Meet Fusion

Founded in 2005, Fusion is a full-service multi-disciplinary Boston design firm specializing in interior architecture and commercial real estate branding.

Creative Forces

The Faces Behind Fusion

Five years after arriving in Boston, John Kelly started Fusion. He began his network connections by inviting many of the movers and shakers that he could identify to join him at the neighborhood bar and told them the first two drinks would be on him. From that night on, John forged strong friendships and business relationships in the Boston real estate market. When Fusion was launched, those very people were ones who helped jump start this phenomenal company. The rest is history and here are the faces (or should we say the forces) that breathe life into Fusion every day.

Meet

The Fusion Team

John Kelly

President & Founder

Jennifer Peters

Principal

Michael Knauff

Principal

Christopher Munro

Principal

Ken Dixon

COO/CFO & EOS Integrator

Christine Cutry

Project Manager

Rachel Goldenthal

Project Manager

Liz Forester

Project Manager

Kyle Choleva

Project Manager

Kali Patterson

Senior Designer

Gloria Norris

Assistant Project Manager

Olivia Gullotti

Project Designer & Experiential Graphic Designer

Kelsey Lima

Project Designer

Tammi Nichols

Project Designer

Shanming Li

Lead 3D Visualizer

Linda Melchione

Director of Operations & Human Resources

Lena Cabral

Accounting & Human Resources Manager

Casey Corcoran

Business Development Manager

Darby Mackintosh

Marketing & Communications Specialist

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John Kelly

President & Founder

John is the founder and President of Fusion Design Consultants, Inc. Having worked for major Architectural companies around the globe, John has been exposed to and worked on a wide variety of Architectural and Interior Design projects. Some of the most notable examples include the 2000 Olympic Games accommodation buildings in Sydney Australia, Specialty Cigar Bars and Retail Outlets in Singapore, Health and Fitness Clubs in Europe and High-end Corporate Headquarters in the USA. John’s extensive world travel has been paramount in molding the person he is today. John’s appetite for design and maintaining business relationships are major drivers for his day to day influences in the office. John graduated from Hull School of Architecture in the UK.

John is married to Christy and is the proud father of Sadie, Lacie and Jemma. He enjoys the balance of personal and professional life and takes as much opportunity to travel as possible. John is also involved with many philanthropic initiatives and is an active board member of The Artist Building at 300 Summer Street, Boston, MA.

Most likely to

play golf in the rain, sleet or snow

Never seen without

great shoes

Favorite designer

Zaha Hadid

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Jennifer Peters

Principal

A graduate from Syracuse University with over 20 years of professional experience, Jennifer successfully manages all aspects of small and large projects from concept to completion. She has proven to be a reliable contact for Boston building owners, real estate brokers and major corporations. Jennifer has built a solid reputation for responsiveness and attention to detail.

She frequently provides styling and etiquette advice to the Fusion team. In her downtime, she enjoys traveling and family time with her husband, daughter and their golden retriever.

Most likely to

multi-task while multi-tasking multiple tasks

Never seen without

fashionable accessories

Favorite designer

too many to list!

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Michael Knauff

Principal

AIA, LEED AP

Michael has over 16 years experience serving both corporate and retail clients. A graduate of Cornell University, he oversees a variety of projects, including building analysis, building renovation & repositioning and tenant office design. Notable past clients include several Fortune 500 companies in both California and Greater Boston with services ranging from programming, space planning/corporate re-stack, and interior architecture. Michael has worked closely with both suburban and downtown landlords on a wide variety of projects ranging from tenant improvement, infrastructure upgrades, extensive lobby and common area renovations and exterior improvements. He is skilled at overseeing challenging project goals while staying on budget and executing sophisticated design.

Michael looks forward to summer, and spending weekends in Maine with his wife, daughter and their dog – or planning their next school vacation trip to some exciting European locale.

Most likely to

run a marathon (without telling anyone).

Never seen without

his gourmet lunches.

Favorite designer

Renzo Piano

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Christopher Munro

Principal

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Chris has been in the Architecture and Design field for over 30 years. Name a building type and he probably has an example he’s worked on: commercial, retail, institutional, educational, industrial, healthcare, recreational, large and small residential. His favorite projects include National College of Chiropractic outside Chicago, The ‘Epi’ residential/commercial development in Seattle, and Windham High School in Maine. At Fusion Design he focuses on the quality of the projects delivered and educating the staff involved. Chris is fascinated with design theory and he really enjoys teaching design.

Chris has architecture degrees from Notre Dame and UI-Chicago, and a Certificate in Design Education from the Boston Architectural College. His most enjoyable ‘clients’ and toughest critics are his wife Sherri and son Cam.

Most likely to

cook a full rack of ribs in the toaster oven at work.

Never seen without

a red pen and a cup of mud

Favorite architect

Alvar Aalto and Peter Eisenman

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Ken Dixon

COO/CFO & EOS Integrator

Ken Dixon has over two decades of successful operations leadership experience. He has helped build and run numerous businesses – both as a full-time and as a fractional COO.  Ken has led the scaling-up of operations and the management of performance and resource utilization to develop profitable and sustainably successful small and mid-sized creative services companies. As the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Integrator & COO at Fusion, Ken focuses on implementing EOS to optimize and integrate Fusion’s planning, performance, and results.


Ken received his BA from Boston College in Communications & Political Science. He also attended leadership and executive development programs at Harvard University’s Executive Development Center; Babson College’s Executive Education Conference Center, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, and Boston University’s Corporate Education Center.

Most likely to

Ask "why?"

Never seen without

A funny response to (almost) anything

Favorite architect

We'll find out...

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Christine Cutry

Project Manager

Christine joined Fusion in 2014 and has since received her Masters of Architecture from Northeastern University. Prior to joining Fusion, Christine received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is no stranger to the professional design world having held multiple design internships in Architecture and Interior Design in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Her architectural design knowledge, diverse studies and previous experiences make her a well-rounded team member at Fusion.

Outside of the office Christine is involved in club sports activities and loves reading new books in her free time.

Most likely to

be terrified of a balloon

Never seen without

her water bottle

Favorite architect

Herzog and de Meuron

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Rachel Goldenthal

Project Manager

Rachel received a BFA in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. Prior to joining Fusion as a Project Designer, she worked for a national commercial office furniture company creating designs for a wide range of clients including corporate offices, healthcare and government projects.

She lives in downtown Boston and in her free time enjoys trying new restaurants, skiing, traveling and amusing family and friends with character impressions.

Most likely to

laugh and talk to a stranger

Never seen without

a sweetgreen salad

Favorite designer

Philippe Starck

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Liz Forester

Project Manager

Liz earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Syracuse University School of Architecture in 2012. Before working at Fusion, she gained professional experience at design firms in Bedford, New Hampshire and Los Angeles, California. Her design background includes healthcare, commercial, and housing projects of varying scales, as well as custom product and furniture design. She has an interest in conceptual design and installation work, and believes that graphic representation is key in understanding the user’s role in architecture. Liz is excited to be part of the Fusion team, and to learn more about the profession as she works toward licensure.

Liz loves living in Boston and is always looking for new areas and restaurants to explore. She also frequently visits her home state of New Hampshire, where most of her family resides. She enjoys skiing in the winter and boating, fishing, and swimming at her family lake house in the summer.

Most likely to

be listening to Beyonce on repeat

Never seen without

cherry ChapStick

Favorite designer

Herzog and de Meuron

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Kyle Choleva

Project Manager

Kyle is a highly experienced Project Manager and Senior interior designer who joined Fusion after successful stints in Connecticut Architectural firms. His design background includes healthcare, commercial, historical preservation, market rate & affordable housing. He relocated to Boston and brought his solid expertise in Interior Design and Architecture to Fusion along with his passion for creativity, collaboration and mentoring/inspiring others. 

Kyle’s degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology gave him a solid base to start his career as an Architectural Designer. He excels in managing people, projects, and time as well as budgeting, drawings and QC. His proficiency and dexterity in design software, graphics and construction techniques adds a valuable layer to the outstanding Fusion team. His energy, sense of humor and upbeat personality are contagious! In his free time you can find him on the golf course or enjoying great food at one of Boston’s many restaurants. 

Most likely to

Wear shorts in the Winter

Never seen without

A venti Starbucks ice coffee and red and blue pens

Favorite designer

Can't choose just one!

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Kali Patterson

Senior Designer

Kali’s love of interior design evolved from an early interest in art, color and the creative process. She received her degree in Interior Design from the New England School or Art and Design at Suffolk University and joined Fusion the same year. With a fresh and innovative approach to design related problem solving, Kali has grown to be an integral member of the team. As senior interior designer, Kali’s favorite part of the design process is working collaboratively with a client to make their vision come to life. Kali is a LEED accredited professional and was honored to be among the first class of the Emerging Leaders program through IIDA.

In her free time, you can find Kali balancing in a yoga pose, at a concert, or hanging with her miniature dachshund Miles.

Most likely to

curse in the most pleasing manner

Never seen without

a tornado of materials around her

Favorite designer

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Gloria Norris

Assistant Project Manager

Gloria began her career at Fusion as an intern and worked diligently to demonstrate her skills, her talents and her strong desire to be a part of the Fusion design team.  A recent graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a BS in Interior Design, Gloria had previous internships in the design field and brought all of her top notch technical skills and design background to Fusion.  Her internship here demonstrated her very impressive design skills and strong work ethic and prompted us to bring her on as a fulltime Project Designer. We expect great things from Gloria and can see that the sky’s the limit for this talented young designer. 

Most likely to

make lists for lists I have to make

Never seen without

fun earrings

Favorite designer

Louis Sullivan

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Olivia Gullotti

Project Designer & Experiential Graphic Designer

A recent Architecture and Design graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Olivia first joined Fusion as a “dual purpose” intern. After enjoying her great work ethic and congenial team-work skill-set, she was soon offered a full-time position as a junior graphic designer. Liv has many special skills and creative talent, but her amazing attitude and willingness to collaborate with the whole team made her an instant success. Her background in interior design as well as in graphic design makes her an invaluable asset to our entire team. Working under the auspices of our Senior Experiential Graphic Designer, Liv learns something new every day and continues to grow, evolve and advance into a critical part of our design team. 

Most likely to

be doodling

Never seen without

jewelry

Favorite artist

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Kelsey Lima

Project Designer

Kelsey was very excited to join Fusion and be able to work locally in Boston gaining experience in a different type of Design (Corporate Workplace). For the last few years, she worked in Interior Design - primarily focused on Retail Design throughout the US.  

Kelsey graduated in 2013 from Syracuse University with a BFA in Environmental & Interior Design, Minor in Architecture & Concentration in Film. She also has previous experience working on Film Sets in Los Angeles & Boston , Installation Design, Set Design and Tradeshow Design.  

Her favorite part of design is collaborating with other designers & vendors and learning about new products, materials/finishes and how they can all be integrated into a project. She also loves the technical side of design and finds drafting details & reading code somewhat therapeutic.  

In her spare time, she loves to spend the winter months snowboarding at her family’s vacation home on Loon. In the warmer months, she enjoys discovering new music & art festivals with her friends or taking her Snow Bengal for walks .  

She is also currently enrolled at the BAC and hopes to begin taking classes for her Digital Design Certification – and is spending her downtime studying for the NCIDQ.  

Finally, she enjoys working and/or volunteering on movie sets throughout Boston when she can find free time on the weekends.

Most likely to

Add hot sauce to anything she's eating.

Never seen without

My Microns & Sketchbook

Favorite designer

James Turrell

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Tammi Nichols

Project Designer

Tammi graduated from the University of Hartford with a BS in Architectural Engineering and Technology. She is currently enrolled at the Boston Architectural College to pursue her Masters of Architecture. Tammi joins the Fusion team as a Project Designer and has background in Historic Preservation, Adaptive reuse, multi-family residential, and commercial tenant fit ups. Her favorite parts of the design process are collaborating and sharing ideas with the design team, drawing initial concept sketches, and pulling inspiration images. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book, visiting a local art museum or brewery and playing pool. 

Most likely to

Change her hair frequently

Never seen without

a coffee

Favorite architect

Miles Van Der Rohe

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Shanming Li

Lead 3D Visualizer

Shanming is native to China, but has been living and working in the United States for the past 6 years.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Art Design – a combination of Interior Design and Landscaping Design – from Sichuan Normal University in China and a Master’s degree in Digital Media from Missouri Western State University. After graduation, Shanming pursued a career in 3D Architectural Visualization and Animation at one of the Nation’s largest Brand Experience Firms. His focus was on solutions for still renderings, digital animations and virtual reality for clients around the globe. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cooking and building custom furniture that he has previously modeled with rendering software. He loves his Boston Terrier, Fin and watching Chip and Johanna on HDTV. We believe that he also moonlights as a comedian – when this rather quiet and shy Chinese designer shows his unexpectedly campy, hilarious side.

Most likely to

cook for his favorite people

Never seen without

his phone

Favorite designer

Louis Kahn

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Linda Melchione

Director of Operations & Human Resources

Linda has a strong background in Operations, Human Resources and Administrative Management.

She has worked in diverse arenas, but has spent a large part of her career in the construction industry. Most recently, she performed as Director of HR, Compliance and Legal at Boston Technologies – a neighbor here on Summer Street. She is very accustomed to working directly with the executive team while supporting the career goals, objectives and ambitions of every member of the Fusion team. Linda greatly enjoys working with people and finds her own ultimate job satisfaction in being able to serve the needs of her colleagues and team-mates, guiding them to grow, succeed and prosper.

Linda graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Journalism and still enjoys writing in several different venues. She is fond of the quote (by Richard Branson) – “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.”

Most likely to

Be helping someone that I love

Never seen without

my reading glasses on my head

Favorite artist

The Beatles! They changed the world forever!

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Lena Cabral

Accounting & Human Resources Manager

Lena is a young professional with over five years of experience in Accounting and Human Resources. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Accounting and Spanish. Lena brings experience in office management, human resources, and finance to the Fusion team. Her knowledge of numerous accounting platforms and experience with business administration make her an essential team member. Lena supports management through the analysis and preparation of financial data, as well as, being responsible for the administration of all employee relations.

Lena is Portuguese American with roots in the Azores, Portugal. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Outside of the office, she loves to travel, watch soccer and move her hips to Latin dancing.

Most likely to

sing Enrique and Backstreet Boys songs out loud

Never seen without

her fitbit

Favorite artist

Francisco de Goya

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Casey Corcoran

Business Development Manager

Casey earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Design and Culture in Built Environment at Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2010. She joined Fusion in 2015 as an administrative assistant and library coordinator where she cultivated a better understanding of the design industry and developed long lasting connections. After two great years, she decided to go on a quest to live in Hawaii where she started a small art business and embedded herself in the local artist and farming community. Feeling the pull of her Boston-based roots and the work that has long-inspired her, Casey has returned to Massachusetts and reunited with Fusion as a Business Development Manager. Her interest in the design world, ease of building relationships and knowledge of Fusion's core values combine together to make her a valuable team member.

  Casey is an adventure seeker with a hunger for travel and new experiences. Whether helping to build an outdoor classroom in Indonesia, teaching ice skating lessons to young girls in Sweden, or making friends with the passenger next to her, she attempts to find a way to fully submerge herself in the culture and community of wherever she may be exploring.

Most likely to

Be found sitting on the ground petting a stranger's dog.

Never seen without

A smile.

Favorite designer

Renzo Piano/Andy Goldsworthy.

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Darby Mackintosh

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Darby is a recent graduate from the Honors College at Purdue University where she received a BA in Mass Communication.

Her previous experience includes internships in Lafayette, Indiana where she implemented brand strategy through strategic marketing and PR campaigns. She also spent a summer in London interning with a non-profit on the event planning and fundraising team.

She joins the Fusion team in a new role as our Marketing/Communications Specialist. Darby loves working in digital media, social media and excels at using graphics to tell stories. She also enjoys blogging for herself and others.

 In her free time, she loves traveling and binge-watching Netflix originals.

Most likely to

Be cold

Never seen without

Her morning Starbucks

Favorite artist

Pat McGrath

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