Heather Strycharz

Heather Strycharz

Owner & Principal Designer

After working as a designer and front-end developer in a corporate setting, Heather founded Love Local Design in order to apply her talents to a wider variety of projects and to connect one-on-one with clients, and acts as the digital design lead for the LLD team. Awarded as one of New Haven’s 2012 Rising Stars, Heather is fully committed to growing Love Local Design with talented team members who share her passion for delivering high-quality digital and design solutions.

DJ Panella - UX Designer

DJ Pannella

UX Designer & Front-End Developer

With many years of experience providing quality designs and development for popular brands under his belt, DJ’s professional talents are self-evident. Always mindful of the best user experience practices, DJ is a UX designer and developer who constantly challenges himself and the team to learn and evolve while holding to a “user first” philosophy. His infectious positive energy and dedication is a driving force in our commitment to innovative thinking in providing the best solutions for our clients.

Kristin Holda

Kristin Holda

Designer / Developer

Kristin joined Love Local Design after graduating from Quinnipiac University’s Interactive Digital Design program and hit the ground running at full speed. With her fresh perspective on digital media design and her unmatched work ethic, Kristin has been a valuable addition to the team. Unafraid to lend a hand or apply a little elbow grease, she’s our MVP when it comes to getting things done.

Kanwal Kazmi - Digital Development

Kanwal Kazmi


A graduate of the King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London with a specialization in Information Technology and Mathematics, Kanwal is the backbone of Love Local Design’s digital development team. She comes to our firm having cut her teeth with Pitney Bowes and Brandshop. When not developing websites, Kanwal devotes her time to raising her three children: Haider, Fatima, and the newest arrival, Reza.

Tom Tenney

Tom Tenney

Project Manager / Writer / QA

Tom has worked in the digital industry for over 20 years as a community specialist, writer, producer, and interactive marketing at companies such as Agency.com, Oxygen Media and VH1. He earned his M.A. in Media Studies from The New School, has taught at Hofstra University and New Jersey City University, and guest-lectured at other institutions. He was the Director of the RE/Mixed Media Festival in NYC and founded Radio Free Brooklyn, a community nonprofit dedicated to local media production and education.

Bjork Cat Love Local Design mascot


Morale Engineer

Björk has been with Love Local Design since the beginning. Much like the Icelandic pop singer she is named for, her whimsical and alluring demeanor belies a ferocious temper when provoked.

What People Say About Us

We always try to make our clients happy. Check out some reviews below!

  • “The LLD team is amazing and we are very thankful for their partnership. Love Local Design had the right talent when we needed it. They helped with design, project management, development, across the board they were there when we needed them. ”


    Peter Glyman, President and Co-founder, Geezeo

  • “The Love Local Design team was a pleasure to work with. They were extremely proficient in understanding our user interface needs, and enabled us to effectively communicate specifications with our back-end team to build intuitive user experiences within a very complex, multi-sided platform.”

    – Ray Leavitt, Founder & CEO, Evolux Transportation

  • “Love Local Design has been the user’s champion in the design and development of our enterprise platform for online communities. We have been working with them since day one, and we wouldn’t consider working with anyone else! In addition to meeting all our deadlines, they provide world class insight and best practices via local, personalized service.”

    – Christina Balotescu, Founder, 360Alumni

  • “Love Local Design has been our go-to vendor for all of our design and web development needs. We consider Love Local an extension of our internal team and highly recommend them as a talented and reliable creative agency.”

    – Akeel Haider, Chief Mobile Officer, Ifficient

  • “From the very beginning Heather was open and available, meeting with me multiple times before starting the project. She was able to create a dynamic, illustrative and easy to navigate site that fits beautifully with my aesthetic and with the needs of my practice.”

    – Rachel Bernsen, Owner, Alexander Technique with Rachel Bernsen