ASID Announces 2010 Board of Directors

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New national leadership focuses on helping interior designers succeed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct 7, 2009) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2010 Board of Directors took office Oct. 1, 2009. The 11-member board, made up of three officers (past president, president and president-elect), six director at large members, one Industry Partner representative and one Chapter Support Team representative, meet throughout the year to discuss issues impacting the interior design profession and the Society. Heading into 2010, the board will look at ways to strengthen existing resources, initiate strategic partnerships and explore new programs.

“All professions are adjusting to the reality of an uncertain economic environment,” says ASID President, Sari Graven, ASID. “This is the time when professional associations can emerge as true leaders. I’m proud to say ASID is working hard to provide a wealth of new resources, from webinars to industry partnerships, tools to help our interior designers succeed in 2010 and beyond.”

2010 ASID Board members include (bolded names are returning board members):

Sari Graven, ASID: President

Bruce Brigham, FASID: Past President

Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS: President-elect
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID: Director at Large

Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID: Director at Large

Shirley Eaken Hammond, FASID: Director at Large

Charrisse Johnston, ASID: Director at Large

Tim Schelfe, ASID: Director at Large

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, ASID: Director at Large

Jessica Mahne, ASID: Chapter Support Team Representative

Lynn Lorch Metz,
ASID: Industry Partner Representative to the Board

ASID would like to thank the outgoing board members for their generous service to the Society:
Bruce Goff, ASID: Director at Large

Rita Carson Guest, FASID: Past President

Doug Hartsell: Industry Partner Representative to the Board

Mary Knopf, ASID, LEED AP: Director at Large

Lisa Henry, ASID, LEED AP: Director at Large

Sybil J. B. van Dijs, ASID: Chapter Support Team Representative

New Board Member Bios

Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS

Thomas, an expert on aging-in-place and universal design issues, is president of The Design Collective Group Inc., a design/build firm with offices in Jupiter, Fla. and Phoenix, Ariz. A longtime Society volunteer, Thomas served as president of the ASID Florida South Chapter, among other chapter and national positions. Thomas is a frequent speaker on universal design issues and recently co-authored Residential Design for Aging in Place with Drue Lawlor, FASID.

Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID

Forrest is one of North America’s top hospitality designers. Her work spans across the United States and has been published in Hospitality Design, Architectural Digest and Interior Design magazines, among others. Since 2004, Forrest has been honored as a member of Hospitality Design magazine’s Platinum Circle.

Shirley Eaken Hammond, FASID

A Society member for more than 25 years, Hammond has been particularly active in legislation and education issues at the national and chapter levels. Hammond has been active on several Alabama state boards and is a past president of the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification).

Jessica Mahne, ASID

A passionate advocate for students, Mahne is interior design program director at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin and also serves as faculty advisor for the school’s ASID student chapter. Prior to becoming an educator, Mahne was in-house corporate designer and construction project manager for American Family Insurance.

Lynn Lorch Metz, ASID

For the past two years, Industry Partner Representative to the Board Metz has served as architectural and design director (central region) for Haworth Inc., Industry Partner ASID. Prior to joining Haworth, Metz was associate principal/director of interiors for F & S Partners Inc.

Tim Schelfe, ASID

Schelfe brings more than 10 years of experience with the Carolinas chapter-one of the Society’s largest. He has served on the chapter board since 2004, including a term as president. He has been honored with 17 ASID Carolinas Design Specialty Awards for his work in residential, commercial and hospitality design.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

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