IDEC  has gathered professionals across the many facets of interior design who are ready and willing to help guide students through the various elements that are typically experienced in a face-to-face internship program. Guidelines for 1:1 student meetings may be found here.

Students should review our list of practitioners who are ready to meet with students 1:1, then complete this survey to be connected with the appropriate professionals.

Education/Institution Experts

Dana Nunn
Jacqui McFarland

FF&E Experts

Textile Fabric Consultants, Inc.

Healthcare Experts

Dana Nunn
Ena Kenny

Hospitality Experts

Adrienne Scribner
Vanessa Watts
Rikke Jorgensen

Residential Experts

John Cialone
Colleen Arria

Retail Experts

Rikke Jorgensen
Rachel Fitzgerald

Sustainability/WELL Experts

Dana Nunn
Elizabeth Novy
Vickie Nicola

Workplace Experts

Janice Stevenor Dale
Lisbeth Linert


Adrienne Scribner
Adrienne Scribner is a principal and managing director of Baskervill’s Washington DC office. She has over two decades of experience as an interior designer for the hospitality industry, producing designs for brands such as Marriott, Moxy, Gaylord, Ritz-Carlton and more. Her focus is on researching the best products and processes to withstand the ever-changing hospitality environment, while maintaining the standards set by each client. With experience spanning all phases of the design process, from programming and conceptual design, to
space planning, material and finish specifications, and construction administration, Adrienne knows how to
move a design from idea to actuality. Beloved for her personal touch and deep experience, Adrienne is a member of ASID and NEWH Metro DC, and a graduate of both Virginia Tech and the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Dana Nunn
Dana Nunn, ASID, NCIDQ, CCS, LEED AP, WELL AP, RID(TX)
Creating spaces that celebrate heritage and tradition is a professional passion Dana has pursued for the past 17 years as interior designer and project manager for community-centered healthcare, education and public projects in over 93 cities and villages throughout Alaska. In her work, Dana ensures that the cultural identity of the people and place is honored in integrated design solutions. Her designs focus on creating optimal user experiences, considering function, sustainability, wellness and appropriateness in Alaska’s harsh climates and remote locales.
Dana oversees interior design direction in support of both the Anchorage and Fairbanks offices at Bettisworth North. She builds and nurtures client relationships, mentors junior design staff, and participates in business development and promotional efforts. Dana manages a team of 8 interior designers and production staff for all projects in the firm including interior-specific projects and collaborations with architectural teams.

Elizabeth Novy
I was fortunate to start my interior design career with a focus on Organic Architecture and craft.  I had hands-on building experience working for an unconventional architecture and stained-glass studio.  I then went on to gain experience with hotel, corporate, and multi-family residential projects.  Till this day, and another career later, the foundations I learned in design and craft influence my work.  There is a method and a system to develop a craft that takes time, perseverance, and attention.  The human experience in the space drives the design through intention, meaning, and purpose, which can then promote wellbeing.  In high-end kitchen and bath design I found my niche, individualized, purposeful, meaningful design that captures the lifestyle of the clients to promote their wellbeing.

Then, after struggling with my own health issues and losing a family member to cancer, I made a shift.  Having a degree in interior design and years of experience creating environments, I wanted to design my life around health and wellness, so I changed careers and became a nurse.  In providing patient care in a hospital, I recognized the gap in health care regarding patient education, lifestyle, and chronic stress.  As a result, I became a Certified Integrative Health Coach through Duke Integrative Medicine.  The foundation of that program was a process rooted in mindfulness by which I could support others to create a life of health, purpose, and meaning.  It also encompassed the creative design process, and one of my best strengths, listening.  As I gained experience coaching for employee wellness programs, I experienced the power that culture can have on wellness.

I continue to advance my clinical knowledge with training in integrative health, which tends to favor lifestyle interventions, combine multiple modalities, and look deeper into root-cause.  Health coaching is a complement to these approaches in that it provides foundational support for lifestyle modification.  An essential component of lifestyle is the environment in which people live, work, play, and connect.  Lifestyle design intersects with wellbeing in how spaces support interventions such as home-based meals, increased activity, quality sleep, reduced toxins, reduced stress, creativity, engagement, and connection with nature.

In my journey, mind-body activities, such as craft, dance, yoga, and self-defense have been influential.  My top VIA Character Strength is  “Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence.”

Janice Stevenor Dale
Janice Stevenor Dale, FIIDA, CID, NCIDQ is President of J S D A Inc. serving Los Angeles and Boise, and the west coast. She has designed more than 8 million square feet of corporate office space throughout the US and has taught at UCLA and Cal State Long Beach. J S D A Inc. clients include Bank of America, State Farm, BMW Designworks, Boeing, Pacific Energy, Keynetics and Paramount Pictures. Projects typically range in size from 2,500 to 500,000 square feet, with budgets from $1-10M. Additionally, the firm contributes pro-bono projects for local communities and is active in the architecture and design community. J S D A Inc. has recently completed a state-of-the-art, high-tech prep facility for an entertainment company giant. The virtual firm specializes in leading-edge design, delivered with project management leadership where all aspects of design including contract management and construction management are expertly managed to meet budget and schedule expectations. Ms. Stevenor Dale and team regularly create technical CAD presentations including computer-generated images of proposed complex 3D design solutions. J S D A has recently been certified as a B Corp.

John Cialone
John Cialone, FASID, IIDA, a nationally recognized interior designer, leads a team of more than twenty professionals while managing operations at Chicago-based Tom Stringer Design Partners. As a Partner and Vice President of his firm, John’s enthusiasm for promoting the interior design industry is contagious. With over twenty-five years of experience, his work has been recognized with many awards and has been widely published. John credits his business sense and success to the training he received as a young professional through leadership roles in ASID, particularly in strategic planning, public speaking, and business development.

John is a member of the Guild Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and is a member of the Leaders of Design Council (LDC).  He has served as a public speaker to many organizations and has mentored students across the country. John has also participated in the 1+ Program, donating his firm’s services and aligning his belief that Design Impacts Life with the firm’s work.

John’s ASID involvement started as a student with positions on the National Student Council. He is currently a member of the ASID National Board of Directors and was named a Fellow of ASID in 2019, the Society’s highest honor.    John is also currently a Trustee of the ASID Foundation and has held Committee and Board positions both nationally and locally, serving in 2018-2019 John as the ASID Illinois Chapter President.   John is a Registered Interior Designer in Illinois.

Lisbeth Linert
Lisbeth Linert brings a wealth of experience in interior design to her position at Clive Daniel. She holds several ‎degrees and certifications, including a Masters Degree ‎in Interior Design from Florida International University, ‎and a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from Florida ‎State University. She’s a Florida Licensed Interior ‎Designer, a Fitwel Ambassador, a NCIDQ certificate ‎holder, a board member of the South Florida Chapter ‎of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) as ‎the VP of Advocacy, and a board member of NEWH ‎‎(the professional organization for Hospitality Interior ‎Designers) as the Director of Programing.‎

Ms. Linert’s appointment follows a successful three-year ‎tenure as Director of Business Development and ‎Workplace Strategist at JC White, as well as six years ‎owning her own interior design business and five years ‎as an Interior Design Professor at the Art Institute of Fort ‎Lauderdale and Miami International University. Upon ‎receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior ‎Design, she moved to New York City where she began ‎her interior design career.‎

Lisbeth later returned to Florida to pursue her Master’s ‎degree, also earning a Master’s certificate in ‎environmental  studies at Florida International ‎University. Her thesis focused on how interior ‎environments affect the overall health and well-being ‎of its occupants by analyzing both quantitative and ‎qualitative factors.This knowledge and level of ‎research is what Lisbeth utilizes in her work, both ‎previously and in her position with Clive Daniel Home.‎

A Florida resident for close to 30 years, Lisbeth enjoys ‎mentoring interior design students, volunteering with ‎IIDA and advocating for the industry by promoting ‎education, experience and examination. Along with ‎her husband and young daughter, she spends time ‎enjoying all that South Florida’s beautiful parks and ‎beaches have to offer.‎

Rikke Jorgensen
Rikke founded Styleworks in 2002 driven by a passion for well-crafted and thoughtful interiors that transcends time. Her ability to convert complex project programs into sophisticated and often seemingly simple solutions has allowed for award-winning designs and a body of work that spans coast-to-coast and beyond.

A Danish native and eternal design geek, Rikke’s leadership is grounded in her Scandinavian design understanding, a knack for pushing the design envelope and belief in her team’s abilities. Developing each project’s singular design voice is key on all projects.

Rikke’s work is a culmination of international and regional aesthetics. She received her BFA in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado and holds a Merkonom in Marketing (mercantile degree) from Niels Brocks Business College in Copenhagen, Denmark. Extensive experience in the Danish kitchen and furniture industry as well as two decades of work experience in the US has allowed her to foster a unique understanding of place and context at multiple levels.

Ena Kenny
Ena is a Senior Interior Designer with Stantec with over 14 years of experience. She’s passionate about the development of healthcare interiors, creating supportive and patient-centered environments, with a particular emphasis on design for mental health and elder-friendly design. Her creative work is grounded by her practical design skills and ability to draw out the needs and concerns of client user groups.

As the Interiors lead on Stantec’s Global Health Sector Leadership team, Ena acts as an ambassador for the discipline, connecting colleagues across Stantec, while remaining active in the development of healthcare finish standards and the gathering and dissemination of best practices for healthcare interiors.

She has played an integral role in many complex healthcare projects across Ontario, and is currently the Lead Interior Designer for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Phase 1C Redevelopment.

Vickie Nicola
Vickie brings more than 20 yearsof experience in interior design. She has worked on a wide-range of project types and delivery models for various public and private sector clients. Vickie has been involved in all phases of design, from programming and planning through construction documents and construction administration, as well as furniture specifications and documentation. Her passion is understanding how the built environment can affect human health and wellness. She takes pride in not only delivering high quality and well-designed projects, but also in doing what is right for her clients.

Rachel Fitzgerald
Rachel Fitzgerald is a Lighting Designer with more than 17 years of experience providing exterior and interior lighting designs for hospitality, mixed- use, retail, corporate interiors, civic/government, religious facilities, and recreation projects. Rachel is a leading expert on how lighting and daylight drive health and wellbeing, and has had a significant impact on the firm’s buildings and master plans globally. This includes her net zero energy designs for the US Department of Energy’s NREL Research Support Facilities as well as for Lakehouse where the lighting was designed to support its occupants’ natural circadian rhythms.

Over the past decade, Rachel’s commitment to designing highly sustainable and human-centric spaces has resulted in more than two dozen design awards for her projects. Her desire to create a world where lighting plays a more significant role is also manifested through her industry involvement. She’s passionate about mentoring junior staff as well as supporting best practices and rewarding innovation with the lighting industry. She’s deeply involved in IALD, serving as the Regional Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Chapter, and on the IALD Board of Directors for 2020-2021. She’s also co-founder and vice president of the Brilliance Awards, a Rocky Mountain region architectural lighting awards program, and served for a decade on the Board of Directors for Denver Designers Lighting Forum. Rachel takes special care in ensuring that her lighting designs integrate seamlessly with the architecture and interior design of the space and enhance the overall design and ambiance of the projects she works on.

Colleen Arria
Colleen excels in bringing clients and design teams together to build imaginative and cohesive environments. Her experience includes workplace and residential design and has more recently been focused on academic interiors. Colleen fosters a collaborative approach to design that encourages her team to examine a project from every angle in order to chart the path forward. This approach has allowed her to design some unique and high functional spaces that meet both the client’s expectation and budget.

Jacqui McFarland
Jacqui is an award-winning designer known for her ability to translate client needs into uplifting interiors that meet pragmatic needs. She specializes in designing interiors in both the corporate and academic realms with expertise in concept development, space planning, lighting, and detailing. With a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication Design, Jacqui is able to visually convey concepts to generate interest and thoughtful collaboration. Her penchant for research and curiosity about all aspects of design, combined with her approachability and open-mindedness, brings levity to the design process, fostering respectful and productive design discussions. Her favorite projects are those that involve creative problem-solving, having fun, and enjoying the collective ‘high-5’ at the end of a project.

Beyond design, Jacqui enjoys mentoring individuals to reach their highest potential. She was bestowed the designation of Professor Emerita at Mount Royal University, where she taught and served as Department Chair in the Interior Design program at Mount Royal University for over 25 years. Her honors include a Faculty of Distinction award from Mount Royal University, nd 2 Presidential Citations from the Interior Design Educators Council. She presently serves as Chair on the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Standards Committee.

Textile Fabric Consultants
Textile Fabric Consultants, Inc. produces fabric swatch kits for interior and fashion textile courses. The kits provide the students with a hands-on reference manual of fabrics. The interior design kits contain drapery/upholstery fabrics and include residential and commercial samples.

Vanessa Watts
I’m originally from Philadelphia my parents were both working artists. As a child I had a first hand education in the creative process and the business of art and design. In college I tended bar in the Philly clubs and lounges and fell in love with hospitality design.

After college, my husband Austin (a commercial art director for TV and film and owner of a record label called Jollies) was offered a design job in NYC so we moved to Brooklyn and I enrolled in grad school at Pratt for interior design.

After graduation I went to work as a designer at ICRAVE, where we specialized in entertainment design. During my tenure at ICRAVE I completed a range of projects in all scales, from a tiny night club lounge to an airport terminal. In 2017 I moved onto Stonehill Taylor to work on hotel design. Here I completed the global design of a hotel brand prototype, a ground up boutique hotel, the bar at the iconic Lexington Hotel in Manhattan, as well as a number of resorts.

Presently I am working with Suomi Design Works on a new flag boutique hotel in Asheville, SC and in late 2019, I partnered with my husband to start a high-design home goods business called Oillio, and our first collection is coming in the fall.

Below is a sampling of the projects I’ve completed, also feel free to check out my website for a little portfolio of my work, vanessawatts.nyc
– Lavelle
– The Stayton Room
– Komodo
– Foundry Kitchen & Bar
– LIV Nightclub

Here’s where you can help!

IDEC is seeking industry partners to volunteer for engagement opportunities ranging from 1-on-1 meetings with interior design students to webinars (sometimes pre-recorded) on your area of expertise. Guidelines for 1:1 student meetings may be found here.

If you or someone else from your firm or organization has the capacity to help our educators and students, please complete our online survey. Once you have completed the survey, IDEC staff will follow up with you via email.