AIFD Announces 2013 PFDE Results

134 of the 135 candidates were successful in their bid to become a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) as bestowed by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), it was announced by John Kittinger AIFD, CFD, president of the Institute.

The candidates participated in AIFD’s rigorous Professional Floral Designer Evaluation (PFDE) session held June 26, immediately prior to the AIFD National Symposium “Passion” in Las Vegas. Earning a CFD® is the first step of the PFDE; the ultimate goal is to become an Accredited Member of AIFD.

Of the 134 professionals,  90 designers earned their CFD credentials in Las Vegas and 44 designers maintained their CFD credentials. Forty seven designers created artistic designs that were so excellent in presentation that they have been invited to become a member of AIFD and they will be inducted during ceremonies at the 2014 AIFD National Symposium “Transition Transformation” in Chicago, July 3-7.

During a PFDE, candidates must create five designs in four hours – product and categories are not announced until the PFDE begins. Designs are then evaluated based on ten points of professional floral design including mechanics, balance, color, theme, line, creativity and mechanics.

Prior to participating in the design portion of the PFDE, candidates must complete certain education requirements and successfully complete an online test to evaluate their fundamental understanding of design.

CFD designers are required to maintain their professional designation by accumulating 25 hours of floral design continuing education or serving in various capacities in floral associations.

New CFD designers include:

*Mauricio Castaneda Acosta CFD
Bogota, Colombia

Jessica E. Ammons Self CFD
Magnolia Designs
Wichita, KS

Yoko Aoki CFD
Las Vegas, NV

*Jesus Avila CFD
Nuevo Leon, Mexico

*Hyun Min Bae CFD
Seoul, South Korea

Juliana Blanks CFD
Fall City, WA

*Lesley Bolden CFD
Jacksonville, FL

Amalia Cabral de Mera CFD
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

*Bitsy Carter CFD
Hope, AR

*Conni Jo Casey-Harris CFD
N. Las Vegas, NV

Kathleen Castagnoli CFD
Kat’s Creations Floral Design
Costa Mesa, CA

Svetlana Chernyavsky CFD
Alameda, CA

*Yun Jeong Cho CFD
Dangjin City, Chungn, South Korea

Jaehee Choi CFD
Seoul, South Korea

*Won Chang (Alex) Choi CFD
Seoul, South Korea

Yeonjae Choi CFD
Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

*Youn Mi Choi CFD
Kyunggi-do, South Korea

*Jung Hui Chu CFD
Seoul, South Korea

May Ngor Chu CFD
Shatin New Territory, Hong Kong

Kathy Cunningham CFD
Moody Blooms
Portage, IN

*Justin DeGonia CFD
Poplar Bluff, MO

*Callie DeWolf CFD
Portland, OR

*Jennifer Dietrich CFD
Beautiful Beginnings Flowers
Bethpage, NY

Mary L. Doyle CFD
Lincoln, NE

Alejandro Figueira CFD
Hallandale Beach, FL

Ana Maria Garcia Perez CFD
State of Mexico, Mexico

Martin Ramirez Gasca CFD
Guanajuato, Mexico

*Julie Gennaro CFD
Deland, FL

*Michelle Gerhardt CFD
Rogers, AR

Maria Elena Gomez Cabrera CFD
Distrito Federal, Mexico

*Debbie Gordy CFD
La Porte, TX

Renee L. Gray-Thomas CFD
Renee Thomas Designs
Kahului, HI

*Se Mi Han CFD
Seoul, South Korea

Jennifer Harvey CFD
Brockville, ON Canada

*Leticia Baeza Hernandez CFD
Distrito Federal, Mexico

Charles Herrick CFD
Tamarac, FL

*Brad Higginson CFD
Ahma Florits Inc.
Toronto, ON Canada

*Jamie Hindley CFD
Passion Flowers by Jamie Hindley
Ferndale, CA

*Rebecca Louise Huffman CFD
Becky Huffman Flowers LLC
Columbia, IL

Melissa Huston CFD
Edgewater, MD

Kim O’Brien Jones CFD
Spring, TX

*Joung Yun Joung CFD
Seocho-gu,Seoul City, South Korea

Peggy Li Po Kee CFD
Hong Kong

*Han Soon Kim CFD
Kotnuri Flower Shop
Kyungkido, South Korea

Ji An Kim CFD
Incheon, South Korea


*Invited to become Accredited Member of AIFD

*Jin Sook Kim (Chong) CFD
Pasadena, TX

Polly A. Klein CFD
Polly’s Petals & Particulars
Third Lake, IL

Masayo Koizumi CFD
Shizuoka City Shizuo, Japan

Yoli LaGuerre CFD
yl event design , inc.
Rye, NY

*Thorne Minh Lam CFD
Melody Flowers
Westminster, CA

*Katherine Myrtle Larsen CFD
Salt Lake City, UT

Christina WanMooi Law CFD

Jacqueline Ann Leshko CFD
Blossoms by the Beach Floral Designs
San Diego, CA

Keith Shihong Lin CFD
Kennett Square, PA

*Rhonda H. Little CFD
Millinocket, ME

Fanny Kit-Fan Lo CFD
Hong Kong

Brittany Madon CFD
Hollywood, FL

Yolanda Margarita Garcia Carrillo CFD
Jalisco, Mexico

Dannielle Marie Marshall CFD
College of Southern NV
Las Vegas, NV

*Mary McCarthy CFD
The Blooming Idea
The Woodlands, TX

Whitney Brooks McCoy CFD
Columbia, MO

Klair Janet McDermott CFD
Miami Beach, FL

Martha Angelica Michel Torrecillas CFD
Nacucal pan de Juare, Mexico

Jessica Munn CFD
Portland, OR

Casey Murdough CFD
St. Charles, IL

Brenda Janette Nava Campos CFD
Chihuahua, Mexico

Susana Helena Ortega CFD
Weston, FL

*Heather Page CFD
Winnipeg, MB Canada

*Gayoung Park CFD
College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Jin Young “Jinny” Park CFD
Seoul, South Korea

Yong Hee Petrik CFD
Mississauga, ON Canada

*Cindy Q. Pham CCF, CFD
Anaheim, CA

Toni Marie Piccolo CFD
Gia Bella Flowers & Gifts, LLC
Burlington, WI

Nicole Richardson CFD
Sierra Vista, AZ

Tanya Rodríguez y Brandenstein CFD
Mexico City, Mexico

Claudia Saldana Leon MBC, CFD
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Norma Santiago Arrazate CFD
Mexico City, Mexico

Warunee Sarasas CFD
Elkridge, MD

Harijanto Setiawan CFD

Angela Stembridge CFD
Hudson, FL

Amanda Stewart CFD
Alpena, MI

Deborah Anne Strand CFD
Cary, IL

Holly Strudthoff CFD
Fremont, NE

Sueveangela Tabbal-Yamaguchi CFD
su-v expressions
Honolulu, HI

Michelle D. Trefethen CFD
Trefethen Floral Design
San Pedro, CA

Barbara E. Rodriguez Turner CFD
Bluffton, SC

Lauren M. Viviano-Maule CFD
Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts
Toledo, OH

Tammie Warner CFD
Boyd, TX

Marissa White CFD
Temecula, CA

Mimi Sumiaty Wihardja CFD
Vania Florist
Jakarta Utara, Indonesia



Sixteen professionals who were already CFD were also invited to become AIFD. They are:

Dawn Block CFD
Oakbank, MB Canada

Christopher Branham CFD
Middlesboro, KY

Leisa J. Cook CFD
Belgrade, MT

Hyo Jung Choe CFD
Seoul, South Korea

Adrianna Duran-Leon CFD
Albuquerque, NM

Kirk Joiner CFD
Passion Growers LLC
Miami, FL

Min Kyung Kim CFD
Seoul, South Korea

Michiko Koyama CFD
Ivy Floral Design School
Okegawa City Saitama, Japan

Phan Tu Lai CFD
Southern California School of Floral Design
Orange, CAMarcela Lopez-Vallejo CFD
Cartago, Costa Rica

Kimberly D. Martin CFD
University of Misssouri-Tiger Garden
Columbia, MO

Michelle Morgan CFD
Morgan Investment Enterprises LLC DBA Katherine’s Florist
Clermont, FL

Poppy Parsons CPFD, CFD
Smart Flowers
Swift Current, SK Canada

Rey Rodriguez CFD
Pleasanton, TX

Randy Stone CFD
East Dublin, GA

Annie Wang CFD
Annie’s Florist
Shanghai, China

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