Meet our Interior Designers

Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID

Founder | President | Principal Designer

Michelle founded Studio M in 1991 with a passion and a calling for designing custom interiors. Now, with over thirty years of professional experience, she has designed luxury new construction homes in nine states to date. Her other projects include multi-family condominiums, corporate headquarters, medical offices, and hospitality spaces.  Her dream project is to design a series of high style boutique hotels.

Her professional accolades include:

2018-2021 

2012-2018

2013-2018

2013-2017

2015

1991- present

2012, 2014, 2019

Chair of Advisory Board for the Interior Design Department at Florida State University

Member of Advisory Board for the Interior Design Department at Florida State University

High Point Market Style Spotter Emeritus

High Point Market Board Member

Luxe Magazine Gold List Designer

Professional Member, American Society of Interior Designers

Modenus Blog Tour & Design Hounds – London, New York City, Napa

2018-2021        Chair of Advisory Board for the Interior Architecture & Design Department at Florida State University

2012-2018        Member of Advisory Board for the Interior Architecture & Design Department at Florida State University

2013-2018        High Point Market Style Spotter Emeritus

2013-2017        High Point Market Board Member

2015        Luxe Magazine Gold List Designer

1991- present        Professional Member, American Society of Interior Designers

2012, 2014, 2019        Modenus Blog Tour & Design Hounds – London, New York City, Napa

Currently, Michelle is working on a new online design start up – Betty, named after her deceased mother. She is also finishing writing her first book, which she hopes is the first of many. She is a sought-after speaker on design, business, and social media.

In addition, Michelle enjoys traveling, real estate hunting, beaching, working out, reading, attending FSU Seminole and Tampa Bay Buccaneer football games, and most of all just hanging out with her husband, three children, and Australian labradoodle Tagg (you will find him at the office most days).  She is an active member of Calvary Church.  And….she may or may not be a chocoholic.  Or as she likes to call it, a “chocolate connoisseur.”

“A group of ultra talented design creatives that craft custom, professionally
designed, and simply amazing interiors.”

our team members

Tom Wiebe

CEO/Business Strategist

Tom joined Studio M in 2007 after spending nearly a decade overseeing various areas of a global Fortune 500 investment firm.

Though Tom’s day to day responsibilities have changed from wearing ties and watching sales eclipse $200 million a day, his abilities and expertise are a great complement to the firm’s business model and commitment to excellence. While he is not an interior designer he uses his business, financial, and motivational talents to lead the entire team of StudioM.

Years of corporate life have taught me the importance of fielding a team on which clients can depend, every time. At the end of the day, we must supersede our clients’ expectations.

Tom enjoys golf, coaching soccer, interior design shows, cooking and his new dress code.

Shauna Freeman

Studio Director

Shauna was born overseas in Bahrain and has family in both England and Ireland. After moving to Florida, Shauna got her degree in interior design from Florida State University where she was awarded the Silver Medal Award in hospitality design. She has over 15 years of design experience working in luxury residential and commercial. Her professional experience encompasses several phases of project management, interior design, procurement, and construction administration. Shauna’s unique upbringing and exposure to different cultures has contributed to the development of her own eclectic style which she uses to bring her clients a truly new design perspective. By working closely with clients, she is able to design spaces that are both spectacular and functional. Shauna is passionate about bringing a personalized design service that reflects individual personality and lifestyle. Her fun and witty personality enhances the design experience for everyone involved.

Beyond her expertise in design, one of her other passions is fostering connections with people. As a Studio Director, she leads her team with enthusiasm, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and communication. Building and nurturing relationships with clients and vendors alike is central to her approach, ensuring that every project experience is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of her clients.

Outside of Studio M, Shauna is a mother to two beautiful daughters and has been happily married for over 10 years. She loves exploring new restaurants, puns, and spending time in the Florida sunshine (but only in March and April). Fun fact, she used to be in a chorus and barbershop quartet who traveled across the States and to Europe performing!

Carmen Bechter

Senior Designer | Business Development Director

Carmen brings a strong background in creative leadership, project management, and detailed space planning to Studio M Interior Design. With a prior career as a licensed Texas and Florida lawyer, Carmen’s understanding of the technical and detailed needs in any type of creative collaboration are integral to the projects’ successful outcome.

After graduating from University of Florida with a Finance degree and South Texas College Law with a Juris Doctorate, Carmen furthered her studies at Rice University by concentrating on her real passions of art, architecture, design, and green building practices. Her expertise spans from creating and coordinating all facets of design to partnering with clients and architectural, construction, and development teams, down to the final installation details.

Carmen spent 5 years of her career as a member of Houston’s top design and architecture firm. Although Carmen spent several years in Houston, she is a native Floridian and has made Tampa her home again because she realizes and appreciates the potential the city offers for art, design, and architecture enthusiasts. She also relocated back to Tampa to be part of the dynamic growth of the Tampa Bay area and to create beauty in her home state.

Carmen has extensive construction and remodeling knowledge and experience which originated from her family of custom home builders in Florida. Carmen’s passion for beautiful and functional design has taken her to work on internationally published projects as far away as Tel Aviv, Israel. She has a passion for solving design challenges through thoughtful, deliberate, and detailed space planning. Carmen enjoys designing thoughtful, functional spaces that reflect the individuals and families that reside within the home. She believes that beautiful and well-designed interiors have the ability to positively change and enhance the lives of people that inhabit them.

Liz Prisley

Finance Director

Liz holds a BA in English Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and a MA in English Composition from Virginia Tech. She spent the first half of her career as an English Professor teaching writing at Virginia Tech, as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, the University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa. After leaving the classroom, Liz translated years of critical thinking skills developed as an English major into business savvy. She entered the world of Interior Design in 2020 quickly learning all things Purchasing, Procurement, and then Finance. Liz also holds certificates in Process Improvement and Post-Crisis Leadership from USF’s Muma College of Business. In addition to crunching numbers and crafting spreadsheets, Liz enjoys cats, coffee, poetry, and frozen yogurt.

Meredith Hill

Senior Designer

Meredith embodies the essence of a true Floridian; she originated from the sunny beaches of Vero Beach and was raised in Tallahassee. Her journey in the realm of design began at Florida State University, where she delved into the world of Interior Design, earning her degree with distinction. It was during her time at FSU that Meredith’s horizons expanded exponentially as she embarked on a transformative Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy. Immersed in the art and architecture of this ancient city, Meredith’s passion for exploration, cultural immersion, and design innovation was ignited.

Her professional odyssey took her from the bustling streets of New York City, where she honed her skills with Carleton V. Ltd in the dynamic designer textile industry, to the vibrant landscape of Tampa, where she planted her roots with Studio M. Meredith’s tenure with Studio M has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence, encompassing project management, interior design, procurement, and construction administration.

Throughout her career, Meredith has amassed a wealth of experience across a diverse spectrum of design domains, including luxury residential, commercial, hospitality, and healthcare. Her credentials speak volumes about her expertise and dedication, as she holds licenses as a certified Interior Designer, NCIDQ Certified, and is esteemed as a LEED Green Associate.

What truly sets Meredith apart is her unwavering commitment to crafting spaces that transcend mere functionality, embodying the unique essence and lifestyle of each client. She thrives on forging deep connections with her clients, ensuring that every project is a collaborative journey infused with inspiration and personalization. Meredith’s signature touch lies in her ability to seamlessly blend aesthetics with functionality, creating environments that are not only beautiful but also eminently livable.

Driven by her passion for design and her innate curiosity about the world, Meredith continues to push the boundaries of creativity, infusing each project with her trademark blend of innovation and authenticity. With Meredith at the helm, clients can rest assured that their spaces will not only meet but exceed their wildest expectations, reflecting their individuality in every meticulously curated detail.

Meredith’s life is centered around her family: her adorable daughter Maren, husband JD, and their playful goldendoodle, Millie.  JD is her rock, supporting her through thick and thin. Millie adds a dose of happiness with her wagging tail and playful antics, all while keeping Maren full of giggles. Together, they create a warm and loving home filled with laughter and cherished moments.

Shawna Boyd

Senior Designer

Meet Shawna, an accomplished interior designer with expertise in luxury residential and commercial interiors. Her profound commitment to crafting personalized designs that resonate with each client brings a unique touch to every project she undertakes.

Shawna studied Interior Design at Florida State University, after choosing her career path at age 11. There, she not only perfected her skills but also met her husband, Jayce. Her studies took her to Florence, Italy, where she immersed herself in the beauty of Italian design and fed her love of Italian cuisine.

When she’s not crafting stunning interiors, Shawna is a fan of the Buccaneers and FSU sports, passing on her love for the Seminoles to her young son. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and catching up with friends over a glass of wine.

Alyssa Queen

Designer

Born and raised amidst the serene beauty of Clearwater, Florida, Alyssa discovered her love for design at an early age. Fueled by her innate curiosity and artistic flair, she earned her degree in Interior Design from Florida State University. After a successful summer internship, Alyssa joined Studio M post-graduation and has continued to grow within the team.

With a keen eye for detail and a passion for problem-solving, Alyssa specializes in crafting spaces that seamlessly blend form and function. Her knack for construction drawings and 3D renderings allows her to bring visions to life with precision and clarity.  But what truly sets Alyssa apart is her unwavering commitment to finding the perfect solution for every client. She approaches each project with enthusiasm and dedication, working tirelessly to exceed expectations and create spaces that inspire.

Alyssa is also passionate about continuous learning and educating her peers. Whether interacting with fellow designers or mentoring students, she thrives on exchanging ideas with others in the field.

When she’s not busy designing, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her beloved dog Nacho and her husband Rick. Whether they’re exploring local businesses in their community or simply relaxing at home, their bond is a constant source of joy and inspiration. If you cannot find her, check your local Target store.

Lizzie Kawell

Designer

Born in the city of Jacksonville and raised in North Florida, Lizzie brings a unique blend of Southern charm and cosmopolitan flair to her designs. A proud alumna of Florida State University’s Interior Design program, Lizzie’s journey into the world of design was ignited by her innate passion for color, texture, and beautiful spaces.

With a strong belief in the power of personal connection, Lizzie thrives on engaging with her clients to truly understand their individual tastes and preferences. By creating these personal bonds, she crafts bespoke spaces that reflect not only her clients’ aesthetic aspirations but also their unique personalities and lifestyles.

Equipped with proficiency in 3D rendering and a keen eye for graphic design tools, she brings her visions to life with stunning precision and detail. Her innate fashion sense and pursuit of the latest trends ensure that every project she undertakes is a fresh design while remaining timeless.

When she’s not deep in design mode, you’ll often find her and her husband, Phil, exploring local foodie hotspots (especially if they feature an espresso martini!). You might also catch her breaking a sweat with her favorite Peloton instructors or enjoying a breezy walk with her pup, Cruise, along Bayshore Boulevard. Lizzie is thrilled to bring her passion, personality, and boundless creativity to your project!

Staci Martens

Purchasing and Expediting Associate

Staci, a Florida native, embodies a mix of adventurousness and creative passion. Her journey into the professional world began in the mortgage industry, where she honed her skills and acquired a valuable NMLS mortgage license. However, driven by a deep desire for artistic expression, Staci bravely transitioned into her true passion: interior design.

Currently enrolled at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Staci is actively immersing herself in the world of design, eagerly pursuing her degree. While she’s in school, she is learning the design business from the ground up – gaining invaluable experience in purchasing and expediting, where she meticulously coordinates with suppliers, tracks orders, and ensures timely delivery of materials and furnishings to bring design visions to life.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Staci leads an active lifestyle, finding solace in the gym, the open road on her bike, and her newfound love for running. When not delving into her studies or working, you can find Staci indulging in her guilty pleasure: unwinding with reality TV, while enjoying pizza and a glass of wine. This balance of discipline and relaxation mirrors Staci’s approach to life, where creativity, fitness, and downtime all play important roles in her pursuit of happiness.

Kenna Miller

Chaos Coordinator

Kenna is a born and raised Florida native and loves the Tampa Bay Area. After working in the insurance industry for 20 years, she decided to take a leap of faith and join the family business. (Kenna is Michelle and Tom’s sister in love).

Managing four different brokers’ books of business at the same time for several years, while also traveling the nation to train other employees on the company’s policy and procedures, have taught her the skills of great organization, time management, and importance of building trusting relationships. This has supported her in managing the procurement role at Studio M. Plus being surrounded by such a talented and creative team of designers has been super fun to watch and a welcomed change.

On evenings and weekends, you can find Kenna enjoying family walks with her high school sweetheart husband Eric and daughter Kinley, relaxing on the beach, and riding her bike while toting her dog, Derby Belle on the back. Her real love language includes going up north for some beautiful mountain views and listening to the rain with a BIG cup of coffee.