Department Chairperson Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Provided leadership and academic direction to a newly formed fashion department. Increased student enrollment, strengthened the overall professionalism of the department, and was an instrumental participant in achieving accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Director Fashion Department Lindenwood University. Served as the initial director of the Fashion Department. Developed all aspects of the curriculum, department structure, and faculty assignments. Taught courses and produced Fashion Shows in conjunction with local retailers and manufacturers.
Department Chairperson Art Institute of Charlotte. Provided direction and leadership that resulted in increased student enrollment, innovative course offerings, adherence to professional and academic standards, and increased student satisfaction with the academic program – all within budgetary limitations.
Department Chairperson Art Institute of New York. Implemented new course offerings, instituted “open door” policy for students and faculty, increased student enrollment by 200%, and significantly increased the visibility of the Fashion Department in the New York City market.
Assistant Professor Fashion Department Columbia College. Taught relevant Fashion, Marketing, and Business courses. Subjects included: Merchandising Buying, Principles of Marketing, Introduction to Business, Consumer Behavior, Merchandising Math, and Fashion Show Production.
Fashion Industry Professional. Held a variety of positions in the fashion industry prior to entering higher education. Obtained more than 15 years of experience in merchandising buying, retail management, and event and show production in positions at the May Corporation in Atlanta Georgia and the Belk Department Store in Greenville South Carolina.
Department Chairperson Art Institute of Philadelphia. Provided leadership and innovative direction in moving the AIPH campus from a 2-year associate degree program to a 4-year Bachelor’s program. Increased student enrollment in the Fashion Department from 150 to 600 students.
President, Fashion Group International (FGI - Pittsburgh). Was a primary organizer and leader in the development of the Pittsburgh chapter of Fashion Group International. This grew out of more than 10 years as an active member in FGI and an unmet opportunity in the Pittsburgh market to grow fashion awareness through this international affiliation.