your o’toole team

Michelle O’Toole, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ

founding principal

Philosophy: Making space work by putting the needs of the client first

Inspiration: People who put others first

Design edge: Design that looks effortless, functional and clear

Super power: Ability to listen to clients and create solutions

Favorite hobbies: Spending time with family and devouring a good book

School: Bachelor of Science, Interior Design — University of Missouri, Columbia

Certifications & memberships: Registered Interior Designer | Missouri, LEED AP, NCIDQ certified, IIDA Professional Member

Board Memberships: Board Member Brown Sister Foundation, Facility Member The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum, Women’s Advisory Board Member Reliance Bank


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“Attitude isn’t just a little thing, it’s everything.”

Debbie Stamer

president, director of design

Philosophy: Design is in the details

Experience: 25+ years implementing projects of all sizes, for all types of workplaces and commercial buildings

Crowning moment: Designing the Baltimore Ravens training and admin facility

Secret weapon: Cool and calm personality which clients love

Favorite part of the job: Developing a relationship with the client and coming up with solutions unique to their needs

School: Bachelor of Science, Interior Design — University of Illinois

Certifications & memberships: Buildings and Barriers-Free Certification


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“Life isn’t about the destination, but the journey that gets us there.”

Kim Johnson

senior interior designer II

Philosophy: To create a workplace that encourages energy and creativity, a place where people do their best work

Experience: 25+ years designing projects of all sizes, from complete design services and construction management for multi-million dollar facilities, to selecting simple paint colors!

Crowning moment: Project Designer for World Wide Technology’s 200,000 square foot headquarters in St. Louis and multiple global office locations

Work ethic: Develop client relationships based on respect, trust, and confidence

Secret weapon: Faith, hope, and courage

School: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Awards: 2014 Illumination Award of Merit / IES St. Louis Section

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“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
— Albert Einstein

Alysa Paladino

senior interior designer

Philosophy: The smallest ideas can make the biggest impact

Inspiration: Encouraging others by showing gratitude and appreciation

Favorite Hobbies: Cooking homemade food with fresh ingredients 

Favorite Part of the Job: Being able to interact with new people every day that share the same passion for design

Work Ethic: I am focused and passionate, with the ability to see beyond the surface.

Tech Powers: 3D Renderings, Photoshop, Revit, Auto-Cad

School: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design – Maryville University

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“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”
– Leonardo da Vinci


Eleanore Burwell

interior designer

Philosophy: Design should speak for its time and place, but aim for timelessness

Favorite Hobbies: Playing sports and hanging out with friends and family

Favorite part of the job: Collaborating with co-workers to create a solution that works well for the client. 

Tech Powers: 3D Renderings, Revit, Auto-Cad, InDesign 

School: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design – Maryville University

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“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”- Winston Churchill 


At O’Toole Design Associates, we strive to consistently produce exceptional work for our clientele. While our client’s needs are front-of-mind, we believe our biggest asset is our people. Here at O’Toole, we maintain a collaborative work environment with a positive creative energy enabling our designers to excel.

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