FACULTY

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY

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Rebecca Andrews, Chair

Rebecca has been an employee of O’More for seventeen years serving as an adjunct instructor, full-time assistant professor, and, now, chair. Her background includes exhibit design (both international and domestic), commercial, hospitality, and healthcare design. She studied at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy, while at Auburn. She is a registered interior designer and an NCIDQ* certificate holder. Rebecca is a member of IIDA* and IDEC*, where she attends annual conferences and serves the students in the School of Interior Design, focusing on advising and mentoring. She has taught a variety of courses in the curriculum and currently teaches Design Philosophy and Studio IV.
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LaJuana Gill, Professor

LaJuana has extensive teaching experience in colleges and universities across the United States of America. She has professional design experience in commercial, residential, and educational design specializing in healthcare and universal design and environments for aging. She is a registered interior designer, an NCIDQ certificate holder, and has passed the LEED* Professional Accreditation exam. She is a member of ASID*, IIDA, and IDEC. LaJuana teaches Foundations Studio II, Studio III, Professional Practices, and Internship.
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Don Burke, Professor of Practice

Don is a registered architect and co-owner of Burke Coffey Architecture Design, Inc. He is a member of IDEC and attends conferences annually. He has experience in restaurant, commercial, retail, and residential design. Don has taught most design studios, but is currently teaching Studio VI, Technology I, Design History III, and Building Systems I. Don has been a faculty member for ten years.
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Kelly Gore, Professor of Practice

Kelly is a member of IIDA, IDEC, and is an NCIDQ certificate holder. She has extensive experience in commercial, corporate, and healthcare design. She has been at O’More for sixteen years, serving in various capacities, including: adjunct instructor, full-time assistant professor, and chair. She attends annual conferences hosted by IDEC and serves the School of Interior Design faculty, focusing on best teaching practices. Kelly has taught multiple courses in the curriculum and currently teaches Design Theory.
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Austin Bealmear, Instructor

Austin is a registered architect with experience in commercial and residential design, but specializing in recording studios, multi-media facilities, and other audio environments. His professional affiliations include USGBC, American Federation of Musicians, and Secretary and on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. He teaches Basic Drawing, Building Systems II, and Lighting Design.
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Susan Besser, Instructor

Susan is the owner of Franklin Preservation Associates and consults on kitchen and bath design, as well as, various preservation projects. She serves on the Franklin Historic Zoning Commission as Chairwoman and is a member of ASID, USGBC*, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is a Tennessee state registered interior designer and is an NCIDQ certificate holder. She teaches Studio I, Design History I, Historic Preservation.
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Laura Cavaliere, Instructor

An architectural designer with Gobbell Hay Partners in Nashville, TN, Laura has experience in both commercial and residential design with a comprehensive knowledge of digital three-dimensional modeling and rendering. She has teaching experience at Parsons the New School for Design, Watkins College of Art and Design, and at O’More. She is proficient in most softwares used in design offices, which aids in teaching Technology I, Technology II, and Studio II. In addition to her formal education, Laura completed summer workshops in both Italy and Los Angeles. She is affiliated with TWIG.
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Kevin Coffey, Instructor

Kevin is co-owner of Burke Coffey Architecture Design, Inc. in Franklin with extensive experience in residential design and historic remodeling. He has been presented a Metro Historic Commission award and four Heritage Foundation of Franklin awards. He is known among the faculty and students as a walking dictionary of architectural and design history. He teaches Design History II and Language of Architecture. He has been a member of the faculty for nine years.
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Kim Zimmer Creed, Instructor

Kim is a former full-time faculty, member of ASID, and is an NCIDQ certificate holder. She She is self-employed as an interior design practitioner in both high-end residential and commercial design. She also has an extensive marketing background. She teaches Studio IV and Market Trip.
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Deborah Griffin, Instructor

Deborah is the owner of Griffin Design Group, Inc., where she practices as an interior designer specializing in residential design. She is a registered designer, NCIDQ certificate holder, and professional member and fellow of ASID. She is a Certified Green Professional and Certified Ageing in Place Specialist by the NHBA*. Deborah teaches Studio V.
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Leah Robison, Instructor

Leah works for Smith Gee Studio in Nashville designing both commercial, hospitality, and residential spaces. She also studies metal fabrication through apprenticeships and earned a Certificate in Metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft. She works with fabricators in Fort Houston on her custom furniture line. Leah teaches Studio I and Art of Rendering.
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Kathy Worthington, Instructor

Kathy is a Professional Member of ASID and an NCIDQ certificate holder. Her professional background includes, commercial and residential design and project and construction management. Her most interesting design endeavors include interiors work for water-tight dwellings for oil rigs located out in the open ocean. She teaches Studio VI, Materials I, and Materials II.