Our Instructors

Floral Design Institute Instructors are outstanding trained educators as well as experienced and exceptional floral designers with years of real world floral experience. All instructors are registered with the Department of Education. Some own their own floral businesses and some are accredited members of the American Institute of Floral Designers, AIFD. The Floral Design Institute Team of Instructors is regarded as the finest in the world.

    Leanne Kesler

    AIFD PFCI FDI Director

    Leanne is the Education Director and with her husband David, co-owner of Floral Design Institute, Inc.. Leanne purchased the Floral Design Institute in 1988 from Ruth Gifford who founded the Institute in 1969. Together, Leanne and David have built Floral Design Institute into the largest privately held Floral Design School in the world.

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    David Kesler

    AIFD PFCI FDI Director

    With his wife Leanne, David is the co-owner of Floral Design Institute, Inc. and serves as Creative Director of the corporation. He is also the Web Master of the FDI web site, the Director and Editor of FDI training DVDs, the Designer and Writer of all FDI marketing materials as well as the Designer and Photographer of the FDI floral design images.

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    Michelle Headrick

    AIFD PFCI FDI Lead Floral Instructor

    Joining the Floral Design Institute team in 2015, Michelle is an instructor in the Basic Floral Design, Advanced Floral Design and Advanced Wedding Specialist certification programs, both in the classroom and through FDI’s Online Programs. She also teaches Advanced Seminars and Special Interest Classes.

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    FDI Instructor Carolyn Catron

    Carolyn Catron

    FDI Instructor

    Carolyn brings a wealth of real world floral design experience to Floral Design Institute. She is a proud graduate of Floral Design Institute who found her love and passion for floral design when she took her first class from Leanne Kesler in 1991.

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    Marisa Perring AIFD FDI Instructor

    Marisa Perring

    AIFD FDI Instructor

    In her 18 years as a floral designer Marisa Perring has worked for and studied with some of the design legends in the floral industry including Phil Rulloda AIFD and Cathy Rulloda AIFD. She opened her own floral design studio California Emporflora in Southern California in 2005. In 2013 she moved to Portland, Oregon and joined the FDI instructor team in 2017.

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    FDI Instructor Jeri Barr

    Jeri Barr

    FDI Instructor

    Jeri created her first wedding over 20 years ago and has loved weddings ever since. This love of weddings began when she was a manager and buyer for a bridal gown boutique. She would create flowers “on the side” and then decided to join forces with a florist. Jeri has since purchased that floral business and is now the owner of Bella Bloom Florals where she has turned what was a side job into a wonderful career. She specializes in wedding and event work and has had her work featured by Style Me Pretty, Town & Country and Colin Cowie.

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    Instructor Michelle Dummer FDI AIFD

    Michelle "Chelle" Dummer

    FDI AIFD Instructor

    With an impressive design portfolio encompassing a 20 year career as a floral designer specializing is sympathy design, wedding flowers and retail floristry Chelle joined the Floral Design Institute Team in 2016. Chelle is an instructor of the certification programs Basic Floral Design and Advanced Floral Design.

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    Anna Bowman CFD FDI Instructor

    Anna Bowman

    CFD FDI Instructor

    With an amazing resume that includes growing up surrounded by flowers in Kailua, Hawaii, a degree and career in education, graduating from Floral Design Institute and opening her own floral design business, Anna is a valuable addition to the FDI Tulip Team.

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    Beth Lane, FDI Instructor Emeritus

    Beth Lane

    FDI Instructor Emeritus

    Beth began her floral career in Palatine, Illinois at the age of 16 working as a floral delivery driver. With over 35 years of experience as a floral designer, having worked in multiple retail stores and owning her own studio based wedding floral business, Beth posesses a treasure of practical experience to share with her students.

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    Nancy Higgins, FDI Instructor Emeritus

    Nancy Higgins

    FDI Instructor Emeritus

    Nancy has been part of the Floral Design Institute team for over 35 years. "It has been my honor and pleasure to continually bring the joy of floral design to so many students over the years" Nancy is an instructor of the certification programs Basic Floral Design and Advanced Floral Design.

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