About Us

Our Shared Vision and Mission

IIDA Southwest Chapter holds a shared vision and mission that we use as a guide to keep us grounded in our goals, initiatives, and work.


Our vision is to support culture, enhance business value, solve problems, and positively impact the health and well-being of people’s lives through a greater understanding of interior design.



IIDA provides meaningful resources to commercial interior designers, industry partners, educators, design students, and clients, to advance our profession and enhance personal growth and business value. IIDA strives to provide its members’ connectivity, leadership opportunities, education, experience, and trust to continuously add enrichment to the design community and to our profession through Advocacy, Community, Professional Development, and Membership


Our Southwest Chapter and the wider IIDA community are committed to the sustained, intentional, and organized dismantling of racism in all of its forms and instances. We stand to instill meaningful change with regard to diversity, equality, and inclusivity.

Board of Directors


Lauren Gonzales, IIDA

Casita & Co., LLC

President Elect

Alyssa Hitt, IIDA

Shepley Bulfinch

Past President

Felicia Chavez, IIDA

Shepley Bulfinch

VP of Membership

Chantel Cote, Industry IIDA


Director of Membership

Aliesha Nichter, Industry IIDA


VP of Professional Development

Rachael Brandon Young, IIDA

ChangeUp, Inc.

Director of Professional Development

RoseAnn Linsmeyer, IIDA

Cawley Architects

VP of Advocacy

Dani McPeters, IIDA

RSP Architects

Director of Advocacy

Aileen Fabella, IIDA

City of Glendale Planning

VP of Sponsorship

Barb Garlow, Associate IIDA

Forward Tilt

Director of Sponsorship

Heather Needham, IIDA

Orcutt I Winslow

VP of Communications

Janene Wong-Brehmer, Associate IIDA

RSP Architects

Director of Communications

Tari Wager, Associate IIDA


Director of Graphics

Allison Martin, Industry IIDA

Guiding Light Design, LLC

Director of Media

Taylor Hudson, Industry IIDA

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

VP of Student Affairs

Callie Elsner, Associate IIDA


Director of Student Affairs

Shaun Smith, Associate IIDA

Zebra Projects

VP of City Centers

Melissa Almquist, Industry IIDA

Plan b Southwest

Albuquerque City Center Director

Rebecca Thomason, IIDA


Las Vegas City Center Director

Renee Jones, Industry IIDA

Laney Lotus

Phoenix City Center Director

Malyn Romero, IIDA

Ferguson Enterprises

Tucson City Center Director

Terry DuBay, Industry IIDA

Southwest Connections

Industry Director

Dan Draper, Industry IIDA

Shaw Contract

Industry Director

Monica Flores-Ruiz, Industry IIDA

LG Hausys America

Industry Director

Scott Thomas, Industry IIDA


Chapter Administrator

Stevie Sorensen