Hello Ohio North,

It’s a new year and we have a lot of new things coming up.

  • We had a great New Years Party to kick off 2017. Big Thanks to our sponsors: Hinkley Lighting: Cambria, Industry Partner ASID; Beachcliff Cabinets and Sapphire Pear.
  • We have a new chapter website launching within the month. Once all the chapter websites are up they will be re-designing national’s website as well.
  • I am happy to announce the candidates for the 2017-2018 board of directors. I have personally worked with all of these ladies and I know they will do a wonderful job. On the ballot:

Kaleigh Cody, Allied ASID - President Elect
Lisa Amiri, ASID - Finance Director
Ashley Kanlic, Allied ASID - Professional Development Director
Amber Oprean, Cambria, Industry Partner ASID for Communication Director

You will be receiving your ballots in the spring.

  • Some of you may have seen the post about Governor John Kasich’s 2018 budget; on it he proposed a tax on Design Service fees. I want all of you to know that I have in contact with the government affairs director for ASID along with the president of Ohio South and we are working toward a plan. It is early in the process and I will keep you informed as this develops.
  • Lastly, all good things must come to an end, our administer Susan Kiel will be leaving us after 21 years dedicated to the chapter. We wish her well and sincerely thank her for the work she has done for this chapter. So we are looking for a new administrator and we have the job description below. If you have someone in mind please have them contact me for more information.

Have a great day Ohio and I look forward to seeing you at events in 2017.

Tracy Phelps, ASID

President 2016-2017

Welcome to the newest practitioner and students members

Lorna Blaha, Associate ASID
Megan Donahey, Student ASID
Elana Radivoyevitch, Student ASID

Welcome to the neweste Industry Partner Members

Nydree Flooring
Pride Family Brands
Shirley's Loft
Unique Stone Concepts

Industry Partner Spotlight

Shirley Slemc is an artist, designer, and owner of the newly opened Shirley's Loft Art Gallery, Industry Partner ASID. The gallery is located at 631 East 185th Street, Cleveland.

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Macy Smith, Student ASID

Hometown: Elyria, Ohio

School Attending: Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (VMCAD)

Graduation Date: Associate, September 2017. Bachelors, projected September 2018

Favorite Design Style/Designer: My favorite style is Eclectic. I love mixing elements of different styles into one design. It creates a very interesting, intriguing and different look. Eclecticism leads to so many open opportunities and options within the design.

A designer that I have always been interested by is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He had such a different approach to design in his era. He really branded himself with creating every detail and branching off into other venues besides furniture design.

3 Things that make student life easier: One way student life has been made easier for me is by absolutely loving and having a strong passion for what I do, which is Interior Design. A second thing is I am surrounded by amazing and supportive professors, staff and fellow students and it makes being a student so much more rewarding and pleasant. Finally, a third thing is being involved. As it may take a lot of time and effort, it allows me to really dive deep into applying what I have been learning and to further my education. This helps ease student life as I gain a more deeper understanding of the concepts I have been learning.

Travel Anywhere, where and why: Traveling has always had a huge place in my heart. I have been truly lucky to be able to have traveled to the places I have in the past. If I could travel anywhere in the world I would really love to travel to Africa. I have no specific country or city in Africa as there are many locations I would love to visit. I have always had a desire to travel to Africa, to observe and experience the vast amount of culture and to see the worlds beauty in other parts of our world.

Plans After Graduation: After graduation, I would like to continue to work as an Interior Designer. After a few years has past, I ultimately want to buy, flip and sell homes. I have always had a heart for homes and fixing/restoring them to their original, intended beauty.

Educational Programs

Friday, February 24th 8:00 am to 10:00 am
HBA of Greater Cleveland invites you to attend an educational program - Soulful Home, Healthy Mind Reflective Design Tips for Fostering Wellness. Presentation by Susie Frazier.

Where: Mont Surfaces Showroom

Cost: $25 per person

Click here for additional information and registration form

Wednesday, March 1st 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Winsupply of Cleveland invites you for training on "Fashion Trends in Kitchens"

Where: 4547 Hinckley Industrial Parkway, Cleveland 44109

Complimentary breakfast and beverages to be served

Click here for flyer

RSVP to Tara at 216.741.1929 or
Job Leads

ASID Ohio North Chapter is seeking a administrator. The position is part time, averaging 20 hours/ week, with an in-home office. This person works closely with the board of directors as well as the members of the chapter and ASID headquarters.

Brief Job Description

  • The position requires editing and publishing skills, computer literacy (including quickbooks) for word processing, spreadsheets, email and social media.
  • Invoicing and processing credit cards for events.
  • Providing administrative and clerical work to board and committee members.
  • Attend board meeting and take minutes.
  • Attend events and run registration.

Please contact Tracy Phelps for more information:


A longstanding NE Ohio lighting company has a unique opening for a Residential Lighting Consultant.

Looking for energetic career minded people interested in learning all aspects of consulting clients building new homes as well as replacing existing lighting.

  • Sell products and services in retail store environment
  • Interact with customers and fellow employees professionally
  • Exceed personal sales goals monthly
  • Welcome customers and support them efficiently

Please email resume to:

ASID Member CEU Requirements

ASID members must earn a minimum of 1.0 (10 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) every two years. The current reporting period is from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017.

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National Events

March 31 - April 2
Scale: The ASID National Student Summit

April 22 - 26
ASID at High Point Spring Market

P.O. BOX 32, WADSWORTH, OH 44282
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