Our Board Members
Patsy Zakian-Greenough is a Certified Interior Designer and a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). She has been designing a variety of residential and commercial projects for over 25 years. After she received her college degree and teaching credentials she studied architecture and design. She is a Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, and Green Building Professional. Patsy is a past president of CCIDC.
Brian Kaneko is a Certified Interior Designer and an *independent interior designer. Brian has been practicing commercial interior design and graphics for over 30 years and has received notable awards for his work from Disney Imagineering, AIA, and Architectural Record magazine. He is a professor of interior design and was named as one of Los Angeles’ most influential designers.
Jim Ogden is a Public Member of the CCIDC Board. He has a broad accounting and finance background, leading in positions of Controller, Accounting Manager, and Consultant. James received an MBA in Finance from University of Oregon and a BS in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has completed the Certificate program in Nonprofit Management from California State University-East Bay.
Cheri Ballantyne Lemons is a Public Member of the CCIDC Board. She is an attorney licensed in California and Texas and has 20 years experience in the state, federal and appellate courts. She practiced in the areas of business, employment, product’s liability and trade association representation.
Eduardo Melgar is a Certified Interior Designer and a member of International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Eduardo is a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the University of New Haven. He has been practicing commercial interior design for over 17 years and has received several awards for his work from the IES, and AIA. His experience covers numerous commercial sectors from large scale airports to creative workplace environments.
Judith Clark is a Certified Interior Designer and a member of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA). Ms. Clark is owner of DESIGN ELEMENTS, a home furnishings store and design studio in Danville. She previously served on the Board of the California Legislative Coalition on Interior Design (CLCID).
Rebecca Soechtig is a Certified Interior Designer and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Rebecca is also a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). CAPS qualifies her to design attractive, stylish homes that are suitable for persons of retirement age as their needs and abilities change. Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree from Penn State and a Masters of Arts from Central CT State University.
Kathleen Knott Galipeau is a Certified Interior Designer and holds the designated Educator board seat. She has been educating adults in interior design theory and practice since 2004. She is the Associate Professor at Chaffey College for the Interior Design Program. Ms. Galipeau holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has been working in architecture and interior design for over 20 years and has completed both residential and commercial projects in the Southern California region from Los Angeles to San Diego. Ms. Galipeau is the founding partner and Principal Designer at Catalyst Designs LLC.
Hootan Hamedani, Holds a Master of Science in Architecture, is a Certified Interior Designer in California, he is also a LEED Accredited Professional and Professional Member of the Interior Design society (IDS). Hootan is the CEO and founder of Hootan & Associates Design Studio, an award-winning design and research platform launched in 2006. His design studio is dedicated to be a hub for creative designs and inventive projects. Being deeply immersed in a design environment that emboldens change, his designs continuously involve both conceptual and practical innovations.
Christianne White is a Public Member of the CCIDC Board. She has a broad accounting and operations background in both for-profit and non-profit industries, leading in positions of Director of Finance & Operations, Finance Director, Administrative Manager, and now Consultant. Christianne is working toward her MBA in Socially Responsible Business and Nonprofit Governance from Mills University. She holds a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from San Diego State University. She also has completed the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional Certificate Program from Fiscal Management Associates and a Certificate in Meeting and Events Planning from San Diego State University.