Alumni News & Endorsements

Lou Anne Liverman

Lou Anne Liverman,Allied Member, ASID, has joined Paysage as an Interior Designer. Located in Lumina Station near Wrightsville Beach, Paysage is noted for its classic and casual home furnishings and full interior design services. A 2012 graduate, Lou Anne received CFCC’s Interior Design Departmental Award, graduating with Honors and a 4.0 GPA. Lou Anne was also one of four students selected to represent CFCC in the 2012 ASID Otto Zenke Student Design Competition. Also holding a degree in English/Communications, Lou Anne has been a freelance writer for sixteen years in the Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach while raising her now college-age son and teenage daughter with her husband. With her recent Interior Design degree, Lou Anne is excited to embark onto the creative path of design with the outstanding team at Paysage.

Chantelle Manchester

Chantelle Manchester, Allied Member ASID, winner of the 2011 prestigious ASID Otto Zenke Student Design Competition has joined Blue Sky Building Company as their in-house Interior Designer and finish coordinator. Chantelle, a 2011 graduate of the Interior Design program at Cape Fear Community College, graduated with honors and a 4.0 GPA. During her time at Cape Fear, she served as the ASID Carolinas Student Chapter President. During her final semester, Chantelle interviewed and accepted the position from Blue Sky Building Company where she is now working full-time. Blue Sky Building Company is a custom home builder in Shallotte, NC that was established in 2004. Their homes have placed first in the Brunswick County Parade of Homes and Chantelle is excited to be a part of continuing that standard of excellence.

Virginia Wyatt

Virginia Wyatt has joined T. Williamson Interiors as an interior designer. Virginia is a 2011 graduate of the Interior Design program at Cape Fear Community College. She began with the firm as an intern during the summer of 2008. She interned with them again the spring of her senior year and was offered the position upon graduation. T. Williamson Interiors, located in the Landfall Center, has been working with homeowners, architects and contractors in the Wilmington area for over 25 years. The firm offers residential and commercial interior design services and custom home furnishings.

From CFCC to Miami to the Pentagon!

This letter comes from Joanna Joy a CFCC alumni and graduate of the Interior Design program class of 2002.

Hi Cindy,

Remember me? I graduated from your program in 2002. I was at work discussing all of the great memories of design school 😉 when I realized that I really did receive a great education. I just wanted to thank you for that. I have had great success and a wonderful career thus far. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Miami and got a job with Poliform in the Miami Design District. Now, I am in Washington, DC and I work for a huge design/build company who is renovating the Pentagon. I am on the design team as a project manager. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that your artistic talent and persistent demand for perfection really helped me get to where I am now. 5 years ago, I would have never dreamed of a job like this. So, thank you.

Take care,

Joanna Joy

Cape Fear Alum Schools California

This note comes to us from the Design Department at Palomar College in California where CFCC Alum Michelle Leonard is making a great impression.

CFCC graduates join McKenzie Baker and inspire corporate scholarship to interior design school.

Stacey Dunn

Stacey Dunn, Allied Member ASID, has joined the interior design team of McKenzie Baker Interiors as an independent contractor. Stacey is a 2010 graduate of the Interior Design program at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) where she graduated with honors as the student with the highest departmental grade point average. During her time at CFCC she served as the ASID Carolinas Student Chapter Vice-President-her first year, as President her senior year and participated as an intern for McKenzie Baker Interiors. She has five years of experience as an educator, including time as Department Chair. Between her time as a teacher and interior designer, Stacey was a stay-at-home mom. She is now pursuing her true passion as an interior designer and thrilled to be part of the McKenzie Baker team.

Chrissy Rogers

Wilmington native, Chrissy Rogers, allied member of ASID, has joined the interior design firm McKenzie Baker Interiors as an associate designer. Since graduating from NC State’s School of Design in 1999, Ms. Rogers has worked in the upholstered furniture market in High Point, graduated from Cape Fear Community College’s interior design program, and bought and renovated several historic homes in Wilmington. Chrissy is also pursuing her general contractor’s license, to provide a more comprehensive and full service to clients engaging in extensive renovations.

Chrissy Rogers won an ASID Merit Award for her historic renovation of a downtown Wilmington residence. The home had been condemned by the city, requiring major construction and restoration efforts throughout. Original fixtures and details were salvaged, recreated or incorporated at every opportunity. What had been a ruined duplex, became a beautiful three floor residence. The home was a favorite among those on a Christmas tour and won Renovation of the Year by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

Jessie Jeffries

Jessie Jeffries, winner of the distinguished Otto Zenke award, has joined the staff of McKenzie Baker Interiors.  A 2008 graduate of the Cape Fear Community College Department of Interior Design, Mrs. Jeffries served as an intern with the firm for two consecutive semesters.  In April, she took first place in the Otto Zenke Interior Design Competition which was held as part of the American Society of Interior Design Carolinas Chapter Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach.  Mrs. Jeffries’ winning design, a combined residential and commercial unit, competed against students throughout the Carolinas.  Upon graduation, she joined McKenzie Baker as an associate designer.

Kathy McKenzie and Patti Baker, the firm’s principals, have established a scholarship in CFCC’s Department of Interior Design.  “We applaud the interiors program at Cape Fear Community College and are delighted to support their continued good work,” said Ms. McKenzie. The annual scholarship of $1,000 will support one student’s tuition and expenses each school year, or over two semesters.  The scholarship will automatically renew each school year.

McKenzie Baker Interiors is a full service interior design studio, providing services to residential, commercial and retail clients throughout the southeast since 1993.  They consult directly with clients, or collaborate with architects and builders, providing overall design consultation and  interior space planning.

Other Employment News:

Kent Lofthus

2010 graduate, Kent Lofthus , Allied Member ASID, has recently joined the interior design firm, Glenn Harmon Interiors. Kent is a 2010 graduate of the Interior Design program at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). Glenn Harmon Interiors is an interior design firm that provides services to residential, commercial and retail clients. They also have a beautiful storefront full of unique furniture and accessories for your home or office located at Lumina Station 1900 Eastwood Rd. Suite 4 Wilmington, NC.