Ann Davis is more than a lighting showroom owner; she is a design asset and resource for homeowners, designers, and architects. For the past 15 years, she has been dedicated to creating a unique retail experience for the Pittsburgh community. With an innate eye for style, extensive knowledge of restoration, and an unparalleled commitment to customer service, Ann has raised the standard in retail lighting operations. She is a graduate of Chatham College, and resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband Marty, and dog Honey. When she’s not at Typhoon, you’ll find her gardening or spending time with her grandchildren.
Tara Rinaldi Pakler
Designer and Sales Manager
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in History of Art and Architecture, Tara continued her commitment to interior design by completing her MFA in Interior Architecture at Chatham College. She honed her skills working with architecture and design firms and gained valuable experience collaborating with architects, suppliers, designers, and contractors on every phase of project design and execution. In 2009 Tara brought her talents to Typhoon Lighting where she is an invaluable asset to store operations and clients alike. Tara lives in Fox Chapel with her husband, daughter, and faithful mutt Mellow.
Susan Harris Ross
A native Pittsburgher, Susan comes to Typhoon with over 30 years of industry experience. She received a BFA from UCLA and relocated to Florida to pursue a longstanding career in high end residential and commercial design, most recently at Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design. Back in our steel city, Susan brings years of creative experience, expertise, and project coordination to Typhoon Lighting. She is a master of details, anticipates design problems, and has a great eye for color, scale, and application.
With over 10 years of managerial experience and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, Danielle brings top notch customer service to our showroom. Her product knowledge is vital to enhancing and supporting the positive customer service experience that keeps clients coming back. Danielle has been involved in every aspect of the business and is a vital piece of the Typhoon equation. She lives in the North Hills with her husband and sons.
Lead Restoration Technician & Workshop Manager
Our lead technician, Bill Picciotto, has an extensive history in the lighting field. After his time at Loyola University, he began a career with his family’s lighting showroom and electrical supply house, The Lighting Gallery. Twenty-two years later he had truly touched all aspects of the industry. Bill then went out on the road as a manufacturer’s rep of high end furniture and lighting lines. He called on Typhoon with Frederick Cooper Lamp Company, and left a lasting impression on all of us. When he was ready to get off of the road and explore his artisanal passions, we were waiting with open arms. He has been with us close to a decade, and we are amazed weekly at his ability and understanding of lighting from all eras. When he’s not at Typhoon, you’ll find him carefully restoring his 1867 Italianate Victorian home or boating our three rivers.
With one foot in the past and one in the future, John Fischer has a gift for understanding period arts and how they influence modern day aesthetic. His formal degree is from the University of Pittsburgh, but his craft has been honed far beyond the teachings of the university. When John is not at Typhoon, he is working in leather, fine textiles and durable goods in his own studio, Homestead Supply Co.
Special Projects Restoration Technician – Carpentry Focus
Kate Joyce began her carpentry journey here in Pittsburgh, studying at both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. In 1972, she relocated to Brienz Switzerland for an apprenticeship at the Blattner Mobelshreinerei. Pittsburgh, and the continental US for that matter, would not welcome her into a male dominated profession when she sought to join the carpenters union. Kate persisted, against all odds, and returned to the states to challenge the carpenters union in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, winning the right to be admitted as a union member. She is the founding member of the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking, and has served as Director at the Fountainhead Gallery and Davidson Galleries of Seattle. Today she works with Typhoon on custom woodworking projects and owns Kate Joyce Company.