meet our team

Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente

Owner/Lead Designer

Danielle is an energetic entrepreneur with a passion for design, public speaking, writing and philanthropy. Deciding that she wanted to be an interior designer at the age of 13, Danielle has not strayed from the path she knew she was destined to pursue. Upon graduating in 2010 with a CIDA accreditation and a Bachelors of Science in interior design from Endicott College, Danielle drove from Beverly, Massachusetts down to Wilmington, North Carolina, a sight unseen. In 2014, Danielle founded Port City Design Group, where she began collaborating with residential and commercial clients in new construction and remodels. Her favorite aspect of being in the design business is the strong relationships she has built with her team, PCDG clients, builders and subcontractors, in addition to implementing strong communication and organization into every project.

Danielle was the recipient of the Wilmington Business Journal’s Women to Watch Awards for the Business Category, The Carousel Center’s Tinman Biggest Heart Award and she has competed on a state-wide level on behalf of her Toastmasters club. She is currently a Board Member of the Cape Fear Literacy Council where she actively participates on the marketing committee. Danielle has written a series of children’s books titled Smunchkin Learns and released her memoir titled 180 Degrees, Emerging from Childhood Darkness in January 2021. Danielle’s hobbies outside of work include weightlifting, teaching dance, hiking and seeking nature adventures with her husband JP and two dogs Cruz and Clarke.

Meghan Haskins

Meghan Haskins

Office Manager

Meghan is a vibrant and creative team member from Pittsburgh, PA. She has always loved visiting North Carolina with her family as child and after visiting Wilmington, she knew she needed to make it home.

Meghan graduated with both a Bachelor of Science in Resort Recreation & Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Slippery Rock University. After graduation, she gained experience in the Special Events & Wedding Industry where she learned to specialize in organization, multitasking, communication and creativity!

Outside of work she enjoys spending time at the beach, trying out new restaurants or having a relaxing night in watching movies with friends!

Ingram Ballard

Ingram Ballard

Interior Designer

Ingram brings both business and design skills with her education and natural talent. With an architect Dad, Ingram grew up watching the creation of floor plans, the process of construction and interior design. Ingram pursued her B.S. in Business at East Carolina University and quickly joined PCDG where she has grown as an integral team member, with her creative vision and detailed execution on projects. Growing up on the water was fun and inspiring, but Ingram also loves her barn time and riding horses. Outside of her passion for design, Ingram loves fashion, painting, boating and spending time with her two dogs, Penelope and Harper!

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Claire Wike

Personal Assistant

North Carolina’s coastal plains have shown a whole new face of nature, quite different from Claire’s former home in the piedmont of South Carolina. From a young age Claire’s delight in the tiniest new observations was contagious. With leather-bound log in hand, she uses various art tools and forms to illustrate and proclaim her love for family and the outdoor life. To recharge… friends, hip hop, Bible study, and videography are at the core. She joins in assisting the daily details of the fast paced PCDG, alongside student life!

Ricardo

Ricardo

Project Manager

Ricardo is from Santiago, Chile and moved to the United States with his family seven years ago. In Chile, he studied administration and worked in management, but when he came to the U.S. he found himself enjoying home improvement projects. Ricardo manages the warehouse and helps manage projects with PCDG, where his bilingual abilities are one of his assets. He is also Danielle’s Spanish teacher! Ricardo enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and two sons to continue discovering the wonders of this country.

Emely Morales

Emely Morales

Office Assistant

Growing up with her family in the construction field, Emely’s always had an interest in the entire process from beginning to end. Her strongest passion is art, and in her spare time you can find her painting, drawing and creating sculptures, which ultimately led to her curiosity in Interior Design. Recently graduating High School, Emely is planning to attend college to complete her Degree in Interior Design. Thriving in creative and expressive environments, she is eager to join the PCDG team and help with various daily tasks!

Clarke

Security Guard

Cruz

Human (pup) Resources

Let’s Start Designing!

Because the really cool stuff takes weeks or months to be delivered, the best time to start design considerations is in the early stages of a project.  Contact us today!