ASID Welcomes 2013 Board of Directors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 2, 2012) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) welcomes its 2013 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 directors at large, one Industry Partner representative and one chapter support team representative.

“ASID is committed to advancing the profession through collaboration, research and initiatives that expand business opportunities for members in a global marketplace,” says incoming ASID President Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC. “Communicating the impact of interior design on the human experience is a key message and focus for the board as we move forward. Expanding our knowledge of the built environment and developing strategies to share critical information will position the Society as a leader in the interior design profession. I am excited about our opportunities and the future of ASID.”

2013 ASID Board of Directors
Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC
, serves as 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 15 years, including at the College for Creative Studies and Eastern Michigan University. She has owned her own commercial interior design firm, Marini Interiors Inc. since 1987.

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C
, is a senior associate with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle in Minneapolis and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Schoessler Lynn is a frequent lecturer on sustainable design and workplace issues and has received numerous professional accolades, including ASID Minnesota Designer of Distinction and one of “40 under 40” from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

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.

Directors at Large:
Vincent G. Carter, FASID
, 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.

Matthew DeGeeter, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, is a former co-chair of the ASID Student Affairs Council and a member of the ASID Emerging Professionals Advisory Council. He is a contributor to HealthCare Design and Contract magazine websites, as well as his own blog, and was featured as part of the ASID Thought Leader project.

Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID, NMLID, is founding partner of HVL Interiors in Santa Fe, N.M., and is an active member of ASID. She 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.

Barbara J. Huelat,  FASID, EDAC, AAHID, is a noted expert in healthcare design. She is the author of Healing Environments: Design for the Body, Mind & Spirit and is a founding board member of the Symposium on Healthcare Design, as well as the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers.

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

Laura McDonald Stewart, ASID, LEED AP, is the founder of PLiNTH & CHiNTZ, the online magazine that prepares a new generation of designers to enter the workforce and educates the public about the interior design industry. Stewart also manages METROCON Expo & Conference for the ASID Texas Chapter and has served as the chapter’s president as well as on several national councils, including the ASID Chapter Support Team.

Chapter Support Representative:
Joan Kaufman, ASID, LEED AP
, is a past chair of the ASID Chapter Support Team and a past president of the ASID Illinois Chapter. Kaufman has received many awards for both design and service to the profession, including several ASID Presidential Citations and national awards for lighting design.
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. She has been integral in hosting ASID events and CEU programs nationwide.

Completing their terms on the 2012 board of directors are: Sybil Jane Barrido, ASID, CID; Sonya Dufner, FASID; Sandy Gordon, FASID, LEED AP; Emily Walser, ASID; and past-president Michael Thomas, FASID, CAPS.

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 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more at