Brooke Simcik

“SDA membership has promoted professional and personal growth for me. Through networking, leadership opportunities, community involvement, and educational programs, I am more involved in the A/E/C industry on a consistent basis. From the time that I joined my exposure to relevant available resources has increased by 50%. As a result, my effectiveness and productivity levels at work has increased significantly.”

Brooke Simcik, VAI Architects (Dallas, Tx)


Kathy Nagel

“Just yesterday I had a conversation with our principal sharing the info we discussed at our Roundtable Discussion for our April Business Meeting. We discussed….What do other firms do with samples? (I.e. paint, stain, tile, glass, wood, stone, brick). Same question for a firm’s library/resource area with industry catalogs, etc. We also discussed dead filing projects and company storage.Our principal was very impressed with the knowledge I gained on how other firms in our industry of all different sizes handle this. The input caused him to rethink the way we are currently doing things, which will save both time and money in the future for our company. Without my SDA Membership, I would not have had the opportunity to attend the meeting and obtain those great ideas.
Thanks to all.”

Kathy Nagel, Armstrong Berger  (Dallas, Tx)


Melodee Schultz

“SDA provided the catalyst for my growth within the firm my providing me with avenues in which to learn and grow – both on a personal and professional level. SDA empowered me. It provided me with new information, new found confidence, and introduced me to a vast network of tenured SDA members who helped cultivate skills, capabilities and talents that I had not recognized or been allowed to develop within myself.”

Melodee Schultz
Past National President, SDA (Houston, Tx)


Sarah Wallace

“As the person who is also responsible for staff development planning at my firm, I have been able to use several educational events to develop in-house programs.  Following my first EDSymposium in Las Vegas in 2010, I was able to schedule a free one-hour webinar with Sandy Blaha on emotional intelligence, which was valuable information for the entire office and still referenced today. SDA has also provided an opportunity for me to share my knowledge with others.  Being able to present educational sessions on both a local and national level have allowed me to continue to improve the content and understanding of the material as well as basic public speaking skills.”


Sarah Wallace, CDFA, LEED Green Associate Director of Operations Richard Wittschiebe Hand
2013-2014 National President-Elect SDA
2014-2015 National President, SDA  (Atlanta, GA)


B. Carole Steadham

“Upon entering the Design Profession in 1983, my principal handed me a construction dictionary and an application to join SDA, and although both proved invaluable, my membership in SDA provided me with the tools I needed to lead some large architect firms in Dallas and the National SDA organization. It also became the catalyst to start my own placement recruiting firm and consulting services. I feel SDA’s “resources”and “value membership” benefit not only me, as a design professional, but also the firms and candidates I represent and serve today in our Industry.”

B. Carole Steadham, SDA/C, Hon. AIA
Past SDA National President