Executive Committee

  • Julie Kaufmann Unger

    Julie Kaufmann Unger

    President

  • Elle Pechiney

    Elle Pechiney

    VP/Administration

  • Sadie Makarechi Coulter

    Sadie Makarechi Coulter

    VP/Development

  • Michelle Madison

    Michelle Madison

    Secretary

    Michelle is a designer at BANDURAdesign in DC; she has been in the DC design scene for more than 5 years. She has a BFA in In…

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  • Beth Reymer

    Beth Reymer

    Treasurer

  • Jennifer Farris

    Jennifer Farris

    Past President

    The last fifteen years have taken Jennifer on a winding path of discovery that led to opening BANDURAdesign in the summer of …

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  • Leslie Anderson

    Leslie Anderson

    Executive Advisor

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Board of Directors

  • Abby Eckard

    Abby Eckard

    Scholarship

  • David Shove-Brown

    David Shove-Brown

    Student Relations

    David Shove-Brown, AIA, NCARB is Partner at //3877, an Architectural, Design, Interiors + Graphics firm with offices in Washi…

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  • Emily Perry

    Emily Perry

    Membership

    Emily joined BANDURAdesign directly after completing her degree in interior design from the University of Alabama Emily bring…

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  • Colin Hart

    Colin Hart

    Programming

  • Michael Webb

    Michael Webb

    Fundraising

    Mike Webb is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, is the Account Executive for Interface Hospitality covering th…

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  • Patricia Lopez

    Patricia Lopez

    Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

    Patricia Lopez’s life, and career, are centered on her core belief: bring love and laughter to everything you do. It’s a …

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  • Jessica Mathews

    Jessica Mathews

    Marketing

  • Jennifer Farris

    Jennifer Farris

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    The last fifteen years have taken Jennifer on a winding path of discovery that led to opening BANDURAdesign in the summer of …

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  • Elle Pechiney

    Elle Pechiney

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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Committee Chair

  • Melanie Ambridge

    Melanie Ambridge

    Programming

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Michelle Madison

Michelle Madison

Secretary

Michelle is a designer at BANDURAdesign in DC; she has been in the DC design scene for more than 5 years. She has a BFA in Interior Design, and graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Michelle’s first NEWH DCmetro event was the 2015 golf tournament, and has been involved in the chapter ever since.

Michelle knows how to pack a power punch like the theater term “Triple Threat”. She brings her formidable force of talent to every aspect of the design process: including conceptual design, schematic design, construction documentation, presentation and marketing materials, finish and fabric selection, FF+E specifications and budgets, lighting and furniture design, and construction administration (seriously, it’s exhausting just thinking about all the brain cells used in this job). Michelle believes design is in the details, and works with speed and accuracy to deliver projects on deadline.

Jennifer Farris

Jennifer Farris

Past President

The last fifteen years have taken Jennifer on a winding path of discovery that led to opening BANDURAdesign in the summer of 2016. The vision to bring a healthy and balanced life to designers through freedom and flexibility in their process translates to unparalleled enthusiasm for the work being produced by the Bandura team. Risky, yes. Worth it, completely. Jennifer works hard and brings together technical expertise with focused attention to budgets and schedules to make successful projects on the practical side, but also the spirit she brings leaves clients feeling less like they are glad it is over and more like they are ready to do it all over again.

David Shove-Brown

David Shove-Brown

Student Relations

David Shove-Brown, AIA, NCARB is Partner at //3877, an Architectural, Design, Interiors + Graphics firm with offices in Washington, DC specializing in residential [single and multi-family], commercial, restaurant and healthcare architecture + design. //3877 has completed projects throughout the United States and Europe.

Mr. Shove-Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a bachelor’s of science in architecture from Catholic University of America. Mr. Shove-Brown has worked for several Mid-Atlantic architects in addition to experience as a consultant for the Ford Motor Company, BMW and Suzuki.

As a Partner at //3877, Mr. Shove-Brown has expertise in residential, restaurant and healthcare design. Mr. Shove-Brown’s work and commentary has been featured in Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Details Magazine, the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Hospitality Design Magazine, Boutique Design Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Form Magazine and the Puerto Rican based El Nuevo Dia. In addition to print media, Mr. Shove-Brown has been on numerous podcasts including The Scrappy Entrepreneur, Business of Design and StyleNations.

David has been presented with architectural awards from groups such as American Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the American Institute of Architects + Washington Architectural Foundation and American Architectural Foundation. Most recently, David has been honored with the Weib Award, the Washington Architectural Foundation’s award for Architecture in the Public Interest. //3877 has been named as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Great Places to Work, Washington City Paper’s Best Architectural Firm and one of DC Inno’s 50 on Fire.

In additional to extensive professional associates, Mr. Shove-Brown takes great pleasure in his charitable associations for such organizations as NEWH, ScholarCHIPS, Athletes Serving Athletes, Back On My Feet, the Washington Architectural Foundation, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and The Crohn’s + Colitis Foundation of America.

He loves coffee [don’t talk to him before at least 2 espresso shots in the morning], bacon cheeseburgers, good beer, but most of all, being a dad

Emily Perry

Emily Perry

Membership

Emily joined BANDURAdesign directly after completing her degree in interior design from the University of Alabama Emily brings unparalleled energy and enthusiasm to her job. Not only is she hospitality chair for NEWH DC METRO chapter but this is her second year on the Marketing Committee. Look for her smile to greet you at all the 2019 events!

Michael Webb

Michael Webb

Fundraising

Mike Webb is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, is the Account Executive for Interface Hospitality covering the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia territory. Prior to joining Interface he worked as a multiline Rep for Jeff Fuge & Associates and was an Associate with RD Jones & Associates in Baltimore where he started his hospitality career.

Patricia Lopez

Patricia Lopez

Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Patricia Lopez’s life, and career, are centered on her core belief: bring love and laughter to everything you do. It’s a philosophy rooted in her Latin upbringing – where joy infused everything from food to style – and a central tenet of her design ethos today. Raised in Medellin, Colombia at the height of the Escobar era, Patricia came to the US at 17 on a student visa determined to learn English and build a better life for herself and her future children (today, she’s a mom of 3!). Patricia began her career with Baskervill as an intern and steadily built a reputation as a dynamic, driving force for forward-thinking design, creative leadership, and client-centric decision making. Over her 15-year tenure with the firm, she worked her way from intern to designer to studio lead, and now serves as a Principal in the firm’s award-winning hospitality division. She’s a graduate of VCU and resides in the Richmond suburbs with her family.

Jennifer Farris

Jennifer Farris

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

The last fifteen years have taken Jennifer on a winding path of discovery that led to opening BANDURAdesign in the summer of 2016. The vision to bring a healthy and balanced life to designers through freedom and flexibility in their process translates to unparalleled enthusiasm for the work being produced by the Bandura team. Risky, yes. Worth it, completely. Jennifer works hard and brings together technical expertise with focused attention to budgets and schedules to make successful projects on the practical side, but also the spirit she brings leaves clients feeling less like they are glad it is over and more like they are ready to do it all over again.

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