Phase Zero Design Promotes Four

Hingham, MA – Phase Zero Design announced the promotions of Darlene Hawley; Jillian Tara, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C; and John Selle, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C to associate, and Shaughn Thomas to senior associate of the firm.

Hawley has more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private accounting sectors. As financial manager, Hawley manages employee payroll as well as project-based accounting, financial status of the firm, and oversees the firm’s human resource initiatives. In her new role as associate, she will continue working hard to maintain all financial aspects of the firm.

Tara is a senior interior designer/project manager with over nine years of industry experience under her belt. She has experience in most market sectors, including corporate interiors, healthcare, retail, academic, and hospitality. With her promotion to associate, she will continue to use her interior design expertise to exceed clients’ design expectations, grow the firms’ interior design client base, and continue being a valuable mentor to the firms’ next generation of interior designers.

Selle has worked on a broad range of project types in his 15 years in practice. As a project architect, he works mainly within the academic, retail, and residential sectors. In his promoted position as associate, Selle will continue to deliver high-end results for his clients by providing exceptional design solutions with his keen attention to detail.

As project manager, Thomas has been a vital member of the Phase Zero Design team since the firm’s inception. He is an expert in grocery store design, rolling out new stores and successfully executing challenging store remodels. As senior associate, he will continue harvesting, building, and nurturing client relationships, playing a key role in the success of the firm.


This news was announced by Principals Jim Kimball and Matt Wittmer during the quarterly firm-wide meeting on Oct. 30.

“We are extremely pleased to elevate Jillian, Darlene, and John to Phase Zero Design’s leadership team,” said Jim Kimball, AIA, Phase Zero Design principal. “Each of them brings unique experiences and skill sets to the table and they continually make us better. We’re also pleased to recognize Shaughn Thomas for his dedication to our firm and his unbelievable resiliency by naming him a Senior Associate.”