Winter 2018
November 2018 Quarterly Newsletter
Hello ASID Michigan Members! This is our first issue from the 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors. We have some exciting events coming up for the end of the year. We look forward to growing and enhancing the design experience with all our fellow designers, industry partners and design students. Thank you for your support, your membership, and don't forget to renew for 2019!

Madeline King, Director of Communications
ASID 2018 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids
Our 2018 AISD Annual Meeting & Gala was held in Grand Rapids at Wheelhouse Kitchen on Friday, September 21. The 60+ group sipped custom cocktails and dined on a chef's menu of fresh ingredients as we celebrated a milestone year, and capped off the term of Past-President Christina Bliss, and welcome our new 2018/19 Board!

The Linda Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Steve Teich, ASID of The Teich Group. Congratulations, Steve!
Meet your New 2019 Board!
Welcome the new and returning ASID MI Board Members for 2019!

(Left to Right)

Debbie Gonzalez, Chapter Administrator
Kayla Vandro, Professional Development
Madeline King, Comm.Director
Christina Bliss, Past President
Joe Lack, Membership Director
Andy Yates, President
Janice Kitchen, Director at Large
Not Photographed :
Christopher Swint, Emerging Prof. Chair

We are still seeking a President Elect, Student Representative and a Financial Director! Do you have the drive to lead our industry? If interested, please email Andy at
A Letter from the President
Dear ASID Michigan Members, 

Welcome to FY2019! I never thought I would be leading the Michigan Chapter as your new President, but I am very grateful to be here to represent your interests and our industry in the Mitten State.  When I joined ASID as a student years ago, it seemed a natural fit for me. I detoured law school for design school, and I wanted to be involved in shaping our profession. ASID has given me so much as a designer and a person, and I am grateful to share that with you.

This journey will have bumps, detours and roadblocks. I am confident in our team and our organization. I know we can build our numbers by actively recruiting new members, and sponsors. We all have a role to play in the strength of our Chapter. We are many, and stronger together.  As we make some vital, necessary changes and evolve as a Chapter, I want your input. 

I want to know how I can best serve you, our members. My email is always available - my virtual door always open.  Your voices resonate with me, and to this entire Board. We work to benefit not ourselves, but you, and your best interests. Thank you for your confidence in me to lead your Board and your ASID Michigan Chapter. And thank you so very much for continuing your membership in the American Society of Interior Designers. It means more than you might think to our profession and to designing for the health, safey, welfare and enjoyment of the public. Our work matters, and your desire to be a part of something larger demonstrates that.

Andy Yates, Allied ASID
President, ASID Michigan
Special Announcement: Closing the ASID Office at the MDC
We will be closing the ASID Michigan office at the Michigan Design Center effective December 31, 2018.  As we move our Chapter into the future, and evolve to better serve our members.  We have maintained a wonderful relationship with the team at the MDC, and all of the showrooms. Please stay tuned to learn about our new location and contact information. Contact Debbie at for more info.
The 2018 ASID College of Fellows Inductees
Dwane G. Adle, ASID, AIA
Owner, Comprehensive Design Group, Inc., Royal Oak, Michigan
As a leader in the design industry for more than 25 years, Dwane Adle is the owner of Comprehensive Design Group, Inc., and leads the development of luxury interiors and complex projects in residential, higher education, commercial, and hospitality. With a personal motto stating, "Design is more than just a's my passion,” his work has been featured in several publications including ASID ICON magazine.
Dwane consistently volunteers to promote ASID and the design community and has served the Society on the local and national level in many capacities, including as chair of the codes advisory ad hoc committee, and two terms on the ASID Legislative Codes Advisory Council (LCAC). Dwane has received many ASID Presidential Citations and has received the President's Award for Exceptional Service to the Chapter President.

For more, check out our ASID MI Calendar
ASID Michigan Chapter & AIA Grand Rapids are joining together to host the annual Holiday Party December 13th from 6 pm -9 pm at the Grand Rapids Ferguson Showroom. In the spirit of giving we are collecting new toy donations for Toys for Tots.

Purchase Tickets at

Hope to see you all there!
Save the Date!

ASID Home Show Committee is creating three vignettes to showcase different designer offerings. There are several presentations that will be given by our designers. Listed below are the times and dates for the event. We always need volunteers to help host the booth.

Friday January 25: 2-8 p.m.
Saturday January 26: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday January 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m

Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

Please contact the ASID Home Show Committee chairs for available slots
Linda Shears -
Dwane Adle -
Member Spotlight:
Janice Kitchen, ASID, LEED, At-Large Director
I have been involved in the interior design industry for 29 years, primarily focused on commercial A/E work with a balance of residential, as well. I have been involved in ASID for almost as long! I knew I wanted to be a designer when I was in 4th grade! I graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, and went on to Parsons School of Design, NY NY to get my second degree in Environmental Design. During my 16 year stay in the "Big Apple" I worked at three firms and focused on healthcare, higher ed, corporate, residential, and retail work. I also had a freelance business doing set design for television and corporate.I have been employed in the commercial design industry with a focus in sustainable design. 
I look forward to being on the ASID MI Chapter board again - making our chapter stronger, purposeful, and exciting!