This page features the 2018-2019 committees of volunteer members who are working hard to enhance the value of membership in AIFD and to assist the floral industry in the advancement of the art of professional floral design.


AIFD’s Awards Committee is responsible for soliciting and reviewing nominations for the five distinguished awards which may be presented each year. The Committee makes its selection recommendations to the AIFD Board for approval. The Committee is then responsible for the coordination of the Awards ceremonies at the National Symposium.

Chairperson: Rich Salvaggio AIFD, CFD
2019: Sylvia Bird AIFD, CFD, Carol Caggiano AIFD, CFD
2020: John Kittinger AIFD, CFD, Kenneth Snauwaert AIFD, CFD
2021: Ken Senter AIFD, CFD, Pete Samek AIFD, CFD
Fellows Rep: George Mitchell AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Rachelle Nyswonger-Neal AIFD, CFD


AIFD Bylaws Committee is charged with the annual review of the Institute Bylaws and for evaluating and making recommendations to amend the Bylaws when requests for such are received by members.

Chairperson: Anthony Vigliotta AIFD, CFD
Members: John Kittinger AIFD, CFD, Rich Salvaggio AIFD, CFD, Sherry Moon AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: BJ Dyer AIFD, CFD


The Education Committee is responsible for researching, developing and implementing educational materials and programs for the professional development of AIFD members and the floral industry at large. Specifically, the Research Sub-committee oversees the continuing development and revision of the AIFD Book of Floral Terminology. Through special assignments for research and group discussions, it collects, maintains, defines and refines information pertinent to floral designers. The Committee “Trenditorial” Sub-committee is also responsible for helping to bring the latest on trends in floral design to the members of AIFD.

Career Development:
Chairperson: Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Carolyn Clark Kurek AIFD, CFD
2019: Mike Hollenbeck AIFD, CFD
2020: Sue Bal AIFD, CFD
2021: Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD, Deborah Kenney AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Pete Samek AIFD, CFD
Industry Partner Advisor: Kelly Mace

Chairperson:  Michael Whaley AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Alan Masters AIFD, CFD
2019: Polly Berginc AIFD, CFD, Ted Bruehl AIFD, CFD
2020:  James DelPrince AIFD, CFD, Joyce Grattoni AIFD, CFD
2021: Richard Milteer AIFD, CFD, Scott Ellingboe AIFD, CFD
Online Advisor: Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: David Shover AIFD, CFD (Vice President)

Education Partners:
Chairperson:Mike Hollenbeck AIFD, CFD,
Members: Ruben Consa AIFD, CFD, Rocio Del Pilar Silva Davila AIFD, CFD, Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD, Anthony Swick AIFD, CFD, Tina Parkes AIFD, CFD, Rae Roberts-Grittith AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Janet Black AIFD, CFD (Secretary)

Ethical Standards

The Ethical Standards Committee works to assure the floral industry and the public that AIFD members are abiding by the AIFD Code of Conduct. The Committee also works closely with the Executive Director to assure compliance with use of the AIFD Registered trademarks.

Chairperson: Eddie Payne AIFD, CFD, Anthony Vigliotta AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: David Shover AIFD, CFD (Vice President)


All matters of finance are referred to this important committee. The Finance Committee develops and recommends to the National Board, AIFD’s annual budget. Before the Board can adopt new programs which will have a financial impact on the Institute, it must refer the matter to the Finance Committee for approval.

Chairperson: Laura Parker AIFD, CFD (Treasurer), Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD (President), Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD (Pres-Elect)
2019: Alex Jackson AIFD, CFD, Lori Novak AIFD, CFD
2020: BJ Dyer AIFD, CFD
Fellows Rep: George Mitchell AIFD, CFD


A separate entity from the Institute, the AIFD Foundation is organized solely for the purpose of expanding opportunities for floral design education. It coordinates scholarship programs for student members of AIFD and presents grants for the development of higher levels of design education.

Lynn Lary McLean AIFD, CFD


Janet Black AIFD, CFD, Jim Blythe AIFD, CFD (LIFE Advisor), Bob Gordon AIFD, CFD (LIFE Advisor)
Reg. Reps: Katie McCormick AIFD, CFD (SW)
Kevin Coble AIFD, CFD (S)
Dov Kupfer AIFD, CFD (SC)
Karen Schubert Genoud AIFD, CFD (NW)
Dot Chenevert AIFD, CFD (NE)
Alice Waterous AIFD, CFD (NC)

Industry Partners

Industry Partners serve as a vital support mechanism for AIFD. The Industry Partners Committee is responsible for recruiting Partners and for communicating their needs to the AIFD National Board. The Committee also hosts a light reception for the Partners and coordinates the Partners New Product Program at the National Symposium.

Chairperson: Susan Ishkanian AIFD, CFD
Vice Chair: Karen Schubert Genoud AIFD, CFD
2019: Debbie Strand AIFD, CFD, Barry Cowart AIFD, CFD, Martin Flores AIFD, CFD
2020: Winnie Leenaarts AIFD, CFD, Wil Gonzalez AIFD, CFD, Carol Inskeep AIFD, CFD
2021: William Hattel AIFD, CFD, Susan Ayala AIFD, CFD, Jesus Avila AIFD, CFD, Thaddeus Servantez AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Pete Samek AIFD, CFD


AIFD’s Marketing Committee has a two-dimensional program in place to promote AIFD and its members: to the floral industry and to the public. The committee coordinates a multitude of initiatives to do this. Sub-Committees include one that focuses on Flower Shows and another that helps to coordinate AIFD Across America sessions.

Chairperson: Stacey Carlton AIFD, CFD
Vice Chair: Vacant
2019: Shonda Cunningham AIFD, CFD, Yoli LaGuerre AIFD, CFD, Joe Guggia AIFD, CFD
2020: Sharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD, Kenneth Snauwaert AIFD, CFD, Jenny Thomasson AIFD, CFD
2021: Janet Black AFD, CFD, Lisa Greene AIFD, CFD, Yoshi O’Connor AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Jacob McCall AIFD, CFD


While every committee is important to AIFD, none has a greater impact on the future of the Institute than the Membership Committee. This committee is responsible for the development and coordination of the process one must successfully complete to become an Accredited Member. They must evaluate the design work of every Candidate for membership with the focus being on always maintaining the highest standards and credibility for AIFD.

Sandy Schroeck AIFD, CFD
First Vice Chair: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Second Vice Chair: Michelle Morgan AIFD, CFD
Past Chairperson: Leanne Kesler AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD (President-Elect)
Cert.Eval/Judging: Leanne Kesler AIFD, CFD
CFD Liaison: Ken Senter AIFD, CFD
International Liaison: Marcela Lopez-Vallejo AIFD, CFD
Laureate Liaison: Cres Motzi AIFD, CFD
Member Communicate: Leanne Kesler AIFD, CFD
Member Recruitment: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Member Retention: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Mentoring: Dov Kupfer AIFD, CFD
PFDE Coordination: D. Damon Samuel AIFD, CFD
Reviews/Audits: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Miscellaneous: Martin Flores AIFD, CFD


Editor: Marisa Chanel Guerrero AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Kenneth Snauwaert AIFD, CFD

Nominations & Elections

The Nominations and Elections Committee coordinates both the National election of members to the AIFD Board and the election of the officers of the Board. They receive recommendations for nominee considerations and also must help coordinate the elections of Regional Chapter leaders.

Chairpersons: Kim Oldis  (Past Pres.)
Jackie Burrell AIFD, CFD, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, Richard Milteer AIFD, CFD, Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD

Student Membership/Artists in Residence

The Student Membership Committee coordinates and provides support to the various student chapters of AIFD. The Committee also coordinates AIFD’s Artists In Residence program, which provides an expert floral artist as a lecturer for various college classes.

Chairperson: Janet Gallagher AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Vacant
2019: Kathy Whalen AIFD, CFD, Jenny Behlings AIFD, CFD
2020: Sue Bal AIFD, CFD, Conni Jo Harris AIFD, CFD
2021: Tricia Locke AIFD, CFD, Pat Scace AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Todd Sweeden AIFD, CFD

Student Competition

Coordinate the annual floral design competition that takes place at each National Symposium.

Chairperson: Kevin Coble AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Sandy Yoshihara-Sniff AIFD, CFD
2019: Rupali Shete AIFD, CFD
2020: Kevin Hinton AIFD, CFD, Aisha Crivens AIFD, CFD
2021: Brenda Blackburn AIFD, CFD, Doris Hargrove AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Katie McCormick AIFD, CFD


Provides leadership and direction in the establishment of long-term policies and procedures to assure AIFD members and the floral industry of the quality of a National Symposium.

Chairperson: David Shover AIFD, CFD  (Vice Pres.)
Members: Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD (President), Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD (Pres.-Elect), Kristen Philips, IOM, CAE (Exec. Dir.), Susie Kostick AIFD, CFD (‘18 Coord), John Kittinger AIFD, CFD (‘18 Prog Coord), Joyce Mason-Monheim (‘19 Coord), Brian Vetter AIFD, CFD (‘19 Prog. Coord), Sandy Schroeck (‘20 Coord), Deb De la Flor (‘20 Prog. Coord), Laura Parker AIFD, CFD (Finance)
Board Liaison: David Shover AIFD, CFD (Vice Pres.)

Young Professionals

Chairperson: Marisa Chanel Guerrero AIFD, CFDSharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD, Laura Daluga AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: John Hosek AIFD, CFD (Vice Pres.)


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