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.
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.
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 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.
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 Digest, Western 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 is a Senior Associate at MSR Design in Minnesota. 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.
Joseph 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.
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.
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.