Thoma-Holec Design is a “senior-centric” design firm, which means we only design senior housing and 100% of our designs are focused on learning new techniques and resources that are appropriate for senior housing.
LuAnn Thoma-Holec, FASID Principal
A passion for senior living interior design inspired LuAnn to launch a new company exclusively focused on it. Her 35 years of design experience in new home marketing centers, model merchandising, private residential, and hospitality support her ability to create home-like senior living and specialized care communities that are highly marketable, in-budget, and comply with the social model for senior living and care.
As principal, LuAnn is responsible for the implementation of the design criteria and project management of all senior living and specialized care communities.
• Fellowship in the Council of Fellows ASID
• Designer of Distinction
• National Council of Senior Housing - five silver awards
• ASID Awards of Excellence in senior care, hospitality and model merchandising
• Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Museum Arts – University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Graduate Certificate in Gerontology – Arizona State University
• Certified National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
• Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH)
• Licensed Interior Designer – state of Nevada
• Certified Interior Designer – state of California
• Industry member of Assisted Living Federation of America – member
• Industry member of LeadingAge
• SAGE Member (Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments
• Past (six year) Board Member of the Arizona Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
• Past National Director-at-Large of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
• Past ASID National Ethics Chairman
• Past President of the ASID Arizona North Chapter
Keith Senior Interior Designer
Keith grew up in Chicago and frequently visited installation art exhibitions. He was drawn to the energy humans have to transform the physical space. After attending art school at Arizona State University, he lived in Westchester County, NY, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn, NY. Having spent time in the photography, internet, sculpture, visual merchandising and exhibit design industries, Keith decided to officially culminate his life experiences into an Interior Design degree, from Scottsdale Community College. Keith brings a wealth of knowledge about high-end residential and hospitality design to Thoma-Holec Design.
He currently resides in Scottsdale with his wife, two beagles, and a somewhat domesticated cat. He is a nationally exhibited photographer, runner and cyclist in his spare time.
• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Intermedia – Arizona State University
• Associate of Arts and Sciences, Interior Design – Scottsdale Community College
• LEED Green Associate
• President-Elect 2014-2015, ASID – ASID Arizona North Chapter
• Chapter President 2015-2016, ASID – ASID Arizona North Chapter
• Certified National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
Leslie Senior Interior Designer
Leslie began working in the model home industry immediately out of college but soon discovered a love for helping people heal through beautifully designed spaces. She has been working in the healthcare industry for 16 years and has a passion for bringing comfort to patients, families and staff members by creating spaces that are nurturing, peaceful and creative yet extremely functional. She has worked on all sizes of projects from small sales centers, Community Recreation Centers on up to large multi-story Hospitals. She loves seeing a project through all phases and has 20 years of experience putting together projects from Design Development, Construction Documentation on through Construction Administration. Her favorite part is walking into a space and hearing patients, family members and staff talking about how much a space has brought comfort and peace to their time spent in a facility.
• Bachelors of Science in Interior Design – University of Arizona, Tucson
• Summer Abroad Program – Denmark Design School
Shahlla Senior Interior Designer
Shahlla is an accomplished interior designer, in both commercial and residential spaces. With more than 20 years of experience in interior design, Shahlla brings to Thoma-Holec Design an exceptional design expertise to strengthen our team of design excellence. Shahlla's outstanding talent and her degree in Environmental Design from Purdue University helped launch her career as an interior designer in the commercial arena where she worked on large projects including Atlantis Beach Tower Sales Gallery, Lyle Anderson Company, and Avnet Showrooms. Her love of interior design and architecture has included a very strong emphasis on marketing centers, corporate offices, exhibits, and public facilities.
Shahlla's keen eye for design is evident in all aspects of her creativity which seems to know no bounds. Designing and conceptualizing beautiful spaces for Thoma-Holec Design have allowed Shahlla to showcase her amazing attention to detail.
• Bachelor of Design in Environmental Design – Purdue University Lafayette, Indiana
Tabitha Senior Interior Designer
Tabitha grew up in Arizona and joined the US Army. She had the opportunity to travel outside the US and live in South Korea and Italy. After seeing so many beautiful places and things, she knew Interior Design was where she belonged.
Tabitha has a passion for creating spaces that transforms the lives of the people who use the spaces. She believes design impacts health and wellness. Senior living interior design is a natural fit for her passion and beliefs.
She currently resides in Phoenix with her husband, two sons, and daughter.
• Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Graduated with Honors – Art Institute of Phoenix, Arizona
• ASID Allied Member
• Current: Director of Professional Development, ASID Arizona North Chapter
• Future: President Elect, ASID Arizona North Chapter
Suzanne Senior Interior Designer
Suzanne grew up in Kansas attending client visits and installs with her mother, who owned her own custom drapery and interior design business. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Architecture Studies in 2000, Suzanne began her career in design. Since then, she has designed airports, airplane hangars, schools, military bases, office spaces, orthodontic offices, condo buildings, residential homes, investment properties, and landscapes. In addition, Suzanne held a real estate license in 3 states, helping clients purchase, renovate, and decorate their new homes.
Suzanne’s true passion is creating beautiful spaces people interact with and experience on a regular basis. She is truly excited to be a part of the Thoma-Holec team where she can create inspiring spaces that will influence so many people every day.
After living in Kansas, Missouri, California, and Illinois, Suzanne and her family have decided to call Arizona their permanent home. She currently lives in Chandler with her husband, two children, and two very fluffy dogs.
• Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies, – University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Kym Interior Designer
Kym is originally from Washington State, but has come to love the desert in the past year. She attended Washington State University as a pre-med Pharmacy student, but quickly realized her talents were better served in the design industry; particularly interior design.
After studying abroad and traveling to different countries, she learned how important a beautifully designed space is connected to a person’s overall mood and reflection of life. She has a dedication and determination to create spaces that are full of passion, uniqueness, creativity and of course, functionality.
Thoma-Holec Design, LLC gives her the chance to design beautiful spaces that will enhance the everyday life of seniors.
• Bachelor of Arts in the School of Design and Construction, – Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
Cherie Assistant Designer
Cherie is a native Arizonian. After her high school graduation she went on to attend the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. After one year of studies at Moody Bible Institute Cheri transferred to Scottsdale Community College. Her course of study at Scottsdale Community College was a focus on Interior Design. During college she worked as a student intern at Habitat in their Model Home Merchandising Division. At completion of her internship, Cheri continued to work in the Model Home Merchandising division as an interior design assistant.
Cherie is a dedicated and involved Mother of three children. Her organizational skills, creativity and reliability allow her to multitask with her assistant design responsibilities as well as keeping up with her active family.
• Associates of Art Degree in Interior Design – Scottsdale Community College
Qingmeng Assistant Designer
The first time Qingmeng started to learn drawing was at age 16. She practiced basic drawing skills for a few years, and eventually stepped into the interior design field of study. Before completing a Masters in Interior Architecture and Design in the spring of 2012, she worked on a few residential projects in China, but wanted to expand her professional skills in interior design, so Qingmeng came to the United States. She now enjoys her time with Thoma-Holec Design and looks forward to continuing her career and strives to give it her best on every single project.
• Masters of Fine Art in Interior and Architecture – Academy of Art University, San Francisco
• Bachelor of Art and Design - Yunnan University, Kumming, Yunnan, China
Cameron Assistant Designer
Cameron has always had a passion for bringing joy to others. Originally a music major, he decided to change his focus in order that he might bring a longer lasting joy to others through the practice of interior design. A Northern California native, Cameron moved to Arizona to finish school and ended up staying after completion. He attended and graduated with honors from The Art Institute of Phoenix.
He began a student internship with Thoma-Holec Design in October 2015, and was soon after hired as a junior designer. He is excited for the opportunity he has to expand his knowledge in the field of interior design, and bring joy to as many people as possible through design.
• Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design – Art Institute of Phoenix
Carol Office Administrator / Bookkeeper
Carol is responsible for all internal accounts payable and receivables. With over 15 years experience performing accounting and bookkeeping functions for interior design firms, Carol is responsible for all internal accounts payable, receivables, and procurement tracking. Prior to joining Thoma-Holec Design she was employed at MGA Interiors and Habitat, Inc. in the accounts payable department.
Paula Procurement Manager
Paula has worked 25+ years in New York City within commercial interiors firms as a furniture consultant/project manager to large corporate clients. Projects included New York Public Library, United Nations Headquarters, Goldman Sachs NY Headquarters, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Supreme and Family Courthouse.
“After having lived my entire life on the east coast where I spent my career facilitating design and servicing the end user market I decided to move to Arizona in 2015. Now I love watching “the winter that was” on TV rather than outside of my own kitchen window.”
Eager to begin “Paula: Part 2 in the Southwest,” Paula currently spends her time with family. She enjoys reading non-fiction and trying to find outdoor places to walk – "without threat of snakes sharing my path!”
Mike Installation Team Lead
An efficient and organized installation is one of the keys to Thoma-Holec Design's success. Mike is responsible for the furniture, artwork and accessory installation teams and is onsite at each installation. His personal involvement with the placement of furnishings and artwork enables the install to complete in a timely manner with quality control foremost on his agenda. Prior to joining Thoma-Holec Design, Mike was part of the management team at Lynch Furniture Handlers. Mike is a veteran of Desert Storm.
Steven Design Consultant
Steven's responsibilities, on an as needed basis, include consulting, AutoCAD preliminary design and construction documents. As an industrial designer with a background in the exhibit design field and museum interpretive design, Steven has expertise in project management, signage design, millwork fabrication, and graphic design. As a former protestant minister his spiritual guidance and understanding of the frailty of the senior population enables him to assist the design department in creating interiors that function for all senior impairments.
Architectural Support Haus provides meticulous construction documents, is capable of surveying as-built conditions, may provide project management upon request, and can develop color renderings. We work with current versions of AutoCAD® and Adobe® Creative Suite®.
C.W. Barsness, CPA is the Certified Public Accounting firm responsible for all accounting functions, payroll, tax, and administrative functions of Thoma-Holec Design LLC.