Advisory Panel

Plase meet our Advisory Board. Scroll down to learn more about these experts who volunteer their time, expertise and resources to help all homes become accessible, comfortable and safe!


Robert is founder and president of North Star Synergies, Inc., a full-service executive development strategy firm specializing in creating strategies to promote and sell products and services throughout the United States. He created the Denver-based international firm in April 2011. Robert and his teams have helped merchandise more than $20 billion of residential, resort, retail, recreational, commercial, institutional, industrial and governmental real estate as well as other business products and services.
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Gunnar Baldwin, CLIPP
Water Efficiency Specialist, TOTO

Gunnar Baldwin was educated at St. Paul’s School, Yale and Brown Universities and taught college preparatory mathematics and coached crew for 16 years before leaving teaching to pioneer his interest in water conservation and wastewater reduction in 1976. He pioneered the first code approved low consumption toilet and lobbied for incentives for water conservation for 15 years.  He started with TOTO in 1990 when they first opened a subsidiary in the USA after working for their importer for several years. He served on the ANSI Vitreous China standard committee until TOTO USA was formed and has served in numerous roles at TOTO during its twenty-six year history of growth and industry technology leadership. He is now a consultant to TOTO as their Water Efficiency Specialist. Gunnar has represented the company on several green building committees including the first USGBC water efficiency technical advisory group. He was a charter director of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Gunnar’s experience spans the period from before the beginnings of interest in water efficiency to the present.
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Barbara Barton, CMKBD, CLIPP
Barbara Barton & Associates

Barbara has over 35 years of experience in the Kitchen and Bath Industry, having worked for several Kitchen/Bath dealerships, managing a Bathroom Showroom for five years and then 15 years in the Appliance industry.  Since the year 2000, Barbara has grown her own Independent Designer business in the remodeling area and focusing on the Boomer target market.  She is the first Designer in Colorado to earn the Certified Aging in Place Specialist, CAPS designation in 1992.
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Nathan Colburn, CLIPP

Nathan is the owner of Accessible Systems, a Colorado based company that not only offers accessibility equipment, but also installs our products to create a customized fit for your home or business. Our products include residential elevators and lift systems that assist you and/or your caregiver in every room of your house including garages and stairs. We also have a complete line of specialized Medical Equipment to assist you. And, we also offer customized home modifications and remodeling including the installation of all our products along with barrier free bathrooms, ramps, grab bars, widening of doors, and additions.

Leslie Oldham

Leslie Oldham, CLIPP

Leslie has been a Boulder, Colorado County resident and Broker Associate of Coldwell Banker since 1998. She has experience from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins focusing on the Boulder County market. As a consistent top award winner within Coldwell Banker and a 5280 Five Star Real Estate Agent since 2010, she has sold over $200 million in real estate along the Colorado Front Range. With an education in Marketing and an MBA in Finance, she brings a unique perspective to the local real estate market.
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National Showroom & Design Manager-Monogram Design Center-Luxehome
Sheri has been in the kitchen & bath industry since 1984, with experience in cabinetry, countertops, plumbing fixtures, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and appliances.  Her favorite focus areas have been Universal Design and Living in Place Design. She is the Monogram Appliances National Showroom & Design Manager, and lives in Chicago, where she oversees all the national Monogram Design Centers.
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Ed Novik

Ed Novik, CLIPP

Accurate Inspection Services, Inc.

Ed is the founder and president emeritus of Accurate Inspection Services, Inc., a full service residential and commercial building inspection and environmental assessment firm.  Ed is a former nationally recognized technical instructor for Kaplan Professional Schools, Inspection Training Associates and Jones Real Estate College, and has taught residential building inspection, real estate continuing education and environmental-related courses and seminars nationally.
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Maureen Kanwischer

Maureen (Mo) Kanwischer

Momentum Business Consulting

As a consultant, Mo most often works as a partner with business owners and presidents and focuses on developing and executing strategic plans, crafting business and marketing plans and new product launches. Mo also is the founder and facilitator of peer advisory boards. The m.b.a. (momentum board of advisors™) is an informal board of directors for small business owners. Members meet regularly for strategic planning, creative problem solving and tapping the wisdom of the group in order to grow their business. In addition, Mo works one on one with each member to provide customized counseling.  Mo has helped over 300 small businesses owners grow their business.
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Mary Jo Peterson

Mary Jo Peterson, CLIPP

Mary Jo Peterson Design

Mary is also president of her Connecticut-based design firm, Mary Jo Peterson, Inc., that focuses on residential projects and provides design support to major home-builders and product manufacturers nationwide. With specific expertise in universal design, she has authored multiple books on the subject and is a frequent national speaker and educator.  She has developed and taught courses on sustainability in kitchen/bath design and outdoor kitchen design.
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David Newton, CLIPP

Newton Designs

David entered the Kitchen and Bath Industry in 1970. For several years David focused on design and sales to consumers, developers, builders and homeowners.

Rick Hirshhaut, CLIPP

Rick is the former President and co-founder of Remodel Direct.   He has a history of success in developing, leading and growing home improvement consumer brands, dealer networks and franchised organizations.  He’s held both B2B and B2C senior leadership roles involving a variety of home improvement categories, including bath products, siding, windows, roofing, doors, window treatments and more.  He’s fostered long-term relationships with some of the largest home improvement retailers in the country. 
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Tim Hoyman


Tim Hoyman, The Denver 100’s Real Estate agent top producer, with 20 years professional experience closing 500+ homes licensed Colorado real estate broker is often referred to as The Mozart of Real Estate.  The nick-name evolved over the years from his passion for music.  Tim appears prominently with his woodwind instrument, the bassoon, in the orchestral, Littleton Symphony.  His love of orchestrating the buying/selling of real estate has resulted recently with the nominated 5280 Five Star Real Estate Agent in 2015.
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John O'Meara, CLIPP


John’s experience includes manufacturing, producing and installing architectural woodwork, commercial, residential and retail/banks; product management, introducing electronic locking systems for hospitality and retail to the North American market, and project business, organizing and supporting Häfele America Co specification staff in consulting to architects, designers and other specifiers.  These roles have led to frequent presentations on hardware, lighting and Universal Design, as well as periodic work with students at schools of architecture and design.

Rosemarie Rossetti, Speaker, CLIPP

Universal Design Living Laboratory
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally known speaker, author, consultant and president of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. She acquired a spinal cord injury on June 13, 1998. As a person who uses a wheelchair, she knows firsthand the benefits of accessible and universal design.
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Joe DeLaurentis, II, CLIPP

Founder and Principle, Tiger Inspection
CT HOI #170

Joe DeLaurentis founded Tiger Group, Inc in 1992. Bringing his years of construction and industrial experience along with his many years as a successful business owner, Joe had a vision of growing a highly skilled team of inspectors to meet the diverse needs of the industry. Joe’s past experience includes residential remodeling and new construction as well as equipment and facilities engineering. While completing innumerable home and commercial building inspections and surveys since 1991, Joe also received Connecticut's DEP "S" or Supervisory Certification for wood boring insects and is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Maria Stapperfenne, CLIPP

CMKBD, CLIPP, 2015 National President of the NKBA

Maria has over 25 years of experience collaborating with contractors and builders on new, innovative kitchen and bath designs.  She has won awards for design. Maria is currently the Manager of Tewksbury Kitchens and Baths – a division of Huston Lumber & Supply, where she designs and sells cabinetry, countertops, hardware, etc.

Mary Fischer Knott, CLIPP


Mary is the author of several books and booklets on design.  Her current book, Kitchen And Bath Design Basics, published by John Wiley & Sons, contains a full chapter on Ergonomic Design Principles.  This Fall her series on Residential Space Planning and Ergonomics for Design Professionals will be available in E-Book form.  
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Lisa Hinson, CLIPP

CLIPP,  Architects and Designers Resource Group at Miele
With Miele for over 10 years, Lisa is the first point of contact for Designers, Architects and Builders interested in partnering with Miele for sales and special events. Managing the nationwide TradePRO Program (personal use for design professionals) her extensive customer service experience is key.  Miele is the premium appliance brand manufactured in Germany, and is the largest family owned appliance company in the world.

Christine Stouffer

Christine Stouffer, CLIPP, Project Manager - Creative Housing

Christine is a project manager of accessibility renovations for Creative Housing/Creative Renovations and serves as the company’s safety officer. She is also responsible for renovation drawings and permitting. In addition, she is involved with community outreach programs and speaking on accessibility home renovation options.
Christine completed her undergraduate at Mt. Vernon Nazarene College and graduate degree from Purdue University in Construction Management. Her company is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Active as a member of the NAHB, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio (BIA) and serves on the Professional Women in Building Council. She is a CGB, CGR, CAPS, Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified EPA Lead-Safe, and CLIPP.

Judy Rough, CSA, CLIPP

Judy Rough is the Sr. Director of Strategic Alliances for the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA). SCSA offers the Working with Older Adults education course and materials and the accredited Certified Senior Advisor ® (CSA) certification to multidisciplinary professionals engaged with seniors, their families, caregivers, and trusted representatives. For detailed information about Judy’s background visit her LinkedIn Profile

Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor

Chelsie Butler has been an editor for various trade magazines in the Atlanta area since she graduated from the University of Florida with a journalism degree in 1993. Titles relevant to her current position as the executive editor of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine have included Atlanta Home Improvement, Commercial Construction, Hospitality Construction and Commercial Kitchens magazines, as well as Design:Retail, a KBB sister publication. She has participated in panels at multiple industry events, including Coverings, KBIS and ICFF, and during her time in her current position, the magazine has won two prestigious Azbee awards for design and editorial. Besides her career, another of Chelsie’s passions is volunteering at a local animal rescue shelter, which she has been involved with for seven years.

Elle H Millard

Interior design expert Elle H-Millard, CKD, is editor-at-large for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), where she also serves as an NKBA Insider — an ambassador representing the association and promoting the highest standards of kitchen and bath design and remodeling across the country and internationally.

NKBA is the world’s leading trade association dedicated to promoting all aspects of the kitchen and bath design and remodeling business — from design, construction, manufacturing and retail to education and professional development of its membership and fostering excellence in all quarters of the industry. The association also owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), North America’s largest and most comprehensive trade expo in the residential kitchen and bath space.  Read More


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