Executive Committee

  • Laura Carter

    Laura Carter

    President

    Laura Carter (she/her) is a Sales Representative for Gmansales representing Ashley Lighting, Charter Furniture, Electric Mirr…

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  • Mark Cunningham

    Mark Cunningham

    VP/Administration

  • Levar Jackson

    Levar Jackson

    VP/Development

    Levar Jackson is Founder and CEO of Visual Renaissance, a full-service art strategy firm that sources and curates unique wall…

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  • Lissette Wispe

    Lissette Wispe

    Secretary

  • Alex Beltra

    Alex Beltra

    Treasurer

  • Tory Knoph

    Tory Knoph

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Tory Knoph is an Senior Interior Designer who brings a unique, new perspective to Stonehill Taylor. Her experience includes h…

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  • Morgan Brodey

    Morgan Brodey

    Executive Advisor

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Board of Directors

  • Joshua Kennett

    Joshua Kennett

    Scholarship

  • Kim Kedem

    Kim Kedem

    Student Relations

  • Kristy Bohne

    Kristy Bohne

    Membership

  • Erica Puccio

    Erica Puccio

    Programming

    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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  • Cara Palumbo

    Cara Palumbo

    Fundraising

  • Raquel Miller

    Raquel Miller

    Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

    Raquel is the founder & CEO of Bunchful, Inc. a technology company with its flagship product, Ensom City TalentQuest, a new p…

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  • Lauren Somers Pelusio

    Lauren Somers Pelusio

    Marketing

  • Mark Cunningham

    Mark Cunningham

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

  • Tory Knoph

    Tory Knoph

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    Tory Knoph is an Senior Interior Designer who brings a unique, new perspective to Stonehill Taylor. Her experience includes h…

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Committee Chair

  • Melynda Mannix

    Melynda Mannix

    Continuing Education

  • Phoebe Beachner

    Phoebe Beachner

    Green Voice

  • Anita Khullar

    Anita Khullar

    Hospitality

  • Claire Claussen

    Claire Claussen

    Fundraising

  • Ali Borkowicz

    Ali Borkowicz

    Social Media

  • William Jacoby IV

    William Jacoby IV

    Public Relations

  • Howard Levinger

    Howard Levinger

    Strategic Alliances

  • Laura Mastri

    Laura Mastri

    Strategic Planning

  • Jennifer Mehra

    Jennifer Mehra

    Committee Development

    Jennifer Mehra oversees the prototype designs for the Design & Construction team at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts & leads the Inte…

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  • Lucia Portali Waters

    Lucia Portali Waters

    Historian

  • Kathleen Bennett-Marold

    Kathleen Bennett-Marold

    Database

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Laura Carter

Laura Carter

President

Laura Carter (she/her) is a Sales Representative for Gmansales representing Ashley Lighting, Charter Furniture, Electric Mirror, Fermob, Scalamadre, and Shaw Contract. Laura has a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Laura started her career in New York with her first role in marketing at a commercial interior design firm. Since transitioning into sales, she enjoys collaborating with designers to help make their concepts come to life. On the weekends you can find Laura exploring Brooklyn by supporting bars and restaurants. Her favorite part of NEWH is reading the student scholarship applications and spending our fundraising proceeds on the future of hospitality!

Levar Jackson

Levar Jackson

VP/Development

Levar Jackson is Founder and CEO of Visual Renaissance, a full-service art strategy firm that sources and curates unique wall art, paintings, sculpture and other installations for sophisticated hospitality, residential and commercial properties. He specializes in helping world-class hotel brands drive customer loyalty and engagement with art that inspires. Levar co-developed Meural, a digital canvas that enables hospitality properties to offer guests a dynamic, personalized aesthetic experience. When he’s not organizing distinctive networking and educational programs for NEWH New York Chapter members, Levar can be found honing his craft as a photographer, chef and graphic designer–or taking in a movie near his home in Downtown Brooklyn.

Tory Knoph

Tory Knoph

Past President/Parliamentarian

Tory Knoph is an Senior Interior Designer who brings a unique, new perspective to Stonehill Taylor. Her experience includes hospitality work for both large brands and boutique hotels alike. Over the past few years, Tory has been a part of numerous major design projects, including the Saint Kate an art and performing arts hotel in Milwaukee, WI, The Press Hotel in Portland, ME, The Hilton Brooklyn in downtown Brooklyn, and her first hotel NYLO New York, NY. She has close working relationships with many FF&E vendors, ensuring that each project is developed with the latest and most innovative products currently available. On the weekends Tory loves to hanging out with her dog and exploring anything outdoors.

Erica Puccio

Erica Puccio

Programming

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.

Raquel Miller

Raquel Miller

Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Raquel is the founder & CEO of Bunchful, Inc. a technology company with its flagship product, Ensom City TalentQuest, a new platform for friendly talent competitions that celebrate individual talents, whilst creating real community within organizations. TalentQuest offers a unique creative outlet to foster a more inclusive culture, especially in current times when employees are remote and increasingly isolated from each other. The service is augmented by optional gifting services to reward winners, which include Bunchful’s personalized gifts from a network of worldwide vendors of gift products, where every gift is connected to a story, and accompanied by in-house gift concierges who curate highly customized gift experiences, including fun and personal growth experiences for both individuals and large teams.

Bunchful has also launched a philanthropic initiative, called The BE Bunchful Awards, an annual event, which aims to shine the spotlight on giving. Each year, the spotlight will shine on a specific area of philanthropic cause, with its inaugural year honoring the very generous contributions made by so many to help those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Raquel has said she hopes to inspire the growth of philanthropy as a global way of living, and that highlighting successes large and small will seek to demonstrate the potential of giving to transform the lives of individuals and communities toward a better world. The BE Bunchful Awards will be held on November 16 & 17, 2021.

Tory Knoph

Tory Knoph

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

Tory Knoph is an Senior Interior Designer who brings a unique, new perspective to Stonehill Taylor. Her experience includes hospitality work for both large brands and boutique hotels alike. Over the past few years, Tory has been a part of numerous major design projects, including the Saint Kate an art and performing arts hotel in Milwaukee, WI, The Press Hotel in Portland, ME, The Hilton Brooklyn in downtown Brooklyn, and her first hotel NYLO New York, NY. She has close working relationships with many FF&E vendors, ensuring that each project is developed with the latest and most innovative products currently available. On the weekends Tory loves to hanging out with her dog and exploring anything outdoors.

Jennifer Mehra

Jennifer Mehra

Committee Development

Jennifer Mehra oversees the prototype designs for the Design & Construction team at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts & leads the Interior Design Department. Having graduated from Pratt Institute with a Master of Science degree in Interior Design, Jennifer has worked at New York City architecture and design firms specializing in hospitality. Growing up on the Navajo Nation in Arizona planted the seeds of passion for design, art, and hand-crafted objects. Jennifer enjoys learning about business strategy, hobby gardens, and embroiders in her spare time. Her favorite podcast is “Stuff You Should Know” and favorite pandemic Netflix binge was Bridgerton!

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