Executive Committee

  • Penny Shelton

    Penny Shelton

    President

  • Todd Fuller

    Todd Fuller

    VP/Administration

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

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  • Megan May

    Megan May

    VP/Development

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

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  • Jessica Kendrick Schoenberg

    Jessica Kendrick Schoenberg

    Secretary

    Jessica Kendrick is an account executive with Couristan Hospitality who enthusiastically works with designers across the sout…

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  • Courtney Swaim

    Courtney Swaim

    Treasurer

    Courtney Swaim is an A&D Sales Consultant for Encore Hospitality Carpet bringing passion for the design community to her rela…

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  • Dallas Bentley

    Dallas Bentley

    Past President

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

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Board of Directors

  • Kelly  McCallister

    Kelly McCallister

    Scholarship

  • Debanshee Kalani

    Debanshee Kalani

    Student Relations

    Debanshee Kalani is an Architect from Mumbai, India who is passionate about creating environments that promote healing and en…

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  • Brittany Panachida

    Brittany Panachida

    Membership

    Brittany is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Brittany began her care…

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  • Jennifer Cahill

    Jennifer Cahill

    Programming

  • Deaderia Morris-Bowman

    Deaderia Morris-Bowman

    Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

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

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  • Angie Law

    Angie Law

    Marketing

  • Dallas Bentley

    Dallas Bentley

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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

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  • Todd Fuller

    Todd Fuller

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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

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Committee Chair

  • Deniz Beyhan

    Deniz Beyhan

    Membership

  • Gena Long

    Gena Long

    Programming

  • Emily Hatch Tilbian

    Emily Hatch Tilbian

    Hospitality

    Growing up with a father who owned a residential tile company, Emily found herself immersed in all things ceramic from a youn…

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  • Connie  Land

    Connie Land

    Fundraising

    Connie Land is the Regional Sales Manager for Hanes Hospitality, a division of Leggett & Platt. Connie has a BSc in Furnishin…

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  • Beth  James

    Beth James

    Public Relations

  • Travis Snyder

    Travis Snyder

    Strategic Alliances

Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller

VP/Administration

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

Megan May

Megan May

VP/Development

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.

Jessica Kendrick Schoenberg

Jessica Kendrick Schoenberg

Secretary

Jessica Kendrick is an account executive with Couristan Hospitality who enthusiastically works with designers across the southeast (GA, AL, TN, NC, SC) to create carpet and rugs for hospitality projects. She has been involved in the hospitality industry for over a decade and values the connections between the NEWH community and her work at Couristan.

Courtney Swaim

Courtney Swaim

Treasurer

Courtney Swaim is an A&D Sales Consultant for Encore Hospitality Carpet bringing passion for the design community to her relationships as she provides excellence to all she gets the privilege to work with. Encore is at the forefront of service and technology making them leaders in their craft.

Dallas Bentley

Dallas Bentley

Past President

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.

Debanshee Kalani

Debanshee Kalani

Student Relations

Debanshee Kalani is an Architect from Mumbai, India who is passionate about creating environments that promote healing and encourage wellness. Since early age, she has been eager to understand the language of design and curious about how people respond to it.
She is a M.F.A graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and is currently working at Design Directions International, a local award-winning design firm in Marietta, GA where she looks forward to learning and growing as an Interior designer. She is a former Atlanta Chapter Scholarship Recipient and has also won an award for her thesis at the ASID Excellence Awards. In 2020, Debanshee was a student representative for the Atlanta hospitality industry with her role as the NEWH Student Liaison. She is now the Student Relations Director for the 2021 Board, where she aspires to undertake programs to help students expand their professional network within the hospitality industry.

Debanshee believes it is optimal to balance every individual element with the different functions of the built environment and looks forward to finding connections with people that can help cultivate meaningful design solutions.

Brittany Panachida

Brittany Panachida

Membership

Brittany is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Brittany began her career within the hospitality market as an Art Consultant with Wendover Art Group where she led the Vacation Ownership segment of their business. Her experience also includes prototypical brand scheme development with all major brands and custom projects with leading design firms across the country. Brittany serves as the Membership Chair of the Atlanta NEWH Board, and is pleased to bring her relational and business development skills to Banko Design.

Deaderia Morris-Bowman

Deaderia Morris-Bowman

Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

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.

Dallas Bentley

Dallas Bentley

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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.

Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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

Emily Hatch Tilbian

Emily Hatch Tilbian

Hospitality

Growing up with a father who owned a residential tile company, Emily found herself immersed in all things ceramic from a young age. While in college she started a job as a Design assistant for a Stone & Tile company in Atlanta. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Interior Design from GA State, she continued her work in the Design and Tile industry working for a company in Savannah, GA as a kitchen and bath designer. She moved back to Atlanta to become an A&D rep. For the past 5 years, Emily has worked as a Senior A&D Rep in the Atlanta market with a focus on National Accounts and Hospitality. Emily currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Paul Tilbian, and the two most spoiled mutts, Huxley & Hashbrown.

Connie  Land

Connie Land

Fundraising

Connie Land is the Regional Sales Manager for Hanes Hospitality, a division of Leggett & Platt. Connie has a BSc in Furnishings and Interiors from the University of Georgia. After graduation, Connie worked for iconic interior designer Dan Carithers and with IHG prior to opening her own residential design firm, which she ran for 10yrs. Connie has been in hospitality design and sales since 2014, first with Grohe/American Standard prior to joining Hanes Hospitality in 2018.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her busy 15yr old son, running, playing tennis or volunteering and is the founder of Atlanta’s Shamrock N Roll road race and Estrellitas.

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