Candidate Biographical Information


Monica Colvard, ASID

President – Elect

Bachelor of Interior Design – University of Arkansas 

Contract Interior Designer
Jewelry craftsman – Bella Vita Jewelry

ASID Activities:
1.  Attend monthly meetings
2.  I have always wanted to serve, but timing hasn’t been right until now

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1. Member of AIA AR
2. Served on Fay Jones School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board
3. Asked to sit in on Dean’s Circle of Discussion – Fay Jones School of Architecture

Honors/Awards and Publications
1. 2016 Ovation Award – Arkansas Tech University Brown Hall
2. 2016 Commercial Corporate Large Bronze – 400 West Capitol Concourse Renovation
3. 2016 Commercial Institutional Silver – Arkansas State University Humanities
4. 2016 Commercial Institutional Gold – Arkansas Tech University – Brown Hall
5. 2016 American School & University Magazine – ATU Brown Hall  

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?
1. Member Retention
     a. Elevate content at CEU events and monthly meetings (inspire not re-educate)
     b. More events and CEU opportunities (some can be paid events)
     c. Encourage de-segregation between Residential and Commercial designers

2. Chapter Growth
     a. Work more with Industry Partners for sponsorships (overall or specific events)
     b. Connect more with Design Schools (the future of Interior Design)

3. Encourage More Collaboration with other Disciplines in our Industry
     a. More Events with AIA – not just Christmas Party
     b. Attend lectures or other disciplines meetings as Design Community

4. Continue to Educate the General Public and other Disciplines in our Industry of the Value of an Interior Designer
     a. Fundraiser events including General Public
     b. Paid Events – Panel Discussion including Facilities, End User, Building Inhabitants   

5. Improve Communication within Chapter  
     a. Address entire Chapter more frequently than only communicating on the Design Community level

Kimberley Furlong, ASID

Director of Professional Development

University of Texas – Austin, M.Arch.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, BFA in Interior Design

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, Assistant Professor of Interior Design 2013-present
Mell Lawrench Architects, Austin, TX, Project Designer and Project Manager 2007-2013

ASID Activities:
1. SC Design Summit 2018 – Faculty Liaison for U Arkansas and SC ASID, assisted planning/securing professional and student development sessions
2. Faculty Advisor for U Arkansas ASID Student Chapter – 2013-present
3. Proposed and supervised hosting Charisse Johnston, ASID National Board Member, for 2-day visit to U Arkansas for lecture workshop with interior design students – Spring 2016
4. SC Student Career Day 2015 – Led 12 ASID Student members to attend the event at Harding University, Searcy, AR
5. ASID Austin TX Professional Shadow Days 2008-2010 – Hosted multiple interior design students

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1. Interior Design Educators Council (ICEC),  National + Regional, multiple scholarship presentations Fall 2013-Spring 2019
2. IDCEC Academy of Reviewers, review scholarship submissions for national conferences, and review student competition entries for award and honors Fall 2016-Fall 2018
3. St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Smithtown, NY, pro-bono design and CD services for church and parish house renovation and ADA Compliance – 2013

Honors/Awards and Publications
1. South Central ASID Education of the Year – 2018
2. U Arkansas Chancellor’s Grant ($160,000) to support research project: ‘Advancing Sustainable Wood Design and Technologies through Collaborative Engagement’. (a test pilot for an interdisciplinary graduate design curriculum)
3. Wildcat Hollow Residence, Austin, TX, published in Texas Architect, and recognized by AIA 

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?
I support lifelong learning of interior design innovation, evolving technologies, professionalism, and the creation of humane environments.  The combined professional and student annual Design Summit provides unique opportunities for designers to learn from each other; exchanging seasoned designers’ knowledge and experience and emerging designers’ evolving interests and skills.  In addition to time-tested forms of professional development, I suggest developing collaborative workshops where attendees team with each other to complete challenges related to specific learning topics.

Shawn Thompson, ASID

Director of Communications

MS-FACS with an Emphasis in Interior Design Education
BS – Home Economics with an Emphasis in Interior Design

Sales Representative for National Wallcovering covering AR and LA

ASID Activities:
1. I served in various positions within the AR Design Community & the South Central Chapter Board between 1995 & 2001 but haven’t served in any positions within the last 10 years.

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1. I am an associate member of AIA and an active member of DRG (The Design Resource Group of Arkansas)

Honors/Awards and Publications
1. 25 Year Member of ASID – 2018
2. NCIDQ Certified  – 1995 

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?
My goal as Communication Director for the South Central Chapter of ASID is to make sure that all members are kept abreast of all information & opportunities available to them through the use of various platforms that include both print & social media. I also want to be available to any member that has questions regarding upcoming events or needs more information about particualr issues that arise. I will strive to carry the ASID national standards throughout all forms of publicity that we provide to our members in an effort to further to goals of the SCC of ASID. I’m so excited to get involved again with a wonderful organization that has provided me with many opportunities to grow my interior design knowledge over the last 26 years through various publications, training & continuing education courses.

Michael LeBlanc, Industry Partner Representative for Fiber Protector

Director of Finance

High School Graduate
Graduate GS10K Small Business Cohort 20

President of White Glove Interior Care
President of Fiber Protector by White Glove

ASID Activities:
1. Design Community Chair – 4 years

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1. Board Member Downtown Lafayette Unlimited
2. Volunteer for American Cancer Society
3. Member of Phenomenal Products – Business

Honors/Awards and Publications
1. Honored by American Cancer Society
2. Author of How to Avoid Nightmare Cleaners, Publication for Cleaners

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?
Maintain the system as is, study to improve should there be a way to save the Chapter on Finance. Attend all conferences to stay abreast of changes, when that occurs. Meet monthly with all board members and ask their opinions on a better way to improve should there be. Be the best leader to enhance the American Society of Interior Designers, South Central Chapter.