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Team

Co-Founder / Co-Creative Director

Andrea DeRosa

Co-Founder / Co-Creative Director

Ashley Manhan Justman

Design & Construction Manager

Christie Arellano

Senior Project Designer

MacKenzie Bergeron

Director of Operations

Jennifer Casey

Architectural Project Designer

Julie Nguyen

Branding & Project Designer

Daphnie Pan

Director of Design & Projects

Denise Pan

Project Designer

Christine Roh

Senior Project Designer

Bessie Shen

Senior Project Designer

Jen Wright

Project Designer

Dana Zeve Murphy

Executive Administrative Manager

Mary Linn

Architectural Project Designer

So Jeong Kim

Director of Design & Construction

Jason Tien

Senior Architectural Designer

Ronna Beal

Senior Project Designer

Cathy Alcocer

Senior Project Designer

Jessica Houlemard

Junior Project Designer

Bethany Faiella

Co-Founder / Co-Creative Director

Andrea DeRosa

From an early age co-founder Andrea DeRosa appreciated anything well designed. Extensive travel and study abroad experiences ignited her inherent creative interests and ultimately solidified her career path in interior design. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Interior Design, Andrea relocated to Los Angeles to practice Hospitality Interior Design at various notable firms throughout the city. Over the years she has enjoyed a wide variety of practice areas including gaming venues, public spaces, restaurants and nightclubs, and her earliest experiences included many projects in the high-end residential market. As Co-Founder of Avenue Interior Design, Andrea has become focused on project concept generation, business development, and marketing for the company since its foundation in 2009.

Co-Founder / Co-Creative Director

Ashley Manhan Justman

Ashley hails from a century long lineage of creativity deeply rooted in the Hollywood film industry. The influence of her past relatives success in film production, direction, screenwriting and composing, along with her set decorator and costumer parents have heavily shaped her own creative endeavors. While studying Interior Design at UCLA, Ashley joined a hospitality-based interior design firm and was soon designing 4 and 5 star hospitality properties. Later, Ashley joined the team at sbe where she closely collaborated on projects with design icon Philippe Starck and celebrity chef José Andrés. As Co-Founder of Avenue, Ashley enjoys day-to-day client interaction and regular job-site visits to oversee the construction administration and installation of Avenue ID’s projects.

Design & Construction Manager

Christie Arellano

Christie Arellano is the Design & Construction Manager. Naturally detail-oriented, her passion for design is fueled by her experience at project sites, where she loves to see design visions come to life to create spaces that feel welcoming and inspiring. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, she spent several years with a nationally recognized hospitality firm based in Los Angeles working extensively on new-build luxury hospitality projects, including Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, Caesars Entertainment Korea, Crystal Cruises, Solaire Resort & Casino and several high-end residential properties, both domestically and internationally. She has a B.A. degree in Interior Architecture from Woodbury University and is NCIDQ certified.

Senior Project Designer

MacKenzie Bergeron

Mackenzie Bergeron is a Project Designer. Before joining Avenue Interior Design, she gained experience at two renowned interior design firms in Los Angeles, working on lavish hospitality and high-end residential properties, as well as new construction, historical restoration, and renovation projects. A lifelong self-starter with an analytical streak, she’s also held a director-level position for a startup social media company, designing the user interface for the company’s app and all promotional materials. Mackenzie has a B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design from California State University, Northridge, and an M.A. degree in Business Administration from Ball State University.

Director of Operations

Jennifer Casey

Jennifer Casey is the Director of Operations. She supervises all production specifications, overseeing scheduling and budgets to ensure quality, performance and timeliness. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Jennifer practiced for more than a decade as a commercial real estate lawyer specializing in resort and golf properties. Her work on these trophy properties led to a fascination with hotel design—and eventually to a career change designing and project managing at nationally recognized Los Angeles-based hospitality firms, working on domestic and international properties for Fairmont, Disney, Hilton and Hyatt. Jennifer has a Certificate of Interior Design from the UCLA Extension Architecture + Interior Design Program, is an accredited LEED AP in Commercial Interiors and earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Architectural Project Designer

Julie Nguyen

Julie Nguyen is an Architectural Project Designer. Naturally detail-oriented and immersed in all phases of the design process, she’s been involved in the studio’s work with hospitality projects for San Manuel, Hard Rock, Katsuya and Montage amongst others. Julie has been instrumental in the studio’s successful coordination with trades, execution of drawing sets and seamless construction administration to ensure successful installations time and again. Julie has a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Washington State University.

Branding & Project Designer

Daphnie Pan

Daphnie Pan is a Graphic and Product Designer. A visual storyteller, she specializes in concept generation and branding, creating custom graphics as well as curating brand presentations for projects. She’s also deeply involved in FF&E selection and specification as well as custom furniture design and art curation, and played a pivotal role in developing Avenue Interior Design’s custom carpet collection with Loloey in 2019. Daphnie began her career in social media marketing at a children’s lifestyle and toy brand, where her artistic inclination for building and creating and sharp eye for design led to a natural transition to product development for the company—experience that helped establish the creative curiosity she brings to the studio. She has BA in communication studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Director of Design & Projects

Denise Pan

Denise Pan is a Senior Design Manager. A seasoned hospitality designer well-versed in taking projects from concept to construction, she plays a vital role in all aspects of the design process, from space planning and FF&E specifications to art direction and custom furniture development, all while collaborating and coordinating with clients, architects and contractors. While at the studio, she’s worked extensively with the Hotel Modera in Portland, The Ramble Hotel in Denver and the La Serena Villas in Palm Springs, and was recognized by Boutique Design magazine in 2018 as a noteworthy, on-the-rise designer. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Denise honed her skills in hospitality and commercial design while working with a renowned LA based design firm on the Baha Mar Casino Hotel, as well as on multifamily developments such as the Runway Playa Vista in Los Angeles and the Kirby Collection in Houston. Denise has an M.A. degree in Interior Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, a B.A. degree in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is NCIDQ certified.

Project Designer

Christine Roh

Christine Roh is a Project Designer. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Christine gained experience at an award-winning Las Vegas based design firm ranked in Interior Design’s “Top 75 Hospitality Giants,” working with MGM Resorts International, Caesar’s Entertainment and Seminole Hard Rock. Notable past projects she’s worked on include the Hard Rock Seminole Tampa Tower & Spa and the Palms Fantasy Tower Suites. Christine has a B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Senior Project Designer

Bessie Shen

Bessie Shen is a Senior Designer. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, she spent many years at two different nationally-recognized Los Angeles-based design firms, developing vital design skills ranging from initial concepting, to specifying furniture and color palettes and refining details through art and accessory curation. Throughout her career, she’s developed holistic, cohesive designs for high-end residential, hospitality, and restaurant projects, both domestically and internationally. Her diverse past portfolio includes a wide range of hospitality projects, including Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, Caesars Entertainment Korea, Solaire Resort & Casino and Marriott. She has an AA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Senior Project Designer

Jen Wright

Jen Wright is a Senior Designer. Dedicated to delivering an exceptional product to each client, she’s immersed in the full design process, from concept and presentation to custom FF&E development, construction documentation and administration. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Jen had extensive experience working on both large-scale and boutique hospitality and commercial properties, including notable projects like JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, Hai Di Lao Hot Pot, Irvine, Costa Restaurant and Cafe Lido at Hyatt Unbound Mar Monte Hotel, Resort Tower at Pechanga, Spa Pechanga, Sky Tower Suites at Solaire Manila, Octavius Garden Villas at Caesars Palace Las Vegas and the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. She has an AA in Interior Architectural Design from Santa Monica College and a BA in Communication Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Project Designer

Dana Zeve Murphy

Dana Zeve Murphy is a Project Designer. Detail-oriented by nature, she specializes in conceptual design, custom furniture and lighting design, FF&E specification and documentation, artwork/accessory curation and project installations, and has worked extensively with the Palms Casino, Hilton, SLS and The Ramble Hotel among others during her tenure at the studio. Prior to pursuing a career in interior design, Dana lived in New York City, and played a pivotal role in opening the Madison Avenue flagship store of James Perse, as well as held a managerial position at the brand’s SoHo location—work that ultimately led to her interest in retail design, architecture and interiors. She has an AA degree in Merchandise Marketing and an AA in Interior Design, both from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Executive Administrative Manager

Mary Linn

Architectural Project Designer

So Jeong Kim

Director of Design & Construction

Jason Tien

Senior Architectural Designer

Ronna Beal

Ronna is a Senior Architectural Designer. Detail-oriented by nature with a great passion for the design process, she has enjoyed a career immersed in all aspects of design including conceptual, space planning, design development, project management, and project coordination. She enjoys presentations, client interaction, and forging an aligned vision with consultants to make projects come to life. Since graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Ronna has garnered nearly 2 decades of experience in a variety of practice areas including hospitality-hotels and restaurants, residential, multi-family, and furniture design with notable firms in Los Angeles. She is NCIDQ certified and a Texas Registered Interior Designer.

Senior Project Designer

Cathy Alcocer

Senior Project Designer

Jessica Houlemard

Junior Project Designer

Bethany Faiella