Executive Committee

  • Christine Tucker

    Christine Tucker

    President

    With over 30 years’ experience in the Design Industry beginning her career path at Fanshawe College in Interior Design to e…

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  • Sandy Banks

    Sandy Banks

    President Elect

  • Fernando Diaz, FASID, CID

    Fernando Diaz, FASID, CID

    Secretary

    Cuban-born interior designer Fernando Diaz specializes in residential, commercial and retail projects. Mr. Diaz graduated …

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  • Sandy Banks

    Sandy Banks

    Vice President/Finance

  • Jennifer Wellman

    Jennifer Wellman

    Vice President/Scholarship

    Jennifer Wellman started in the hospitality industry in 2000. With a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from Georgia State Uni…

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  • Deidre Schwartz

    Deidre Schwartz

    Vice President/Education

    More than 25 years as a design professional with residential, kitchen & bath, senior living, and (finally) hospitality areas …

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  • Monica Meade

    Monica Meade

    Vice President/Development

    Monica Meade is a certified interior designer who brings over 15 years of experience in hospitality design to Architectural C…

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  • Helen Reed

    Helen Reed

    Vice President/Communications

    Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.…

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  • Lanée Burns

    Lanée Burns

    Vice President/Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

    Lanée has been a very active member of the hospitality industry since 1998 when she became a project manager for one of the …

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  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    Vice President/IR-Canada

    Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in …

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  • Jonathan Young

    Jonathan Young

    Vice President/IR-EU & UK

    Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 35 years of experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involv…

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  • Cynthia Guthrie

    Cynthia Guthrie

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Guthrie & Associates is a creative & collaborative playground for designers, architects, developers, procurement specialists,…

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  • Trisha Poole

    Trisha Poole

    Executive Advisor

    Trisha Poole has over twenty-two years of experience in design and management in the hospitality field. Her personal passion…

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  • Gwendoline Theodet

    Gwendoline Theodet

    Ad Hoc Advisor - France

    Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client…

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  • Enrico Cleva

    Enrico Cleva

    Ad Hoc Advisor - Italy

    Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design an…

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  • Shelia Lohmiller

    Shelia Lohmiller

    Chief Executive Officer

    Shelia Lohmiller serves as CEO of NEWH, Inc., the Network of the Hospitality Industry. A longtime hospitality design profe…

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  • Jena Seibel

    Jena Seibel

    Chief Operating Officer

    Jena attained a BS in Marketing at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and since has held positions in management, sales, and …

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  • Susan Huntington

    Susan Huntington

    Chief Financial Officer

    Susan brings with her over 20+ years’ financial experience. Susan earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Northeast…

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  • Trudy Craven

    Trudy Craven

    Strategic Advisor

    TWC Consulting LLC provides customized and interactive learning and development experiences in leadership areas of focus such…

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Board of Directors

  • Brittany Spinner

    Brittany Spinner

    Scholarship

    Brittany is a recent transplant to Denver, CO after living in San Francisco, CA for the last fourteen years. She's been in th…

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  • Dallas Bentley

    Dallas Bentley

    Education

    Dallas Bentley has worked in either hospitality and higher education since 2003. For six years, he held positions in care…

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  • Natasha Ashar

    Natasha Ashar

    Membership

    Natasha is a Project Manager who is passionate about partnering with owners, designers, and builders to grow their brand. She…

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  • Teri Urovsky

    Teri Urovsky

    Brand Programs

  • Shana McCullough-Downing

    Shana McCullough-Downing

    NEWH Conferences

    Shana McCullough-Downing is Managing Partner of Downing Management Group; a multi-line rep firm based in Orlando FL covering …

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  • Brittany Johnson

    Brittany Johnson

    Fundraising

    Brittany has made the shift in her career from leading projects as both an interior designer as well as a project manager to …

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  • Valerie Coleman

    Valerie Coleman

    Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

    Valerie is an interior designer working for Marriott International. Though design is her professional focus, she brings a var…

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  • Todd Fuller

    Todd Fuller

    Social Media

    Director of Social Media on the 2022 NEWH International Board of Directors Vice President of Administration on the 2022 NEWH…

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NEWH Ambassadors

  • Angie Law

    Angie Law

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

    Angie Law is the Marketing Director and Customer Engagement Director with Signature Flooring. She severed as Marketing Direct…

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  • Emily Mueller

    Emily Mueller

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

    Emily has had a successful career in the plumbing industry for over two decades. She landed a role as a National Sales Manag…

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  • Kelly Ponder

    Kelly Ponder

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

  • Adam Tooter

    Adam Tooter

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

  • Keisha Byrd Simendinger

    Keisha Byrd Simendinger

    NEWH Media Ambassador

  • Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

    Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

    NEWH Media Ambassador

    Stacy Shoemaker Rauen is the senior vice president of the Design Group at Emerald, a leading events and media company. There …

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  • Tara Chung

    Tara Chung

    NEWH Brand Ambassador

    Tara Chung is the Director of Interior Design for Marriott International, Global Designs Americas. In the past couple of yea…

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  • Ngahuia Damerell

    Ngahuia Damerell

    NEWH Brand Ambassador

  • Kavitha Iyer

    Kavitha Iyer

    NEWH Brand Ambassador

    Kavitha Iyer joined IHG Hotels & Resorts in 2021 as Head of Design for the Americas. An Architect and Designer with over 20 y…

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  • Emma King

    Emma King

    NEWH Brand Ambassador

  • Alvaro Montoya

    Alvaro Montoya

    NEWH Brand Ambassador

    Regional VP and Lifestyle Studio Head for Hyatt Design Services where I oversee the design development of Hyatt Lifestyle por…

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  • My Nguyen

    My Nguyen

    NEWH Brand Ambassador

    Seattle-based designer My Nguyen holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts and currently works as Director of Interior D…

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  • Barry Sullivan

    Barry Sullivan

    NEWH Brand Ambassador

    As design director in Luxury and Lifestyle, I am responsible for guiding the design of all North American Canopy and Motto pr…

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Committee Chair

  • Allie Bruski

    Allie Bruski

    EDOnline

  • Rachel Berkin

    Rachel Berkin

    Green Voice

  • Leslie Anderson

    Leslie Anderson

    BrandED

  • Stephanie Deshaies

    Stephanie Deshaies

    BrandED

    Stephanie Deshaies is a visionary dedicated to the Interior Design profession. She is an NCIDQ certified interior designer wi…

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  • Crystal McCain

    Crystal McCain

    BrandED

    Crystal McCain is an Interior Designer at HBG Design, where she is passionate about connecting people to place, making memora…

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  • Natalie Sheedy

    Natalie Sheedy

    Design LinQ

    As an interior designer, Natalie Sheedy has seen the power of design to profoundly impact our daily lives firsthand. A beauti…

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  • Stacy V. Elliston

    Stacy V. Elliston

    Top ID

    Stacy Elliston’s involvement in Hospitality Design has spanned over 27 years, most recently as Principal and Co-Founder of …

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  • Helen Reed

    Helen Reed

    NEWH Fellows

    Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.…

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  • Jillian Van Dresser

    Jillian Van Dresser

    NEWH Fellows

    Jillian Van Dresser, president of The Van Dresser Company, an Atlanta, Georgia based full service interior design firm pr…

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House of Delegates

  • Elizabeth  Banks

    Elizabeth Banks

    House of Delegates

  • Kyla Chambers

    Kyla Chambers

    House of Delegates

  • Sarah Churchill

    Sarah Churchill

    House of Delegates

  • Enrico Cleva

    Enrico Cleva

    House of Delegates

    Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design an…

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  • Mark Cunningham

    Mark Cunningham

    House of Delegates

    Mark, is a native New Yorker and the principal of Cunningham Design + Associates, their mission is to enhance and facilitate …

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  • Kortney Edge

    Kortney Edge

    House of Delegates

  • Eric Fernandez

    Eric Fernandez

    House of Delegates

    Eric, born and raised in Miami has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and contract furniture industry. He is a te…

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  • Christina Fluegel

    Christina Fluegel

    House of Delegates

  • Kris Hanson

    Kris Hanson

    House of Delegates

  • Courtney Herzog

    Courtney Herzog

    House of Delegates

  • Amelia Hoover

    Amelia Hoover

    House of Delegates

  • Jamie Hysell

    Jamie Hysell

    House of Delegates

  • Jonathan Kaler

    Jonathan Kaler

    House of Delegates

  • Julie Kaufmann

    Julie Kaufmann

    House of Delegates

  • Manuela Kennedy

    Manuela Kennedy

    House of Delegates

  • Kelly Knowles

    Kelly Knowles

    House of Delegates

  • Sadie Makarechi Coulter

    Sadie Makarechi Coulter

    House of Delegates

  • Terryl Nielsen

    Terryl Nielsen

    House of Delegates

    Formerly I have taken the responsibility of Scholarship & Education for the chapter. These past two years have been spent ass…

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  • Tom O'Connor

    Tom O'Connor

    House of Delegates

  • Melissa Petersen

    Melissa Petersen

    House of Delegates

  • Erica Puccio

    Erica Puccio

    House of Delegates

    Erica Puccio is currently the Chief Brand Officer of Tilebar. She joins us with 20 years of experience in the industry as an…

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  • Gabe Rodriguez

    Gabe Rodriguez

    House of Delegates

    Gabe Rodriguez, NCIDQ Interior Designer, is multi-disciplined with experience in workplace, hospitality, health & wellness, a…

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  • Adelita Rosenberg

    Adelita Rosenberg

    House of Delegates

    VP of Admin 2023 AZ chapter VP of Development 2022 for AZ chapter

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  • Chris Schafer

    Chris Schafer

    House of Delegates

    Upon graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 1995, Chris immediately became involved in the transportation and l…

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  • Magan Scuteri

    Magan Scuteri

    House of Delegates

  • Penny Shelton

    Penny Shelton

    House of Delegates

  • Athena Slejko

    Athena Slejko

    House of Delegates

  • Gwendoline Theodet

    Gwendoline Theodet

    House of Delegates

    Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client…

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  • Stephanie Thompson

    Stephanie Thompson

    House of Delegates

    Stephanie has 18+ years experience working in commercial design primarily focusing on Hospitality, Housing, and Corporate Des…

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  • Liz Wilhite

    Liz Wilhite

    House of Delegates

  • Rashana Zaklit

    Rashana Zaklit

    House of Delegates

  • Megan May

    Megan May

    House of Delegates

    Megan May is a former interior designer and executive sales representative for Ulster Carpets providing custom axminster to t…

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Committee Members

  • Corina  Berman

    Corina Berman

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Barbara Bischoff

    Barbara Bischoff

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Charlene Collins

    Charlene Collins

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Darlene Connors

    Darlene Connors

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Annette Culhane

    Annette Culhane

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Annette has 15 years’ experience in the design industry. After gaining an Honours degree in Ireland in Design in Interior A…

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  • Angela Dewar

    Angela Dewar

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Kati Fahland

    Kati Fahland

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Lori Firpo

    Lori Firpo

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Hannah  Gamradt

    Hannah Gamradt

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Andrea Guevara Vergani

    Andrea Guevara Vergani

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Josephine Hao

    Josephine Hao

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Jennifer Hartig

    Jennifer Hartig

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Kelly Ann Hennessy

    Kelly Ann Hennessy

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Elizabeth Jones

    Elizabeth Jones

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Beth Katz

    Beth Katz

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    I started KatzDesignGroup in 2003 when we relocated from Boston to Phoenix. I designed corporate interiors for the first 12 y…

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  • Joshua Kennett

    Joshua Kennett

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Josh is a manufacturing representative for carpet and rugs, working for Royal Thai, a world leader in the categories of Axmin…

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  • Rebecca (Becca) Lawson

    Rebecca (Becca) Lawson

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Rega Maiwandi

    Rega Maiwandi

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Rega is a Designer, originally from Los Angeles. She had the privilege of attending a private boutique college in Newport Bea…

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  • Hannah Marion

    Hannah Marion

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Anna McArthur

    Anna McArthur

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Jayne Menke

    Jayne Menke

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Jaymie Mistry

    Jaymie Mistry

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Deaderia Morris-Bowman

    Deaderia Morris-Bowman

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Deaderia Morris-Bowman is Director of Design & Marketing for Distinction Hospitality, Inc. Distinction Hospitality is headqua…

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  • Zachery Mundt

    Zachery Mundt

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Zachery Mundt - Principal of EverBridge Agency and Scholarship Director of the Orange County Regional NEWH Chapter. I am …

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  • Amy Neumann

    Amy Neumann

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Known as ‘Neumann’, Amy has been a part of the world of Architecture for over twenty years. She is absolutely fascinated …

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  • Julie Nichols

    Julie Nichols

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • LeAnn Oxley

    LeAnn Oxley

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Michele Protzeller

    Michele Protzeller

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Michelle Schwandt

    Michelle Schwandt

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Kristina Scott Williams

    Kristina Scott Williams

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Francesco Scullica

    Francesco Scullica

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Francesco Scullica, Architect, Ph.D. in Interior Architecture, is full professor in Industrial Design at Design Department, P…

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  • Alexandria Seimetz

    Alexandria Seimetz

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Ron Smith

    Ron Smith

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Keith Stibler

    Keith Stibler

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Keith started in the hospitality field in 1999 as an independent manufacturer’s representative. His tenacity, curiosity and…

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  • Shelley Straughan

    Shelley Straughan

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Thao Tu

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Carrie Tull

    Carrie Tull

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Gayle Valenzuela

    Gayle Valenzuela

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Paige Viren

    Paige Viren

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Richelle Walkley

    Richelle Walkley

    Scholarship/Student Relations

    Richelle Walkley has been in the Interior Design industry for over 5 years and has been an NEWH Committee member since 2021. …

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  • Rebecca Winnick

    Rebecca Winnick

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Taylor Wolf

    Taylor Wolf

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • LilyGrace York

    LilyGrace York

    Scholarship/Student Relations

  • Tripp Barrett

    Tripp Barrett

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

  • Beth Bierly-Goodworth

    Beth Bierly-Goodworth

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Designing exclusively for the hospitality industry for 13 years and and now as a Project Manager, Design Brand Management at …

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  • Megan  Brennan

    Megan Brennan

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Megan Brennan has had a successful career in the Hospitality/Commercial Design Industry and is currently the Territory Accoun…

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  • Rosalie Capiral-Little

    Rosalie Capiral-Little

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

  • Jessica Casiano

    Jessica Casiano

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    As of January 2020, Jessica Casiano moved to the DC Metro area after residing in Atlanta, GA. There she gained 11 years of in…

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  • Stephanie Chavez

    Stephanie Chavez

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

  • Linnae Eastwood

    Linnae Eastwood

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

  • Linda Hinojosa

    Linda Hinojosa

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Linda Hinojosa graduated from California State University Fullerton with a BS in Human Services. She also completed coursewor…

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  • Leonardo Luciano

    Leonardo Luciano

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

  • Elena  Oglesby

    Elena Oglesby

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

  • Traci Reed

    Traci Reed

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Traci joined the hospitality industry 9 years ago. In early 2022 she brought her experience to Exxir Capital. Exxir Capital i…

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  • Alicia Sheber

    Alicia Sheber

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Alicia Sheber joined the NEWK UK board in 2019 and was previously a board member of NEWH’s Rocky Mountain chapter in 2003 a…

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  • Ashley Skrabut

    Ashley Skrabut

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Ashley Skrabut started in the hospitality industry in 2016, transitioning to a position as architectural designer at HBG Desi…

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  • Laura Sosa

    Laura Sosa

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Principal + Owner of Laso Design LLC, Laura Naily Sosa is a Brownsville, Texas native who graduated from The Art Institute of…

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  • Candice Spicer

    Candice Spicer

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Candice's career in the hospitality industry spans over 18 years in interior design and sales. She practiced Interior Design …

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  • Lissette Wispe

    Lissette Wispe

    Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

    Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Lissette has been a member of NEWH for 7 years and counting…

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Christine Tucker

Christine Tucker

President

With over 30 years’ experience in the Design Industry beginning her career path at Fanshawe College in Interior Design to evolving to the supply side of the industry. The years of experience have evolved by working closely with Procurement, Property Owners, Designers and Architects to meet the client and project specifications in product, price and service. Tucker enjoys the relationships that have been established throughout these years by providing excellent service in a market that is constantly changing how we approach business.

Chris is committed to the continual growth of NEWH in Canada and all other international markets. NEWH, The Hospitality Network, provides excellent opportunities with insight on our industry trends and information through networking with the Industry Leaders in the USA, UK and Canada. Chris has been a part of the NEWH International Board of Directors since 2005. Currently she is the President of NEWH Canada Inc., and Vice President of International Relations on the NEWH Inc., International Board of Directors.

Fernando Diaz, FASID, CID

Fernando Diaz, FASID, CID

Secretary

Cuban-born interior designer Fernando Diaz specializes in residential, commercial and retail projects.

Mr. Diaz graduated from Ottawa University in 1973 and, later in 1982 from UCLA Extension. In 1993 Mr. Diaz became a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California.

Fernando Diaz was facilities manager and corporate designer for one of the nation’s largest furniture leasing companies for 19 years, his responsibilities included overseeing the design of 50+ showrooms and offices, creating a corporate image among others.

In 1996 Mr. Diaz opened the successful Furniture Gallery at Pacific Design Center (PDC)
selling designer furniture floor samples from PDC showrooms at huge savings. After a year long hiatus from the furniture showroom, Fernando re-opened Furniture Gallery in February 2004 at the exciting and energetic LA Mart Design Center.

Fernando Diaz and Associates strives for the best possible expression and solution to clients’ lifestyles and needs; projects range from small homes and offices to grand scale residences and office suites. Completed projects are located throughout the United States, Mexico and Spain.

Mr. Diaz has received numerous awards from his peers and served on the board of directors of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Homeless Youth
Foundation and is a past member of the board of trustees for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/LA). In 1998 – 1999 Mr. Diaz was the President of the American Society of Interior Designers/Los Angeles Chapter. In 2006 Mr. Diaz received the Medalist Award, the highest award given in ASID on the Chapter level, in 2007 he also received the “Recognition for Excellence” award from NEWH, The Hospitality Network. His worked has graced the pages of Metropolitan Home Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Home & Décor several times as well as other publications. Television appearances include several HGTV programs.

Jennifer Wellman

Jennifer Wellman

Vice President/Scholarship

Jennifer Wellman started in the hospitality industry in 2000. With a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from Georgia State University she naturally wanted to pursue a career in art and accepted a job with Deljou Art Group. Since her first job in art, Jennifer has gone on to work with Soho Myriad starting as an art consultant and leaving as the Director of Sales. She then accepted a position at Lexmark Carpet Mills and remained there as VP of Architecture and Design Sales until the acquisition by Tarkett. Jennifer Stayed with Tarkett as the Director of Global Accounts until she accepted a position with Remington Lighting as the Director of National Sales.
Jennifer has worked on several large hospitality projects including the Fort Worth Omni, Trinidad Grand Hyatt, and the Arizona Biltmore.

Deidre Schwartz

Deidre Schwartz

Vice President/Education

More than 25 years as a design professional with residential, kitchen & bath, senior living, and (finally) hospitality areas of focus. Growing up with parents both in hospitality management, I was destined to land in this incredible industry made up of amazing people. New generations of hospitality professionals are an inspiration and I aspire to share knowledge as well as learn from them along our journey of fellowship and fun!

Monica Meade

Monica Meade

Vice President/Development

Monica Meade is a certified interior designer who brings over 15 years of experience in hospitality design to Architectural Ceramics. Monica worked at Marriott International on the International Design team and as a Sr. Project Mgr. with Leo A. Daly. Architectural Ceramics is committed to working with our client’s to maintain the integrity of their design vision. Monica now is the National Accounts Manager – Hospitality for Architectural Ceramics where she has worked to build the commercial design team over the last 3 years. Monica now works exclusively with designers, contractors and owners on Hospitality projects across the country.

Helen Reed

Helen Reed

Vice President/Communications

Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Her experience has ranged from a Project Interior Designer for a Top 100 Architectural and Interior Design Firm to working as a manufacturer’s representative where she took time to learn about the manufacturing process of interior materials and furniture.

Her firm, Helen Reed Design, provides full service Interior Design, branding, procurement and consulting for Restaurants, Hotels, Spas, Healthcare and Retail projects throughout the United States. Her team brings a creative approach to each project, developing into a unique final product for every Client.

Helen is an Artist and Photographer providing commissioned art for clients as well as creating art pieces for several of her own projects. She is in the process of converting several of her designs into wall-coverings and custom carpets.

In addition to Interior Design and Art, in 2020 Helen launched Cr8you.com, a spiritual and life coaching consulting firm that helps people define their soul’s calling encouraging them to live their life with greater purpose and passion not only personally but also in their career, whether it is in their current job, a side hustle or launching a new business. She is also in the process of launching Be-cr8tive.com a platform providing workshops, retreats, and virtual gatherings to inspire people who want to express their creative calling through art, design, photography, speaking, writing or any other creative process.

In 2013, Helen Co-Founded Uplined.com, a technology company that provides cloud storage for both residential and commercial properties. The platform establishes maintenance reminders so that the building’s owner can take better care of their building while keeping connected to that building’s service teams.

Helen served on the Executive Committee of NEWH, Inc. from 2006-2017. She served as President from 2010-2011. Currently she has joined the Executive Committee of NEWH again as VP of Communications.

In 2021, Helen became Chair of Modern Richmond. Modern Richmond’s mission is to promote, educate and celebrate modernism in Richmond, Virginia with the Vision that Richmond becomes recognized as a center of modernism. The organization provides tours, lectures, and virtual events featuring mid-century modern to current modern properties throughout the city. In 2019, Helen led the Modern Richmond Book Committee with the design and publication of their first Book celebrating their 10-year anniversary and featuring over 50 properties that had been toured during that time.

Lanée Burns

Lanée Burns

Vice President/Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Lanée has been a very active member of the hospitality industry since 1998 when she became a project manager for one of the leading purchasing organizations in the country. Lanée became a sales representative in 2003.
As an independent sales consultant, Lanée’s firsthand purchasing experience gives her a unique sensitivity to timeline and budget demands. “Sales success in a service industry like hospitality means having the highest standards. Whether it’s a 700-room hotel or a 30-room hotel, customer service is paramount to creating satisfied customers.”

As a graduate from Sonoma State University with a BA in African-American Studies. She is passionate about being a mentor and a role model within the hospitality industry and her community.

Family is very important to Lanée. She loves spending time with her adult daugther and having Sunday, dinner with her mom and grandmother. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she continues to work to make a difference in her community. Lanée is a Breast Cancer survivor. Her favorite poem is Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

Tara Witt

Tara Witt

Vice President/IR-Canada

Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in business and psychology. Her first furniture company, Vandervitt Inc., amalgamated into her family’s stainless steel business, Tarrison Products Ltd., in 2018. It continues to run as a successful division of Tarrison, and Tara serves as the Operating Partner for the overall corporation. She is also the Chief Marketing Officer of AbleDocs Inc. AbleDocs was founded in 2019 and is the worldwide leader in document accessibility products and services.

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

Vice President/IR-EU & UK

Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 35 years of experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involved in sales, sales and marketing management, and senior director level positions at manufacturers providing product for the hotel and leisure sectors. His experience has been primarily with floorcovering and carpet, most recently as Managing Director of Axminster Carpets. He has now launched his own company, Jonathan Young Associates, providing consultancy and product sourcing to the hospitality interior furnishings sector. Jonathan’s leadership and management skills will help establish a clearly defined strategy for business and understand how it needs to be implemented for success. His contacts across the US and Europe can help navigate the sales and marketing process for companies looking to expand into new markets.

As Chairman of the BCFA from 2011 until 2014, leading the Board of the trade association that supports the British Contract Furnishings Association, and currently as Vice President of International Relations of NEWH Inc and Past President of the UK chapter of the NEWH, he has a good understanding of business within the hospitality and commercial markets.

His experiences have taken him across continents, working and living in the US and UK, and developing and executing growth strategies for businesses across international markets.

He is a creative thinker and believes in the importance of communication particularly when working with people from diverse cultures, and across all levels of a business. Jonathan is passionate about the hospitality market and a big believer in connecting education and business through networking.

Cynthia Guthrie

Cynthia Guthrie

Past President/Parliamentarian

Guthrie & Associates is a creative & collaborative playground for designers, architects, developers, procurement specialists, corporate brands, and construction professionals. We proudly represent the finest manufacturers in our industry.

We keep things simple. The best way to work together is to create enthusiasm, provide impeccable service and keep the flow rolling throughout the whole process. Driven by the thought that collaborative & collective work gets the best results we believe in partnership with our clients. Every great project needs strong ideas and clients need inspiring people who can advise them about innovative products and applications for their creative world.

The foundation for our work is a very simple idea……providing our relevant products and combining our client’s vision to achieve great projects and experiences. “If you like what you do you excel at what you create.” anonymous

Trisha Poole

Trisha Poole

Executive Advisor

Trisha Poole has over twenty-two years of experience in design and management in the hospitality field. Her personal passion for design and her dedicated loyalty to the client mission has consistently delivered creative results to her clientele over the years. As the leader and president of Design Poole, Trisha has trained all of her design professionals to approach every project with an entrepreneurial spirit as it relates to project success.
Trisha gained most of her experience with large design companies in Orlando, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois, and has had the great fortune to work with leaders such as Disney, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Sun International, Marriott, Hilton, and Starwood. Her previous experience was working with and/or managing architects on most of the projects, which gave her a greater understanding of projects that require extensive technical detail and architectural coordination.
Trisha’s role on every project is to assure client satisfaction. Her strength is interpreting the client’s vision and delivering it with a goal of exceeding expectations. With strong business ethics and a drive for design excellence, Trisha makes Design Poole a viable and integral component of any project team. Trisha earned her Bachelor of Design from The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Gwendoline Theodet

Gwendoline Theodet

Ad Hoc Advisor - France

Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client relationships while securing project opportunities for the studio. Theodet has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the fashion and interior design industries. Most recently, she was the regional director of business development for Wilson Associates.

Passionate with creating new connections and bringing people together, Theodet is a founding board member of NEWH Paris Chapter and currently serves as President of the Chapter.

Theodet has a Master’s in Business Marketing from EDC Paris Business School.

Enrico Cleva

Enrico Cleva

Ad Hoc Advisor - Italy

Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design and exhibition businesses. A graduate of Politecnico di Milano University, Enrico founded his practice in 2005 with his wife architect Sara Viarengo Cleva, focused mainly on interiors for corporate offices and high end residential projects. Enrico is official representative of Fiera Milano in Canada, working on the business development of global shows like Host Milano, Tuttofood and HOMI. He is a strategic consultant for the Interior Designers of Canada association, a regular speaker on interior design trends and writes for design magazines such as Canadian Interiors.

Shelia Lohmiller

Shelia Lohmiller

Chief Executive Officer

Shelia Lohmiller serves as CEO of NEWH, Inc., the Network of the Hospitality Industry.

A longtime hospitality design professional in Chicago and later southern California, Lohmiller helped start the NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter and has worked to grow membership, structure, and awareness for NEWH ever since—as a member and now as CEO. She is a driving force of NEWH domestically and globally, nearly 30 chapters strong, awarding more than $8.1 million in educational scholarships to rising professionals pursuing hospitality careers. Her passions are education and the advancement of women.

Educated at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Bellin School of Nursing, and Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Lohmiller has 40-plus years’ experience in the hospitality field. She became the first saleswoman for Falcon Products and was named West Coast Regional Manager in 1983, making her the first woman to be named manager for the company. She founded an independent furniture representation business, the Lohmiller Group, in 1984 in Los Angeles.

Lohmiller cofounded the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality in 1984 with Dorrit St. John and Susan Spalding. She served as founding president from 1984 to 1986, and then Secretary of the NEWH, Inc. Board of Directors. Shelia was honored as the first recipient of NEWH’s Recognition of Excellence in 1992 for exemplary service to the organization. Lohmiller and NEWH were awarded the first HD Vision Award in 2011. Shelia served as NEWH, Inc. executive director from 1993 until 2020 when she was promoted to CEO.

Jena Seibel

Jena Seibel

Chief Operating Officer

Jena attained a BS in Marketing at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and since has held positions in management, sales, and service.

Susan Huntington

Susan Huntington

Chief Financial Officer

Susan brings with her over 20+ years’ financial experience. Susan earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and her Bachelor’s in Accounting through Lakeland University in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She resides in her hometown of Shawano with her husband Jeff, three children; Grace, Ava, Max, and German shepherd dogs – Winston and Lucy, and Willow the cat. When not at work, Susan enjoys traveling and exploring with her family as well as improving on her photography hobby.

Trudy Craven

Trudy Craven

Strategic Advisor

TWC Consulting LLC provides customized and interactive learning and development experiences in leadership areas of focus such as Strategic Planning, Goal Setting, Evaluating Performance, Career Discussions, Development of Associates, Performance Management, Presentation Skills, Communication Skills, Leadership and Management Skills, etc. TWC Consulting is owned and operated by Trudy Craven, recently retired from a 40-year career with Milliken and Company, a large privately-owned manufacturing company headquartered in Spartanburg SC, where she served in a variety of roles, with the last 10+ years as their Senior Learning and Development Manager.

The Strategic Planning Workshop follows a strategic thinking framework, beginning with an assessment of “Where We Are” and “Where We are Going”, looking at internal and external factors, including a SWOT and an understanding of customers, competitors, products and services, and the operating environment. Prioritizing key areas follows, and if time permits, it moves into drafting goals to address the final point of “How are We Going to Get There”. The strength of the workshop lies in the interaction of the participants working together in breakout groups with key lessons from the facilitator interspersed throughout.

Brittany Spinner

Brittany Spinner

Scholarship

Brittany is a recent transplant to Denver, CO after living in San Francisco, CA for the last fourteen years. She’s been in the design industry for almost 15 years, and has been working remotely off and on for almost two years here in Denver. She is a self-proclaimed nerd whose recent passions include playing board games, starting a history club in her neighborhood, and becoming a transit and walkability advocate.

Professionally, Brittany’s unique approach to design is filled with passion, diligence, curiosity and the continuous love of learning. This love of learning guides her in teaching younger staff based on her experience in a large variety of projects, clients, and locations. Her personal motto is that every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow. In a team setting, Brittany is a hands-on team player that feels that leadership also means to stand side by side with each other to help with project workload and deadlines.

Dallas Bentley

Dallas Bentley

Education

Dallas Bentley has worked in either hospitality and higher education since 2003.

For six years, he held positions in career development and marketing at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, the Students’ Society of McGill University, and Kennesaw State University. He is passionate about communications, management, marketing, product development, and education. Since 2013, he has been a mentor to an underprivileged child as Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta program.

For this organization, he has participated in events, videos, marketing campaigns, and interviews for local television spots to encourage mentor sign ups and donations.

He is part-owner and Director of Hospitality Sales for Marietta Drapery & Window CoveringsCompany, a 4th generation family business that directly manufactures and installs window and bed coverings for the hospitality, multi-family, and commercial markets.

Natasha Ashar

Natasha Ashar

Membership

Natasha is a Project Manager who is passionate about partnering with owners, designers, and builders to grow their brand. She enjoys collaborating on processes to provide creative problem solving with efficiency, bringing projects of different scales for precise execution and successful fruition.

Natasha has a strong record of building relationships within the hospitality industry and her experience spans various sectors of design in development of luxury hotel, commercial and residential projects recently branching out into the advanced technology market.

Since 2018, she has volunteered with NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter on the Board of Directors implementing strategies for succession planning, fundraising and membership engagement. Previously, she also served on the Board of Directors with ASID Los Angeles and ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter. Her background consists of a BA in Design Management from Arizona State University, attending the UCLA Extension ARC-ID Program and earning a certificate of Project Management 360 from Cornell. She derives inspiration from deeply connecting with people and wanting to learn more about their unique stories. Some of her favorite pastimes include spending time in nature and a penchant for photography.

Shana McCullough-Downing

Shana McCullough-Downing

NEWH Conferences

Shana McCullough-Downing is Managing Partner of Downing Management Group; a multi-line rep firm based in Orlando FL covering Orange and Osceola Counties. She works with Designers, Purchasing Agents, Hotel End Users, Theme Parks and Food and Beverage Outlets. Her past experiences include many different roles with the Walt Disney Company in Front Office, Event Management, and Catering. She is married to her work partner Gene Downing for over 15 years and has a Treeing Walker Coonhound dog named Jazz. Her favorite pastimes include reading in her hammock, napping, traveling the world, drinking wine and anything to do with Jimmy Buffet.

Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson

Fundraising

Brittany has made the shift in her career from leading projects as both an interior designer as well as a project manager to a brand new challenge, she joined the HR team and is leading the recruiting firmwide for Cuningham. After 15 years in the design space it became clear that the reason she was so passionate about designing interior spaces was because it was all about people. Creating space for people shifted from a three dimensional space, to creating space to be seen and heard as well as space to grow and nurture a career.

NEWH was a driving factor in this shift, as being a member of the executive committee provided yearly learning around team building, goal setting, communication and strategic planning. These very people driven fundamentals became the catalyst for change. NEWH has been an important building block for growth and Brittany is looking forward to continuing to support the vision and mission of NEWH.

Outside of work, Brittany is the mother of two kiddos, and through the pandemic has learned to lean into new activities and creative outlets and has taken up painting and is currently toying with the idea of more creative writing. She has passed the passion for travel onto her family and just loves that every time they get home, the question is: where to next!

Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman

Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Valerie is an interior designer working for Marriott International. Though design is her professional focus, she brings a varied background to include a prior career in human resources, and event planning. Mentoring up-and-coming professionals in our industry is a passion for her, as is taking advantage of teaching opportunities, for which she’s taught introduction to interior design, design principles, and commercial interiors courses as an adjunct professor. Outside of work, Valerie is active in her sorority providing service to her local community, active in her church, and continues serving NEWH, for whom she was a scholarship recipient in 2005. Hobbies include anything music and dance (she wanted to be a professional dancer!), travel to places with blue waters and white sands, and being a dog mom to her newly adopted fur baby, Blackjack.

Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller

Social Media

Director of Social Media on the 2022 NEWH International Board of Directors
Vice President of Administration on the 2022 NEWH Atlanta Chapter Executive Board

Angie Law

Angie Law

NEWH Corporate Ambassador

Angie Law is the Marketing Director and Customer Engagement Director with Signature Flooring. She severed as Marketing Director with the Atlanta Chapter in 2022 and is now the VP of Development for 2023. Beth James is the Product Development and Design Director for Hospitality with Signature Flooring. She is serving as the Marketing Director with the Atlanta Chapter for 2023.

Emily Mueller

Emily Mueller

NEWH Corporate Ambassador

Emily has had a successful career in the plumbing industry for over two decades. She landed a role as a National Sales Manager in the Hospitality segment in 2016, and she quickly fell in love with the Hospitality side of the business and all the joys and challenges that come along! With a focus on building relationships and solving problems, Emily currently leads the Hospitality Team at Delta Faucet Company and brings passion, integrity, and humility to what she does every day.

As National Division Manager of Hospitality, Emily is responsible for the overall Hospitality strategy for Delta Faucet Company, driving specifications and developing relationships with key segment influencers. This network ranges from the major hotel brands, designers, owners and developers and wholesale partnerships in this fast-paced commercial vertical. Her experience over the past 2 decades includes working on both the wholesaler and commercial side of the business, as well as in the showroom and with builders alike. This varied background has given her an excellent understanding of distribution channels and the industry as a whole.

Emily is a graduate of Texas A&M University and enjoys her free time boating and waterskiing on the lake with her family and friends. She was born, raised and still resides in her hometown of San Antonion, TX with her husband and son.

Interesting Fact: Competed on the Waterski Team in college in the Jump event and qualified for the All Stars Team 2 years in a row.

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

NEWH Media Ambassador

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen is the senior vice president of the Design Group at Emerald, a leading events and media company. There she oversees multiple brands in the healthcare, hospitality, commercial, and residential design spheres, including Hospitality Design magazine and HD Expo; ICFF; and Boutique Design magazine and BDNY.

Shoemaker Rauen is a well-respected and talented editor and writer, and also is the editor in chief of Hospitality Design magazine, the leading publication for the industry.

Shoemaker Rauen—who has been with the company for almost 20 years—is a noted speaker at industry events, and as an avid tracker of trends, places, projects, and people, and has been quoted in various respected media outlets including CNBC and the Washington Post. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, including a master’s in magazine journalism.

Tara Chung

Tara Chung

NEWH Brand Ambassador

Tara Chung is the Director of Interior Design for Marriott International, Global Designs Americas. In the past couple of years, her focus has been on supporting the growth of the Delta Hotels Brand in the US and Canadian markets. Previous to her work on Delta Hotels, she spent 10 years influencing and guiding the implementation of multiple new design initiatives for the Marriott Hotels and JW Marriott Hotels brands. Tara is passionate about the hospitality design industry and believes that good design and beautiful spaces keep us inspired.

Kavitha Iyer

Kavitha Iyer

NEWH Brand Ambassador

Kavitha Iyer joined IHG Hotels & Resorts in 2021 as Head of Design for the Americas. An Architect and Designer with over 20 years of experience in Hospitality, Kavitha is responsible for leading architecture and design strategy for IHG’s 13 global brands.

Kavitha and her team of talented architect and designers at IHG Design collaborate closely with Brand, Development and Operations to imagine and bring to life distinctive design experiences which align closely to each Brand personality. Placing an emphasis on guest centric emotional engagement, Kavitha and her team lead various design strategies across the portfolio which range from bringing to life new brands like Atwell Suites, voco and Vignette Collection as well as creating new visions for lifestyle, upscale and luxury brands like Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental Hotels.

Prior to joining IHG ® Hotels & Resorts, Kavitha was the Director of Design at Marriott International where she led several high-profile initiatives which focused on transformative next generation design experiences for upscale brands.

Kavitha’s love of art and travel fuels her continued passion to spend her free time creating a new canvas, exploring, discovering new places, people and being inspired by the everyday.

Alvaro Montoya

Alvaro Montoya

NEWH Brand Ambassador

Regional VP and Lifestyle Studio Head for Hyatt Design Services where I oversee the design development of Hyatt Lifestyle portfolio across full service brands in the Americas region. Hyatt Lifestyle Studio specializes in creating innovating projects and one-of-a-kind experiences working in partnership with Hyatt’s global branding, lifestyle operations and development teams, supporting the evaluation, programing, conceptualization, design and implementation of ongoing and potential lifestyle and Independent projects across the Region.

With an extensive background leading design and interior architectural teams in several countries and continuously searching for new ways of redefining hospitality experiences, I have been leading Hyatt Design Lifestyle Studio since its creation. Prior joining Hyatt in 2016, I was design director at SEE, one of the most renowned Interior Design firms in South America, directing and overseeing Hotels and Restaurant design across Latin America, including one of the first Hyatt Centric. Previously, I was a project designer at TonyChi and Associates in NYC, where I worked in several high-end hospitality projects all over the world and learned about hospitality design and hotel operations from one of the most well-known hospitality designers.

My Nguyen

My Nguyen

NEWH Brand Ambassador

Seattle-based designer My Nguyen holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts and currently works as Director of Interior Design & Operations for Holland America Line (HAL) and Seabourn (SBN). Throughout her career, My has earned accolades for award-winning and nationally recognized projects in marine, high-end residential, and hospitality design. She joined Holland America Group in a newly created leadership role to form an in-house design team that oversees the interior refurbishments and maintenance of the HAL and SBN fleet. My is also the head designer of staterooms on Holland America Line newbuild vessels. My is passionate about influencing the industry to be the leaders in sustainability, forward thinking, and collaboration.

Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan

NEWH Brand Ambassador

As design director in Luxury and Lifestyle, I am responsible for guiding the design of all North American Canopy and Motto projects toward the vision of the brand. I work with owners, developers, architects and independent interior design consultants on new construction, adaptive reuse and renovation projects, ensuring adherence to the Design and Construction Standards, Brand Narrative and ethos of Canopy and Motto. Responsibilities also include working to update brand publications as they apply to Canopy and presentation of projects to senior leadership for review and comment. Collaborator on behalf of Global Design Services in the development of future lifestyle brands.

Stephanie Deshaies

Stephanie Deshaies

BrandED

Stephanie Deshaies is a visionary dedicated to the Interior Design profession. She is an NCIDQ certified interior designer with experience in all vertical markets. In 2005 she joined Architex Textiles in the Pacific Northwest and quickly turned the PNW into a top performing territory where she became known as the Textile Maven and an expert in performance textiles. In 2021 her role was elevated to Managing Director of Strategic Accounts for Architex establishing partnerships and preferred vendor programs with Brands.

Stephanie has held leadership roles with IIDA, IDCW / Interior Design Coalition of WA and NEWH. She holds 4 Leadership Awards from these organizations. In 1998 she envisioned the first ever fashion show for interior products and finishes as part of the first Interior Design Boston trade show. This concept swept the country and you now see Interior Design Fashion Shows everywhere. She currently serves as NEWH BrandED Chair on the International Board of Directors. Stephanie is a courageous advocate for interior designers.

Crystal McCain

Crystal McCain

BrandED

Crystal McCain is an Interior Designer at HBG Design, where she is passionate about connecting people to place, making memorable guest experiences in hospitality design. As graduate of University of Memphis in 2008, interning at LRK Architects, her career has consisted of a diverse background of design including graphic design, custom rug and carpet design, to luxury collegiate multifamily off-campus housing, and on-campus dorms and apartments. She earned her NCIDQ in 2017 and her LEED GA certification in 2019. Throughout her career she has volunteered in various positions on the IIDA Memphis City Center Committee starting with being a student liaison while at The University of Memphis and started volunteering with the NEWH MidSouth Region Steering Committee. She is excited to take on the role of Steering Chair in 2022 and continue to grow our regional group with exciting events and opportunities for its members.

Natalie Sheedy

Natalie Sheedy

Design LinQ

As an interior designer, Natalie Sheedy has seen the power of design to profoundly impact our daily lives firsthand. A beautiful space can enhance the ways we think and act. This insight drives Natalie’s passion for great design and it’s her goal for every project she takes on.

Whether designing large-scale hotel interiors or residential projects, the essence of Natalie’s design process remains the same. She engages clients and contractors in hands-on collaboration, seeking insights, expertise and perspective at every phase from kickoff to conclusion. This ensures that decisions are strategic and deliberate and that every aspect of the finished design aligns with realistic business goals. It’s a process that’s proven to delight her clients time and again, creating one-of-a-kind spaces with sophisticated palettes, refined style and design functionality that can stand the test of time.

Before owning her own studio, Natalie spent 10 very rewarding years managing and designing multi-million-dollar hospitality projects as Studio Director at world-renown interior design firm The Gettys Group. Prior to her professional experience, she earned her B.A. with a minor in business at Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago, where she had participated in a prestigious exchange program with the Academie van Kunst in Rotterdam, Holland. The sum of these experiences has given Natalie best-in-class training on how to make sure her clients experience the best possible return on their investment in design.

When she’s not in the thick of a project you can find Natalie sharing her passion for design as a member of NEWH, The Hospitality Industry Network, for which she sits on both the International Board and the Chicago Chapter board. She’s also proud a proud winner of a Gold Key award and was recognized as one the hospitality industry’s up- and-coming interior design leaders in Boutique Design’s “Boutique 18 for 2018”.

Stacy V. Elliston

Stacy V. Elliston

Top ID

Stacy Elliston’s involvement in Hospitality Design has spanned over 27 years, most recently as Principal and Co-Founder of the successful global Interior Design firm, Studio 11 Design.

With a very diverse background in leading projects from Luxury, Gaming, Lifestyle, Multi-Family, Private Clubs to Custom Limited Service properties, Stacy brings a wide array of experience to any team. Having worked with some of the most notable hotel brands in the industry such as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, MGM Mirage, Boyd Gaming, along with a multitude of independent hotels, she is quite understanding of the goals and missions of the Owner, Client and Brand to provide a successful project.

Stacy’s leadership style takes a very hands-on approach as she enjoys getting her “hands dirty” right alongside her teammates. From sourcing, operations, budgeting, scheduling, designing, problem solving and mentoring she appreciates that every day brings its own challenges and needs.

Stacy has been a member of NEWH since 1995 having served on the Dallas Chapter Board of Directors for 14 years in a myriad of positions including Chapter President.

Helen Reed

Helen Reed

NEWH Fellows

Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Her experience has ranged from a Project Interior Designer for a Top 100 Architectural and Interior Design Firm to working as a manufacturer’s representative where she took time to learn about the manufacturing process of interior materials and furniture.

Her firm, Helen Reed Design, provides full service Interior Design, branding, procurement and consulting for Restaurants, Hotels, Spas, Healthcare and Retail projects throughout the United States. Her team brings a creative approach to each project, developing into a unique final product for every Client.

Helen is an Artist and Photographer providing commissioned art for clients as well as creating art pieces for several of her own projects. She is in the process of converting several of her designs into wall-coverings and custom carpets.

In addition to Interior Design and Art, in 2020 Helen launched Cr8you.com, a spiritual and life coaching consulting firm that helps people define their soul’s calling encouraging them to live their life with greater purpose and passion not only personally but also in their career, whether it is in their current job, a side hustle or launching a new business. She is also in the process of launching Be-cr8tive.com a platform providing workshops, retreats, and virtual gatherings to inspire people who want to express their creative calling through art, design, photography, speaking, writing or any other creative process.

In 2013, Helen Co-Founded Uplined.com, a technology company that provides cloud storage for both residential and commercial properties. The platform establishes maintenance reminders so that the building’s owner can take better care of their building while keeping connected to that building’s service teams.

Helen served on the Executive Committee of NEWH, Inc. from 2006-2017. She served as President from 2010-2011. Currently she has joined the Executive Committee of NEWH again as VP of Communications.

In 2021, Helen became Chair of Modern Richmond. Modern Richmond’s mission is to promote, educate and celebrate modernism in Richmond, Virginia with the Vision that Richmond becomes recognized as a center of modernism. The organization provides tours, lectures, and virtual events featuring mid-century modern to current modern properties throughout the city. In 2019, Helen led the Modern Richmond Book Committee with the design and publication of their first Book celebrating their 10-year anniversary and featuring over 50 properties that had been toured during that time.

Jillian Van Dresser

Jillian Van Dresser

NEWH Fellows

Jillian Van Dresser, president of The Van Dresser Company, an Atlanta, Georgia based full service interior design firm providing interior design services for distinctive design projects throughout the United States, Italy and the Caribbean,brings 26 years of design and management experience to new construction as well as renovation and rehabilitation of hotels, resorts, conference centers, timeshare, condominiums, restaurants, and adult living facilities.

A strong proponent of social and educational service within the hospitality industry, Jillian has served on numerable professional boards as well as serving as Founding President of the Atlanta Chapter and President of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality, Inc. Board of Directors, the international governing board of the organization. She currently serves as Advisor to the NEWH, Inc. Sustainable Hospitality. Van Dresser Company is a Certified WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise

Enrico Cleva

Enrico Cleva

House of Delegates

Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design and exhibition businesses. A graduate of Politecnico di Milano University, Enrico founded his practice in 2005 with his wife architect Sara Viarengo Cleva, focused mainly on interiors for corporate offices and high end residential projects. Enrico is official representative of Fiera Milano in Canada, working on the business development of global shows like Host Milano, Tuttofood and HOMI. He is a strategic consultant for the Interior Designers of Canada association, a regular speaker on interior design trends and writes for design magazines such as Canadian Interiors.

Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham

House of Delegates

Mark, is a native New Yorker and the principal of Cunningham Design + Associates, their mission is to enhance and facilitate the needs of the hospitality and procurement community. Our expertise and focus is hotels, country clubs, commercial buildings, assisted living, museums, restaurants, spas and other select public places.

Mark has been in the design services industry for the last 10+ years, following a decades long career in the financial services community. With a 30+ year passion for buying and researching high end residential furniture, Mark decided to follow his passion and deliver his own unique service. Mark is married to an NYC marketing executive, lives outside of Manhattan and enjoys spending time with their son Owen. Mark is also an avid traveler, collector and sports enthusiast who enjoys training for marathons and triathlons.

Eric Fernandez

Eric Fernandez

House of Delegates

Eric, born and raised in Miami has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and contract furniture industry. He is a territory manager for C2C Designs. He brings a plethora of design, manufacturing, and sales experience to the NEWH board. He loves traveling as his job, as well as building relationships with his clients. in his personal life he loves to do any type of outdoor activities including tennis, riding bike, and going to the beach. Eric is also a proud veteran of the US Army.

Terryl Nielsen

Terryl Nielsen

House of Delegates

Formerly I have taken the responsibility of Scholarship & Education for the chapter. These past two years have been spent assisting our president and international president . Many roles have been fulfilled, as we are a small chapter with a sizeable membership.

Erica Puccio

Erica Puccio

House of Delegates

Erica Puccio is currently the Chief Brand Officer of Tilebar. She joins us with 20 years of experience in the industry as an Interior Designer and AD Business Developer. Before embarking in the world of product development that ranges in her expertise of natural stone to tile, she earned her BFA at the Fashion Institute of Technology for Interior Design. This experience allowed her the privilege to design for residential and commercial based companies from Victoria Hagan Interiors to Harrah’s Entertainment. She is extremely passionate about the design community and the endless connection it brings with an overall conviction to inspire, promote, service, and celebrate great design.

Gabe Rodriguez

Gabe Rodriguez

House of Delegates

Gabe Rodriguez, NCIDQ Interior Designer, is multi-disciplined with experience in workplace, hospitality, health & wellness, and senior living. He bridges the design and technical roles of projects to deliver high quality, high design spaces for his clients. He has a Masters in Interior Architecture from Florida International University. Passionate about giving back and making a difference in our design community he is currently serving as President.

Adelita Rosenberg

Adelita Rosenberg

House of Delegates

VP of Admin 2023 AZ chapter
VP of Development 2022 for AZ chapter

Chris Schafer

Chris Schafer

House of Delegates

Upon graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 1995, Chris immediately became involved in the transportation and logistics industry beginning his career with US Express, a premier trucking and logistics management company in Orlando Florida. As the Domestic Operations Manager he was responsible for over $3 million in sales revenues.

After three years in the domestic transportation market, Chris was offered a position with PMG Worldwide as the Domestic Shipping and Operations Manager. He was soon also running the international logistics for the company and promptly named General Manager and Vice President of Global Operations. His responsibilities included expanding the client base with companies that included Campus Crusades, Walt Disney world, and Harris Corporation.
Over the next five years Chris honed his sales and operational skills in both the domestic and international markets with Adcom Worldwide, as Vice President of Operations and with Xpress Global Systems as a Regional Sales Manager.

As Co-founder of Installation Service Group (ISG), Chris has developed innovative ways to control the assets and streamline the supply chain for clients in hospitality, construction, design, procurement, and healthcare industries. The foundation of his belief is to better his client’s projects and the industry one lives within.

Gwendoline Theodet

Gwendoline Theodet

House of Delegates

Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client relationships while securing project opportunities for the studio. Theodet has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the fashion and interior design industries. Most recently, she was the regional director of business development for Wilson Associates.

Passionate with creating new connections and bringing people together, Theodet is a founding board member of NEWH Paris Chapter and currently serves as President of the Chapter.

Theodet has a Master’s in Business Marketing from EDC Paris Business School.

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson

House of Delegates

Stephanie has 18+ years experience working in commercial design primarily focusing on Hospitality, Housing, and Corporate Design. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Interior Design. After graduation, she became an Interior Designer for Smart Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2012 She was hired at Cuningham Group Inc. and now has the opportunity to work on Larger Hospitality projects. In 2021 She started Working as an Account Executive with Parameters working specifically on FF+E with A+D And End Users. She has been a NEWH Member since 2005 and a NEWH North Central Board Member since 2007. She is a 2006/2007 NEWH Scholarship Winner. She takes pride in taking on challenges and coming up with creative solutions to those challenges on each project. Also she enjoys meeting and getting to know each client and understanding their needs and the needs of the end user, for it is vital to the success of every project.

Megan May

Megan May

House of Delegates

Megan May is a former interior designer and executive sales representative for Ulster Carpets providing custom axminster to the Hospitality Industry and sits on the Board of NEWH Atlanta as the Programming Chair.

Annette Culhane

Annette Culhane

Scholarship/Student Relations

Annette has 15 years’ experience in the design industry. After gaining an Honours degree in Ireland in Design in Interior Architecture, she soon moved to London and hasn’t looked back since. Her first foray into design was as an architectural technician helping upscale residential projects achieve planning consent. This gave her an appreciation for high-end luxury and, combined with her passion for hotels, it wasn’t long before she ended up in hospitality design.

Prior to studying interior design, Annette worked at a local hotel where she gained first-hand knowledge of hotel operations and now she gets to combine her passions of hotel management and art and design. Annette has worked for well-known hospitality design studios such as RPW Design and GA Design International on 5-star hotel projects and also spent a year in Australia working for Cox Rayner on the refurbishment of Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Inspired by her great love of learning, she completed an MA in Design Education at Goldsmiths University and developed an interest in Biophilia and design for wellbeing. This became a springboard for her subsequent work on boutique spa projects in the UK & Ireland. Annette is currently a Senior Associate in Spa Development for ESPA International, working with top design firms on luxury spa projects throughout the globe.

In her free time, she can be found in the great outdoors enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Beth Katz

Beth Katz

Scholarship/Student Relations

I started KatzDesignGroup in 2003 when we relocated from Boston to Phoenix. I designed corporate interiors for the first 12 years of my career and wanted KDG to be different. I was craving more ways to be creative and build more dynamic spaces. I was fortunate that I found my first restaurant client and never looked back. At KDG, we are not preoccupied with creating our signature style instead, we provide design solutions highlighting each client’s unique style, reflecting their brand personality.

I am looking forward to serving on the board and promoting NEWH and scholarship to the wide variety of students in our incredible industry.

Joshua Kennett

Joshua Kennett

Scholarship/Student Relations

Josh is a manufacturing representative for carpet and rugs, working for Royal Thai, a world leader in the categories of Axminster, Hand Tufted, and Carpet Tile. He lives in NYC, and covers clients in the states of NY, NJ, PA, OH, and DE, while working on projects globally.

Josh started his career at Hilton Worldwide’s headquarters, working in Strategic Sourcing of FF&E (namely carpet, textiles, and art). He then did a stint at Marriott International, prior to working for vertically integrated manufacturers, first in decorative lighting and now in his specialty of carpet. Josh studied fashion and textiles, and is a fan of music, art, and anything design-related.

Rega Maiwandi

Rega Maiwandi

Scholarship/Student Relations

Rega is a Designer, originally from Los Angeles. She had the privilege of attending a private boutique college in Newport Beach, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. She loves working in Hospitality and collaborating with professionals in her industry. As the Director of Student Relations. She looks forward to connecting students with the organization.

Deaderia Morris-Bowman

Deaderia Morris-Bowman

Scholarship/Student Relations

Deaderia Morris-Bowman is Director of Design & Marketing for Distinction Hospitality, Inc. Distinction Hospitality is headquartered in High Point, North Carolina and focuses on providing custom furniture to the hospitality industry.

After graduating from Spelman College, Deaderia began her career working at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. and later completed a certificate in business at Georgetown University.

Deaderia joined Marriott International in 1987 and spent 20 years as part of the Marriott Team. During her time at Marriott, as Senior Designer and Interior Design Manager, Deaderia worked on design renovations covering a broad range of hotel brands including Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott Marquis, Renaissance and Marriott Hotel & Resorts. Deaderia worked with various customers including Host Hotels. Her projects and renovations were in the United States as well as Europe and South America.

She left Marriott to join Kimball Hospitality as Director of Design, where she spent 13 years engaged in a broad range of projects and helped enhance the brand image and overall marketing for the company.

Deaderia is passionate about the Hospitality Industry and is NCIDQ-certified, a member of ASID, and an active member of NEWH. In addition, she loves puppies, flowers, and recently the joy of cooking. Deaderia resides in Atlanta Georgia with her husband Elmer Bowman.

Zachery Mundt

Zachery Mundt

Scholarship/Student Relations

Zachery Mundt – Principal of EverBridge Agency and Scholarship Director of the Orange County Regional NEWH Chapter.

I am a proud father and husband, a passionate home chef, and lover of humanity. Taking care of people is in my DNA and I strive to provide empathetic excellence in all areas of life. EverBridge Agency has won numerous awards from our manufacturing partners, but our greatest reward comes from the same place as our beloved hospitality industry as a whole: taking excellent care of those who trust in us to do so.

I am so excited to be a part of the team and look forward to aid in inviting the next generation of hospitality professionals into our world.

Amy Neumann

Amy Neumann

Scholarship/Student Relations

Known as ‘Neumann’, Amy has been a part of the world of Architecture for over twenty years. She is absolutely fascinated by Art and Architecture and have maintained my Interior Design license (as well as my Florida Educator’s license) for many years – vowing to stay true to my passion(s). Amy is very active within the design community. She participates in events and support colleague education by delivering the required CEU credits needed for Licensure Renewal. Her passion is Rockfon, Architecture and of course… NEWH!

Francesco Scullica

Francesco Scullica

Scholarship/Student Relations

Francesco Scullica, Architect, Ph.D. in Interior Architecture, is full professor in Industrial Design at Design Department, Politecnico di Milano. He has cooperated with some relevant architects and designers in univeristary and professional field: among these we mention: Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, Andrea Branzi, Giorgio Host Ivesich, Bruno Morassutti and Luca Scacchetti. Since many years he has taken part in international seminars as well as in activities as “Visiting Professor” at several foreign universities, such as the School of Architecture of Barcelona (Spain), the De Montfort University of Leicester (United Kingdom), the Institut d’Art Visuel of Orle´ans (France), the Fachhochschule fu¨r Gestaltung of Schwa¨bisch Gmu¨nd (Germany), the TEI (Technological Educational Institution) of Athens (Greece), the Lantao Culture of Beijing (China), the RTU- Riga Technical University (Latvia), the Art and Design Accademy in Latvia, the Heag (Haute Ecole des Art e Design in Geneve- Switzerland), the University of Oslo (Norvey). Nowadays (2020) he is the scientific director of two relevant master: the Master Interior Design by Politecnico di Milano and the “EMDM-Executive Management Design Master- for Innovative Environments” in cooperation between the Tongji University of Shanghai and the Politecnico di Milano. Ph.D. in Furnishing and Interior Architecture, since his doctorate (1996-1999) he started a research activity on the tourist-accommodation field and on hospitality design: in 2000 He was one of the promoter of “ H&C design” (Hotel and Contract Design). Scientific Observatory on Tourism and Hospitality (together with Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, Marco Piva, and Giuliano Simonelli), and he has organized specific refresher courses (Hotel & Contract and Hotel Experience Design, Hotel Design Solutions), contract design awards (Contract Design International Design Award), meetings, congresses and exhibitions at industry fairs (Tecnhotel in Genoa, SIA Guest in Rimini, Homi and Host- at Fiera Milano), metadesign and design researches also with reference to businesses in the field, as well as the publication of volumes, articles and books. His role as expert on the Ospitality sector and Hotel design field lead him to be part of research teams, international congress and conference, and to promote professional design consultant activities as well.
He also dealt with other research subjects on furniture design, e.g. regarding the field of contract (Interior Contract) with reference to hospitality, retail and office spaces; others research subjects are “design for a wider usership”, and “The role of design in relation with the culture of living”. He was the Italian Design Ambassador in Latvia, for the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Italian Design Day, and Italian Design Ambassador in Norvey for the 2020 edition. Among his relavant pubblications on the hospitality and hotel design field: Scullica F. (2008) Interni Ospitali, Santarcangelo di Romanga (RM): Maggioli; Scullica, F., Del Zanna, G., Fossati, M.R., (2012), Human Hotel Design, Milano: Franco Angeli; Scullica, F., Elgani, E. M., (edts- 2019), Living, working and traveling, interior design for new scenarios between hospitality and work-field, Milano: FrancoAngeli, D.I.- Design International Series.

Keith Stibler

Keith Stibler

Scholarship/Student Relations

Keith started in the hospitality field in 1999 as an independent manufacturer’s representative. His tenacity, curiosity and honest approach allowed him to quickly grow the business. Today KM-Associates represents some of the top names in the hospitality industry. Keith’s extensive product knowledge and ability to navigate fast-paced environments has cultivated strong relationships with key design firms, purchasing agents and hotel owners. Keith embraces the day-to-day challenges and is an expert at streamlining the design and specifying process. Keith received his Master’s Degree in Finance from Barry University.

Richelle Walkley

Richelle Walkley

Scholarship/Student Relations

Richelle Walkley has been in the Interior Design industry for over 5 years and has been an NEWH Committee member since 2021. Her past role on the board was Social Media/Marketing Committee and has recently taken on the role of Scholarship Director. Richelle is passionate about helping students and young professionals enter the Interior Design and Hospitality industries and promote them as our future leaders! When she is not working or fulfilling her NEWH board duties, Richelle can be found in the mountains snowboarding, hiking, biking or playing volleyball at one of Vancouver’s beautiful beaches.

Beth Bierly-Goodworth

Beth Bierly-Goodworth

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Designing exclusively for the hospitality industry for 13 years and and now as a Project Manager, Design Brand Management at Best Western Hotels & Resorts, what I enjoy most about hospitality is that it is always evolving and there is never a dull moment! When not in the office I enjoy traveling and hiking throughout the beautiful Arizona deserts and mountains. Best advice: “Measure Twice, Cut Once”. Beth’s certifications include NCIDQ, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, is currently studying for the LEED GA exam and is also a member of ASID.

Megan  Brennan

Megan Brennan

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Megan Brennan has had a successful career in the Hospitality/Commercial Design Industry and is currently the Territory Account Manager for Shaw Contract Hospitality in New England. With over 15+ years of experience in the industry and as a former Interior Designer, her strong background in design along with account and project management, has allowed her to enhance and support the needs of the Hospitality community.

Prior to Shaw Contract, she worked at Kohler Co, where she held various positions and discovered her love of the Hospitality segment. She has been an active member of NEWH since 2017 attending multiple events throughout the US and in 2022 became a board member of the NEWH New England Chapter to help locally serve and grow the organization.

Outside of work, she is a certified Indoor Cycling Instructor and has taught for 5 years. For other activities, she also enjoys spending time traveling, cooking, golfing, and hiking. Home is on the seacoast of New Hampshire where she resides with her husband and their two fur babes, Duke and Saffron.

Jessica Casiano

Jessica Casiano

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

As of January 2020, Jessica Casiano moved to the DC Metro area after residing in Atlanta, GA. There she gained 11 years of industry experience and her hospitality knowledge ranges from interior design, business development, procurement, project management, and renovation/new build projects throughout North America.

Jessica is a graduate of The International Academy of Design and Technology, in Tampa, FL, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. Currently, she is an Interior Design Manager at Marriott International on the Classic Select Brands Team, specializing in extended stay and dual branded properties. On top of daily responsibilities, she is also very involved in Marriott teams which include the Recommended Interior Designer Program, TownePlace Suite Brand Champion, and ID representation for select Ownership accounts.

Typically, you will catch Jessica always volunteering as she has a strong passion for planning events, student mentorship, and crafting something creative with her hands. Since 2011, she has been a very active member of NEWH and 2023 will be her first time taking a position on the Board of Directors.

In her personal life, Jessica enjoys spending time with family/friends, hiking, kickboxing, live music/comedy/theater, art, trying the newest restaurants and exploring the DMV area!

Linda Hinojosa

Linda Hinojosa

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Linda Hinojosa graduated from California State University Fullerton with a BS in Human Services. She also completed coursework in Film, Television and Special Effects through the Multimedia Program at UCLA.

Her experience includes A&D specification work with shelving & furniture for public and university libraries, textiles for hospitality, resilient flooring for corporate, healthcare and higher education and is currently the A&D Specialist for Formica; covering healthcare, commercial, retail and hospitality projects.

Linda helps to grow our regions active members by reaching out to previous and new A&D, end users and vendors.

Linda resides in Orange County, CA with her husband Todd. They both share a passion for travel abroad, and have visited 23 countries.

Traci Reed

Traci Reed

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Traci joined the hospitality industry 9 years ago. In early 2022 she brought her experience to Exxir Capital. Exxir Capital is a development group in Dallas, Texas that focuses primarily on mixed use development within the Bishop Arts District.

Traci’s passion for design began at an early age, creating her first furniture set at 11. While a collegiate basketball scholarship led to her first degree in Professional Studies, her love for design brought her back to school to obtain her second degree in Interior Design.

She married her husband two years ago and recently welcomed a baby girl in September of 2022. She enjoys traveling and loves spending time with her new family. In her down time, she prefers reading and completing jigsaw puzzles.

Alicia Sheber

Alicia Sheber

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Alicia Sheber joined the NEWK UK board in 2019 and was previously a board member of NEWH’s Rocky Mountain chapter in 2003 and 2004. Through her company, Read Thread, Alicia is a ghostwriter helping creative, non-linear thinkers tell their stories and venture capitalists develop business proposals and white papers. A contributing editor for HOTELS magazine, and previously the international editor of Boutique Design magazine, she draws on “insider knowledge” gained through her interior design degree and creation of global destinations whilst employed by studios in Denver, Colorado, and London, UK.

After completing an MBA in International Marketing and Luxury Branding at ESLSCA in Paris, she worked with a London-based communications agency partnering with top interior designers, architects, and trade shows. Her subsequent ghostwriting certification from California State University, Long Beach, led to Alicia becoming a ghostwriter for the University of Cambridge’s Masters in Entrepreneurship programme, working with business leaders to transform their professional knowledge into teaching materials. She also sold wine for several years and developed a love of gastronomy: a solid foundation for writing the “Going Out” chapter in Explorer Publishing’s Complete Residents’ Guide to Paris.

Alicia’s degree in world religions ignited her lifelong passion to learn about the infinite paths for making sense of the world.

Ashley Skrabut

Ashley Skrabut

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Ashley Skrabut started in the hospitality industry in 2016, transitioning to a position as architectural designer at HBG Design, where she worked on Hotel, Casino, and Event center project types. Prior to transitioning to HBG, Ashley worked for Smith Gee Studio in Nashville, TN where her architectural work focused on commercial, residential, and mixed-use spaces. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis, with a Master’s of Architecture. Ashley is now working for Hilton WorldWide, as a Sr. Project Manager on the PIP Team (Property Improvement Plan) in the Architecture, Design, and Construction department. She enjoys traveling across the country visiting Hilton properties, working with a wide range of hospitality industry specialists. You can find her wandering the city streets with her camera in her down time, or participating in local acrobatic performances. Ashley loves saying “Yes!” to an adventure on land, water, or in the air.

Laura Sosa

Laura Sosa

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Principal + Owner of Laso Design LLC, Laura Naily Sosa is a Brownsville, Texas native who graduated from The Art Institute of Houston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Interior Design. She is also in the process of completing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Construction Management, from Dallas Baptist University. As a Houston based Interior Designer and active member IIDA, TAID, ASID, and NEWH, Laura has over a decade of experience designing spaces on a local, national, and international level. She has had the opportunity to travel and incorporate her design skills on projects primarily in the Middle East. Her passion for Design and Architecture, have driven Laura to challenge herself by taking on multi-million-dollar projects ranging in Healthcare, Commercial, Multi-Family, Senior Living, Residential, and Research Based Design.

Laso Design was established in 2021, as a design firm with a mission to create spaces that welcomes cultural diversity, embraces regional and religious design elements, while allowing the client’s style to be reflected, but also promote their well-being. Outside of design, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her dog.

Candice Spicer

Candice Spicer

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Candice’s career in the hospitality industry spans over 18 years in interior design and sales. She practiced Interior Design in the hospitality industry from 2005 to 2010. In 2010 Candice transitioned to sales, servicing the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2021, Candice started her own multi-line agency Shift Design Studio focused on high-quality hospitality products and design collaboration. Candice is an NCIDQ accredited professional, and also served on the board of the NEWH Rocky Mountain Chapter from 2009 to 2018, holding the chapter president position in 2013 and 2014. Candice recently rejoined the NEWH Rocky Mountain Chapter board in 2021 as their EID (Equality, Inclusion, Diversity) director.

In her personal time, Candice enjoys to plan and host events, travel, and spending time with her family. She is a 90’s hip-hop fanatic, loves to bake, and can often be found supporting environmental causes and volunteering with nonprofits.

Lissette Wispe

Lissette Wispe

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Lissette has been a member of NEWH for 7 years and counting.

She moved to the Northeast from Miami FL, where she originally fell in love with Hospitality. She now lives in Brooklyn with her 5 year old German Sheppard named Jameson, and spends her down time studying and growing indoor plants as a hobby.

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