Candidate Biographical Information

CANDIDATE BIOS

CASSANDRA AALGAARD, Allied ASID

President – Elect

Education:
Bachelor of Interior Design from Louisiana Tech University
Minor in Entrepreneurship from Louisiana Tech University

Employment:
Interior Design Director at McNew Architecture, APAC

ASID Activities:
1.  Emerging Professionals Chair for ASID South Central Chapter 2017-Present
2.  Chair of SCC North Louisiana Design Community 2016-Present
3.  Program Representative of SCC North Louisiana Design Community 2015-2016
4.  President of Louisiana Tech University ASID Student Chapter 2012-2013
5.  Other various LA Tech ASID Student Chapter Positions 2009-2012

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1.  Participation in the Annual Nest Fest for the Renesting Project, Inc  

Honors/Awards and Publications
1.  ASID South Central Chapter Service Award 2017
  

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?
- Refine Organization Effectiveness: by providing additional tools and information for leaders and members, tailor leadership training for individualized leadershp efforts, and assist in facilitating duties within the Chapter.

- Expand Outreach: by relaying the brand and appealing to untapped audiences, providing greater opportunities to promote the interior design profession.

- Enrich the Experience: by continuing to build up membership value through revitalized experiences and expanding fundraising efforts.


Mandy Berdami, ASID

At-Large Director

Education:
Florida State University, M.F.A.
Mississippi State University, B.S.

Employment:
Mississippi College, Interior Design Program Director

ASID Activities:
1. SCC Professional Development Director (2013-2015)
2. Mississippi College Student Chapter Co-Advisor (2007-present)
3. MS District Communications Chair (2011-2012)
4. MS District Chair (2010-2011)
5. MS District Chair-Elect (2009-2010)

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1. Interior Design Educators Council (ICEC) 2008-present
2. United States Green Building Council (USGBC) 2009-present
3. Mississippi Coalition for Interior Design (MCID) 2008-present

Honors/Awards and Publications
1. ASID South Central Chapter Educator of the Year (2013)
2. ASID Presidential Citations (2014, 2015)
3. Featured in Portico Magazine (2015)

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?
As a chapter leader, my main goal would be to gain knowledge from the chapter board and past chapter leaders by discussing what has worked well and areas that may need improvement.  I would strive to maintain success achieved by former leaders while sugesting new and innovative ways to improve chapter goals and objectives.  As Director of Membership, my priority would be to recruit new members and retain current memebers.


Amiee Thibodeaux, Industry Partner Representative for Designtex

At-Large Director

Education:
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design

Employment:
Designtex

ASID Activities:
1. Presented Biophilia CEU to Northwest Arkansas Chapter in 2017
2. Attended ARCon in 2016

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1. New Orleans Chamber
2. St. George’s Church – Confirmation Ministry, Hospital visitation and Eucharistic Ministry
3. IIDA, IFMA

Honors/Awards and Publications
1. 2010 AIA Silver Rose Award for GHA Building in Baton Rouge, LA
2. 2009 ASID Design Award for Coca-Cola New Admin Building
3. 2008 IIDA Design Excellence Award for Hancock Bank

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?
Key goals I would set would include being active and present at as many meetings.  learning and staying involved in legislature as it pertains to Interior Design, ensuring that all who report to the At-Large Director submit information in a timely manner, and lastly to be very social in my attendance!  I propose to achieve these goals by being the best version of myself and using and applying all the skills I have been blessed with.  I am a highly organized, loyal and dependable person by nature.  Thank You!