We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Our team of interior designers and architects relies on a spirit of open collaboration and creative exploration to achieve spaces our clients love.

Terri Crittenden

CEO
As CEO, Terri is a firm believer in design thinking. For her, this is the guiding force behind Fredman Design Group’s philosophy for designing spaces with soul. Terri is deeply passionate about architecture and interior design and uncovering thoughtful solutions that enrich the lives of her clients. Through a commitment to listening, understanding and communication, Terri transforms her design role into that of a storyteller, bringing her client’s story to life in a beautiful, enriching space. She is the recipient of many excellence in design awards and builder of the year honors, and her work has been featured in publications including CS Interiors, Chicago Home + Garden and Chicago Tribune Home.

Barbara Theile

Executive Vice President & Senior Designer

Barb’s work is all about understanding and enhancing her clients’ lifestyles with customized style and individuality. From rustic lakeside retreats to urban condos, Barb makes certain that every space is original and a true reflection of her client and how they live. Her focus on creating spaces that work for each person also includes special expertise in the areas of universal design and aging in place. Barb’s work has been featured in North Shore Magazine, NBC-TV’s Open House and Spectacular Homes.

Aimee Nemeckay

Executive Vice President & Senior Designer

Aimee’s eclectic background in painting, sculpture, communications and psychology gives her an innate understanding of her clients and how their vision can be manifested into spaces they’ll love. She approaches each project with an appreciation for how her clients want to interact with their space and uses color, texture, accessories and unique materials to bring that experience into her finished designs. Aimee is the recipient of several ASID awards and has been featured in publications such as Elle Décor and CS Interiors.

Lonnie Unger

President & Senior Designer

Lonnie has been in the Fredman family for 30 years, always helping to drive us forward. She’s worked for residential and commercial clients across the United States, and takes pride in designing spaces that are not only fresh but relevant to her clients’ needs. For Lonnie, meaningful design is about knowing who your clients are and understanding how they want to live. Her projects have been published in several regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Showcase of Interior Design, Spectacular Homes, Woman’s Day, Chicago Home + Garden and more. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including several from the American Society of Interior Design (ASID).

ERICA GUTIERREZ

Director of Operations
Erica’s enlightening experience in accounting, finance, business management and human resources, combined with her passion for interior design, fuels her uniquely tailored perspective in her role. After four years with Fredman Design Group, Erica has grown from her position as Officer Manager and Accounts Receivable Specialist to Director of Operations. In this role, Erica thrives on the inspiration that comes from taking part in the creation of beautiful spaces. This manifests in her diverse and meaningful contributions to our team in uncovering data and metrics to best elevate our everyday.

Susan Rossie

President
Susan has been a part of the Fredman Design Group team for more than 20 years, and as President she plays a crucial role in not only the day-to-day management and support of our staff of twenty-five employees but also our ongoing growth and success. She is responsible for recruiting the creative talent that fuels our team, as well as providing a level of support and nurturing that enables us to serve our clients to the best of our ability.

our creative minds

John Crittenden, Architect

Kaitlin Seeley, Designer

Sharon Gillman, Design Associate

Rocky Walls, Operations Manager & Accounting

Kristy Hale, Designer

Jean Kaiser, Architectural Interior Designer & Project Manager

Jack Kreitinger, Senior Designer

Josh Wise, Cabinetry Specialist

Tony Nie, Interior Designer

Ashley Thomas, Design Associate

Todd Pape, Registered Architect

Jo Posselt, Retail Sales Associate

our creative minds

John Crittenden,

Architect

Josh Wise,

Cabinetry Specialist

Sharon Gillman,

Design Associate

Rocky Walls,

Operations Manager & Accounting

Kaitlin Seeley,

Designer

Kristy Hale,

Designer

Jean Kaiser,

Architectural Interior Designer & Project Manager

Ashley Thomas,

Design Associate

Jack Kreitinger,

Senior Designer

Jo Posselt,

Retail Sales Associate

Tony Nie,

Interior Designer

Todd Pape,

Registered Architect

our founder

Susan Fredman

Chairman & Founder

Susan Fredman is one of Chicago’s most prominent residential interior designers. As the founder and chairman of Fredman Design Group, Susan has always been passionate about working closely with clients to uncover their individual tastes and interior design dreams. Susan’s work does more than tell the story behind her clients, it captures their aspirations and brings them to life in the spaces she creates.

Susan’s human-centered approach to design thinking is an approach that has always been a cornerstone of the entire Fredman Design Group philosophy. For Susan, her belief that design matters for everyone has also led to the foundation of Designs for Dignity, an industry non-profit dedicated to transforming environments through pro-bono interior design services and in-kind donations. Through creating spaces of hope, dignity, and comfort, Susan hopes to empower and transform the life of every human being.

Throughout Susan’s career, she has been an active part of the design community. Her nomination as one of the 100 Women Making a Difference by Today’s Chicago Woman, as well as features in Traditional Home, Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, Chicago Home + Garden, LUXE, CS, CS Interiors, HGTV, Fox-TV and NBC-TV among others, are a testament to Susan’s vision for interior design and the impact it can have on all of our lives.