Meet Your DC Chairs

If an effort to better familiarize the membership with our volunteer leaders or our organization, we are profiling, on this page, the Design Community (DC) Chairs of ASID Carolinas.  The Carolinas Chapter has eight Design Communities with DC chairs responsible for the programming in their area.  The ASID leadership year runs from October 1 – September 30.

Browse this page and keep checking back to learn more about the members or our organization who are leading the local chapters of ASID in the Carolinas!

Eastern Design Community

Isabelle Odjaghian
Instructor
Wake Technical Community College

Prior to moving to North Carolina a couple of year ago, I was in San Diego where I had a practice with a majority residential and some commercial. I started teaching at my alma matter in 2002, in California, first as an adjunct and then I added more classes during the recession in 2009.  I found out that teaching was a calling and really enjoying it.

What certifications do you hold?
NCIDQ, LEED, WELL, WWYW etc... NCIDQ, LEED GA

How many years you have been a member of ASID?
I have been a member for over 30 years.

What is your favorite thing about ASID?
Camaraderie

How can members get involved with your design community and/or small volunteer opportunities?
Members can help by offering venues, helping during events, sharing your talents with educational content for meeting, and helping recruit members.

For more information about the Eastern DC, please reach out to Isabelle at DesignAndBuildingInc@gmail.com, or by phone at 858-829-6263.

Metrolina Design Community

Julie Russi
Showroom Manager
The Tile Shop

I assist in composing tile projects and building materials in both commercial and residential projects. I work with retail customers and industry pros alike. Currently, I am working with a local designer, Anne Taylor Interiors, on her personal home in Matthews.

What certifications do you hold?
NCIDQ, LEED, WELL, WWYW etc.

How many years you have been a member of ASID?
I have been a member of ASID for five Years.

What is your favorite thing about ASID?
I love our community and network of industry professionals dedicated to the impact design has on our day-to-day lives.

How can members get involved with your design community and/or small volunteer opportunities
Members can providing CEU courses to keep everyone informed and up-to-date on new products, material codes, and best practices.

For more information about the Metrolina DC, please contact Julie at julierussi17@gmail.com, or by phone at 704-797-6163.

Midlands Design Community

Rebecca B. Compton, ASID, CKD, NCIDQ
President/COO
Gallery 406 Interiors LLC

Rebecca has primarily worked on residential projects throughout her 37-year career, which includes kitchen and bath design and custom cabinetry.  She especially enjoys planning and working with her contractors on those remodeling projects.  Custom window treatments, blinds, shades, and shutters are another part of her design business, in addition to consultations for updates in the home, or placing and installing furniture, art, and accessories after a move.

How long have you been a member of ASID?
I have been a member since 1980.

What are your favorite things about being a member of ASID?
My favorite things are friendships developed, and all the learning opportunities.

How can members get involved with your design community and/or small volunteer opportunities?
If you have thoughts, ideas, venue options, or contacts regarding events you would like to see in the Midlands Design Community, or if you would like to volunteer to greet, handle the sign-in table, assist with refreshments, or make phone calls, please contact Rebecca at gallery406@sc.rr.com or call 803-774-0406 (Wk./Cell).

Triad Design Community

Cynthia Parker, ASID
Owner and Interior Designer
Cynthia Parker Design

Cynthia Parker Design (CPD) provides full-service residential interior design with focus on the client’s goals, guiding them through the collaborative process to create a functional space that reflects their personal style.

What is your Inspiration?
I am inspired by colors and textures I see in nature and through my travels. 

What certifications do you hold?
NCIDQ 

How many years a member or ASID?
I have been a professional member for 35 years, including past membership in the West Palm Beach, Los Angeles, and Chicago chapters.

What is your favorite thing about ASID?
I value the support of, and advancement of, the interior design profession.

What should we know about the Triad DC?
Currently, programs for the Triad community will be virtual.

Please contact me if you have any program ideas or having any questions about the Triad DC at 336-456-4670 (mobile) or by email at cparker0685@gmail.com.

Up Country Carolina Design Community

Jennifer Verkon
Sales Representative
Southern Traditions Window Fashions

I am a sales rep for a window covering company in Greenville. We consult and sell interior and exterior shutters, drapery, shades, blinds and exterior screens and awnings. My duties include sales, ordering, tracking and client relations

How many years you have been a member of ASID?
I have been a member since 2008.

What is your favorite thing about ASID?
I love getting to know other designers and having a community of support within that group.

How can members get involved with your design community and/or small volunteer opportunities?
I am always looking for new ideas for events or CEU's for our chapter. Please reach out to me at jennifer@shutters4u.com or 864-520-3502.