Design Awards Judges

Cecelia Baumann | Jena Kissinger | Rosa Salazar | John T. McGrath, Jr.

Cecelia Baumann
Project Interior Design Specialist at Gravity Architecture and Design

Cecelia Baumann is a recent interior design graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of creative careers, and the country’s leading program for Interior Design according to DesignInteligence. Her focus is on Hospitality Design and bringing sustainable solutions to a modern, clean, timeless aesthetic.

She has gained a lot of experience over the years by working on a SCADPro, a partnership that allows students to work directly with companies on real projects and through her internships.

Since being selected to participate in the Starnet Design Awards as a student judge, Cecelia has graduated from SCAD and is working at Gravity Architecture and Design as a Project Interior Design Specialist. She works as part of a team to plan, design, and open truly successful destinations for their clients. As her career progresses, she is starting the process of becoming NCIDQ and LEED-certified.

Jena Kissinger
Huntsman Architectural Group

Jena’s experience as a designer spans nearly 15 years, with a focus on workplace and hospitality projects both domestic and international. She views the designer’s role as a collaborative partner to a client, harmonizing space, materials, and objects to translate their goals and ethos into a beautiful reality. Captivated by creative expression and culture, she finds inspiration from fashion, emotions, history, nature, music, art, and travel. In her spare time, Jena enjoys designing furniture and a good boxing workout. Jena holds a Bachelor Fine Arts in Interior Design from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Rosa G. Salazar, RID, IIDA, ASID

As the Director of Interior Design at Condray Design Group in Lubbock, TX, Rosa Salazar leads her Interiors staff on a variety of award-winning projects included in the healthcare, corporate, community and hospitality markets. Rosa is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas and is proud to have been appointed by Governor Abbott to serve on the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners in which she is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board. She has also served in leadership positions for the Texas Association for Interior Design, the TX/OK Chapter of the International Interior Design Association, the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and the City of Lubbock Permits and Licensing Appeals Board.

She was recently invited to serve on an international task force for the Council for Interior Design Qualification to evaluate the need for the Interior Design Experience Program. Outside of work, Rosa enjoys volunteering her time with various community organizations including the Girls Scouts of TX/OK Plains as a Troop Leader for her daughters and 20 of their friends. She enjoys mentoring students at her alma mater, Texas Tech University, and strives to inspire the next generation of designers to not only create beautiful spaces but to be thoughtful and responsible designers for the public as well.

Unique Installation Honorary Judge

John McGrath, Starnet Design Awards JudgeJohn T. McGrath, Jr.
Executive Director of INSTALL

John T. McGrath, Jr. is the Executive Director of INSTALL – the International Standards and Training Alliance, which is the construction industry’s best industry-endorsed floor covering installation training and certification program.

McGrath has helped to increase installation standards and expectations in the flooring industry by playing a leading role in facilitating communication and cooperation among mills, manufacturers, specifiers, contractors and installers. All of these groups regularly come together to review and revise the INSTALL curriculum and certification standards. He was a significant contributor in creating the ANSI S600 Carpet Installation Standards and has served as a returning judge in the Starnet Awards, Canadian Apprenticeship Contest and the Schönox Worst Subfloor in North America Contest.

A three-decade flooring installation professional and accomplished speaker, McGrath conducts seminars regularly for architects, interior designers, building owners and facility managers to increase their knowledge of flooring installation issues. He has been a featured presenter for AIA, IIDA, IFMA and CSI professionals to help increase their knowledge and awareness of many floorcovering concerns. These annual exhibitions bring together decision-makers for the flooring industry from around the world. Learn more about INSTALL at