Ryan Elizabeth Smith graduated from Mississippi College in August 2017, after receiving The Undergraduate Student of the Year Award. She is currently working as a Staff Designer at Inner Design Studio, a Healthcare Design Firm in Brentwood, Tennessee. In this position, Ryan manages all of the Free Standing Emergency Department projects and helps as the secondary Designer on other Healthcare facility projects. Ryan recently passed the IDFX portion of the NCIDQ and is excited about being one step closer to becoming a licensed Interior Designer.
Kristen Millican graduated from Mississippi College in 2013 with a B.S. in Interior Design. While studying at MC, Kristen received an Award of Merit in 2012 for Cooper Lighting’s Student Design Competition and the Interior Design Major of the Year in 2013. She also served as the ASID South Central Student Representative to the Board for 2012-2013. After graduating, Kristen worked in the design studio at IDS, Inc. in Nashville, TN where she worked on a variety of workplace projects and earned her LEED Green Associate.
Kristen then began her graduate studies at Florida State University, where she received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2015 as well as Outstanding Research and Graduate Leadership Awards in 2016. Kristen was also part of the Gensler|FSU scholars mentorship for 2014-2016 where she partnered with Gensler DC to conduct her thesis research. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design in 2016 with her thesis “Workplace Amenities and Early Adulthood: Improving Retention in the Workplace,” and then moved to Washington, DC to join Gensler in their consulting practice area which focuses on workplace strategy and government consulting.
Kelsey (Russom) Sullivan graduated from Mississippi College in 2012 with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to graduation, she moved to Dallas, Texas to complete her internship at Duncan Miller Ullman. After graduation (and falling in love with Dallas), she quickly connected with Thiel & Thiel-an Interior Architecture & Design firm focused primarily on Club and Multi-Family living spaces. After 5 years in the industry, Kelsey now leads the Hospitality Team in the T&T office - working mostly on country clubs, city clubs, and high-end residential club jobs. Kelsey’s daily tasks include managing a team of four with 10-15 active projects, providing clients with weekly updates, onboarding GC’s & project consultants, and guiding her team through the 7 steps of design: assessing Existing Conditions, Programming, Schematic Design, Design Direction, development of Construction Documents, Construction Administration, and Installation.
Two of the jobs Kelsey had the most fun designing include Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas, and Andorra, a multi-family development in Camarillo, California.
Austin Gauley graduated from Mississippi College in 2012 with a B.S. in Interior Design. While a student, Austin was awarded a Merit of Honor in the 2010 Cooper Lighting National Student Design Competition, and the MC Art Department Faculty Student of Year Award. After graduating, Austin began his graduate studies at Florida State University, where he won third place in the Retail Design Institute’s International Student Store Design Competition, and received the O’Brien Scholarship in 2015, as well as the Teacher’s Assistant of the Year Award in 2016. He completed his Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design with his thesis “Enhancing the Grocery Store Experience by Understanding the Local Community” in 2016. Austin then moved to Dallas, Texas to join Plan B Group, an architecture, design, and branding firm that specializes in restaurant concepts. In 2018 Austin joined the faculty at Baylor University as an adjunct professor, teaching Revit software to undergraduate interior design students.
Monica Steen graduated in 2011 and was the 2011 Interior Design Student of the Year. She is a Project Design Coordinator for St. Dominic Hospital. Her clients are patients, visitors, and staff. A few of her projects include a new Radial Lounge, holding area for Radiology, and waiting room for Women's Services. Monica's duties include space planning, budgeting, finish and furniture selections, purchasing furniture, accessories, and signage. Monica was recently named the 2014 Young Alumna of the Year by Mississippi College's Department of Art.
Rebecca Harmon Petersen
Rebecca Harmon Petersen graduated from Mississippi College in 2009 and the same year was selected as Interior Design Student of the Year. Upon graduation, she immediately started working at the US Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, AL as an interior designer. The Army Corps in Huntsville procures furniture for barracks and office buildings worldwide. Mrs Petersen primarily reviews and specifies furniture for office buildings, the largest of which was 30 million in furniture alone. Most recently, she has worked on two FF&E design projects in Germany and was the Team Lead for one of the buildings. The project included space planning, choosing and specifying furniture, and selecting finishes.