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DEBORAH BATTERSON
Deborah has been an instructor at the Metropolitan Institute of Design since 2007, is passionate for all aspects of interior design, as evidenced by 30 years of research and practical experience. Receiving her degree from the Willsey Institute of Interior Design and teaching license from the NY State Association of Career Schools, she also attended the NY Institute of Technology, and began her teaching career with the Continuing Education Program at C.W. Post. Experience in the field has included consulting work in providing interior design services, faux painting, and selling French antiques. Classes include the Practical Aspects of Interior Design (Elements and Principles of Design, Textiles, Lighting, Color Theory, History of Decorative Arts), as well as Advanced Color Course, Historical Styles, Home Staging, and Faux Painting.
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CHRISTINE A. BUSHELL
Christine is a certified Feng Shui Consultant and has been bringing clarity and prosperity to her clients all over the world.  As an active member of the International Feng Shui Guild, and serving on their Green Living & Design Committee, Christine has become an unmistakable voice within the community. She is the Feng Shui Advisor to several companies across the nation, including Wilson Associates, Architectural Interior Design, and has worked with them on many impressive projects. Christine is guest speaker, writer, teacher and product designer; she is truly an international practitioner, consulting across the country with a satellite office in the United Kingdom.
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MAUREEN K. CALAMIA
Maureen is certified in BTB Feng Shui, a Certified Building Biology Practitioner and is currently studying Classical Feng Shui and environmental psychology. As a Board member for the International Feng Shui Guild, Maureen also co-chairs the Green Living & Design Committee and works with her colleagues to build a bridge with the architecture and design communities with the common goal of sustainable building practices. Maureen works with corporations, non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals who want their buildings to emanate positive energy for its clients, employees and inhabitants.
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BETH DRUCKER
Beth is a graduate of the High School of Art & Design as well as a Gold Medal Award Winner/Graduate from Parsons The New School for Design. She has been the Designer/Owner of Ariel Creations, a company specializing in "Wearable Art" for the past 18 years. Beth is a Fashion Designer, Artist and Illustrator, having worked commercially for companies such as Gucci, Michelle Roth. Beth's work has been published by Entrepreur Magazine, House Magazine, VH1, and ABC. Her work has been showcased at The Nassau Museum of Art in Rosyln, along with many other fine Galleries and Venues on Long Island. Beth is a Professor of Fashion Design at both Nassau Community College and MID, and an  Instructor at F.I.T, Parsons The New School for Design, The Art League of Long Island and The Long Island HS for the Arts.
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KAREN LYNN FERRARO
Karen is expertly trained as a Feng Shui Consultant with a 3-year certification from the BTB Feng Shui Masters Training Program.  She also is a Marketing and Business Advisor, Certified Personal Life Coach and a Certified Reiki Master Teacher.  She artfully transforms residential and business environments using the principles of Feng Shui. Karen Lynn is the founder of Mastering Marketing Sense the Feng Shui Way.  She serves on the International Feng Shui Guild Board of Directors (IFSG). Karen also is the author of monthly marketing tips for  the IFSGuild.org and has written many nationally published articles on business, marketing and personal well being.
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MARY ANN FERRERI
A graduate of the Metropolitan Institute of Design, Mary Ann has been designing for the Long Island market since 1993. President of Draped In Elegance, her firms' focus is residential and commercial design, with a strong emphasis on Window Treatment Design. Her designs are fabricated in her own workroom where her unique and creative ideas come to life. Mary Ann currently maintains her offices at the Metropolitan Institute of Design where she also instructs the Window Treatment class. She is an allied member of ASID and a Window Fashion Certified Professional.
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GAIL B. GOTTLIEB
"It's hard to believe that after 20 years in the interior design field, I still love my profession"! As well as my students here at Metropolitan Institute of Design! It has been very rewarding the past three years teaching classes in Business Practices for Interior Designers as well as the Accessories Class. While presiding over my evolving residential and commercial interior design firm, GBG Interior Designs, Inc. in Huntington, I have gathered hundreds of innovative resources at trade shows and design showrooms. Enhancing the scope of my knowledge of product lines and their usage, benefits not only my clients but also my students. Having apprenticed at high end retail furniture and design shops after graduating from Metropolitan Institute, my experience has taught me that clients need to be respected and treated as partners. Listen carefully - then you can perform your job with expertise!
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DEBBIE SEIFERTH
Debbie Seiferth is a graduate of Long Island University with a BFA in Fine Art. She also has extensive training in decorative painting and has studied with numerous artists throughout the United States. She is a graduate of the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design, Allied ASID, and an active member of the Interior Design Society (IDS). Debbie is President of Fleur de lis Home Design, Inc. a residential design company in Garden City, NY. She is persistent in her quest to keep informed and stay current within the Interior Design Field. She attends numerous trade shows and seminars throughout the year. She is knowledgeable about today's trends and conscious of green and sustainable design. In 2011 she attended design shows with The Interior Design Society in Milan, Italy and Paris, France. Debbie's is fulfilling a life long dream by teaching at The Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design.
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