Board of Directors

The CIDQ Board of Directors is the leadership body that oversees the affairs of CIDQ, the corporate structure that develops, administers and manages the NCIDQ Exam leading to NCIDQ Certification in Interior Design. CIDQ is a non-profit organization that exists to protect the public health, safety and welfare. With legal accountability and fiduciary responsibility for CIDQ, the Board’s purpose is to establish the vision for CIDQ and set policies to ensure that its mission is fulfilled and it has the necessary human and financial resources to carry out this mission. The Board selects and supports CIDQ’s Executive Director, who is delegated the authority to lead and manage the organization's affairs on a day-to-day basis.

CIDQ's Board is made up of seven NCIDQ Certified designers and one public member (who is not an interior designer) to serve as the voice for the public. The Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Board (see staff listing).

Members of the Board are appointed by a nominating committee, and they take office once the appointments are ratified by the Council of Delegates. Board members serve two-year staggered terms beginning each January. The President serves a three-year term, first as President-Elect, then as President, and the third year as Past-President. The Board includes representatives from the group of State and Provincial Regulatory Boards that collectively make up CIDQ’s membership (i.e., Member Boards), as well as other interior designers who reflect the diversity of practice in the field.

David Hanson, President

David Hanson, President

NCIDQ Certificate No. 010654

David leads the interiors studio at Gustavson Wylie Architects in Vancouver, BC. David and his team are responsible for all aspects of Interior Design projects from inception to completion covering a multitude of projects in Corporate Office, Restaurant and Retail spaces.

Since his graduation from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1988, David has enjoyed a distinguished career in Ontario and British Columbia. His continuous involvement and contribution to his profession have brought him recognition across Canada. Over the past 20 plus years, David has served on the boards of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia, the Interior Designers of Canada and served as British Columbia delegate to CIDQ. After completing two terms on the Chicago based International Interior Design Association as Vice-President of Professional Development, David served as President of the Interior Designers of Canada as well as concurrently chairing the Multiple-choice committee for CIDQ. Prior to taking a leadership role at CIDQ, David also served on the executive board of the International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects (IFI) as well as maintaining volunteer positions with IDC & CIDQ. David is fellow of both IIDA & IDIBC His contribution to the design community has also included teaching Interior Design students at Kwantlen University College.

David began volunteering for CIDQ in 1995 as a Practicum juror. In 2002 he was the inaugural delegate to the Council for the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia. He served as a CIDQ Director in 2004 and was also on the Finance Committee. Additionally, David served on the 2013 marketing task force,  in 2012 was a member of the Nominating Committee, and in 2010-2011 chaired the Multiple Choice Development Committee.


Kari Frontera, President-Elect

Kari Frontera, President-Elect

NCIDQ Certificate No. 017116

Kari is an accomplished designer and architect with experience in sports, workplace, education and retail design.  Her project list ranges from 40,000 seat baseball stadiums and Olympic candidate city bids to 3,000 SF tenant improvement spaces and everything in between.

She is a leader in the Gensler Washington DC Office’s Lifestyle studio which focuses on sports, retail, mixed use and hospitality.  She also serves as a Regional Design Realization Leader for Gensler.  Kari specializes in health club design and is often sought out to consult on standards and trends in corporate fitness centers.

Kari holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis: Interior Design from Cornell University and a Master’s of Business Administration from The George Washington University.  She is a Registered Interior Designer in Washington, DC and a Registered Architect in New York.  She is a member of IIDA and AIA.  Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor in sports management at the George Washington University School of Business.

Kari began volunteering for CIDQ as a grader in 2006. She began pre-testing the NCIDQ Examination in 2007, and then served as an Item Writer in 2009. She was on the Practicum Committee from 2010 and was the Chair of that committee until joining the Board of Directors in 2014.  At the end of her 2-year term, she was elected as President-Elect for 2016.  Kari is passionate on maintaining and raising the standards of the NCIDQ exam and has been active in advancing the practicum exam to the new computerized format.


Laurie McRae, Past-President

Laurie McRae, Past-President

Certificate No. 011606

Laurie McRae is the founder of Laurie McRae Interiors, Inc., an interior design firm that employs two design professionals in Augusta, GA. The firm has provided commercial and residential interior design services throughout Georgia and the Carolinas since 1989. In 2004, she was appointed to the state licensing board for Architects and Interior Designers by Governor Sonny Perdue. While on the board, Laurie served on a subcommittee of the Georgia Board that developed language to present to the Georgia legislature that strengthened and protected the current law defining interior design practice. Laurie has served as an officer and board member of the Georgia coalition. She has also served on the CIDQ Board of Directors since 2010 and served as President in 2015.


Michael Dudek

Michael Dudek

NCIDQ Certificate No. 05265

Michael Dudek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Apparel Textiles & Interior Design at Kansas State University. His academic focus is Interior Design regulation and professional identity of the Interior Design profession.  Prior to becoming an instructor in 2004 he was in professional practice for 23 years where he worked on numerous large scale commercial interior design projects while serving in numerous roles from project designer to project manager.

Prior to entering professional practice Dudek earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1980 and then received a M.S. in Interior Design from Florida State University in 1981.  The combination of Architectural and Interior Design degrees enabled Dudek to work on several published and award winning architectural and interior architectural projects.  He enjoys sharing this depth of knowledge and experience with his students and takes pride in empowering the next generation of professional interior designers.

Dudek is currently serving a two-year term on the CIDQ Board of Directors.  Previously he has served as an NCIDQ Examination Practicum grader and grading coordinator from 2010-2015. He is also serving as the board liaison for the NCIDQ Examination Ambassadors Program whose mission is to advocate for the importance of the NCIDQ Credential in personal and professional advancement for emerging Interior Design professionals.


Jim Klawiter

Jim Klawiter

NCIDQ Certificate No. 028929

James Klawiter graduated from UCLA with a degree in Design. His first position in the industry was at Knoll International in sales and, later, in major projects. In 1985 he founded Klawiter and Associates, Inc. focusing on commercial design for the Southern California business community. The nationally ranked firm has grown to encompass projects in the entertainment, finance, education, corporate and landlord tenant improvement sectors.

James has previously held positions as VP, Government Affairs, Chapter president and Chair of the Calibre Design Awards for the IIDA Southern California Chapter. He has also served on the Nominating Committee and the Board of the IIDA Foundation for IIDA International.  James has been a grader for the NCIDQ since 2012 and was Chair of the Policies and Procedures Committee in 2015.


Paula Lutz

Paula Lutz

NCIDQ Certificate No. 07311

Paula has been involved in the NCDIQ Practicum exam grading process since the fall of 2000, as a Juror, Jury Team Leader, Chair of the Jury Committee, and, as the process evolved as a Grading Coordinator. In her capacity as Chair of the Jury Committee, she served on the Validation Committee for the 2004 Exam. In addition to the exam committees she led a Task Force to develop Continuing Education Monographs and explore the relevance of NCIDQ as a source for obtaining CEU credit. As a result of a decision to pursue Holistic Scoring for the Practicum portion of the exam she led the Holistic Scoring Task Force to develop the scoring process and training materials now used. She is currently the Grading Committee Chair; and Paula is in the 2nd year of her term on the Illinois Interior Design Registration Board, serving as Vice-Chair. Throughout her career, starting as a design student, Paula has been a member of ASID, serving as a Student Chapter President, Board Member of the ASID Minnesota Chapter, and Awards Jury Coordinator and Professional Development Director for the ASID Illinois Chapter. She currently serves as the Northern Illinois City Center Director on the IIDA Illinois Chapter Board. Her work, as part of a team, has been published in both Contract and Interior Design magazines and she has been awarded a Presidential Citation from the Illinois Chapter of ASID.


Caren Martin, PhD

Caren Martin, PhD

NCIDQ Certificate No. 02216

Caren S. Martin, PhD, CID, FASID, IDEC, IFMA, is an associate professor of interior design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarship primarily addresses the professionalization of interior design and evidence-based design. Martin has nearly 20 years of institutional, workplace, and healthcare interior design/project management experience, and she is principal of Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC and is a co-creator of InformeDesign® (www.informedesign.org). She has co-authored three studies that define and document the interior design profession's body of knowledge (2001, 2005, 2010) and has co-edited The State of the Interior Design Profession (Fairchild, 2010). Martin has received Presidential Citations from ASID (2003, 2008) and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC, 2008). In 2010 she received the Education Leadership Award from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). Martin served as IDEC's representative to the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED; 2011-2014).

Martin was a two-term, governor appointee on Minnesota’s Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design, (AELSLAGID, 2000-2008). Martin has been an NCIDQ-certificate holder for 37 years (#2216). She was the Delegate to CIDQ from Minnesota for eight years. Martin has served on the CIDQ Board of Directors (2015-2016), the Finance Committee, Bylaws Task Force, the Item Writing, Multiple Choice, and Practicum Committees, the CIDQ/IDEC Resource Review Task Force; the Educators’ Task Force, Nominations Committee, and the Blueprint Workshop. CIDQ presented her with the Louis Tregre Award in 2012.


Cheryl C. Nichols, MBA JD

Cheryl C. Nichols, MBA JD

Public Member of the Board

Cheryl C. Nichols is a Professor at the Howard University School of Law.  She also taught at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). She teaches and writes about international and domestic securities regulation, broker/dealer regulation, securities enforcement, corporate law, and commercial law. She also established and operated a securities clinic at SUNY Buffalo, which provided legal assistance in resolving investor-broker disputes and unbiased investment education.  The Securities Clinic was one of the first institutional participants in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Securities Arbitration Pilot Program.  Ms. Nichols has presented in various venues including the XIII and IVX Congreso Hemisferico for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financial Terrorism, the SEC Law Student Observer Program, and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).  Her publications include Addressing Inept SEC Enforcement Efforts:  Lessons from Madoff, the Hedge Fund Industry, and Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act for US and Global Financial Systems, Northwestern Journal of  International Law and Business,  Mutual Recognition Based on Substituted Compliance:  In Integral Component of the SEC’s Mandate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation and The Importance of Selective Federal Preemption in the US Securities Regulatory Framework:  A Lesson From Canada Our Neighbor to the North, Chapman Law Review, Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California.

Prior to her teaching career, Ms. Nichols was a Senior Counsel at the SEC, Enforcement Division, Atlanta Regional Office.  While at the SEC, Ms. Nichols prosecuted cases in the areas of securities fraud, broker/dealer registration, and municipal securities.  She was also a surety underwriter at Safeco Insurance Companies, a financial analyst at American Express, and a credit manager at Royal Trust Bank.