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.

Lisa Waxman, Ph.D., FIDEC, ASID

Waxman_head_for_CIDALisa Kinch Waxman, Ph.D. is a professor and the chair of the Department of Interior 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.

Collin Burry, FIIDA

Collin Burry is a Principal at Gensler and is currently located in the San Francisco office. He joined Gensler in 1997 and has over 25 years of professional experience in interior design. Burry’s work has garnered over 50 design awards and has been featured in numerous publications. His projects range from technology and corporate headquarters to showrooms, media, retail, hospitality, and product design. He is a LEED-accredited professional (ID+C). Burry is a Fellow of the International Interior Design Association and was the President of the Northern California chapter for 2009-2010. He is also committed to pro bono work for non-for-profits and to the visual and performing arts and is an active advocate for design education.

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

Katherine SetserKatherine Setser is Director of the Interior Design Program 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.

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.

Sari Graven, FASID

Sari Graven’s 38 years of professional experience include: strategic real estate planning and forecasting in conjunction with the design and development of innovative corporate, healthcare and educational environments, Director of Future@Work, a non-profit consortium dedicated to the exploration of the evolving workplace. Additional industry experience includes a position as Architectural and Design Market Manager for Haworth, Inc.

Joseph Hittinger

Joseph_HittingerJoseph Hittinger has been practicing Interior Design for over 25 years working for some of the largest firms in the U.S. before starting his own Interior Design Firm 15 years ago. Joseph has experience in all facets of the built environment: real estate acquisition, design, construction and end-user analysis. Joseph served as a CIDA site visitor for many years before serving two-terms on the Accreditation Commission prior to being appointed to the Board of Directors.

Caroline Hughes, IDC, ARIDO

carolinehughesCaroline Hughes is a Principal with figure3, located in Toronto, Canada. She is a workplace design expert with over 30 years’ professional experience in interior design, heading up figure3’s workplace strategy initiatives with high profile corporate clients. Caroline is a regular participant in industry panel discussions, focused on exploring and anticipating the future needs of people in the workplace. A LEED-accredited professional, Caroline’s work has been featured in international design and business publications. She has served as a board member of ARIDO, and is an active advocate for the recognition of the practice of interior design in Canada.

Jan Johnson, FIIDA, LEED AP
Industry Representative

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.

Mark Strauss, Hon. IIDA,
Public Representative

Mark StraussMark Strauss, Hon. IIDA is the President Emeritus of Interior Design Media. Strauss was named Publisher of Interior Design Magazine in 1994 and under his leadership the brand has experienced strong and continuous growth. Strauss has also led the development of, which has grown to become the dominant industry Web site. In 2006, he spearheaded the Best of Year program, now the foremost annual competition for projects and products. In his role as a leader in the interior design community, Strauss is an active participant in many industry associations including the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), where he provides direction for the Principals Roundtable Sessions and Leaders Breakfast series, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), where he has provided direction for the CEO Roundtable. Strauss is a frequent speaker at industry events and is also the Chairman of the Interior Design Hall of Fame.