Designing kitchens and baths and seeing them come to life is my “happy place.” My second career evolved while studying design at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University in Boston. My studies included courses in drafting and drawing, color theory, kitchen and bath design, interiors materials and finishes, and history of furniture and architecture.
As Head of Professional & Continuing Education at the Boston Architectural College for seven years, I was the education director for a variety of residential design certificate programs, including Kitchen & Bath Design, Design for a Lifetime and Residential Interiors.
In 2013, I received Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) certification, from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). I have the necessary design skills to create design solutions for aging family members, but believe in incorporating important design elements, now, for those who simply want to plan for ongoing comfort in their own homes without sacrificing great style. (Think temporary conditions like a broken foot or shoulder surgery.)
I strongly believe in professional development and being active in the design community. I am a member of two professional design organizations: the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) where I am a Director at Large on the National Board of Directors, having previously served as the of VP, Education for the New England chapter, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association, Northern New England Chapter (NKBA NNE) where I was chapter treasurer for three years.