CIDA’s nine-member Board of Directors, as its governing body, is responsible for ensuring that CIDA fulfills its mission and that the organization maintains its legal, fiscal, and ethical integrity. It is also charged with the strategic planning and relationship building needed to support the organization’s goal of continuous quality improvement.

Throughout its history, the collaboration between CIDA and the profession has been integral to fulfilling its mission. Today, CIDA maintains relationships with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) , the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) , the Interior Design Educatiors Council (IDEC) , the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) , and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) . One board member is drawn from each of the five collaborating organizations.

“The board brings fresh ideas to the profession from several points of view, and is therefore key to the necessary evolution of professional education. Not only have I gotten an inside view of how practicing designers think and what they see as the issues confronting the profession, I’ve also gotten to know some amazing human beings.”
-Susan Szenasy, Metropolis magazine and former CIDA Director

These five Directors collectively appoint one Director to represent each of the following interests: public, industry, accredited interior design programs, and the Accreditation Commission. The executive director is an ex-officio member of the Board. Directors serve for a maximum of two three-year terms.

Jan Johnson, FIIDA, LEED AP

Throughout Jan Johnson’s career, she has focused on the correlation between business strategies and the workplace. With both an interior design degree and MBA, she has worked as an interior designer and strategic planner for her own firm and Perkins + Will, and as a workplace consultant for HOK/Consulting, prior to joining Allsteel.

Johnson’s current role is Vice President Design and Workplace Resources, leading Allsteel’s Workplace Advisory team and the development and delivery of content and tools that support clients and design organizations as they plan, design and manage work environments. Prior roles at Allsteel include VP Market Development – where she led the sales team in the New York area – and VP Marketing.

Johnson has been active in IIDA since its inception, and served a two-year term as 2002-2004 VP Communications on the International Board of IIDA, where she co-chaired the development of the Knowledge Center. She was elected to the College of Fellows in June of 2004.

Katherine S. Setser, ASID, IIDA, IDEC, NCIDQ

Katherine SetserKatherine Setser is an assistant professor in the Architecture + Interior Design Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her award-winning career spans nearly three decades and includes specialized concentrations on research in practice and forensic performance evaluation.  Her recent work focuses on cases of harm and the impact of interior design practice on fire- and life-safety.

Ms. Setser has served in a variety of capacities for both state and international boards of numerous professional and civic organizations that include President of the IIDA Chapter Leadership Council, President of the IIDA Tennessee Chapter, Chair of the NCIDQ Multiple Choice Examination Committee, and chair and member of various task forces for CIDQ. She presently serves as a committee chair on the ASID Ohio South/Kentucky Chapter board.

Ms. Setser has been active in interior design legislative initiatives for many years. She served on the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition Board of Directors for ten years and as the organization’s President for four terms; she later participated as their legislative consultant. She currently provides consulting and training to coalitions across the country. In addition to her position at Miami University, she has held faculty appointments at University of Cincinnati, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Trevor Kruse, FIDC, FARIDO

Trevor Kruse is principal of Hudson Kruse Design in Toronto, Canada. Throughout his career, Trevor has volunteered to increase the profile of qualified interior designers across North America.  Having served on the boards of ARIDO and IDC for the last 25 years, he led the restructuring project for all Interior Design associations across Canada. He served as a CIDQ Delegate for 8 years; led IIDEX Canada for over 28 years; and contributed to the “Body of Knowledge for the Profession of Interior Design”. Trevor was the first Canadian to receive IIDA’s Leadership Award, and also has a strong working relationship with ASID, SBID, and IFI. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and serves on the academic advisory councils for Ryerson University and International Academy of Design.

Katherine S. Ankerson, AIA, IDEC, IIDA, NCARB

Katherine Ankerson is Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An architect and designer, Ankerson is a strong proponent of design education. She believes in the potency of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement, the value of design and making, and the embracing of new technologies in addition to strengthening traditional design tools. An award-winning author and educator, Ankerson’s philosophy is that design education must prepare global design citizens who take leadership to foster synergy, embrace successful collaboration and recognize interconnectedness, with an awareness of the responsibility of individual and collective actions in personal, social and environmental arenas. She has served in many capacities with IDEC, including Director at Large, Teaching Academy Administrator, Record editor, Foundation Board, and 2014-15 President.

Vincent G. Carter, FASID, NCIDQ

Vincent G. Carter served as a FIDER/CIDA volunteer 1996-2009, including Chair of the Accreditation Commission, Member Evaluation Committee, Team Chair, Site-Visitor, restructuring task force, participated in Future’s panels and workshops. Carter volunteer with NCIDQ from 1989-2000 representing the Washington, DC Board of Interior Designers, served as International President, Director of Finance and Administration, NLCID Representative to ASID, Restructuring Task Force, Board of Directors, IDEP Mentor, Juror Team Leader, Jury Coordinator, and Juror. Carter has also been volunteering with ASID since 1980, starting as a Student Member and advancing to a Professional Member, eventually being elected to the College of Fellows in 2009, served on various national and local committees, co chaired the 2018 College of Fellows, member of the 2018 Ones to Watch selection committee, active in the Washington Metro ASID chapter since 1983, served as Director of Government and Public Affairs, President Elect, President, Chapter Board, and more.

Carter taught interior design as an adjunct professor from 1984-2000 at Howard University, Marymount University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Carter worked in Facilities with multiple government or quasi government agencies including The World Bank, US Department of State, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives (ATF), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and currently a senior program manager with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Facilities Management consult via Vincent G. Carter Associates, Inc. since 1995.

Amanda Dameron

Amanda Dameron is a publishing executive and multi-platform content producer focused on design and architecture. Her work over the last two decades includes staff editor positions at numerous design publications, including Architectural DigestWestern Interiors & Design, and, most recently, a near decade at Dwell where she served as Editor-in-Chief/EVP Content. Her current role is Head of Home and Design at Tastemade, a video media company that serves compelling and original lifestyle content to a monthly global audience of over 200 million people.

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn currently works at Gensler, Minneapolis. A national leader in workplace design, Rachelle has devoted her 27-year career to combining design excellence with workplace innovation. She has distinguished herself in the interior design profession as a passionate and dedicated advocate for sustainable design and human health and well-being. The fact that people spend 90% of their time indoors drives Rachelle’s passion to design healthier workplace environments for people. This approach has resulted in award-winning design at the forefront of workplace innovation and sustainability. In addition to her professional practice, she is past national chair of ASID. In this role, Rachelle furthered the case for sustainable design through policy, research initiatives, and writing and speaking engagements. She also confounded the USGBC Minnesota Chapter and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota College of Design. Rachelle became a USGBC LEED Fellow in 2013 and was inducted into the ASID College of Fellows in 2009. She received the national ASID Designer of Distinction Award in 2016 and the ASID Minnesota Chapter Designer of Distinction Award in 2004.

Felice Silverman, FIIDA

Felice Silverman, FIIDA is a Principal at Silverman Trykowski Associates, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. She served as President of the International Interior Design Association from 2013-2014, and served on IIDA’s International Board of Directors from 2009-2016. Felice has been practicing interior design for the past twenty-five years, with a focus on the design of interior spaces for workplace, education, children, healthcare, and fitness.

Felice is NCIDQ certified, and was the 2006-2007 President of the IIDA New England Chapter. She served on the Boston Architectural College’s Board of Trustees from 2009-2012 and 2016-2018, as an Overseer from 2012-2016, and was the Chair of the BAC’s Interior Design Advisory Board and Student Development Committee. Felice is the Past President of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), and has served as a member of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition Advisory Council. She has been an educator and guest critic at many colleges, and has served on numerous competition juries nationally.

Felice is the Co-Chair of the Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award of Excellence, and a member of the Design Museum Foundation’s Center for Workplace Innovation Think Tank.

Felice was elected to the IIDA College for Fellows in 2014, and is the recipient of a 2014 Design New England Mentors in Design (Middies) Award.

Ms. Silverman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Harvard University in 1985, and her Master of Interior Design from the Boston Architectural College.

Lisa Waxman, Ph.D., FIDEC, ASID

Lisa Kinch Waxman, Ph.D. is a professor and the chair of the Department of Interior Architecture & Design at Florida State University. Her research includes topics related to place, designs that foster community, and design for special populations. She is a NCIDQ certificate holder, a LEED-AP, and a licensed interior designer in Florida. Dr. Waxman has served in many capacities on the board of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), including regional chair, educational services director, secretary/treasurer, and the 2011-2012 president. She has also served on the IDEC Foundation board and was honored as a Fellow of IDEC in 2008. Her teaching expertise includes environment and behavior, computer-aided design, sustainability, and studio.