IIDA RMC Board Members

2016-2017 IIDA RMC Board Members


Rene Stremel,  IIDA




Likes: Playing volleyball and softball, salt and vinegar chips, revitalizing old furniture, painting, my dog Louie, the outdoors, laughter

Dislikes: Hypocrsy, wind, highway motorcyclists

Fun Facts: Grew up on a farm driving tractors and working cattle



Kacy Jones, IIDA

President Elect

Herman Miller


Likes:  Biking, Growing a garden, Baking, Snowboarding, Golfing, playing with my two adorable pups

Dislikes: Stressful TV shows, country music, cats, store bought guacamole

Fun Facts: I lacerated my liver Junior year of college riding my BMX bike, that bike now resides on the wall in my living room.



Lisa Blackman, IIDA, AIA Assoc., LEED AP BD+C

Past President



Likes: shoes, wine, traveling, and design

Dislikes: alarms of any kind, complacency, and negativity

Fun Facts: I spent four grueling years earning a Master of Architecture knowing the entire time my passion was interior design.


Tina Turner, Industry IIDA

V.P. of Professional Development



Likes: My family, wine, traveling, Beautiful Spaces, Good books, Group Exercise class, Any challenge

Dislikes: Sweet Potatoes, Humidity, Turbulence, Mini-Vans, Incorrect usage of Reply All on e-mail

Fun Facts: Steve Walters is my business partner and husband- we have run 2 half-marathons together, have 2 amazing daughters and 2 dogs.  We like things in pairs!


Lindsey Salazar, IIDA

V.P. of Communications



Likes:  Asymmetry, Crown Fountain in Chicago, Laughter, Motown Music, and Numbers

Dislikes: Circles, Emojis, Mosquitos, Poor Grammar, and Wood Popsicle Sticks

Fun Facts: I’ve been to all 50 states, I have [very slowly] run a marathon, and my name comes from a combination of my mom’s and dad’s names.


Kelsey Myron-Karels,  NCIDQ,EDAC IIDA

VP of Student Affairs 

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Likes:  Long walks with the dogs, front-porch sitting, strong cocktails, and anything involving bread, potatoes, or cheese!  OMG CHEESE!

Dislikes:  Apathy, willful ignorance, traffic, mosquitos

Fun Facts:   I went to college (the first time) for dance and art history, but currently practice neither.






VP of Sponsorship

Likes: Cheese! 90’s music, sarcasm, and Oxford Commas.

Dislikes: Spanish Rose, low batteries, and Scrubs

Fun Facts: I hired an interior designer for my home because when you break your leg you go to an Orthopedist and not a Neurologist.



IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter - Board - 2013


Bob Hobson,  Industry IIDA

VP of Membership



Likes:  My furry four legged children, collecting art deco, flea markets & antique shows, dinner with friends, electronic dance music, working out.

Dislikes:  Impatient people (including myself sometimes!), really cold weather, bad drivers.

Fun Facts:  I spent 3 years in Puerto Rico in middle school (father was in the military), swam in the Junior Olympics when I was 13



VP of Advocacy



Likes: TED Talks, kombucha, horror movies, classic cars

Dislikes: Cold weather, moths, disorganization

Fun Facts: My first job was teaching swimming lessons to kids.



Tony Deagan, AIA, IIDA

Director of Events

IA Interior Architects


Likes: Jigsaw puzzles on a Sunday afternoon, in our family cabin,Miniature schnauzers and cats, Gardening, Socializing

Dislikes: Coconut, traffic

Fun Facts: I enjoy going to Opera and it has motivated me to take signing lessons

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Shannon White, Associate IIDA

V.P. of City Centers



Likes: pigs, pugs, animal rights, a smile from a stranger, a hug from one of my three sons, the mountains, laughing at myself, my husbands smile, gardening, ballet, running and putting Legos together with my boys.

Dislikes: a dirty house, parking downtown, people who are too serious

Fun Facts: I ride dirt bikes, used to own pet turtles, have a tattoo that has been redesigned three times, have three boys under 6, I used to twirl a baton and played the viola.



Alicen Dunbar,  IIDA

Denver City Center Co-Director

DLR Group


Likes: WI Cheese Curds, My Golden Retriever-Aspen,  Family Reunions, Sleeping in the Car, WI Badgers, Watching Movies, Hiking

Dislikes: Peanut butter, Earwigs, Drivers Not Using Their Blinkers, Crowded Malls

Fun Facts: I climbed the Great Wall of China, swam in the Great Barrier Reef, and kissed the Blarney Stone.




Laura Powers,  Industry IIDA

Denver City Center Co-Director



Likes:  My Boston Terriers Louie & Charlotte, Glamping, Exotic Foreign Accents, Lake Tahoe, Staying up late, The sound of a running vacuum, No agenda for a day with loved ones, The CSU Rams

Dislikes: Black olives, Packing a suitcase, Sci-Fi ANYTHING, Rain on suede shoes

Fun Facts:  My husband, who I’ve been with for 12 years, has turned me into a total Broncos SUPERFAN.  Growing up in Wisconsin, I only applied to colleges in Colorado when I had never even visited the state. That was in 1993 and I’ve been in love with CO ever since!


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Ryan Gambrell,  Industry IIDA

Northern Colorado City Center Co-Director (NOCO)

J+J Flooring Group

Likes: Thai Food, discovering new bands, whiskey, mid-century modern furniture and a lazy Sunday with friends and family.

Dislikes: Traffic, a poorly cooked steak, and slow internet.

Fun Facts: I spent a large portion of my 20s performing and recording music.



Marcia Brake, AP BD+C, IIDA

Northern Colorado City Center Co-Director (NOCO)

Brake Designs, LLC.


Likes: Cooking, Traveling, Time with my boys, Health Podcasts, Being in the Mountains

Dislikes: Going down hill, Humidity, Rides That Spin, Water-chestnuts

Fun Facts: I’m a third Generation Coloradoan but have never been skiing. I love cheese horror films especially from the 80s.


IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter - Board - 2013

Heather Wallsten, Associate IIDA

Southern Colorado City Center Co-Director (SOCO)

RTA Architects


Likes:  Camping in the mountains, traveling, cooking, roller coasters, sipping on a cup of hot chocolate by the fire when the temperature is cold, drinking an iced tea in a hammock when the temperature is hot, and  cuddling with my two doodles

Dislikes:  Rooms without art and color, traffic, cloudy days, washing dishes, and getting hair all over my clothes from cuddling with my two doodles.

Fun Facts:  I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and I can’t imagine calling any other place home.

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Emily Jones, Associate IIDA

Southern Colorado City Center Co-Director (SOCO)

Workplace Resource


Likes:  Floral arrangement, coffee, a good breakfast, musicals, singing Jazz, horseback riding, swing dancing, car dancing, surfing, new adventures, learning about myself, bright colors and light spaces

Dislikes:  Getting up before the sun, people reading over my shoulder, creepy-crawlies, closed-minded people, manipulation, alarm clocks

Fun Facts:  I was almost run over by a kangaroo when I lived in Australia. I love designing spaces that feel like “home.”

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