Advisory Board

About LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn Nigara co-owns, with her husband Vince and cousin Bill, Window Works in Livingston NJ. It is a 10-person firm, specializing in window treatments and awnings, with annual sales of 2 million+, and have serviced more than 25,000 clients since opening in 1982. LuAnn is the host of the #1, 5-star rated, interior design business podcast, A Well-Designed Business*. Each week, through engaging and thoughtful interviews LuAnn digs deep into meaningful content with each guest, revealing the methods and strategies required to operate a profitable, creative firm. She is known by her loyal listeners for three things, her ability to ask the question in their head, her ability to summarize and relate the information directly to them and her ability to make you feel like you are sitting with a long-time friend. Also, a talented and energetic speaker, LuAnn is sought after at many industry events. She keynoted at the 2017 IWCE (International Window Coverings Expo) in Charlotte, she has presented at the prestigious Hunter Douglas ACT Conference, The Design Blogger’s Conference in LA, ASID-NJ (American Society of Interior Designers) and IDS-LI, NY (Interior Design Society). LuAnn also moderates panel discussions at industry events around the country such as High Point Market, NC and Wanted Design, NY, NY. Her book, The Making of A Well-Designed Business* is a veritable how to for the small business owner detailing the best principles for starting, growing and managing a healthy, successful business. By sharing her 30+ year career as an entrepreneur, LuAnn teaches, encourages and inspires fellow entrepreneurs to make the commitment to running their business with proven business practices, ensuring their profitability and their success. A skilled and intuitive business woman, LuAnn is passionate about helping business owners intentionally grow their business confidence, their business skills and their profits. She is a business writer for the national Window Fashion-Vision Magazine and she was recently named Director at Large on the national board of the WCAA. (Window Coverings Association of America). Presently she is working on her new book due out in the 1st quarter of 2019 and she coaches both one on one and in virtual group settings.

About Debbie Kennedy

Debbie Kennedy has always lived a creative life. She began as a little girl sewing and glittering with her grandmother and painting Santa cutouts with her mother. As she came into her teen years she became interested in decorating. She also seemed to be born with a deep affinity and compassion for animals. During these formative years concern developed as she became aware of the harsh realities of the suffering of animals. After a turning point in her life and becoming an empty nester, she returned to school where she earned her degree in interior design. Debbie launched Debbie Kennedy Designs- Kind Design in 2015. Sustainability, compassionate choices, healthy materials, and fair trade were a consideration in her specifications and branding. While attending furnishings trade shows Debbie began to become aware of the sheer number of products being shown that involved animal suffering, exploitation, or death. She also realized that many people often do not even think about where these products come from, nor have the correct information on their provenance. This began her journey to learn more and to help bring about awareness and change. After much searching and frustration with the lack of information available at the time the search brought her to Vegandesign.org and Deborah DiMare. While there is much to be done, Debbie Kennedy is beyond excited at the groundswell of awareness and action that is occurring regarding animal treatment, whether that be the food/farm, clothing, furnishings, or pet industry. Debbie lives in Archdale, NC with her three dogs Dorothy, Ozzie, and Hickory (yes, her dogs are always named for Wizard of Oz characters), and cat, Biscuit. She enjoys gardening, spending time with family and friends, going to hear great music, and volunteering with local festivals. Debbie is honored and thrilled to be asked to serve on the Advisory Board of the Vegan Design Council. This is an ongoing journey and there is so much more to learn and accomplish!

About Deborah DiMare

“When I opened my eyes to the atrocities that are occurring every second worldwide to innocent animals within the textiles and furnishings industries, I had no choice but to change the direction of my life and business. VeganDesign.org was created so everyone, consumers & professionals alike, can have access to beautiful vegan options and understand the “why” of vegan alternatives. I believe that going humane in your furniture and décor is a way of life. It’s a choice to be made for ourselves, our children and future generations. I have chosen to be surrounded by environments that have no blood or tragedy attached to them. I have chosen healthier faux alternatives in place of highly treated fabrics that don’t contain poisonous chemicals and trigger illness. My lifestyle and decisions affect not only my children and those I love, but humanity, animals and the planet. My choice in refusing to offer furniture and décor made with living beings is saving animals from being slaughtered, workers from dying in filthy, toxic conditions and the planet from screaming in pain. My humane choices and way of life supports positive change. VeganDesign.org is not just a place to buy a vegan pillow, or a platform to join a "typical" business council. It’s about learning why that humane pillow is so important to the world and to the well being and health of all breathing creatures, humans and non. It's about connecting & growing businesses & connecting them with consumers with a shared mission. It’s about making change and GETTING LOUD!" Deborah DiMare is an accomplished humane design expert. She founded DiMare Design, an ultra luxury design business over 15 years ago. She is an author, TV personality, educational speaker, mother of 3 (including fur baby Lucca) and global influencer for the healthy & humane design movement. Deborah and her vegan design expertise have been featured on the Today Show, NBC, TLC and in the pages of The Huffington Post, Ocean Drive, VegNews and PETA. Deborah and her family reside in Miami, FL and when Deborah is not focusing on VeganDesign.org or DiMare Design, you can find her paddle-boarding and playing on the beach with her daughters and her little furry guy Lucca.