This page features the 2020-2022 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: Rachelle Neal AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Tom Bowling AIFD, PFCI
2021: Ken Senter AIFD, CFD and Nita Robertson AIFD, CFD
2022: Pete Samek AIFD, CFD and Laurie Lemek AIFD, CFD, PFCI
Fellows Rep: Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Rachelle Neal AIFD, CFD

Ethical Standards & Bylaws Nominations & Elections

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. 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.

Chairperson and Board Liason: Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD
Past President Representative: Chris Norwood AIFD
Members: Eddie Payne AIFD, CFD (’21), Jackie Burell AIFD, CFD (’21), Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD (’22), John Kittinger AIFD, CFD (’22)


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: Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Julia Schmitt AIFD, CFD, EMC, ICPF, PFCI
2021: Deborah Kenney AIFD, CFD, Lori Himes AIFD, CFD, Lisa Greene AIFD, CFD
2022: Sharon McGukin AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Sheryl Doerr AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Pete Samek AIFD, CFD
Industry Partner Advisor: Kelly Mace

Chairperson:  Polly Berginc AIFD, CFD
Vice Chairperson: Alan Masters AIFD, CFD
2021: Richard Milteer AIFD, CFD, Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD
2022: Ace Berry AIFD, CFD, Patti Fowler AIFD, CFD
Online Advisor: Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Sandy Schroek AIFD, CFD

Education Partners:
Chairperson:Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD
Vice Chair: Terry Godfrey AIFD, CFD, EMC
2021 Members: Rocio Del Pilar Silva Davila AIFD, CFD, Rhea Jang
2022: Rae Roberts-Grittith AIFD, CFD, Solomon Leong AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Todd Sweeden AIFD, CFD


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 and Board Liason: Laura Parker AIFD, CFD (’22)
President: Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD (’21)
President-Elect: Janet Black AIFD, CFD (’21)
2021: Theresa Colucci AIFD, CFD
2022: Susan Ishkanian AIFD, CFD
2023: Jeanna Furst AIFD, CFD
Fellows Rep: George Mitchell AIFD, CFD (’23)


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


Chairperson: Janet Black AIFD, CFD (’21)
Vice-Chair: Julie Beck Rogers AIFD, CFD, TMFA (’21)
Member Advisors: Jim Blythe AIFD, CFDBob Gordon AIFD, CFD, Theresa Riddle AIFD, CFD, David Hope AIFD, CFD
Reg. Reps: Susan Bean AIFD, CFD (NW)
Michael Whaley AIFD, CFD (S)
Nicola Parker AIFD, CFD, TMFA (SC)
Gina Thresher AIFD, EMC (NW)
Renee Tucci AIFD, PFCI (NE)
Patience Pickner AIFD, PFCI, SDCF (NC)
Liaison: Janet Black

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: William Hattel AIFD, CFD
Vice-Chair: Sheri Jentsch AIFD, CFD, TMF
2021: Brent Leech AIFD, CFD, Mark Pellon AIFD CFD, Gerry Toh AIFD, CFD, CCF, Ashley Brant CFD, Brian Coovert AIFD, CFD
2022: David Elder AIFD, CFD, Brian Cowart AIFD, CFD, Scott Ellingboe AIFD, CFD, Winnie Leenarts AIFD, CFD, Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Brent Leech 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: Gina Thresher AIFD
Vice Chair: Shonda Cunningham AIFD, CFD
2020: Sharrai Morgan- Faulkner AIFD, CFD, Kenneth Snauwaert AIFD, CFD, Jenny Thomasson AIFD, CFD
2021: Janet Black AIFD, CFD, Yoshi O’Connor AIFD, CFD, Vic Castillo AIFD, CFD, Wil Gonzalez AIFD, CFD
2022: Renee Tucci AIFD, PFCI, Sharrai Morgan-Faulkner AIFD, CFD, Kari Smith AIFD, CFD
International Committee Advisor: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Kenneth Snauwaert 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.

 Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
2021 First Vice Chair: D. Damon Samuel AIFD, CFD
Second Vice Chair: Ken Senter AIFD, CFD
Past Chairperson: Sandy Schroeck AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Cert.Eval/Judging: Sandy Schroeck AIFD, CFD
CFD Liaison: Frank Blanchard AIFD, CFD, Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD
International Liaison: Marcela Lopez-Vallejo AIFD, CFD
Laureate Liaison: Carolyn Minutillo AIFD, CFD
Member Communicate: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Member Recruitment: Tom Bowling AIFD, PFCI
Member Retention: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Mentoring: Dov Kupfer AIFD, CFD
PFDE Coordination: Terry Godfrey AIFD, CFD, EMC
Reviews/Audits: Bob Tucker AIFD, FSMD, CFD, CFEJ
Reviews/ Audits Education: Jacob McCall AIFD, CFD, AAF, FSMD

Focal Points

Editor: Marisa Chanel Guerrero AIFD, CFD
Co-Editor: Kat Castagnoli AIFD, CFD
Chapter Past President Representatives: Carolyn Minutillo AIFD, CFD (NC)
Sandi Yoshihara- Sniff AIFD, CFD (SC)
Nita Robertson AIFD, CFD (NW)
Shonda Cunningham AIFD, CFD (SW)
Laurie Lemek AIFD, CFD, PFCI (NE)
Theresa Godfrey AIFD, CFD, EMC (S)
Young Professional Committee: Joan Marie Driscoll AIFD, CFD, MMFD
International Committee Advisor: Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Jacob McCall 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: Lesleighan Cravens AIFD, CFD, PFCI (’22)
Vice Chairperson: Marianne Suess AIFD, CFD, CAFA (’22)
2020: Sue Bal AIFD, CFD, Conni Jo Harris AIFD, CFD
2021: Tricia Locke AIFD, CFD, Pat Scace AIFD, CFD
2022: Melinda Lynch AIFD, CFD, Kyla Beutler AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD

Student Competition

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

Chairperson: Sandy Yoshihara-Sniff AIFD, CFD (’22)
Vice Chairperson: Nicola Parker AIFD, CFD, TMFA
2020: Kevin Hinton AIFD, CFD, Aisha Crivens AIFD, CFD
2021: Antionette Smith Jones AIFD, CFD, GMF, Pattie Wallander AIFD, CFD, ICPF, Jeff Lott AIFD, CFD, Hallie Morrison AIFD, CFD
2022: Angelyn Tipton AIFD, CFD, Hanna Souther AIFD, CFD, Cherrie Silverman AIFD, CFD, EMC, Clayton Honeycutt AIFD, CFD, Rhonda Lynn Meckell AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: Theresa Colucci 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: Todd Sweeden AIFD, CFD  (Vice Pres.)
President: Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD 
President-Elect: Janet Black AIFD, CFD 
Executive Director: Kristen Philips, IOM, CAE
’20 Coordinator: Sandy Schroeck AIFD, CFD 
‘20 and ’21 Prog. Coord. : Deb De la Flor AIFD, CFD, PFCI 
’21 Co-Coordinator: Carol Inskeep AIFD, CFD 
’21 Co-Coordinator: Loann Burke AIFD, AAF, CFD, PFCI
’22 Coordinator: Ann Jordan AIFD, CFD, AAF
’22 Program Coordinator: Hitomi Giliam AIFD, CFD
’21 Partner Developer: Joyce Masom Monheim AIFD, CFD, PFCI, AAF, AzMF
Vice Chair: Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD (’22)
Members: Jenny Behlings AIFD, CFD, Theresa Colucci AIFD, CFD, Tim Farrell AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI, Katherine Gonzales AIFD, CFD, Ikuko Hashimoto AIFD, CFD, Sharon McGukin AIFD, CFD, PFCI, George Mitchell AIFD, CFD, Patience Pickner AIFD, CFD, PFCI, David Powers AIFD, CFD, Jerome Raska AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI, Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD, Renne Tucci AIFD, PFCI, Jan Wilder AIFD, CFD, TMF, EMC
Site Selection: Sandy Schroeck AIFD, CFD (’22), Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD (’23)
Board Liaison: Todd Sweeden AIFD, CFD

Young Professionals

Chairperson:Nicholas St. Clair AIFD, CFD (’22), Marisa Chanel Guerrero AIFD, CFD (’20)
Vice Chair: Andrew Stinson AIFD, CFD (’22)
Members: Sharrai Morgan- Faulkner AIFD, CFD, Laura Daluga AIFD, CFD, Kari Smith AIFD, CFD, Darcie Garcia AIFD, CFD
Board Liaison: John Hosek AIFD, CFD 


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