Mar 21 06:00pm to 08:30pm
Industry Round Table

Industry Round Table

Tuesday, March 21st from 6pm-8:30pm
Location: Embassy Suites 
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. N, Independence

See who is going to be part of the discussion this year.

Pamela K. Evans, Ph. D, FIDEC, IIDA, LEED AP

Currently serving as the Director of Interior Design in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Pamela Evans has been at Kent State University for over 20 years.   Dr. Evans holds both a baccalaureate and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.  She has served the interior design community in multiple roles including on the Board of Directors of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) as both Secretary-Treasurer and Chair.  In that role Dr. Evans represented all accredited programs in the US, Canada and abroad.  In addition, Evans served the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) in many capacities including President of that organization and was inducted as a Fellow in 2009.  Dr. Evans holds a NCIDQ certificate, is LEED AP and continues to practice in the profession.   Her focus for both practice and education is civic engagement.  Research foci include color perception and anatomy, personality and practice, and educational delivery systems.

Emily Kluczynski

As Director of Advocacy, Public Policy, and Legislative Affairs for IIDA Headquarters, Emily Kluczynski works directly with all interior designers to effectively advocate for the profession in statehouses around the country, while working to maintain the best advocacy resources available for IIDA members.  One of IIDA’s most recent legislative victories occurred in 2016, when a variety of stakeholders pursued and passed the Commercial Interior Design Certification bill in the state of Utah.  

Emily previously worked for the Illinois House of Representatives as a legislative aide for State Representative Elaine Nekritz (D-IL). Emily worked on many policy issues throughout the state, including the major pension reforms of 2013, and assisted constituents in advocating on issues of their concern. In 2012, Emily received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

Abigail Rathburn

At the International Interior Design Association, Abigail works as the Advocacy and Public Manager to advocate on behalf of the interior design profession. Abigail produces strong advocacy content for members, creates informative advocacy presentations and events, and works collaboratively with members and lobbyists to pass meaningful interior design legislation.

Prior to joining IIDA, Abigail worked for the Chicago Park District as a Special Project Assistant. Abigail previously interned for the Kentucky’s Governor’s Office, Kentucky Representative Susan Westrom, 49th Ward in Chicago, and the Shedd Aquarium. Abigail is a proud alumna of the University of Louisville and received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Loyola University in 2012.

Dave Robar, AIA, NCARB, IIDA

With over 26 years of designing and directing projects, Dave knows that communication is crucial to developing a relationship with a client that unleashes the best in the team designing the new space and, in turn, those who use that new space. His experience encompasses interior architecture and design, project and budget management, strategic planning, and new-business development. By listening more than talking, Dave goes beyond being an architectural technician; he is a consultant whose perspective has wide-ranging benefits for each organization.  Dave is a Director at Vocon and is a past president of AIA Cleveland (2014).

Cheri Tucker  IIDA

Cheri has been a professional in the Interior Design industry for almost three decades. Cheri first worked as a commercial interior designer specializing in Corporate and Financial Institution Design More recently, Cheri finds herself on the other side of the table , working as an A&D representative for Louisville Tile Distributors.

Cheri began her IIDA leadership involvement at the City Center level as Professional Development Coordinator, and was part of the team that organized the very first Product Runway event. She went on to serve as City Center Director, and began to become more involved at the OHKY Chapter level. She had the opportunity to build relationships with other IIDA leaders throughout the country through participation in the Chapter Leadership Council. From City Center Director, Cheri moved into a double term as Chapter President. She is currently serving as Vice President of Advocacy.

Tracy Sciano Vajskop IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C

Tracy is a Senior Associate at Bialosky Cleveland, where she has mastered the graceful balance between working on the business, and working in the business. She has championed strategic planning, which has propelled the firm’s culture, collaborative design process, and design excellence. As Bialosky’s Senior Interior Designer,Tracy has been instrumental in blurring the lines between architecture and interior design within the practice. Her specialty has become making innovative and relevant spaces in the ever-changing landscape of education and workplace, and furthermore educating on those trends. Tracy has served on numerous panels regarding the future of the profession, and continues to be an engaged mentor to many.  She became NCIDQ certified in 1998, and has remained very active in IIDA for almost 20 years.

Moderator: Kristina Reagan IIDA, LEED Green Associate

An experience Interior Designer, Kristina is the Director of Interior Design at HDS Architecture. Here she has worked on project teams creating environments for the aging population, supportive housing, multifamily housing, and corporate offices. Her love of everything design is also paired with her passion for preserving historic spaces. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and Historic Preservation as well as a Masters of Historic Preservation from Ursuline College. Kristina has continued her education professionally by becoming an NCIDQ certified Interior Designer as well as a LEED Green Associate. She supports her profession by immersing herself in IIDA and has held several positions on the board and is currently the Director of the Cleveland Akron City Center.
Graphic Recorder: Jo (Johnine) Byrne
Jo Byrne is a graphic recorder from Cleveland, Ohio. She captures large scale, real-time, visual notes that help people process information, generate new ideas and remember content. Jo has recorded for many companies and organizations including NASA, Nestle, and the Cleveland Clinic. Before becoming a graphic recorder, Johnine worked in advertising as an art director on accounts that included Kodak and Dupont. You can learn more about her at