The Washington Workplace Team ...the people that make a difference

Leslie Alexander
Operations Assistant

Leslie comes to Washington Workplace after living in Asia for over 6 years.  She started out as an intern and quickly rose to become a business development manager. She speaks Mandarin Chinese as well as the local dialect of Shanghai, referred to as Shanghinese.  After moving back to the states and putting her career aside to care for her daughter for some time, she reentered the work force.
Leslie enjoys interacting with many different people daily and making sure everything in the office runs smoothly. 
Leslie enjoys spending time with her daughter and visiting her husband in Hong Kong when she can. She also enjoys watching chef shows and cooking. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her daughter, while her husband run’s the family import business in Hong Kong.

Maria Brainard
Interior Designer

Maria joined Washington Workplace at the end of 2016, having been in the industry for more than 20 years as a designer, project manager, sales and order entry. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she earned degrees in Interior Design and Anthropology and worked with a few furniture dealerships before relocating to the DC area. After 10 years in the area, Maria decided to move back down south to coastal South Carolina to be closer to family.

Maria enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading and running. She has run the Marine Corps Marathon 3 times. 

Cheryl Buckler 
Accounts Receivable Manager

Cheryl, a former federal government worker, joined the Washington Workplace accounting team over 15 years ago. She helps track orders, manages receivables, finds lost money, and is on a first-name basis with all our delivery people.

During her free time, Cheryl creates scrapbooks, corrals cub scouts, watches her sons play sports, and spends time on Chesapeake Bay or with family and friends.

She and her family live in St. Leonard, Maryland.

Kyvonne Coleman
Account Manager

Kyvonne comes to Washington Workplace with 11 years in the Furniture Industry. She has worked at different capacities in manufacturing, contracting, and dealership levels helping both Government and Commercial clients. Kyvonne is a Native Washingtonian and has earned her Bachelor's Degree from The George Washington University and Master’s Degree from The University of Phoenix. 

Kyvonne enjoys helping her clients’ visions turn into reality through a smooth and efficient process. The customer's satisfaction at the end of this process keeps her going!

She currently lives in Alexandria with her husband and baby. She enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, cycling and training!


Ron Diehl 
Senior Project Manager

Ron is Washington Workplace's only resident golf pro - miniature golf, that is. Prior to working in the office furniture industry, he ran a miniature golf course in Rockville, Maryland for 6 years and worked there for 10. 

"I enjoy meeting and working with all kinds of people from all walks of life," Ron says. "I really enjoy the mix of working in the office and being out in the field. You learn more about your own job and you learn more from others as you go along.  It's just great to have that interaction with the clients that you don't get from sitting at a desk."

Ron and his wife, who is a graduate gemologist with her own jewelry line, live with their two girls and two Yorkshire terriers in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Beverly Dillard 
Project Manager

Beverly brought her logistics management skills and attention to detail to Washington Workplace in 2013.  Prior to that she worked as a purchasing agent for a quarry, and for the Paoli Office Furniture Company for many years.

Her favorite part of the job is seeing all the pieces come together in the end (and that she gets to work from home surrounded by her 3 dogs).

Beverly and her husband are big Jeep off-roading fans. She also enjoys nature photography and cooking for big family events.  She lives in Paoli, Indiana with her family.

Sami Drake
Sales Team Coordinator

Sami joined Washington Workplace in 2016 after having worked for Sit On It Seating, Exemplis for over 8 years. During this time, she found that the sheer dynamics of the furniture world gets in your blood. While with SOI, Sami was direct point of contact for several of the top 10 (5) dealerships. 
"There is nothing better then a good team and WW has a proven track record. For 7 of my 8 SOI years, WW was one of my dedicated accounts. So, in some ways, it feels like coming home. I am proud to be bring my experience, dedication & tenanicty to the table,” she says. 
Sami lives in Colorado. During her off hours, she enjoys gardening and learning home repairs via Sir Google and Mr. YouTube. She also loves playing in the dirt and sword fighting with her grandson.

John Elliot
Project Manager

John has been in the contract furniture installation business for almost 18 years.  He started out as a laborer and then moved his way up to Senior Project Foreman handling all projects from a single chair delivery to multi-phased 500 workstation projects. John has worked with  Washington Workplace for over ten years as a contractor. John prides himself on developing relationships with customer and seeing projects through until the very end.  “You have to finish as strong as you start.”

John is an avid D.C. sports fan and in his free time you can find him at Nats park or spending time with his family. John lives in Manassas, Virginia with his fiancé Regan and her son.

Sherry Faulkner 
Interior Designer, Contract Sales

Of her almost 32 years in the industry, Sherry has spent over half that with Washington Workplace, working from her home office in Richardson, Texas. "My first design job was as a store planner for the Zale Corporation jewelry store headquarters in Dallas," she says. "Since then, I've worked for several architectural/design firms and contract furniture dealers."

Sherry has been project manager for a national healthcare account, DaVita, Inc. DaVita provides kidney dialysis services at clinics throughout the country. "It has been very rewarding over the years to work with DaVita because they provide much needed services for the health and well-being of patients and their families," she says.

When not overseeing the creation of healing environments for DaVita or enjoying her extended family, which includes three granddaughters, Sherry enjoys gardening, antiquing and remodeling projects.

Sarah Gabriel 
Senior Vice President, Project Team Leader

Sarah has been with Washington Workplace since June of 2005.  Prior to joining Washington Workplace, she and her husband were owners of two small businesses in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

"I owned my own business for more than 10 years" she says. "That experience taught me that we're only as good as our reputation.  My team and I work hard to earn and maintain the trust of our customers."

Sarah lives with her husband and three children in Fairfax, Virginia.

Robin Gordon
Principal, Accounting

Robin, one of the companys founders, got her start in the office furniture business in high school And before you know it, 30 years later, here I am! she says.  Robin counts our pennies, writes checks, manages payroll, and keeps us financially grounded. 

When not working, Robin is busy exercising, reading, and cooking for her family and friends.  Whenever she can, she slips away to a sunny beach, usually with some of her family in tow.

Robin lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and kids.

Katie Grier
Senior Project Manager

Katie has been with Washington Workplace for over a decade as a project manager.  Her favorite aspect of the job is collaborating with clients, architects, contractors, and related vendors.  

"Getting projects completed successfully means paying attention to ALL of the details.  That's how we meet and exceed customer expectations." 

Katie, her husband, and their two children live in Winchester, Virginia.

Lisa Hester
Senior Project Manager

Lisa has been in the furniture industry for over 25 years. She has worked for various companies doing space planning, specifying, and anything furniture related.

"My grandmother always said I should be doing some type of design work, but I thought being a hair stylist was much more appealing," Lisa says.  "I was good, but too slow! I believe spending time with a client is more important than the number of clients I can fit into an hour."

Lisa lives in Lusby, Maryland and loves spending her spare time with her husband and family, as well as riding her horse.


Diana Kiker 
Interior Designer

Diana joined Washington Workplace in the Summer of 2018. She has previously worked in the furniture industry as an interior designer for 3+ years on various commercial and government projects. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in a CIDA accredited program, and won best Interior Design Portfolio in the Graduation Presentation.

Diana designs to bring happiness and inspiration to others and turn a client’s idea into a work of art. It is important to her to create spaces that are functional, creative and innovative.

She lives with her husband in Ashburn, VA; and enjoys painting, hiking, cooking and being with friends and family.

Chelsea Kirk
Interior Designer 

Growing up in a family with several artists, Chelsea was always surrounded by art and design.  She pursued her passion and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Space planning, in combination with the aesthetic aspects of coordinating finishes gives her the opportunity to be both creative and analytical while collabrating with architects and clients.

In her spare time, you can find Chelsea painting, gardening, cooking or spending time with family and friends. Chelsea lives in Vienna, Virginia with her boyfriend and their (very spoiled) dog.

Aaron Martin
Assistant Project Manager

Aaron joined Washington Workplace in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a concentration in Security from George Mason University. As a former Help Desk Specialist, Aaron found that sitting at a desk all day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He decided to use his skills as well as expand his knowledge in the field of project management.

“I found that sitting at a desk for long periods of time wasn’t for me. I enjoy the mix of working in the office and being out in the field…the constant change of scenery. I’ve learned a lot thus far, and am happy to be enlightened by the colleagues I work with. I’m glad to be part of the Washington Workplace team."

In his spare time, Aaron enjoys going to Top Golf. He has also become quite the “Foodie”, enjoying and trying new delicious foods from any and all places. Aaron lives in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Matthew Mawhinney
Sr. Furniture Consultant 

Matt joined Washington Workplace at the beginning of 2019, having been in the industry for more than 14 years as an account executive and account manager. 

“I take pride in my consultative approach with my clients.  I partner with them to make sure that their project is on time and on budget. Helping my clients increase productivity and employee moral through their interiors makes my job a lot of fun!”
Matt resides in New Market, MD with his family.  He enjoys spending time with family, volunteering in Frederick, MD and taking weekend trips to the beach.


Bernadette Michael
Director of Operations

Bernadette comes to Washington Workplace from Southern California where she received her bachelors degree in English from the University of California, Riverside.

Along with planning the corporate events, she enjoys making sure the company's daily operations and systems run smoothly and efficiently.

Bernadette and her husband live in Redlands, CA, where they love discovering new places to eat and spending time with friends.

Adrian Michaelson
Senior Furniture Consultant

Adrian has worked for over 25 years in the Commercial Interiors field, as an Interior Designer and Sales Consultant, with experience in both the Washington, DC and NYC markets.

She understands the complexities of clearly defining what the customer wants, works tirelessly on furniture and finish specifications, and knows the importance of providing great customer service. 

In addition to Interior Design, Adrian loves to travel, especially to Europe.  She lives in Washington DC with her husband, but spends as much time as she can with her daughter, a working artist who lives in New York City. 

Christine Miller-Langemak

After more than 15 years in the industry, Christine has never considered what she does as "work".  "I do my best to listen to my clients and then to strategically show them the best products to meet their needs for design, budget and timeline."

Her experience at Washington Workplace includes some interesting and eclectic jobs, including work on sets for the films GI Jane, and Contact, design work for the National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Marine Corp Museum. 

Christine spends her spare time with her four boys, husband, extended family,  and friends rafting up at Dobbins Island, near her home in Pasadena, Maryland or skiing at Seven Springs.

John Morris
Sr. Furniture Consultant

John has worked in the office furniture industry for over 28 years, with experience ranging from ownership to installations to sales. He prides himself on the longevity of his customer relationships, with many developing into genuine friendships. With an extensive knowledge of the industry and a knack for space planning, he is able to quickly respond to customer requests for fast turnarounds on planning, budgeting and installations.

During President George W. Bush’s time in office, John’s company at the time provided the chair that was in the Oval Office for much of President Bush’s term.

John is a Northern Virginia native who grew up spending a lot of time racing on his family’s sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay. No longer sailing (except when his brothers drag him back out there) he likes swimming, reading, and going on cruises. He also enjoys the pictures and videos of his grandson (soon to be grandsons).

John lives in Potomac Falls, VA with his wife, Nancy.  He has 2 grown children; a daughter who lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles, CA and a son who lives in North Bethesda, MD.

John Murphy

John is the founder and president of the award-winning, Arlington-based Washington Workplace. A 1979 graduate of Fordham University, he started the company in 1991.
As the oldest of 11 children, John says that the skill set he developed as a "classic first born" translates directly into those abilities needed to run a business and nurture employees and clients. Almost all of Washington Workplace's employees have been with the company for 10 years or longer and thrive in its family-friendly culture of bottom line and personal accountability.
John attributes the success of Washington Workplace to three key philosophies: turning business relationships into real personal friendships, being prepared for business opportunities when they arise and, most importantly, being committed to serve others (clients, employees, the community) without regard to any personal benefit or return.
He is 1999 alumnus of Leadership Arlington, has served as chairman of the board of the Arlington Free Clinic, Leadership Arlington, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Currently, John  serves on the boards of directors of  Leadership Arlington, the Arlington Food Assistance Center(AFAC), and Workplace Furnishings (a national office furniture industry trade association). He also enjoys volunteering for Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network(ASPAN), the Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington County, and numerous other community organizations. 
John and his family live in Arlington, Virginia.



Marissa Newberry
Project Management Coordinator

Marissa joined Washington Workplace as a Project Management Coordinator in December 2018. She has over 10 years experience in customer service, sales & marketing and project administration/management. She has worked previously in the industry for a furniture dealer that provided FF&E to government clients. 

Marissa is also a residential Real Estate Agent in Northern Virginia and currently lives in Clifton, Virginia with her husband.  They both enjoy traveling and try to plan a few excursions each year.  Event planning is another passion for Marissa, she serves on both the Executive Board of her sorority's alumnae chapter and the Community Activities Committee of her neighborhood association. 


Ronald Paredes
Project Manager

Ronald comes to Washington Workplace after working in the furniture installation industry for over 10 years. He started out as an installer and moved up to a supervising position.

He likes to see projects completed as smoothly as possible and enjoys the challenges of accomplishing it.

Ronald is a photography fanatic and tech-whiz who is always up to date on the latest technology. He will graduate in the fall of 2015 with an Associate’s degree in Computer Science. 

He currently lives in Chantilly, VA with his wife.

Sarah Polli
Project Manager

Sarah joined Washington Workplace at the beginning of 2010 as project manager for Davita Dialysis. She now works closely with Christine Miller-Langemak on projects during the budgeting and specification stages.

Sarah enjoys the challenge of finding clients products that meet both the timeline and budget required by the project without compromising design intent.

She currently resides in New York with her husband, Dan. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, sports, and spending time with family and friends. 

Ashey Prout
Interior Designer

Ashley joined Washington Workplace as an Interior Designer in 2016. Her interior design work experience includes instructing Interior Design coursework at her undergraduate Alma Mater, working as an Interior Designer/ Project Manager at a furniture dealership focusing on federal government projects worldwide, and developing Comprehensive Interior Design/ Structural Interior Design Packages at a global Engineering Firm. Ashley has worked all aspects of a project including selecting appropriate FF&E, creating project proposals and quotes, developing construction documents, submitting proposals to customers, placing orders with manufacturers, checking acknowledgements, tracking products and working with and as project manager to determine/ order punch for successful project completion. 

Ashley most enjoys making spaces functional, safe, and beautiful for her clients and loves interior design projects because no two clients or projects are the same. 
Originally from a small town in Southwestern Virginia, Ashley now lives just outside of Fairfax, Virginia and enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 young children and extended family and friends.

Brie Smith
Project Manager and Designer

Brie graduated from Michigan State Universitys CIDA accredited interior design program and moved to the DMV to work in the office furniture industry.

She likes to stay on top of the latest trends and newest innovations. Watching the furniture industry evolve and adapt as needs in the workplace change is something that she really enjoys about her job.

When not in the office, Brie is most likely baking or spending time outside. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband.

Scott Staffi
Interior Designer

Scott joined Washington Workplace in 2016 after working in the industry for 2+ years. He graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and enjoys all aspects of interior design.

Scott loves working with clients and helping them make their space both fun and functional. He truly enjoys working and building relationships with his clients and co-workers.

Scott lives in Arlington, Virginia and is an avid cyclist.

Jeff Stanton

Project Manager

Jeff joined Washington Workplace in 2016 with several years of experience on both the installation side of the contract furniture industry and as a senior project manager at a local furniture dealership. He has managed very large projects consisting of several hundred work stations, offices and demountable walls. 

Jeff loves putting together all of the complex puzzle pieces required for a successful office furniture installation, and have it appear seamless to the customer. He enjoys interacting with all the different trades that are part of a project, and loves to learn something new everyday. 

Jeff enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, skiing and generally being outdoors. He lives  with his wife, Kathleen, and son in Burke, Virginia.

Emily Stone
Sr. Interior Designer, NCIDQ

Emily joined Washington Workplace in 2015 with over 10 years’ experience as an interior designer doing contract furniture space plans and specifications. After obtaining her degree in Interior Design from Marymount University, Emily began working as a dealer-designer in Northern Virginia and, during this time, earned her NCIDQ certification. 

“My favorite part of the job is the creativeness that design allows and the structure that systems furniture and commercial space planning and design provides. Almost every day the job of a dealership designer requires something different from the day before- always new solutions to new puzzles!” she says. 

Emily and her husband live in Warrenton ,VA , where they enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, trying new recipes, and enjoying the scenery.

Darrah Thomas
Interior Designer

Darrah comes to Washington Workplace with 25 years of commercial interior design experience; the past 16 years with an architectural firm in the DMV.  She began her career with a contract furniture dealership and is excited to return to the furniture side.

Helping clients create functional and aesthetically-pleasing work environments while incorporating state-of-the-art furnishing innovations are the design challenges and opportunities Darrah enjoys the most.

Darrah lives in Fairfax with her husband and three (soon to be) "out-of-the-nest" children.  On weekends she can be found spending time with family and friends, watching the Nats play and driving her husband crazy with remodeling projects.


Patti Yao
Interior Designer 

Patti comes to Washington Workplace with 10 years of interior design industry experience. She worked on the residential side of design for the first 3 years of her career before transitioning over to the commercial side. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for two furniture dealerships that have both provided a majority of their services to government clients. 

I am excited to be working on the commercial side of the furniture industry at Washington Workplace", says Patti, where I can use my design skills to help clients achieve the optimal work environment for their office." 

Outside of the office, Patti spends all the time she can get with her husband and daughter. Most weekends you will find them at a family member's house for dinner, taking walks, running around on the playground, or out on lunch/play dates with friends. Aside from family time, she also likes to craft. This could be anything from crocheting stuffed animals for little ones in the family or building model kits. Patti is a native to Northern Virginia. 

Amy Zampese
Accounting Assistant, Accounting

Amy has worked with Washington Workplace for more than ten years. During that time she's enjoyed working with colleagues and, as so many others, the family-like atmosphere. "And, believe it or not, working in accounting calls for a variety of responsibilities that are never boring," she insists. "The variety and the atmosphere keep everything very interesting."

When not crunching numbers, Amy swims, camps and spends time with her family and friends. 

She lives with her daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.


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