Executive Committee

  • Sandy Banks

    Sandy Banks

    President

    From humble beginnings on a farm in Nebraska, Sandy Banks has catapulted herself into a wildly successful career in hospitali…

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  • Kevin Swart

    Kevin Swart

    Vice President/Finance

    Kevin hails from South Africa and has over 35 years’ experience in the Interiors sector. He began his professional studi…

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  • Brittany Spinner

    Brittany Spinner

    Vice President/Scholarship

    Brittany is a recent transplant to Denver, CO after living in San Francisco, CA for the last fourteen years. She's been in th…

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  • Dallas Bentley

    Dallas Bentley

    Vice President/Education

    Dallas Bentley has worked in either hospitality and higher education since 2003. For six years, he held positions in care…

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  • Lanée Burns

    Lanée Burns

    Vice President/Membership

    Lanée has been a very active member of the hospitality industry since 1998 when she became a project manager for one of the …

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  • Helen Reed

    Helen Reed

    Vice President/Communications

    Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.…

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  • Valerie Coleman

    Valerie Coleman

    Vice President/Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

    Valerie is an interior design professional. She brings a varied background to include a prior career in human resources, and …

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  • Deidre Schwartz

    Deidre Schwartz

    Vice President/Events

    In 6th grade I had to write a research paper on the career that I would like to pursue in the future. I landed upon "Interior…

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  • Jonathan Young

    Jonathan Young

    Vice President/IR-EU & UK

    Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 35 years of experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involv…

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  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    Vice President/IR-Canada

    Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in …

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  • Christine Tucker

    Christine Tucker

    Past President

    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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  • Cynthia Guthrie

    Cynthia Guthrie

    Executive Advisor

    Guthrie & Associates is a creative & collaborative playground for designers, architects, developers, procurement specialists,…

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  • Gwendoline Theodet

    Gwendoline Theodet

    Ad Hoc Advisor - France

    Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client…

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  • Enrico Cleva

    Enrico Cleva

    Ad Hoc Advisor - Italy

    Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design an…

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  • Shelia Lohmiller

    Shelia Lohmiller

    Chief Executive Officer

    Shelia Lohmiller serves as CEO of NEWH, Inc., the Network of the Hospitality Industry. A longtime hospitality design profe…

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  • Jena Seibel

    Jena Seibel

    Chief Operating Officer

    Jena attained a BS in Marketing at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and since has held positions in management, sales, and …

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  • Susan Huntington

    Susan Huntington

    Chief Financial Officer

    Susan brings with her over 20+ years’ financial experience. Susan earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Northeast…

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  • Trudy Craven

    Trudy Craven

    Strategic Advisor

    TWC Consulting LLC provides customized and interactive learning and development experiences in leadership areas of focus such…

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Board of Directors

  • Lori Firpo

    Lori Firpo

    Scholarship

  • Jocelyn Nevels

    Jocelyn Nevels

    Education

  • Wanda  Luna

    Wanda Luna

    Membership

  • Teri Urovsky

    Teri Urovsky

    Brand Programs

  • Shana McCullough-Downing

    Shana McCullough-Downing

    NEWH Conferences

    Shana McCullough-Downing is Managing Partner of Downing Management Group; a multi-line rep firm based in Orlando FL covering …

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  • Leonardo Luciano

    Leonardo Luciano

    Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

  • Todd Fuller

    Todd Fuller

    Social Media

    Director of Social Media on the 2022 NEWH International Board of Directors Vice President of Administration on the 2022 NEWH…

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NEWH Ambassadors

  • Angie Law

    Angie Law

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

    Angie Law is the Marketing Director and Customer Engagement Director with Signature Flooring. She severed as Marketing Direct…

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  • Emily Mueller

    Emily Mueller

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

    Emily has had a successful career in the plumbing industry for over two decades. She landed a role as a National Sales Manag…

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  • Kelly Ponder

    Kelly Ponder

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

  • Adam Tooter

    Adam Tooter

    NEWH Corporate Ambassador

  • Keisha Byrd Simendinger

    Keisha Byrd Simendinger

    NEWH Media Partner

  • Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

    Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

    NEWH Media Partner

    Stacy Shoemaker Rauen is the senior vice president of the Design Group at Emerald, a leading events and media company. There …

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  • Tara Chung

    Tara Chung

    NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

    Tara Chung is the Director of Interior Design for Marriott International, Global Designs Americas. In the past couple of yea…

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  • Kavitha Iyer

    Kavitha Iyer

    NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

    Kavitha Iyer joined IHG Hotels & Resorts in 2021 as Head of Design for the Americas. An Architect and Designer with over 20 y…

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  • Alvaro Montoya

    Alvaro Montoya

    NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

    Regional VP and Lifestyle Studio Head for Hyatt Design Services where I oversee the design development of Hyatt Lifestyle por…

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  • My Nguyen

    My Nguyen

    NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

    Seattle-based designer My Nguyen holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts and currently works as Director of Interior D…

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  • Barry Sullivan

    Barry Sullivan

    NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

    As design director in Luxury and Lifestyle, I am responsible for guiding the design of all North American Canopy and Motto pr…

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  • Ngahuia Damerell

    Ngahuia Damerell

    NEWH Brand Ambassador - EU/UK

  • Emma King

    Emma King

    NEWH Brand Ambassador - EU/UK

Executive Chair

  • Stacy Garcia

    Stacy Garcia

    Martha’s Mentor Program

Committee Chair

  • Rebekah Ellis

    Rebekah Ellis

    BrandED EU/UK

    Rebekah studied ‘Spatial Design’ at Arts University Bournemouth and began her career as an Interior Designer with husband…

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  • Natasha Ashar

    Natasha Ashar

    Finance

    Natasha is a Project Manager who is passionate about partnering with owners, designers, and builders to grow their brand. She…

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  • Rachel Berkin

    Rachel Berkin

    Green Voice

  • David Shove-Brown

    David Shove-Brown

    Student Relations Committee

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

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  • Stephanie Deshaies

    Stephanie Deshaies

    BrandED

    Stephanie Deshaies is a visionary dedicated to the Interior Design profession. She is an NCIDQ certified interior designer wi…

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  • Crystal McCain

    Crystal McCain

    BrandED

    Crystal McCain is an Interior Designer at HBG Design, where she is passionate about connecting people to place, making memora…

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  • Michael Webb

    Michael Webb

    BrandED

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

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  • Natalie Sheedy

    Natalie Sheedy

    Design LinQ

    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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  • Stacy V. Elliston

    Stacy V. Elliston

    Top ID

    Stacy Elliston’s involvement in Hospitality Design has spanned over 27 years.

    With a very diverse background …

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  • Helen Reed

    Helen Reed

    NEWH Fellows

    Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.…

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  • Jillian Van Dresser

    Jillian Van Dresser

    NEWH Fellows

    Jillian Van Dresser, president of The Van Dresser Company, an Atlanta, Georgia based full service interior design firm pr…

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House of Delegates

  • Luis Araujo

    Luis Araujo

    House of Delegates

  • Elizabeth  Banks

    Elizabeth Banks

    House of Delegates

  • Kristy Bohne

    Kristy Bohne

    House of Delegates

    With a degree in Interior design, Kristy has spent most of her career working hand-in-hand with her clients to create beautif…

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  • Sara Brookshire

    Sara Brookshire

    House of Delegates

  • Claire Callis

    Claire Callis

    House of Delegates

  • Jolie Cawelti

    Jolie Cawelti

    House of Delegates

  • Jeannette Chacon

    Jeannette Chacon

    House of Delegates

    VP of Development - Los Angeles Chapter

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  • Enrico Cleva

    Enrico Cleva

    House of Delegates

    Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design an…

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  • Kim Faith

    Kim Faith

    House of Delegates

  • Todd Fuller

    Todd Fuller

    House of Delegates

    Director of Social Media on the 2022 NEWH International Board of Directors Vice President of Administration on the 2022 NEWH…

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  • Hannah  Gamradt

    Hannah Gamradt

    House of Delegates

    Hannah Gamradt is a Minneapolis based Interior Designer who has a passion for designing spaces that are unique and truly tell…

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  • April Geter

    April Geter

    House of Delegates

  • Casie Idle

    Casie Idle

    House of Delegates

    ID & Design International is a leading, award winning design and branding firm specializing in commercial mixed- use, hospita…

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  • Levar Jackson

    Levar Jackson

    House of Delegates

    Levar is a native New York with a passion for discovery. He recently founded Yogh Group, a sustainable and impactful hotel de…

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  • Marit Jensen

    Marit Jensen

    House of Delegates

    First and foremost, I believe creating impactful designed spaces is a team sport. One of the seemingly rare people born in Wa…

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  • Angie Law

    Angie Law

    House of Delegates

    Angie Law is the Marketing Director and Customer Engagement Director with Signature Flooring. She severed as Marketing Direct…

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  • Wanda  Luna

    Wanda Luna

    House of Delegates

  • Courtney MacLean

    Courtney MacLean

    House of Delegates

    When Courtney isn’t looking under tables at a new restaurant to find out where they are from, she is out with her family hi…

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  • Michelle Madison

    Michelle Madison

    House of Delegates

    Michelle is owner of MICHE.studio,which specializes in Revit for Interiors and Interior Design Consulting. Shehas been in the…

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  • Celine Marcotte

    Celine Marcotte

    House of Delegates

  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    House of Delegates

    Demi is the Principal Designer of Demi Melissinou Design, a boutique design firm in Oakville, Ontario. She is an internationa…

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  • Ashley Mitchell

    Ashley Mitchell

    House of Delegates

  • Sara Nelson

    Sara Nelson

    House of Delegates

  • Elle Pechiney

    Elle Pechiney

    House of Delegates

  • Stella Pena

    Stella Pena

    House of Delegates

    With a bachelor's in Fine Arts in Interior Design, Stella decided to move to South Florida from New York City to pursue her m…

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  • Chris Schafer

    Chris Schafer

    House of Delegates

    Upon graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 1995, Chris immediately became involved in the transportation and l…

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  • Deidre Schwartz

    Deidre Schwartz

    House of Delegates

    In 6th grade I had to write a research paper on the career that I would like to pursue in the future. I landed upon "Interior…

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  • Katie Smith

    Katie Smith

    House of Delegates

  • Brittany Spinner

    Brittany Spinner

    House of Delegates

    Brittany is a recent transplant to Denver, CO after living in San Francisco, CA for the last fourteen years. She's been in th…

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  • Kevin Swart

    Kevin Swart

    House of Delegates

    Kevin hails from South Africa and has over 35 years’ experience in the Interiors sector. He began his professional studi…

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  • Haley Taylor

    Haley Taylor

    House of Delegates

  • Gwendoline Theodet

    Gwendoline Theodet

    House of Delegates

    Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client…

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  • Danielle Vassallo

    Danielle Vassallo

    House of Delegates

Staff

  • Diane Federwitz

    Diane Federwitz

    Director/Membership & Events - Staff

    Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a BS degree in Administrative Management, Diane was employed by a…

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  • Julie Hartmann

    Julie Hartmann

    Director/Finance - Staff

    Julie brings over 15+ years of work experience working under different financial coordinators from retail to government. Duri…

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  • Erika Swansen, MS, MBA

    Erika Swansen, MS, MBA

    Director/Scholarship & Education - Staff

    Erika has extensive experience in the continuing education field focusing on course development for professional education, o…

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  • Kate Nesbitt

    Kate Nesbitt

    Director/Conference & Tradeshows - Staff

    Kate obtained a Bachelor’s in Health and Human Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma while …

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  • Hillary Eggebrecht

    Hillary Eggebrecht

    Director/Communications - Staff

    After earning her BA in English Journalism, Hillary worked at a non-profit educational book publishers doing editing, marketi…

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  • Kathy Coughlin

    Kathy Coughlin

    Membership Coordinator

    Kathy was born and raised in Chicago and has lived most of her life in Illinois. She moved to Wisconsin about 13 years ago. K…

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  • Denise Huntington

    Denise Huntington

    Finance Support

    Denise earned her Business Administrative certificate degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical Institute in 2010. She has wo…

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  • Sarah Von Deck

    Sarah Von Deck

    Office Administrator

    Sarah has lived in Wisconsin her whole life. She lives in the city of Shawano with her husband Chris. They have 2 children,…

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Sandy Banks

Sandy Banks

President

From humble beginnings on a farm in Nebraska, Sandy Banks has catapulted herself into a wildly successful career in hospitality. Raised with a DIY spirit and strong work ethic, she learned to sew and make her own clothes at the age of six, embarking on a lifelong love affair with fabric and its transformative power. Unable to find clothes she liked in stores, Sandy designed and made her own wardrobe, strongly influenced by favorite designers Pucci, Paco Rabanne, Mary Quant and Rudi Gernreich. She discovered an early outlet for her passion as the art director for her high school theater troupe, making costumes, building sets, and collaborating on designs that brought stories to life. Sandy majored in Art and studied architectural drawing in college but always followed her curiosity to seek out a creative education beyond the classroom. As a fabric store manager in Los Angeles, she expanded her love and knowledge of textiles, working with film studio costumers and museum textile restoration experts in addition to apparel and interior designers. It was this job that gave Sandy the creative, business and people skills that would prepare her for the next chapter in her career.

Sandy joined P/Kaufmann, Inc. in 1983, playing a key role in the formation of the company’s Contract division, both as one of the first sales representatives and as an invaluable consultant on initial product and color lines. There she found a kindred spirit in Curtis Breedlove, an early mentor and current President of P/Kaufmann Contract, with whom she shared a background in art and design that influenced PKC’s aesthetic and sales strategy. Sandy has been awarded PKC’s Salesperson of the Year numerous times during the past 30 years. In 2010, she was promoted to Western Sales Manager, where she has consistently grown her business in key West Coast, Las Vegas and Hawaiian markets. Sandy has maintained and expanded a loyal base of clients and brands by championing her customers’ design vision and bottom line; by asking the right questions and giving honest answers; by conducting business with integrity, passion and style. Sandy’s reputation as a champion for her clients is well deserved, but her legacy as a champion for women in the hospitality industry may be even more enduring. Starting her career as a working mother in the early 1980’s, she pushed back against prevailing corporate expectations, finding inspiration in a growing network of women who, like herself, sought to forge their own path and redefine success in the world of business. Sandy joined NEWH in 1984 as one of its early members and currently serves on its International Board of Directors. Along with mentoring new P/Kaufmann Contract sales representatives, Sandy has been instrumental in developing NEWH‘s mentoring and scholarship programs; nurturing the best and brightest of hospitality’s next generation as a way to pay forward all of the support and guidance she has received.

Family, creative pursuits and causes close to her heart fill Sandy’s personal life. She counts daughter Amber—an educator and mentor to women in her own right— as her greatest achievement. Sandy still sews her own clothes and collects art and textiles during her extensive travels. The inspiration she derives from other cultures enhances her personal and professional design aesthetic and informs her worldview. Through her support of organizations including Wildlife Waystation, Earth Justice and the ACLU, Sandy expresses her passion for animal welfare, the environment and social justice.

Kevin Swart

Kevin Swart

Vice President/Finance

Kevin hails from South Africa and has over 35 years’ experience in the Interiors sector.

He began his professional studies in Interior Design, but intrigue in Shoe Design took him to Milan where he did his training at the world-renowned school of shoe and handbag design, Arsutoria Milano. He went on to design for a leading shoe manufacturer. However, his love of Interior Design took over, and after 5 years he took the challenge and launched his own Interior Design business in a humble studio above a Classic Car showroom…which launched a successful business and saw him completing numerous large residential and hospitality projects in South Africa and the UK.

During this time he realised that although his passion was creative, his strength was in communication and project management, and so when he relocated to the UK in 2005 (in search of good weather…!) it was a natural progression into business development and the Hospitality supply sector, is where he has found his niche.

Kevin’s strength in leadership and management, along with his passion for good design has allowed him to build relationship with leading Interior design studios and to be involved with the design, manufacture and supply of interior furnishings in numerous 4 and 5 star Hotels globally … something he does not take for granted.

“I cherish the ongoing relationships I have established in my career, which carry me from one project to the next. I have learned to value the mentor figures that have been involved in my life, and now to hopefully do the same for the next generation. Don’t ever forget where you came from and make sure you laugh and have fun (and a few glasses of wine) whilst doing so.”

Brittany Spinner

Brittany Spinner

Vice President/Scholarship

Brittany is a recent transplant to Denver, CO after living in San Francisco, CA for the last fourteen years. She’s been in the design industry for almost 15 years, and has been working remotely off and on for almost two years here in Denver. She is a self-proclaimed nerd whose recent passions include playing board games, starting a history club in her neighborhood, and becoming a transit and walkability advocate.

Professionally, Brittany’s unique approach to design is filled with passion, diligence, curiosity and the continuous love of learning. This love of learning guides her in teaching younger staff based on her experience in a large variety of projects, clients, and locations. Her personal motto is that every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow. In a team setting, Brittany is a hands-on team player that feels that leadership also means to stand side by side with each other to help with project workload and deadlines.

Dallas Bentley

Dallas Bentley

Vice President/Education

Dallas Bentley has worked in either hospitality and higher education since 2003.

For six years, he held positions in career development and marketing at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, the Students’ Society of McGill University, and Kennesaw State University. He is passionate about communications, management, marketing, product development, and education. Since 2013, he has been a mentor to an underprivileged child as Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta program.

For this organization, he has participated in events, videos, marketing campaigns, and interviews for local television spots to encourage mentor sign ups and donations.

He is part-owner and Director of Hospitality Sales for Marietta Drapery & Window CoveringsCompany, a 4th generation family business that directly manufactures and installs window and bed coverings for the hospitality, multi-family, and commercial markets.

Lanée Burns

Lanée Burns

Vice President/Membership

Lanée has been a very active member of the hospitality industry since 1998 when she became a project manager for one of the leading purchasing organizations in the country. Lanée became a sales representative in 2003. She started Lanee S. Burns & Associates, LLC in 2005

As a graduate from Sonoma State University with a BA in African-American Studies. She is passionate about being a mentor and a role model within the hospitality industry and her community.

Family is very important to Lanée. She loves spending time with her adult daughter and having dinner with her mom and grandmother. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she continues to work to make a difference in her community. Lanée is a Breast Cancer survivor. Her favorite poem is Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson.

Fun Fact:
1. Lanee has NEVER had a CUP of COFFEE in her LIFE
2. She loves to walk and hike with friends
3. She loves puzzles and crosswords
4. She enjoys to dancing.
5. She is a selfie queen and next time you see her let’s take a selfie or do a social media dance video

Helen Reed

Helen Reed

Vice President/Communications

Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Her experience has ranged from a Project Interior Designer for a Top 100 Architectural and Interior Design Firm to working as a manufacturer’s representative where she took time to learn about the manufacturing process of interior materials and furniture.

Her firm, Helen Reed Design, provides full service Interior Design, branding, procurement and consulting for Restaurants, Hotels, Spas, Healthcare and Retail projects throughout the United States. Her team brings a creative approach to each project, developing into a unique final product for every Client.

Helen is an Artist and Photographer providing commissioned art for clients as well as creating art pieces for several of her own projects. She is in the process of converting several of her designs into wall-coverings and custom carpets.

In addition to Interior Design and Art, in 2020 Helen launched Cr8you.com, a spiritual and life coaching consulting firm that helps people define their soul’s calling encouraging them to live their life with greater purpose and passion not only personally but also in their career, whether it is in their current job, a side hustle or launching a new business. She is also in the process of launching Be-cr8tive.com a platform providing workshops, retreats, and virtual gatherings to inspire people who want to express their creative calling through art, design, photography, speaking, writing or any other creative process.

In 2013, Helen Co-Founded Uplined.com, a technology company that provides cloud storage for both residential and commercial properties. The platform establishes maintenance reminders so that the building’s owner can take better care of their building while keeping connected to that building’s service teams.

Helen served on the Executive Committee of NEWH, Inc. from 2006-2017. She served as President from 2010-2011. Currently she has joined the Executive Committee of NEWH again as VP of Communications.

In 2021, Helen became Chair of Modern Richmond. Modern Richmond’s mission is to promote, educate and celebrate modernism in Richmond, Virginia with the Vision that Richmond becomes recognized as a center of modernism. The organization provides tours, lectures, and virtual events featuring mid-century modern to current modern properties throughout the city. In 2019, Helen led the Modern Richmond Book Committee with the design and publication of their first Book celebrating their 10-year anniversary and featuring over 50 properties that had been toured during that time.

Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman

Vice President/Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Valerie is an interior design professional. She brings a varied background to include a prior career in human resources, and event planning. Mentoring up-and-coming professionals in the hospitality industry is a passion as is teaching adjunct for interior design students. Outside of her work (Senior Interior Design Manager with Marriott International), Valerie is a swing dance performer, serves in leadership with her church, is a recent licensed real estate agent, and continues serving on NEWH leadership, for whom she was a scholarship recipient. Hobbies include music and dance, travel to places with blue waters and white sands, and being a dog mom to her adopted fur baby, Blackjack.

Deidre Schwartz

Deidre Schwartz

Vice President/Events

In 6th grade I had to write a research paper on the career that I would like to pursue in the future. I landed upon “Interior Designer” and had a passion for the arts. This was the early 70s. By the late 70s, I was convinced that a pursuit in business was the best way to go so off to business school I went for a degree in accounting/finance.

It took what seemed to be another lifetime to eventually get myself back in school, studying Interior Design at Harrington Institute in the early 90s. This bio is to be about “me” and not the job, per se, but after some setbacks in life, it was really my career that kept me sane and optimistic about the future.

I met the love of my life (Michael) in the mid 90s (at work, of course) and it took another 6 or so years before the stars aligned for us to ponder a relationship beyond being friends. It was extremely weird at first but we quickly adjusted (tee hee).

Over my life, I have had almost 30 addresses, went to 4 high schools, grew up in rural communities transitioned to city living as an adult for 10 years, lived in the Chicago ‘burbs for nearly 20 years and now reside in the horse country of Prescott, Arizona. I love that I have had all these great experiences and changes in environment starting at a very early age.

I am grateful to say that my parents are living in Florida at 88 and 90 years old. They are well and I hope the strong genes have transferred to me as well as my older brother and sister. Yes, I am the “baby”. Ha.

A great day for me is watching the sunrise peek over the horizon, taking a walk with my Theo (12 yo border collie), talking to my Mom, reading next to my husband outside somewhere, hiking on a nearby trail, having friends over for cocktails and/or dinner, watching a good movie (or trying to get through Breaking Bad), catching another amazing Arizona sunset, and falling asleep while reading (thrillers and suspense genres preferred) in bed next to Michael and Theo. Yep, that is what I call a pretty great day!

What’s next? As my grandmother would say…”we’ll see”!

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

Vice President/IR-EU & UK

Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 35 years of experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involved in sales, sales and marketing management, and senior director level positions at manufacturers providing product for the hotel and leisure sectors. His experience has been primarily with floorcovering and carpet, most recently as Managing Director of Axminster Carpets. He has now launched his own company, Jonathan Young Associates, providing consultancy and product sourcing to the hospitality interior furnishings sector. Jonathan’s leadership and management skills will help establish a clearly defined strategy for business and understand how it needs to be implemented for success. His contacts across the US and Europe can help navigate the sales and marketing process for companies looking to expand into new markets.

As Chairman of the BCFA from 2011 until 2014, leading the Board of the trade association that supports the British Contract Furnishings Association, and currently as Vice President of International Relations of NEWH Inc and Past President of the UK chapter of the NEWH, he has a good understanding of business within the hospitality and commercial markets.

His experiences have taken him across continents, working and living in the US and UK, and developing and executing growth strategies for businesses across international markets.

He is a creative thinker and believes in the importance of communication particularly when working with people from diverse cultures, and across all levels of a business. Jonathan is passionate about the hospitality market and a big believer in connecting education and business through networking.

Tara Witt

Tara Witt

Vice President/IR-Canada

Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in business and psychology. Her first furniture company, Vandervitt Inc., amalgamated into her family’s stainless steel business, Tarrison Products Ltd., in 2018. It continues to run as a successful division of Tarrison, and Tara serves as the Operating Partner for the overall corporation. She is also the Chief Marketing Officer of AbleDocs Inc. AbleDocs was founded in 2019 and is the worldwide leader in document accessibility products and services.

Christine Tucker

Christine Tucker

Past President

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.

Cynthia Guthrie

Cynthia Guthrie

Executive Advisor

Guthrie & Associates is a creative & collaborative playground for designers, architects, developers, procurement specialists, corporate brands, and construction professionals. We proudly represent the finest manufacturers in our industry.

We keep things simple. The best way to work together is to create enthusiasm, provide impeccable service and keep the flow rolling throughout the whole process. Driven by the thought that collaborative & collective work gets the best results we believe in partnership with our clients. Every great project needs strong ideas and clients need inspiring people who can advise them about innovative products and applications for their creative world.

The foundation for our work is a very simple idea……providing our relevant products and combining our client’s vision to achieve great projects and experiences. “If you like what you do you excel at what you create.” anonymous

Gwendoline Theodet

Gwendoline Theodet

Ad Hoc Advisor - France

Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client relationships while securing project opportunities for the studio. Theodet has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the fashion and interior design industries. Most recently, she was the regional director of business development for Wilson Associates.

Passionate with creating new connections and bringing people together, Theodet is a founding board member of NEWH Paris Chapter and currently serves as President of the Chapter.

Theodet has a Master’s in Business Marketing from EDC Paris Business School.

Enrico Cleva

Enrico Cleva

Ad Hoc Advisor - Italy

Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design and exhibition businesses. A graduate of Politecnico di Milano University, Enrico founded his practice in 2005 with his wife architect Sara Viarengo Cleva, focused mainly on interiors for corporate offices and high end residential projects. Enrico is official representative of Fiera Milano in Canada, working on the business development of global shows like Host Milano, Tuttofood and HOMI. He is a strategic consultant for the Interior Designers of Canada association, a regular speaker on interior design trends and writes for design magazines such as Canadian Interiors.

Shelia Lohmiller

Shelia Lohmiller

Chief Executive Officer

Shelia Lohmiller serves as CEO of NEWH, Inc., the Network of the Hospitality Industry.

A longtime hospitality design professional in Chicago and later southern California, Lohmiller helped start the NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter and has worked to grow membership, structure, and awareness for NEWH ever since—as a member and now as CEO. She is a driving force of NEWH domestically and globally, nearly 30 chapters strong, awarding more than $8.1 million in educational scholarships to rising professionals pursuing hospitality careers. Her passions are education and the advancement of women.

Educated at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Bellin School of Nursing, and Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Lohmiller has 40-plus years’ experience in the hospitality field. She became the first saleswoman for Falcon Products and was named West Coast Regional Manager in 1983, making her the first woman to be named manager for the company. She founded an independent furniture representation business, the Lohmiller Group, in 1984 in Los Angeles.

Lohmiller cofounded the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality in 1984 with Dorrit St. John and Susan Spalding. She served as founding president from 1984 to 1986, and then Secretary of the NEWH, Inc. Board of Directors. Shelia was honored as the first recipient of NEWH’s Recognition of Excellence in 1992 for exemplary service to the organization. Lohmiller and NEWH were awarded the first HD Vision Award in 2011. Shelia served as NEWH, Inc. executive director from 1993 until 2020 when she was promoted to CEO.

Jena Seibel

Jena Seibel

Chief Operating Officer

Jena attained a BS in Marketing at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and since has held positions in management, sales, and service.

Susan Huntington

Susan Huntington

Chief Financial Officer

Susan brings with her over 20+ years’ financial experience. Susan earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and her Bachelor’s in Accounting through Lakeland University in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She resides in her hometown of Shawano with her husband Jeff, three children; Grace, Ava, Max, and German shepherd dogs – Winston and Lucy, and Willow the cat. When not at work, Susan enjoys traveling and exploring with her family as well as improving on her photography hobby.

Trudy Craven

Trudy Craven

Strategic Advisor

TWC Consulting LLC provides customized and interactive learning and development experiences in leadership areas of focus such as Strategic Planning, Goal Setting, Evaluating Performance, Career Discussions, Development of Associates, Performance Management, Presentation Skills, Communication Skills, Leadership and Management Skills, etc. TWC Consulting is owned and operated by Trudy Craven, recently retired from a 40-year career with Milliken and Company, a large privately-owned manufacturing company headquartered in Spartanburg SC, where she served in a variety of roles, with the last 10+ years as their Senior Learning and Development Manager.

The Strategic Planning Workshop follows a strategic thinking framework, beginning with an assessment of “Where We Are” and “Where We are Going”, looking at internal and external factors, including a SWOT and an understanding of customers, competitors, products and services, and the operating environment. Prioritizing key areas follows, and if time permits, it moves into drafting goals to address the final point of “How are We Going to Get There”. The strength of the workshop lies in the interaction of the participants working together in breakout groups with key lessons from the facilitator interspersed throughout.

Shana McCullough-Downing

Shana McCullough-Downing

NEWH Conferences

Shana McCullough-Downing is Managing Partner of Downing Management Group; a multi-line rep firm based in Orlando FL covering Orange and Osceola Counties. She works with Designers, Purchasing Agents, Hotel End Users, Theme Parks and Food and Beverage Outlets. Her past experiences include many different roles with the Walt Disney Company in Front Office, Event Management, and Catering. She is married to her work partner Gene Downing for over 15 years and has a Treeing Walker Coonhound dog named Jazz. Her favorite pastimes include reading in her hammock, napping, traveling the world, drinking wine and anything to do with Jimmy Buffet.

Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller

Social Media

Director of Social Media on the 2022 NEWH International Board of Directors
Vice President of Administration on the 2022 NEWH Atlanta Chapter Executive Board

Angie Law

Angie Law

NEWH Corporate Ambassador

Angie Law is the Marketing Director and Customer Engagement Director with Signature Flooring. She severed as Marketing Director with the Atlanta Chapter in 2022 and is now the VP of Development for 2023. Beth James is the Product Development and Design Director for Hospitality with Signature Flooring. She is serving as the Marketing Director with the Atlanta Chapter for 2023.

Emily Mueller

Emily Mueller

NEWH Corporate Ambassador

Emily has had a successful career in the plumbing industry for over two decades. She landed a role as a National Sales Manager in the Hospitality segment in 2016, and she quickly fell in love with the Hospitality side of the business and all the joys and challenges that come along! With a focus on building relationships and solving problems, Emily currently leads the Hospitality Team at Delta Faucet Company and brings passion, integrity, and humility to what she does every day.

As National Division Manager of Hospitality, Emily is responsible for the overall Hospitality strategy for Delta Faucet Company, driving specifications and developing relationships with key segment influencers. This network ranges from the major hotel brands, designers, owners and developers and wholesale partnerships in this fast-paced commercial vertical. Her experience over the past 2 decades includes working on both the wholesaler and commercial side of the business, as well as in the showroom and with builders alike. This varied background has given her an excellent understanding of distribution channels and the industry as a whole.

Emily is a graduate of Texas A&M University and enjoys her free time boating and waterskiing on the lake with her family and friends. She was born, raised and still resides in her hometown of San Antonion, TX with her husband and son.

Interesting Fact: Competed on the Waterski Team in college in the Jump event and qualified for the All Stars Team 2 years in a row.

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

NEWH Media Partner

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen is the senior vice president of the Design Group at Emerald, a leading events and media company. There she oversees multiple brands in the healthcare, hospitality, commercial, and residential design spheres, including Hospitality Design magazine and HD Expo; ICFF; and Boutique Design magazine and BDNY.

Shoemaker Rauen is a well-respected and talented editor and writer, and also is the editor in chief of Hospitality Design magazine, the leading publication for the industry.

Shoemaker Rauen—who has been with the company for almost 20 years—is a noted speaker at industry events, and as an avid tracker of trends, places, projects, and people, and has been quoted in various respected media outlets including CNBC and the Washington Post. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, including a master’s in magazine journalism.

Tara Chung

Tara Chung

NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

Tara Chung is the Director of Interior Design for Marriott International, Global Designs Americas. In the past couple of years, her focus has been on supporting the growth of the Delta Hotels Brand in the US and Canadian markets. Previous to her work on Delta Hotels, she spent 10 years influencing and guiding the implementation of multiple new design initiatives for the Marriott Hotels and JW Marriott Hotels brands. Tara is passionate about the hospitality design industry and believes that good design and beautiful spaces keep us inspired.

Kavitha Iyer

Kavitha Iyer

NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

Kavitha Iyer joined IHG Hotels & Resorts in 2021 as Head of Design for the Americas. An Architect and Designer with over 20 years of experience in Hospitality, Kavitha is responsible for leading architecture and design strategy for IHG’s 13 global brands.

Kavitha and her team of talented architect and designers at IHG Design collaborate closely with Brand, Development and Operations to imagine and bring to life distinctive design experiences which align closely to each Brand personality. Placing an emphasis on guest centric emotional engagement, Kavitha and her team lead various design strategies across the portfolio which range from bringing to life new brands like Atwell Suites, voco and Vignette Collection as well as creating new visions for lifestyle, upscale and luxury brands like Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental Hotels.

Prior to joining IHG ® Hotels & Resorts, Kavitha was the Director of Design at Marriott International where she led several high-profile initiatives which focused on transformative next generation design experiences for upscale brands.

Kavitha’s love of art and travel fuels her continued passion to spend her free time creating a new canvas, exploring, discovering new places, people and being inspired by the everyday.

Alvaro Montoya

Alvaro Montoya

NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

Regional VP and Lifestyle Studio Head for Hyatt Design Services where I oversee the design development of Hyatt Lifestyle portfolio across full service brands in the Americas region. Hyatt Lifestyle Studio specializes in creating innovating projects and one-of-a-kind experiences working in partnership with Hyatt’s global branding, lifestyle operations and development teams, supporting the evaluation, programing, conceptualization, design and implementation of ongoing and potential lifestyle and Independent projects across the Region.

With an extensive background leading design and interior architectural teams in several countries and continuously searching for new ways of redefining hospitality experiences, I have been leading Hyatt Design Lifestyle Studio since its creation. Prior joining Hyatt in 2016, I was design director at SEE, one of the most renowned Interior Design firms in South America, directing and overseeing Hotels and Restaurant design across Latin America, including one of the first Hyatt Centric. Previously, I was a project designer at TonyChi and Associates in NYC, where I worked in several high-end hospitality projects all over the world and learned about hospitality design and hotel operations from one of the most well-known hospitality designers.

My Nguyen

My Nguyen

NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

Seattle-based designer My Nguyen holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts and currently works as Director of Interior Design & Operations for Holland America Line (HAL) and Seabourn (SBN). Throughout her career, My has earned accolades for award-winning and nationally recognized projects in marine, high-end residential, and hospitality design. She joined Holland America Group in a newly created leadership role to form an in-house design team that oversees the interior refurbishments and maintenance of the HAL and SBN fleet. My is also the head designer of staterooms on Holland America Line newbuild vessels. My is passionate about influencing the industry to be the leaders in sustainability, forward thinking, and collaboration.

Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan

NEWH Brand Ambassador - North America

As design director in Luxury and Lifestyle, I am responsible for guiding the design of all North American Canopy and Motto projects toward the vision of the brand. I work with owners, developers, architects and independent interior design consultants on new construction, adaptive reuse and renovation projects, ensuring adherence to the Design and Construction Standards, Brand Narrative and ethos of Canopy and Motto. Responsibilities also include working to update brand publications as they apply to Canopy and presentation of projects to senior leadership for review and comment. Collaborator on behalf of Global Design Services in the development of future lifestyle brands.

Rebekah Ellis

Rebekah Ellis

BrandED EU/UK

Rebekah studied ‘Spatial Design’ at Arts University Bournemouth and began her career as an Interior Designer with husband and wife team, Goff Associates, where she first experienced the hospitality sector.

After taking a break to raise her 2 children in Niger, West Africa, Rebekah returned in 2006 to join the team at Charles Leon Associates where she assisted with business development, before gaining procurement skills at Benjamin West. In 2009, she joined the cruise sector as a FF&E Designer at AD associates where she has enjoyed years of collaboration with manufacturers, suppliers and representatives.

Rebekah’s various NEWH roles have given her opportunities for personal growth, and being awarded the Joyce Johnson Award in recognition of her service to the NEWH UK Chapter was the highlight of her career.

A few things you might not know about Rebekah are that she once enjoyed being behind the scenes at the Nürburgring pitstops when a friend had a car in some of the races. She also helped out on a friend’s dairy farm by milking cows and driving tractors to move mountains of manure into the slurry pit. The biggest challenge was raising a young family on the edge of the Sahara desert with only solar power as a source of electricity!
She is very proud of her children. Her son is now studying Illustration at Arts University Bournemouth and her daughter is studying Photo journalism in Cardiff – the passion finally realised

Natasha Ashar

Natasha Ashar

Finance

Natasha is a Project Manager who is passionate about partnering with owners, designers, and builders to grow their brand. She enjoys collaborating on processes to provide creative problem solving with efficiency, bringing projects of different scales for precise execution and successful fruition.

Natasha has a strong record of building relationships within the hospitality industry and her experience spans various sectors of design in development of luxury hotel, commercial and residential projects recently branching out into the advanced technology market.

Since 2018, she has volunteered with NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter on the Board of Directors implementing strategies for succession planning, fundraising and membership engagement. Previously, she also served on the Board of Directors with ASID Los Angeles and ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter. Her background consists of a BA in Design Management from Arizona State University, attending the UCLA Extension ARC-ID Program and earning a certificate of Project Management 360 from Cornell. She derives inspiration from deeply connecting with people and wanting to learn more about their unique stories. Some of her favorite pastimes include spending time in nature and a penchant for photography.

David Shove-Brown

David Shove-Brown

Student Relations Committee

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.

Stephanie Deshaies

Stephanie Deshaies

BrandED

Stephanie Deshaies is a visionary dedicated to the Interior Design profession. She is an NCIDQ certified interior designer with experience in all vertical markets. In 2005 she joined Architex Textiles in the Pacific Northwest and quickly turned the PNW into a top performing territory where she became known as the Textile Maven and an expert in performance textiles. In 2021 her role was elevated to Managing Director of Strategic Accounts for Architex establishing partnerships and preferred vendor programs with Brands.

Stephanie has held leadership roles with IIDA, IDCW / Interior Design Coalition of WA and NEWH. She holds 4 Leadership Awards from these organizations. In 1998 she envisioned the first ever fashion show for interior products and finishes as part of the first Interior Design Boston trade show. This concept swept the country and you now see Interior Design Fashion Shows everywhere. She currently serves as NEWH BrandED Chair on the International Board of Directors. Stephanie is a courageous advocate for interior designers.

Crystal McCain

Crystal McCain

BrandED

Crystal McCain is an Interior Designer at HBG Design, where she is passionate about connecting people to place, making memorable guest experiences in hospitality design. As graduate of University of Memphis in 2008, interning at LRK Architects, her career has consisted of a diverse background of design including graphic design, custom rug and carpet design, to luxury collegiate multifamily off-campus housing, and on-campus dorms and apartments. She earned her NCIDQ in 2017 and her LEED GA certification in 2019. Throughout her career she has volunteered in various positions on the IIDA Memphis City Center Committee starting with being a student liaison while at The University of Memphis and started volunteering with the NEWH MidSouth Region Steering Committee. She is excited to take on the role of Steering Chair in 2022 and continue to grow our regional group with exciting events and opportunities for its members.

Michael Webb

Michael Webb

BrandED

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.

Natalie Sheedy

Natalie Sheedy

Design LinQ

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”.

Stacy V. Elliston

Stacy V. Elliston

Top ID

Stacy Elliston’s involvement in Hospitality Design has spanned over 27 years.

With a very diverse background in leading projects from Luxury, Gaming, Lifestyle, Multi-Family, Private Clubs to Custom Limited Service properties, Stacy brings a wide array of experience to any team. Having worked with some of the most notable hotel brands in the industry such as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, MGM Mirage, Boyd Gaming, along with a multitude of independent hotels, she is quite understanding of the goals and missions of the Owner, Client and Brand to provide a successful project.

Stacy’s leadership style takes a very hands-on approach as she enjoys getting her “hands dirty” right alongside her teammates. From sourcing, operations, budgeting, scheduling, designing, problem solving and mentoring she appreciates that every day brings its own challenges and needs.

Stacy has been a member of NEWH since 1995 having served on the Dallas Chapter Board of Directors for 14 years in a myriad of positions including Chapter President.

Helen Reed

Helen Reed

NEWH Fellows

Helen Reed is an award-winning Interior Designer, Consultant and Artist living in Richmond and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Her experience has ranged from a Project Interior Designer for a Top 100 Architectural and Interior Design Firm to working as a manufacturer’s representative where she took time to learn about the manufacturing process of interior materials and furniture.

Her firm, Helen Reed Design, provides full service Interior Design, branding, procurement and consulting for Restaurants, Hotels, Spas, Healthcare and Retail projects throughout the United States. Her team brings a creative approach to each project, developing into a unique final product for every Client.

Helen is an Artist and Photographer providing commissioned art for clients as well as creating art pieces for several of her own projects. She is in the process of converting several of her designs into wall-coverings and custom carpets.

In addition to Interior Design and Art, in 2020 Helen launched Cr8you.com, a spiritual and life coaching consulting firm that helps people define their soul’s calling encouraging them to live their life with greater purpose and passion not only personally but also in their career, whether it is in their current job, a side hustle or launching a new business. She is also in the process of launching Be-cr8tive.com a platform providing workshops, retreats, and virtual gatherings to inspire people who want to express their creative calling through art, design, photography, speaking, writing or any other creative process.

In 2013, Helen Co-Founded Uplined.com, a technology company that provides cloud storage for both residential and commercial properties. The platform establishes maintenance reminders so that the building’s owner can take better care of their building while keeping connected to that building’s service teams.

Helen served on the Executive Committee of NEWH, Inc. from 2006-2017. She served as President from 2010-2011. Currently she has joined the Executive Committee of NEWH again as VP of Communications.

In 2021, Helen became Chair of Modern Richmond. Modern Richmond’s mission is to promote, educate and celebrate modernism in Richmond, Virginia with the Vision that Richmond becomes recognized as a center of modernism. The organization provides tours, lectures, and virtual events featuring mid-century modern to current modern properties throughout the city. In 2019, Helen led the Modern Richmond Book Committee with the design and publication of their first Book celebrating their 10-year anniversary and featuring over 50 properties that had been toured during that time.

Jillian Van Dresser

Jillian Van Dresser

NEWH Fellows

Jillian Van Dresser, president of The Van Dresser Company, an Atlanta, Georgia based full service interior design firm providing interior design services for distinctive design projects throughout the United States, Italy and the Caribbean,brings 26 years of design and management experience to new construction as well as renovation and rehabilitation of hotels, resorts, conference centers, timeshare, condominiums, restaurants, and adult living facilities.

A strong proponent of social and educational service within the hospitality industry, Jillian has served on numerable professional boards as well as serving as Founding President of the Atlanta Chapter and President of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality, Inc. Board of Directors, the international governing board of the organization. She currently serves as Advisor to the NEWH, Inc. Sustainable Hospitality. Van Dresser Company is a Certified WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise

Kristy Bohne

Kristy Bohne

House of Delegates

With a degree in Interior design, Kristy has spent most of her career working hand-in-hand with her clients to create beautiful custom carpeting for hospitality and multi-family projects. Now, with Innovative carpets, she handles both sales and design in the Northeast as well as business development nationwide.

Happily married with 2 great kids and 3 adorable pups, with a strong belief in working hard while making time for important things. Aside from being a carpet nerd, she also enjoys fitness, travel, beaches, and boating and is a proud NEWH board/Committee member for 6 years.

Jeannette Chacon

Jeannette Chacon

House of Delegates

VP of Development – Los Angeles Chapter

Enrico Cleva

Enrico Cleva

House of Delegates

Enrico G. Cleva is an Italian architect, interior designer and international business development consultant in the design and exhibition businesses. A graduate of Politecnico di Milano University, Enrico founded his practice in 2005 with his wife architect Sara Viarengo Cleva, focused mainly on interiors for corporate offices and high end residential projects. Enrico is official representative of Fiera Milano in Canada, working on the business development of global shows like Host Milano, Tuttofood and HOMI. He is a strategic consultant for the Interior Designers of Canada association, a regular speaker on interior design trends and writes for design magazines such as Canadian Interiors.

Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller

House of Delegates

Director of Social Media on the 2022 NEWH International Board of Directors
Vice President of Administration on the 2022 NEWH Atlanta Chapter Executive Board

Hannah  Gamradt

Hannah Gamradt

House of Delegates

Hannah Gamradt is a Minneapolis based Interior Designer who has a passion for designing spaces that are unique and truly tell a story about a space. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design, certificate of sustainability and minor in real estate. Prior to joining as an NEWH as a design professional, Hannah was a part of NEWH as a student where she participated in the Durkan student design competition and attended networking events. She began her design career in 2020 in the residential design industry and in 2021 transitioned to the commercial design industry. Outside of being a designer she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling and seeking new experiences!

Casie Idle

Casie Idle

House of Delegates

ID & Design International is a leading, award winning design and branding firm specializing in commercial mixed- use, hospitality, food & beverage, multifamily, cruise ship, supermarket, and entertainment design. As Vice President of Business Development & Client Relations, Casie Idle is a leader in the execution of the company’s business plan and new business strategy for the 76-person organization. By leveraging her strong research and analytical skills, she identifies emerging gaps and opportunities in the marketplace. In addition, she has produced healthy, enduring relationships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands. But more than a VP of Business Development, Ms. Idle is an advocate for giving back to the community and sits on several Board of Directors and Committees. Board of Director – Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Broward Chapter Board of Director Historian Chair – NEWH Hospitality Industry Network Member of Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce 2-1-1 Broward Club Member Broward Health Foundation Committee Member Charitable organizations include: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Feeding South Florida, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, HANDY, Adopt a School Mentorship, and Operation Christmas Child. Contact: [email protected] Website: www.iddidesign.com

Levar Jackson

Levar Jackson

House of Delegates

Levar is a native New York with a passion for discovery. He recently founded Yogh Group, a sustainable and impactful hotel development and ownership group after spending 15 years in hospitality art sales. His biggest strength is curiosity. It’s fed into multiple passions from aviation to inventions. Through that curiosity Levar became a pilot and that curiosity furthered an idea for an energy generation system that he patented. Levar continues his drive to create in new and dynamic ways.

Marit Jensen

Marit Jensen

House of Delegates

First and foremost, I believe creating impactful designed spaces is a team sport. One of the seemingly rare people born in Washington State who lives here, I’m always on the lookout for creative outlets including landscape photography and any crafting opportunities. More solar powered than caffeine energized, much of my solo travel and hiking takes me to sunny spots, but don’t ask me to leave the gorgeous PNW in summer!

Angie Law

Angie Law

House of Delegates

Angie Law is the Marketing Director and Customer Engagement Director with Signature Flooring. She severed as Marketing Director with the Atlanta Chapter in 2022 and is now the VP of Development for 2023. Beth James is the Product Development and Design Director for Hospitality with Signature Flooring. She is serving as the Marketing Director with the Atlanta Chapter for 2023.

Courtney MacLean

Courtney MacLean

House of Delegates

When Courtney isn’t looking under tables at a new restaurant to find out where they are from, she is out with her family hiking, snowboarding or camping. Inspiration finds her seemingly everywhere, but then again, how could it not? She’s been everywhere. Moving around a lot throughout her life exposed Courtney to the new perspectives and influenced the way she interacts with the world. Her ability to form new connections with anyone she meets allows her to create deep influences with the design storylines she weaves into projects. At The Society she is known as the Cultivator of Whimsy, Courtney injects whimsical, ‘WTF’ moments into the spaces she designs.

Michelle Madison

Michelle Madison

House of Delegates

Michelle is owner of MICHE.studio,which specializes in Revit for Interiors and Interior Design Consulting. Shehas been in the DC metro area design industry for almost a decade, focusing on multi-family and hospitality, both new construction and renovation.
Michelle’s first NEWH DCmetro event was the 2015 golf tournament, and has been involved in the chapter ever since. Being a part of the design community and paying it forward is very important to Michelle. She is proud to be entering her fifth year on the NEWH DC Metro Chapter Board as VP of Development. She previously held the position of Secretary for one year and Marketing Director for three years where she developed marketing campaigns, communication reach outs, and increased social media engagement.

Demi Melissinou

Demi Melissinou

House of Delegates

Demi is the Principal Designer of Demi Melissinou Design, a boutique design firm in Oakville, Ontario. She is an international Interior Designer currently working out of both Canada and Athens, Greece. With a BA and an MA from London’s Middlesex University she has been designing spaces in North America, in Europe and the Middle East for over 25 years. She has served as President of the Toronto Chapter for two consecutive terms in the past and continues being an active NEWH member until today. She is a proud mama of twins, a huge movie buff and loves good food and travelling.

Stella Pena

Stella Pena

House of Delegates

With a bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Interior Design, Stella decided to move to South Florida from New York City to pursue her master’s degree in Interior Architecture. That is when she became familiar with Southern Hospitality and NEWH. After a few years in the industry, Stella realized that the best way to learn, grow and connect was by networking. Since then, she has enjoyed being part of the design community and looks forward to the many opportunities the South Florida industry has to offer.

Chris Schafer

Chris Schafer

House of Delegates

Upon graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 1995, Chris immediately became involved in the transportation and logistics industry beginning his career with US Express, a premier trucking and logistics management company in Orlando Florida. As the Domestic Operations Manager he was responsible for over $3 million in sales revenues.

After three years in the domestic transportation market, Chris was offered a position with PMG Worldwide as the Domestic Shipping and Operations Manager. He was soon also running the international logistics for the company and promptly named General Manager and Vice President of Global Operations. His responsibilities included expanding the client base with companies that included Campus Crusades, Walt Disney world, and Harris Corporation.
Over the next five years Chris honed his sales and operational skills in both the domestic and international markets with Adcom Worldwide, as Vice President of Operations and with Xpress Global Systems as a Regional Sales Manager.

As Co-founder of Installation Service Group (ISG), Chris has developed innovative ways to control the assets and streamline the supply chain for clients in hospitality, construction, design, procurement, and healthcare industries. The foundation of his belief is to better his client’s projects and the industry one lives within.

Deidre Schwartz

Deidre Schwartz

House of Delegates

In 6th grade I had to write a research paper on the career that I would like to pursue in the future. I landed upon “Interior Designer” and had a passion for the arts. This was the early 70s. By the late 70s, I was convinced that a pursuit in business was the best way to go so off to business school I went for a degree in accounting/finance.

It took what seemed to be another lifetime to eventually get myself back in school, studying Interior Design at Harrington Institute in the early 90s. This bio is to be about “me” and not the job, per se, but after some setbacks in life, it was really my career that kept me sane and optimistic about the future.

I met the love of my life (Michael) in the mid 90s (at work, of course) and it took another 6 or so years before the stars aligned for us to ponder a relationship beyond being friends. It was extremely weird at first but we quickly adjusted (tee hee).

Over my life, I have had almost 30 addresses, went to 4 high schools, grew up in rural communities transitioned to city living as an adult for 10 years, lived in the Chicago ‘burbs for nearly 20 years and now reside in the horse country of Prescott, Arizona. I love that I have had all these great experiences and changes in environment starting at a very early age.

I am grateful to say that my parents are living in Florida at 88 and 90 years old. They are well and I hope the strong genes have transferred to me as well as my older brother and sister. Yes, I am the “baby”. Ha.

A great day for me is watching the sunrise peek over the horizon, taking a walk with my Theo (12 yo border collie), talking to my Mom, reading next to my husband outside somewhere, hiking on a nearby trail, having friends over for cocktails and/or dinner, watching a good movie (or trying to get through Breaking Bad), catching another amazing Arizona sunset, and falling asleep while reading (thrillers and suspense genres preferred) in bed next to Michael and Theo. Yep, that is what I call a pretty great day!

What’s next? As my grandmother would say…”we’ll see”!

Brittany Spinner

Brittany Spinner

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Brittany is a recent transplant to Denver, CO after living in San Francisco, CA for the last fourteen years. She’s been in the design industry for almost 15 years, and has been working remotely off and on for almost two years here in Denver. She is a self-proclaimed nerd whose recent passions include playing board games, starting a history club in her neighborhood, and becoming a transit and walkability advocate.

Professionally, Brittany’s unique approach to design is filled with passion, diligence, curiosity and the continuous love of learning. This love of learning guides her in teaching younger staff based on her experience in a large variety of projects, clients, and locations. Her personal motto is that every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow. In a team setting, Brittany is a hands-on team player that feels that leadership also means to stand side by side with each other to help with project workload and deadlines.

Kevin Swart

Kevin Swart

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Kevin hails from South Africa and has over 35 years’ experience in the Interiors sector.

He began his professional studies in Interior Design, but intrigue in Shoe Design took him to Milan where he did his training at the world-renowned school of shoe and handbag design, Arsutoria Milano. He went on to design for a leading shoe manufacturer. However, his love of Interior Design took over, and after 5 years he took the challenge and launched his own Interior Design business in a humble studio above a Classic Car showroom…which launched a successful business and saw him completing numerous large residential and hospitality projects in South Africa and the UK.

During this time he realised that although his passion was creative, his strength was in communication and project management, and so when he relocated to the UK in 2005 (in search of good weather…!) it was a natural progression into business development and the Hospitality supply sector, is where he has found his niche.

Kevin’s strength in leadership and management, along with his passion for good design has allowed him to build relationship with leading Interior design studios and to be involved with the design, manufacture and supply of interior furnishings in numerous 4 and 5 star Hotels globally … something he does not take for granted.

“I cherish the ongoing relationships I have established in my career, which carry me from one project to the next. I have learned to value the mentor figures that have been involved in my life, and now to hopefully do the same for the next generation. Don’t ever forget where you came from and make sure you laugh and have fun (and a few glasses of wine) whilst doing so.”

Gwendoline Theodet

Gwendoline Theodet

House of Delegates

Gwendoline Theodet is director of business development for Campbell House. Theodet is responsible for establishing new client relationships while securing project opportunities for the studio. Theodet has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the fashion and interior design industries. Most recently, she was the regional director of business development for Wilson Associates.

Passionate with creating new connections and bringing people together, Theodet is a founding board member of NEWH Paris Chapter and currently serves as President of the Chapter.

Theodet has a Master’s in Business Marketing from EDC Paris Business School.

Diane Federwitz

Diane Federwitz

Director/Membership & Events - Staff

Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a BS degree in Administrative Management, Diane was employed by a Milwaukee consulting firm and worked with an array of nonprofit organizations in resource development, research, and leadership development projects. Diane is the Membership/Events Director for NEWH, Inc. She is your contact for NEWH chapter event communication, chapter board trainings, membership, and the NEWH website.

Julie Hartmann

Julie Hartmann

Director/Finance - Staff

Julie brings over 15+ years of work experience working under different financial coordinators from retail to government. During those times she has come to appreciate the real meaning of life – Family! NEWH, Inc is all about family and has welcomed Julie with open arms and hopes to continue for many – many – many years!!! Julie balances family, husband Dave, heavenly daughter Lilie, son Brodie, daughter Marlie, and special furry kiddos Stella and Louise, with work and numerous extracurricular activities.

Erika Swansen, MS, MBA

Erika Swansen, MS, MBA

Director/Scholarship & Education - Staff

Erika has extensive experience in the continuing education field focusing on course development for professional education, operations and customer service. She holds Master degrees in both Vocational Rehabilitation and in Business Administration. Erika is passionate about life-long learning and connecting learners with the tools they need for success in their chosen field.

Kate Nesbitt

Kate Nesbitt

Director/Conference & Tradeshows - Staff

Kate obtained a Bachelor’s in Health and Human Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma while playing on the women’s tennis team. Kate and her boyfriend recently relocated to Wisconsin with their miniature dachshund Tank.

Hillary Eggebrecht

Hillary Eggebrecht

Director/Communications - Staff

After earning her BA in English Journalism, Hillary worked at a non-profit educational book publishers doing editing, marketing and public relations. She is excited to learn more about the welcoming hospitality industry

Hillary is married to her husband Matthew, and lives in Eau Claire, WI with their son, Leonard and dog Oly. When not at work, Hillary enjoys traveling, live music and trying new things.

Kathy Coughlin

Kathy Coughlin

Membership Coordinator

Kathy was born and raised in Chicago and has lived most of her life in Illinois. She moved to Wisconsin about 13 years ago. Kathy has many years of experience in administrative office positions in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and temporary agency fields. Kathy is married to Kevin and has two grown children, Janine and Jim. She also has four sweet and rambunctious grandsons Cameron, Landon, Logan and James. When not at work, Kathy loves gardening and visiting the botanical gardens, bird watching, craft projects, being Kevin’s sous chef in the kitchen, and keeping in touch with family and friends.

Denise Huntington

Denise Huntington

Finance Support

Denise earned her Business Administrative certificate degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical Institute in 2010. She has worked for 20 years at her husband Dan’s auto repair and hardware store doing the bookkeeping and working in customer service. Denise worked for 5 years at the College of Menominee as an Administrative Assistant. They have 3 children, Dillon (Destinee), Darci and Dani and 4 grandchildren, Deklan, Aniston, Cade & Cora and one dog Gizmo. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, baking and sewing.

Sarah Von Deck

Sarah Von Deck

Office Administrator

Sarah has lived in Wisconsin her whole life. She lives in the city of Shawano with her husband Chris. They have 2 children, Leaf and Daisy. Sarah studied Information Processing at North Central Technical College for 2 years and graduated with a certificate. Sarah has worked in the grocery retail industry for 20+ years and most recently was the bookkeeper at the main grocery store in town. She also worked at American Medical Security for a few years but realized the commute to Green Bay wasn’t for her (especially in the brutal Wisconsin winters). In Sarah’s spare time she loves to garden with Chris as they continue to fill their yard with more and more gardens. They also love to explore Wisconsin and Michigan by visiting all the national, state and county parks that beautiful Wisconsin and the UP have to offer. She also loves to craft and take her dog Hazel for walks.

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