Who We Are.
We care about what we do. Together we have over 120 years of experience working within the Design and Project management field. Each and every one of our staff members was searching for a way to make a positive impact on client needs in a way that the industry may not always be able to provide. Our staff followed their ideals to find their home at Relocation Strategies. We see it as our duty and pleasure to help our clients navigate their workplace transition, guiding their process so that they encounter heroic success!
Meet Your Team
Melissa St. John, B.A., RID, NCIDQ
Melissa St. John is CEO and Owner of Relocation Strategies. She has 20+ years of experience in Indianapolis, working in various capacities in interior design services and real estate. With her extensive experience in furniture procurement and facility management, she expanded the firm’s offerings from move management to a more all-inclusive offering. She has a passion for building relationships.
She’s a high-energy motivator with a gift for recruiting the right people to support our clients. Her influence extends beyond her industry and out into the community, where she serves on various boards, including the Indiana State Chamber, Indy Chamber, and Indiana Conference for Women. She has served in various capacities with ICR, BOMA, Indy Crew and NAWBO. Melissa is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacey Leadership Program. In 2018, she was named a Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal. In 2010 she received Indy’s Best and Brightest award by Junior Achievement and NAWBO Indy’s (National Association of Women Business Owners) Visionary Award. In 2012, she was named Runner-Up for the Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Business Owner, which awards inspiration and success. Melissa is also a proud member of the Geist Conservancy District Steering Committee.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from Purdue University. Melissa has been published in the Indianapolis Business Journal, Building Excellence, and other publications. Relocation Strategies is a WBE with WBENC Certification. When she isn’t working, Melissa enjoys boating and water sports with her husband Rex and five boys.
Julie Hutcheson, B.A.
Senior Designer + Project Manager
Julie Hutcheson brings over 16 years of experience in design and space planning to her role at Relocation Strategies. Her skill in relating to customers is unmatched, and she has a special propensity for completing difficult projects within budget while providing top-notch communication, analysis, and solutions. Her drive and enthusiasm are contagious and make her an outstanding asset to Relocation Strategies. Julie completed her BA in Interior Design at Ball State University. When Julie isn’t working hard for our clients, she enjoys boating at Lake Monroe, camping with friends, and spending time with her husband, children, and furry family.
Amanda Kasper, B.S.
Senior Designer + Project Manager
Amanda brings over 10 years of experience in the industry, as a graduate architect and interior designer. She has a love and passion for design and space planning. Amanda has worked on a broad range of projects, from K-12 and Higher Ed to tenant improvement. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and in Interior Design from Ball State University. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and baking.
Terin Jaggard, B.S.
Senior Designer + Project Manager, Fitwel Ambassador
Terin is a talented and strategic designer with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and a minor in marketing. She graduated magna cum laude and won the Designer of the Year award for her class. She has also become an ambassador for Fitwel. Terin has a diverse portfolio of experience, including fast food store design, commercial furniture specification, facilities management, construction drawings and various other commercial design projects. Terin thoroughly enjoys interacting with people and consistently provides client satisfaction due to her strong communication skills and attention to detail in accordance with client requests. She is especially passionate about space planning and is always up for the challenge of maximizing an area’s function and efficiency while keeping aesthetics in mind. Terin also sees the importance of maintaining or establishing a company’s branding as part of the design or transition process, hence the marketing minor. Outside of her career, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, being involved at church, and advocating for human rights by being an ethical consumer.
Gretchen Bontrager, B.S.
Designer + Project Manager
Gretchen Bontrager is a recent graduate from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and a minor in Art History. Her dedication to getting the job done in a timely and efficient manner makes her an asset to the team at Relocation Strategies. As a highly creative and passionate individual, Gretchen is here to approach any job with a can-do attitude. When not working, Gretchen enjoys caring for her houseplant collection, going to concerts, and spending time with family, friends, and cats.
Kara Shulaw, B.A., RID, NCIDQ
Designer + Project Manager
Kara Shulaw is an Interior Designer from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design and a Minor in Anthropology. Kara has worked in a variety of design environments, including healthcare, facilities management, churches, and commercial office design. She enjoys the creative and problem-solving aspects of design and working with her clients to ensure their highest satisfaction. Outside of the office, Kara enjoys drawing, watching movies and spending time with her husband and their dog, Molly.
Debbie Avery, B.S.
Executive and Marketing Assistant
Debbie comes to Relocation Strategies with over 20 years of sales/marketing and administrative experience. She is Melissa's right-hand woman! She enjoys problem-solving and loves a challenge. In addition to helping Relocation Strategies with whatever the tasks may be, Debbie also runs another business with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and animals, vacations at the beach and watching her son play sports.
Julie Riess, MAcc
As a Fiscal and Corporate Controller for more than a decade, Julie knows the day-to-day needs organizations face. She fully understands the ins and outs, pluses and minuses, debits and credits, of the financial realm, because she’s worked through them herself. Along with ample professional experience, Julie holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Accounting. She is married with three grown daughters, six grandchildren and one brand new great grandson.
Barbara Thompson brings over 18 years of customer service experience to her role as a project manager at Relocation Strategies. Her attention to detail and critical thinking allows her to oversee multiple move management projects in a timely and efficient manner while keeping the customer’s needs a top priority. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, cruising the Caribbean, and being a Gigi!