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 OwneriLuAnn'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)
Lisa WarnockNCIDQ - PrincipaliLisa is an accomplished interior designer with over 20 years of experience in senior living, multi-family, and hospitality. Lisa earned her BA in Interior Design at Marylhurst University. Since then, she's had much success as an interior designer leading various award-winning projects within senior living, multi-family, and hospitality. Lisa's extensive design knowledge, experience, and work ethic led her to multiple promotions earning the title of Principal, and most recently, Director of Housing Interiors at LRS Architects, where she was responsible for client management, business development, and the overall design direction of projects. In addition to her extensive interior design knowledge, Lisa is also a talented public speaker with the most recent speaking engagements at the 2021 EFA Conference. She is well recognized in the industry for her passion for championing better practices to serve our most vulnerable citizens. In 2020 Lisa was the EFA Design Champion for her innovation to improve the daily life of residents by incorporating lighting strategies that automatically distribute the proper color and output of light to improve comfort and safety. In addition to her design work, Lisa is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and served on the Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sighted Committee. Awards:
- Award of Merit 2021-The Springs at Lake Oswego- EFA
- Design Champion 2020 - EFA
- Design Showcase-Honorable Mention 2019 - EFA
- Best Senior Housing Community-On the Boards 2017-The Springs at Lake Oswego - Golden Nugget
- Top Projects 2017-Rose Villa- Daily Journal of Commerce
- Design Showcase Award of Merit 2017-Rose Villa -EFA
- Design and Architecture Awards 2016-Rose Villa -SHN
- Senior Living By Design Awards 2016- Rose Villa -Argentum
- Best Senior Housing Community-On the Boards 2016- Rose Villa - Golden Nugget
- Remodel/Renovation Finalist 2015- The Springs at Carman Oaks -EFA
- Bachelor of Interior Design – Marylhurst University
- Literature Major - UC Santa Cruz
- LeadingAge Oregon Board Member
- LeadingAge Washington
- Multifamily NW
Cara VeraControlleriCara graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University and received her Master of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers Business School and is a Certified Management Accountant. She has been an experienced Financial Controller for the past 9-years with an additional 2-years in Accounting Managerial roles. Since 2018, Cara has been a business owner of Vera and Associates LLC, focused on tax preparations as well as financial and business consulting. In her role as Thoma-Holec Design's Controller, she will manage, plan, and strategize for the company's financial growth. A native of Arizona, Cara shares that she enjoys participating in athletic endeavors, including collegiate soccer, marathons, and triathlons, and is currently focused on heavy weight training.
Laura PaskAllied ASID - Senior 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
Qingmeng Yao-LambAllied ASID - Job CaptainiThe 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
Erin AguilarJob CaptainiAfter graduating from The Art Institute of Portland with a BFA Interior Design degree, Erin began her design career as a design consultant and later attained an Interior Designer position with LRS Architects, where she worked alongside the interior design teams within the Senior Living and Multifamily design studios. Erin is a strong multi-tasker and competent when handling multiple projects from pre-design, through construction contract administration while balancing deadlines and budgets at different stages. Erin's extensive experience in overseeing all phases of FF&E installs and scheduling multiple installers has made her an invaluable team member of our design team. EDUCATION B.F.A. Interior Design The Art Institute of Portland | 2013 - 2017 The Art Institute of San Francisco | 2012- 2013 VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Attended the Interior Design Legislation forum for IDC, January 2016 Habitat for Humanity, August 2015 Interior Design Club Treasurer, 2013
Cherie YoungAllied ASID - 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 BrunskillAllied ASID - DesigneriIn 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.
Breanna Cruz -ZamoraAllied ASID - DesigneriBreanna joined the Thoma-Holec Design team in February 2021 as an Assistant Designer. In her role, she assists senior designers with all phases of their projects, including selections of finishes, furnishings, art, accessories, as well as creating color boards for clients. In addition, her experience includes space planning, procurement, material selections, FFE, and more. She previously worked with a high-end design firm that involved working with clients of a luxury resort-style living and a branded short-term vacation rental company with a start-up hospitality environment. Breanna earned her BS in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University and her AAS in Interior Design and Merchandising from Mesa Community College.
Andie AndrewsAllied ASID - DesigneriAndie earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at Arizona State University. For the last two years, Andie has gained experience through interior design internships where she was a design assistant focused on Hospitality, Multi-family, and Residential sectors. Andie honed her expertise in concept creation, 3D modeling/rendering, and designing with empathy and equity. As a Designer, she will assist senior designers with all phases of their projects, including selections of finishes, furnishings, art, and accessories, and creating color boards for clients. In addition, to space planning, procurement, material selections, and FFE.
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.
PJ do ValTechnical DesigneriAfter spending over a decade as a college professor and author, PJ joined Thoma-Holec as a Technical Designer in October 2021. Specializing in presentation and construction drawings, PJ earned Interior Design degrees from Endicott College (BS) and Suffolk University (MA), as well as a Doctorate in Cultural Art History from Warnborough College. A native New Englander, PJ continues to live in the northeast with her husband, daughters, and a dog.
Cathie EvansOnsite CoordinatoriIn her role as Onsite Coordinator, Cathie's prime responsibilities will be to coordinate with clients, warehouse, designers, and trades to ensure all aspects of the installations go accordingly to schedule. Cathie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Arizona State University. She's worked primarily in commercial design in both AZ & CO and has eight years of project management experience.
Maricela EncisoMarketing ManageriIn the role of Marketing Manager, Maricela will be tasked with overseeing our digital marketing strategies, branding, and further strengthening our relationships with our clients, vendors, and partners. Maricela has over six years of experience in the marketing and sales field. She holds various web development and digital marketing certifications that will be an asset to elevate further and expand the Thoma-Holec Design brand digitally.
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.
Pam BengtsonAccounting Supporti
Paula LiebermanProcurement CoordinatoriPaula 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 CoordinatoriChristopher 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.
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.