Gilbert Broco - President
Gilbert grew up in Puerto Rico and graduated with a BA in Environmental Design Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico in 2002. He moved to Florida in 2006 where he became a licensed Interior Designer. Gilbert is currently the Vice President of Culture & Design for the CI Group, where he runs the Design department, employee engagement and community outreach for their 7 locations across the Southeast. His passion for the arts and design combined with his love for Tampa Bay keeps him busy and active in the community. He is also on the board for Leadership Tampa Bay where he serves as the Alumni Events Chair. Gilbert is really excited about working with the design community of central Florida to mold our IIDA chapter into a future of which we can all be proud of.
Don Newman - President Elect
Raised in Western NY and became interested in art and design at an early age. Don is also an Eagle Scout and has always dedicated a portion of his free time to volunteer work. He enjoys sharing knowledge and collaborating with others towards a common goal that benefits the community. Believe heavily in giving back and philanthropic efforts. He would like to help the FL Central chapter grow by developing events that align with the chapter’s character, purpose, and goals and appeal to industry professionals.
Amanda Guerrier - Past President
Amanda graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2011 and again with her MFA in Interior Design in 2014. She is currently a licensed interior designer at ASD | sky where she is responsible for various interior design assignments and working on several project teams to assist in the overall effort of seeing projects through to completion. Amanda joined the local IIDA board 4 years ago and has continued to serve in an effort to create change through leadership and community engagement.
Hethre Strickland - VP of Tampa
Hethre’s background is in Interior Design which she practiced until 2007. Since 2007 she has been in various sales roles with manufacturers in the industry, most recently she is the sales consultant for Coalesse, a brand in the Steelcase Inc. family. She is also on the board for Tampa Connection and is active in the local Tampa community. She is excited to be a part of the board for IIDA ; working with a great group of knowledgeable designers and fellow representatives in the central Florida area. She currently lives in the North Tampa with her husband and children.
Kelli Russell - VP of Orlando
Kelli graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado in 2003 and worked as a licensed designer in the state of Florida until 2011 when she became a manufacturer’s representative. Kelli works for Tandus Centiva, a commercial flooring manufacturer. IIDA is important to me because it brings the community together for a common goal. We are all united in our field and should support growth, networking, and education to be the best we can possibly be.
Danielle Everette - VP of Advocacy
Danielle graduated from University of Florida in 2011 and has worked in the Tampa Bay area for over 6 years. She worked as a licensed interior designer until 2017 when she became a Territory Sales Manager for Koroseal Interior Products. Danielle spent last year as a board member for the Florida Central chapter and is excited to transition into her new role as VP of Advocacy.
Kelli Dixon - VP of Membership
Kelli moved to Tampa in 2018 with more than 10 years of experience in interior design. She has a degree in interior design from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and has held positions with top furniture dealers and manufacturers. As an Account Manager for Empire Office, in Tampa, Kelli leads the local A+D strategy and helps her clients create inspiring spaces to do their best work, wherever work happens. Kelli served on the Dallas IIDA City Center board for 7 years, and looks forward to bringing her experience and ideas to the Tampa market.
Nadine Phillips - VP of Communications
Brittany Suszka - Director, Tampa
Brittany graduated from Miami University in 2012 and moved to Florida to a pursue her design career. Currently, she works at NELSON in downtown Tampa, has prior interior design experience in high-end residential design, and served as her Student IIDA Chapter President previously.
Holly Fischer - Director, Tampa
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from FSU, Holly worked as a commercial interiors designer in Boston and New York, before returning to her home state of Florida. Her 18 year career has transitioned from design to sales, and she currently holds the District Manager position for Teknion in Tampa and Orlando. Holly has earned both LEED AP and WELL AP credentials, and is passionate about helping clients create dynamic workspaces, while keeping the environment and wellness in mind.
Kasia Ostrowski - Director, Tampa
Robert Edgar - Director, Tampa
Rob is a Florida native who recently transferred back to Tampa Florida form Oakland, California within the Gensler family. He is a licensed interior designer, IIDA professional member since 2002 and has served in various positions within IIDA to promote the interior design profession. Rob’s involvement goals are to assist in forwarding the profession through education, licensing and community involvement. In his free time he enjoys volunteering and spending time with his family and Woodle, Effie.
Shawna Boyd - Director, Tampa
Brandi Markiewicz - Director, Orlando
Brandi is a native Floridian and has always had a passion for design. A graduate from Florida State University, Brandi practiced residential and commercial Interior Design for 7 years before transitioning into manufacturer sales. She is currently the Senior Vice President, General Manager of The CI Group in Orlando. Brandi is passionate and dedicated to helping clients create a workplace that will inspire creativity, foster collaboration, and nurture team knowledge sharing. Previously serving on the IIDA North Florida Chapter Board as Director of Events, Brandi looks forward to contributing to the growth and success of Central Florida’s design community.
Marianne Poltar - Director, Orlando
Marianne graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design in 2004 and moved to Florida shortly after in 2015 to pursue her design profession. She is currently a licensed Interior Designer at Gravity Architecture and Design, LLC. in Orlando focusing on Hospitality Design. She has been on the IIDA board since 2016. IIDA is important to me because as a member, it enables me to be more involved in the design community and allows for development in my profession.