Seaneen was born, raised, educated, and worked in New York City for most of her life. She attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and had her sights set on being designer, but took a detour into a “more practical” career in college. She earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University and spent a decade plying that trade, coordinating a program for special education students in New York City public schools. But the lure of design never disappeared, and she went back to her first choice, enrolling at Pratt Institute to acquire her Masters of Science in Interior Design. Seaneen practiced her new craft with several interior design and architecture firms, including the Rockwell Group, designing interiors for hospitality clients. Eventually, she opted for the country, relocating to Connecticut, taking a position with L.B.I.D., consultants for Svigals Architects in New Haven, many of whose projects were for public schools and private institutions like Yale and the University of Connecticut. She also was on the faculty of Paier College of Art in Hamden, where she taught interior design studio courses for juniors and seniors.

Seaneen joined Centerbrook in 2013 as Senior Interior Designer and has contributed to a number of projects at Quinnipiac University, including its new School of Law Building on its North Haven Graduate Campus. “The appeal of Centerbrook for me is the variety of clients, everything from schools and colleges to homes, and even churches and libraries,” she says. “Private school projects, in particular, offer more opportunities for new and innovative approaches. They don’t have the same constraints that public projects do.”

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  • Active volunteer in programs at her church
  • Sings with the Shoreline Soul Gospel Choir