IDEC Board of Directors

Ellen Fisher

IDEC President New York School of Interior Design

Ellen Fisher is Dean and Vice-President of Academic Affairs and dean at New York School of Interior Design.  She is a Certified Interior Designer, with graduate degrees in teaching with technology and architectural studies, and a PhD in Architectural Studies/Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri, where she researched how teachers use the physical classroom as a tool for teaching literacy.  A member of IDEC since 1985, she has presented numerous times at conference, and has served on the Board of Directors, as East Region chair, and on the T&P task force, the Grants & Awards committee, and as an abstract review for IDEC conferences.  She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers in July 2018. Ellen Fisher is the author of the recent book, “HOME: Foundations of Enduring Spaces,” recently published by Clarkson Potter/Random House.  New York School of Interior Design is ranked as one of the top interior design programs in the U.S. by DesignIntelligence, which also named Ellen Fisher as one of 2017 and 2018’s Most Admired Design Educators.

IDEC Past-  President
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. 

Marsha Cuddeback
IDEC President Elect
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.

Rene King

Columbia College 
Rene King is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Design Department at Columbia College. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Architecture, is NCIDQ certified and a LEED AP.  King has over 20 years of professional experience and has worked for a number of award-winning architectural firms in the United States and France.  Her current research interests explore design, placemaking, and social justice in Chicago.  She has served on the IIDA Illinois Chapter Board of Directors for nearly six years as VP of Student Affairs, President-Elect, President, and currently, Past-President.

Steven Webber
IDEC Director (Teaching)
Florida State University
Steven Webber is an Associate Professor at FSU in the IA&D Department. He holds an M.Arch and B.S. Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. With 12 years in practice, his areas of instruction include design studios, construction systems, and construction documents at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Research areas include emotional intelligence, empathy, systemizing, design process and pedagogy, and trends in practice.  His new book, Interior Design Fundamentals, is published by Fairchild.

Lisa Tucker
IDEC Director (Scholarship)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Lisa M. Tucker, PhD is a Professor and Chair for Interior Design at Virginia Tech and teaches courses on sustainable design and upper level design studios.  She is a LEED BD + C and WELL accredited professional.  Dr. Tucker holds degrees in Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Missouri—Columbia in Architectural Studies. Dr. Tucker, honored as the 2016 IIDA Educator of the Year, has been identified by Design Intelligence as a Most Admired Design Educators in 2010, 2017, and 2018. She has received the Nancy McClelland Award and is an ASID Educator Medalist.

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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