Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 25753
Gretel currently serves as the Chief of Facilities and Logistics Automation at the Department of Defense in Maryland. She has experience in both public and private sectors in interior design, project management, and leadership. As a thought leader and change agent, she has led diverse groups through innovation, training, and change management. She is known for developing strategic leadership goals and has the skills required to align corporate culture to match. In addition to being a Certified Interior Designer in the state of Maryland, she is a LEED AP in Interior Design and Construction. Her experience over the last 17 years has deepened her passion for people and building data centric designs.
NCIDQ Certificate No. 32277
Siavash is an interior designer with over a decade of experience in the field. Over the past 11 years he has practiced interior design progressively in a variety of boutique, medium and large multi-disciplinary firms in Montréal with projects spread across North America. Developing an exceptionally diverse portfolio, Siavash has designed high-end residential projects, commercial, retail and corporate work space projects. He has served as the CIDQ delegate for the province of Quebec, as well as an NCIDQ Ambassador since the inception of the program.
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, David 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.
David 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. He 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. David 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.