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Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.

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Eric Laignel

2016 IIDA Career Bootcamp Panelists

 

Tara Headley

Tara Headley, Associate IIDA
Hirsch Bedner Associates

 

Tara Headley, Assoc. IIDA, was born on the island of Barbados. In 2009, she moved to the United States to pursue her education at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in interior design. Her projects at school were heavily focused on cultural enlightenment, offering informative interior experiences that aimed to connect users with new cultural experiences in hopes of broadening people's global awareness. At SCAD, Headley dedicated her time to the student body by serving as secretary and later president of the IIDA student chapter at SCAD. She was also the recipient of several prestigious student awards including two International Design Awards, two IIDA Best of the Best awards for social relevance in design and innovation in design, as well as the inaugural IIDA Student of the Year Award in 2015.   

Amy Keener

Amie T. Keener, IIDA, RID, LEED AP, CDT
Gensler

 

Amie T. Keener, IIDA, RID, LEED AP, CDT an Associate at Gensler, began her 15-year professional career after graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor's in Interior Architecture and specialty in furniture and product design. Currently, Keener focuses on furniture services and takes great pride in her work and client successes where she helps develop and implement corporate furniture standards for clients such as Devon, Cenovus, Shell, Texas Instruments, and Jackson Walker. Keener is Past President of the IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter and board member of the Texas Association of Interior Design. 

Krystal Lucero

Krystal R. Lucero, IIDA
Edwards + Mulhausen INTERIOR DESIGN (E+MID) 

 

Krystal R. Lucero, IIDA, is a Senior Interior Designer at Edwards + Mulhausen INTERIOR DESIGN (E+MID) in Austin, Texas. She has been practicing interior design for the past 10 years with a focus on higher education facilities and orporate interiors. Lucero received a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin University and is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas. She believes it is important to mentor young designers and demonstrates this by her involvement with the IIDA Student Conference, Student Mentoring Day, and the Stephen F. Austin Interior Design Advisory Board. Lucero is actively involved in the design community and serves as director on the Austin City Center Council.

 

Carmen Preston

Carmen Preston, IIDA, RID
Shaw Contract Group

 

Carmen Preston is NCIDQ-certified and registered interior designer in the state of Alabama. She is the architectural and design account manager for Central and North Alabama at Shaw Contract Group. Since her design career began in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2004, Preston has had the opportunity to work in many different segments of interior design including healthcare, corporate interiors, higher education, and facilities management. She is actively involved with the design community in Alabama and has served a variety of positions including President of the IIDA Alabama Chapter and President of the Alabama Interior Design Coalition (AIDC). Currently, she is the Vice President of Advocacy for the IIDA Alabama Chapter and sits on the Board of Trustees for the IIDA Foundation. 

Leah Ray

Leah Ray 
Gensler

 

As Firmwide Public Relations Manager at Gensler, Leah Ray connects people and ideas to catalyze great work. Collaborating across global networks, she leads public relations campaigns and communications strategies for Gensler’s community practice sector. This includes broadcasting Gensler's stories and expertise via traditional media, social media, speaking engagements, and direct campaigns. Ray has built relationships with key international reporters at Fast CompanyUSA Today and The New York Times. She earned a Master of Design Studies from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky.