Business Advisory Panel

Please meet our Advisory Panel!  Scroll down to learn more about these experts who volunteer their time, expertise and resources to help all homes become Safe - Healthy - Comfortable!


Robert is the 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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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.


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.

Mary Fischer Knott, CID, Allied ASID, CAPS, 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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Sheri Gold, CKD, LEED, CLIPP

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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Lisa Hinson, 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.


Elle H-Millard, CKD, CLIPP

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

Maureen KanwischerMaureen (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 business owners grow their business.
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Jan Neiges

Jan Neiges is the principal of her namesake design firm in Denver. She is a Certified Kitchen Designer with NKBA and has been serving the industry for 20 years. She has been elected to serve on the 9 Member Board of NKBA and was Past President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter. She is on the Design Council for Arapaho Community College, lectures around the country for other NKBA Chapters and presents at the Garden and Home Show. She brings her 36 years of sales experience to the design industry by sharing her selling to process to help her colleagues succeed.

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.

Ed NovikEd 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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Leslie OldhamLeslie 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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John O'Meara, CLIPP

Experience includes residential and commercial architectural millwork, cabinet and door hardware, specification development with architectural and design firms and national accounts.
Product specialties in accessibility products, commercial and residential bath hardware, sliding walls, glass products.
John is a frequent lecturer on Living in Place and Design for All topics.

Judy Rough, CSA, CLIPP
Chief Operating Officer of Age Without Borders 

Judy Rough is a global aging industry consultant, creative strategist, speaker, advocate, and connector. Her passion is working to end ageism, breakdown aging industry silos, and connecting global thought leaders and disruptors using cutting edge, user-friendly technology. Uniting the generations through connection, collaboration, and relationship building resulting in the elimination of barriers, heightened curiosity, and high-level engagement is an important component of Judy’s work.

Toni Sabatino, AKBD, CLIPP
2019 NKBA Chapter Officer of the Year

Toni Sabatino loves working in an industry that positively impacts how people live and has been involved in interior design specializing in kitchen and bath for quite some time. Working with a kitchen cabinet manufacturer and then a distributor in house, the designer amassed a portfolio of over 1,000 kitchens – from floorplans and product specifications to delivery and installation – before starting her own Long Island, NY-based firm Toni Sabatino Style. Read More

Maria Stapperfenne, 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.

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