This page features the 2016-2017 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
Fellows Rep: George Mitchell AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Debbie Gordy AIFD, CFD
2017: Sherine Iskander AIFD, CFD, Rachelle Nyswonger AIFD, CFD
2018: Pete Samek AIFD, CFD, Ken Senter 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: BJ Dyer, AIFD, CFD, Cathy Hickman Frost, AIFD, CFD, John Kittinger AIFD, CFD, Rich Salvaggio 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.
Chairperson: Carolyn Clark Kurek AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Carolyn Clark Kurek AIFD, CFD
2017: Carolyn Fowler AIFD, CFD, Lisa Greene AIFD, CFD
2018: Shonda Cunningham AIFD, CFD, Mike Hollenbeck AIFD, CFD,
Board Liaison: Ron Mulray AIFD, CFD
Chairperson: Mary Linda Horn AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: TBD
2017: Jeanne Balmes AIFD, CFD, Sharon Sabin Ivey AIFD, CFD, Joyce Grattoni AIFD, CFD
2018: Callie DeWolf AIFD, CFD, Rhonda Hess AIFD, CFD, Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD
Online Advisor and Board Liaison: Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: David Shover AIFD, CFD
Chairperson:Mike Hollenbeck AIFD, CFD, Marie Ackerman AIFD, CFD, Ruben Consa AIFD, CFD, Rocio Del Pilar Salva Davila AIFD, CFD, Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD, Angela Palmer AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD
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.
Board Liaison: Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD (Secretary)
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: Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD (Treasurer), Anthony Vigliotta AIFD, CFD (President), Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD (Pres.-Elect)
2017: Laura Parker AIFD, CFD
2018: Lori Novak 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.
Eddie Payne AIFD, CFD
Janet Black AIFD, CFD
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: TBD
2017: Patience Pickner AIFD, CFD
2018: Karen Schubert-Genoud AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD (V. Pres.)
Adviser: Kelly Mace
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: Paul Jaras AIFD, CFD
2017: Greg Lum AIFD, CFD
2018: Janet Black AIFD, CFD, Lisa Greene AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Wil Gonzalez 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.
Chairperson: Leanne Kesler AIFD, CFD
First Vice Chair: Sandy Schroeck AIFD, CFD
Second Vice Chair: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Past Chairperson: Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD (Pres-elect)
Cert.Eval/Judging: Jackie Lacey 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: Michelle Morgan AIFD, CFD
Reviews/Audits: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Editor: Marisa Chanel Guerrero AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Katie McCormick 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: Joyce Mason-Monheim AIFD, CFD (Past Pres.)
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: Lynette McDougald AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Janet Gallagher AIFD, CFD
2017: Tammy Gibson AIFD, CFD, Beth Hohensee AIFD, CFD
2018: Jamie Hindley AIFD, CFD, Kathy Whalen AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Debbie Gordy AIFD, CFD
Coordinate the annual floral design competition that takes place at each National Symposium.
Chairperson: Kevin Coble AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: TBD
2017: Kevin Hinton AIFD, CFD, Becky Klein AIFD, CFD
2018: Marcella Lopez Vellejo AIFD, CFD, Ann Rabbitt AIFD, CFD
2019: Rupali Shete AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Robyn Arnold 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: Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD (V. Pres.), Anthony Vigliotta (Pres.), Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD (P-Elect), Kristen Philips (Exec. Dir.), Lori Novak AIFD, CFD (’16 Coord), Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD (’16 Prog Coord) Cindy Anderson AIFD, CFD (’17 Coord), Wil Gonzalez AIFD, CFD (’17 Prog Coord), Susie Kostick AIFD, CFD (‘18 Coord), John Kittinger AIFD, CFD (‘18 Prog Coord), Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD (Finance)
Board Liaison: Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD (V. Pres.)