ASID Welcomes 2012 Board of Directors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 27, 2011) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) welcomes its 2012 Board of Directors who will assume office on October 1, 2012. The 11-member board is 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. The board's responsibilities for 2012 include a number of milestone activities including the transition to a new Chief Executive Officer, the roll-out of a refreshed brand, and a focus on membership benefits.

"The next year will be an exciting one for ASID as the incoming board will oversee several strategic initiatives designed to ensure ASID’s position as the leading interior design professional organization and enhance the membership experience," said ASID Board President Lisa Henry, FASID. "We are committed to creating a culture of continuous improvement, organizational effectiveness and leadership development as our profession continues to grow and evolve."

Board Member Profiles:

President: Lisa Henry, FASID, LEED AP is the Knoll Southwest region architecture and design director. Her work at Knoll is focused on developing ideas and implementing leading-edge workplace solutions for corporate office design based on the company’s research.

President-elect: Barbara S. Marini, FASID is the interior design program chair at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Troy, Mich. She has been actively engaged in interior design education for over fifteen years, including the College for Creative Studies and Eastern Michigan University. She has owned her own commercial interior design firm, Marini Interiors, Inc. since 1987.

Past President: Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS is an expert on aging-in-place and universal design issues and 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.

Vincent G. Carter, ASID, was a founding member on the licensing board that implemented the nation’s first interior design practice act. Carter has had a distinguished career in interior design and facilities management in the government sector where he currently serves as a senior program manager and architect for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID, is founding partner of HVL Interiors in Santa Fe, N.M., and is an active member of ASID having most recently served as member and chair of the ASID Student Advisory Council and also on the National Nominating Committee and Chapter Support Team, as well as a term as New Mexico chapter president.

Sonya Batchelor Odell, FASID, AAHID, RID, is an active member of the ASID Texas chapter and has served as a member and co-chair of the ASID Industry Advisory Council in various positions with FIDER, NCIDQ and AAHID. Odell is currently an advisor with Texas-based consulting firm Wayne O'Neill & Associates.

Sybil Jane Barrido, ASID, CID, is principal designer for SJvD Design, a full-service interior design/development firm in Long Beach, Calif., specializing in hospitality, urban re-use, commercial and residential projects. She is also co-founder/executive director of the Center for Interior Design and Executive Resources (CIDER), providing professional office spaces for designers.

Sonya Dufner, FASID, LEEP AP, is an associate principal and workplace strategist at the New York office of Perkins+Will, where she focuses on aligning business objectives with workplace design for both corporate and institutional clients.

Sandy Gordon, FASID, LEED AP, is the owner of Sandy Gordon Interiors in Madison, Wisc., specializing in kitchen and bath, retail, sustainable design and aging-in-place design. An instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she is a frequent speaker and presenter on a variety of design topics.

Chapter Support Representative:

Emily Walser, ASID, LEED AP, is a sales consultant for Steelcase, Industry Partner of ASID. Prior to serving as CST Representative to the Board, Walser served as chair of the Society’s Chapter Support Team and as president of the Carolinas Chapter.

Industry Partner Representative:

Jen Bruno is the national training manager for Hansgrohe, Industry Partner of ASID, serving as the company's main representative to ASID since 2008 where she has been involved in hosting ASID events and CEU programs nationwide.

Completing their terms, effective September 30, 2011, on the board of directors are Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID; Shirley Hammond, FASID; Tim Schelfe, ASID; Lynn Lorch Metz, ASID; Bridget McMullin, ASID; and past president Sari Graven, FASID.

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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