product solutions that fit their project aesthetic and budgets.

What is the last book you read? A thriller called, The Good Girl…not to be confused with Gone Girl, which I also loved!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? My daughter, Rose, now 13 years, and I have been crafting together since she could pick up a crayon. We have dabbled in lots of mediums, but several years ago, we began to create “stuff” with all my obsolete samples and swatches….from pouches to purses to credit card holders, and lots of jewelry. Our glue gun is our best friend!

Rachael Wilson

Rachael Wilson

VP/Administration

How did you become involved in NEWH?
I first entered the Hospitality industry while living on Oahu. My families interests soon took us back to California. I’ve learned, through many moves over the years, the best way to acclimate and meet people is to get involved. After attending my first couple NEWH events I knew it was the group for me.

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
I have a diverse background that has landed in hospitality design sales. I studied Early Childhood Education in college, taught preschool, worked with the special needs population and homeschooled my children. I never thought I’d end up in sales but have found that design sales suites me well. I love building relationships and assisting with the creative process. I was raised by an interior designer artist and have been known to be creative myself.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I love bike rides with my husband along the American River Bike Trail and around the trails where I live in Folsom. While living in Hawaii you would find me under the water snorkeling, free diving with my family or at our favorite spot on a paddle board in Haleiwa.

Awards or recognitions?
I received command recognition for serving other military families as a unit Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader in 2008 and again in 2014.
2008 Detachment 40, 328 Combat Support Hospital FRG Leader
2014 Headquarters Company Pacific Division, 75 Training Command FRG leader

Favorite caffeinated beverage?
Honey Lavender Latte

Janine Peluffo

Janine Peluffo

VP/Development

How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did!

Tell us about your personal/professional background? Graduated from a small college in Lynchburg, VA with a Health Degree and ended up selling shoes and running a little shoe boutique in VA. Later went on to sell leather with my current company, Moore & Giles!

What is the last book you read? A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara–super sad book
(I cried a lot) but glad I read it.

If you could stay at any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. I love star gazing on a cold winter night and hope to enjoy the Northern Lights before its too late.

Name one of your favorite Bay Area pastimes? Lazy park days in the sun with friends!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Camping and enjoying the outdoors with my cute little family.

Favorite caffeinated beverage? Green Tea Matcha Latte

Brittany Spinner

Brittany Spinner

Secretary

How did you become involved in NEWH?
-I was inspired by Cliff Tuttle’s participation in the events and his constant encouragement to get involved. I eventually joined and haven’t looked back since. It is a heartwarming community filled with people who I genuinely love.

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
-I am a Senior Designer at HBA with nine years of international and regional hospitality design experience. I received my BFA in Interior Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

What is the last book you read?
-The Devil in the White City, by Eric Larson. I am fascinated by all aspects of history and sometimes feel I was meant to be born in a different generation. Reading about historical places, especially architecture, always fuels my passion for designing memorable spaces.

If you could stay at any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why?
-The Taj Exotica in the Maldives, or the Edition Hotel in London.

Name one of your favorite Bay Area pastimes?
-Playing with the “Capture The Flag” league at various parks around San Francisco.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
-Entertaining friends, or playing board games. Or playing board games while entertaining friends. I also enjoy elaborating on the cardboard box playhouse that I have been building for my son. It currently has a steering wheel, secret door, and a fold up counter with Stove.

What is one thing nobody would know about you?
-I was a “Smile Winner” on a kids TV show when I was around 8 years old. I won a button.

Terri Metzger

Terri Metzger

Past President/Parliamentarian

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
After working in interior design for many years I decided to join the other side of the industry when a recruiter reached out. Working in Business Development in the design industry challenges me every day with new opportunities while utilizing my design experience and passion. I love design and was afraid I would miss it, but have never looked back. I work primarily on hospitality, retail and commercial projects and love what I do!

How did you get involved in NEWH?
I had been a member of NEWH for a few years prior, but when I moved to San Francisco the NEWH chapter was so welcoming and seemed like an organization I had to get involved with. I believe strongly in our mission to give back and love awarding our yearly scholarships. I value the many friendships I have made through NEWH, the SF Bay area chapter is a great group of professionals!

What is the last book you read?
“Your New Weimaraner Puppy” How to survive the 1st six months. Obviously in preparation for my family’s newest best friend. I could have listed something more intellectual but this is truthfully my latest read.

What do you enjoy while not a work?
I love exploring the many things the SF Bay Area has to offer…
strolling through art museums, catching a concert or spending time in the outdoors with my husband and 9 year old daughter are top on my list.

Favorite caffeinated beverage?
Dirty Chai Iced Latte on a hot day

Debra Calkins

Debra Calkins

Executive Advisor

Debra Calkins is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and a minor in Art. Deb has over thirty years of experience in the contract/hospitality furniture business. She began her career on the dealer side as a Project/Account Manager in both contract and hospitality. Currently she is focusing on hospitality for Verne Yett Associates, Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives, and loves it. She has served on the advisory board for Academy of Arts, San Francisco.

Janine Peluffo

Janine Peluffo

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did!

Tell us about your personal/professional background? Graduated from a small college in Lynchburg, VA with a Health Degree and ended up selling shoes and running a little shoe boutique in VA. Later went on to sell leather with my current company, Moore & Giles!

What is the last book you read? A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara–super sad book
(I cried a lot) but glad I read it.

If you could stay at any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. I love star gazing on a cold winter night and hope to enjoy the Northern Lights before its too late.

Name one of your favorite Bay Area pastimes? Lazy park days in the sun with friends!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Camping and enjoying the outdoors with my cute little family.

Favorite caffeinated beverage? Green Tea Matcha Latte

Rachael Wilson

Rachael Wilson

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

How did you become involved in NEWH?
I first entered the Hospitality industry while living on Oahu. My families interests soon took us back to California. I’ve learned, through many moves over the years, the best way to acclimate and meet people is to get involved. After attending my first couple NEWH events I knew it was the group for me.

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
I have a diverse background that has landed in hospitality design sales. I studied Early Childhood Education in college, taught preschool, worked with the special needs population and homeschooled my children. I never thought I’d end up in sales but have found that design sales suites me well. I love building relationships and assisting with the creative process. I was raised by an interior designer artist and have been known to be creative myself.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I love bike rides with my husband along the American River Bike Trail and around the trails where I live in Folsom. While living in Hawaii you would find me under the water snorkeling, free diving with my family or at our favorite spot on a paddle board in Haleiwa.

Awards or recognitions?
I received command recognition for serving other military families as a unit Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader in 2008 and again in 2014.
2008 Detachment 40, 328 Combat Support Hospital FRG Leader
2014 Headquarters Company Pacific Division, 75 Training Command FRG leader

Favorite caffeinated beverage?
Honey Lavender Latte

Christine Grant

Christine Grant

Membership

How did you become involved in NEWH?
Upon arriving in San Francisco four years ago, I was told NEWH was a great group to join to meet new people in the hospitality industry. I joined the first month I was here and went to an event at Restoration Hardware where everyone was very friendly and I was so warmly welcomed. I have been a member ever since and love all the different venues.

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
I arrived in San Francisco from NYC almost 5 years ago. My promotion to move to the Bay area and build the Commercial/Hospitality business for Waterworks was a dream come true. This has been a tremendous opportunity and I have enjoyed working on some amazing projects that are very satisfying. Previously in NYC I served as a project manager for Waterworks’ top two salespeople. They both taught me so much about the Commercial/Hospitality industry and we continue to collaborate on current projects today.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
Travel is always fun and last year I went to Portugal and Spain. Currently – I am focusing on California as there is so much beauty to discover here on this coast. I also love to make pottery on the wheel and have done that for the last 18 years.

What is one thing nobody would know about you? I modeled for Wilhelmina in NYC
Favorite caffeinated beverage? Latte with an extra shot

Jeremy Bitter

Jeremy Bitter

Fundraising

How did you become involved in NEWH?
Several years ago, the NEWH president looped me in and asked me to volunteer for our Wine by Design fundraiser, where I served as “Water Boy.” I’ve been involved ever since.

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
Previously I worked in corporate HR for a few Fortune 500 companies, but returned to grad school to pursue more creative challenges. I was asked to start design projects early on and began designing and consulting in 2009, which branched into opportunities in residential, commercial, and hospitality design in solo and collaborative roles. I feel privileged to work in an industry I love, doing work that I am passionate about with wonderful people.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I enjoy traveling, exploring the world in terms of art, design, architecture, food, culture and people. I’m seldom disappointed, and always happy to come home to my native California.

What is one thing nobody would know about you?
Few people know my undergraduate was in Chinese, and that I lived in Taiwan and China for over 2 years combined. It was an incredible experience.

Favorite caffeinated beverage? Cafe Cortado