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IIDA College of Fellows Announces 2023 Inductees
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Admission to the prestigious College of Fellows is IIDA’s highest professional member distinction

CHICAGO — IIDA is pleased to announce the induction of three new members to the prestigious IIDA College of Fellows. This year’s honorees are Gensler Managing Director, Todd Heiser, FIIDA, of the Illinois chapter; Shaw Contract Account Manager, Koreen Pelot, FIIDA, of the Wisconsin chapter; and Gensler Principal and Design Director, Stefanie Shunk, FIIDA, of the New York chapter.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome these talented and esteemed colleagues into the College of Fellows,” said College of Fellows Chair, Viveca Bissonnette, FIIDA. “This prestigious distinction honors creativity, passion, and leadership, and each of this year’s inductees exemplifies each quality to the highest degree.”

Admission to the College of Fellows is the highest honor given by IIDA to its professional members, recognizing those whose activities and efforts have benefitted and enhanced IIDA, and whose design work has significantly influenced the design profession. For more information about the IIDA College of Fellows, visit IIDA.org.

Todd Heiser, FIIDA

Heiser is Principal and Co-Managing Director in Gensler’s Chicago office. His leadership showcases more than 20 years of experience in next-generation design at the cutting edge of workplace strategies, and his commitment to a high level of conceptual and technical development, combined with a design process that champions client partnership, transforms spaces for his clients across the globe. With a genuine interest in people and a passion for leading teams to personal and professional success, Heiser is a trusted mentor to many. His expertise is regularly sought after by organizations, conferences, and global media outlets, exemplifying his influence in the industry and beyond.

Koreen Pelot, FIIDA

Pelot has 18 years of experience as a sales professional in the interior design industry. As an Account Manager with Shaw Contract, she combines her passion for bringing people together with a company that strives to create a better, fairer future for all. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture from the University of WI–Stevens Point and later her NCIDQ certificate. Her heart belongs to the design community, and she truly enjoys how her career in sales has allowed her to have an impact. She joined IIDA WI as a young designer and has spent her career supporting the organization in multiple board positions throughout the years. Her passion for the growth and development of the Wisconsin Chapter has led the chapter to new heights. She has worked alongside friends and colleagues to grow the chapter, create unique events, and also started a scholarship program that has awarded over $110,000 to students pursuing their design degrees in Wisconsin. Pelot has mentored and assisted the design community, far and wide. While she's held some incredible positions throughout her career and in the organization, the title of “mom” is her favorite. When she isn't at a design event, you will find her at one of many sporting events with her very active boys.

Stefanie Shunk, FIIDA

As a Principal and Design Director with over 30 years of experience, Shunk is a creative force known for fostering design innovation to propel her clients into the future. With a strong focus on technology, media, consumer goods, and financial services, she creates dynamic interiors that reflect a company’s core vision and values through close collaboration with her clients and her project teams. Whether working with companies like Campari, Google, Verizon, JPMC, or Cadillac, she designs purpose-driven, technology-rich, and hospitality-forward experiences that transform their business and culture. She is dedicated to investing in her team's development with the same rigor and attention to detail she brings to her work. A natural leader and mentor, she founded Gensler Northeast Region’s Design Leadership Program to grow the next generation of design leadership. Always looking to the future, Shunk passionately advocates and advances Gensler’s GC3 initiatives toward carbon neutrality and a more sustainable and resilient future. Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pratt Institute.

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