Emerging Professionals Advisory Council

The Emerging Professional Advisory Council (EPAC) welcomes you to discover who we are, what we do and why we exist. Come meet our members and get acquainted!

The Emerging Professionals Advisory Council (EPAC) works to pursue strategies to engage recent graduates and new designers in Society programs, encourage career advancement and promote the accomplishments and contributions of ASID emerging professionals within the interior design industry.

To reach a member of the EPAC, or to inquire about EP national programs, please contact Lindsay Marshall at lmarshall@asid.org

Read more on EPAC Mission, Goals and Projects


Amanda Jesse, Allied ASID, EPAC Chair

Amanda Jesse is a designer with Eve Robinson Associates in New York City and the National Chair of ASID’s Emerging Professionals Advisory Council, of which she is a founding member. Ms. Jesse received a Bachelor’s degree in Ballet Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute. Her notable projects include the design and decoration of a 3,000 square foot Manhattan residence featured in the December 2010 issue of NY Spaces (Bella Mancini Design) and the set design of Hartford’s Playhouse on Park production of Yasmina Reza’s Art. In addition, Ms. Jesse has served on juries for the Art Institute of New York City and Pratt Institute, as well as the acquisitions committee for the Material ConneXion archive. Visit www.amanda-jesse.tumblr.com.


Ashleigh Lessard, Allied ASID

Ashleigh Lessard has worked in both residential and commercial design in San Diego and Chicago. She has been active in ASID ever since she was the student chapter president at the Art Institute of California – San Diego, and she continues to volunteer as an allied member. She has served on several committees, and she was the membership director on the ASID Illinois Board from 2010 to 2012. Lessard earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of California – San Diego in March 2008, and she received the Outstanding Student Award for Interior Design for her graduating class. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.       


Carolyn A. Noble, Allied ASID

Carolyn Ames Noble is the Designer Marketing Manager for the Southeastern Division of The Sherwin-Williams Company. In this role, she works with Residential Designers and Architects to best achieve their color and product specification needs. Carolyn’s background is rich in design and color. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Akron in 2003. She began her career as a junior designer for a large engineering and architecture firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. She has worked for Sherwin-Williams since 2006, during the first several years as an Interior Designer for the Corporate Color Marketing and Design team. In that role she focused on color palette development, interior design and digital renderings in the Multi-family, Office, Healthcare and Hospitality market segments. Carolyn is an NCIDQ Certificate Holder, Professional Member of ASID, CMG Member and Industry Partner Member of IIDA


Christine Ferri, Allied ASID

Christine Ferri has experience working for both residential and commercial firms, and she is currently a designer at KlingStubbins, where she works on a variety of corporate projects. Ferri currently serves as the emerging professional chair for the Pennsylvania East Board and continues to stay involved with her alma mater by serving as a guest juror. She has greatly benefited from the leadership roles ASID offers, and hopes that she can inspire more emerging professionals to become active and involved. Ferri earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, where she served as a student representative to the ASID Pennsylvania East Board. 




Joanne Levreault, Allied ASID


Joanne E. Levreault is the principal of JEL Design, an interior design firm based in San Diego, Calif. Levreault established JEL Design in March 2011, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design at the Design Institute of San Diego. She held several ASID student board positions before becoming the ASID San Diego emerging professional chair from 2011 to 2012. Most recently, she has served as a member of the ASID Emerging Professional Advisory Council.



Kate Magee, Allied ASID

Kate Magee is an interior designer with Perkins+Will in Washington, D.C., where she specializes in corporate, community and civic projects. With an Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Environments from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of William & Mary, she combines technical design skills with writing skills that enhance her ability to clearly communicate her design ideas. Co-founder and chair of an internal professional development committee geared toward Perkins+Will employees in their first five years of practice, Magee is thrilled to promote career advancement of new designers on a national scale through her participation on the ASID Emerging Professional Advisory Council.