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.
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.
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.
Judith Clark
Judith ClarkDirector
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).
Hootan Hamedani
Hootan HamedaniDirector
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.
Rebecca Soechtig
Rebecca SoechtigDirector
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.
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
Keary Mason
Keary MasonDirector
Keary Mason is a Public Director. Keary received her Master’s Degree in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy and Licensed professional clinical counselor Program). She was the California Student Association of Community Colleges (CalSACC) Region VIII President & Representative to the State of California. Keary works for Palomar Family Counseling Services.