Board of Directors

The NCIDQ Board of Directors works with the executive director to manage the Council’s affairs, property, funds and policies. The eight-member Board is composed of seven Certificate holders and one public member not affiliated with the design profession, who serves as the voice for the public, which NCIDQ serves.

Members of the Board of Directors are elected by the delegates to serve two-year terms. The President, President-Elect and Past President serve one-year terms. The composition of the Board includes representation from the member boards and other interior designers who have served NCIDQ through committee service.



Victoria Horobin, President

NCIDQ Certificate No. 009086

Victoria Horobin

Victoria Horobin is a principal at KBH Interior Design located in Toronto, ON from 2000 to present. She currently serves as Director of Marketing at KBH and believes strongly in serving client interests through the design process and in projecting client image and business philosophy through the interior environment, while responding to the critical client needs of function, budget and schedule.

A graduate of Ryerson University School of Interior Design, Victoria is a member of the Board of Governors for ARIDO and has served as delegate from Ontario from 1998 to 2002 and then alternate delegate from 2003 to 2009. She has also served as a volunteer to NCIDQ as a member of the Grading Coordinators Committee, IDEP Task Force, Policies & Procedures Committee, Nominations Committee, Certification Task Force, Definition of Interior Design Task Force and Jury Team Leader Committee. 


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Laurie McRae, President-Elect

Certificate No. 011606

Laurie McRae

Laurie McRae is the founder of Laurie McRae Interiors, Inc., an interior design firm that employs two design professionals in Augusta, GA and has a satellite office at the Aiken Design Center in Aiken, SC. The firm has provided commercial and residential interior design services throughout Georgia since 1989. In 2004, she was appointed to the state licensing board for Architects and Interior Designers by Gov. Sonny Perdue and has served on a subcommittee of the Georgia Board to develop language to present to the Georgia legislature that will strengthen and protect the current law defining interior design practice. She has also served on the NCIDQ Board of Directors in 2010 and 2011 and as a member on NCIDQ’s Annual Council of Delegates Meeting Agenda Task Force, the Policies and Procedures Committee and the Standards Task Force. She attended the NCIDQ Annual Council of Delegates Meetings in 2005, 2006 and 2007 as the alternate delegate from Georgia.


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Kim Ciesynski, Past President

NCIDQ Certificate No. 013427

Kimberly Marks

Kim Ciesynski is the owner and principal designer of Spaces Design & Planning in Reno, Nevada. This full-service design firm specializes in commercial, hospitality and healthcare projects in the western United States. She serves on the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design, appointed by the governor in 2010. Most recently, she served NCIDQ as the Alternate Delegate from Nevada, Chair of the IDEP Task Force, a member of the Continuing Education Task Force and as an ambassador presenting the Your Journey to Professionalism webinar and program. Kim served on the NCIDQ Board of Directors in 2009-2010 and has served in numerous other capacities for NCIDQ.

Kim is a licensed interior design in Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BS degree in Interior Design and has been practicing design more than 20 years. She believes strongly that NCIDQ should maintain strong relationships with all collateral design organizations on order to bring open communication and transparency to these relationships and to speak with one voice for our design community.


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David Hanson

NCIDQ Certificate No. 010654

David Hanson

David leads the interiors studio and is a partner 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 adistinguished career in Ontario and British Columbia. His continuous involvement and contribution to his profession have brought him recognition across Canada. Over the past 20 years David has served on the boards of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia, and 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. David is currently serving 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. Most recently David has served on the 2013 marketing task force and in 2012 was a member of the Nominating Committee, and in 2010-2011 chaired the Multiple Choice Development Committee.

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Kari Frontera

NCIDQ Certificate No. 017116

Kari Frontera

Kari is an accomplished designer with experience in sports, workplace, and retail design.

She currently leads Gensler’s emerging Southeast Region Sports Practice Area, where she specializes in health club design. Kari also has extensive experience with roll-out facilities through her work for Town Sports International and PNC Bank.

Kari is a member of the Gensler’s Washington, DC office Lifestyle Studio and is a Southeast Regional Technical Director. 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 both a grader in 2006. She began pre-testing the NCIDQ Examination in 2007, and then served as an Item Writer in 2009. Most recently she has been the Chair of the Practicum Committee, which she has served on since 2010.

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Claudia Cathart Shannon

NCIDQ Certificate No. 009648

Claudia Cathart Shannon

Claudia is the President of Shannon Design Enterprises, Inc. located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Memphis.

Claudia attended the CIDQ Annual Meetings from 1994 until 2008 as a delegate from Arkansas, and served as a speaker, panelist and hosted roundtables at many of those meetings. In addition to being a former delegate from Arkansas, Claudia served on the CIDQ Model Language Committee from 2006 until 2008, serving as the Chair during 2007. This committee reviewed and revised language to serve for both Practice Models and Title Models.

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T.L. Ritchie

NCIDQ Certificate No. 016540

TL Ritchie

TL Ritchie holds a Masters in Architecture from University of Texas at Austin. TL served as Department Chair at Louisiana State University from 2003 to 2012 and continues as an Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator and Internship Coordinator. She has served as delegate and alternate delegate from Louisiana since 2007 and has been the Chair of NCIDQ’s IDEP/Student Benefits Task Force, Nominating Committee, IDEP Policy Task Force and a member of the Policies and Procedures Committee and Route for Architecture Education Task Force.

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