• Jacksonville FL

    Cindy Grant, Chief Operations Officer

  • Portland, OR

    Marifi Tipton, Administrative Assistant

  • neworleans

    Micène Fontaine, Chief Futurist Officer

  • Tallahassee

    Ann Macmillan, Registrar

DAS' Team

Cindy Grant

Chief Operations Officer

Cindy Grant first joined Design Arts Seminars, Inc. (DAS) as a moonlighting accountant in 2015 and now serves as Chief Operations Officer. Her main responsibility is to manage day-to-day operations and make sure that DAS runs smoothly and efficiently. She is currently focused on supporting the DAS team and our learning community. While Cindy loves working at DAS she also enjoys cooking, traveling, camping, all things beach, and volunteering at The Playgarden (a Lifeways school). Cindy is your go-to person for just about anything DAS so don’t hesitate to reach out to her via email at cindy@designarts.org with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

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Kate Lampert

Client Experience Expert

Kate Lampert joined the DAS team in 2023 and plays a critical role in building strong relationships with our clients and ensuring overall client satisfaction with our services. Kate is responsible for understanding the needs and expectations of our clients to improve their experience. She will resolve client-related issues promptly and stay up-to-date with mandatory continuing education requirements. Kate focuses on ensuring DAS is committed to providing courteous, responsive, and professional customer service, which is why she will often be the person who answers or returns your calls and emails. Kate is originally from New England but has called Tampa, FL, her home since 1994. She enjoys traveling, reading, good food, and being on the water. Kate is your main point of contact at DAS, so don’t hesitate to reach out via the chat feature on the website, email at kate@designarts.org, or by phone/text at (305)306-8472 with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.


Ann Macmillan


Ann Macmillan serves as Registrar for Design Arts Seminars, Inc. (DAS), where she oversees the filing of our continuing education courses for review and approval by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), and various state boards of interior design and architecture. Ann also handles the electronic reporting of credits. You can reach her via email at ann@designarts.org.

Micène Fontaine

Micène Fontaine

Chief Futurist Officer 

Since joining Design Arts Seminars, Inc. (DAS) as an Intern in 1999,  Micène Fontaine has served as Officer Manager, Director of Educational Programs, and Executive Director.
Micène now serves as Chief Futurist Officer. He curates Design and Architecture threads about what is unfolding now in the A&D industry and how it will shape what's happening next in design and architecture. This, in turn, helps inform DAS' offerings and strategic direction, with our eyes set on helping design professionals leverage the power of design and architecture to address today's and tomorrow's most pressing challenges. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or via email at micene@designarts.org.

Dwight Rhodes, Ed.L.D.

Board President

Dr. Dwight E. Rhodes has spent more than twenty years serving students, adults, and their communities as an instructional leader, a strategic planner, and an advocate for social justice through community engagement. As Board President and a 2017 Harvard doctoral graduate, Dwight brings a unique set of skills to DAS. He supports the team in fulfilling its mission and vision. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.