About our team

Principal

Dawn Sena

Dawn has been working in the hospitality interior design business for over 20 years. Dawn is a licensed, award winning interior designer, who has received many awards from the American Resort Development Associate (ARDA) and has been interviewed by many trade publications. Dawn has also been asked to speak at several national conferences. When Dawn is not working, she loves to travel and spend time with family, including her son, daughter, and her 7 grandsons, all her pride and joy.

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Design Associate

Kara Gatchel

With a passion for creativity and design, Kara has been in the design industry since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Interior Design in 2019 where she began working in Hospitality Design. She believes in the quote by Albert Einstein: “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” When she is not in work mode, Kara loves theme parks, outdoor activities and enjoying life with her husband and baby girl.

Kara Gatchel

Design Associate

Nadia Aleksandrov

Nadia has been working with SHD for over 5 years and is currently an independent design-associate. Nadia is skilled in design, 3D modeling, professional renderings, and creating digital presentations. Nadia is a graduate of the Art Institute of Jacksonville with her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

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Project Manager

Sabina Holguin

Sabina has been been specializing in procurement and project management in the hospitality industry for the past four years. She is involved in project coordinating, tracking, installations, and communication with clients and vendors. Sabina will be a board member on the 2020 NEWH Sunshine chapter. Sabina is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and likes to be involved within our industry and community alike. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors, near the water with her family and friends.

Sabina Holguin

Project Coordinator

Carley Pagan

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Controller

Peggy Bressman

Peggy has 30+ years experience as a full time bookkeeper for design and architectural businesses. She received her MBA from the Crummer School of Graduate Studies at Rollins College. Peggy’s responsibilities are widespread for SHD, as she facilitates payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and all record tracking required.

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Designer Intern

Makenzi Smith

Makenzi is currently a student in pursuit of a Bachelors of Science Degree in Interior Design. While she is just stepping into the hospitality industry, she has been working in residential design for the last 4 years. In her free time you can find Makenzi traveling, reading a good book, or spending time with her fur babies.

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