Committees and Chairpersons

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 join the committee. We’ve tried to make it easy for everyone to participate!


Board Member: Communications Director: Susan Solliday, ASID,

Desert Design Magazine Chair/Editor: Beth Cochran, Allied ASID, 

The Desert Design Magazine (DDM) is a tri-annual digital/print publication.

  • The magazine reaches approximately 800 practitioner members and industry partners by mail and is available to the public in a digital version.
  • Researches relevant articles related to our industry for publication.
  • Coordinate intake of articles for each issue.
  • Submits all information to the Graphic Designer.
  • Supervises the proofing process

Social Media Chair: Miranda Gwilliam, ASID Industry Partner

Website Chair: OPEN

  • Update information on the website and blog posts
  • Work with Administrator to include pertinent information


Board Member: Membership Director: Jule Fazz, ASID Industry Partner Rep

Membership – Ambassador: Laurie Clark, ASID Industry Partner Rep, ­

  • Assists at membership meetings and events to meet and greet arriving members & guests ­
  • Assist with registration check­in ­
  • Ambassadors are outgoing and welcoming ­
  • Know the chapter to answer questions ­
  • Provide general guidance during events

Membership – Recruitment, and Retention Chair: OPEN

  • Promote new membership in ASID ­
  • Work to retain ASID existing members ­
  • Work to engage and retain

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 the advancement of practices through NCIDQ professional accreditation



Board Member: Professional Development Director: OPEN

Program Chair:  OPEN

  • 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)

Emerging Professionals Chair: OPEN

  • ­Supports designers in the early stages of their career and practitioners seeking to improve their practices ­
  • Fosters networking with peers ­
  • Promotes working with Industry Partners
  • ­Develop Emerging Professionals Mentoring program ­
  • Coordinate program to help prepare for the NCIDQ exam

Student Affairs Chair: OPEN

  • 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 ­
  • Oversight of Student Charrette Competition ­
  • Oversight of Scholarship Program for Student Advancement to Allied ASID Membership ­


Board Member: At Large Director­: Amanda Pienta, ASID Industry Partner Rep, at-­

Cocktails + Conversation Chair:  OPEN

  • ­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: Finance Director: Chris Jovanelly, ASID Allied

Chapter Fundraising


Board Member: President: Teri Smithers, ASID, ­





Chapter Historian Chair: OPEN

  • ­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.

Coalition Advocacy Chair: Aileen Fabella, ASID & IIDA

  • 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: Teri Smithers ASID, 


Marketing Representative: Rick Emrich,

  • Duties: Encourages individuals/firms/vendors to assist funding Chapter activities, primarily relating to the Chapter’s annual Sponsorship Drive, Quarterly Desert Design Magazine ad sales, and 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.


Board Member: President: Teri Smithers, ASID,

Design Excellence Awards Chairs:  Jennifer Biffer, 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