Following on the heels of fellow Design Institute of San Diego student Tamar Kestenbaum, Nataly Ozuna was recently sworn in as the new Student Representative to the Board of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), San Diego Chapter for the 2015-2016 year. The chapter’s current President Anne Kellett (also DISD’s former Career Development and Internship Advisor) swore Nataly in on June 2nd.Nataly being sworn in by ASID San Diego Chapter President Anne Kellett
Nataly credits classmate and friend Tamar for giving her the extra nudge in the right direction. As last year’s San Diego Chapter Student Representative to the Board (SRB), Tamar was enthusiastic in her role and was more than happy to share her experience with Nataly. “She truly motivated me to follow in her footsteps,” she shares.
As the new SRB, Nataly serves as the direct contact between citywide interior design students and professionals. Besides attending every ASID Chapter Meeting and being the voice of all interior design students in San Diego, Nataly is responsible for gathering student volunteers to participate in each professional ASID event. “More than anything, though, my role is to communicate to interior design students how important it is to be a part of organizations like ASID,” Nataly explains. “We are the new generation of designers and we need to start putting our names out there and start networking now.”Nataly Ozuna and Anne Kellett pause for a celebratory photo after Nataly is sworn in as the new SRB
An active member of the ASID Student Chapter at DISD, Nataly was well aware of the open position. Though she admits to being slightly intimidated by the process, she remembered how welcoming all the local board members had been at the professional meetings. So she filled out the application, submitted her resume, and was asked to come in for an interview.
Another interior design student from a local university was waiting in the lobby to be interviewed as well. While they waited, Nataly found out that she had served as the secretary of the ASID Student Chapter Board for quite some time. “That made me even more nervous!” Nataly confesses. There were eight ASID professional members that sat in on Nataly’s interview, including Anne Kellett, DISD graduate Tatiana Machado-Rosas and Nancy Jackson, all of whom Nataly remembered from previous meetings.
“When I walked out of there, I remember telling myself that even if I did not get it, the experience of the interview was worth putting in for the position because it is an awesome glance into my future,” she reflects. Luckily for Nataly, she received a congratulatory email from Anne Kellett offering the position to her.Nataly (far left) with fellow DISD students Arianna, Tamar and Rachel at an ASID Student Chapter event
Nataly understands that this position can be instrumental in her professional success to come. “Just being a member of ASID and having that on my résumé gives me an advantage already without even mentioning that I was a Student Representative,” says Nataly. “However, with the position, I am provided with training that can help me in my future.” Part of this valuable training includes attending a Chapter Leadership Conference that ASID will send Nataly to, which will be held in Boston this year. “With everything that I will learn at DISD and ASID combined, I will be unstoppable,” she exclaims.
“I am just thrilled about this opportunity and I hope my passion for ASID and for design in general is contagious enough to encourage students to participate and join. I look forward to other opportunities that will come because of it.” This is only the beginning for Nataly. After her year is up as the chapter’s SRB, she would love to continue to be an active member of the local ASID chapter in any capacity. With her infectious enthusiasm and love for the industry, there is no doubt that she’ll continue to make great moves.