Executive Committee

  • Dallas Bentley

    Dallas Bentley

    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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  • Penny Shelton

    Penny Shelton

    VP/Administration

  • Todd Fuller

    Todd Fuller

    VP/Development

    Atlanta Chapter, Vice President of Development on the 2020 Executive Board

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  • Jamie Malys

    Jamie Malys

    Secretary

    After graduating from Florida State University in 2005, Jamie Malys spent the first 15 years of her design career in South Fl…

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  • Rhiannon Gibson

    Rhiannon Gibson

    Treasurer

  • Tara Hebert

    Tara Hebert

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Tara Hebert is the Southeast Direct Business Development Leader for RH Contract. With a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Inter…

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  • Jennifer Wellman

    Jennifer Wellman

    Executive Advisor

    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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Board of Directors

  • Megan Markham

    Megan Markham

    Scholarship

    Megan Markham is a National Account Manager in Hospitality Sales for Marietta Drapery & Window Coverings. She is a graduate f…

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  • 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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  • Amy Parry

    Amy Parry

    Membership

    With a BA in Art History, Amy started her career in gallery management and assisting the start-up of a contemporary art museu…

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  • Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson

    Programming

    Team-oriented sales professional with the proven ability to assess client needs to effectively promote goods and services. Hi…

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  • Nicole Lijana

    Nicole Lijana

    Fundraising

  • 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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  • Jessica Kendrick

    Jessica Kendrick

    Marketing

    Jessica Kendrick is a multi-line sales representative with BCA Hospitality covering Georgia and North Florida. She enjoys bei…

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  • Tara Hebert

    Tara Hebert

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    Tara Hebert is the Southeast Direct Business Development Leader for RH Contract. With a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Inter…

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  • Penny Shelton

    Penny Shelton

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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Committee Chair

  • 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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  • Megan May

    Megan May

    Programming

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

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  • Emily Hatch

    Emily Hatch

    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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  • Nina Perala

    Nina Perala

    Fundraising

    Nina Perala is the east coast Sales Manager for Quiltcraft Industries. She’s an Industrial Design graduate from Georgia Tec…

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  • Emily Haley

    Emily Haley

    Social Media

    Emily Haley is the Internet Communications Chair for NEWH. She currently works as the Public Relations Agent at Banko Design,…

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  • Stacy Costa McCoy

    Stacy Costa McCoy

    Publications

  • Alex Phillips

    Alex Phillips

    Community Service

  • Jennifer Cahill

    Jennifer Cahill

    Strategic Alliances

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Dallas Bentley

Dallas Bentley

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.

Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller

VP/Development

Atlanta Chapter, Vice President of Development on the 2020 Executive Board

Jamie Malys

Jamie Malys

Secretary

After graduating from Florida State University in 2005, Jamie Malys spent the first 15 years of her design career in South Florida, working with some of the best names in hospitality design. The challenge, innovation, and collaboration of hospitality design has always been a passion for her. And the opportunity to be connected with an organization like NEWH helps fuel that passion. With a desire for a change of climate, Jamie relocated with her fiancé to Atlanta in August 2020. She is currently a Senior Interior Designer at Banko Design, in Marietta, GA focusing on the team’s hospitality projects.

Tara Hebert

Tara Hebert

Past President/Parliamentarian

Tara Hebert is the Southeast Direct Business Development Leader for RH Contract. With a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Interior Design and minors in Business and International Studies, she began her career in 2007 at Gensler in Atlanta. After 6+ years, she made the decision to move into the manufacturer’s representative role. It was in this role that RH Contract approached her to become the Southeast Hospitality/Commercial Leader.

Jennifer Wellman

Jennifer Wellman

Executive Advisor

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.

Megan Markham

Megan Markham

Scholarship

Megan Markham is a National Account Manager in Hospitality Sales for Marietta Drapery & Window Coverings. She is a graduate from the School of Communication & Media at Kennesaw State University and a member of the KSU Society of Leadership & Success. Megan enjoys working with students and volunteering her time to help with NEWH Scholarships.

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.

Amy Parry

Amy Parry

Membership

With a BA in Art History, Amy started her career in gallery management and assisting the start-up of a contemporary art museum. She is now at the helm of Amy Parry Projects, a woman owned and operated art consulting agency, focused on boutique hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Past projects include the Atlanta Hawks State Farm Arena, Reverb by Hard Rock, Aruba Hyatt, and Lyla Lila Restaurant. Her aesthetic savvy combined with business acumen ensures a thoughtfully executed art experience. What sets her apart from other agencies is her expertise in custom art licensing and extensive industry relationships with artists, designers and vendors. As a true boutique art consultancy, her name on a project equals a unique viewpoint + stellar service. www.amyparryprojects.com

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson

Programming

Team-oriented sales professional with the proven ability to assess client needs to effectively promote goods and services. Highly motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal and persuasive communication skills. Strong closer, expert in establishing rapport and client trust.

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.

Jessica Kendrick

Jessica Kendrick

Marketing

Jessica Kendrick is a multi-line sales representative with BCA Hospitality covering Georgia and North Florida. She enjoys being active in the hospitality community and serving on the Atlanta board as Marketing Director.

Tara Hebert

Tara Hebert

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

Tara Hebert is the Southeast Direct Business Development Leader for RH Contract. With a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Interior Design and minors in Business and International Studies, she began her career in 2007 at Gensler in Atlanta. After 6+ years, she made the decision to move into the manufacturer’s representative role. It was in this role that RH Contract approached her to become the Southeast Hospitality/Commercial Leader.

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.

Megan May

Megan May

Programming

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.

Emily Hatch

Emily Hatch

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.

Nina Perala

Nina Perala

Fundraising

Nina Perala is the east coast Sales Manager for Quiltcraft Industries. She’s an Industrial Design graduate from Georgia Tech & got her start in the hospitality industry as an Art Consultant in 2012. Thanks to the pandemic, Nina recently moved to Philadelphia with her dog, Queso, and boyfriend, Joe, and supports the NEWH Atlanta chapter remotely.

Emily Haley

Emily Haley

Social Media

Emily Haley is the Internet Communications Chair for NEWH. She currently works as the Public Relations Agent at Banko Design, where she is responsible for media relations and marketing initiatives. Emily earned her MPA from Old Dominion University and her BS in Political Science from Louisiana State University and has since worked in the non-profit world, economic development, and now interior design.