Meet Our Professional Trainers

The Decorating and Staging Academy is delighted to offer the services and talents of some of the best in the industry offering a broad range of classes and training.  Consisting of Master Professional Trainers who offer core and certification training as well as Specialty Trainers who focus on a variety of decorating and staging niches that will enhance a business and build profits plus credibility. Most classes are available both live and online. Don’t see a class near you, contact the trainer you prefer and ask how to bring a class to your area.


Meet our Professional Trainers

Sandra Racz- Executive Director
Signature Redesign, LLC

Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging,Staging Intensive, Seasonal Decorating, Home Staging for Agent
Classes held in: Utah, Arizona
Contact: or call 435-901-1205

Warm, talented and down to business are just a few words students use to describe Sandra. Offering training in Park City, UT, Tampa, FL and other areas by request, Sandra also organizes the annual event-“The Deco-Zone ” held at Atlanta’s AmericasMart for the established and aspiring decorator. This event offers 2 days of education plus the chance to explore and shop AmericasMart, a wealth of all that is new and exciting in the home decor industry. Sandra is a frequent industry speaker and the design liaison for Show Homes of America.

As the owner of Sig­na­ture Redesign, she wel­comes the oppor­tu­nity to help home­own­ers and busi­nesses cre­ate beau­ti­ful spaces. Whether dec­o­rat­ing with new fur­nish­ings or redesign­ing with exist­ing, Sig­na­ture Redesign respects your lifestyle and bud­get. San­dra is a fre­quent pre­sen­ter at national con­fer­ences, fea­tured in local news­pa­pers and is a national award win­ner. She offers dec­o­rat­ing work­shops for fun and edu­ca­tion while sup­porting local charities such as  Habi­tat for Human­ity,  Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety, The Cys­tic Fibro­sis Foun­da­tion, Autism Speaks, The Peace House and People’s Health Clinic to name a few.

Meet our Professional Trainers

JoAnne Lenart-Weary- The JLW Company
Certification Classes Offered:
Confident Color System

Contact: or call 814-440-3044

Meet our Professional TrainersJoAnne began her residential design and staging business in the 70’s which led to the founding of The Decorating and Staging Academy. (originally One Day Decorating)  She was offering clients One Day Decorating, Redesign, and Staging before the terms were even coined.   JoAnne has always operated under the premise a practical approach blended with creativity is critical in creating beautiful rooms and successful businesses. 

Appearances on HGTV, ABC-WJET-TV, Good Morning Atlanta, and many other regional TV stations, helped foster her speaking expertise.  She writes for national and industry magazines, is a frequent industry speaker and author of “The Decorator’s Reference and Resource Guide.” JoAnne is creator of the Confident Color System. JoAnne recently launched DIY-Decorate Interiors Yourself and The Decorating Coach System for the amateur decorator.


Cheryl Cousins – Cheryl Cousins Interiors
Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging, Interior Ecoratng
Classes held in: Georgia
Contact: or call 404-735-8457

Cheryl believes EVERY room should be a “living” room; authentic spaces where love and life happen with soul & style. From the board room to the family room, as principal owner of Interior Transformations in Atlanta, GA, Cheryl has been creating beautiful spaces for more than 10 years. A native New Yorker and Fortune 500 Corporate Systems Manager turned Interior Decorator; she understands the process of switching gears and changing careers in pursuit of one’s passion and is pleased to inspire others to do likewise. A former Executive Board Member of the Interior Design Society (IDS) and Adjunct Instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, Cheryl continues to participate in the education and advancement of cutting edge trends in the decorating industry as a Master Professional Trainer with the Decorating and Staging Academy. Described as a warm, gentle, engaging and effective instructor, she enjoys sharing her design knowledge and expertise, teaching students the way to beautiful spaces, throughout the United States and Canada. She offers her Decorating/Redesign & Staging Classes with “soul & style”, in GA, SC and NY.


Dee StephensInteriors Revealed
Certification Classes Offered:  
Home Staging

Classes held in: Western New Jersey
Contact: or call 908-528-2146

Dee started her successful staging and redesign career in 2009 in Central New Jersey. After Dee’s initial certification in Staging and Redesign with the DSA Dee expanded her certifications with Advanced Home Staging, Confident Color System and Seasonal Decorating which brought her business to the next level.

For the past 10 years, Dee has helped numerous homeowners, investors and Realtors sell their properties within weeks of listing. She has the ability to discover unseen potential in a space and share her knowledge with others to create a positive and fresh new look.

Katie Lockhart – Executive Assistant, IT Specialist
Contact: or call 435-602-9524

Katie brings a host of talents to The Decorating and Staging Academy.  She started her career in IT working for various software companies.  She is the contact for you during the process of setting up your customized iPad and all things technical.  Katie provides support for our trainers and students during this exciting time of learning.
Katie has completed all training courses so she is familiar with what students need.