Manual People Spotlight (not associated with the automated daily one).

Kathryn Dankovich

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I have snorkeled at the Great Barrier Reef, white water rafted in Chile, sailed for a week in Maine, and backpacked through Europe. I participated in a 10-year FDA study for implanted contact lenses.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Happenstance.  Life is a journey, and my career path was made along the way. I was the valedictorian of my graduating class, strengths in math and science, but extremely squeamish.  Initially, I attended GMI for industrial engineering.  Since I had to fund my own college, I went to work for Michigan Bell as a service representative; they offered tuition reimbursement.  Worked full time, attended classes at night so a Business Administration program worked well for that.  Passed the CPA exam and later obtained my master’s degree.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Resilience, gratitude, hope.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Somehow, someway, with a lot of incredible friends, I survived single parenthood, and the world has two incredible people at its service, Elizabeth and Annie.  They are kind, bright, thoughtful, purposeful individuals.  God blessed my family with many outstanding, caring people.  My daughters are my pride and joy.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Making a difference to IDS’ current and long-term success by identifying opportunities and responding to them.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Travel – anywhere.  Annie has a life goal of visiting all the US National Parks so that has been a driving force of destinations.  I also love to spend time along Lake Michigan.  Elizabeth lives in NYC, so I like to visit her, and I have lifelong friends that live in Phoenix, Chicago, and St. Louis who I visit as often as possible.
    • Walking my dog
    • Tennis
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Home projects, baking, gardening
    • Cards, puzzles, game nights
  1. What motivates you?
    • Helping others, contributing.  Being valued.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • To retire with a purpose.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  – Oscar Wilde

Michelle Derringer

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • There is a lot of things that are interesting about me, but the one that stands out the most to me is I had brain surgery in 2018.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • My mom was in the business field and family members worked in various office professions when I was growing up, it was mostly a natural progression.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Dedicated.
  1. What do you enjoy most about Integrated Design Solutions?
    • Seeing all the different projects that we do and how they are designed.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • My recent promotion to Office Manager after being with IDS for almost 25 years!
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Spending time with my 3 nieces, reading, crafts.
  1. What is your favorite memory at Integrated Design Solutions?
    • Seeing how much the company has grown.  I have been here from when the company first started.
  1. What are looking forward to in your new role?
    • Interacting with more of the office.  Learning more about the business side of the company.

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”  – Dalai Lama

Nicole Kolhagen

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I grew up on a farm and actually milked cows!
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I started as a receptionist at a manufacturing company after receiving my associates degree. I filled in for the human resources assistant when she was on medical leave, fortunately for me she decided not to return and I was given the full-time position. During my time there I earned my Bachelors Degree from Northwood University.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Adapting to different environments and embracing change.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement?
    • Earning my bachelors degree while working full-time, raising two children and pregnant.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I love to travel with my family.  Dubai and Rome are my favorite places so far.
  1. What are looking forward to in your new role?
    • I am looking forward to growing professionally while helping to contribute to the success of IDS.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” – Marilyn Monroe

Announcing a New Scholarship!

The Michigan Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship, in partnership with IDS, available to Michigan architectural students. The Paul Stachowiak & Integrated Design Solutions scholarship is available to Michigan students enrolled in architecture programs of Michigan universities.

Find more information on Michigan Architectural Foundation’s website here.

Emily Trevarrow

Emily Trevarrow has earned LEED Green Certification

We are proud to announce Emily Trevarrow, who joined the IDS interiors department in the summer of 2019, has earned a LEED Green Certification.  Sustainable design is at the forefront of our work, and we are excited to see how Emily continues to integrate these valuable skills into projects going forward.  Congratulations, Emily!