Our Board Members

Eduardo Melgar
Eduardo MelgarChair
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.
Hootan Hamedani
Hootan HamedaniVice Chair
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.
Christianne White
Christianne WhiteTreasurer
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.
 Cheri Ballantyne Lemons
Cheri Ballantyne LemonsSecretary
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.
George Brazil
George BrazilDirector
George Brazil is a Certified Interior Designer as well as a professional member of ASID, he is currently serving as President-elect of the California North chapter.
George is principal and co-owner at his eponymous firm SagreraBrazil Design, with over 25 years as a practicing interior designer.
Frank Ewing
Frank EwingDirector
Frank Ewing is a Public Member of the CCIDC Board. He has been a local business owner in the North, San Diego County for over 15 years. With his passion for learning and growing, Frank also became a Realtor in 2018.
Marie Kimble Cooley
Marie Kimble CooleyDirector
Marie Kimble Cooley is a Certified Interior Designer, Professor and Co-Department Chair at American River College in Sacramento, California. She is also the owner of Definitely An Inside Job design studio, specializing in Good Design (Universal + Accessible Design, Designed for Life, etc.)

Marie served on the IDEX California Task Force in 2008 as an Education Domain Specialist.

Carol Lamkins
Carol LamkinsDirector
Carol Lamkins is a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California. She is recognized on a national level as an NKBA Certified Master in Kitchen & Bath Designer. Carol is a representative and spokesperson for the design industry for over three decades, member of the certification task force creating the IDEX CA, author and presenter of The Original IDEX CA Prep Class and prior co-ownership of a kitchen and bathroom design center and showroom.
Deborah Ogden
Deborah OgdenDirector
Deborah Ogden is a Certified Interior Designer, a member of IFDA, an NCIDQ Certificate holder, Principal for OGDEN STUDIO INTERIOR DESIGN, and Adjunct Instructor at 3 Bay Area Interior Design programs.: OHLONE COLLEGE in Fremont, UC BERKELEY EXTENSION, SF Spear Street Campus, and SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY.

Deborah served on the IDEX California Task Force in 2008 as an Education Domain Specialist and is a guest lecturer on Certification to Northern California Interior Design programs.

Linda Thomas
Linda ThomasDirector
Linda Thomas is a Certified Interior Designer and an *independent interior designer. Linda is the owner of Lido Interiors and general contractor with over 20 years experience in the field of interior design. Linda is successful in high end interior design, remodels, sales, purchasing and installation of interior design products and services
Served on the Board of NEWH for 6 years, two years as President Southern Counties region