2019 Program & Workshop Presenters

Fusako Hoyrup
OFAD Seminar 2019 Program, Friday Morning

Mrs. Fusako “Seiga” Hoyrup, a principle teacher of the Wafu School of Ikebana and president of the school’s California chapter, has devoted over 50 years to the study and teaching of ikebana. 48 years ago, she began her California teaching career. This year (2017), she celebrates the 47thanniversary of the establishment of the California chapter of the Wafu School of Ikebana; today, this chapter has grown to nearly 200 members worldwide.

Mrs. Hoyrup has taught and mentored hundreds of students during the last 50 plus years of her ikebana teaching. Under her guidance and high artistic and technical standards in the art of ikebana, many of her students have become artists and teachers in their own rights. Mrs. Hoyrup’s teaching and influence in the art of ikebana reach worldwide. In addition to her many students in the California Bay Area, she has students throughout the United States as well as throughout the world.


Bill McKinley,  AIFD, CFD, ICPF
OFAD Seminar 2019 Program, Friday Evening
Workshop “Contrast-Making Space Visible” Saturday 10AM

A native of Missouri, Bill received his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and his master’s degree at Texas A&M University. After graduating, Bill worked for Floralife, an industry leader in floral care and handling. From 1989-2011, he taught floral design at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL, and served as the associate dean for Career Technologies.

Bill is currently Benz Endowed Chair and Senior Lecturer at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he is also the advisor for the Forsythe Chapter of the Student American Institute of Floral Designers. Bill shares his enthusiasm for educating others not only through his higher education classes, but also through seminars conducted at state shows, garden club workshops and symposiums throughout the United States and South Korea.  He authored one book on care and handling of cut flowers, and co-authored the revisions of Flowers: Creative Design . He was a frequent contributor to the floral industry magazine Flowers&.

Bill is a past member of the American Institute of Floral Designers National Board of Directors, North Central and South Central Regional Boards of Directors and continues to serve as the AIFD Online Education Administrator, the Education Committee and Educational Partner Committee. Bill was inducted into the Illinois State Florists’ Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and was awarded the prestigious AIFD Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry Award in 2010 during the AIFD symposium in Boston. Bill instructs floral design teachers at the Benz School South Korea, located in Seoul, advising on curriculum and American design teaching techniques. He serves on both academic and administrative committees at Texas A&M University.
Bill, and his wife, Nicole, have three adult children…all of whom have caught the gardening bug.

Carmine Hoye
OFAD Seminar 2019 Program, Saturday Afternoon

I was born in Phoenix Arizona. 

My mother and I spent months in the Japanese concentration camp in Parker Arizona. Because my father was Chinese he was spared the shame and disgrace that we suffered. Even though I was only 4 or 5 years old I have many memories of this event. 

I received my 16 years of education in Catholic schools. I entered the convent at the young age of 15 and remained there for 17 years. My love for flowers came to fruition when I married Paul Fritzsche my first husband. He supported my garden club activities wholeheartedly. I delved into gardening full blast. I won an Honorary award from Sunset Magazine in 1982. I was 15th out of 500 entries. Now I am on a roll. I was Gardener of the year in 1983 of Northern California. 

I studied Flower Designing under the best, Soho Saki, Mr. Kobashi, and Ron Brown. They were so instrumental in developing skills unbeknown to me. As a result of their prowess I was awarded :

1. Flower Arranger of the Year,    
California Garden Clubs 2001 
2. Flower Arranger of the Year 
Bay Area  Flower Arrangers Guild 2002 
3. District Flower Arranger of the Year 2013 
4. National Garden Clubs, Inc. 
California, Flower Arranger of the Year
Helen S. Hull award 
Flower Arranger of the year 2004. 

I was a Master Flower Show Judge for 20 years. 
President of Bay Area Flower Arrangers Club. 
President of Peacock Gap Garden Club.
Member of Furyu Garden Club. 
Member of Founder Council of Judges.
Judged Flower Shows all over the state of California. 
Many of my designs were featured in the Visions of Beauty Calendar. 



Jodi Duncan, AIFD
OFAD Seminar 2019 Program, Saturday Evening
Workshop Friday 10AM

Jodi Duncan, AIFD was born with a lifelong love of flowers. At 7 years old, she was frequently found at her neighborhood florist. By 15 she had her first job in a flower shop, and by 19, was a shop owner. She maintains a design studio by appointment where she and her talented staff style interiors and events. She is also in demand from coast to coast presenting design shows, as well as running a consulting agency providing marketing, product development and merchandising for companies within the floral industry.

Her 29 year floral journey has continued to bring recognition in state & national design competitions. She was inducted into AIFD in 2008, and is also a fierce competitor, winning awards with the Illinois State Designer of the Year, NAFA National Designer of the Year, Southern Retail Floral, The Lincoln Cup, and was the Mayesh Design Star for 2013. Jodi is also a TED talk speaker, and her “FlowerPowered” video can be seen on the TED YouTube channel.

Having international appeal, she was invited by Fusion Flowers to be in their annual Weddings issue, shot on location in Scotland. While in the UK, Jodi was the official press correspondent for that magazine, where she livetweeted the Royal Wedding. Her article “An American in London”, a design perspective on the wedding, was also published in Fusion Flowers. While in London, she spent time in freelance design as well as practicing her British accent. Jodi also holds a principal design position with the award-winning Schaffer Designs of Pennsylvania, where she participates in the Philadelphia International Flower Show annually. She has also participated as a guest designer at The White House. A book entitled ”Flower+Flour”—featuring floral designs for entertaining, and with coordinating recipes, is also in the works. Married for 28 years (to the same fabulous man!) she loves life on the rural prairie of Southern Illinois with her husband, 2 daughters, a granddaughter, and a Goldendoodle named Fergus, who has matching hair.

Lana Chernyavsky, AIFD, CDF
OFAD Seminar 2019 Program , Sunday Morning
Workshop “Away from container” Thursday 6PM

Svetlana Chernyavsky (or Lana), of Dream Flowers, an author, and highly sought floral designer, is known for her forward-thinking designs. How often do you find a designer whose floral technical prowess is perfectly melded with cultivated artistic refinement? She stands apart in her ability to present her vision of the fragile but ever captivating living beauty of plants and flowers in the application of the most current trends in wedding work and floral design.

Trendsetting! Svetlana’s stunning floral designs have received high acclaim from top international floral design magazines, including Fusion Flowers, Floral Designs, Nacre, Flowers World, and much more, where she has been featured many times. She shares many of these innovative and unusual techniques in her captivating presentations. Her warm, and vivacious personality, paired with her willingness to share these techniques, will leave you wanting more!

Svetlana (Lana) Chernyavsky has been an AIFD since 2016, CFD (National Certified Designer) since 2012 and CCF (Californian Certified Designer 2010 – 2014). Since 2015 she becomes an accredited floral designer of AIFD (American Institute of Floral Design).

Before settling in the USA she had the owned floral services business as a wedding consultant in Belarus and gained her floral education with a variety of seminars in her home-country and Moscow. In 2012 she founded the Dream Flowers floral studio, located in San Leandro, CA, providing the best European style of floral designs for local communities and destination weddings.

All you can imagine made of flowers we can do, even you can’t imagine, beyond imagination – we can do too!

Katsuko Thielke
Workshop:  “Amazing Bamboo Techniques” Thursday 2PM
Workshop:  “Skeletonized Flax Three Ways” Saturday 10AM

Katsuko Biko Thielke a popular artist who always brings refreshing inventiveness to her demonstrations. Born in Tokyo, she developed her love of flowers as a small child, hiking in the mountains with her father who encouraged her in interest in nature. She began Sogetsu lessons in 1962, earning her teaching degree in 1969. She visited the USA in 1970 as a cultural exchange student and lived with a family in Los Altos, CA. there she met her future husband, Leo. They married and have two son and seven grandchildren.

She resumed her Sogetsu studies under the guidance Shuko Kobayashi and Shoka Narimatsu and now holds the rank of Soomu, 1st grade. Katsuko is in great demand as a demonstrator and exhibitor. Her work has appeared in San Francisco’s De Young Museum’s Bouquets to Arts for fifteen years. She holds classes in Los Altos, Mountain View Adult Education, Santa Clara Mission College and in her home. She also has taught classes at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, CA. She is the author of several beautifully illustrated books on the “Art of Sogetsu”. One book focuses on weaving techniques and another shows techniques on bamboo arranging.

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen
Workshop “Zip Ties” Thursday 4PM, Friday 10AM, 
Saturday 10AM

Thanh Nguyen  is president of Ikebana International San Francisco Chapter, one of the largest chapters outside of Japan. She also served as President of the chapter from 2012-2014.  Thanh holds Gakkukan Degree in Wafu School of Ikebana  and Somu Degree in Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She teaches at City College of San Francisco, Fremont Union School and Palo Alto Union School Districts.  She also teaches private classes at her studio in Menlo Park, one of which is dedicated to children.

Born in Vietnam to a family of artists, she was introduced to ikebana at an early age but began formal studies in the USA almost thirty years ago.  After receiving her teaching diplomas and advanced degrees from both schools, she continues studying both styles of Ikebana.

Prior to her Ikebana teaching career, Thanh worked at high tech companies for over twenty-five years in managerial positions. She took an early retirement and pursued her passion in Ikebana.

In 2014 Thanh spent the summer in Tokyo studying at the prestigious Mami Flower Design School. She also initiated: ”Ikebana for Youth” in local schools leading workshops for middle school students.

Thanh’s Ikebana designs have been displayed in many exhibitions, flower shows and museums. She exhibits annually at Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum.  She is on the flower committee for the San Francisco Fine Art Museums and the Asian Art Museum.

Thanh has exhibited internationally in Paris, Vietnam, Manila, Japan and at Ikebana events in many states.  She has also lectured and demonstrated for many groups and organizations.

Thanh has many other hobbies and interests including gardening, the symphony, opera, movies, painting and the Chinese harp.

Susan Coolidge
Barbara Gordon

Susan Coolidge and Barbara Gordon Workshop:
“Creative wire structures for Petite Designs ” Friday 10AM

Susan Coolidge is well known in the San Francisco Bay Area for her amazing and entertaining workshops and programs. She is a national Garden Clubs Master Flower Show Judge and currently lives in Petaluma, north of San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Visions of Beauty and she continues to be active in several Bay Area garden clubs. She has served as Secretary for OFAD for several years and has been an active member since its inception.She is pleased to join Barbara Gordon in presenting a workshop at OFAD this year.

Barbara Gordon is a National Garden Clubs Master Flower Show Judge. She currently, lives in Mountain View, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also an American Rose Society Arrangement and Horticulture Judge. Obviously a very active floral designer, she presents floral design workshops and programs to rose societies, garden clubs and design groups. She has been an active member of OFAD since its beginning 6 years ago and is pleased to be a co-presenter of this workshop with Susan Coolidge.