Executive Committee

  • Kate Kenwell Valder

    Kate Kenwell Valder

    President

    Kate Valder, graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design, is the A&D Sale Representative with Architectural Ceramics, Inc. c…

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  • Leslie Anderson

    Leslie Anderson

    VP/Development

  • Laura Ann Francis

    Laura Ann Francis

    Secretary

  • Michael Webb

    Michael Webb

    Treasurer

  • Valerie Coleman Woodall

    Valerie Coleman Woodall

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Valerie is a senior interior designer with Marriott International, conducting design reviews for the Fairfield Inn & Suites b…

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  • David Tracz

    David Tracz

    Executive Advisor

    David Tracz, graduate of the Catholic University of America, is Partner at studio3877 in Washington, DC specializing in Hospi…

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Board of Directors

  • Leslie Anderson

    Leslie Anderson

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

  • Teri Urovsky

    Scholarship

  • Deaderia Morris, ASID

    Deaderia Morris, ASID

    Membership

  • Jennifer Farris

    Jennifer Farris

    Programming

  • Laurie Woliung

    Laurie Woliung

    Fundraising

    Laurie Woliung, Senior Director of Interior Design, currently leads the design process for interior design projects for Marri…

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  • Tali Shalom

    Tali Shalom

    Marketing

Committee Chair

  • Leslie Anderson

    Leslie Anderson

    Hospitality

  • Theresa Carroll

    Theresa Carroll

    Community Service

    Theresa is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a degree in Interior Design with an allied base study of Art Hi…

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Kate Kenwell Valder

Kate Kenwell Valder

President

Kate Valder, graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design, is the A&D Sale Representative with Architectural Ceramics, Inc. covering the Washington, DC territory. Her involvement with NEWH began in 2012 with the Washington DC Area Chapter as a committee member assisting with the annual fundraising golf tournament. Kate’s involvement grew as she took on several board of director positions. Her goal for 2017 is to expand the reach of NEWH not just to more of the incredible base of design professionals; but to the many facets of the hospitality industry that make us all want to explore and learn more about this incredible world we inhabit.

Valerie Coleman Woodall

Valerie Coleman Woodall

Past President/Parliamentarian

Valerie is a senior interior designer with Marriott International, conducting design reviews for the Fairfield Inn & Suites brand. She consults for She’s worked prior as a design consultant for hotel ownership groups, hospitality management firms, builders/developers, and interior design firms requiring interior design and FF&E needs on both renovation and new-build projects. Earlier in her Marriott career, she was a Distinguished Service Award recipient. Prior to her hospitality career, she was a human resources management professional; returning to school to earn her design degree, and successfully transitioned to interior design where she was awarded an NEWH scholarship; she has been serving on the board of directors for the Washington, D.C. Area Chapter since 2007. The networking opportunities she’s experienced in NEWH are invaluable, but the function most dear to Valerie is the ability to award up-and-coming hospitality students with scholarships & opportunities in our industry. She looks forward to continuing to serve as the DC chapter’s President, and will gladly continue promoting NEWH & the benefits of membership.

David Tracz

David Tracz

Executive Advisor

David Tracz, graduate of the Catholic University of America, is Partner at studio3877 in Washington, DC specializing in Hospitality and Restaurants. Currently David is managing several hotel renovations, from limited service to full service product working with Marriott and Hilton brands. Most recently studio3877 completed the exterior design of Marriott’s Moxy brand, slated for European roll-out. Prior to starting studio3877 David managed the redesign of the Fairfield Inn and Suites, New Build and Renovations prototypes for Marriott, which achieved LEED® Silver Volume Program Certification. David served as project manager for LEED® Gold Courtyard Marriott in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Laurie Woliung

Laurie Woliung

Fundraising

Laurie Woliung, Senior Director of Interior Design, currently leads the design process for interior design projects for Marriott full service brands. She directs the program focused on educating and influencing customers on hotel brand product and services, partners with brand to deliver design solutions that impart brand strategy, leads the internal design and renovation team for interior design and architecture projects – provides oversight to the design team in full service hospitality interior design for both standard and custom interiors within a solid pipeline of sustainable projects. Laurie brings in excess of 30 year of design experience to her position. Before Laurie took her current position at Marriott she worked as the Director of Hospitality Design at BBGM Washington, DC, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for Choice Hotels, and previously with Marriott as the Design Manager for Renaissance Hotels. Prior to joining Marriott Laurie owned her own design and construction firm supporting 35 design and production professionals. Her design knowledge has contributed to the success of several recent projects including her involvement with Brand initiatives – The M Club Lounge, new Marriott Guestroom Design Strategy – reimaging the Marriott Brand in the spirit of Marriott Modern, and the Marriott Greatroom initiatives.

Theresa Carroll

Theresa Carroll

Community Service

Theresa is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a degree in Interior Design with an allied base study of Art History. After practicing interior design for 15 years and specializing in the hospitality market, Theresa left the professional practice to start a family with her husband Kevin. Through out the 15 years of practice she worked for many top internationally known and awarding winning design firms including Hughes Design Associates, Marriott International, RD Jones & Associates, and she finished her career as an Associate/Sr. Designer for BBG-BBGM, Washington, DC office. Theresa spent three years at home with her children Shannon and Bridgit before returning to the hospitality market, opening her own business as a multi-line sales agent in May 2005. Again specializing in hospitality, she represents companies both domestically and internationally including; fabrics, carpet, rugs, lighting, guest room furniture, stone and artwork. This is her second board position having formerly held the office of Publications. Theresa and Kevin keep busy with Shannon and Bridgit, and enjoy skiing, playing tennis and traveling.