Executive Committee

  • Johanna Malen

    Johanna Malen

    President

    Tell us about your personal/professional background? My first career was in retail merchandising, product development and sou…

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  • Janine Peluffo

    Janine Peluffo

    VP/Development

    How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did! Tell us about your personal/pro…

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  • Brittany Spinner

    Brittany Spinner

    Secretary

  • Genevieve Mansfield

    Genevieve Mansfield

    Treasurer

  • Terri Metzger

    Terri Metzger

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Tell us about your personal/professional background? After working in interior design for many years I decided to join the o…

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  • Debra Calkins

    Debra Calkins

    Executive Advisor

    Debra Calkins is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and a minor i…

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Board of Directors

  • Janine Peluffo

    Janine Peluffo

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did! Tell us about your personal/pro…

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  • Christine Grant

    Christine Grant

    Membership

    How did you become involved in NEWH? Upon arriving in San Francisco four years ago, I was told NEWH was a great group to joi…

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  • Angela Rates Brabec

    Angela Rates Brabec

    Programming

  • Jeremy Bitter

    Jeremy Bitter

    Fundraising

  • Heather Jim

    Heather Jim

    Marketing

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Committee Chair

  • Kiko Singh

    Kiko Singh

    Community Service

  • Claire Love

    Claire Love

    Historian

  • Alfredo Orea

    Alfredo Orea

    Student Representative

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Johanna Malen

Johanna Malen

President

Tell us about your personal/professional background? My first career was in retail merchandising, product development and sourcing. I did this for many years, but took a break when I had my daughter in 2004. I entered hospitality sales in 2008, when a designer friend referred me to a manufacturer looking for a rep. It was a very difficult time to enter a new industry, but fortunately, I met some great mentors, colleagues and friends (many in NEWH)! I love collaborating with designers and providing product solutions that fit their project aesthetic and budgets.

What is the last book you read? A thriller called, The Good Girl…not to be confused with Gone Girl, which I also loved!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? My daughter, Rose, now 13 years, and I have been crafting together since she could pick up a crayon. We have dabbled in lots of mediums, but several years ago, we began to create “stuff” with all my obsolete samples and swatches….from pouches to purses to credit card holders, and lots of jewelry. Our glue gun is our best friend!

Janine Peluffo

Janine Peluffo

VP/Development

How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did!

Tell us about your personal/professional background? Graduated from a small college in Lynchburg, VA with a Health Degree and ended up selling shoes and running a little shoe boutique in VA. Later went on to sell leather with my current company, Moore & Giles!

What is the last book you read? A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara–super sad book
(I cried a lot) but glad I read it.

If you could stay at any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. I love star gazing on a cold winter night and hope to enjoy the Northern Lights before its too late.

Name one of your favorite Bay Area pastimes? Lazy park days in the sun with friends!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Camping and enjoying the outdoors with my cute little family.

Favorite caffeinated beverage? Green Tea Matcha Latte

Terri Metzger

Terri Metzger

Past President/Parliamentarian

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
After working in interior design for many years I decided to join the other side of the industry when a recruiter reached out. Working in Business Development in the design industry challenges me every day with new opportunities while utilizing my design experience and passion. I love design and was afraid I would miss it, but have never looked back. I work primarily on hospitality, retail and commercial projects and love what I do!

How did you get involved in NEWH?
I had been a member of NEWH for a few years prior, but when I moved to San Francisco the NEWH chapter was so welcoming and seemed like an organization I had to get involved with. I believe strongly in our mission to give back and love awarding our yearly scholarships. I value the many friendships I have made through NEWH, the SF Bay area chapter is a great group of professionals!

What is the last book you read?
“Your New Weimaraner Puppy” How to survive the 1st six months. Obviously in preparation for my family’s newest best friend. I could have listed something more intellectual but this is truthfully my latest read.

What do you enjoy while not a work?
I love exploring the many things the SF Bay Area has to offer…
strolling through art museums, catching a concert or spending time in the outdoors with my husband and 9 year old daughter are top on my list.

Favorite caffeinated beverage?
Dirty Chai Iced Latte on a hot day

Debra Calkins

Debra Calkins

Executive Advisor

Debra Calkins is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and a minor in Art. Deb has over thirty years of experience in the contract/hospitality furniture business. She began her career on the dealer side as a Project/Account Manager in both contract and hospitality. Currently she is focusing on hospitality for Debra Calkins Associates, Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives, and loves it. She has served on the advisory board for Academy of Arts, San Francisco.

Janine Peluffo

Janine Peluffo

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

How did you become involved in NEWH? Eddie & Jill from Ramsey pulled me in! Glad they did!

Tell us about your personal/professional background? Graduated from a small college in Lynchburg, VA with a Health Degree and ended up selling shoes and running a little shoe boutique in VA. Later went on to sell leather with my current company, Moore & Giles!

What is the last book you read? A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara–super sad book
(I cried a lot) but glad I read it.

If you could stay at any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. I love star gazing on a cold winter night and hope to enjoy the Northern Lights before its too late.

Name one of your favorite Bay Area pastimes? Lazy park days in the sun with friends!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Camping and enjoying the outdoors with my cute little family.

Favorite caffeinated beverage? Green Tea Matcha Latte

Christine Grant

Christine Grant

Membership

How did you become involved in NEWH?
Upon arriving in San Francisco four years ago, I was told NEWH was a great group to join to meet new people in the hospitality industry. I joined the first month I was here and went to an event at Restoration Hardware where everyone was very friendly and I was so warmly welcomed. I have been a member ever since and love all the different venues.

Tell us about your personal/professional background?
I arrived in San Francisco from NYC almost 5 years ago. My promotion to move to the Bay area and build the Commercial/Hospitality business for Waterworks was a dream come true. This has been a tremendous opportunity and I have enjoyed working on some amazing projects that are very satisfying. Previously in NYC I served as a project manager for Waterworks’ top two salespeople. They both taught me so much about the Commercial/Hospitality industry and we continue to collaborate on current projects today.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
Travel is always fun and last year I went to Portugal and Spain. Currently – I am focusing on California as there is so much beauty to discover here on this coast. I also love to make pottery on the wheel and have done that for the last 18 years.

What is one thing nobody would know about you? I modeled for Wilhelmina in NYC
Favorite caffeinated beverage? Latte with an extra shot