Joan Kaufman, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL), was recently elected president-elect of ASID-IL for the 2008-09 fiscal year. She will serve as president of the association for fiscal year 2009-10.

Kaufman, a resident of Naperville, Ill., is president of Interior Planning and Design, Inc., a full-service interior design firm she founded in 1990. She is also a professional member of IIDA and FSII, and has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam.

"I feel honored and privileged to be a part of such a professional organization," Kaufman says. "I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues and representing our industry both to the public and within our industry. Interior design can have a tremendous impact on people's lives and our goal is to ensure the highest level of design professionalism while educating the public and private sector the value of working with an interior design professional."

The ASID-IL chapter is a non-profit professional association representing more than 1,600 Illinois-based interior designers, students and design industry partners. The chapter is led by a volunteer board that includes the Chapter's president, president-elect, 5 directors and a student representative. Kaufman has been an active member in the organization since 1988.