2017 Board Candidates

February 1, 2017

Dear Members of the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID:

This notice is to announce the Slate of Candidates for election to office for the Wisconsin

Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for terms beginning October 1, 2017.  The

Slate was selected by the following Nominating Committee:


Aga Artka, ASID (Chair)

Jennifer Hunt, ASID

Emily Hurd, Industry Partner of ASID

Liz Allen, Industry Partner of ASID

Laura Schalk, ASID



President Elect                                                       Pending

Professional Development Director                   Melissa Smith, Allied ASID

Communications Director                                   Michelle Kempen, ASID

Financial Director                                                  Molly Hooper, Industry Partner of ASID


Additional candidates for the above positions may be nominated through written petition.  The

petition must be signed by not less than 10 percent of the total Professional, Allied Practitioner,

and Industry Partner members of the Chapter in good standing.  The petition must also be

received by the Chapter Administrator no later than thirty (30) days after the names of the

candidates submitted by the nominating committee have been filed with the Chapter

Administrator. Lastly, the candidates on the written petition must be eligible to hold the office

for which they are being nominated.



Ballots will e-mailed on March 8, 2017 to the Chapter’s Professional, Allied Practitioner, and

Industry Partner members in good standing. Members must return ballots within 10 days (by

March 22nd). If you prefer to receive a printed ballot, we will need to have notification by March 7, 2017.


Election Results:

Official election results will be announced no later than March 28th, 2017. Please forward any

questions you may have about the nominating process to Aga Artka, ASID, Nominating

Committee Chair, at agaartka@gmail.com



Aga Artka, ASID

Past President

Wisconsin Chapter of ASID


Melissa Smith, Allied ASID

Professional Development Director  

Melissa has been with the KRS team for four years. After earning her degree in Interior Design and Communications from Mount Mary University, Melissa began her career in sales at KRS. Melissa enjoys working with her friends and helping clients find the best product solutions. Her passion for design and problem solving can be seen through her enthusiasm for commercial flooring.


Mount Mary University – Bachelor of Arts, Interior design and Communications. (2014 Graduate)

KRS Inc. – Sales Representative (November 2013 – Present)


ASID Activities:
1. Wisconsin Career Day Committee
2. Mount Mary Student Chapter Liaison
3. WI | Design Magazine Committee
4. Communications Committee
5. Student Chair – Fundraising


Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
1. IIDA – Industry Partner


Honors/Awards and Publications
1. ASID WI Top 5 Under 5 Award


If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?

Work on communication of all events to increase attendance and participation. Ideas to accomplish this are to increase the use of social media and utilize industry partners to enhance word of mouth communication for events. Support the numerous planning committees in every means necessary.

Michelle Kempen, ASID

Communications Director

I graduated from Mount Mary University with my bachelor’s degree of the arts with fine arts minor in December 2011. I have been practicing Interior design since with a focus on corporate, restaurant, and hospitality design and sustainability. In 2013, I was recognized as an Emerging Professional Top 5 under 5. Since then, I became a Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer after passing the NCIDQ examination in 2014. I have a passion for elevating design and believe doing so can be achieved through collaboration across disciplines and experiencing and exploring design everywhere. People spend about 90% of their lives indoors and I choose to affect people by touching the spaces they spend that time in to ensure it is the best experience possible.


Bachelor of the Art from Mount Mary University


Interior Designer at Kahler Slater


ASID Activities:
1. Committee member of the Communications Committee
2.Committee member of the Emerging Professional Committee
3.Liaison to M Magazine


Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations


Honors/Awards and Publications
1. Project Profile in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel November 2016
2. Emerging Professionals Top 5 Under 5 Award 2013


If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?

As a chapter leader, focusing on communications, I would aim to ensure all ASID WI communication is clear and concise. I want to ensure that our messaging about events, opportunities and news is well received by the chapter and not passed by. I want the blast to be informative and drive people to the website. I want to continue to improve the website with up to date information and improve our user experience.

Molly Hooper, Industry Partner of ASID

Financial Director  

Molly Hooper studied Interior Design at Madison College where she discovered her interest in commercial design. The rules and restrictions of commercial design fit well with her no-nonsense, detailed driven approach t o life.

Her easy going nature and humor help guide her through any challenges t hat come her way, especially t he hard to please clients! Molly is currently a Workplace  Consultant with Brother Business Interiors. She lives in Lake Mills and enjoys sharing with her husband the adventures that come along in raising four children and a dog.



Interior Design Program, Madison College, Madison, WI


Brothers Business Interiors


ASID Activities:
1. Volunteer with Emerging Professionals - April 2016 event at Lake Mills Elementary School

2. Volunteer at ASID Design Excellence Awards Gala - 2016

3. Student Member - 2013-2015


Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

1. Industry Member Wisconsin chapter IIDA

2. Volunteer - Lake Mills Elementary School

3. Volunteer - St. Francis Xavier Parish


Honors/Awards and Publications
Wisconsin Technical Colleges Competitions –

1st place, Commercial Interior Design, 2015

2nd place, Fundamentals of Interior Design & History of Interior Design, 2015

1st place, Fundamentals of Interior Design, 2014

3rd place Residential Interior Design, 2014


If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set, and how do you believe they would be achieved?

My goal as Financial Director of the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID would be excellence record keeping with great attention to detail. This is already a daily activity for me as a workplace consultant working in commercial furniture. Accurately tracking costs for clients and keeping them on budget while keeping them happy!