IIDA New England would not be able to provide the programs, benefits and support to our membership and community without the unwavering support of our Committees.

The following awards are given out at each year's Annual Meeting & Volunteer Celebration, held every June. The nomination process is peer driven and through a thoughtful matrix, winners are selected by the Board of Directors.


Volunteer of the Year Award

The importance of volunteers to our Chapter cannot be overestimated. The Volunteer of the Year Award is our highest recognition for individual achievement to recognize an individual who, through example and accomplishment, provided outstanding volunteer service to the Chapter. The individual acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leadership that has had a significant and positive impact on advancing the interior design industry as well as the IIDA NE Chapter. These are people who rarely say, “No”, and are always willing to lend a hand. Only one Volunteer of the Year Award may be awarded per year and may only be awarded to a person one time, once per lifetime. Recipient must be a member of IIDA. Former Star Award winners are not eligible.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award

This award acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leadership in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the interior design industry and community, with clear positive impacts in areas as a result of these efforts. This individual exemplifies the importance of diversity and inclusion in their volunteer efforts within the Chapter but also within their daily lives outside of the Chapter. Nominees should demonstrate:

  • Creates and/or maintains a shared and inclusive understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, institutional bias, and affirmative action throughout their interactions and conversations.
  • Actively works to dismantle institutional bias.
  • Creates a welcoming and inclusive environment climate in their relationships and Chapter volunteer efforts.

This award is our highest recognition for individual achievement related to EDI and is awarded annually. Only one EDI Leadership Award may be awarded per year and may only be awarded to a person one time, once per lifetime. Recipient must be a member of IIDA.

Visionary Award

This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate any or all qualities of exceptional foresight, strategic thinking, creativity, advocacy, and vision, that furthers the advancement of the IIDA New England mission statement. Someone who is always thinking outside the box, asking the hard questions about why we do what we do and respectfully challenging the process. This person represents change, growth and progress for the Chapter. Only one Visionary Award may be awarded per year and may only be awarded to a person one time, once per lifetime. Recipient must be a member of IIDA.

Excellence in Mentorship Award

This award recognizes an individual who has excelled at supporting and mentoring others and demonstrates extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of others within IIDA NE and the industry. This person goes out of their way to include, guide, and mentor others within the chapter and community.  Only one Excellence in Mentorship Award may be awarded per year and may only be awarded to a person one time, once per lifetime. Recipient must be a member of IIDA.

Advocacy Award

This award recognizes a person who exhibits excellence in advocating for the advancement of the Interior Design Profession. This person understands the transformative effect of interior design and its positive impact on public health, safety and welfare as well as its significant economic contribution within our community. This individual supports the legal recognition of the profession and participates in our mission to achieve professional licensure. Only one Advocacy Award may be awarded per year and may only be awarded to one person at a time, once per lifetime. The recipient must be a member of IIDA.

Rising Star Award

This award is presented to a volunteer who represents the next generation of IIDA NE Chapter volunteers. This individual exemplifies unwavering passion and commitment to their role often taking initiative and going above and beyond the “call of duty” for their committee(s). They strive to support the greater mission of IIDA New England in everything that they do and have been in their current role for 3 years or less. Recipients must be a member of IIDA. Only one Rising Star Award may be awarded per year and may only be awarded to a person one time, once per lifetime.

Certificate of Appreciation

This award recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication and outstanding service to the IIDA NE Chapter as well as the industry and community. There is no limitation to the number of certificates which may be given, and recipients do not need to be members of IIDA.

 


 

IIDA NE revamped the Award categories in 2022 to better align with the progress and movements we have made as a collective. Below are the award categories and winners from 2021 and prior.

Star Award
The Star Award recognizes continuing dedication and outstanding contributions to the Interior Design profession by an individual, and for many years of service to the New England Chapter. Only one Star Award per year may be awarded and may only be awarded to a person one time, once per lifetime. Past recipients include:

2021     Meaghan Kennedy
2019 Matt Hyatt
2017 Corinne Barthelemy
2016 Andrea Coan
2015 Felice Silverman


Distinguished Merit Award
The Distinguished Merit Award recognizes outstanding contributions to IIDA and IIDA New England by a Professional member. Past recipients include:

2021     Amanda Cleveland
2020 Aimee Schefano, Stefanie Comeau
2019 Brittany Morin
2018 Meaghan Kennedy
2014 Dennis Duffy

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership contributions to the Interior Design Profession and to New England by a Professional member. Past recipients include:

2021     Marcus Hamblin
2020 Lois Goodell
2019 Amanda Cleveland
2016 Brittney Herrera
2015 Marie Fitzgerald
2014 Tracy Jabs


Service Award

Recognized many years of service and continued dedication to the NE chapter.  Only one award can be awarded each year.  The recipient does not need to be an IIDA member. Past recipients include:

2021     Ryanne Sanderson
2020 Rachel Winston
2019 Mai Nguyen
2018 Heather Brunini
2017 Aimee Schefano
2016 Cathy Moore
2014 Marty Smith


Certificate of Appreciation

This award recognizes IIDA members who have dedicated time and energy to the benefit of all of the organization.  There is no limitation to the number of certificates which may be given but the recipients must be IIDA members. Past recipients include:

2021       Jennifer Lyle, Liz McDonough, Wayne Jenkins, Maggie Opoloski, Jennifer Hanson, Jillian Tara, Autumn Thompson, Brett Berry, Marissa Walczak, Katie Corcoran, Sandi Cooper, Corie Smith
2020 Oriana Merlo, Rachel Lodi, Jeanine Cosentino, Rachel Arnold, Kelly Taylor, Amanda Hastings
2019 Betty Horne, Amelia Papadakis, Jillian Welenc
2018 Krista Easterly, Allison Jones, Denise Rush, Amanda Vicari
2017 Peining Lu, Jenna Boscio, Sandi Cooper, Nico Flannery Pitcher
2016 Kara Hanson, Amanda Vicari, Amanda Cleveland, Kerry Jackson, Brittani Fleury, Kailin Johnson, LeWayne Fisher
2015 Ryanne Bradshaw, Steven Wallace

Certificate of Recognition
This award recognizes individuals who have given outstanding service to the Chapter.  There is no limitation to the number of certificates which may be given, and can be awarded to a non-IIDA member. Past recipients include:

2021     Corinna Ghilardi, Heather Eddington, Deepa Venkat, Carly Bassett, Kristyn Hill, Kalyn Pavlinic, Kelly Chiaradonna, Rachel Lodi, Nicole Done-Pimentel, Breanna Reboca, Samantha Wilbur
2020 Lindsey Almon, Lisa Statkiewicz, Meghan Bildner, Jim Hornor, Ryanne Sanderson
2019 Jen Imbaro, Krista Easterly, Luke Tanguay, Jeremy Rogers, Rachel Winston, Joyce Blatt, Aimee Schefano
2018 Leah Raabe, Jessica Schaumburg
2017 Stefanie Comeau
2016 Colleen Wallace, Matt Hyatt, Katie Grimes, Meaghan Kennedy
2015 Rick Taylor & Mai Nguyen, Emily Sano
2014 Edward Barnett, Andrea Coan, Holyn Nickerson

 

Student Member of the Year
This award recognizes a student member who has taken advantage of and immersed themselves into the benefits and offerings that IIDA and IIDA NE provide. Past recipients include:

2021     Molly O'Donnell