Meet the candidates for the 2022 IDEC Elections. The Ballot will be sent to voting members on September 27, 2021.

2022-2023 Position Descriptions:

PRESIDENT-ELECT

The President-Elect serves as the Chief Executive Assistant of IDEC, and in the absence or disability of the President, performs the duties and exercises the power of the President.

Election & Term of Service 
Election: Elected by the membership
Term: 1 year (1 year as President-Elect, followed by 1 year as President, followed by 1 year as Past President)

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Serves on the Board of Directors and carries out Board responsibilities
  • Serves as delegate of the President at the request of the President
  • Performs duties and exercises power of the office of the President in the absence or disability of the President
  • With the assistance of IDEC Staff, maintains the bylaws and submits proposed bylaw revisions to the Board and subsequently to the membership. Prepare goals and objectives for the term as President of IDEC
  • Serves as a representative to the Issues Forum
  • Serves as IDEC Board Liaison to the Communication Committee
  • Performs duties associated with other tasks and initiatives as identified by the President and/or the IDEC Board.

CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT:

Stephanie Sickler
Florida State University

Stephanie Sickler is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator in the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at Florida State University.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Huntingdon College. She has practiced residential design for over 12 years and has taught at the University of Alabama and Florida State University where she currently teaches design foundations and materials education.  As a member of IDEC since 2009, she has served the organization as South Region Graduate Student Scholarship Coordinator, Service Collaborative Coordinator, Abstract and Secret Reviewer, and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Director of Service.  Her research focuses on student engagement and success, as well as materials application and performance while her creative scholarship celebrates the connection between textiles and music. Her work has been recognized at the national and international level and her first book, Soft Goods Guidebook for Interiors was released from Fairchild Books in 2019.

 

DIRECTOR OF REGIONS

The director serves as liaison to the Regional Chairs. She/he serves as a vision entity on matters related to the regions.

Election & Term of Service 
Election: Elected by the membership
Term: 2 years (Begins May 1 of the appropriate year and runs until April 30)

Responsibilities and Duties

  • She/he calls for reports and budgets from the Regional Chairs
  • Collaborates with Regional Chair elect to mentor him/her into leadership position.
  • Will delegate responsibilities and duties of Director role as necessary to increase
    efficiency within regions
  • Appoints the Student Design Competition Coordinator
  • Works with Regional Chairs to identify Membership liaison and Nominating committee
    delegate for each region
  • Offers leadership training or appoints someone to train Regional Chairs at Annual
    Conference
  • Works with the regional chairs on the selection of “IDEC Awards of Excellence” at the
    IDEC Annual Conference to include:
  • Best Presentation
  • Best Poster
  • Member’s Choice Best Presentation
  • Member’s Choice Best Creative Scholarship
  • She/he calls on Regional Chairs for updates to the Regional Chair Policies and
    Procedures including the Regional Conference

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR OF REGIONS:
Connie Dyar
Illinois State University

Connie G. Dyar is the Interior Design Program Coordinator at Illinois State University. She ‎holds a master’s degree Interior and Environmental Design and worked in residential and ‎commercial design for more than 15 years. Over the years Ms. Dyar has been affiliated with ‎many professional organizations, including the American Society of Interior Designers, ‎National Fire Protection Association, International Interior Design Association, Interior Design ‎Educators Council, and the Illinois Interior Design Coalition. Professional appointments include ‎Chair of the ASID Central Illinois Association, Board Member of the Illinois Chapter ASID ‎Nominating Committee, and Vice President of the Illinois Interior Design Coalition. Through ‎the Illinois Interior Design Coalition, she has devoted many hours to legislative activities that ‎protect the professional practice of interior design. She has served as Administrator and Chair ‎for the IDEC Academy for which she was awarded the Outstanding IDEC Service ‎designation. As Chair of the IDEC Academy organized and led the Academy in holding the ‎first IDEC Teaching Symposium in March 2016. Her work related to building codes and ‎standards has been presented at National Fire Protection Association international meetings and ‎published in Fire Technology and the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. Ms. ‎Dyar’s current research spans design practices in a global context, emerging technology and ‎designing for special populations. Her professional work has included office design for ‎McKnight Publishing, Eastland Medical Plaza, tenant space development and restaurant design ‎of the Winkler Building for Peoria River Front Development Project, Chuck Harley Davidson, ‎and retail design concepts for Promenade Mall with Cullen Properties.‎

 

DIRECTOR OF TEACHING

The Teaching Collaborative is composed of committees, work groups, and coordinators whose
main focus is to support and enhance the teaching component of each IDEC member’s daily
work life. Building on IDEC’s mission and strategic plan, the Teaching Collaborative promotes
excellence in teaching for members, supports practitioners entering the field of education, and
promotes the value of Interior Design education to the public.

The Director of the Teaching Collaborative serves as the visioning entity on matters related to
IDEC Teaching and works with the Teaching Collaborative to direct those visions.

Election & Term of Service 
Election: Elected by the membership; occurring in odd numbered years
Term: 2 years (May serve for two consecutive terms for a total of 4 years)

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Serves on the Board of Directors and carries out Board responsibilities.
  • Grassroots/collaborative groups submit proposals to the Board through Director of the
    Teaching Collaborative
  • Director of the Teaching Collaborative attends collaborative meetings whenever possible
  • Director of the Teaching Collaborative is generally knowledgeable about the activities
    and proposals of groups in his/her area of responsibility for IDEC Board reference
  • Director represents the Teaching Collaborative during IDEC Board visioning

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR OF TEACHING:
Steven Webber
Florida State University

Steven Webber is an Associate Professor at FSU in the IA&D Department. He holds an M.Arch and B.S. Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. With 12 years in practice, his areas of instruction include design studios, construction systems, and construction documents at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Research areas include emotional intelligence, empathy, systemizing, design process and pedagogy, and trends in practice.  His new book, Interior Design Fundamentals, is published by Fairchild.  He also serves on the IDEC board of directors as the director of teaching.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF SCHOLARSHIP

The Director of the Scholarship Collaborative serves as the visioning entity on matters related to IDEC Scholarship and works with the Scholarship Collaborative to direct those visions.

Election & Term of Service 
Election: Elected by the membership; occuring in even numbered years
Term: 2 years (May serve for two consecutive terms for a total of 4 years)

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Serves on the Board of Directors and carries out Board responsibilities.
  • Grassroots/collaborative groups submit proposals to the Board through Director of the
    Scholarship Collaborative
  • Director of the Scholarship Collaborative attends collaborative meetings whenever
    possible
  • Director of the Scholarship Collaborative is generally knowledgeable about the activities
    and proposals of groups in his/her area of responsibility for IDEC Board reference
  • Director represents the Scholarship Collaborative during IDEC Board visioning

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR OF SCHOLARSHIP:
Lisa Tucker
Virginia Tech

Lisa M. Tucker, PhD is a Professor and Chair of the Interior Design Program at Virginia Tech and teaches courses on sustainable design, research methods, and upper-level design studios.  She is a LEED BD + C, a WELL accredited professional and a Living Future Ambassador.  Dr. Tucker is a registered architect and certified interior designer and holds degrees in Architecture and Architectural History with a Certificate of Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Missouri—Columbia in Architectural Studies.  Dr. Tucker, honored as the 2016 IIDA Educator of the Year, has been identified by Design Intelligence as a Most Admired Design Educators in 2010, 2017, 2018, and 2019. She has received the Nancy McClelland Award, the Polsky Prize (2015) and is an ASID Educator Medalist. She is a Fellow of both ASID and IDEC.

 


 

REGIONAL CHAIRS

There is one Regional Chair for each region of IDEC who guides and directs the business of the region and reports activities of the region to the Board of Directors. Regional Chairs are elected biannually from the professional members of the region. The Regional Chairs serve staggered two-year terms with the election of the East, Midwest, and Southwest Chairs occurring in even-numbered years and the election of the South and Pacific West Regional Chairs occurring in odd-numbered years. Regional Chairs who move out of their region during their term of office are replaced. The President, with approval of the Board, appoints a new Regional Chair for the remainder of the term.

Election and Terms of Service
Election: Elected by the members of the Region
Term: 2 years; May be re-elected for 2 terms for a total of 4 years.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Regional Chairs

Communication

  • Maintain communications with regional members. This is accomplished through the, “membership” section of the IDEC website, Newsletter, eNews, the regional listserv, etc.
  • Each Regional Chair must submit a report of activities to the Newsletter.
  • Contact regional colleagues who did not renew their IDEC membership.
  • Communicate with the Board of Directors by means of a written report, IDEC website, and through the Director of Regions.
  • Keep channels of communication open with practitioner organizations in the region – IIDA, ASID, AIA, etc. This may be accomplished by attending meetings, sending copies of regional newsletters, and inviting practitioner organizations to regional meetings.
  • Communicate with other Regional Chairs.
  • Regional Chairs should meet at least once as a group during the Annual Conference to facilitate shared responsibilities and determine membership issues.
  • Forward issues at the regional level to Director of Regions.
  • Appoint a representative from the region to the membership committee
  • Appoint a representative from the region to the nominating committee

CANDIDATE FOR REGIONAL CHAIR, PACIFIC WEST:

Heidi Plumb

Ensign College

Heidi Plumb is currently working as Interior Design Program Chair at Ensign College in Salt Lake City, Utah.  During her tenure at the college, the program has changed from a 4 semester to a 6 semester program to meet the requirements of the NCIDQ exam.  Also the enrollment has grown from 175 students to 284 active students in the program.  Prior to working at Ensign College, Heidi worked at 3form in Salt Lake City Utah, and various companies in Washington State.  Heidi has a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts and Design from BYU, a Bachelors in Interior Design from BYU-Idaho and a MFA in Interior Design from Brenau University.

 

CANDIDATE FOR REGIONAL CHAIR, SOUTH REGION:

Jerome Gomez

Converse University

Jerome Gomez holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interiors Design from the Miami International University of Art and Design.  He is currently working on his Doctorate in Leadership and Development at Converse University, where he continues to teach on a tenure track position since 2020.

Before his educational accomplishment, Jerome successfully managed his independent design firm for over 18 years in Austin, TX, New York, NY, and Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He prepared himself for success by working first as a CAD Operator and climbing his way up the ladder to Lighting Designer and Project Manager for a well-known Lighting Consultant and Engineering firm in New York City.  During his tenure as a designer, Jerome has worked on various large-scale department stores, famous Manhattan Broadway theaters, high-profile governmental agencies, and other privately held buildings and homes from across the country.

As part of his educational career, Jerome has held leadership positions as Institutional Program Chair of Design, Program Chair of Design, and Program Coordinator of Design at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Virginia Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, respectively, from 2016 -2020. Following his extensive work in Interior Design and his overarching awareness in research towards a theory of Interior design, Jerome focuses his attention on raising student understanding of spatial theory and critical the areas of student skills and performance levels.  He firmly believes that a proper balance between theory and practice are life-changing attributes that would sustain student performance over the life of their careers.  Jerome has also served in several capacities for IDEC over the last several years, and holds a very active membership with IIDA, ASID, and serves as a  CIDA reviewer for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.