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BIO

BIO

A native of the Caribbean Island of Jamaica, West Indies, Cynthia has lived in New York for most of her adult life. Her flair for the creative arts started in the fashion arena while attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While there, she spent one summer abroad trend spotting European fashion. Her extensive travels throughout most of Europe, China, Australia, Morocco, Japan, and the Caribbean have enabled her to develop a keen eye for the unique in art and design.

Since relocating to Chicago, Cynthia attended Harrington College of Design where she participated in architectural studies in Paris and Greece doing comparative studies between American and European building standards. She also gained additional experience while collaborating with a major interior design firm in Chicago specializing in high-end residential and model apartments. She has earned degrees in interior design and graphic arts. She is an independent consultant and her firm, Enhance Design, specializes in both residential and commercial design. She is also an Allied Member of ASID. Cynthia designs furniture for her own home as well as for discerning clients who want something unique.

In 2006, Cynthia was the featured member for the Chicago Chapter of the Organization of Black Designers (OBD) for outstanding services provided for mentoring in the field of interior design, and in 2008 was the recipient of a similar award from Harrington College of Design. She was a donor and committee member of The Chicago Dramatist Playwright Theater and was involved in the selection process of various Chicago artists for the CTA Adopt-A-Station project, which was implemented in 2009. In 2017, she received a first place award at the ASID Design Excellence Awards for Contract by a Small Firm.

Cynthia's work experience included a long career working in the securities industries on Wall Street. Additionally, she worked in the travel industry as a travel consultant comparing and rating hotels, resorts, and cruise lines to enhance client’s profiles.