Board Elections

The ASID California Peninsula Nominating Committee wishes to introduce the Slate of Candidates for election to office for the California Peninsula Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for their respective terms beginning October 1, 2021.

These nominees, committed and dedicated, are ready to take on a position of service leadership for the chapter members and the profession of interior design.

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, thank you for your attention and for taking the time to vote for your fellow members who will lead us in the upcoming ASID year.


Janet T. Marena, ASID (Chair)

Barbara Wingo, Allied ASID

Cynthia Campanile

Jackie Bartlett

Karin Parodi

Slate of Candidates

  • President-Elect:  Cita Rojas-Sila, Allied ASID, LEED GA

  • Finance Director: Susan Ross, Allied ASID

  • Communications Director: Fatma Saydam, Allied ASID

  • Professional Development Director: Marianne Bauer, Allied ASID


Additional candidates for the above positions may be nominated through a written petition.  The petition must be signed by not less than 10% of the total Practitioner (Professional, Allied, and Associate) and Industry Partner members of the Chapter in good standing.  The petition must be received by the Chapter Administrator no later than thirty (30) days after the names of the candidates are posted. The candidates on the written petition must meet minimum eligibility requirements to hold the office for which they are being petitioned. These requirements are:

Officers: Chapter President-elect candidate eligibility requirements include:

            —Members with the appellation of ASID or Allied ASID and;

            —Must have served on the chapter board within the last 10 years, or

            —Must have served as a committee chair for two years within the last 10 years.

             or be approved by Special Dispensation by the Chapter Support Team.

Directors: Members in good standing with the appellation of ASID, Allied ASID, or Industry Partner members, in good standing, are eligible for director positions.



Ballots will be e-mailed on January 18, 2021 to the Chapter’s  Professional, Allied, Educator, Associate, and Industry Partner members in good standing. Members must return ballots within 10 days (by January 28, 2021).  If you prefer to receive a printed ballot, the Administrator will need to be notified by January 20, 2021. Contact Blair Sullivan via email at

Official election results will be announced no later than February 1, 2021.

Please forward any questions you may have about the nominating process to Janet T. Marena, ASID, Nominating Committee Chair, at



Janet T. Marena, ASID

Past President

California Peninsula Chapter of ASID


Candidate Bios

Cita Rojas-Silas


  • West Valley College - AS Interior Design
  • UC Santa Cruz Extension - Interior Design
  • FIDM SF - Interior Design                                                                                                              


  • Current - Pamela Pennington Studios - Marketing  Director  and Interior Designer
  • Poliform San Francisco - Project Manager, Designer
  • Applegate  Tran Interiors - Design Intern

ASID Activities

  • 2018-2019 Design Awards Gala Committee
  • 2015-2017 ASID CA Peninsula Professional Development Director
  • 2015 ~ 2016 ~ 2017 Chapter Holiday Party Chair
  • 2016 Design Awards Competition Chair
  • 2016 Designer Sample Sale Co-Chair
  • 2015 Design Awards Competition and Gala Chair
  • 2015 Chaired and created Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Gala Event

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

  • 2015 & 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival, ASID Lounge Team Design Team member
  • 2014 Student Chapter President for NKBA, IIDA and West Valley Interior Design Club
  • 2014 Vice-President for USGBC Student Chapter at West Valley College

Honors/Awards and Publications

  • 2014 ASID Design Excellence Awards- GOLD Award for Student Commercial Design
  • 2014 ASID Design Excellence Awards- SILVER Award for Student Sustainable Design /Residential Design
  • 2013-2018 ASID Ca Peninsula Presidential Citations for Committee memberships

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set and how would you propose achieving those goals?

As chapter President-Elect, my objectives would be to support the goals of the ASID Ca Peninsula Chapter and those of the current President. I would embrace the ASID National core values and move to bring positive change to our chapter. Together with the board members, I want to bring value to our members and Industry partners and adapt to new ways of coming together. Strengthening our programs and making a difference in our design community through diversity and inclusion, and bringing fiscal health to the chapter will be a high priority.


Susan Ross, Allied ASID


  • West Valley College – AS INterior Design
  • San Jose State University – BS Business Finance                                                                                                          


  • April l2018 – Present: Contract Interior Design Services – SHID
  • August 2016 – Present: Martino Interiors, Interior Designer – AutoCAD

ASID Activities

  • 2018-2019 – Professional Development Committee Member
  • 2019 – Design Awards Decorating Committee Co-Chair & Judging Committee
  • 2017 – Design Awards Auction Co-Chair
  • 2016 – Design Awards Co-Chair
  • 2015-2016 –  Professional Development Committee Member

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

  • Interior Designers Guild – Library Chair
  • West Valley College Interior Design Club – ASID & NKIB Liaison

Honors/Awards and Publications

  • ASID 2019 Design Excellence Silver Award; Emerging Professional
  • ASID 2018 Design Excellence Silver Award; Student Contemporary Singular
  • ASid 2018 Design Excellence Silver Award; Student Group Commercial Project

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set and how would you propose achieving those goals?

If selected as a chapter leader, my key goals would be to promote ASID and its values to designers of all levels of experience and to grow both membership and sponsorship. We have a unique opportunity this year, coming out of COVID, people will be eager to get out. I would like to work with the board ti help find and offer new and unique opportunities that appeal to a broad audience and really get members excited and involved!

Fatma Saydam


  • Canada College – Interior Design
  • Cankaya University – Mathematics and Computer Sciences


  • Del Gavo Group – Interior Designer

ASID Activities

  • SketchUp Workshops - Assistant to the instructor                                                          
  • Many volunteering activities at the ASID Events
  • Attending ASID Student Competitions
  • Designing event flyers for ASID events

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

  • IIDA
  • Canada College Interior Design Club - Marketing and Communications Role

Honors/Awards and Publications

  • ASID Student Service Award 2018

Candidate Statement

If selected as the new Communications Director, I will increase the efficiency of promoting the value of interior design to our community.

I will develop marketing and communication plans and strategies, leverage social media platforms to extend the reach and engagement of our chapter, increase our content quality while closely collaborating with other board members.

Marianne Bauer
Professional Development Director


  • West Valley College - AS Interior Design
  • Foreign Language Correspondent, Freiburg, Germany                                                                                                           


  • Interiors for Modern Living, Inc, Palo Alto,  JUN 2020
  •  A S Design, Inc., Los Gatos,  JAN 2014 - MAR 2020
  • Lufthansa German Airlines, SEP 1989 - AUG 1995

ASID Activities

  • 2019 Design Excellence Awards Gala Chair
  • 2019 Design Excellence Awards Competition Chair
  • Committee member for PDC, Design Awards Competition, Design Awards Gala, Communications
  • Student Representative to the Board (SRB), CA Peninsula Chapter, 2012 - 2013
  • Student Chapter President, West Valley College Interior Design Club, 2010 - 2012

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

  • NKBA Member

Honors/Awards and Publications

  • Presidential Citations/Certificates of Appreciation/Merit Awards 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Design Excellence Gold Award Student 2013
  • ASID Student Leader of the Year 2011

If selected as a chapter leader, what key goals would you set and how would you propose achieving those goals?

As Professional Development Director I would form a committee to help plan, organize, and execute events that support the vision and strategic plan of the chapter president. I would strive to provide content that will benefit our membership and attract new members. I envision events that are not only educational but also provide networking opportunities and a forum for our partners and sponsors to educate our members on their products and value.