TEAM

Nashville Design Week is an entirely volunteer effort made possible by the tireless dedication of our team.

Interested to get involved? We’re looking to fill these roles.

DIRECTORS

ELLIOTT ROCHE

ELLIOTT ROCHE

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

As the son of a serial entrepreneur father and an organizational guru mother, Elliott has been engaged in building and systematizing the world around him for most of his life. A childhood spent playing with Legos, fiddling with power tools, and messing around with computers instilled in him a deep appreciation for well designed products and experiences. After earning his BA at Washington University in St. Louis, Elliott returned home to Nashville to join Cohub, a software company that builds business management applications. As a partner and Chief Product Officer, he spends his days developing, designing, and coding features for Cohub. He brings a wealth of technological knowledge with him, from systems architecture and database administration, to product management and UX design.

FULLER HANAN

FULLER HANAN

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

Fuller Hanan is driven by endless curiosity and her knack for connecting people to turn ideas into action. Growing up in a family of builders, designers, and creatives, it was no surprise she chose to pursue Architecture at Auburn University. Her studies at Auburn’s Rural Studio and Urban Studio opened Fuller’s eyes to the power of architecture to transcend physical space and property lines to impact culture and change. Fuller brings her unique experience in nonprofit community design with the Nashville Civic Design Center to her current work as a project manager in the private sector at Pfeffer Torode Architecture. Fuller tends to run ten minutes late, but always three steps ahead.

KATE O’NEIL

KATE O’NEIL

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS

On the first day of a drawing course, Kate O’Neil was completely shocked when the instructor wheeled in a TV and had the class watch the OutKast video “Hey Ya!” After being thrown off, the class listened eagerly to the explanation. Not many had noticed the symbolism, the movements, or colors that were strategic to the video’s message. For Kate, it marked the beginning of a deep appreciation of thinking critically and molding material to build contrasting forms and spatial relationships. Enthralled with the possibilities, Kate earned a BFA in Interior Design and a Master of Architecture. In 2013, she moved to Nashville and joined Hastings Architecture and today is both a licensed Architect and an Interior Designer.

LINDSAY DECARLO

LINDSAY DECARLO

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Lindsay never so much as considered a life outside of art and design. She studied Art History and Architectural Studies at Connecticut College and began her professional career with stints in arts education at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, as assistant to an antique furniture buyer, and at publications including Dwell and Design Bureau. She met her match in marketing and communications at Ennead Architects in New York City and in 2016 relocated to Nashville to join Hastings Architecture. By day she works in marketing, brand strategy, and business development. By night she’s learning to bake sourdough and forever rearranging the furniture in her apartment.

Photos © Heidi Ross

COMMUNICATIONS

ALEXANDRA BACCHUS

ALEXANDRA BACCHUS

CONTENT CREATOR

After studying economics and government theory at Wesleyan University, Alexandra moved to Nashville, where she works in brand partnerships and customer acquisition for Nisolo, is a Venture for America fellow, and collects old issues of The New Yorker with no intention of ever reading them.

ANN KATHERINE VITTI

ANN KATHERINE VITTI

DIGITAL CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER

By way of Atlanta, Georgia (Dunwoody, for those who know ATL well), Ann Katherine came to Nashville with a background in fashion retail, advertising, and business from the University of Alabama. She’s currently working as a Project Manager at JumpCrew, a sales and digital marketing agency. She also freelances in graphic design for small businesses and listens to enough true crime podcasts to make you worry.

CAT ACREE

CAT ACREE

SENIOR CONTENT CREATOR

Cat is an editor at BookPage, a beloved national book review publication that can be found in subscribing public libraries and bookstores. She started freelancing as an arts writer for Nashville Arts magazine shortly after graduating from Vanderbilt University. She is also a member of Nashville’s premier book club, Book Book Bookity Book.

DANIEL MEIGS

DANIEL MEIGS

PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER

Daniel is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Nashville. After graduating from Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2006, he began assisting under photographers like Frank Ockenfels III, Art Streiber, and Andrew Eccles, mastering his craft and developing a strong work ethic and personal style. Today Daniel works with clients like ABC, Apple, Walmart, Martin Guitars, HCA Healthcare, Paste magazine, and The Hollywood Reporter. He’s the father of two kids, rides a motorcycle, and wants Otaku for lunch most days.

JESSIE TAYLOR

JESSIE TAYLOR

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Jessie grew up in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, on the beautiful 30A. After studying marketing at the University of Alabama, she started working at JumpCrew, where she is now Content Delivery Manager. She has lived in Nashville for four years, where her home in the Gulch is a launch pad to hikes, traveling, and other ways to get sunburned.

MELODY TANG

MELODY TANG

EMAIL MARKETING MANAGER

Melody graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is a graphic designer and Studio & Marketing Coordinator at Circa Design. Her side hustle involves an abiding passion for photographing books for her bookstagram (@mel.a.day).

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

CO-CREATIVE DIRECTOR

KELLY DIEHL

CO-CREATIVE DIRECTOR

OPERATIONS

CAMILLE BARRON

GOVERNANCE COORDINATOR

Camille is a New York native and yet another Nashville transplant. She graduated from Binghamton University in 2014 with a degree in Economics and French. By day, she works as a Client Success Manager at local marketing & sales agency startup JumpCrew. By day, she also tries to be a fashion blogger (follow her on Instagram @serialoutfitrepeater).

JULIA DYER

CO-FOUNDER AND STRATEGY MANAGER

Julia is a process enthusiast with a curiosity for all things design. By day, she focuses on a different kind of sustainability in the apparel industry as a merchandiser working on uniform product development for FedEx. For NDW, she’s helping to shape the organization’s future and long-term sustainability.

MATSON BAUER

MATSON BAUER

VOLUNTEER MANAGER

Originally from Barrington, Illinois, Matson moved to Nashville to study Music Business and Graphic Design at Belmont University. She now works at Five Daughters Bakery and is always trying to do something different, from graphic design to working live events. She’s currently trying to re-experience her childhood by learning piano and playing wiffle ball with friends.

PARTNERSHIPS

AVA FOWLER

PARTNERSHIPS OUTREACH
EMILY LITTLE

EMILY LITTLE

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Nashville native Emily grew up glued to art class and studied advertising and graphic design at Western Kentucky University. After juggling three jobs (including graphic designer for the Nashville Sounds), Emily took a full-time position at woman-owned, woman-run Circa, a fellowship program for recent grads that bridges the gap between leaving school and a successful professional career. Since 2016, she’s helped train and educate 24 grads in graphic design, web design, coding, customer service, and more.

JAMES CARROLL

JAMES CARROLL

BRAND ACTIVATION CO-CHAIR
KAITLIN BARTON

KAITLIN BARTON

BRAND ACTIVATION CO-CHAIR

Kaitlin has worked as a graphic designer for 5 ½ years with Alfred Williams & Company, a Herman Miller partner for North Carolina, South Carolina and Nashville, TN. She uses her interior design degree to graphically explain workplace solutions with clear, concise proposals and presentations as well as enhancing their showroom and digital experience. A live music enthusiast, she went to more than 30 concerts last year, which led to getting frequently asked if she was paid to attend shows... and unfortunately that’s a no.

MARANDA McGEARY

SPONSORSHIP CHAIR
RON YEARWOOD

RON YEARWOOD

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Born in Nashville and a former resident of Knoxville and Zurich, Ron works as an Urban Design Project Manager at Smith Gee Studio. His volunteer and community contributions include past president of Transit Now Nashville Board, founding member of TURBO Nashville founding member, PechaKucha Night Nashville city organizer, and Farm in the City community farmer. His chickens are named Hennifer Lopez and Hennifer Hudson.

PROGRAMMING

ADAM GATCHEL

CONTENT CURATOR

Adam Gatchel, Co founder and lead designer at Southern Lights Electric. SLE is a design driven custom lighting manufacturer primarily serving the hospitality industry. Past clients include Soho house, Hotel Clermont, The Beekman hotel and Nashvilles own Hotel Noelle, Pinewood Social, Barista Parlor, Henrietta Red, Crema Coffee and many more fine establishments across the country.

ANDREA BEHRENDS

CONTENT CURATOR

ANNE LINNEMANN

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

BRITTANY EARLIE

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

CARLIN CAMPBELL

CONTENT CURATOR

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

CONTENT CURATOR

HANNAH TERRY

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Originally from Western Kentucky, Hannah moved to Nashville to pursue her career in architecture at Tuck-Hinton Architecture & Design. She‘s inspired by bright patterns and bold colors that are provocative and get the people goin’. This love of color has led her to her latest endeavor, where she’s currently trying to create something new every day - earrings, embroidered clothes, new pasta dishes, and super secret birthday surprises for her family and friends.

HOLLIE DEESE

CONTENT CURATOR

KATIE LAUGHINGHOUSE

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

KELLY CATHEY

CONTENT CURATOR

KELLY DIEHL

CONTENT CURATOR
LAUREN KESSINGER

LAUREN KESSINGER

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

LIBBY CALLAWAY

CONTENT CURATOR

Libby Callaway is the founder and principal at The Callaway, a boutique communications agency in Nashville. A former fashion editor, Libby’s deep interest in design dates to her childhood and the aesthetic influence of her hyper-creative mother and aunt, an antique dealer and interior designer, respectively.

LUIS VENEGAS

CONTENT CURATOR
MARIA MEYER

MARIA MEYER

PROGRAMMING MANAGER

Shaped by early and frequent trips to the contemporary wing of the St. Louis Art Museum, Maria brings her love of art and design to her work as an interior designer at EOA Architects. Her design work is driven by providing opportunities for meaningful exchanges between people and the spaces they inhabit. On the weekends, you can find her walking her dog, Sandwich, at Shelby Bottoms.

MARY MELISSA TADDEO

MARY MELISSA TADDEO

Mary Melissa is a people-person who relishes every opportunity to document her surroundings in watercolor, charcoal or mixed-media sketches. She’s fascinated by Nashville’s ever-changing built environment and the needs of its creative community, and her work on large-scale mixed-use developments through Gresham Smith’s Corporate + Urban Design studio affords her the opportunity to shape communities at a city-wide scale. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for local nonprofit Rebuilding Together Nashville, and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute.

MICAELA REED

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Micaela Reed is a co-founder and partner at A&M Events, an agency specializing in corporate and experiential events. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Micaela has been producing events since adolescence and brings a critical eye to the attendee experience.

MORGAN BORTZ

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

RACHEL BRIGGS

SIERRA JENSEN

CURRENTLY SEEKING

Interested to get involved? Reach out – we’re looking to fill these roles and we’d love to hear from you.

Analytics Manager

Are you looking for a way to get involved in Nashville’s Design scene? Do you always find yourself asking the question, “What does the data say?’ Do you want an opportunity to hone your analytics skills a tad bit further? If yes and if you have an average of two hours per week to dedicate to volunteer time, we’d love to talk to you about being the Nashville Design Week Analytics Manager.

  • Maintaining and enhancing data infrastructure:
    • Vetting database tools
    • Managing database tools
  • Creating monthly reports for the Board of Directors
  • Managing annual report metrics to create annual reports and additional materials with the Marketing team

If interested, please reach out to Elliott Roche, NDW Director of Operations, at elliott@nashvilledesignweek.org with some background information and why you’re excited about the role.

Governance Manager

Are you looking for a way to get involved in Nashville’s Design Scene? Do you love diving into the organizational details? Are you interested in learning how a nonprofit is actually run? Would you love to get to know and work with organizations and people who can help you to learn how to run a nonprofit some day? If yes and if you have an average of five to ten hours per week to dedicate to volunteer time, we’d love to talk to you about the Nashville Design Week Governance Manager position.

  • Maintaining Board of Directors meeting minutes
  • Creating Board of Directors governance, structure, and communications and managing upon creation
  • Managing nonprofit formation and IRS conformance
  • Working with legal counsel directly to ensure legality of processes
  • Managing Fiscal Sponsor relationship and duties

If interested, please reach out to Elliott Roche, NDW Director of Operations, at elliott@nashvilledesignweek.org with some background information and why you’re excited about the role.

Programming Content Curator

Do you have your finger on the pulse of your design related industry? Is your interest piqued by a diverse range of topics? Do you attend industry events like it’s your job?
Do you want to see design and cross-collaborative design flourish in Nashville? 
We are seeking individuals to commit approx. 2-3 hours for two days in May, including a weekend day, for submission workshops and approximately 4-5 hours on your own time between June 7th-July 1st to review programming submissions. Responsibilities to include:
  • Take part in Submission Workshops in May (one will be on a weekend day) designed to help potential program hosts to flesh out programs and overall ideas. This will be in-person events, and the location is TBD.
  • Provide guidance for developing (or yet to be developed) programs
  • Advise on additions or edits to programs to help strengthen their content
  • Suggest connections to broad themes or topics to be further explored
  • Review up to 20 program submissions based on criteria developed by Nashville Design Week 
  • Provide written constructive feedback for each program submission
  • Connect yourself and your network to Nashville Design Week to bolster cross-collaborative design programming
  • Know that you may be contacted after review period has ended to advise on program specifics based on your feedback.
NDW will provide:
-Criteria to help guide program hosts during workshop sessions
-Up to 20 program submissions to review and an evaluation template 
-Opportunity to help build your network and bolster yourself and your peers within the creative community
-Invites to committee events that are meant to be fun and informative
Interested in a continued volunteer role after the Review Process?  Ask us about becoming a Programming Coordinator.  
If interested, please reach out to Fuller Hanan, NDW Director of Communications, at fuller@nashvilledesignweek.org with some background information and why you’re excited about the role and what industry/network you can bring to the table. 

Program Coordinator

Are you that friend who everyone knows will make the reservation and figure out the logistics for activities? Do you find it super satisfying to help someone to find an answer? Are you looking for a structured way to get involved with organizations involved in Design in Nashville? Are the little details your jam? When people say, “If you want something to get done, give it to a busy person,” do you think that’s so you?

We are looking for people with 1-3 hours per week to invest their time in making the programming for Nashville Design Week an awesome and streamlined process from conception to execution for the host and attendees. Responsibilities would include:
  • A few ad hoc committee meetings to be sure everyone’s on the same page/knows one another, including an on-boarding meeting in May.
  • After programs have been reviewed and accepted this summer, you will be assigned between 1 and 4 programs depending on your capacity and the magnitude of the event. Coordinators for Evening events will only have that one event due to the scale of those. Daytime coordinators will have at least 2 events, possibly up to 4.
  • You will be responsible for emailing with program hosts on your own time in coordination with the timeline outlined by the Programming Logistics Manager. (info to include event logistics, marketing content, proof of event insurance, volunteer needs, timelines, etc.) 
  • This could also entail a phone call or two and/or an in-person meeting or two with program hosts if they request, but that can also be escalated up to the Programs Logistics Manager or Director of Programming should your time be limited.
  • Communication with the Partnerships team to connect in-kind services for events as well as coordinating for possible Sponsorship hosted events
  • Being in touch with the Volunteer Manager on the Operations team to ensure the program hosts know who their volunteer/volunteers for the week of will be and what needs they have.
  • Deliver marketing collateral to hosts ahead of Nashville Design Week
  • Optional: be present week-of to help out when your assigned programs are occurring or just attending to show support

This role would likely require increased volunteer hours in the summer months leading up to Nashville Design Week (November 4-8). If interested, please reach out to Fuller Hanan, NDW Director of Communications, at fuller@nashvilledesignweek.org with some background information and why you’re excited about the role. 

Volunteer Coordinator

Are you looking for a way to get involved in Nashville’s Design scene? Do you love helping others to get involved, too? Are you that friend or coworker who loves to plan get togethers for the team? If yes and if you have an average of five hours per week to dedicate volunteer time, we’d love to talk to you about working with our fantastic Volunteer Manager as a the Nashville Design Week Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Supporting Volunteer Manager in execution of recruitment
  • Supporting Volunteer Manager in communicating to volunteers
  • Supporting Volunteer Manager in executing volunteer trainings and events

This role would likely require increased volunteer hours during Nashville Design Week (November 4-8). If interested, please reach out to Elliott Roche, NDW Director of Operations, at elliott@nashvilledesignweek.org with some background information and why you’re excited about the role.