Christy S. Cain, IIDA, RID, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate
Perkins + Will

Christy Cain is an environmental designer for Branded Environments at Perkins + Will. Her focus is research-based strategy and creative disciplines using design as an asset and her passion is identifying a client’s unique “DNA” and integrating the tangible brand expressions and experiences into the environment. These two and three dimensional experiences are created to communicate a company’s brand and achieve goals for her clients. She has 16 years of professional experience in interior design, specializing in corporate, higher education, science and technology, healthcare, hospitality projects. She has served as President for the IIDA Georgia Chapter and on the International Board of Trustees for the IIDA Foundation. She is an instrumental team member of the board that started the AEC Leadership Roundtable in Georgia, which brings all non-profit organization within the architectural, engineering, and construction community. She has won numerous design awards and has been published over the years for her design work.

Stasia Czech, IIDA
Senior Associate and Interior Designer
NBBJ

Stasia has dedicated her career to improving the design quality of education, research and healthcare environments. For over a decade, she has led all levels of leadership through strategic planning, visioning and goal-setting on several of the world’s largest and most complex facilities: the Southeastern Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Replacement Medical Center, the Kuwait University College of Science, The Koo Foundation Sun Yet Sen New Building in Taipei, and many others. Her work has received numerous awards – including top honors by the AIA for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Building 3 and the University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Innovation – and been published in Interior Design, Contract and Architectural Record. She has also presented at conferences including SCUP (Society for College and University Planning) and Labs21.

Jessica N. Kayongo, J.D, M.A.
Anthropology & Interim Sociology Librarian
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Jessica Kayongo is the Anthropology and Interim Sociology Librarian at the University of Notre Dame. She works in the university’s main library building, Hesburgh Library, known to college football fans for the Word of Life mural (“Touchdown Jesus”) on its exterior. For the last few years, she has been heavily involved in the main library’s interior space improvement projects and in working with an architectural firm to develop a building master plan for a full-scale interior renovation of this fourteen-story building. A user-centered focus is of utmost importance in both her library work and in these building projects. Before becoming a librarian, Jessica earned a law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the American Library Association.

Richard L. (Dick) Waters, MLS
Principal Consultant
Godfrey’s Associates, Inc.

Mr. Waters is a full-time library consultant. His background includes experience in the areas of library building planning, design, and construction, budgeting, long-range planning, public services planning and programming. A skilled presenter, Dick's consulting experience is extensive. He has completed several diverse assignments for public libraries throughout the country. Additionally, he has consulted with public, academic, state, and school libraries in 46 of the 50 states, as well as internationally. He has held several professional association positions, including President of the Library Leadership and Management Association, and has been strongly involved in a variety of community activities. Prior to starting his full-time consulting career, Dick spent 19 years with the Dallas Public Library playing a major role in all phases of the development of the Dallas system's long-range service plan, and in the planning, design, construction, and in the planning, design, and operation of 10 branch libraries ranging in size.