Board Members 2020

Michelle Castagna

President

Michelle has been designing for over 20 years and has a strong background in architectural interiors. Her career has always kept her in high end residential side of the industry. She has worked for reputable firms, and owned a high end design studio but then decided to scale things back a bit. That is when Muse Design Studio was born and it brings Michelle a renewed sense of self. She is now able to enjoy the detailed design process again and really promote and focus on what she truly has to offer her clients. She also has more time to apply her knowledge and skills in other avenues, such as public speaking and the IFDA, and hopes to inspire other designers to learn that we all have the ability to create a greater sensory experience for our clients than we ever imagined. It is important to Michelle that she grants her clients serenity within their space and create a true sense of home.

Janet Ireland

Recording Secretary

Janet brought her award-winning style to South Florida’s Atlantic coast in 2010.  Prior to her move to Delray Beach, she owned a Design/Build landscape company in Houston, Texas.  Now, as owner of her coastal style company, FLOURISH (, she provides design expertise “inside and out” for residential clients.  Janet joined IFDA in October 2018 to enjoy the camaraderie and networking opportunities and is currently serving as Secretary on the Board for IFDA-Florida.

Ted Perrella

Treasurer

Ted has Forty-two years in Public Accounting and is a Principal in the firm Palmetto, Zeigler, Chamberlain & Perrella, PL CPAs and in firms including, Perrella & Associates, P.A., President and in-charge of Accounting and Audit Technical services, and Laventhol & Horwath, a national Firm – Accounting, Auditing, and Litigation Support. Industry specialties include Non-profit and CIRA organizations; construction and manufacturing, and privately-owned businesses. Professional and civic organizations include the AICPA; Florida Institute CPAs, Broward County Chapter President 1988; Leadership Broward, Class V, Past Board member; South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), Board Member; BNI Gold Coast Chapter; City of Pompano Beach, EDC committee; International Furnishing & Design, Florida Chapter (IFDA),Treasurer and Coral Ridge Kiwanis, Past President. Mr. Perrella is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa Florida and has developed and has been a lecturer on various Technical seminar and education courses for his Firms and professional organizations. Mr. Perrella is married, has two grown children and resides in Pompano Beach.

Maria Eraso Taylor

VP of Community Relations

Maria and her husband own ALL DIGITAL, an award-winning automation company that designs and installs smart home technology solutions. Founded in 2004, they have grown the business in the South East starting in Alabama, Georgia and now South Florida. Maria and her husband are no strangers to the design industry- both are children of architects and grew up working alongside their fathers on construction sites. They enjoy working with the trade and have a passion for design- this is evident when they design their technology solutions- as they want to make sure the spaces are functional with smart technology, but in a very aesthetic way. Maria earned her Bachelors in Marketing at Jacksonville State University and her MBA at Georgia State University. She has also held multiple positions in the corporate world in sales, marketing and management. Maria joins the IFDA to develop meaningful relationships with key community groups that align to the IFDA’s mission and vision and ensure that IFDA Florida is a known name in the community. We want to improve the world around us one good deed at a time.

Caroline Rogow

VP of Educational Foundation and Chapter Advisor

Originally from London, Caroline earned her B.A. from the V&A (Victoria + Albert) School of Design and went on to earn her M.A. from U.C. Berkeley. Caroline has practiced in many parts of the world and has resided in Florida for over 35 years.

My mission is to earn a clients’ trust to better understand their needs. When all are comfortable sharing their lifestyle preferences, it is a win-win for everyone, which is the ideal outcome. I live in a color-filled world and strive to share this. Caroline specializes in both commercial and residential development. 

Lynn Sciarrone

VP of Hospitality

Lynn Sciarrone began her interior design career in the late 1980’s at Andrea’s Furniture and Design Company in Westfield, New Jersey. After relocating to Boca Raton, she continued her career as a designer at Stacey’s Ethan Allen. After six years at Ethan Allen, she moved to the Washington D.C.area and worked as a designer at Noble Design, a well established design firm.

Lynn is currently a designer in the Boca Raton / Delray area. She owns and operates LMS Interiors. She is also a certified Feng Shui Practitioner and a board member of IFDA.

Mike Peterson

VP of Marketing

Mike Peterson is President of the innovative marketing firm, Visionary Design Marketing. Visionary Design Marketing’s goal is to help companies create tailored, strategic and effective communications that are founded in a clear understanding of their brand.

Mike’s experience is rooted in years as a leading advertising executive at Hearst Magazines including House Beautiful and Country Living, working with leading national advertisers. Mike’s experience in the home furnishings industry include President/CEO of LaBarge Furnishings and as Vice President of Corporate Marketing for such companies as Henredon, Lexington, Drexel Heritage, and more. Mike has spent the last 8 years as Publisher of Luxe Magazine in Florida and Colorado. In this role, Mike helped interior designers, design centers and luxury design firms better grow marketing strategies for their businesses.

Marsha Koch

VP of Membership

As an interior design professional for over 25 years I strive to create a home that will nurture, inspire and support the lifestyle of my clients for many years to come. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist my clients benefit from being able to live in their own home as their lifestyle changes. Bringing my clients dreams to life is my mission.

Rose Arevalo

VP of Sponsorship

Rose Arevalo, Partner, T Square Construction & Services, LLC.  

We are a state licensed General Contracting firm. We have been renovating and building in South Florida for the past 30 years. Whether it be a kitchen/Bath renovation, an interior renovation completely redesigned and reconstructed or new construction, we can certainly achieve the best outcome. Please visit our website to see past projects and recommendations from our clients.

John Stillman

VP of Visual Media

As an international photographer, servicing the residential and commercial design community, Stillman is recognized as one of the top photographers in the industry. John has more than 30 years experience, whether composing an entire vignette or focusing his lens on a single accessory. His frame is his canvas capable of capturing any project and bringing it to life in his images. Stillman’s photography has been featured in numerous national, trade and consumer publications and has received recognitions of merit for his work.

Melissa Blanchenay

VP of Events

Melissa Blanchenay has been in the interiors industry for over 20 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from FSU. She has worked on both sides of the table. As design consultant, she assisted clients with home designs for high-end custom builders in New York and Florida. She has spent the last 14 years as a sales executive and brand representative for upper echelon interior finish brands such as Kohler, KALLISTA and Benjamin Moore.

Melissa is currently a Regional Account Manager in southeast Florida for Behr Paint. She is also a board member of the IFDA FL chapter and has contributed to the IFDA National publication several times in the last few years. She resides in South Florida with her husband and 5 year old daughter, Liv. When she isn’t talking about paint, you can find her doing yoga, reading, or hanging out with her family on their boat.