a team of experts

Patdo Light Studio began as the dream of a young, recently married couple with roots in the lighting industry. The business plan was created on a coffee stained napkin at an all night diner. With every penny in their savings and a loan from a friend, they opened for business. That was back in 1973 and while the business has experienced many changes over the years, the principles that they believed in remain at the core of our business model today; offer excellent products and unparalleled service at a fair price and stand behind each and every transaction after the sale is complete.


Patdo has evolved over the years into the Tri-state area’s premier source for high-end lighting products and excellence in lighting design. Our extensive credentials include some of the nation’s top architects, interior designers, decorators and landscape architects. We have earned the respect of these design professionals through our hard work and consistently excellent results.

Gary Novasel –  Design Principal 

Gary has been a Lighting Designer since 1985. Mr. Novasel’s award winning work has been featured in many national magazines including: Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Interiors, Interior Design, To The Trade, Landscape Architect  & Specifier, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, The Modern Estate, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Colonial Homes and Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens and Hospitality Design. Gary has also contributed to “The Modern Estate” magazine and teaches Landscape Lighting at the New York Botanical Garden. He has also taught Architectural Lighting at Parson’s School of Design and the University of Bridgeport. Mr. Novasel has been a guest on radio and television shows and has been a guest lecturer for: the Connecticut and New York chapters of the ASID, UCONN’s Bartlett Arboretum, the New York City chapter of the DLF and the International Furnishings Association. Mr. Novasel has a B.S. Industrial Design and an MBA.

Mari-Lou Nania – Showroom Principal 

Mari-Lou earned her BFA degree from Adelphi University. She began her career at Patdo in 1990, focusing on developing the showroom into the Tri-State Area’s leading design resource. Her keen eye has kept the Patdo Showroom on the cutting edge. Her knowledge of product and design with the belief in customer service has kept Patdo a step above all the others. Mari-Lou works by appointment only and specializes in upscale residential and light commercial projects.

Ken Brettschneider


With experience in both residential and commercial projects, Ken is a senior lighting designer at Patdo.  He started his Lighting career in 1991 working throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  Working with architects, contractors and interior designers, Ken’s projects have won “Remy” awards and have been published in a variety of popular habitat magazines. In New York since 2003, Ken has completed numerous projects in Manhattan, Fairfield and Westchester Counties.  Mr. Brettschneider has a BS degree in Math and an MBA.

Gelisa Perez


Gelisa’s 10 years of experience as an Architect specializing in high-end residential design coupled with her lighting design skills provide an unparalleled understanding of the needs, goals, concerns and hopes of our clients. Her inquisitive nature and architectural knowledge compel her to question and deeply examine how all of the architectural elements, not just the lighting, will work together in a space.  Gelisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

Rene Fressola


Rene studied Interior Design & Decoration at The International Academy of Merchandising and Design. Tampa, FL. 92’-95’. He brings over 20 years of Experience in Sales & Design to PATDO Light Studio. His expertise allows him to look at a room & find the perfect light fixture to compliment that space.

Eric Weyhausen


Graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Cartooning, Eric brings a very special set of skills to Patdo. His attention to detail and keen eye for problem solving make him a powerful asset to our management team. Whether its lighting related or you want to know more about his cartoons, stop on by and ask for Eric!


Nadia Beavers


Originally from the Boston area, Nadia brings a fresh and innovative approach to Patdo. With her keen eye and love of design, Nadia has become a valuable new asset to our team.

Nikeya Johnson


Purchasing Manager

Monika Damiano


Reception, Purchasing

Joann Pecoraro


Office Manager/Bookkeeper

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