Program Consultants

The individuals on CIDA’s list of program consultants have demonstrated the appropriate background and experience to provide consulting services to interested programs.

These individuals have demonstrated:

  • a strong understanding and practical experience in applying current CIDA standards during the accreditation process;
  • a broad and in-depth knowledge of interior design education either through service as a CIDA site visitor, extensive experience as a faculty member at a CIDA-accredited program, or a combination of the two;
  • demonstrated commitment to quality interior design education through professional and service activities;
  • professional attributes, including strong communication skills, open-mindedness, ethical behavior, dependability, and timeliness.

Program consultants may be called upon to serve in an advisory capacity as set forth in an independent service contract between the individual program and consultant. Programs may contract with a consultant to provide a broad range of services depending on the interests and issues affecting program development. Each consultant’s self-identified area(s) of expertise are identified below.

Individual programs and consultants negotiate service contracts, including compensation for services rendered, independent of CIDA. CIDA does not maintain guidelines or provide advice to programs or consultants related to services and fees. Please click here to download CIDA’s policy and procedure for program consultants (PDF document).

If you have any questions about the list of program consultants, please contact , Director of Accreditation.

Program Consultants

April D. Allen, Ph.D., IDEC, LEED AP, is an NCIDQ certificate holder with over eighteen years of design practice experience. April has also been teaching for over ten years, and is a full-time faculty member at Michigan State University in the School of Planning, Design & Construction’s CIDA-accredited interior design program. April serves as a volunteer CIDA site visitor and team chair. She is an active member of IDEC and EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association), where she serves as co-chair of the Historic Preservation Network. Her research foci include historic preservation, sense of place, creativity and visualization.

April D. Allen’s self-identified areas of expertise are as follows:

  • reviewing student work to determine compliance with CIDA Standards
  • organizing a CIDA site visit
  • conducting a successful self-study process
  • and providing constructive criticism on draft Program Analysis Reports

Denise Homme, Ph.D. ASID, IIDA, IDEC is an NCIDQ certificate holder with over 35 years of experience in interior design education and professional practice. Denise has served as a CIDA site visitor since 2009, and has chaired and co-chaired CIDA site visits for the past three years. She has also presented at CIDA Accreditation Workshops geared toward program faculty, and served as a member of a CIDA task force charged with developing new reporting templates to support Professional Standards 2017. Denise is active in IDEC and, in addition to her stewardship as an abstract reviewer, Annual Student Design Competition task force committee member, and presenter at various IDEC conferences, she served as the Pacific West Regional Chair from 2012 to 2014.

Denise was the interior design program director at the Design Institute of San Diego (DISD) from 2008 to 2015 and was responsible for on-going curriculum assessment, course development, and teaching. During her tenure at DISD, Denise organized and facilitated a CIDA reaccreditation visit and, in a prior appointment at the University of California–Riverside, collaborated with administration and faculty to assess and prepare the interior design program for initial CIDA accreditation.

Denise Homme’s self-identified areas of expertise are as follows:

  • curriculum revision
  • overall program development
  • review of student work to determine compliance with CIDA Standards
  • organization of a CIDA site visit
  • conducting a successful self-study process
  • and providing constructive criticism on a draft Program Analysis Report

Lynn M. Jones, ASID, IIDA, IDEC, LEED AP, serves as Chair and Professor of the Interior Design Department at Brenau University. She previously served as their Graduate Coordinator, as well as Chair of the Art & Design Department.

Lynn completed her undergraduate degree magna cum laude at Purdue University. She then relocated to Atlanta and practiced professionally in commercial office and hospitality design. Lynn taught adjunct at the Art Institute of Atlanta and was soon hired full-time as continuing education director. Her graduate work in Historic Preservation was completed at the University of Georgia. In 1990, she launched Jones Interiors to complement her teaching.

Brenau secured FIDER (CIDA) accreditation under Lynn’s guidance in 1993. Lynn has been actively involved in CIDA as a site visitor and currently serves as a team chair. Beginnings of Interior Environments, her introductory textbook, is used extensively by professional interior design programs nationally and internationally.

Lynn M. Jones’ self-identified areas of expertise are as follows:

  • overall program development and related curriculum revision
  • conducting a successful self-study process and providing constructive criticism on draft Program Analysis Reports
  • reviewing student work to determine compliance with CIDA Standards
  • and organizing a CIDA site visit

Linda L. Nussbaumer, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC, is an NCIDQ certificate holder and Minnesota-certified interior designer. She has extensive experience in education and practice, and has managed a design firm for many years. As a full-time faculty member at South Dakota State University (SDSU), Linda taught a variety of courses and served as the program coordinator and assistant-department head. During her time as program coordinator, the interior design program at SDSU achieved CIDA accreditation. Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2010, Linda has continued to serve as a program consultant and teach online courses for SDSU and Radford University.

Linda continues to be involved in the interior design profession and education through a variety of activities. She has served as a CIDA site visitor since 2007, and has participated as a visiting team co-chair and on a committee focused on site visitor training. She also attends conferences regularly and authored the following textbooks: Evidence-Based Design for Interior Designers, The Interior Design Intern, Inclusive Design: A Universal Need, and Human Factors in the Built Environment.

Linda L. Nussbaumer’s self-identified areas of expertise are as follows:

  • curriculum revision
  • overall program development
  • review of student work to determine compliance with CIDA Standards
  • organization of a CIDA site visit
  • conducting a successful self-study process
  • and providing constructive criticism on a draft Program Analysis Report