ASID Illinois Peer Group Newsletter
Chicago Peer Group

Yamini Hingorani, ASID
Cell 773.680.0999

Yamini Hingorani is owner and principal at Yamini Designs, with over twenty years of experience in residential, small business, and hospitality design. 

About the Chicago Peer Group:

Our focus as a group is to have regular meetings and events with our peers that promote learning about our profession, vendors, and resources. We host forums for members to exchange ideas about business practices and include social gatherings that encourage community and friendships. Meetings are generally slated for the third Wednesday of the month, but will vary based on event. All are welcome.

Next Meeting:
Chicago Peer Group Meeting
April 24, 1:30- 3 pm
Surya Showroom
Chicago, IL


Design for Wellness Peer Group

Susan El-Naggar, ASID, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate 
Healing Environments
FB: @healingenvironmentsdesign
Susan El-Naggar has been in the residential and commercial interior design industry for over 20 years.

About the Design for Wellness Peer Group:
The peer group’s focus is on human health and wellness in the built environment. Learn how to design healthy spaces to promote healing for clients through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The date will vary from month-to-month. Open to those who are interested in health and wellness in the built environment.

Next Meeting:
Design for Wellness Peer Group
Wood-Mode Lifestyle Design Center 
April 25, 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL



The Designer Peer Group

Dena Kareotes Arendt, Allied ASID
Inside Ideas Design Service, Ltd
Instagram: @insideideas 
FB: @insideideasdesign 
Dena Kareotes Arendt has been in the interior design industry for 15 years. 

Co- Leader: 
Karin Hanke, Allied ASID
Karin Hanke, Inc.
Karin Hanke has been in the interior design industry for 16 years. 

About the Designer Peer Group:
We are the designer group that meets for breakfast. Our group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted. All Designer members – Student, Allied, Professional from any location are welcome.

Next Meeting:
The Designer Peer Group
May 16, Breakfast
Design D'Vision
Arlington Heights. IL



Far West Suburban Peer Group

Jean Charlton, Allied ASID 
Imperial Kitchens and Baths, Inc.
Jean Charlton has 10+ years in design field. 

Co- Leader:
Christine Courtin, Allied ASID
Christine Courtin has 17 yrs in the Design Industry. 

About the Far West Suburban Peer Group: 
We focus on informal but informative meetings for all ASID members.  We encourage our members to participate in the planning of our meeting calendar so we get a variety of topics and venues that are of interest to members.  Our meetings can range from: visiting an Industry Partner; attending the business of design series;  listening to presentations of new products or a favorite vendor; or, having an informal round-table discussion at a restaurant.  We try to include a CEU when available or appropriate.  We foster professionalism, collaboration, and friendship to help us all succeed in the field of design. We typically meet on the fourth Wednesday evening of each month at various locations. We do alter the day or time if necessary. All Are Welcome!!

Next Meeting:
Far West Peer Group
The Tile Shop
April 23 6:30-8:30 pm
Naperville, IL


NW/ North Shore Peer Group


Linda Navara, Allied ASID
LMR Designs, LLC

Linda Navara is owner of LMR Designs, LLC an award winning, residential interior design company with a distinguished reputation. The company focus is on private homes and small corporate offices with 15 years’ experience in the interior design industry. She has also been the peer group leader since 2012 and is passionate about the impact peer groups have on ASID members.

Co- Leader:
Karen C. Riordan, Allied ASID Co-Leader NW Peer Group
KCR Interiors LLC
Karen Riordan graduated from College of DuPage 2007 with an AAS in Interior Design. She is owner of KCR Interiors LLC since 2008 focusing primarily on residential design with some small office projects. 

About the NW/ North Shore Peer Group: 
Our peer group promotes inclusion for all ASID members. We meet at various showrooms, or restaurants to enhance our benefits by providing an informal forum for all members to learn, network, and share information/resources in an atmosphere of confidentiality and professionalism. CEUs are a great perk we provide from our vendors. The meetings have fostered friendship and mentorships. By providing presentation and networking opportunities for Industry Partners, we build relationships between us and expand our business resources. We typically meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at lunch time of each month at various locations. In the summertime, we usually plan a field trip. All are welcome.

Next Meeting:
Details to come

South Suburban Peer Group

Tauji VanPelt, Allied ASID
VP Designs 
Tauji VanPelt has been working in the industry for 6 years. 

Co- Leader:
Dee Nickels, Allied ASID 
Dee Nickels has been working in the industry for 5 years. 

About the South Suburban Peer Group: 
Our focus is to gather together with our peers and industry partners to assist one another in advancing our knowledge in the industry.  Our meeting dates are usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month, at varying locations. All are welcome. 

Next Meeting: 
South Suburbs Peer Group
April 25th, 2-4 pm
Pro Source
Mokena, IL


Western Suburbs Peer Group

Katharine Andrews, Allied ASID
Instagram: @katharineandrewsinteriors
FB: @kandrewsinteriors
Katharine Andrews has 5+ years of experience in the industry. 

Co- Leader:
Marcia Stoll, ASID
Marcia Stoll Interiors
Marcia Stoll has 30+ years of experience in the industry. 

About Western Suburbs Peer Group: 
Our peer group meetings strive to provide members with opportunities to earn CEUs; the presentations are informative, relevant, and educational (ex. LED lighting, selection of plumbing fixtures, and stone countertops). We aim to make our meetings fun and engaging. There is a very positive tone and energy at our events. The leaders and members are genuinely interested in supporting one another. We consistently share best practices, resources, and ideas. We make it our mission to make our meetings productive and fulfilling for everyone. We have gained loyal members and the group continues to expand. We've had excellent attendance at our meetings! As leaders, we actively seek out new members and students to join ASID. We also encourage ASID Industry Partners to join us at our peer group meetings as a means to foster meaningful relationships with our vendors, trades, and business partners. We strive to maintain the goals of ASID and promote the value of interior design. Our ideal participant is friendly, honest, supportive, adds value to our cause, and is willing. This peer group meets the 1st Wednesday of every month. Locations vary