ASID Welcomes 2009 Board Members

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Organization adds five new members to Society board

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 29, 2008) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announces the 2009 ASID Board of Directors who will take office October 1, 2008. The 11-member board, made up of three officers (Past President, President and President-Elect), six Directors-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. Through their leadership, Board members ensure the Society is doing all it can to advance the profession and support the design community through knowledge sharing, community advocacy, education and professional development. This year, the new members bring diversity and a unique set of experiences and knowledge to the group.

“ASID is a large, talented, well-run organization with a strong legacy and mission,” says Sari Graven, ASID, newly elected President-Elect for the Society. “When I assume the role of president in 2010, I will focus on refining and enlarging the role of ASID as the preeminent voice of the interior design profession.”

Graven is Director of Program and Resource Development within the Facilities Services department of Seattle University. Past employers include design giants Haworth Inc., Industry Partner of ASID, and Callison Architecture. Graven served on the ASID Board of Directors from 2002 – 2004 and is the recipient of several ASID chapter awards.

The complete list of incoming board members includes

Sari Graven, ASID, President-Elect
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, Director-at-Large
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, ASID, CID, LEED AP, Director-at-Large
Charrisse Min Johnston, ASID, LEED AP, CID, Director-at-Large
Sybil J. B. van Dijs, ASID, Chapter Support Team Representative

A member of Colorado State University faculty since 1988 and president of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) from 2001 – 2004, Stephanie Clemons brings a strong background in interior design education to the group, and her work on interior design education and research has been published many times over. She’s been recognized with a list of awards from IDEC, the Journal of Interior Design and Colorado State University.

The next new addition to the Board is sustainable design expert, Rachelle Schoessler Lynn. Schoessler Lynn realized the importance of sustainability long before it gained widespread recognition. She co-founded the USGBC chapter in her area and in 2007 she launched Studio 2030 with her business partner in Minneapolis. Studio 2030 is an integrated design practice merging the art and science of architecture with the values of social and ecological responsibility. As chair of the ASID Sustainable Design Council from 2007 – 2008, Schoessler Lynn helped lead the Society through advancements in green design.

After a successful career on Wall Street, Charrisse Johnston decided she was ready for a change and returned to school to pursue a degree in interior design. Armed with degrees from as many as three prestigious institutions – UCLA, Columbia Business School and Johns Hopkins University –  Johnston started her own design firm and today is a corporate office designer for the well-known commercial design firm, Gensler. Her accomplishments include earning the title of valedictorian for UCLA Extension’s interior design program and serving on the national ASID Student Advisory Council from 2006 – 2008.

“ASID is an extraordinary organization that is not only committed to meeting the needs of its members, but is equally devoted to improving the lives of the entire population,” says Johnston. “I'm thrilled and honored to serve the Society, especially during this pivotal time of our profession’s evolution.”

The last new board member to be introduced is Sybil J. B. van Dijs. Van Dijs and her design firm work on a diverse array of projects, from commercial to residential, from Beverly Hills to Saudi Arabia. In 2005 – 2006 she served as president of the ASID California Los Angeles Chapter. She is in tune with the needs of chapters and aware of the diversity of work within the profession. Both will serve her well as Chapter Support Team Representative.

Returning ASID Board members include

Bruce Brigham, FASID, President
Rita Carson Guest, FASID, Past President
Bruce Goff, ASID, Director-at-Large
Doug Hartsell, IP Representative to the Board
Mary Knopf, ASID, LEED AP, Director-at-Large
Lisa Henry, ASID, LEED AP, Director-at-Large

Outgoing ASID Board members include

Suzan Globus, FASID, Past President
Patrick Schmidt, ASID, Chapter Support Team Representative
Linda Sorrento, ASID, LEED AP, Director-at-Large
Barbara S. Marini, FASID, Director-at-Large
Teresa Sowell, ASID, Director-at-Large

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 40,000 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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