People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Whatever the reason is, we at IIDA New England are blessed with a large source of incredible volunteers. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Learn about open positions here

 "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller

ABX Committee

IIDA New England has joined forces with ABX to transform the largest annual design and construction industry event in the Northeast into the premier trade show for the interior design community in New England – on par with BDNY and NeoCon.  It’s time for Boston to have an design expo that’s focused on the design of interiors!  Starting in 2019, ABX will feature seminars accredited for IDCEC CEUs, a “interiors hub” on the trade show floor featuring the latest in interior design finishes, furnishings and lighting products, and multiple opportunities to connect and network with fellow interior designers, owners, architects, and contractors. 

  • Matt Hyatt, Bergmeyer (Co-Chair)
  • Paul Lewandowski (Co-Chair)
  • Kate Corcoran, Interface
  • Jim Hornor, Interior Architects
  • Josh Matteson, Matteson Assoc
  • Jane Walsh, Designtex
  • Annie Tudryn, Knoll
  • Mark Walsh, Patcraft

Advocacy Committee

  • Aimee Schefano, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Advocacy)
  • Corinne Barthelemy, NBBJ
  • Krista Easterly, Bergmeyer Associates
  • Christina Gomes, NBBJ Design
  • Gina Mosca, Sasaki Associates

2019 Business Leaders Breakfast Committee

The Business Leaders Breakfast unites people from the design profession and the business community to discuss contemporary workplace issues and to receive insights and inspiration from prominent business leaders. It is the region’s premier networking and promotional event for professionals in interior design, architecture, construction, engineering, real estate and furniture industries, as well as their clients. It is accompanied with an Honoree Reception the night before to celebrate an influential person within the design community that will be recognized at the breakfast. This is a great social event to connect with peers and create energy in the New England IIDA community and the BLB Committee is a passionate group of individuals dedicated to creating an annual leadership event that engages and empowers individuals to achieve their goals and recognizing outstanding leadership within the local design community.

  • Mai Nguyen-Laskey, Spinneybeck (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Chapter Events)
  • Luke Tanguay, CBT (Co-Chair)
  • Allison Waters, Red Thread (Co-Chair)
  • Eddie Barnett, Workflow Interiors
  • Brittany Collins, Tremont Interiors
  • Sandi Cooper, Peabody Office
  • Anna DeMare, WorkRite
  • Claudia DiCesare, Momentum
  • Heather Eddington, National
  • Sarah Springer, Jacobs
  • Wendy Tabor, Kane Contract Group
  • Amy Warren, Kimball
  • Samantha Wilber, Illuminate

Communications Committee

Interested in writing, graphics, social media, the Wire, Painted Nail or our IIDA NE yearbook? The Communications team has their hand in all aspects of the IIDA NE community. Our mission is to communicate all pertinent information that the chapter has to relay to its members and industry. Our internal goals are for each individual to find ways that their involvement in the committee can augment their professional development.

  • Brittany Kane, Colwen Design-XSS Hotels (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Communication)
  • Sarah Long, SMMA (Chair)
  • Elizabeth Arkins, CBT
  • Josh Cunningham, Packard Design
  • Shawn Gargiulo, Kontract
  • Stephanie Griebel, Creative Materials Corporation
  • Jim Hornor, IA Interior Architects
  • Samantha Larsen, Steelcase, Inc.
  • Maureen Lyne, Gensler
  • Ashley Perkins, The Mohawk Group
  • Amanda Vigneau, Shepley Bulfinch
  • Jillian Welenc, Dyer Brown Architects
  • Josh Meyer, Poppin

2019 Design Awards Committee

  • Mai Nguyen-Laskey, Spinneybeck (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Chapter Events)
  • Marcus Hamblin, Gensler (Chair)
  • Heather Brunini, Knoll (Chair)
  • Ryan Akers, Interface
  • Carly Bassett, TotalOffice Interiors
  • Svetlana Bekker, Apex Lighting Solutions
  • Meghan Bildner, Allsteel
  • Kelly Chiaradonna, Wilson Butler Architects
  • Brittany Collins, Tremont Interiors
  • Annamarie Coyne, Format Design Elements
  • Rebecca Durante, Wilson Butler
  • Caitlin Greenwood, MPA
  • Jennifer Gregoire, SGA
  • Teagan Jeffords, Peabody Office
  • Josh Matteson, Matteson Associates
  • Lindsay Mehaylo, Perkins Eastman
  • Brian Potter, Gensler
  • Jeremy Rodgers, Laminart
  • Ashley Siswick, Wayfair
  • Colleen Wallace, Gensler

Emerging Leaders Program Committee

  • Paul Lewandowski, scott simons architects (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Immediate Past President)
  • Kristin Perkins, Allermuir (Chair)
  • Ryanne Sanderson, KnollTextiles (Chair)

2018 Fashion Show Committee

The IIDA NE Fashion Show is the biggest event of its kind in the country. The success of this event enables IIDA NE to provide many other opportunities throughout the year. Our committee has lots of fun, but the goal is always to make this event THE event of the year. Committee members are involved in sponsorship, publicity, venue details and more.

  • Mai Nguyen-Laskey, Spinneybeck (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Chapter Events)
  • Allison Jones, Packard Design (Chair)
  • Marty Smith, Momentum (Chair)
  • Lyndsey Almon, Union Office Interiors
  • Svetlana Bekker, Apex
  • James Boland, Knoll
  • Stefanie Comeau, CBT
  • Joshua Cunningham, Packard Design
  • Melisa Donato, Creative Office Pavilion
  • Krista Easterly, Bergmeyer
  • Kris Esposito, Haworth
  • Kyle Forsgard, Yusen Associates
  • Rouba Haykal, NELSON
  • Chris Huff, Tandus/Centiva
  • Matt Hyatt, Bergmeyer
  • Jen Imbaro, Sasaki Associates
  • Leah Raabe, Mayer Fabrics

Hartford City Center Committee

A close-knit design community actively promoting and supporting the practice of interior design in Connecticut.  The Hartford City Center Committee organizes and develops a full range of amazing events and programs for CT-based designers and IIDA industry members, giving committee members opportunities to contribute to the city center’s growth and build their professional network in many ways.

  • Amanda Cleveland, Silver/Petrucelli + Assoc. (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Hartford City Center)
  • Brett Berry, DeClerq Office Group
  • Eileen Horan, OFI
  • Betty Horne, Red Thread
  • Kerry Jackson, Allseating
  • Tyra Leoveanu, KI

Membership Committee

  • Lisa DesJardins, Teknion LLC (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Membership)
  • David Cassady, Mats Inc
  • Ashley McGrath, Margulies Perruzzi Architects
  • Kalyn Pavlinic, Shepley Bullfinch
  • Lisa Statkiewicz, saam architecture
  • Gissela Teran, Bergmeyer
  • Jill Weiner, The Consilio Group

Philanthropy Committee

  • Anna Dockery, Unispace (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Philanthropy)
  • Rachel Winston, Fusion (Philanthropy Co-Chair)
  • Kait McKenna, CBT (Philanthropy Co-Chair)
  • Kayleigh Fraser, Knoll (2019 Art Uncorked Co-Chair)
  • Samantha Giordano, Ability to Dream and Design Group (2019 Art Uncorked Co-Chair)
  • Alyssa Bicchieri, Knoll
  • Dana Boudreau, KI
  • Bethany Burns, LLB Architects
  • Claudia DiCesare, Momentum Group (Art Uncorked Subcommittee)
  • Nicole Dorsey, CBT
  • Elisa Franklin, Dal-Tile Corporation (Art Uncorked Subcommittee)
  • Ana Gannon, Haworth
  • Cassie Hamel, NELSON
  • John Hasson, Reflex Lighting
  • Eileen Horan, OFI
  • Joanna Jackson, Bisley (Art Uncorked Subcommittee)
  • Kara McGuane, Margulies Perruzzi Architects
  • Katie Munks, TotalOffice Interiors
  • Julie Patterson, Herman Miller (Art Uncorked Subcommittee)
  • Stephen Pendleton, West Elm Workspace with Inscape
  • Lara Robertson, Boston Light Source
  • Jen Servies, IA Interior Architects
  • Luke Tanguay, CBT
  • Natasha Tashian, Unispace

Professional Development Committee

IIDA New England’s Professional Development committee focuses on providing a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year. From seminars to CEU’s to tours, our mission is to bring value to designers of all skill levels.

  • Nico Flannery-Pitcher, Lavallee Brensinger Architects (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Professional Development)
  • Alison Berg, Gensler
  • Sandi Cooper, Peabody
  • Jeanine Cosentino
  • Madaline Hale, ARC
  • Kristyn Hill, Bergmeyer
  • Wayne Jenkins, USG
  • Caroline Lovegood, The Sliding Door Company
  • Bonnie Matterand, WD Partners
  • Brittany Page, Gensler
  • Jane Pickell, Freeman French Freeman
  • Corie Smith, Gensler
  • Cimon Starr, UC Berkeley Extension
  • Deepa Venkat, MPA

Providence City Center Committee

Interested in bringing great programming to the Rhode Island design community? Providence’s team strives to bring professional development, networking, student support and philanthropy events that help our small community coalesce. Our volunteers get to dive into whatever area they feel passionate about whether it is finding a local charity to support through a philanthropy event, making graphic content, finding professional development that’s beyond a traditional lunch and learn program or finding way to connect students with the design community.

  • Jennifer Hanson, Momentum Group (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Providence City Center)
  • Rachel Arnold, Knoll
  • Amanda Brown, Judd Brown Designs
  • Bethany Burns, LLB Architects
  • Kristen Fagan, Vision 3 Architects
  • LeWayne Fisher, Fisher Design Associates
  • Siobhan Haddeland, ABI Design
  • Meaghan Kennedy, Bergmeyer
  • Bonnie Matterand, WD Partners
  • Liz McDonough, Boston Light Source

Sponsorship Committee

Do you enjoy being part of the greater good? The Sponsorship team works year round to assist all the event committees in their efforts to fundraise for the chapter’s premier events throughout New England. Our mission is to provide value and deliver programs that are exclusive to our premier chapter sponsors so they want to be part of the bigger picture of IIDA NE year after year. Our internal goals are to provide a structure for fundraising to support all chapter events but to also help fund events that are put on by committees like Philanthropy and programs like NCIDQ Training Class, Emerging Leaders and the Principals Roundtable event.

  • Kara Hanson, Gensler (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Sponsorship)
  • Nicole Cameron, Panera Bread
  • Lisa Cupolo, Creative Materials Corp
  • Jeanine Cosentino
  • Amanda Fay, CBT
  • Kamran Nafissi, AIS
  • Amelia Papadakis, Bergmeyer

Student Affairs Committee

Interested in influencing the careers of the future designers of our community? The Student Affairs team works to connect students in the New England area to local professionals, and expose them to aspects of the design profession that they will be encountering as upcoming graduates. Our mission is to educate and give students the tools needed to succeed as they emerge into the design profession. The team works to develop a well-rounded breath of knowledge to support students in learning about the profession and as they search for prospective jobs through portfolio reviews, career fairs, and mentorship programs.

  • Teagan Jeffords, Peabody Office (IIDA NE Board of Directors, Vice President of Student Affairs)
  • Lisa Bonnet, E4H Architecture
  • Danielle Dickerman, SGA- Spagnolo Gisness & Associates
  • Lindsey Head, Fusion Design Consultants
  • Kara Mazzotta, Packard Design
  • Jenna Meyers, Margulies Perruzzi Architects
  • Gabrielle Pitocco, Elkus Manfredi Architects

Workplace Innovation Committee

Collaborate with members of the Design Museum Boston Brain Trust to curate quarterly tours of award-winning  workplace projects created by IIDA NE members, culminating in Case Study tours during the annual Workplace Innovation Summit each November.  The committee will identify projects to tour, coordinate sponsorship, transportation  to/from the venue, and catering.  Additionally the committee will work with presenters from the design firms, furniture vendors, owners, and general contractors to develop compelling panel discussions about the innovations behind each space.

  • Matt Hyatt, Bergmeyer
  • Andrea Coan, Coalesse
  • Kristyn Hill, Bergmeyer