Board of Directors

Jessica Chabot
VP of Education and Education Foundation
Jessica Chabot joined Hawthorn Builders as the VP of Business Development & Design in 2012. Her responsibilities for Hawthorn incorporate all aspects of her more than 15 years experience in Engineering, Architecture, Read More
Jessica ChabotVP of Education and Education Foundation

Jessica Chabot joined Hawthorn Builders as the VP of Business Development & Design in 2012. Her responsibilities for Hawthorn incorporate all aspects of her more than 15 years experience in Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management and Specialty Design.  Jessica’s extensive experience makes her especially well suited to make sure our clients needs are being taken care of. She also works to build new relationships with our industry partners.

Jessica received her Degree in Decorative Arts and Kitchen/Bath Design from the Boston Architectural College. In addition, Jessica is a multiple award winning designer having received the award for Best Sustainable Kitchen in the 2010 NKBA Design Competition, 2nd place in the Small Kitchen Category in the 2009 NKBA Design competition and is the 2016 IFDA winner of Best Kitchen Design and Best Bath Design.

She has been published in numerous regional and national publications, most notably as a guest expert in New England Home Magazine and a design feature in the Boston Globe.

John Nicholas
President Elect
With 20 years of experience working in the trades, John joined Oasis Shower Doors & Specialty Glass in 2008. After earning his BA in Communications from Emmanuel College in 2005, Read More
John NicholasPresident Elect

John Nicholas, President Elect, IFDA New EnglandWith 20 years of experience working in the trades, John joined Oasis Shower Doors & Specialty Glass in 2008. After earning his BA in Communications from Emmanuel College in 2005, he was determined to follow his father’s footsteps and focus on a making a successful career in the building industry.

In 10 years at Oasis, John has helped the company grow from 20 to 35 employees, and was integral in adding both an operational facility and a state-of-the-art showroom to the Greater Boston area. His role in the company has evolved from Showroom Salesperson to Field Service Rep to Sales Manager of the area’s biggest custom shower enclosure company. Today you can find him on the job sites and in the offices of Boston’s most distinguished Architects, Designers, and Building Contractors.
 Passionate about all things Interior and Architectural Glass, John’s true inspiration stems from building strong, lasting relationships within the industry, providing unparalleled service to his customers, and supporting the growth and success of his colleagues. In addition to his exciting new role as President-Elect and VP of Event Sponsorship at IFDA New England, he is also an active member of EM NARI and BRAGB, where Oasis proudly touts a PRISM Award for Best use of Interior Glass. To learn more about New England’s premier Interior Glass company, please visit Oasis at oasisshowerdoors.com and oasisspecialtyglass.com.
John Speridakos
VP of Member Retention
John Speridakos of Cosmos Painting, VP of Member Retention John joins the board this year as the VP of Member Retention. He represents the latest generation to steward Cosmos Painting, Read More
John SperidakosVP of Member Retention
John Speridakos of Cosmos Painting, VP of Member Retention
John Speridakos of Cosmos Painting, VP of Member Retention

John joins the board this year as the VP of Member Retention. He represents the latest generation to steward Cosmos Painting, a family owned and operated business established in 1978. 

John, his father, Peter and their team of dedicated craftsmen work diligently to provide a top-quality client experience while completing their projects. Over their 40 years in business, the clients on their lengthy list have time and time again attested to the care that Cosmos Painting takes to get to know them, their tastes, their concerns, and their desires. They believe that communication and careful listening is paramount to a successful client relationship. This approach has helped them in becoming a three-time Best of Houzz award winner for their service excellence.

John is certainly committed to his work and his industry. In addition to his new role with IFDA New England, he has served as secretary of the local chapter of Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) since 2009, as well as held 2 terms as President of the North East Council of PDCA. John is also an active member of other designer and builder organizations such as National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB).

Larissa Cook
Recording Secretary
Larissa Cook, Executive Vice President, FBN Construction Larissa Cook is the Executive Vice President of FBN Construction, an award-winning Boston-based construction company. Larissa has risen as a leader in the Read More
Larissa CookRecording Secretary
Larissa Cook, Executive Vice President, FBN Construction
Larissa Cook, Executive Vice President, FBN Construction

Larissa Cook is the Executive Vice President of FBN Construction, an award-winning Boston-based construction company. Larissa has risen as a leader in the industry. Awarded the Boston Builders Association’s Rising Star Award in 2014 and the Boston Builders Association’s Executive Officers Appreciation Award in 2015, Larissa has been recognized for her expert leadership in the field.

With experience working alongside some of the most influential leaders in Boston-based construction and former Presidents of the Boston Builders Association, Larissa understands the construction industry inside out, as well as outside-in. Her experience in all aspects of construction: she seamlessly interacts with clients to understand project goals and budgetary concerns, creates meaningful partnerships with vendors, contractors, and subcontractors, and leads a successful business with integrity and customer-centric care. Under her guidance and leadership at FBN, the company has more than double its size in ten years.

FBN Construction’s core values of transparency, honesty, and customer-centric care are embodied by how Larissa listens and leads. Constantly encouraging team development and shared celebration of successes, she holds her team members accountable to embodying FBN values and effectively delivering for customers. With Larissa at the helm, FBN Construction has become more than just an exceptional Boston construction company – it’s a family, eager to invite new clients and partners into its honest and warm community.

When she’s not collaborating with clients, maintaining project budgets, or organizing office celebrations, Larissa enjoys traveling, advocating for animal rights, and horseback riding.

Allyson Forrister
VP of Communication - Social Media
Allyson founded her interior design firm, Counterpane Interiors in 2011. She lives in Central Massachusetts, and mostly serves Worcester County and Eastern Massachusetts. Her interior design practice specializes in universally designed Read More
Allyson ForristerVP of Communication - Social Media

Allyson founded her interior design firm, Counterpane Interiors in 2011. She lives in Central Massachusetts, and mostly serves Worcester County and Eastern Massachusetts. Her interior design practice specializes in universally designed homes and spaces tailored specifically to clients who wish to age in place. She is a 2010 graduate of the Interior Design program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. 2017 marks Allyson’s first year as an IFDA member and New England chapter board member where she acts as both the recording secretary and the VP of Communications-elect. It is with great enthusiasm that Allyson shares that from the very start, the IFDA community has been extremely welcoming and that joining IFDA has opened many doors from her as she continues to grow her firm.

Al Lagueux
Joined as a member in 1999 and I have over 35 years of experience in the furniture industry. I am at Century Furniture Showroom at the Design Center for 7 Read More
Al Lagueux

Joined as a member in 1999 and I have over 35 years of experience in the furniture industry.
I am at Century Furniture Showroom at the Design Center for 7 years .

Chris Magliozzi
President
Chris has been working in construction for over 30 years and has significant experience not just in executive-level management but in practicing carpentry himself as well. He has built a Read More
Chris MagliozziPresident

Chris has been working in construction for over 30 years and has significant experience not just in executive-level management but in practicing carpentry himself as well. He has built a wide variety of projects over his career—many of them while he was the owner of Aztec Construction, Inc.—including historic mill conversions, large production multi-family units, low-rise and mid-rise commercial buildings, and specialized commercial facilities such as cleanrooms, labs, and testing rooms. He then narrowed his focus specifically to high-end residential construction and renovation and became a Principal and Operations Manager of BayPoint Builders Corp., growing BayPoint from a start-up to one of Boston’s larger residential builders and remodelers. Chris studied at Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural College, and he is OSHA and EPA Lead Certified and has a Construction Supervisor’s License. His interest in civics and leadership led him to become a member of the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and other professional organizations, and he served on the Clinton, MA Zoning Board of Appeals for 24 years as well as on three school building committees. Chris finds the day-to-day interaction with his colleagues incredibly enjoyable, especially in the context of FBN’s supportive and collegial but challenging culture. He also enjoys sharing the wealth of experience he has accumulated over his career by mentoring many of his younger colleagues. For Chris, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client’s joy and satisfaction upon completion of a project. When he’s not satisfying clients or fulfilling any of his civic duties, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, cycling, mountain biking, running, and swimming.

Bob Grossman
VP Annual Sponsorship
Bob GrossmanVP Annual Sponsorship

Laurie Gorelick
VP Hospitality
Laurie Gorelick is a Boston-based interior designer providing residential and commercial design services to a discerning clientele.  Laurie did not follow the traditional career path of most designers. Instead, she Read More
Laurie GorelickVP Hospitality

laurie gorelickLaurie Gorelick is a Boston-based interior designer providing residential and commercial design services to a discerning clientele.  Laurie did not follow the traditional career path of most designers. Instead, she spent 10 years as a practicing attorney in New York City after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and New York University School of Law. Laurie’s deep-rooted passion for art and design drove her to trade her briefcase for a portfolio. She earned a degree in 2000 in interior design from the New England School of Art & Design at Boston’s Suffolk University (NESAD/SU) and established Laurie Gorelick Interiors after honing her skills as a design assistant at a Newbury Street design firm.  Laurie is also an accredited professional in Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED AP), distinguishing her in the area of eco-friendly design and knowledge of sustainable materials and finishes.  As a part-time instructor in the design programs at NESAD/SU and Newbury College, Laurie mentors designers-in-training. She also sits on the executive board of the Boston Children’s Hospital League.

Gary Rousseau
Treasurer
Gary Rousseau Principal/Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers In 1978 while attending the Woonsocket Area Vocational Technical High School Gary accepted a part time Read More
Gary RousseauTreasurer

Gary Rousseau

gary rouseau hi resPrincipal/Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers

In 1978 while attending the Woonsocket Area Vocational Technical High School Gary accepted a part time position at Herrick & White through the school co-op program. He became the second employee hired by Steve Herrick & Ken White in their young business. Upon graduating Gary accepted a full time position. Throughout his career at H&W, Gary has held numerous positions in manufacturing, installation and purchasing. Gary currently leads the Sales and Marketing team.
Gary has completed management courses at Bryant University.

Gary and his wife Lynn have three children and are the directors of St. Patrick’s Food Closet in Harrisville, RI.

 

John Trifone
VP Event Sponsorship
John TrifoneVP Event Sponsorship
Christopher Saad
VP Communications
Chris leads Audio Concepts’ organizational development and sales teams, providing clients with superior leadership during critical transition phases, including hiring professional and technical staff, implementing budget reductions, writing business plans, Read More
Christopher SaadVP Communications

csaad headshotChris leads Audio Concepts’ organizational development and sales teams, providing clients with superior leadership during critical transition phases, including hiring professional and technical staff, implementing budget reductions, writing business plans, and installing effective management information systems.

Chris has spent the last 20 years immersed technology, including systems design, operations and sales management.   His focus has been on the development and implementation of best practices serving a long list of high-end clientele, with a focus on staff development and growth.

Chris maintains active involvement in the industry through several industry groups and currently serves as VP of Communication for the International Furnishings & Design Association – New England (IFDA-NE) as well as on the TEDxFenway Planning Committee for the Fenway Alliance, a membership service and advocacy organization dedicated to the prosperity and growth of the Fenway Cultural District in Boston.

Chris spends his spare time with his kids playing Lego video games, listening to music way too loud, and enjoying movies..  When not in front of electronics he enjoys being outdoors, hiking and biking with his family.

Rob Henry
VP Membership
Business Development Manager.  Over 12 years experience in the residential audio/video and home automation market, including lighting control, shade control, temperature control, and security and alarm. Work with the architects, Read More
Rob HenryVP Membership

rob_henryBusiness Development Manager.  Over 12 years experience in the residential audio/video and home automation market, including lighting control, shade control, temperature control, and security and alarm. Work with the architects, builders, interior designers, and ultimately with the homeowner.   Provide systems with many options to meet any size budget, any type of functionality, and a variety of performance levels.  The bottom line benefits of the systems are reliability and ease of use.

Vivian Robins
VP Membership Ambassador
Vivian Robins has been part of the IFDA team for the past three years.  She spent a year Program Planning and moved onto Membership Retention the year after.  She steps Read More
Vivian RobinsVP Membership Ambassador

Vivian Robins has been part of the IFDA team for the past three years.  She spent a year Program Planning and moved onto Membership Retention the year after.  She steps into her new role as VP Welcoming Ambassador in hopes that new IFDA members will feel part of the very active and vibrant Boston Design Community that IFDA serves.  Vivian Robins Design is a full service interior design firm serving Greater Boston and New England. From traditional styles to transitional to contemporary, Vivian’s work is as varied as her clients. While her midwestern roots have come to ground her in a simple, approachable and honest style, that’s not to say Vivian’s designs are predictable. She creates serendipitous spaces that are comfortable and unique. Pairing soft antique and traditional furnishings with fresh and vibrant contemporary elements, Vivian makes everything work seamlessly, beautifully and naturally.  Her keen eye for mixing color/pattern/texture helps create a livable space.

Jacqueline Becker
VP Community Service
The award winning firm of Jacqueline Becker Fine Arts Consulting Services has been supplying the finishing touch of artwork to residential and commercial clients since 1982. Jacqui’s expertise and passion Read More
Jacqueline BeckerVP Community Service

jbecker-portrait-201309251The award winning firm of Jacqueline Becker Fine Arts Consulting Services has been supplying the finishing touch of artwork to residential and commercial clients since 1982. Jacqui’s expertise and passion for art are fueled by years spent as a gallery owner, picture framer, lecturer, visual arts journalist, and by her childhood spent in a home filled with artists.

Jacqui holds an MA in Art History and a BA in Journalism from Boston University. She has published articles on art collecting in The Boston Globe, Art New England, The Corporate Art Report and Graphics Magazine, and shared her insights on art collecting with audiences at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, The Copley Society, The Boston Design Center, Fitchburg Art Museum, Boston Architectural College and numerous private venues. Jacqui is past president of the International Furnishings and Design Association New England chapter, and was national director at large 2006-2009.  She is an allied industry member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and is a member of the Luxury Marketing Council of New England.