Executive Committee

  • Anne Hiter

    Anne Hiter

    President

    Anne’s experience at The Gettys Group combined with three years of experience at Hyatt Corporation as a Capital and Operati…

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  • Jessica Linden

    Jessica Linden

    VP/Administration

  • Jenelle Francois

    Jenelle Francois

    VP/Development

  • Jon  O'Rourke

    Jon O'Rourke

    Secretary

  • Ashley Cova

    Ashley Cova

    Treasurer

  • Jen Conley

    Jen Conley

    Past President/Parliamentarian

  • Katie Popp

    Katie Popp

    Executive Advisor

    Katie Popp is a recognized designer in both the residential and hospitality industry. She is NCIDQ certified and licensed in …

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Board of Directors

  • Jen Conley

    Jen Conley

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

  • Jessica Linden

    Jessica Linden

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

  • Natalie Sheedy

    Natalie Sheedy

    Scholarship

    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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  • Miriam  Tamayo

    Miriam Tamayo

    Membership

  • Jennifer Cal

    Jennifer Cal

    Programming

    Multi-line sales rep working with the Contract Alliance agency.

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  • Athena Slejko

    Athena Slejko

    Fundraising

  • Devon Fahey

    Devon Fahey

    Marketing

    Devon Fahey is a sales representative for Wolf-Gordon, an American Design Company. She has over 10 years of sales experience…

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Committee Chair

  • Michael Bress

    Michael Bress

    Chair/Regional Tradeshow

  • Kelly Hennessy

    Kelly Hennessy

    Hospitality

Anne Hiter

Anne Hiter

President

Anne’s experience at The Gettys Group combined with three years of experience at Hyatt Corporation as a Capital and Operational Purchasing Coordinator make her a meticulous Senior Project Manager. She seamlessly handles the management of project budgets, reviews cashflow projections and project timelines with on-time deliveries of FF&E. Her past experiences have also made her wellversed in collaborating with hotel management on pricing for capital and FF&E items, analyzing hotel spend against capital budgets and assisting with marketing, food and beverage and brand standards projects.

Katie Popp

Katie Popp

Executive Advisor

Katie Popp is a recognized designer in both the residential and hospitality industry. She is NCIDQ certified and licensed in the state of Illinois. Since entering the hospitality industry, she has specialized in Marriott and IHG design specifications. Along with the knowledge of standard room designs, Katie also contributed to independent properties and emerging markets. After joining Hyatt, she has focused on the designs for the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands throughout the Americas. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer on a co-ed recreational league and traveling, whether it be for work or pleasure. With an Interior Design degree from The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, she states that the unique mixture of creative and technical elements is what makes her so passionate for this profession.

Natalie Sheedy

Natalie Sheedy

Scholarship

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”.

Jennifer Cal

Jennifer Cal

Programming

Multi-line sales rep working with the Contract Alliance agency.

Devon Fahey

Devon Fahey

Marketing

Devon Fahey is a sales representative for Wolf-Gordon, an American Design Company. She has over 10 years of sales experience in a variety of industries. Most recently she worked as an Architecture & Design Representative for Thomas Interiors, a Herman Miller furniture dealer. Here she was able to build relationships within the design community learning their specific needs. Her current accounts include several hospitality design firms. She enjoys building long term lasting relationships with designers so that she can truly be an asset when they need it.