Executive Committee

  • Manuela Kennedy

    Manuela Kennedy

    President

  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    VP/Administration

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

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  • Jaymie Borchardt

    Jaymie Borchardt

    Secretary

  • Maggie Roncato

    Maggie Roncato

    Treasurer

    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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  • 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

  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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

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  • 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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  • Terryl Nielsen

    Terryl Nielsen

    Director/Scholarship

  • Rocio Trujillo-Backhouse

    Rocio Trujillo-Backhouse

    Director/Membership

  • Doug Amirault

    Doug Amirault

    Director/Fundraising

  • Paula Cavallin

    Paula Cavallin

    Director/Marketing

    Paula has worked in the A & D community for over 25 years in both sales and management. She has a passion for interior desig…

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Demi Melissinou

Demi Melissinou

VP/Administration

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. In Canada she founded Demi Melissinou Design, a company that continues to provide 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.

Maggie Roncato

Maggie Roncato

Treasurer

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.

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.

Demi Melissinou

Demi Melissinou

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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. In Canada she founded Demi Melissinou Design, a company that continues to provide 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.

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.

Paula Cavallin

Paula Cavallin

Director/Marketing

Paula has worked in the A & D community for over 25 years in both sales and management. She has a passion for interior design and loves working with her clients. Presently, Paula is the account executive for Garrett Leather servicing Ontario and Quebec provinces. She is excited to be a part of NEWH in her new marketing position.