Executive Committee

  • Manuela Kennedy

    Manuela Kennedy

    President

  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    Secretary

    Demi received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Interior Design Department of Middlesex University in Lond…

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  • Tarah Csaszar

    Tarah Csaszar

    Treasurer

  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is…

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  • Christine Tucker

    Christine Tucker

    Executive Advisor

    With over 30 years’ experience in the Design Industry beginning her career path at Fanshawe College in Interior Design to e…

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Board of Directors

  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is…

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  • Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

    Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

    Scholarship

    Compassionate Interior design graduate. Hard work leads to great success. Learn from the best, Gain as much experience yo…

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  • Rocio Trujillo-Backhouse

    Rocio Trujillo-Backhouse

    Membership

  • Maggie Roncato

    Maggie Roncato

    Programming

    As a parent first and foremost, Maggie has had her share of fundraising events, always for a good cause. She has a fresh…

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  • Cheryll San Juan

    Marketing

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Demi Melissinou

Demi Melissinou

Secretary

Demi received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Interior Design Department of Middlesex University in London, where she was also stationed during her first working years. Since the mid-nineties she has been extensively involved in residential, commercial and hospitality projects in Europe and the UAE region and since 2015 in the GTA of Canada. For 17 months she took up the role of creative lead in Design TWG, focusing entirely on hospitality projects.
Now, having created Demi Melissinou Design, she continues to provide design services worldwide.
Her philosophy is that innovation and respect towards the power of ambience create amazing environments where people are excited to shop, eat, work, have fun & relax. That said she was introduced to NEWH a few months after her relocation to Canada and has been an active member ever since.

Tara Witt

Tara Witt

Past President/Parliamentarian

Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is a full-line manufacturer of stainless steel products that cater to many different market segments. Vandervitt provides furniture and front-of-the-house speciality products to the hospitality industry. Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in business and psychology. She is currently the President of the Toronto chapter, and Secretary for the NEWH Canada Board.

Christine Tucker

Christine Tucker

Executive Advisor

With over 30 years’ experience in the Design Industry beginning her career path at Fanshawe College in Interior Design to evolving to the supply side of the industry. The years of experience have evolved by working closely with Procurement, Property Owners, Designers and Architects to meet the client and project specifications in product, price and service. Tucker enjoys the relationships that have been established throughout these years by providing excellent service in a market that is constantly changing how we approach business.

Chris is committed to the continual growth of NEWH in Canada and all other international markets. NEWH, The Hospitality Network, provides excellent opportunities with insight on our industry trends and information through networking with the Industry Leaders in the USA, UK and Canada. Chris has been a part of the NEWH International Board of Directors since 2005. Currently she is the President of NEWH Canada Inc., and Vice President of International Relations on the NEWH Inc., International Board of Directors.

Tara Witt

Tara Witt

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is a full-line manufacturer of stainless steel products that cater to many different market segments. Vandervitt provides furniture and front-of-the-house speciality products to the hospitality industry. Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in business and psychology. She is currently the President of the Toronto chapter, and Secretary for the NEWH Canada Board.

Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

Scholarship

Compassionate Interior design graduate.

Hard work leads to great success.
Learn from the best, Gain as much experience you can, and apply it to what you love most.

Maggie Roncato

Maggie Roncato

Programming

As a parent first and foremost, Maggie has had her share of fundraising events, always for a good cause. She has a fresh view on an old approach.