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Published Works
  • Columnist, Kitchen & Bath Design News, 2002-2018.

  • Author, NKBA Professional Resource Library

    Co-Author, Design Principles: Color - Form - Styles, 2014

    Author, Kitchen & Bath Products: Materials - Equipment - Surfaces, 2014

    Co-Author, Kitchen & Bath Business Management: Financials - Personnel -
    Operations, 2014


  • Columnist, Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine, 1976-1987.

Contributions to the Kitchen & Bath Industry

  • Formed chapter and served as 1st President of Northern California Chapter of NKBA 1974-1976.

  • Served on National Kitchen and Bath Association Board of Directors 1976-1985.

  • Elected Governor of the Society of Certified Kitchen Designers 1985-1989 and Chairperson of the Society of Certified Kitchen Designers 1987.

  Academic Background

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Home Economics Major, Graduated with Honors 1971, California State University

  • Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers 1980 - present.

  • Accredited as Certified Kitchen Designer 1976 - present. 

  • Accredited as Certified Bathroom Designer 1989 - present.

  • Inducted into National Kitchen & Bath Association Hall of Fame 1992.

  • Recognized as CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer) 2001.

  • CAPS - Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. 2009

eye on education

Ellen was honored to be inducted into the National Kitchen and Bath Association Hall of Fame in 1992.
Her work first gained prominence in the industry in the 70s and 80s when she authored two textbooks considered the basis of design education: Beyond The Basics ... Advanced Kitchen Design and The Basics of Bathroom Design ... And Beyond. Although now out of print, designers who own these books continue to say they are their “research bibles”. Ellen hopes to refresh these foundation publications as she continues to contribute to the education of industry professionals.

She has since authored a total of 20+ books and manuals covering the details of kitchen and bathroom planning standards. These materials are part of her educational efforts funded by Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine, Jenn-Air, and other manufacturers who retain Cheever to develop proprietary programs for their designer/dealer public.

Click here to access the Cheever Design Library housed at Virginia Tech in the Real Life Design LAB.

In addition to her business background in both retail kitchen design and cabinet manufacturing, Ellen served as the Director of Educational Services for the National Kitchen and Bath Association in the 1990s. Under her leadership, research was conducted which resulted in new planning standards manuals that she authored: The Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Technical Manuals. She then participated in the NKBA Committee redefining ergonomic planning standards for residential kitchen and bath design, and authored four of the nine volumes of NKBA’s Professional Resource Library published in 2006. Most recently, she has authored the 2013/2014 updates of these volumes for NKBA.

Click here to review NKBA's new Professional Resource Library Manuals.

Click here to read articles Ellen has written for Kitchen and Bath Design News Magazine.

Click here to learn about the Jenn-Air webinar series Ellen authored in 2017.


Professional Highlights:

Textbook Author
Ellen published Beyond the Basics... Advanced Kitchen Design, the first comprehensive textbook on advanced kitchen design, in 1978, with a second edition published in 1989. In 1985, she authored The Basics of Bathroom Design... And Beyond, the first comprehensive textbook on advanced bathroom design, with a second edition published in 1989. In addition to these advanced study textbooks, Ellen co-authored Kitchen Basics in the early 1990s.

National Kitchen & Bath Association, Director of Societies
During her tenure, Ellen partnered with industry leaders and academians to enhance the existing Kitchen Certification Program while creating a new Bathroom Certification Program. She managed the academic grants, researched and authored the updated Kitchen Planning Guidelines published in the 6 volumes of the Kitchen Industry Technical Manuals in 1992. She created a new 6-volume set of Bathroom Industry Technical Manuals and the affiliated Correspondence Course and Professional Examination for Accreditation as a Certified Bath Designer. Ellen authored new additions for the 2006 NKBA update of the manuals as well as the 2014 new manual additions.

National Kitchen & Bath Association, Director of Educational Services As Director of Educational Services, expanded department, developing new educational materials for the Association's trade audience. Grew the training department from a staff of two internal trainers presenting two basic training programs to a network of twelve practicing professional out-sourced training specialists who presented six levels of beginning/advanced/ certification preparation training.




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