Thoma-Holec Design’s team offers highly specialized skills in designing practical, yet elegant, environments for the senior living market.
Our 30+ years’ of experience has proven invaluable to senior living developers and operators who market their communities through visualization, conceptual designs and model apartments. We are both inspired and motivated by our clients who will tell you we do this exceedingly well, and often come to view us as an extension of their own teams.
LuAnn Thoma-HolecFASID, NCIDQ, CID – Principal & FounderiLuAnn's passion for senior living interior design inspired her to launch a company exclusively dedicated to it. Her extensive experience has guided Thoma-Holec Design's process since 2006, resulting in award-winning, welcoming spaces within senior living communities throughout the US and Canada. Her vision has been successfully demonstrated in hundreds of communities, where residents enjoy home-like surroundings with remarkable amenities that showcase each community’s commitment to hospitality. LuAnn’s team of talented designers has earned numerous national, regional and local awards. Their ability to enhance the social model of senior living and care contribute to the marketability of newly constructed and repositioned communities. Awards:
- 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)
Keith StantonFASID, NCIDQ, CID – Director of Design DevelopmentiKeith 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. Keith earned his BFA, Intermedia, Arizona State University and AAS, Interior Design, Scottsdale Community College. He resides in Scottsdale with his wife, a beagle and a somewhat domesticated cat. He is a nationally exhibited photographer, runner and cyclist in his spare time. Affiliations:
- Professional member ASID
- LEED Green Associate
- President-Elect 2014 - 2015, ASID Arizona North
- Chapter President 2015 - 2016, ASID Arizona North
- NCIDQ Certified
Tabitha EvansPast President of ASID NorthiTabitha grew up in Arizona and joined the US Army. She had the opportunity to travel outside the US and live in places like South Korea and Italy. After extensive travels and seeing so many beautiful places and things, she knew Interior Design was where she belonged. Tabitha is passionate about creating spaces that transform the lives of the people who use the spaces. She believes design impacts the end users health and wellness. Senior living interior design is a natural fit for her passion and beliefs. Tabitha earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Graduated with Honors – Art Institute of Phoenix, AZ. She resides in Phoenix with her husband, two sons, and daughter. Affiliations:
- ASID, Allied Member
- IIDA, Associate Member
- President, ASID Arizona North Chapter 2017-2018
- President Elect, ASID Arizona North Chapter 2016-2017
- Professional Development Director, ASID Arizona North Chapter 2015-2016
Shahlla ZahediSenior Interior DesigneriShahlla 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 earned her Bachelor of Design in Environmental Design- Perdue University Lafayette, Indiana. Her 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. Affiliations:
- Allied Member ASID
Amy WengerSenior Interior DesigneriAmy joined the Thoma-Holec Design team in August 2017. In her role, she focuses on designing interiors for re-positioning, rebranding and remodeling existing senior living communities. She has a true passion for interior design, specifically for senior living, and values her ability to create beautiful and functional interiors for those in later life. Amy earned her Associates Degree in Interior Design at Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI. She enjoys hiking and has a goal to hike through the Appalachian Trail, and is a master scuba diver. She recently moved to Phoenix from Wisconsin where she has lived most of her life. Amy has a husband of almost 30 years, a daughter and a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Her family also includes a Chesapeake Labrador named Mia, and a cat named Karl. Affiliations:
- NCIDQ currently studying for exam
- ASID WI President Elect nominee, 2016-2017
- Director at Large for the ASID WI Board of Directors, 2014-2016
- 2014 ASID WI Top 5 Under 5 Emerging Professionals – Contributions to the Chapter Award
- 2013 ASID WI Top 5 Under 5 Emerging Professionals - Honorable Mention Award
- ASID WI Chairperson for Professional Development
- ASID): WCTC ASID Student Chapter President Volunteer
Kym CoxSenior Interior DesigneriKym is originally from Washington State, but has come to love the desert. 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. Kym earned her Bachelor of Arts in the School of Design + Construction at Washington State University. She has a dedication and determination to create spaces that are full of passion, uniqueness, creativity and of course, functionality. Thoma-Holec gives her the chance to design beautiful spaces that will enhance the everyday life of seniors.
Qingmeng Yao-LambInterior DesigneriThe 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. Masters of Fine Art in Interior and Architecture – Academy of Art University, San Francisco and her Bachelor of Art and Design at Yunnan University, Kumming, Yunnan, China. 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.
- Affiliations:: Allied Member ASID
Cherie YoungAssistant DesigneriCherie 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, Cheri transferred to Scottsdale Community College where her course of study focused 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 earned her Associates of Art Degree in Interior Design at Scottsdale Community College. She 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.
Katie BrunskillDesign AssistantiIn addition to being the first voice you hear when calling our office, Katie assists the designers with finish and furnishing selections, and creates all of the project presentations while maintaining the sample library. Prior to joining Thoma-Holec Design, Katie gained valuable experience as a member of the ASID North Chapter Co-Chair of Programs Committee and as ASID Scottsdale Community College Vice President. Katie earned a BA in Interior Design from Columbus College of Art & Design, and her Professional Level Certificate/Interior Design and her AA in Interior Design from Scottsdale Community College.
Carol MosesOffice Administrator / AccountingiCarol 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 LiebermanProcurement ManageriPaula 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 + Family Courthouse. “Having spent my career facilitating design and servicing the end user market, I have lived my entire life on the East Coast and decided to move to Arizona 2015. I loved watching “the winter that was” on TV rather than outside of my own kitchen window. Eager to begin Paula: Part 2 in the Southwest. Free time with my family, reading non-fiction and trying to find places to just walk – without threat of snakes sharing my path.”
Christopher BreedloveProcurement AssistantiChristopher has dedicated his career to the interior design industry resulting in over 30 years of direct experience servicing the trade showroom and high-end interior design firms. As the Procurement Assistant at Thoma-Holec Design, he demonstrates his expertise in customer service while working with clients and vendors to ensure the procurement process runs smoothly from start to finish. In addition to working closely with specifiers, craftsmen, tradesmen and delivery services, Chris is responsible for all data entry pertaining to orders, following up and scheduling.
Leslie SnyderSenior Technical DesigneriLeslie 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. Leslie earned her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design at University of Arizona in Tucson, in addition, she completed a Summer Abroad Program at the Denmark Design School.
Angel RuizTechnical DesigneriSince February 2017, Angel has provided the Thoma-Holec Design team with Interiors CAD/REVIT technical design services. His extensive experience includes 12+ years of illustration developing spatial studies, architectural visualizations and animations, 9+ years of utilizing BIM for construction document development and design coordination and 12 years CADD drafting, technical detailing and 3D modeling. His expertise includes a wide range of skills from past roles at architectural and structural engineering firms in Texas. Angel earned his Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology from Laredo Community College, Laredo, TX where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of the Dean's List and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He resides in San Antonio, TX.
Tess WelchDesign Assistant and ReceptionistiTess Welch, Design Assistant and receptionist, joined the Thoma-Holec Design team in May 2019. In her role she creates presentations for the designers, assists in pulling finishes and accessories for jobs and coordinates new product presentation meetings for the teams’ use in future projects. Originally from Colorado, she has always been interested in interior design and enjoys learning about the unique needs and challenges inherent to designing senior living communities, specifically the importance of making someone feel at home while they reside in a healthcare setting. Tess earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University in just three years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, lifting weights, traveling, photography and video games.
Laura PaskInterior DesigneriLaura moved to Arizona in 2019 from Colorado and joined the Thoma-Holec Design team in August 2019 as an Interior Designer, bringing her extensive experience in space planning and kitchen and bath design to the team. She enjoys the mix of hospitality, high-end residential and commercial design features that are characteristic of senior living interior design. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University and Interior Design Degree from Arapahoe Community College. She finds inspiration from this quote designer by Robin Mathew, “Design is where science and art break even.” and is grateful to work with such a talented group of designers. Laura was raised in CO where she and her husband also raised two sons. When not at work, she enjoys tennis, hiking, biking and playing with their dog, Penny. Affiliations: • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) – Member Since 2005
Designs for the seasons in life accommodate the changes that
naturally occur with aging. Even as our bodies alter in ways that may limit our physical capabilities, we continue growing mentally, spiritually and socially.
The elements of our design strategy always address the profound effect the environment has upon our physical and mental well-being. We take pride in providing interior design services that address our clients’ specific budget and timing requirements.
Going above and beyond traditional interior design studios, we offer purchasing, receiving, warehousing and installation of everything from furniture to accessories.