Our People



Deborah McDonough, VP of Marketing, Bradford Soap Works Inc - President

Jo Lee, Founder, Pop-Up Rhody - Vice President

James Lehouiller, Managing Partner/CEO, DiLeonardo International - Treasurer

Keith Ranaldi, Senior Innovation Officer, FabNewport & PVD Young Maker - Secretary

Sophie Weston Chien, Designer-Activist, Harvard GSD MLA ‘23

Amy Devers, Host + Producer, Clever Podcast

Kirtley Fisher, Deputy Chief of Staff, Rhode Island Department of Education

Philip Hawthorne, Creative Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Sara Ossana, Founder, Ossana Design + Co-Founder, O&G Studio

Tom Peterson, Director of Development, Preserve Rhode Island + Director of Marketing, FirstWorks

Nick Scappaticci, Co-Founder and CEO, Tellart


Lisa Carnevale, Co-Founder, Executive Director, lisa@designxri.com

Devin Samuels, Programs and Events Associate, devin@designxri.com

Chrissy Heckart, Management Associate, chrissy@designxri.com

Eliza Squibb, Program Associate (Catalyst), eliza@designxri.com

Valerie Aguilar, Bonner Fellow, valerie@designxri.com


Emily Hall, Charrette Venture Group

Libby Slader, Libby Slader Interior Design

Kelly Taylor, Kelly Taylor Interior Design

Christine West, KITE Architects


A Better World by Design

AIA Rhode Island

AIGA Rhode Island

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Bradford Soap Works

City of Providence

Commerce Rhode Island

DownCity Design

IIDA New England

KITE Architects

Orange Square Design

Real Jobs Rhode Island

Rhode Island ASLA

Rhode Island School of Design

RI Foundation

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Taylor Box Company



Providence Tourism Council

RI Commerce Corporation

RI Department of Labor & Training

Rhode Island Foundation


Designers, design business, design-driven employers, and the community at large