ASID Student Chapter @ idi


Inspire and promote professional values of interior design profession.
Develop and create a sense of community.
Integrate and promote public outreach projects.

IDI is pleased to present the 2015/2016 ASID Student Board at IDI!

I am honored and excited to introduce the 2015-2016 idi Student ASID Board of Directors. We are here to help raise awareness of the benefits of ASID student membership, create a sense of community, and assist with career development. We have planned activities and events with you in mind. Our tagline for
2015-2016 is “Time for change.” Please join me in congratulating the board. We are here to represent you.

To contact us, please email We look forward to a successful year!
Chidimma Abuka, President

Board of Directors

Originally from Nigeria, West Africa, Chidimma got her BA in Marketing from Vanguard  University  and  later  a  Master’s  in  Business  Administration  from Concordia University studying International Business and Sustainability.   She also has a Professional Designation in Merchandise Marketing from FiDM. After she completed the Certificate Program at idi, she resigned as Account Rep  for  Movado  Group,  Inc.  to  pursue  a  Masters  in  Interior  Architecture focusing on sustainable retail and commercial interior design. She recently earned her LEED Green Associate accreditation and was recognized as the 2015 ASID Orange County Chapter Student of the Year for her contribution to the new iDOD program [Interior Designers Open Dialogue].  She started her own interior design company, SIMPLE SQUARE DESIGN, which also provides freelance services to other professional interior designers. Chidimma enjoys international travel with her husband.
Chidimma Abuka, MBA, LEED® Green Associate™, Student ASID + IIDA President
Jennifer Cheng began the AA program at idi in September of 2014, although her interest in interior design started a decade earlier when she moved to the West Coast.  Originally from New Jersey, Jennifer earned a BA in English Literature from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Rutgers Business School.  She has held management positions  at  Bloomberg  Financial  Markets  and  Johnson  &  Johnson,  and recently   started   her   own   interior   design   firm,   JC   Interior   Designs, LLC.   Jennifer feels passionately about the positive impact of effective workplace design on productivity and looks forward to pursuing studies in workspace interiors.  She feels equally as passionate about her family and loves playing basketball with her three kids and her husband, Cliff.
Jennifer Cheng, MBA, Student ASID Vice President
A passion for residential design brought Amy to idi, and she has since discovered an interest in retail and hospitality design.   She received a communications  degree  and  went  on  to  do  marketing  in  the  fitness, healthcare and software industries.  She loves a good book, and she cherishes her time with her husband Brad and their 3 children.
Amy Rosten, Student ASID Secretary
Anita moved from San Francisco to Orange County to pursue a BA at Interior Designers   Institute.   Her   dream   is   to   become   a   commercial   designer specializing in healthcare design.  She values quality over quantity and aims at mirroring that in her designs.  For fun, Anita likes to explore local hotspots and quirky areas.
Anita Gao, Student ASID Treasurer
Presently   a  student   at  the  Interior Designers  Institute,  Sankhamala  is passionate about hospitality, commercial and sustainable design. Her academic backgrounds  in  history  and  education generously  help  her  in filtering  thoughts and  giving  them  shape. Hailing  from a multi- cultural society, she has the ability to work in teams.  She is inspired to perform what she calls “inclusive design” and intends to pursue a career of design meant not only to beautify things but also to add meaning to them.  Sankhamala enjoys Indian classical dance and choreography.
Sankhamala Bardhan, MA, B.ED, Student ASID Director of Membership
Amena lived in Dubai for most of her adult life until she moved to California three years ago with her husband and 2 boys.  Living in that part of the world, she was privileged to have traveled to more than 40 different countries.  As a current student, Amena is pursuing a BA in interior design, and feels lucky to be able to take this time to better herself.  Amena has a keen interest in hospitality and commercial design. She has an art and graphic design background and feels she has been able to apply those skills to the field of interior design.  Amena now realizes she has always been an interior designer.  First, it was space planning in her head; now it’s on paper!
Amena Tareen, Student ASID Director of Communication
Bobbi has been an accomplished model and actor for several years.  After a brief stint as a WWE wrestler, she is now reinventing herself as a residential interior designer.  Bobbi is fully committed, commuting weekly from her home in Las Vegas, NV to Newport Beach, CA so she can attend idi. Bobbi’s goal is to establish herself as a premier residential interior designer, and based upon some of Bobbi’s work to date, she is well on her way!  Along with cultivating her design passions, Bobbi has developed a strong social media following via Twitter Verified and Yelp Elite.  Bobbi knows how to connect with people, turning interest into action. As a result, Bobbi has leveraged her online presence into a successful fundraising campaign for PANCAN – the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. PANCAN raises money for pancreatic cancer research, a cause close to Bobbi’s heart after losing her father to the deadly disease.
Bobbi Billard, Student ASID Director of Fundraising
Kenneth is currently working on his Associates Degree and has also completed his Bachelors in Culinary Arts.  He has worked for Food Network as a set designer assistant and The Los Angeles Times Food Editorial Section as a lifestyle blogger and food stylist.  He is passionate about enhancing people’s lives from all perspectives – from the design of your home, to the food that you  consume. Kenneth  is  also  pursuing  his  LEED Green  Associate accreditation.
Kenneth Duran, Student ASID Director of Graphic Design
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