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CIDQ welcomes three new appointments to its 2024 Board of Directors: President Elect Siavash Madani, Directors Charrisse Johnston and Ashley Kirkland. CIDQ’s Board of Directors provides governance to direct the organization’s strategic operations and ensure fiscal responsibility.

CIDQ CEO Thom Banks stated, “I am thrilled to welcome these passionate and strategic individuals. Their unique backgrounds and diverse experience will make them a great asset to CIDQ’s board and the organization.”

Siavash Madani is an accomplished interior designer with over 13 years of experience in the industry. He is currently the Senior Interior Designer, Showroom Manager and Contract & Trade Sales Executive at Gabriel Ross, a contemporary furniture, lighting, and home accessory retailer based in Victoria, British Columbia, servicing Canada. Over the years, Siavash has worked with a variety of boutique, medium and large multi-disciplinary firms across North America.

Charrisse Johnston is a former Wall Street strategic planning exec turned interior designer. After more than a decade leading workplace, higher education, and multifamily projects in LA, she moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where she now designs residences and teaches online for two masters programs in the US and Spain.

Ashley Kirkland is a Partner and Managing Principal of Wyn Design Company based in Washington, DC. With nearly two decades of design experience, Ashley brings a strategic and empathetic view to the future of the profession. Ashley is known by her clients as a talented designer and organized project manager. She’s known by her colleagues and peers in the profession as a generous mentor and leader; she sets the bar, documents the standard, and brings the team up to a new level of delivery.


Our board is full of dynamic leaders who represent and move forward the mission of CIDQ. Get to know them all.




Erin Jennings, President

Siavash Madani, President Elect

Jason Kasper, Past President


Carol Erklouts

Beth Miller

Charrisse Johnston

Ashley Kirkland

Public Member:

Beth Holst

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