PORTLAND TEAM

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 THORNTON PLYMALE, PRESIDENT & CEO

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 LARSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | DENVER

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 PLYMALE, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

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

 

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AMY VAN DITTI, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | PORTLAND

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 HOWARD, EXECUTIVE PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR | PORTLAND

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, FUNDAMENTALS INSTRUCTOR | PORTLAND

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 PETERSON, ONLINE & FUNDAMENTALS INSTRUCTOR

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 LARSEN, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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 HACKER, AUTOCAD AND KITCHEN & BATH INSTRUCTOR | PORTLAND

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, ADVANCED CAD DESIGN INSTRUCTOR | PORTLAND

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 EGHBALPOUR, ADVANCED SKETCHUP INSTRUCTOR | PORTLAND

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

 

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SEVERIN VILLIGER , REVIT INSTRUCTOR | PORTLAND

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.

 

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ANGIE MORSE, STAGING DESIGN INSTRUCTOR | PORTLAND

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.” 

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