Advisory Council

Meghan Allen

Architecture & Design

Meghan’s passion for Design Museum Boston began with her efforts hosting and supporting DMB’s first UNITE event and continued through her active engagement as the corporate sponsor for the Street Seats and Better Business by Design exhibits. Meghan’s career has been focused on creating inspiring work environments. 

Meghan works to develop new customer relationships in the Boston market by understanding their business and providing long term strategic value. Meghan received her degree in Interior Design from Ursuline College.

F. Philip Barash

Creative Director, Sasaki

F. Philip Barash is creative director at Sasaki, where he oversees the firm’s place branding practice. An accomplished writer, curator, and brand-builder, Barash works with private and public clients on telling compelling stories about their environments. In his role, Barash helps clients define and communicate the vision, strategy and design principles for major real estate developments and public realm projects.

His critical writing frequently appears in regional and national publications. Barash has served as editor of a weekly magazine, overseeing coverage of design culture, including architecture, landscape, and urban design. He has worked with major civic organizations, where he convened urban planners, visual artists, designers, philanthropists, and civic leaders to implement creative placemaking initiatives, such as the largest work of public art in Chicago’s history. He has developed programs, including lectures, exhibitions, and awards, which engage public audiences.

Corinne Barthelemy

Designer at NBBJ Design

Corinne is versed in designing for a broad array of populations while catering each environment to the unique needs of the particular user. Her process is driven by cognitive psychology and neuroscience, applying empirical research to the user experience. She brings this multifaceted design approach to her partnership with the design team and client to create intelligent and impactful environments.

Leah Ben-Ami

Learning and Development Lead, C Space

Leah Ben-Ami began a new role as the Learning and Development Lead at C Space in October 2018. Previously, she was the Director of Academic Operations for the Lowell Institute School within the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University for over three years.

She was responsible for leading all administrative aspects of the Lowell Institute School including system and process mapping and design; performance analysis and reporting; project planning, scheduling, oversight and evaluation; short-term and long-term goal development; and execution of operational and strategic plans. Leah worked closely with program directors, academic deans, office staff, and enrollment and marketing staff. She is also a part-time instructor for the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University, teaching strategic human resources management and leading teams. She recently completed the Northeastern University Doctor of Education program, with a focus in Higher Education Administration.

Jess Charlap

Marketing Manager, Perkins Eastman

Jess Charlap is a champion of the Boston innovation community with special interest in design thinking, the internet of things, and behavioral economics. She is a long-term art collector and enjoys connecting people. Jess is currently Marketing Manager at Perkins Eastman.

Katie Gallagher

Director of Engagement, Brandeis University International Business School

Passionate about design thinking and innovation in the Boston business and higher
education eco-system, Katie supports the Design Museum’s efforts to increase
awareness and participation.

 

In her role at Brandeis University International Business
School, Katie seeks to connect “World Ready” graduate students with enriching experiential learning opportunities and acts as an advocate for corporate partners seeking to engage with the Brandeis community.

Dabney Hailey

Founder + Principal, Hailey Group

Dabney Hailey is founder and principal of Hailey Group, a consultancy integrating research-based arts learning into professional development for the private and public sectors. She and her team design art experiences that build clients’ skills and mindsets as leaders, team communicators, visual thinkers, and problem-finders.

Formerly a curator at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum and Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum, she is dedicated to advancing the crucial, positive impact art and design can have across domains in contemporary society.

Lauren Jezienicki

Senior Vice President, Bozzuto Development Company

Lauren Jezienicki serves as Senior Vice President of Development in the Boston regional office and is responsible for identifying development opportunities and overseeing the day-to-day development coordination of the company’s New England projects.

Prior to joining Bozzuto, Lauren worked at The JBG Companies, where she served as a Vice President of Development responsible for the underwriting, design, entitlement, construction and delivery of nearly 1M square feet of urban multifamily projects.

Lauren graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and from Columbia University with a Master of Business Administration with honors.  She sits on the board of the Design Museum and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute among other real estate industry organizations.

Sarah Merion

Solutions Architect and Product Strategist

Sarah’s passion for design, innovation, and community led her to the Design Museum Foundation. With a personal interest in physical design but a professional background in data and software development, she has combined both to bring together the best of design principals.

Currently, Sarah works as a Solutions Architect and Product Strategist with clients interested in leveraging their own data to create value, where she designs data architecture frameworks and custom software platforms. As a former Accenture consultant, she brings an expertise in thoughtful solution design and inventive ideas. Sarah graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and Finance and from Babson College’s F.W. Olin School of Business with a Master of Business Administration. Outside of her professional career, Sarah enjoys making ceramics and spending time with her “little sister” through the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister program.

James Newman

New England Division Manager, RMF Engineering

James Newman is the New England Division Manager for RMF Engineering, a full service MEP engineering firm offering buildings and infrastructure system design within the public and private sectors. James established the Boston branch office in 2018 and continues to grow a strong supporting staff and high performance design office culture with a prime focus around client commitment and satisfaction.

Throughout his career, James has developed an expertise in high performance sustainable design and maximizing building occupant health and wellness. James uses this to focus on delivering a collaborative and customized engineering design approach that fully integrates with the Owner and Architect’s design intent.

Design is something James enjoys not only as an engineer, but in his everyday life as a tool to connect with others. James sees design as a vehicle to provide goodwill, inclusiveness, education and improve the lives of others. Design Museum is an organization that James is excited to be part of and contribute to positive change, learn and connect with talented individuals with similar purpose.

Shawn Torkelson

Director of Marketing & Account Operations, KPMG

Shawn Torkelson leads KPMG’s marketing team in New England / Upstate New York. KPMG is one of the world’s largest professional service firms, and one of the fastest growing Big 4 firms in the United States.

In this role, he is responsible for finding new and creative ways to grow KPMG’s brand in the region and creating unique opportunities that lead to greater connectivity with their clients in the region. Prior to KPMG, Shawn led the business growth function for Essential Design (now part of PA Consulting), where his team managed the relationship with Design Museum Boston.

Asha Srikantiah

Director, Fidelity Labs

Asha Srikantiah is a Director in Fidelity Labs – an internal R&D group that creates new products and services for Fidelity Investments based on deep understanding of how people really feel about their personal finances.  As a hybrid Product Manager / Design Researcher, Asha loves the intersection of story and strategy.  She also loves to teach, and has been lucky to do so within Fidelity, at Stanford’s d.school, and a variety of conferences.

Asha’s background includes several years in the entertainment industry (where she worked with Viacom Productions, New Line Cinema, and JWT) and more recent stints in management consulting and entrepreneurship.  She’s a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Adam Stoltz

Managing Director, Workplace Experience & Strategy, Transwestern Consulting Group

With degrees in social science and urban planning, Adam spends his professional life at the intersection of people, behavior, and the built environment. Based in New York, and with a special place in his heart for Boston, Adam’s work takes him nationwide exploring our complex relationship with space and place.

His expertise includes portfolio, occupancy and workplace strategy; building appraisal; and workplace performance measurement, having informed real estate and workplace decision-making for public and private sector organizations for more than a decade. He is currently the Managing Director of Workplace Experience & Strategy for Transwestern Consulting Group where he uses tangible data to help tenants, landlords, owners, and investors make better informed, more confident and reliable real estate decisions, influencing the ways space is provided, occupied, and managed.

After graduating Washington University in St. Louis, Adam’s passion for the role of design in problem-solving was nurtured across advertising, innovation, and strategy firms such as Zipatoni, Redscout, and JWT. Prior to joining Transwestern, Adam led client engagements with the workplace consultancy, DEGW, and the architecture firm, HOK. When he’s not talking about change and its impact on people and place, you’re likely to find him tending the garden with his wife and two daughters in Larchmont, NY.

Shannon Sullivan

Strategist at Proverb Agency

Shannon Sullivan is a multi-disciplinary creative leader with 8+ years of experience developing innovative brands and content. Her work encompasses a range of projects focused in creative strategy, visual design, brand identity, and experience design.