IDEC Board of Directors

Hans-Peter (Hepi) Wachter

IDEC President 
University of North Texas

Hans-Peter (Hepi) Wachter is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture Division of Interior Design in Norman Oklahoma with degrees in Masters of Science in Interior Architecture from the University of Applied Science in Rosenheim, Germany, a Masters of Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany and a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany. He has been teaching Interior Design and Architecture courses at the University of Oklahoma since 2001. Classes he teaches include furniture design, interior construction , lighting design and junior and senior level design studios and since the program added a master’s program in 2011 he added graduate courses in design theory , Indoor environmental qualities and sustainable products. Since teaching at the University of Oklahoma, he developed his research in environmental and educational gerontology and trans-disciplinary collaboration. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in 2001, Hepi had his own design firm in Germany. His emphasis as a design professional in Germany was on commercial interiors and the design of displays, furniture, exhibits, and special event environment. He continues with design practice, creating furniture and sculpture and consulting with commercial and residential clients besides teaching and research commitments. He received American Society of Interior Designer, Oklahoma Chapter Excellence in Design Awards in 2010 and 2014.  

IDEC Past- President
Marymount University
Douglas Seidler is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Marymount University. He was a professor of interior design for six years at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University and an adjunct professor of architecture for six years at the Boston Architectural College. Since 2009 Doug has worked to strengthen IDEC conference scholarship in the role of proceedings coordinator and proceedings task force member.

Susan Ray-Degges
IDEC President Elect
North Dakota State University

Susan Ray-Degges is a Professor and Interior Program Coordinator at North Dakota State University. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Susan has also successfully passed the NCIDQ, and is a Certified Interior Designer in Minnesota.  She has served in various leadership roles within IDEC, most recently she has served as the IDCEC Liaison and the Director of Regions.  Her research interests focus on design pedagogy, assessment and gerontology. Susan is starting her twenty-sixth year in the in the Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management and teaches the senior capstone experience, professional practice, and historical interiors.  

Rene King

Colombia College 

Marsha Cuddeback
IDEC Director (Teaching)
Louisiana State University
Marsha R. Cuddeback is an Associate Professor in the College of Art + Design, School of Interior Design at Louisiana State University where she was named the Ruth Z. McCoy Professor in Interior Design 2013-2015. Marsha holds degrees in Interior Design, Architecture, and Sustainable Design - Design Studies, from Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario and the Boston Architectural College, Boston, Massachusetts. She is an NCIDQ certificate holder, licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, and Living Future Accredited (LFA) from the International Living Future Institute. Marsha currently serves as the IDEC Teaching Collaborative Coordinator, was the recent Chair of the IDEC Academic Integrity Task Force, and was selected as a member of the NCIDQ Champions Task Force. Her interests include sustainable design theory and practice; ethics and the natural and built environment; the scholarship of teaching and student-centered learning; and design for at-risk populations.

Joan I. Dickinson
IDEC Director (Scholarship)
Radford University


Joan Dickinson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Interior Design from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. in Environmental Design from Texas Tech University. Upon finishing her bachelor’s degree, Joan worked for ten years as a commercial interior designer in the Washington, DC area. During this time, she became NCIDQ certified. Dr. Dickinson’s research interests include social justice issues including design for the poor and homeless along with healthcare design. She has published in the Journal of Interior Design, Housing and Society, the Gerontologist, and Environment and Behavior and has presented nationally and internationally. Joan is currently a Professor at Radford University and the coordinator of the MFA in Design Thinking program. 

Stepahanie Sickler
IDEC Director (Service)
Florida State University 

Stephanie Sickler is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator in the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at Florida State University.    A primary focus in her classes is exposing design students to rich programming experiences through experiential learning and collaboration with community partners.  She teaches undergraduate interior design courses in design foundations, materials, and visual merchandising. Stephanie received her Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Florida State University where her graduate research focus was generational studies and interior design pedagogy.  Prior to returning to Florida State, Stephanie taught interior design at the University of Alabama for a number of years.  Her research interests include student engagement through service experiences, sustainable design education, and studies in community housing.  Stephanie has served IDEC through a variety of leadership roles including Regional Graduate Student Travel Scholarship Coordinator for the South Region and Service Collaborative Coordinator. 

Sally Ann Swearingen
IDEC Director (Regions)
Stephen F. Austin State University

Sally Ann Swearingen is an Associate Professor, NCIDQ Certified and a Registered Interior Designer in Texas.  She is past Coordinator of Interior Design program at Stephen F. Austin State University and previously developed and served as Director of the SFASU Design Center on campus. She has served as a site visitor for CIDA.   In IDEC she has served on the marketing task force and regionally has served three years as Creative Scholarship Chairman, served as an abstract reviewer, and past SW Regional Chair and coordinator of SW Regional conference.   She has been a long time member of IDEC and has over 20 years’ experience in the field of interior design.  Her focus is in Building Codes, Commercial Design with an emphasis in Library and Classroom Design, and service learning projects
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