Sheyla Conforte leads the Interior Design practice at Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). In the last 15 years at SCB, she has had the opportunity to design spaces that have transformed the way people work, live and learn in Chicago. Working with Project Color Corps was a natural way to bring transformation to places where children play and thrive in some of Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods. She is looking forward to working with the PCC team on its first Chicago project for the Boys and Girls Clubs on the city’s west side.
Valerie Jardon is the Director of Workplace Strategy for Box Studios in Chicago. She has 12 years of experience working in corporate and educational interiors and feels passionately about the power of design and its connection to the occupants health and happiness. Being involved with Project Color Corps allows for a larger, more collaborative outreach that empowers young minds and their voices. She is thrilled to be part of the Chicago Chapter and is looking forward to spreading joy and the power of color.
Cristina Ainslie is a Regional Sales Director for a furniture dealer in the North East. She has been in the commercial furniture industry for over 35 years and started her career in the industry in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Her tenure in the industry ranges from working as Regional Manager for Teknion and as a Founding Principle for a LEED consulting firm. She is passionate about bringing value to projects by putting together a team that is best in class to ensure all project are planned, design and executed to customer specific needs. She was instrumental in helping her teams create furniture programs for Yahoo, Workday, Netflix, Cisco Systems, Polo/Ralph Lauren, PVH Calvin Klein and YouTube. Her experience in sustainability helped her act as an owner’s rep to assist her clients in obtaining LEED Certification for their projects. She assembled project teams that included architects, contractors, MEP and furniture vendors.
Christine Miller is a native New Yorker and has lived in the Pacific North West for 2.5 years (Seattle and Portland). With a background in Geography, Fine Art and Textile design - Christine has worked in the corporate offices of several popular fashion brands including Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gap and Nordstrom, etc. In addition to growing her career she has been an art instructor for 10+ years to children and adults. Christine is excited to join Project Color Corps and excited for this unique opportunity to give back to underserved communities.
Alison is an experienced interior designer with a diverse portfolio. She has led design and production across multiple practice areas including commercial, hospitality, retail, institutional, mixed-use, and adaptive reuse projects. Alison is also a deeply committed humanitarian and Community Impact leader, focused on supporting vulnerable and underserved populations.
Ellen Hansen has a love of color, pattern and texture. For the last 35 years, she has marketed, sold and developed products for the interior design industry. Now, after officially retiring from her career, she has launched her passion project, Mindful Flowers, a creative approach to meditation. She is still playing with color and sharing her belief in its power. She is glad to be part of the Portland team for Project Color Corps.