• 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 also focused on making sure that DAS delivers on its commitment to courteous and professional customer service, which is why she will often be the person who answers or returns your calls and emails. 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.

Marifi Tipton

Administrative Assistant

Marifi Tipton is Administrative Assistant at Design Arts Seminars, Inc. (DAS). Originally from Manila, Philippines, she moved to the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon in 2002. Marifi joined DAS in 2012, primarily to handle the administration of our distance learning programs. Her philosophy is simple: If you love what you do then you’ll never work a day in your life. She is your go-to person for any questions you may have about any of our distance learning courses (text-based home studies and on-demand webinars for instance) that you have completed or are in the process of completing. The first time you communicate with her, you’ll find that she truly loves what she does. You can reach her via email at marifi@designarts.org but beware, her love and optimism are contagious. :-)


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.