Instructors share interior design theory and application through their personal and professional knowledge. Each instructor has their own design business and have a wealth of design experience to share. The instructor’s passion for interior design is only surpassed by their passion for teaching interior design.

Stephanie Plymale


Stephanie brings her passion for empowering others and helping them grow personally and professionally to Heritage School of Interior Design. Her professional background includes 18 years as an independent interior designer with experience in commercial design, residential design, staging for realtors, and custom window treatments and furnishings. The knowledge she gained helped her to grow not only as a designer, but also as a leader and business owner. She also worked as a top producing in-home designer for Calico Home. After a successful design career, and a thorough understanding of the value of hard work, her passion turned from working as an Interior Designer to empowering and inspiring others. It was soon after this realization that she was given the opportunity to purchase Heritage School of Interior Design, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Since purchasing the school she has utilized the rich history and success of Heritage to transform the program. She has integrated the artistic and creative elements and principles of design and its history with the business and technology of design. To support this transformation, she has developed several new courses, which provide students with the well-rounded education they need to succeed in the industry. Stephanie is currently an active member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network as well as a volunteer and speaker for Dress for Success Oregon. Stephanie is devoted to the highest quality education and making it accessible to anyone who wants to start or enhance their career in the interior design industry. She does this by providing the educational experience and ongoing support that students need to be successful.

Read more about Stephanie here.

Email: steph@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com


Rhonda is the owner and executive director of Heritage School of Interior Design in Denver, CO. She brings extensive background in design, management and delivery of high quality training and education programs, which followed an early career in critical care nursing and the medical device industry. A lifelong yearning to help people craft their interior spaces into extraordinary havens drew her to attend Heritage School of Interior Design in Portland, OR. She became an independent interior designer as “RL Design Studio” and shop owner of “Velvet and Burlap Home”. When presented with the opportunity to open the first Heritage School of Interior Design outside of the original Portland location, she exclaimed “there is nothing I would rather do!”. Her business savvy, education background and interior design success provide a perfect synergy for this role. She has achieved a beautiful balance between her passion for education and her passion for design. She encompasses the values of the school and shares the Heritage spirit for helping people achieve the career of their dreams. Rhonda is also a designer, maker, finder and curator of beautiful things, an artist in jewelry and metalsmithing, mixed media painting, bookarts, collage and assemblage. She holds a deep appreciation of vintage pieces that tell stories: eclectic collections with history, soul and style. She loves integrating unique, well-crafted, authentic treasures with an artful character into interior spaces. “My spaces become my art projects”, representing truly cultivated character. She enjoys international travel,  good books, good food, even better wine, and outdoor adventures like hiking, skiing, mountain biking, rafting and everything Colorado. Rhonda is committed to maintaining a high standard educational experience and cultivating a supportive, creative community at Heritage Denver. She is excited to share her skills and enthusiasm to inspire and guide new designers to discover and develop their talents to obtain a truly fulfilling career in interior design. Email: rhonda@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com

Jim Plymale


Jim has over 25 years of startup and growth stage company leadership experience. He is currently the CEO of Machine Research, a cloud-based software company in Portland that helps custom manufacturers win more profitable business by improving their quoting and manufacturing business processes. In 2014 he helped his wife, Stephanie, launch Heritage School of Interior Design leveraging experience from her 20+ year successful interior design career.  In addition to supporting Heritage School of Interior Design, he is an active member and leader of Vistage Portland, an organization that works with leaders and CEO’s to grow and transform companies. Jim truly enjoys coaching and development of startup phase companies and is excited to share his knowledge with students at Heritage School of Interior Design. In 2003 Jim founded Clinicient and pioneered cloud based services to outpatient therapy practices. He led Clinicient through years of revenue growth and raised more than $25M in capital from local and national investors. Clinicient now employs more than 120 people in Portland, OR. Prior to Clinicient, Jim held senior marketing and management roles at several Oregon based companies including OrCAD, where he helped lead the company to a successful IPO in 1996. Jim has extensive experience in all aspects of building and growing businesses through innovative sales and marketing programs including educational marketing, online/digital marketing, social media marketing and traditional marketing. Email: jim@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com



Amy Van Ditti brings her knowledge of marketing and her passion for interior design to Heritage School of Interior Design. She graduated from Portland State University with a business degree in Marketing and Advertising Management and worked in the marketing field for several years. Amy attended Heritage School of Interior Design where she learned the essentials of design and received her Certificate in Interior Custom Design. Amy interned at Garrison Hullinger Interior Design as a Marketing Assistant, was the Social Media Coordinator for award winning builder Westlake Development Group LLC., and spent time working with an independent designer as a Design Consultant.

Amy began working with Stephanie in 2015 to enhance the online presence of the school with an updated website, blog and social media. Over the last several years her role has grown and she is now the Director of Operations at the school. Her role includes student relations, business management, website management and marketing.

Email: amy@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com 

Janis Howard


Janis is a 1997 graduate of Heritage School of Interior Design. After graduation, Janis was hired by a major furniture showroom as their lead designer. Currently she works with clients through her independent design business and is a lead instructor and trainer at Heritage School of Interior Design. Janis has been instructing students for 12 years at Heritage and has motivated and inspired hundreds of students with her love of interior design and her personable teaching skills. Her previous experience includes over 20 years in training and customer service with 1st Interstate Bank. Janis was actively involved with the 2000 Street of Dreams working with Macadam Floor and Furniture, which completely furnished two of the show homes. She was also part of the team that decorated the Galaxy Show Home which took first place for interior design in the Street of New Beginnings show. Janis is so excited to continue developing students at the newly enhanced Heritage School of Interior Design. Email: janis@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com View photos of one of Janis’s projects here.

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Michele Kremers is a transplant from Hawaii where she graduated from Chaminade University with a degree in Interior Design. Michele started her design career working for a General Contractor of luxury homes in Hawaii. A few years later, started the Interior Coordinator Department for a hospitality property management firm in which she was responsible for hotel properties across the State of Hawaii with homeowners from around the globe. Just before moving to Oregon, Michele worked for an Architecture/Design firm that specialized in Commercial projects which included Hospitals, Hotels and Corporate offices. Her most rewarding project was helping hospitality property owners recover from the devastation of Hurricane Iniki that tore through the Island of Kauai. After moving to Oregon, Michele worked for an Interior Designer who specialized in high-end residential projects which lead to her own interior design firm. Through her design firm, Michele gained experience in being an entrepreneur of the interior design industry. She thrived on providing her clients expert design ideas and efficient project management from conception to completion. After a few years of having her own business, Michele wanted to share her knowledge of the wonderful field on interior design so she turned to teaching. She taught in the Interior Design departments at Marylhurst University and Portland Community College. She also was an instructor for Saturday Academy design classes where she would expose young students to the field of interior design. Her career in teaching interior design inspired Michele to go back to school which lead to a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Art History from Portland State University and an MBA from Marylhurst University. Michele’s knowledge and experience in the interior design/architecture industry has been an asset to her teaching career where she inspires students. She is credited with creating the short-term international travel study program at Marylhurst where students were exposed to global cultures, architecture and design. Michele is excited to join the Heritage School of Interior Design to continue inspiring students to learn and practice in this wonderful field. She is excited about their vision and looks forward to contributing to the school’s success.


Sarah is an Interior designer who has experience in commercial design, working with jobs ranging from small tenant improvements to larger new builds in Central Oregon to residential and commercial design in the San Francisco Bay area. Sarah received her degree in Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University where she also previously resided in San Francisco, CA. She finds inspiration from everyday life, traveling, art, nature and many others. A driving force to her designs are to create spaces that are beautiful and meaningful while also positively impacting to the community, climate and of course- the client. Sarah has a strong interest in green design, believing that sustainability is an integral part of being a designer in the 21st century. Sarah is always up for a challenge, whether its teaching in new and innovative ways or implementing complex design concepts, she is always willing to go the extra mile to make her visions and aspirations come to life. Sarah hopes to teach and inspire, guiding others to follow and implement their dreams to becoming the successful individual they aspire and know to be. Email: sarah@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com



Alex realized her passion for design and the opportunity to be creative early on in her life. She has a background in music as a pianist and has been playing all her life. Alex went to college at the University of Oregon and graduated in 2014 with a BA in General Music. After graduating from Heritage School of Interior Design in the Winter of 2016, Alex honed in her skills at Thomasville Furniture designing spaces and learning all about custom furniture design.

With solid experience and knowledge in many sectors of the industry, Alex became a part of the Heritage team in the Winter of 2018 as an Executive Assistant. Her role will be to assist students throughout the term, as well as making sure the school is running effectively and efficiently. Alex is very excited to be a part of the Heritage team and help grow the school to its full potential.

Email: alex@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com 


Hannah has been helping people in the Portland area improve their homes since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in interior design from Oregon State University in 2005. Starting as a Design Associate at Neil Kelly Remodeling she gained the skills, experience and industry connections to be able to open her own design firm, Adapt Design, in 2011. With Adapt Design Hannah specializes in space planning and material selection for residential remodeling and new construction. Adapt Design also provides 2-D and 3-D drafting services for contractors and other designers. Hannah loves to share her industry knowledge and experience with students. She taught training courses at Neil Kelly for new employees. She has also volunteered with interior design students at Portland Community College, Oregon State University and the North Clackamas School District. Email: hannah@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com


Amy Pearson is an interior designer and design team member at Adapt Design. Whether it’s remodeling your existing home or designing your new home, Amy will guide you through the process from start to finish and has the knowledge and experience to plan and design a beautiful and functional space.  Amy is committed to collaboration with her clients, creating design plans that are focused on the unique needs and wishes of each individual client.  Amy’s passion for interior design began as a young girl after listening to the architect and designers involved in her parent’s complete home remodel.  At every opportunity during the project Amy asked questions, constantly seeking to understand every aspect of the build.  That same hunger for knowledge is a corner stone to how Amy operates her business, including how she approaches her client projects and seeking to understand their unique needs, participating in continuing education and advancing technical skills, and sharing the professional and technical skills she has acquired through teaching local students AutoCAD and Sketchup.

As a wife, and a mother of boy and girl twins, Amy’s family is her entire world!  Armed with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Portland and a Certification from Heritage School of Interior Design, Amy is committed to bringing the same level of passion and love she has for her family into the family homes of her clients.  “It is an honor to be invited into a client’s home, working together to design a space that they love and are proud to share with friends and family. It is rewarding to create an environment that speaks to them and their lives together.”

Though life took Amy down several different paths, the passion for interior design never faded.  After graduating college, getting married, staying at home with her two beautiful children, Amy finally decided it was time to pursue her lifelong dream.  As a wife, and a mother of boy and girl twins, Amy’s family is her entire world!  Armed with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Portland and a Certification from Heritage School of Interior Design, Amy is committed to bringing the same level of passion and love she has for her family into the family homes of her clients, creating functional and beautiful spaces that reflect their personalities and lives.  “It is an honor to be invited into a client’s home, working together to design a space that they love and are proud to share with friends and family. It is rewarding to create an environment that speaks to them and their personalities.”

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Andrew began his career in Interior Design in Los Angeles, after graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in architecture. He began his career for a design/build company specializing in custom cabinetry and furniture. He has also worked as a design associate for an interior design company, and as a designer for a commercial design/build firm. Throughout all of his interior design work, his specialty was 3D modeling and photo-realistic rendering. During his time in Los Angeles, Andrew has had the privilege of having many high profile clients, from CEOs of major companies to various celebrities. He has just recently moved to Portland, where he is currently freelancing his 3D modeling and rendering skills for designers, contractors, and real estate investors. We are so excited to have him on the Heritage School of Interior Design team! Email: andrew@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com


For Katya, it is not merely about designing spaces, but creating a sense of place.  Specializing in transforming client ideas and expectations into refined, articulate presentations and results that reflect their lifestyle. Katya has been practicing for over fifteen years, and is an advocate for her clients. She has found much inspiration from the design and Architecture throughout Europe that she often incorporates into her projects. Katya’s enthusiasm for design extends beyond design projects. She has also taught as an Adjunct Instructor at The Art Institute of Portland, where she taught courses in Commercial, Retail and Residential Design Studios, Advanced Textiles and AutoCAD. Katya grew up on the east coast of the United States, originally from the Boston area, then Princeton, where she received an academic scholarship from Princeton Scholarship Foundation. She received a Professional degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon, a CIDA accredited program ranked third in the Country. Katya is active in the professional design community and is the current National Director for the Interior Design Society, and has served on the Board of Directors for the NKBA, holding the position of Vice President of Membership.



Severin has over 10 years of experience working with computer 3D modeling software. He began by integrating Revit into parts of the 3D modeling workflow to create photo-realistic renderings and animations for a variety of Interior Design, Architecture and Engineering firms. Revit has since become an important part of documenting the design process and design intent. Severin has several years of teaching Revit in classroom settings, individual trainings, workshops at Universities, and trainings at Firms who wish to integrate Revit into the workplace. He is now excited to share his knowledge with the students at Heritage! The fascination with the virtual environment using 3D software formed an interest in engineering and architecture. In addition to creating photo-realistic renderings, Severin enjoys creating historic documentations and futuristic visual animation reels and effects.



Angie Morse is an award winning interior designer, redesigner, and home stager. With a passion for color and a flair for creativity, Angie has been involved in many aspects of the design industry, including: creative service management, graphic design, teaching, writing, visual merchandising, interior and landscape design, and home staging. Angie’s straight forward approach, patience, humor, and sense of style make home staging a perfect fit. “I love that feeling at the end of a staging day when my team and I look around a home and say, ‘Hey, look what we created!’ I’m excited to share my knowledge and experience as you begin this staging journey.” 


Kallan recently graduated with honors from the University of Colorado in May of 2017. She has a double major in Advertising and Sociology and a Business Innovation minor. She began a modeling career early with Wilhelmina Denver that lead her to many exciting opportunities with national clients. More recently she has worked within promotional advertising agencies and magazine publications throughout Denver. Kallan has an aptitude for event planning, account management and strategic media campaign planning developed through both domestic and international experience. Her degrees and work experience have equipped her with a unique skillset as the owner and operator of Oliver Creative Solutions, specializing in groundbreaking social, print, and digital marketing. She has had the privilege of living all over the world, including both Europe and Australia. Her family, including two younger sisters, lives in Boise, Idaho with their beloved pets. Kallan is a certified yoga teacher and dedicated to health, fitness, and mindfulness through her yoga practice. She expresses her creativity through drawing and painting. She is naturally inquisitive and seeks challenges and creative solutions in her professional pursuits. Email: kallan@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com 


Jenny is an accomplished Interior Design professional with 19 years of experience in a wide range of project types. Her areas of expertise include Programming, Design Development, Finish and Furniture Selection, Client Presentation, Construction Documentation, Specifications, Construction Administration, Management and Mentoring. While attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Architecture, she traveled to Denmark to further study Scandinavian Architecture and Interior Design. During her time overseas, Jenny had the privilege of traveling to many countries, and experiencing different cultures, art and architecture. This ignited a new passion for travel, and an appreciation for the importance of getting out of one’s comfort zone. Upon graduating, she took a position at Gensler, in Denver, Colorado.  During her 4 years at the firm, she was able to work on both domestic and international teams. In 2004, she started O Interiors, which gave her the flexibility to work on passion projects as well as teach AutoCAD and Interior Design Presentation workshops. Teaching and helping junior designers understand the demands and eclectic offerings of the industry, is what brought Jenny to Heritage School of Interior Design. Currently, Jenny is building her brand at Method Interior Design and working with contractors and investors as a Colorado Real Estate Broker. Jenny loves creating art, reading, hiking and spending time with her husband, Keith, and their three children. She will be teaching Fundamentals of Interior Design Day Certification Program.


Dawn has a strong passion for teaching Art and Design and has dedicated the past few years to educating students at several schools both nationally and locally. “Teaching and helping students learn about the exciting world of design is so special.  It gives me the chance to experience the wonder of discovering it for the first time over and over again!” While earning graduate degrees in both Architecture and Construction Management, the world of Kitchen and Bath design found her.  After designing the first kitchen for a former Olympic ski team member, she was hooked and hasn’t looked back.  According to Dawn, “Kitchens are the most inviting rooms in our homes.  Just go to a party and see where everyone gathers!”  She is a certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD) through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and loves to share her experiences with students.  Dawn is also an avid oil painting artist and loves historic homes.  She has been actively involved in the historic preservation community throughout Colorado volunteering for both Historic Denver, Inc. and Colorado Preservation Inc.  Dawn will be teaching Intro to AutoCAD & SketchUp and Kitchen & Bath Design as well as the Fundamentals of Interior Design Executive Certification Program on Saturdays.


Juan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Minor in Sustainable Environments from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Throughout his career, Juan has worked for multiple top architecture firms which has allowed him to learn from the best in the industry, develop technical and design skills, and be successful in a demanding and evolving profession. His current position as an architectural designer at Gensler Denver has enabled him to build a close relationship to interior design through in depth collaboration. Working side by side with interior designers on a daily basis, Juan has been exposed to the knowledge and skills that it takes to succeed in the industry. From computer aided design to virtual reality, he has taken on the role of being a resource for both technical and visualization expertise at his office. This role, paired with his passion for teaching, has launched him to pursue a career as an instructor with Heritage School of Interior Design. He believes that any student who is provided with knowledge and the right set of tools will be successful in this highly rewarding design industry. Juan is devoted to helping designers discover and utilize their top talent while exposing them to the demands of the business. He will be teaching Photoshop/Illustrator, Revit, Advanced AutoCAD & Advanced SketchUp.


Sarah has been working in the Commercial Interior Design field for 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Colorado State University and then worked to obtain her LEED, AP certification. Her career started as an Interior Design Contractor with Bechta Group Limited. During her time at BGL she worked for clients such as Norwest/ Wells Fargo Bank, Raytheon, Janus Funds, Jeppesen and other various companies. Working with so many large companies allowed Sarah to gain a vast knowledge base of cooperate interiors with many different design standards. From BGL she transitioned to Retail Design with the Sports Authority corporate office as a Project Manager/ CAD Manager. Retail Design brought many new challenges such as remodeling stores, brand building and supporting large nationwide design rollouts. After a few years in the retail design industry she went to work for Lockheed Martin as an Architectural Designer/ Office Planner. Designing in the defense industry she attained an understanding of working with security requirements for various government funded programs. After many years in the corporate design world she transitioned into the furniture and hospitality industries, while also starting her own company Schwab Designs, LLC.

Sarah is passionate about design and what it can do to transform space. She has a depth of knowledge for designing spaces that enhance form and function. Her passion and extensive knowledge have guided her to share her experiences with the next generation of designers at Heritage School of Interior Design where she will be teaching Commercial Design.


Amy Troute is a 2008 graduate of Heritage and a top Interior Designer in Portland. She’s always had an eye for color and design and a passion for the comforts of home. Amy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and enjoyed a successful decade-long career in Marketing and Advertising. When Amy found out she was expecting twins in 2003, she knew she would continue to work after they were born but wanted to love what she was doing while she was away from them. She decided to pursue her passion for interior design. She built her portfolio over the first three years of her daughters’ lives with referrals from friends, and eventually met Jennifer Adams, an established designer and Heritage graduate. Jennifer hired Amy to work with her Portland clients and recommended she attend Heritage to gain the education she was missing.  Amy recalls Jennifer saying “you have about 80% of what it takes to be successful, Heritage will provide the rest.” After graduating from Heritage, Amy moved her design firm from home to a small studio in the Pearl District and the fledgeling “Design for Home” became Amy Troute Inspired Interior Design, a full service residential and commercial interior design firm working throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Her services range from furnishings design to specification and selection of surfaces and finishes for new construction and renovations. Amy was listed among the area’s “Top 15 Interior Designers” on BuildDirect.com in 2014 and was featured in Oregon Home Magazine in 2016, completing a Dream Bedroom Makeover for a lucky client in Washington.  Amy Troute Inspired Interior Design has been recognized as “Best of Houzz” for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Amy is truly inspiring and continuously supports the school by coming in each term to speak to new students and is always happy to provide insight to our graduates who reach out to her. We are so excited to welcome Amy to our Advisory Board!


Reyna Badillo has always admired art and fashion and she grew up in an environment where she learned a lot about the beauty of wood. She channeled her passion and knowledge for design into her own business, Summit Wood Creations, which specializes in custom, craftsman style furniture made from sustainable raw materials. After successfully running her business for 15 years, she wanted the opportunity to be more creative. She felt that her vision was limited to furniture and she wanted to be able to help her clients create a cohesive look in their home. She decided to take that next step by becoming more educated in interior design and enrolled at Heritage School of Interior Design. After graduating from Heritage, she had all the tools she needed to make her dream come true. Reyna now has her own manufacturing company which produces her line of sustainable furniture and she also offers interior design services. Her line of furniture includes custom kitchen cabinets, dining tables, bedroom furniture and more. She is committed to sourcing local wood and environmentally-friendly production practices. Her team draws inspiration from the inherent, natural beauty and rough, untamed texture of raw materials. Reyna is a perfect addition to our advisory board, we are so thankful to have her!



Michael was born and raised in Texas and had an apparent talent and passion for design at a young age. Growing up he would redesign his bedroom every couple of years, with his mom’s permission, with new paint, drapery, art and bedding. He loved rearranging furniture, redecorating and moving art around his house. Whenever his mother left the house she would come home to a rearranged and redecorated home – always a nice surprise! While Michael was in design school, he got his first job working in a trade showroom. He later started his own firm in addition to owning three retail stores. He did extensive traveling to do design projects for clients around the world. But in 2008, Hurricane Ike hit Texas. Damages from the Hurricane added up to $37.50 billion USD, the costliest hurricane on record. The hurricane destroyed his business and his home, in the midst of a recession so Michael was forced to restart in the toughest conditions. Michael decided to take a trip to Portland and quickly fell in love with it. While in Portland he started working with a client on a project and found out the furnishing and decor options in Portland were extremely limited. Being the entrepreneur that he is, he saw the potential for a showroom and created Nest. Nest Showroom caries over 10,000 fabrics to choose from and 50 other lines of designer products including upholstery, case goods, lighting, rugs and more. Michael is well-known throughout the design community and is a true expert in the field. He values long-term relationships and trust with his clients, which is apparent in the way he runs his business. He has been extremely supportive of the school and provides our students with invaluable knowledge. Michael’s advice for aspiring interior designers is to let your personality and style shine, be confident, work hard, listen to your clients, ask for help, do it right the first time, clean up mistakes and thank your clients.


Terry has been a professional muralist and decorative artist for the last 20 years. Her eye for color and fine art training allows her to enhance every room or space with a sumptuous and aesthetically enriching experience. Hansen’s diverse portfolio demonstrates her versatility and ability to paint everything from a lush Tuscan landscape to a Urban contemporary wall finish. Her work has been featured in 15 Street of Dreams homes, The Oregonian, Better Homes and Garden, Boats International and much more. She is now brining her experience to the board of directors at Heritage School of Interior Design and is the current Treasurer for the Interior Design Society of Portland and is the past president of the local Cascade Artisans Guild. Terry has been presenting to Heritage students for several years and is excited to be involved as a Board Advisor.