Nichole graduated from Kansas State University with a Masters of Interior Architecture and Product Design and a Minor in Leadership Studies. After graduating, Nichole moved to Kansas City to pursue an Interior Architecture position focusing on hospitality design within sports architecture facilities. While in Kansas City, she was an active member of the Mid America chapter of IIDA serving on the Student Affairs committee and was appointed Campus Center alumni for Kansas State University.
In 2018, Nichole moved to Jacksonville joining the Corporate and Urban Design department at Gresham Smith, where she currently works on corporate renovations and new construction projects of all scales.
3 year term (1 year as President-Elect, 1 year as President and 1 year as Past President)
Preferred candidate will have previously served on the current Chapter Executive Board or on one of the three prior Boards.
Must have previously obtained or be actively working towards their NCIDQ. NCIDQ must be obtained prior to assuming role of Chapter President
The President-Elect shall serve as the custodian of all monies, securities and deeds belonging to the Chapter; shall hold, invest and disburse same subject to the direction of the Executive Board of Directors; shall cause to be performed a periodic independent audit of the Chapter’s financial affairs; and in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of treasurer of the Chapter. The duties of the treasurer may be assigned, in whole or in part, to the Chapter Administrator/Executive Director. The President-Elect also shall manage the affairs of the Chapter with regard to resource development, oversee the activities of the Nominating Team and perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Executive Board of Directors. The duties shall include recommendation and supervision of appropriate teams to formulate programs and recommend policies relating to those issues.
Mary graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Clemson University in 2002. With over 15 years of experience, Mary has worked on both Architectural and Interior Design projects within the Commercial Design industry including large corporate projects, higher education, government institutions, healthcare, and religious projects throughout the Southeast. Her favorite type of design is large scale renovation projects, with a passion for projects in Jacksonville’s Urban Core, including 121 Financial Credit Union Corporate Office Relocation, City Hall Annex Renovation, Jessie Ball duPont Center (Haydon Burns Library) Renovation, and iVenture Solutions. As a Licensed Interior Designer and LEED AP BD&C professional with Gresham, Smith and Partners her specialty focus is on LEED projects with twelve LEED Certified projects which include Bascom Palmer Eye Institute – Naples, Duval County Unified Courthouse and UF Health North Phase II – 92 Bed Patient Pavilion, and multiple State/Federal Government and Higher Education buildings.
Kevin Gray completed his studies at West VA University and comes to North Florida with more than 20 years in the contract furniture business. Kevin has worked for numerous contract furniture dealerships in the Washington D.C. area, Atlanta area and North Florida area serving as owner and VP respectively. Kevin has been an IIDA Industry member for many years and truly appreciates working with the many talented designers within IIDA.
Canitha graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor of Science in interior
design. After graduating, Canitha moved to Jacksonville taking a position as a Design
Consultant, developing her space planning and furniture skills. Canitha went on to venture in a
position with a leading real estate investment firm, gaining knowledge of portfolio
management and capital building.
Continuing to grow her design skills, Canitha transitioned into the commercial design industry
working at OE&S as an Interior Design Associate, learning client relations and furniture
specifications. Canitha currently is the Engineered Floors (EF Contract) Sales
Representative for the Northeast Florida region, being a resource for her clients in
Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Gainesville.
Canitha was a member of IIDA Student Chapter while attending FSU. Canitha has now been a
member of IIDA Northeast Professional Chapter for the past 4 years while devoting her time to
the industry and participating in IIDA committees and events.
Canitha spends her free time with her dog, Doak, a Weimaraner & her friends and family. You can find Canitha
traveling, exploring arts, researching her passion for urban development and relaxing at the
Rebecca Davisson is a partner at Designmind, LLC a full service commercial and residential design firm. She received her Bachelor of Interior Design Degree from the College of Architecture, Auburn University in 1991. After practicing in Nashville, Tennessee Davisson relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in 1997.
Ms. Davisson specializes in hospitality design, and has completed spaces for Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged, The River Club and Epping Forest. She also has experience in Commercial Office Design, Higher Education, Government, Retail, Healthcare, Multi Family and Residential, working with Baptist Hospital, The Mayo Clinic, KLS Martin and Meridian Technologies. She has completed projects not only in Florida, but also in Louisiana, Texas, Chicago, Alabama, and the Bahamas. She has won local, state and national design awards for her corporate work, as well as, awards for her courthouses, banks, galleries, restaurants and residences. She has been recognized by IIDA, ASID and AIA both in Florida and Tennessee. Ms. Davisson has been published in national & regional magazines, including Florida Architecture, Water’s Edge Magazine, Florida International Style, Florida Caribbean Architect and Arbus Magazine. Ms. Davisson was featured in the Florida Time Union and in the Jacksonville Business Journal when named in its “Top 40 under 40”.
Davisson served as the President of the Florida Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. She also held positions a Vice President of Membership and served on many local committees. While serving on the Board of IIDA, Ms. Davisson had the chance to speak nationally to other IIDA chapters regarding the finance of the volunteer organization. She also served on several student juries at the University of Florida and The Art Institute and is a frequent portfolio reviewer at IIDA Student Day. Ms. Davisson’s volunteer activities on a local level include work with the Mandarin High School Marching Mustang Band, Florida State College at Jacksonville Interior Design Advisory Board, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Yates YMCA Facilities and Grounds Committee and The Cummer Gallery VSA day.
In her spare time Ms. Davisson is raising three children. She has volunteered with the PTA at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, served as team mom for several Baseball teams at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and soccer teams at Jacksonville Youth Soccer Association, as well as, a member of the LaVilla School of the Performing Arts Band Booster and Uniform Chair for the Mandarin High School Mustang Marching Band.
Lauri’s passion for interior design and diverse career has led her to find her sweet spot as the Sales Executive for Knoll Furniture where she works closely with her dealer partner CBI.
Over the past 20 years she has led a successful career working on all sides of the contract design industry. Lauri has owned multiple businesses including her own interiors company and a multi-line contract interior finish group, Lewallen Group. She has also excelled working for several major commercial carpet manufacturers in Detroit, Washington DC and Jacksonville, where she lives today.
Lauri enjoys serving her clients and helping them bring their vision to life. These qualities along with her tenacity have earned her the nickname “Wonder Women” by friends and colleagues.
Outside of the office you can find Lauri with her husband, Hays, and two teenage boys, Hays Jr. and Max.
Hannah is an Interior Design Associate at Kasper Architects and Associates. She graduated from FSCJ with a degree in Interior Design. In deciding to peruse Commercial Design, she spent her first few years out of school working primarily in Architecture. Having learned the foundation of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems, along with Architecture, she has a clearer understanding of the many components of design. Today, she is able to incorporate this knowledge in creating a successful and efficient design.
Kasper Architects has allowed Hannah to further develop her passion for Interior Design. Her favorite opportunity that comes with working for Kasper Architects is the ability to work on projects ranging from hospitality, offices, churches, schools, and restaurants. Currently, she has taken point on Lego Discovery Centers that will be built all around North America, which has been fun and challenging, to say at the least.
Even though Hannah is a newer member of IIDA, she has consistently participated in the local community through networking, volunteering, and participating in IIDA events. Hannah spends most of her free time tending to her garden and her two dogs (mutts, of course). She will be getting married this upcoming November in Atlanta and is looking forward to this new chapter in her life with the IIDA Board.
Carlie is a Licensed Interior Designer at RS&H in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design in 2011. With over eight years of experience, Carlie has worked on a variety of projects in the hospitality, commercial, and higher education industries. She currently specializes in aerospace and defense project work and finds great meaning in providing well designed environments for those serving in The United States Armed Forces. She has been a part of the interior design community and member of the IIDA North Florida Chapter since 2013 and looks forward to serving as a board Member.
Allison graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design. After graduating Allison worked as a design consultant and sales associate for a residential furniture store. In 2015 accepted a position in Jacksonville at a Haworth Dealership. While working for OE&S Allison was able to develop her knowledge and experience for the commercial furniture industry. Allison currently is the Northeast Florida Sales Representative for Kruger International (KI). She focuses mainly on building her relationships with A&D, dealer partners, and end users to ensure that her clients visions are brought to life.
Allison has been a member of IIDA for 5 years but this will be her first year on The Board. Although she has not held a Board position, she has been a part of AIA & NAIOP while being on the NAIOP Developing Leaders Board for 3 years. She recently received the NAIOP Developing Leader of the year for 2018.
Outside the office Allison enjoys spending time with her dog Lily, working out at Orange Theory and competing in Spartan Races”
With over 15 years in the industry, her background began at Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Marketing and Business. Finding passion in Interior Design, she went back to school for design and ultimately began a 6 year career with her own interior design business. She embarked on a new career path in 2011 helping designers and architects design and specify tile for numerous high end residential homes and businesses in every sector of the market all over the country helping to create beautiful yet functional spaces that will stand the test of time. She was honored to win a trip for her contribution to her designs to the Design Honors Event in NY in 2018. Having made the leap to MDC Wallcoverings earlier this year, she continues to work in the commercial and high end residential community with the same creative people throughout north Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Her focus is currently on all things walls, acoustical design solutions, digital art, custom mirrors, and paint, but still enjoys the whole process of design and implementing the right processes.
I have found my niche and love being in this industry with such fantastic people who too have a passion for creating beautiful yet functional spaces for those who enter the space to work, play, and enjoy. I have been a member of the IIDA, AIA, ASID, and have helped volunteer my time and energy at numerous charities and events. I am very grateful to be a part of IIDA and look forward to forging new relationships and friendships all while helping to support and continue to grow this amazing organization.
Architectural Design Consultant, Commercial Flooring Distributors of Florida
Emi comes from a rich and diverse architectural and commercial construction background. She has been deeply involved in the commercial construction industry since 2004, where she first learned the trade. She then followed in her father's architectural/construction footsteps and went to school for her master of fine arts in interior design in south Florida. After working in interiors at a few Florida based design firms, she made the leap into architectural sales in 2014. She loves that her sales role allows her to be involved in the design and selection process, while acting as a technical consultant to her clients. Emi believes that creating a space that is functional as well as beautiful and inspirational, is the greatest kind of art.
I am passionate about interiors and the history of design. Elevating our profession is of utmost importance to me. I first got involved with our IIDA North Florida Chapter in 2008 getting my feet wet with membership, educational opportunities and professional development. In 2014 I joined various event committees and that is where my love for this organization really took flight. I have had the honor of serving our North Florida Chapter on the Board as VP of Events and now Director of Events since 2016, including three Chapter Leadership Councils, and am not looking back!
Emily Haynes is a licensed Interior Designer at kasper architects + associates in Jacksonville, FL. Emily graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design in 2017 and has worked in both commercial and residential design settings. She believes that built environments have great power for shaping experiences and enjoys bringing thoughtful design to users. Emily has been a member of IIDA since 2018 and is excited to join the board this year.
Emily’s interest in design stems from a lifelong love of art and creativity. In her free time, Emily enjoys digital illustration, painting, and spending time with her two cats, Zena and Winky.