Our Team

Katherine Wozniak

Katherine Wozniak

PRINCIPAL/LEAD DESIGNER - ALLIED MEMBER ASID katie.wozniak@kedinteriors.com

Picture Katie at age 3, wandering the job sites of her father's successful Design/Build custom home company. It was her playground. It was the first, and probably most important puzzle piece in charting her course in life.

Fast forward to Marquette University where Katie graduated with a BS in Business Administration and Finance after also studying abroad in Oxford, England. The lure of interior design still beckoned. So she dug into the basics with experts in the trades - electric, plumbing, masonry, woodwork, architecture. Then onto Parsons School of Design in Paris for intense, hands-on courses and Harrington College of Design where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

The curious thing about all that education is that it's just a small part of Katie's story.

The real story - why you want to work with her - is that she puts your wishes and dreams first. Because she truly understands the inner workings of how homes and businesses are constructed, she is able to carve out spaces that create balance and harmony. She puts every fiber of her being into her projects to make them unique to each client. The big picture is important, but every detail must be tied together. Thinking things through from every angle is her strength--and your advantage.

You will feel at peace when you work with Katie. You'll know everything is taken care of with beauty, elegance and intelligence.

Alison Valentine

Alison Valentine

INTERIOR DESIGNER Alison.Valentine@kedinteriors.com

Alison Valentine is all about style. Actually, she is all about many different styles–from traditional to modern. "I love to dig my heels in and find each clients' very unique style of living–their approach to life and art, the designs that speak to them, the balance between composition and comfort."

Finding innovative solutions is extremely rewarding to this experienced designer. She thinks ahead about not only the flow of every day living but considers aspects such as ease of entertaining, hosting guests and "the growing years"–whether it be with a young family or aging in place. This birds–eye perspective to interior design makes Alison an invaluable asset to Katherine Elizabeth Designs. Alison received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Iowa State University, and has worked at firms in Chicago, showrooms and her own design company.

"Good design goes far beyond coordinating colors, materials and architecture. It about meeting the goals–present and future–of clients and families." Alison gives clients the home they dreamt about. And, of course, she does it with impeccable style.

Erika Maroney

Erika Maroney

INTERIOR DESIGNER erika.maroney@kedinteriors.com

Some people are simply born to their profession. Erika Maroney grew up surrounded by designers, picking out swatches, visiting antique shops and furniture stores. She pursued her goals through education, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious New York School of Interior Design and by taking a myriad of art classes for mixed media, calligraphy and painting.

She gained practical experience on both sides of the design world–through a national decorating firm and tile company in Florida and then at leading high-end interior design groups in Chicago for bi-coastal clients. She even dipped her artistic efforts into starting her own retail store, creating hand-made gifts through various mediums. But through it all, one thing remained constant–Erika always had a single-minded passion to excel at all aspects of interior design.

That kind of dedication makes for the very best in interior designers.

The team approach at Katherine Elizabeth Designs is what Erika finds most appealing. The collaboration of ideas, skillsets and the sheer wealth of collective experience she feels will jettison the client experience to a new high.

Kathleen Glynn, AIA

Kathleen Glynn, AIA

ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGNER Kathleen.Glynn@kedinteriors.com

When you work with Kathleen Glynn, you get the best of both worlds. An experienced architect who has been practicing for over 20 years. And a knowledgeable designer who incorporates creativity with functionality.

Kathleen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and her master's degree in architecture from The Catholic University of America. Her passion for historic preservation led her to creating sensible solutions for both new and existing projects, keeping in mind green design practices and new technologies for private, commercial, educational, secular and government buildings.

Kathleen's strongest suit as a designer is her thoughtful, nurturing approach. An avid listener, she truly takes care of every detail-from the flow of a room to the unique style of every project.

Elena Pellegrino

Elena Pellegrino

INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT elena.Pellegrino@kedinteriors.com

Elena Pellegrino has a variety of skills that most of us have never heard of before. Proficient in Revit, CAD, Photoshop, IN Design, Microsoft, Space Planning and Graphic Design, her renderings and 3D models provide the backbone of what clients see and approve for their own particular projects.

Elena honed her talents with a variety of internships after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design-designing projects ranging from hospitality and healthcare to show rooms and show houses. Her certification in Historic Preservation is another plus. With Elena as part of the KED team, clients can truly envision their floor plans, tile patterns, furniture layout.... In short, they will actually be able to see what their project will look like - and live like.

Madeline Kavanaugh

Madeline Kavanaugh

INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT Madeline.Kavanaugh@kedinteriors.com

When you're looking for an ideal job, there's nothing better than realizing that you already found it?at your very first internship. There was a creative spark and synergy between Maddy and the entire team at Katherine Elizabeth Design. Now, after graduating with a BS in Interior Design from Illinois State University, that spark is glowing with fresh ideas, technical design skills and savvy renderings so clients can see their choices first hand.

Bringing an artistic vision to life is what delights Maddy the most. Adobe, Photoshop, and Auto CAD may be her tools of the trade, but it's her ability to ask key questions and work through the design process that provides a strong foundation for KED's sophisticated creative choices. As Maddy steps into the clients' shoes, the pace of the project quickens--and the team's journey to get to the end is certainly brighter.

Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith

SOCIAL MEDIA & BRANDING brianna.smith@kedinteriors.com

Brianna's strength in the visual arts comes naturally to her with her background in the retail and beauty fields. In addition to her highly demanding executive assistant responsibilities at KED, she enthusiastically develops and promotes the ever-growing Katherine Elizabeth Fine Art Gallery.

Brianna searches out new artists to ensure that clients have a diverse selection of high quality artwork to choose from. This selection ranges from dramatic photography to sophisticated oil paintings...from unique sculptures to whimsical prints. Brianna is an avid listener and interpreter of clients' visual needs. She tirelessly searches out works of art, helping place "just the right piece" for approval at clients' homes and businesses.

Maureen Fingerman

Maureen Fingerman

OFFICE MANAGER maureen.fingerman@kedinteriors.com

Your first impression of Maureen Fingerman will be her enthusiastic attitude to help you in any way she can. She is resourceful and cares about both clients and staff.

Maureen graduated from Northeastern University and worked at numerous long-term jobs - as a Placement Director, a Financial Aid Director, a Trade School Director, and an Office Manager in a law firm. When she walked into Katherine Elizabeth Designs four years ago, however, it was an opportunity that was meant to be.

Maureen wears many different hats - from billing to making sure orders are delivered on a timely basis. The personal relationships she has built with manufacturers and vendors gets tasks done. Maureen works trade shows as well as publicizing the success of KED in newspapers, magazines and social media. A wealth of wisdom and experience, Maureen is an invaluable part of the KED team.

Susan Berlin

Susan Berlin

PURCHASING MANAGER Susan.Berlin@kedinteriors.com

We all need someone to take care of the countless things behind the scenes. Susan Berlin is one of those accomplished individuals who has what it takes to get everything done. From estimates to purchase orders (and everything in between), Susan is a "go-to" person who thrives on challenge. Her attention to detail and organizational skills were a tremendous asset in both the large and small companies she worked for-which included photography, construction, retail sales, insurance and office products. Her past jobs and responsibilities are a perfect fit at KED.

Susan is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. At Katherine Elizabeth Designs, she is the picture of efficiency and professionalism. Although she enjoys the myriad of responsibilities of being an administrator, it's being surrounded by a creative team that she loves the most.