Meet the Faculty
Cheryl Stanius-Deiman, Administrator
Cheryl’s interests have always swayed towards people and nature. With a background in community health education and human resources, family ties to the floral industry, and experience working for a large floral retail shop, her skill set is unique and gives her the ability to connect with people who share her passion for flowers, nature, and learning. Her holistic approach to admissions helps students navigate their KDIOF course track with ease and find their path in the floral industry. She understands what an important role florists play in connecting people, and is passionate about helping students succeed and creating lasting relationships with them as they embark on their journeys as business owners and designers. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, baseball, and spending time with her friends and family. She is also a perpetual student who constantly enjoys learning new things – right now, that includes weaving and new cooking skills!
Tiffany Hammond AIFD CFD, Primary Instructor
Tiffany has over 25 years of experience as a floral design professional and educator. In 1996 she was hired by Forever Floral in Coon Rapids and has worked there in some capacity ever since. In 2016 she established her own business, Always Eventful Floral Education and Events as a sister company to the full-service shop. Currently, she teaches all of the foundation Floristry classes (along with numerous others) at KDIOF. Tiffany spent over 15 years teaching at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, MN. She served as the department head of the Floral Design Program for 10 years. During that time she was nominated for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award. She earned her CFD status in 2010, and became an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2011. She had the honor of leading the Design Team for Awards and Induction at the AIFD Symposium In Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013. In 2016, Tiffany was Vice Chair for Procurement at the AIFD Symposium in Anaheim, California. She then served as the Chair for Procurement at the 2017 AIFD Symposium event in Seattle, Washington. Continuing dedication to her craft, Tiffany completed the requirements to become an AIFD Certified Evaluator in 2017. Tiffany is passionate about educating others in the art of floral design and is always eager to share the joy of flowers.
Shelli Erck, Instructor
Shelli developed a real passion for all things floral in 1984 when she started working as a clerk in the local flower shop. She became a small business owner in 1991 and purchased Hudson Flower Shop in 1997. The store is celebrating over 70 years in the same location on Locust Street. Hudson Flower Shop has been awarded Saint Croix Valley Best Florist in 2016/ 2017/ 2018. Saint Croix Valley Business of the Year 2017. Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. The Best of Bloomnation as well as Teleflora and FTD top members. Shelli is an avid reader, anything from Industry magazines to political theory, however she has a particular fondness for Kurt Vonnegut. Shelli is a long term member of Society of American Florists, Wisconsin Upper Michigan Floral Association, Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, and Hudson Rotary.
Diane Enge, Instructor
Diane's floral journey has brought her to Minneapolis by way of other shops nationwide, including locations in Montana and Texas. She is an FTD Master Designer, and has worked at Bachman's in Minneapolis for over 24 years as the lead designer in the fresh floral department. Her experience in the floral industry runs deep, including trips to industry markets in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Jacksonville, attendance at AIFD Symposium, participation in many competitions (including Koehler & Dramm's Designer of the Year Competition and Minnesota State Floral Association), involvement in Mia's Art in Bloom as well as the Minnesota State Fair, and many others. She has been involved with numerous high-profile projects including the PGA U.S. Open and Macy's flower shows, and she serves her church as the floral designer for weddings, funerals, decor, and special services.
Jenn Hovland PFD, Instructor
Jenn tells everyone she meets that working with plants and flowers makes her heart sing. She loves what she does and loves sharing that passion with other people. As the founder and creative designer of Fleur de Louise Flower Studio in Stillwater, MN, Jenn has over 25 years of floral design and gardening experience. Her education is from the University of Minnesota, the Historic Landscape Institute at the University of Virginia, and Koehler & Dramm Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis. Jenn has worked with the Schaffer Design Team creating large floral installations at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and has participated in Art in Bloom, both as an award-winning floral artist and as the Chair of the AfterBloom event which redesigns and distributes the leftover flowers to local Meals on Wheels recipients, nursing homes, and shelters. In addition to KDIOF, Jenn also regularly teaches for the MN State Horticultural Society and for various private groups. She has recently been a featured guest on KARE 11's Grow with KARE. When not working with floral design and gardening, Jenn loves spending time with her family and traveling.
Reba Berge, Instructor
Reba is the owner of A Precious Petals Florist, located in West St. Paul, MN. She has a passion for the floral community, and loves to dedicate her time and energy to learning, teaching, and sharing. She began her floral career in North Dakota as a ride-along delivery assistant at the young age of 15, and has since become an entrepreneur and floral designer with an eagerness to develop new talents at every opportunity. She studied and honed her design skills through classes at Koehler & Dramm’s Institute of Floristry, and has taught design for Wright County Spring Days, design classes at the Minnesota Arboretum, design classes for MAAE (Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators), TriDistirict Community Classes, Washington County Horticulture Society classes, and many more. She is also a member of the Dakota County Chamber of Commerce. When Reba is not teaching or designing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys camping, reading, and cooking!
Bonnie Martin PFD, Instructor
Bonnie Martin’s love of flowers started in her grandma’s garden in Gem Lake, and she has had flowers in her blood ever since. Bonnie attended classes at the Institute of Floristry and earned certification as a Professional Floral Designer (PFD). In 2007, she decided to make floral design her career when she opened her own studio, Bonnie’s Unreal Arrangements of White Bear Lake. Since then some of her brightest moments have been creating table arrangements for the General Mills Martin Luther King Breakfast, floral design for a Martha Stewart visit to the Twin Cities, and being featured in The Knot magazine. Flexing her competitive muscles, Bonnie has been a co-designer for Art in Bloom, she has been an award winner in floral design at the Minnesota State Fair, and placed in Koehler and Dramm’s Floral Designer of the Year competition. Bonnie has also worked as a visual merchandiser and used many of those skills for her weddings, the Festival of Trees, and as part of the decorating committee for the Governor’s mansion. Bonnie has freelanced for other designers and flower shops, learning something from everywhere she has been.