Committees and Chairpersons

Call for Volunteers!

All Chapter members have an opportunity to be active participants in our Chapter! Below is a list of committees with a brief description of the responsibilities, as well as the Board member who oversees that committee. As your schedule allows, please consider how you can bring your area of expertise and past talents to aid your Chapter.

You can contact the respective Board member directly with questions or to join the committee. We’ve tried to make it easy for everyone to participate!

Board Member: Communications Director:  F Christopher West, Industry Partner Representative for Valley Light Gallery,
-Membership Directory
Communications – Creative Brief:
Chair:  Cathy Kominsky, Allied ASID,
-The Creative Brief is a monthly on-line publication distributed via email
-Committee researches relevant articles related to our industry for publication
-Identifies and collects member news
-Recaps the most recent Chapter events
-Identifies information from National that is significant for our membership
-Creates “Member Volunteer Spotlight” and “Industry Partner Spotlight”
Communications – Desert Design Magazine:
Chair/Editor:  Bonnie Lewis, Allied ASID,
Editorial Staff:  Dede Radford, Industry Partner Representative for Dunn-Edwards Paints; Angela Martin-Newman, Allied ASID; and Bonnie J. Lewis, Allied ASID
-The Desert Design Magazine (DDM) is a quarterly print publication
-The magazine reaches approximately 800 practitioner members and industry partners
-Researches relevant articles related to our industry for publication
-Coordinates intake of articles for each issue
-Submits all information to the Graphic Designer
-Supervises the proofing process
Communications – Social Media:
Chair:  Jasmine Dowling, Allied ASID,
-Updates our Social Media sites
-Promotes ASID Chapter events and member news
Communications – Website:
Chair:  Edie Parsons, Student ASID,
-Updates information on the website
-Works with Administrator to include pertinent information
Board Member: Membership Director:
 Janet Jackson, Allied ASID,
Chair:  Erin Linstrom, Allied ASID,
-Establishes Membership Meeting focus and venues
-Recruits speakers and coordinates travel logistics as required
-Coordinates contracts and insurance requirements with venues
-Coordinates meeting logistics (seating, food & beverage, AV, handouts, etc)
Chair: Brenda Emrich, Industry Partner Representative,
-Assists at membership meetings and events to meet and greet arriving members & guests
-Assist with registration check-in
-Ambassadors are outgoing and welcoming
-Has knowledge about chapter to answer questions
-Provide general guidance during events
Programs – Business Tech:
Chair:  Suzanne Daley, Industry Partner Representative for Alyshaan,
-Develops business and educational programs designed to enhance business practices
-Develop focused topics on the use of technology
Membership – Recruitment and Retention:
Chair:  Open
-Promote new membership in ASID
-Work to retain ASID existing members
-Work to engage and retain Professional level members
Membership – Mentoring Program:
Chair:  Open
-Establish a mentoring program between Professional Members and Allied Members who seek to elevate their current business or branch into a secondary area of expertise.
-Promote advancement of practices through NCIDQ professional accreditation
Board Member: President
: Jewell Blair, Allied ASID,
Design Excellence Awards:
Co-Chair:  Diana Wood, Allied ASID,
Co-Chair: Edie Parsons, Student ASID,
-Annual Awards Gala honoring chapter leaders, sponsors, and special community awards
-Honors Design Excellence Awards Contest Winners
-Committee has multiple responsibilities including:
                            -Awards Competition – Forms, Submission, Judging & Awards
                           -Awards Presentation
                           -Awards Gala – Venue Coordination, Event Theme, Food & Beverage
Board Member: Finance Director: Jeanette Knudsen, Allied ASID,
Design for Hire:
Co-Chair: Debi Meyer, Allied ASID,
Co-Chair: Cathy Kominsky, Allied ASID,
-Chapter outreach to the Community
-Chapter Fundraiser – designers donate their time
-Goal is to raise awareness of interior design by making it affordable to people who might not ordinarily seek out professional design services.
-Public is charged a fee of $75 per hour, with two hour maximum consultation
-Assist homeowners with questions they may have about the interior of their home
Design for Hire Professional:
Chair:  Amy Strang, Allied ASID, 
-Chapter outreach to real estate professionals
-Chapter Fundraiser – Designers donate their time
-Goal is to raise awareness of the benefit of working with a professional Interior Designer
-Realtors purchase professional design services for their clients for
                           – Home sale preparation and staging
                           – Renovation ideas
                          – Color consultation
                          – Gift for new home buyer for space planning, color and/or accessorizing
-Set fee of $150 for a two hour consultation paid by Realtor
Board Member: Professional Development Director:  Christina Forrest, Allied ASID,
Professional Development Day:
-Develops annual CEU event
-Coordinates logistics and venue
-Promotes event with the membership
Emerging Professionals:
Chair:  OPEN
Co-Chair:  Open
-Supports designers in the early stages of their career and practitioners seeking to improve their practices
-Fosters networking with peers
-Promote working with Industry Partners
-Develop Mentoring Program
-Work with Past President’s Council to develop a program to prepare for NCIDQ exam
Student Affairs:
Chair: Paddy Rasmussen, Allied ASID,
-Works with College Interior Design ASID Chapters & Design Groups to educate and encourage student interest in ASID
-Coordinates student activities
-Coordinates Real World Design Week
-Oversees Charrette Competition
-Oversees scholarship Program for Student Members Advancing to Allied ASID Membership
-Coordinates Career Day
Board Member: Director-at-Large:  Paula Quan, Industry Partner Representative for Delta, Toto and Brizo,
Trade Show:
Chair:  Open
-Joint venture as major sponsor with AZ Big Media in March, 2015
-Part of Home & Furnishings Show at West World
-Two day event with anticipated 5000+ attendees
-Work with AZ Media to ensure ASID presence
-Coordinate seminars that will be presented as a fundraiser for ASID
-Coordinate booth coverage and materials
-Plan VIP reception for designers
Donuts & Dialogue:
ChairPaula Quan
-Bi-monthly Program for designers and Industry Partners
-Promote marketing assistance and networking opportunities
-Assist Industry Partners in promoting their business with ASID practitioners
-Encourage cross promotion and business opportunities with other Industry Partners
Board Member: Professional Development Director: Christina Forrest, Allied ASID,
Aunt Rita’s Foundation:  Chair:  Brian Gallop, Industry Partner  Representative for Central Arizona Supply,          
-ASID Sponsored Event
-Members donate decorated holiday wreaths and/or teddy bears for a silent auction at the annual fundraising event
Lymphoma Research Kitchen & Testing Tour:
Chair:  Open
-ASID Sponsored Event
-Recruits individual ASID Members for Kitchen Tour & Tablescape Design event
-Committee represents ASID at VIP Event & at all homes on the Tour that have an ASID member’s kitchen or tablescape design
Stardust Building Supplies Design for Hope:
Chair:  Open
-ASID Sponsored Event
-Event involves ASID designers working with a design problem that will benefit individuals or charitable organizations in need
-Focus of this committee work is increasing awareness of donating and using re-purposed materials from Stardust Building Supplies
Toby House:
Chair:  Open
-Coordinate “Pitch In” day for ASID members to refurbish this bridging shelter in central Phoenix
-Consider the historical significance of the site
-Solicit material and labor donations from designers, students and industry partners
-Develop volunteer tasks and solicit volunteers
-Plan food and beverage for volunteers
Chapter Historian:
Chair:  Gretchen Palmer, Allied ASID,
-Scans local media publications for mention of ASID members – clips and scans all for Chapter digital history.
-Receives and scans additional information and/or publications regarding members as may be obtained through donations by the membership.
Legislative Liaison:
Board Member: President Elect:  Keith Stanton, Allied ASID,
Duties: Works closely with the Interior Design Coalition of Arizona (IDCA) and its efforts to pursue future legislation that advocates for our profession. Keeps our Board and members aware of the latest occurrences within the legislative community.  Attends IDCA board meetings, events, and promotions. Attends ASID National Legislative Symposium and reports back to Board; writes quarterly articles (at minimum) for Desert Design Magazine.
Sponsorship / Fundraising:
Board Members: President: Jewell Blair, Allied ASID, and President Elect: Keith Stanton, Allied ASID,
Representatives:  Open
Duties: Encourages individuals/firms/vendors to assist funding Chapter activities, primarily relating to the Chapter’s annual Design Excellence Awards Event. Uses the Chapter’s sponsorship forms, distributes sponsorship opportunities to membership, and follows-up regularly via telephone, email, and personal visits.


ASID Arizona North Chapter
Mailing Address:
4920 W Baseline Rd
Ste C105-122
Laveen AZ  85339
Phone: 602-569-8916

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