The ultimate success of a design project relies on the integration of creative ideas between all participating visionaries — the client and the designer. Great design thinking occurs when a client is able to share a personal point of view of what they want the kitchen, bath or living space to express.
RIKB’s talented designers can contribute their expert opinions and act as a creative bridge between the client vision and the finished outcome. Recognized for creating lasting relationships built on integrity and ideas, it is important to our team to manage the project with attention to detail and budget.
Prudence Stoddard, CAPS, CKD Director of Design
“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” -Walt Disney
As leader of the RIKB design team since 2001, Prudence stresses to her team that the best designs happen when creative people collaborate on great ideas. Passionate at helping our clients create unique spaces that are functional and beautiful, she is at ease designing in any style ranging from traditional to contemporary to universal. Keeping a constant eye on design trends, she understands the small nuances that can turn design elements into statement-making styles. Her strong technical knowledge – from plumbing to installation – allows her to guide her clients throughout the remodel process.
Her favorite part of the job? Transforming spaces that affect the lives of her clients in a positive and inspiring way. Her many award-winning projects range from traditional to contemporary interiors, while maintaining a cohesive design. Her diverse talent, attention to client happiness and her remarkable project results are all part of her substantial contribution to RIKB. Prudence is also excited to foster future design talent through RIKB’s Apprentice Program which gives young design students the chances to take their first steps in what she hopes will be a long and successful career. Currently, three of her Design Assistants have moved into a Design Consultant or Technical Designer role.
Prudence is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a certificate in Interior Design, where she also taught undergraduate courses in kitchen and bath design until 2015. She currently holds the Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) designation, is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), is a UDCP (Universal Design Certified Professional) and is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Rose Champagne, CAPS, Design Consultant
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
– Dr. Suess
Rose is an award-winning designer with a distinct niche at RIKB – assisting clients in designing functional solutions to overcome mobility and aging challenges. As a visionary, Rose translates her client’s lifestyle needs and desires into innovative design concepts and has the unique capability of walking into a space and visualizing the possibilities to transform the room, no matter the budget or timeframe. She enjoys designing kitchens, baths and other areas of a home to make her client’s everyday lives easier, understanding that she has an impact on the spaces where her client’s raise their families, have friends gather, and celebrate their holidays and milestones.
A talented and diligent designer, Rose has demonstrated an ability to create nationally recognized, award-winning designs. Entering the design field after 20 years in retail design and visual merchandising, her artistic eye for visual displays and her customer service skills have allowed her to make her client’s kitchen and bath dreams a reality. She is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and has been with RIKB since 1998.
Rose has won multiple design awards including a 2016 Prism Award for Best Bathroom Remodel under $75,000 and a National NKBA Award.
Billie Senzek, CAPS, Design Consultant
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Bringing over 10 years of design experience to RIKB, Billie’s biggest contribution to the company is her infectious personality, confidence, entrepreneurial spirit, and her overall love of design. Her approach? No project or challenge is too big. She is committed to business growth, professional excellence and frequently utilizes her CAD skills and extensive construction background to assist other designers in finding creative ways to overcome obstacles.
Always keeping an eye on making the remodeling process easier for our clients, Billie’s out-of-the-box thinking was key to spearheading the implementation of alternate meeting options for our long-distance clients. Along with her eye for detail, her unique and creative talent and her experience working for kitchen design centers at various lumberyards, has resulted in her impeccable reputation to create functional spaces that delight. Billie’s specialties range from kitchen and bath remodels to large scale multi-room renovations, and Aging in Place projects, which incorporate every aspect of design.
As a designer, Billie is committed to excellence in every project she is involved in. She has achieved her Certification in Aging in Place (CAPS) and was selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Pro Remodeler “Forty Under 40” award which recognizes outstanding young designers.
Erika Pearson, Design Consultant
“The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests”. – Charles Eames
Erika’s passion for design and her team mentality is what allows her to contribute so much to RIKB. She is committed, passionate, and eager to learn – developing fresh designs that our client’s absolutely love. Always the professional, she is a great influence on all her teammates and since joining RIKB has been an excellent example on how to excel in this industry.
Her passion is helping clients design and create warm, comfortable, and interesting home spaces. Always eager to make our client’s remodel experience pain-free, she recently completed an entire project from design-to-completion by only meeting face-to-face with the client once! All selections and design were completed virtually and the client was ecstatic with the results!
In 2014, she went back to school to become a Designer and never looked back (she completed her degree at Rhode Island School of Design while employed full-time)! Starting as an Assistant Designer, she hit the ground running, partnering with a Senior Designer on the largest project in RIKB’s 28-year history. Erika has also been paramount in RIKB’s monthly remodeling seminars, as well as transforming our sales team office area, and creating a new “Wet Room” display for the Home Show/Showroom. In a short time, Erika has already won two regional awards for her designs!
Stephanie McShane, Design Consultant
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will take you everywhere” – Albert Einstein
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Stephanie is a graduate of New England Institute of Technology, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design in just three years. Growing up, she gained an interest in construction from her father, who owned his own construction company. Watching him build many homes for clients, as well as two homes for his family, she fell in love with the building process. After moving to Florida after high school to study fashion design, she moved back and began working alongside her father where she further realized her passion for interior design.
Stephanie started at RIKB as a Design Assistant where she absorbed as much knowledge as possible in two years before being promoted to Design Consultant. Her specialties range from kitchen and bath remodels, to material selections as well as drafting highly detailed plans and photo-realistic 3D renderings. She advises clients on all aspects of design, including space planning, functionality, lighting, color coordination, and finishes. Stephanie knows designing spaces for her clients is a very personal process and realizes the immense impact the right design can have on her client’s daily lives. Her love for residential design focuses not only on the aesthetics of the space, but also functionality and safety. Stephanie was accepted to compete in IIDA Student Charette at Neocon in Chicago and was also nominated for a faculty award, and runner up for the student 2018 IIDA New England Design Awards.
Kara Travisono, Design Consultant, UDCP
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill
Working with our team part-time, Kara is a detail-oriented designer; listening and understanding clients’ needs and budgets to create beautiful and functional spaces. Kara considers her client’s individual taste and is at ease designing in any style – from traditional to contemporary and any genre in-between. Specializing in space planning and maximizing design layout functionality for kitchens and bathrooms, she ensures consistent and clear communication with the installation and project management teams from start to finish. She also develops original ways to showcase our team’s designs and communicate our award-winning company culture on all of RIKB’s social media platforms.
A graduate of the New England Institute of Technology, Kara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and was awarded the Faculty Senior Thesis Award for Excellence in Design. Before coming to RIKB, Kara developed floor plan layouts and designed custom furniture for the Rhode Island Design Center.
Craig Berube, Design/Build Sales Consultant
“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending”
– C.S. Lewis
Craig’s interest in remodeling began at an early age, as he spent many hours observing and assisting his parents at their family-owned kitchen dealership. After graduating from Guilford College, he decided to follow the calling and went to work for a builder for a couple of years before moving to New York City. After three years in the big city, he returned to South Eastern Massachusetts to begin his own finish carpentry business where he installed cabinetry as well as remodeled and built new homes for over eight years.
Passionate about collaborating with our clients to provide creative solutions, Craig brings his four years of experience as an industry leading manufacturer’s rep to RIKB. His specialties range from kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and master suites, to multi-room and whole house renovations. He knows the ins and outs of the complex remodeling process and his customer-centric approach allows him to be a client advocate from beginning to end, providing a seamless experience from design to project completion. Outside of the office, Craig is equally passionate about his own home and enjoys completing home and gardening projects, cooking for his family, and spending time with his wife and baby girl.