Executive Committee

  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    President

    Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is…

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  • Manuela Kennedy

    Manuela Kennedy

    VP/Administration

  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    Secretary

    Demi received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Interior Design Department of Middlesex University in Lond…

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  • Rocio Trujillo

    Rocio Trujillo

    Treasurer

  • Scott Pope

    Scott Pope

    Executive Advisor

    After graduating with a diploma in Interior Design, Scott Pope started his Hospitality Design career with Albert Hui of Inter…

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Board of Directors

  • Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

    Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

    Scholarship

    Compassionate Interior design graduate. Hard work leads to great success. Learn from the best, Gain as much experience yo…

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  • Meghan  Smith

    Meghan Smith

    Programming

Tara Witt

Tara Witt

President

Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is a full-line manufacturer of stainless steel products that cater to many different market segments. Vandervitt provides furniture and front-of-the-house speciality products to the hospitality industry. Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in business and psychology. She is currently the President of the Toronto chapter, and Secretary for the NEWH Canada Board.

Demi Melissinou

Demi Melissinou

Secretary

Demi received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Interior Design Department of Middlesex University in London, where she was also stationed during her first working years. Since the mid-nineties she has been extensively involved in residential, commercial and hospitality projects in Europe and the UAE region and since 2015 in the GTA of Canada. For 17 months she took up the role of creative lead in Design TWG, focusing entirely on hospitality projects.
Now, having created Demi Melissinou Design, she continues to provide design services worldwide.
Her philosophy is that innovation and respect towards the power of ambience create amazing environments where people are excited to shop, eat, work, have fun & relax. That said she was introduced to NEWH a few months after her relocation to Canada and has been an active member ever since.

Scott Pope

Scott Pope

Executive Advisor

After graduating with a diploma in Interior Design, Scott Pope started his Hospitality Design career with Albert Hui of Interior Resources (formerly Hui Design). He then went to AII Architectural Interiors where he started working with Robynne Moncur. After renaming the firm, Moncur Design Associates Inc., Scott collaborated with Robynne for the next 25 years. After an illustrious and very exciting career in Design, he made the decision to re-start his career and joined Vifloor Canada Ltd. in a Consulting Sales role promoting Shaw Hospitality custom carpet to the A&D community in Toronto. Scott was introduced to NEWH while an Interior Designer and joined the Toronto Board of Directors in 2011…One of the most intelligent decisions he ever made!

Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

Scholarship

Compassionate Interior design graduate.

Hard work leads to great success.
Learn from the best, Gain as much experience you can, and apply it to what you love most.