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IFDA Announces 2024 Board of Trustees to Administer Scholarships & Grants

The Educational Foundation of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) announced its 2024 Board of Trustees, selected to oversee and administer more than $30,000 in annual design-related scholarships and grants.  

Stephanie Graham of the Philadelphia Chapter has been named the IFDA-EF Chair for 2024. Graham is a past President of the IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) Philadelphia Chapter, a graduate of University of Tennessee BA Theatre with a concentration in Costume Design and Harcum College in Interior Design. She has been in the design field professionally for 30 years, ranging from costuming to designing  professional and personal spaces.

After 30+ years of interior design, Stephanie has developed a keen understanding of practical materials, fine design, quality craftsmanship, and collaborative project management. She works closely with her clients to gain an understanding of their tastes, interests, and needs so that each project results in a uniquely beautiful space.

Diane Williams of the Richmond Chapter has been named the Vice Chair of IFDA EF Vice Chair for 2024. Serving the Richmond, VA area, Williams specializes in one-of–a-kind painted finishes on flooring, walls, ceilings and all surfaces in between. She strives to develop unique and personal looks for each room she helps to create. Diane has been an IFDA member since 2009 and served two terms on the board of her local Richmond Chapter.  She also served as President of the International Decorative Artisans League, a non- profit organization dedicated to the education and continuation of decorative painting.

Karen Dzendolet of the New England Chapter is the Chair Past Chair/Advisor for 2024. Karen believes in intuitive, client-focused design, collaborating with and valuing her clients' lifestyles and goals.

After a career in corporate IT, managing products and projects for operating system software, Karen decided on a career change, and received her Master of Arts in Interior Design in 2006 from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.  She started her design business, KDZ Designs in 2009, in Western Massachusetts, focusing primarily on residential design consulting.

Also included on this year’s board are:
Earline Feldman, of the Carolinas Chapter, continues as Director of Scholarships & Grants           

Kathleen Penney, of the Philadelphia Chapter in her second term as Director of Resources for IFDA EF
Sarah Fletcher, of the New York Chapter Continues as Director of Communications

Also returning to the Foundation board in 2024 will be Shirley Ebert as Financial Manager and Larissa Cook, IFDA International President.

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