IDEC Board of Directors

Susan Ray-Degges

IDEC 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. 

IDEC Past-  President
University of North Texas
Dr. Hans-Peter (Hepi) Wachter is a Professor and Department Chair at the University of North Texas, Denton holding degrees in Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science in Interior Architecture from the University of Applied Science in Rosenheim, Germany, a Master of Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany and a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany. He was licensed in Germany as Architect and Interior Architect in 1995 and passed the American National Council of Interior Design Qualification Exam in 2004. In 2009 he completed his Qualification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and passed the exam in commercial interiors as LEED® Accredited Professional. In 2010 he certified as Aging in Place Specialist with the National Home Builder Association and in 2013 certified with the Sustainable Furnishings Counsel as a Green Accredited Professional. His research focus is in environmental gerontology, and healthy and safe school environments. Prior to moving to the United States in 2001, Hepi owned an internationally focused design firm in Germany. He received the American Society of Interior Design Oklahoma Excellence in Design Award in 2010 and 2014.

Ellen Fisher
IDEC President Elect
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.

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.

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. 

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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