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.

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 AND KELLY DIEHL

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS AND KELLY DIEHL

CREATIVE DIRECTORS

OPERATIONS

CAMILLE BARRON

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 Customer Success Manager at Forrester Research. By day, she also tries to be a fashion blogger (follow her on Instagram @serialoutfitrepeater).

JULIA DYER

JULIA DYER

CO-FOUNDER AND CO-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.

ABBY WHEELER

CO-STRATEGY MANAGER

Abby has a keen interest in the intersection between the design and development industries, feeding both passions by day in her roles at Pfeffer Torode Architecture + Invent Communities, respectively. A Virginia native, Abby first came to Nashville by way of Vanderbilt University and graduated with a BS in Human and Organizational Development (HOD) and a concentration in Community Leadership & Development. Abby‘s involvement with Nashville Design Week began by Chairing NDW’s inaugural closing event at the Roxy Theater in East Nashville, where she was able to mesh her affinity for historic architecture, quality conversation, and a damn good party.

THERESA MCLOUGHLIN

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

COREY DAVIS

ANALYTICS MANAGER

PARTNERSHIPS

AVA FOWLER

AVA FOWLER

PARTNERSHIPS OUTREACH

Ava was born and raised in the heart of Nashville, and she works on the Interior Design team at Hastings Architecture. She is wrapping up her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree at Belmont University and plans on continuing to call Nashville home post graduation. Aside from her love for everything design oriented, she is a major foodie and you can find her at any hole in the wall restaurant!

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

James was born and raised in the heart of bourbon, basketball, and horse country, Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating from Ohio State University in 2016, he moved to Nashville and joined Tuck-Hinton Architecture & Design. Growing up the son of an architect, he spent his childhood playing with building blocks, sketching cars and shoes, and developing a passion for all things design. His favorite big cat is the white tiger, and in his free time you can find him playing with his own house panther, King Julius, or honing his amateur gardening skills.

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

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

MARIA MEYER

MARIA MEYER

PROGRAMMING CONTENT 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

PROGRAMMING LOGISTICS MANAGER

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.

MORGAN BORTZ

MORGAN BORTZ

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR
BRITTANY EARLIE

BRITTANY EARLIE

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Brittany is a Nashville native with a passion for people, design, and philanthropy. She is driven by her competitive spirit & loves to collaborate with everyone she meets. Her career has been an exploration of the many disciplines of design and construction through
the marketing and sales point of view. Using her degree in Philosophy, Brittany takes a holistic approach to every project she’s involved in and constantly concerns herself with providing the best client experience possible.

Her Nashville roots have recently landed her as the newest member of the Good Wood Nashville family, where she is able to combine her passions and bring them to the A+D
community. When she isn’t attending industry events, you can find her rushing her kids from one sport to
the next, or behind a drill on her latest home project she drags her husband into. Brittany also co-founded the Vicki Lee Memorial Scholarship at Belmont University, along with
her sister, to support aspiring architects & designers.

HANNAH LUPAS

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Hannah Lupas is an Atlanta native living in Nashville, TN. Hannah graduated with a degree in journalism and creative writing from Auburn University in 2017. She then traveled west to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to bartend on a guest ranch deep in the Gros Ventre valley near the Grand Teton mountain range. A job in daytime television brought her to Nashville and she quickly fell in love with the city. Though not a visual artist or designer herself, she loves and appreciates all forms of art and is an avid writer and poet. Hannah started working at Hastings Architecture as a receptionist in June, and loves being immersed in a creative environment and working alongside talented and kind people. On the side, Hannah is a contributing writer for The Wild Honey Pie: a music discovery platform based in New York.

LAUREN KESSINGER

LAUREN KESSINGER

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Lauren Kessinger has made her career in Design, Art and Creative Direction until this year. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and did master’s work at Otis College of Art and Design. She has worked in editorial publishing, academia, as well as making websites, band T-shirts, branding packages, fashion styling and floral design. And now she is working in hospitality with her husband at their Wedgewood Houston establishment, Bastion.

KATIE LAUGHINGHOUSE

KATIE LAUGHINGHOUSE

CONTENT CURATOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Katie grew up on the Jersey shore and found her way down to Nashville by way of Boston (which is while you’ll often hear her saying "you guys"). While her first love and passion will always be dance, she manifest this creative outlet into architecture and design which naturally brought her to Nashville Design Week. By day, Katie is an architectural designer at Hastings Architecture. She dapples in tennis and rock-climbing.

MICAELA REED

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.

HANNAH TERRY

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.

KATE MCMILLION

KATE MCMILLION

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Kate is an interior assistant for Mayker Creative. Nashville Design Week has exposed her to the massive design community that is in Nashville and she loves getting to be apart of bringing that community together!

SIERRA JENSEN

SIERRA JENSEN

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Raised by a left-brained father and a right-brained mother, Sierra found a career in architecture an easy choice. Growing up in the south, Sierra switched gears and moved to NY after college, but ultimately found Nashville as a comfortable new home last year. Since then she has worked as a designer at Hastings. As a creative outlet, Sierra sometimes makes jewelry, sometimes she sews, but most of the time she watches reruns of Friends.

SARAH LANDOLT

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Sarah is an abstract, fluid ink artist, specializing in painting our emotions and incorporating data gathered via social media about how people experience said emotion. A former French instructor, she‘s also a francophile, obsessed with French literature, language and Paris. A Nashville native who recently moved back to the city, Sarah is exploring Nashville’s art scene and is a current artist in residence above Downtown Presbyterian Church.

RACHEL EBIO

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Rachel Ebio is a Marketing and Administrative Coordinator at Moody Nolan, an architecture firm.
As an avid strategist, you’ll always find her with a planner and notebook in hand. In her free time, she loves to unwind in salt cave rooms and dream about a closet full of linen jumpsuits.

LIBBY CALLAWAY

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.

CARLIE CAMPBELL

CARLIE CAMPBELL

CONTENT CURATOR

Carlie graduated with a degree in interior design and works for Knoll in Nashville, TN. Carlie works with end users and the professional design community to share Knoll’s point of view on workplace planning, research and sustainability.

HOLLIE DEESE

HOLLIE DEESE

CONTENT CURATOR

Hollie Deese moved to Nashville in 2003 to work for The Tennessean. She currently writes about building and development for the Nashville Ledger and is a stringer for The New York Times. A supporter of Nashville Design Week from the beginning, she was drawn to the passion of the founders for beautiful, thoughtful design as well as their mission to inspire conversation around how we live, and how the decisions we make now shape the way people will live in Nashville for years to come.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS AND KELLY DIEHL

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS AND KELLY DIEHL

CONTENT CURATORS
ADAM GATCHEL

ADAM GATCHEL

CONTENT CURATOR

Adam Gatchel is the 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.

MARCIA MASULLA

CONTENT CURATOR

A native of St. Louis, Marcia moved to Nashville in 2008 and went to work helping build Nashville organizations such as Nashville Fashion Week and Tiny But Mighty Fund. She recently launched her own Communications, Strategy and Creative agency, Roar. She dedicates much of her time to other community initiatives, and now adds NDW to her roster.

JAYME JACOBSON

CONTENT CURATOR

Jayme Jacobson has extensive experience in the field of architecture that has involved planning, design, and construction oversight of municipal, mixed-use, commercial, and residential projects. She is currently teaching Interior Design courses at the O’More College of Architecture, Art & Design at Belmont University. She is a registered architect, a LEED® accredited professional, a member of the AIA and the Mid TN AIA Committee on Design, and an NCIDQ candidate.

ANDREA BEHRENDS

CONTENT CURATOR

KELLY CATHEY

CONTENT CURATOR

LUIS VENEGAS

CONTENT CURATOR

RACHEL BRIGGS

CONTENT CURATOR

CURRENTLY SEEKING

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

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.