Our Team

We love what we do... and it shows

Kerry Triffin

Owner
Entropy Control Specialist

Kerry is truly obsessed with furniture… and trees… and wood in general. (His very first job was working as a climber for Walgren Tree Experts right here in New Haven.) He also counts words, hiking, dogs, people and kids among life’s good things. Kerry holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University in English literature and business administration, respectively. Still, he believes he may have learned even more from the women in his life: his mom Lois, his wife Liz, his two daughters Molly and Emily. Kerry believes that who and what you surround yourself with in your native habitat matters – no doubt about it in his mind. He’s also much in favor of happy.

Kerry Triffin

Elizabeth Orsini

Owner
Practical Visionary

With a degree in communications and journalism from the University of Connecticut, Liz set out for a career in advertising before life took a sharp left turn and led her to health, nutrition and food. Liz still loves cooking, as well as painting, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She learned the basics of shopping for Fairhaven Furniture by her husband Kerry’s side, but she now does most of the store’s accessory buying all by herself. Liz is our “practical visionary,” and she has a real sixth sense for gifts and accessories. (When she’s hit upon something special, she just knows it!) She takes pride in finding wonderful products that you won’t find anywhere else.

Elizabeth Orsini

Colleen Gala

Owner

Colleen has worked as a designer at Fairhaven Furniture since 2005. As a designer, she loves working with people to create their ideal environment – a place that makes them happy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and this background in product design, in combination with her interest in interior design, really allows Colleen to visualize the whole picture when designing someone’s space – from the arrangement of the space to the design of the pieces themselves. Colleen also draws a lot of inspiration from her husband’s Indian heritage, specifically the bright colors and unique designs of Indian textiles.

Colleen Gala

Lao Eric Triffin

Owner

Eric has worked at Fairhaven Furniture for 10 years now, but he’s been coming by the store since its early days as a woodshop to learn about woodworking and work on his own small projects. (A perk of being Kerry and Elizabeth’s nephew!) Eric has always been intrigued by how things work, whether taking classes at the Eli Whitney Museum here in New Haven, studying electrical and computer engineering at the University of New Haven, or just tinkering with motors out in his workshop. At Fairhaven, he extends that fascination into the world of design – Eric believes in incorporating form and function in the things with which we surround ourselves.

Lao Eric Triffin

Joe Shelfo

Designer

Joe joined the Fairhaven Furniture family in 2009. He has a degree in Interior Design from Paier College of Art. As a child, he spent significant time at his uncle’s lumberyard, where he learned woodworking as a mill-shop assistant. With great attention to detail and knowledge of materials, Joe specializes in custom furniture and aspires to be amongst the great furniture visionaries.

 

 

Joe Shelfo

Mark Reynolds

Designer

Mark joined our Fairhaven Furniture design team in the spring of 2012. Mark is no newcomer to the industry, though – he has worked in interior design for over 30 years, mostly in Fairfield County. Now he has returned to his native New Haven to continue his work with people who want to create a unique look for their home. Mark specializes in space planning, and he particularly enjoys experimenting with colors, textures and shapes.

 

 

Mark Reynolds

Grant Smith

Designer

With a degree in Studio Art and focus in architectural design from Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), Grant tries to incorporate his love of art with natural elements. It could be working on an illustration, building a sculpture or sanding down an old oak slab to make a table. He enjoys connecting with our local woodworkers and was drawn to the mix of design and nature at Fairhaven Furniture.

Grant Smith