TEAM


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MELISSA SALAMOFF

PRINCIPAL

Melissa enthusiastically embraces her talent as an artist and has channeled that into a successful career as an interior designer. Upon procuring a B.A. in Interior Design, Melissa joined Walt Disney Imagineering, lending her vision and skills to retail, restaurant and hospitality projects in various parks both locally and abroad. In addition to her innovative design solutions for theme projects, Melissa has experience working as a designer and project manager for large architectural firms, designing a variety of projects ranging from high-end tenant improvement to multi-family to government facilities.

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VANESSA DERAS

PROJECT LEAD

Vanessa possesses a keen eye for detail paired with a firm grasp of the abstract nature of design. She holds a B.S. in Interior Design and applies her knowledge and exemplary design talent to each project with an open mind to how the project program can be achieved. Accompanying her prodigious design talent is an intuitive sense of balance and order. Gifted with dexterity of envisioning projects in 3D, Vanessa implements her stellar aptitude for all phases of the design process from concept development to space planning to client interaction with thoughtful patience and professionalism.

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KARISSA TOLLE

PROJECT LEAD

Karissa brings a fresh, new perspective to all aspects of the design process. A recipient of a B.S. in interior design, Karissa contributes strong design talent as well an incredible cache of skills that facilitates Design Syndicate offering above average services to all its clients. Experience in design, marketing, graphics and film allow Karissa to examine project design requirements in a manner that is unique, inventive and customized to each client's aspiration for their project.

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VERONICA CRUZ

DESIGNER

Veronica has always had a passion for design and the challenge of improving a space that she walks into. For her design is more than aesthetic and form, it is a systematic approach to problem solving and innovation all while being environmentally conscious. With a Masters in Interior Architecture from Cal Poly University and a B.A. in design from California University Long Beach her goal as a designer is to identify the needs, frame the challenges and develop solutions so that a space can progressively transform the lives of the individuals.

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CARMEN CROSBY

DESIGNER

Carmen strives to inspire others through the exploration of design, creating strong human connections and collaborating on innovative ideas. Her passion for a multitude of fields including interior design, architectural design, fashion and writing are reflected in her experience as a designer. With a professional background and procurement of a B.A. of Architecture, she contributes a strong knowledge of the design process. From design conceptualization, design development, construction documentation and project coordination, Carmen brings a well-rounded skill set to the Design Syndicate team.

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RISA RUBIN

OFFICE COORDINATOR

Having been born and raised in Los Angeles Risa has always been inspired by all disciplines of art that the city has to offer. From visual, video design and music Risa has allowed herself to explore many mediums, which allows her to bring a new, outside perspective to the Design Syndicate team. With her diverse experience this lends her to be our office’s Jane of all trades, handling everything from office administration to design support.