Board Members 2021

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.

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. 

Mike Peterson

VP of Public Relations

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.

John Stillman

VP of Publications

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.

Tracy Gould

VP of Professional Development

Tracy has extensive experience in the world of luxury residential interiors. Prior to partnering in her own firm, Tracy worked with some of the most renown names in the design industry. As a partner at LT Design Studios, Tracy focuses on beautiful designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional for today’s family living. Her passion is designing projects from construction through the finishing details. She gains inspiration through her love of architecture and design, and extensive travel around the world. LT Design Studios has built a sizable clientele of repeat and new customers in both the New York area as well as southeast Florida. Tracy is a graduate of New York University and New York School of Interior Design. When not designing, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children, their two dogs, and is an avid distance runner. In design, Tracy’s ultimate goal is to make her clients’ rooms expressive of their own unique personalities and a place they are proud to call home.

Melissa Blanchenay

VP of Programs & 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.

Marsha Koch

Chapter Advisor/Past President

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.

Patricia Civil

VP of Financial Resources/Sponsorship

I have always been very passionate about the Interior Design industry and after graduating from the Art Institute Of Fort Lauderdale, I’ve worked on a few projects for a couple years. I then decided to transition into the sales side and serviced the Hospitality industry for 20+ years supplying fabrics at Valley Forge and artwork/mirrors at Rosenbaum Fine Art.

I joined Garrett Leather as the South FL sales rep 3 years ago. Garrett is a 30-year old family owned company that produces their leather in Italy but stocks over 600 colors at their Buffalo NY headquarters. I am a big “people person” with a huge sense of humor and really enjoy interacting and networking within the industry.

When I am not working or watching HGTV, as a single Mom I enjoy baking and playing board games with my 10 year old son. I am obsessed with sushi and flipping a house is on my bucket list.

Anthony Grant

VP of Communications

Anthony Grant is the President of Fabric Pro LLC, Fabric pro is a fabric Protection company. Anthony has been in the fabric protection business for almost 10 years and has worked with many interior designers on various projects, as well as residential and commercial clientele. His roles include marketing, customer service, training and providing the on-site treatments. He joined The IFDA in September of 2019 and is currently a board member serving as VP of Communications.

Claudia Tergis

VP of Membership

I am Claudia Tergis, Professional Home Stager.

Houses are my passion. Home Staging  & helping my clients sell their property is my devotion!  Live • Love • Luxe

The design and fashion industry have always captured my interest with their bold colors, innovative designs, and luxury fabrics.

With 17+ successful years as a Real-Estate agent, I felt it was time to combine my love for décor and Real-Estate and pursue a career as a Professional Home Stager. I obtained my certificate as a Real Estate Stager “Real Estate Staging for the Professional” and later on a designation as a Home Staging Expert, HSE.

I was fortunate to have extensive training and learn to style homes with one of Connecticut’s leading Property Stylists.

I am passionate about assisting Realtors and homeowners, sell their properties by turning them into beautiful, inspirational properties!

Staging properties brings all my personal and educational experiences together, combining my love for people, styling homes, and real-estate.

My company CT Exclusive Homes is a Boutique Style Home Staging & Redesign Company based out of Boca Raton FL. Together with Equinox Home Staging & Redesign we can meet our clients Home Staging needs.

We provide full Staging Services from Vacant to Owner Occupied staging, Turnkey and Vacation Home styling, to Real-Estate Photo Styling.

Staging our clients properties for selling or dwelling is our passion!