Board of Directors
The CIDQ Board of Directors is the leadership body that sets CIDQ’s strategic direction. With legal accountability and fiduciary responsibility for CIDQ, the Board’s purpose is to establish the goals for the organization and ensure that it has the necessary human and financial resources to achieve them. The Board selects and supports CIDQ’s Chief Executive Officer, who is delegated the authority to lead and manage the organization's affairs on a day-to-day basis.
CIDQ's Board is made up of seven NCIDQ Certified designers and one public member (who is not an interior designer) to serve as the voice of the public. The CEO serves as an ex-officio member of the Board (see staff listing). Nominees for the Board are selected by a nominating committee and elected by CIDQ’s Assembly of Delegates. Board members serve two-year staggered terms beginning each January. The President serves a three-year term, first as President-Elect, then as President, and the third year as Past-President. The Board includes representatives from the group of State and Provincial Regulatory Boards that collectively make up CIDQ’s membership (i.e., Member Boards), as well as other interior designers who reflect the diversity of practice in the field.
If you serve or have served on your jurisdictional Board and have been its representative Delegate or Alternate Delegate, please consider applying for future service to CIDQ. If you have served CIDQ as a committee or task force member or chair, please consider this as a possible next step in your CIDQ volunteer path.
AANDRA CURRIE SHEARER
NCIDQ Certificate No. 17159
A Saskatoon native, Aandra nurtured her interest in design first through studies in fine arts and then interior design at the University of Manitoba. In Vancouver she has led multi-family residential and financial sector work as well as telecommuted as senior designer for a Saskatoon-based architectural firm. Much of her experience has been with mid-to-large size multi-departmental organizations.
In 2015 Aandra realized her goal of moving away from the large architectural firm environment to pursue work that truly inspires her. A passionate advocate for the profession of interior design at many levels, Aandra has served on the provincial board of Saskatchewan (IDAS), and has held board positions with the Interior Designers of Canada since 2010. In 2016 Aandra served as President of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council. She has moderated and sat on various panels in Vancouver, Toronto, and Italy, and judged products and hosted awards at IIDEX Canada. Currently she is the Past President of IDC. She also devotes time to her local judo and track and field clubs.
Aandra is an effective strategist, leader, and decision maker. She is both humbled and energized by her work with design community leaders in North America.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 23669
Scott is a Senior Designer and workplace design lead for the Charlotte, North Carolina based BB+M Architecture. With nearly 20 years of commercial design experience, Scott has built a portfolio of award-winning design work and grown the interior design practice for both regional and nationally recognized design firms. His work and thought leadership have led to numerous publications, speaking engagements, and competition jury selections.
Scott is a strong advocate for the design industry and an active mentor to young designers. A native Virginian, he received his Interior Design degree from Virginia Tech and embraced the University motto ‘That I May Serve’ while dedicating himself to the industry.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 2216
Caren S. Martin, PhD, NCIDQ, CID, FASID, FIDEC, is principal of Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC, providing design practitioners with research that informs their design process to enable the creation of design solutions that enhance building occupants’ well-being, satisfaction, safety, security, comfort, privacy, and performance, primarily as pre-design and post-occupancy evaluations. An associate professor emeritus of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, Caren’s scholarship primarily addresses evidence-based design (EBD), pre-design and post-occupancy evaluations of sustainably designed buildings, and the professionalization of interior design. Her academic career was grounded in nearly 20 years of institutional, workplace, and healthcare interior design/project management experience. Caren has co-authored three studies that define and document the interior design profession’s body of knowledge (2001, 2005, 2010) and has co-edited The State of the Interior Design Profession (Fairchild, 2010). She has received Presidential Citations from ASID (2003, 2008) and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC, 2008). In 2010, she received the Education Leadership Award from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). In 2016, she was awarded the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award by ASID for her advocacy for the interior design profession.
Caren was a two-term, governor appointee on Minnesota’s Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design (AELSLAGID, 2000-2008) and was the Delegate to CIDQ from Minnesota for eight years. She has been an NCIDQ-certificate holder for 41 years (#2216). Since 2015, Caren has served on the CIDQ Board of Directors, the Finance Committee, Bylaws and Policy and Procedures Task Forces; the CIDQ/IDEC Resource Review Task Force and the Educators’ Task Force; Nominations Committee; and the Blueprint Workshop and as board liaison to examination committees. In 2018, she chaired the Definition of Interior Design Task Force. CIDQ presented Caren with the Louis Tregre Award in 2012.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 26859
Jessie has more than sixteen years of experience working in the fields of interior design and architecture, focusing her career on holistic integration of interior design, architecture, and building systems to support and enhance the building user's experience. She is currently a Senior Interior Designer at RLPS Architects in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, working primarily in the senior living market sector. Jessie possesses a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Interior Architecture degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. While attending Chatham, she focused her academic research on the perceptions of the term "interior architecture" by architects and interior designers and the term's impact on the respective professions.Jessie has more than sixteen years of experience working in the fields of interior design and architecture, focusing her career on holistic integration of interior design, architecture, and building systems to support and enhance the building user's experience. She is currently a Senior Interior Designer at RLPS Architects in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, working primarily in the senior living market sector. Jessie possesses a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Interior Architecture degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. While attending Chatham, she focused her academic research on the perceptions of the term "interior architecture" by architects and interior designers and the term's impact on the respective professions.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 17709
Jason is a proud Canadian interior design practitioner and advocate, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has been in practice for the past 25 years. He has spent his career focused on the belief that you get out what you put into something - and this has driven his passion to volunteer his time to organizations that he believes in. He is currently Principal of IDEATE Design Consulting Inc., a design firm that he began in 2002. Founded on the principle that good design should be accessible to all, IDEATE has continued to honor its mandate around attracting a diverse roster of clients with individual and specialized needs. He is committed to the Education, Examination, and Experience model of professional development and has done all he can to walk it and breathe it, living up to the excellent example set by the mentors that surround him, and working to be the same kind of mentor for those who are coming up all around him.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 30952
Erin is an Associate Partner with krM Architecture, a design studio committed to craft and quality with concentration on progressively transforming communities. Based in Indianapolis, Erin continues to develop a strong love for the heart of the Midwest. She attended Ball State University, where she graduated with a double major in both architecture and interior design. After her time at BSU, she traveled to Buffalo, New York for two years to complete her Master of Architecture from The State University of New York at Buffalo. She has since studied abroad in Costa Rica, participating in a sustainable design futures program, with an emphasis on sustainable interiors and inclusive design.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 35324
Kia is the founder and President of Determined by Design, a minority and veteran-owned business located in Washington, DC. Providing full-service interior design, Kia’s firm has brought Design Equity™ to multifamily affordable and supportive housing properties, and small businesses located in economically challenged and emerging communities since 2012. Her firm’s practice focuses on making interior design a standard for all and not a luxury for a few. A native of Portsmouth, VA, Kia attended Corcoran College of Art & Design, where she earned her MFA in interior design. She also holds a BFA in interior design from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.
David is a partner in the law firm of Manausa, Shaw & Minacci, P.A. and has served as the prosecuting attorney for the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior since November, 2002. In this capacity, Mr. Minacci has prosecuted hundreds of cases involving both licensed interior designers who violate the practice act and those individuals that engage in the practice of interior design without a license. His services have been critical in showing the importance of regulation and that such regulations protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Florida.
Prior to serving as the Prosecuting attorney for the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, Mr. Minacci worked for the Department of Management Services where he was the Director of State Purchasing. He previously served as the Acting Director of the Division of Professions, Deputy General Counsel, and Executive Director of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers while employed with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Mr. Minacci was awarded the 2017 ASID Honorary Medalist Award and is a Board Certified Construction Lawyer through the Florida Bar. He has a good understanding of all the professions within the construction industry including the importance of the licensed interior designer. Mr. Minacci has also provided numerous lectures and seminars throughout the State of Florida. The purpose of these presentations is to promote licensure and discuss the mechanics of the disciplinary process in our state. Mr. Minacci also speaks regularly at numerous interior design colleges to provide young professionals an overview of the practice act and how it will impact them down the road once they become licensed.