Meet Fusion

Founded in 2005, Fusion is a full-service multidisciplinary 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

Rachel Goldenthal

Project Manager

Kali Patterson

Senior Project Designer

Tammi Nichols

Project Designer

Kayla Gonzalez

Project Designer

Shanming Li

Lead 3D Visualizer

Julio Diaz-Volquez

Project Designer

Paul C. NG

AIA, Senior Project Architect

KATERINA SULTANOVA

LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwell Ambassador

LAUREN BARTLETT

Project Designer

MICHAEL EPSTEIN

Assistant Project Manager

ROBERT CONNERY

Assistant Project Manager

MARIA PANAGOPOULOU

Senior Job Captain

Christopher Pennell

Project Manager

Brittney Mayo

Senior Designer

Fusion

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Join the Fusion team

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

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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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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Kali Patterson

Senior Project 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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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

Mies van der Rohe

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Kayla Gonzalez

Project Designer

Kayla is a recent graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology where she received a BA in Interior Design. Her previous experience includes internships in Residential and Healthcare design. She began her career at Fusion as an intern and due to her experience, determination and eagerness to learn, she was offered a full-time position as a project designer. In her first few months, Kayla has already made substantial contributions and become a valuable part of the Fusion team. She believes design is a series of creative choices and that good design comes from collaboration. Kayla is excited to be part of the Fusion team and hopes to continue to learn and evolve as a designer.


In her free time, she loves baking, traveling, and visiting her family home in Maine.

Most likely to

Put ketchup on my ketchup

Never seen without

A smile

Favorite designer

Frank Gehry

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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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Julio Diaz-Volquez

Project Designer

Julio graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree (architectural Technology). He is pursuing a Masters's degree in architecture at Boston Architectural College. Julio joins the Fusion team as a Designer. He has experience in commercial tenant fit-out and hotel renovation, base from his previous firm at Dyer Brown. He enjoys learning more about building code when designing. He likes to know the reason behind a building code and how it affects the drawings.

His favorite pastime is to hang out with friends and family, going on adventures such as going to a different state for the weekend, hiking, trying new restaurants, watching anime and shows, exploring a place we never been, safety and following covid regulations)

Most likely to

To listen to a random genre of music

Never seen without

A backpack

Favorite designer

Alejandro Aravena

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Paul C. NG

AIA, Senior Project Architect

Paul has over 30 years of experience in interior design and architecture. As a result, he has become well versed in related professions, including MEP/FP and structural requirements. With this ability to sufficiently communicate with consultants, Paul understands the mutual goals of every project and is able to adequately deliver design packages to clients.

Most likely to

Call you on the phone to discuss any concerns

Never seen without

A measuring tape/laser device in his bag

Favorite designer

I.M Pei.

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KATERINA SULTANOVA

LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwell Ambassador

Katerina is an interior architect whose artistic vision is characterized by originality and playfulness based on design research and a solid understanding of sustainability and wellness.

Holding Master's Degrees in Interior Architecture and Environmental Management, Katerina employs a systematic approach to design and gets inspired by natural forms and principles.

Katerina worked on a wide variety of Interior Design projects, including high-end residential, hospitality, educational, and commercial. The extensive world travel experience sparked an acute interest in world cultures, national traditions, and how people's behavior and well-being can be affected by environments where they grow, work, and live.

As an ardent lover of arts, music, and travel, Katerina never misses an exhibition opening and can easily travel to other countries to see an exciting theater play. In addition, she loves to spend her free time cooking and baking for her family and friends, biking, and reading books.

Most likely to

Match her nails to the project's mood board

Never seen without

Her iPad and Apple Pencil

Favorite designer

Alvaro Siza and Jaime Hayon

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LAUREN BARTLETT

Project Designer

Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Environmental & Interior Design. Before joining fusion as a project designer, she worked at a residential design-build firm and also gained experience through multiple internships in commercial and retail design. Her favorite part of the design process is the beginning phases – coming up with a concept, finding inspiration, selecting preliminary finishes, and space planning.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling, skiing, cooking, and spending time in Maine with her family and friends.

Most likely to

Pet every dog she sees

Never seen without

My water bottle

Favorite designer

Thomas Heatherwick

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MICHAEL EPSTEIN

Assistant Project Manager

Michael has always been passionate about design and its role in the built environment. Through industry and personal interests, he enjoys working with tenants, landlords and project stakeholders to solve and provide innovative and inspiring design solutions. After receiving both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wentworth Institute of Technology he began his career working on multiunit housing projects, building repositioning, upmarket restaurant design, and university/institutional campus design.

Joining Fusion Design Consultants in 2022, he is thrilled to be working on a wide variety of project types serving the greater commercial real estate market in Massachusetts. In his spare time, he enjoys all things outdoors whether biking around the city, or on scooter; or hitting the slopes during the winter months. He is also an avid cook when he has an audience to cater to. During the week when not in the office you can probably find him headed to Barry’s Bootcamp for a quick workout or grabbing an afternoon coffee.

Most likely to

Be seen outdoors

Never seen without

An afternoon coffee

Favorite designer

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ROBERT CONNERY

Assistant Project Manager

Robert graduated from the University of Hartford with a BS in Architectural Engineering and Technology. Robert joined the Fusion team as an Assistant Project Manager and has background in Healthcare, Residential, and Commercial buildouts. His favorite parts of the design process are collaborating with other to design beautiful spaces, creating 3D views to show clients, and watching the project come to life in construction.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking, photography, playing board games with friends, going to Target as much as possible, and most importantly taking care of his house plants. He is a big advocate for local businesses and can always be found at farmers markets and local craft fairs.

Most likely to

Make “dad” jokes

Never seen without

At least one headphone in, jamming out while working.

Favorite designer

Tadao Ando

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MARIA PANAGOPOULOU

Senior Job Captain

With a background in architecture and design she has completed projects in Retail Prototype design, Education and Corporate interiors design and documentation, and fixture design. She holds a M-Arch from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) as well as a five-year Diploma from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She is also registered in the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE-TCG)

When not at the office she builds furniture and furnishings for clients and friends. Creating excellent construction drawings and details comes with a sense of accomplishment comparable to that of actual construction.

Most likely to

Pause to admire a tree

Never seen without

A substantial, colorful tote

Favorite designer

Aris Konstantinidis

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Christopher Pennell

Project Manager

Chris has been in the design and construction industry for over 14 years. He started out building custom homes in upstate NY, specializing in general carpentry and architectural casework. After receiving bachelors of Architecture Degree from Boston Architectural College. He worked in a professional firm for over 8 years on various project types from Master planning and feasibility studies to Office/Retail tenant fit-out, Multi-family Apartment buildings, and Mixed-Use new construction throughout the greater Boston area.

Most likely to

explain something with hand gestures

Never seen without

coffee

Favorite designer

Frank Lloyd Wright & Renzo Piano

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Brittney Mayo

Senior Designer

Brittney holds a Master of Arts, Interior Architecture from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University (NESAD) and a Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design from the University of New Haven. Having spent over a decade in the design space, she is proficient in her ability for creating amazing spaces that capture the vibe of both the building and the clientele she is working with. She is also very active in her community as a leader for her church youth program and also serves as an Adjunct Professor focusing on environmental sustainability within building design proojects.

Most likely to

cry during a Disney movie

Never seen without

a variety pack of snacks

Favorite designer

Louis Kahn

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