The TAM Department has an Advisory Board composed of high-level industry leaders representing many segments of the textile, apparel, and retailing field.
The TAM Advisory Board enhances the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in many ways, including:
- Serving as role models for students
- Providing examples of career opportunities
- Hiring of graduates
- Providing internships for students
- Providing scholarships
- Giving curriculum feedback
- Serving as classroom guest speakers
- Contributing to research opportunities and funding
- Donating other resources such as equipment
- Participating in programs such as the symposium held during the Board’s annual meeting
Tiffany leads the merchandise and branding efforts of the organization as the Associate Director of Brand Management for Campus Retail-University Bookstores. Tiffany directs and provides leadership to a team consisting of four buyers and two store managers supporting all four system campuses. Tiffany’s passions include finding new and innovative offerings for the collegiate industry as well as educating and cultivating future leaders who have an interest in the retail environment.
Anderson has held several positions within the University Stores organization from Event Coordinator, Apparel Buyer to her current position as Associate Director of Brand Management. In her current role, Tiffany works as part of the Director’s senior management team representing all facets of the retail business. Tiffany works directly with the Marketing Manager, Digital Technology Manager, and Director of University Bookstores to ensure that all aspects of General Merchandise support the overall branding message of the campus as well as the initiative of the organization. Tiffany has served on the ICBA Product Opportunity Task Force, presented at ICLA, and the NACS conference.
Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and takes pride in developing her role at the institution that she calls her alma-mater.
Raj is currently a materials developer for Nike Men’s Footwear. Raj graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Textile & Apparel Management in December 2012. During his time at Mizzou he worked as an equipment manager for the Mizzou football team from 2009 to 2012. While his role on the equipment team varied day-to-day, he found a niche handling the sewing, footwear and testing duties for the athletes.
After graduation, Raj began his career pursuit by driving to Oregon in hopes of landing his dream job with Nike. Shortly after arriving on the west coast Raj secured a part-time job at the coveted Nike Employee Store working the graveyard shift, stocking the shelves with product. It would eventually pay off as he was offered a temporary two-week project creating material palettes for the Nike footwear design team which would eventually lead to a full-time position at the headquarters in 2013. Since then he has held various roles within product creation at Nike including material design, color, apparel materials development, footwear development and footwear materials development.
More recently Raj has relocated back to the United States after being based in Amsterdam for 2 years working on Nike’s rapid product team (express lane) which consisted of 15 people. During his time in Amsterdam his team in Europe turned a $150 million dollar business into a half a billion dollar business within just two years. This accomplishment catapulted Nike’s rapid product team forward and laid the groundwork for more localized product teams around the globe.
A new addition to the advisory board in 2020, Raj is excited to join the team and provide insights into the industry along with encouragement and mentorship to the students and faculty of TAM.
Barbara is a Missouri University TAM Graduate, 1980. With a lifetime of living and working in the Kansas City community, Barb Bloch brings a unique skill set to the field of Philanthropy. For 37 years, Barb had been involved in the rich heritage of the Kansas City Garment Industry as an Entrepreneur, Retailer and as a National Recruiter for two prestigious, companies which allowed her the ability to forge friendships and personal ties in the business community locally and nationally.
During her years in the Kansas City business arena, Barb also pursued her interest in community work and nonprofit board engagement. She has served on or is currently serving as the Jewish Federation’s Chair of their Allocations Committee for Kansas City and served on their Board Selection and Training Committee. She is currently serving on the Dean’s Council for Human Environmental Sciences and served during the “Our Time To Lead Campaign” at the University of Missouri-Columbia and keeps a hand in the happenings at the Bloch Entrepreneurial School on the UMKC campus. She was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and is an Honored Woman in the tribe Mic-O-Say. Barb is a past Gala Chair of and a current board member of The Heart Of America’s Shakespeare Festival and helps each year with their Gala preparations and auction selections. Through these opportunities she has become very familiar with best practices of nonprofit governance and fund development. In 2014, Barb was hired by Pelofsky & Associates as Director of Major Gifts. She has worked with numerous clients on individual donor solicitation, cultivation and growth. In 2019 she joined the Byrne Pelofsky team and continues to provide expert consultation and guidance for nonprofit agencies. Barb’s path, a little like the Yellow Brick Road,- a little windy, but ending with a clear path to the finish! ** secret: Many of my connections are from those rolodex files and bridges you should never burn.
Laura is a Global Business Leader known for maximizing growth and profitability through product innovation and visionary leadership. Her areas of expertise are Product Development, Design Management, and Manufacturing for fashion luxury brands.
Currently living in Texas, Laura is a Vice President of Production at KENDRA SCOTT LLC, an Austin based jewelry & accessory company. She holds full accountability for overall management of Development, Sourcing, Production, Quality, and Procurement.
Prior to joining KENRDRA SCOTT, Laura was Vice President for DAVID YURMAN, a luxury based jewelry company and was based in Bangkok, Thailand managing the manufacturing operations for Asia. Additional overseas experience includes her role as Country Manager for COACH INC. in Vietnam where she established and launched the first office and team in Saigon. There she led all operational aspects of the supply chain. Prior to living in Vietnam, Laura worked in the New York headquarters as a leader in development, engineering, and technical design commercializing product for Handbags and Accessories.
Additionally, Laura spearheaded Design and Development at organizations that include LIZ CLAIBORNE INC., and the NINE WEST GROUP INC. Laura also has professional experience in both the wholesale and retail environments.
Laura received her BS in Fashion Design and Merchandising from the University of Missouri and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Textile and Apparel Management School. Laura also trained at the University of Bradford in England and ARS Arpel in Milan, Italy.
Scott started at Buckle part-time in 1990 while attending the University of Nebraska- Kearney. After graduation in 1991 he opened and managed a Buckle in Duluth, MN and in the spring of 1992 he moved to Columbia, MO to be the store manager.
While in Columbia Scott began working with other stores as an Area Leader and today as a District Leader works he works with 25 stores in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Missouri.
Currently Scott is working on Buckle’s YouTube channel to shoot and release short videos inside and outside of the company for training and marketing purposes.
One of Scott’s favorite opportunities is the TAM Advisory Board where he can meet and interact with students that aspire to have careers in the fashion/retail industry.
Aimee is Chief Digital Officer of Welspun Group. Prior to Welspun Group, Aimee was Head of Business Development for Amazon Fashion responsible for leading the recruitment team for apparel, footwear, accessories and watch brand acquisition into Amazon Retail. A recent notable achievement was the Nike acquisition in July of 2017. The team was responsible for recruitment, on-boarding, education and the financial planning of all the new brands to Amazon retail. The team also managed all aspects of the brand launch on Amazon including operations and marketing. Over 5 years of leading this team, they have launched over 750 brands with an estimated $1B in revenue. Outside of brand acquisition responsibilities also include celebrity collaborations including the Way of Wade branded shop with NBA star Dwayne Wade, Dear Drew by Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker on Amazon, the CFDA Vogue Fashion fund and Oprah’s favorite things.
Prior to Joining Amazon, Aimee started her career as an intern at Ralph Lauren. Following this she spent time at Joseph Abboud, Michael Kors and her last position was VP of Sales at Diesel.
Aimee currently sits on the Board of Directors for IGNITE National. She is a graduate of Providence College and RISD ’99.
Michele is an apparel industry leader with a focus on Product Development & Production, helping emerging brands establish stable yet agile supply chains along with processes to support product development.
Michele’s focus is in Asia – China, Philippines, India and Bangladesh. Turkey, Portugal, El Salvador, and Peru round out her global reach and perspective.
Michele started her career at May Company in St. Louis spending much of her time working on Lord & Taylor Better Women’s Apparel. From there she moved to Boston to work at Appleseed’s who acquired a new catalog The Tog Shop. Michele lead all Technical Design for The Tog Shop. A position at Talbots was her next step in her career focusing on Better Women’s Sportswear. St. Louis called Michele back where she joined Soft Surroundings. During her time at Soft Surroundings she transformed the product development teams and processes to support the growth from a $50 million catalog company to an $300 million omni-channel retailer. Michele is a consultant for emerging brands and is pursuing a Masters in Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. She is a member of the CLPD/Department of Commerce Textile Competitiveness Program US Delegation for El Salvador.
Michele graduated with a degree in Textile & Apparel Management with a focus on Manufacturing from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Michele is married to Chris Dando, a fellow Mizzou graduate. They are parents to Mabel, 10 and Fiona, 5 and reside in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis.
Ashley is a Buyer for JCPenney department stores at their headquarters located in Plano, TX. She has worked for JCPenney since 2013. Ashley has held various positions of increasing responsibilities within the merchandising division, which include Assistant Buyer of Traditional Men’s Collections, Associate Buyer of Young Men’s Arizona Jeans (private brand), and is currently the Enterprise Buyer for Missy Dresses. Ashley provides leadership and direction to her team of 12 people which consists of assistant buyers, merchandise & inventory planners, allocators, as well as merchandise assistants.
Ashley has combined her passion for product & people along with her ability to persevere in an ever-changing retail landscape to succeed in her career. One of the most rewarding parts of her job includes developing and mentoring the talent on her team and building relationships with people in the industry. She also enjoys the fast pace environment which retail provides and is always excited to take on new challenges.
Ashley is a 2007 graduate from the University of Missouri, in Textile and Apparel Management. After graduation, Ashley accepted a position in the Executive Development Program at Dillard’s, St. Louis Division. In her 5-year tenure with Dillard’s she learned the retail business from the ground up. She had the opportunity to spend some time in stores as a Sales Manager, and then went on to join the corporate office as an Assistant Buyer in Women’s Coats & Suiting. Soon after, Ashley was promoted to Buyer of Better & Bridge Dresses where she remained for almost 3 years before leaving to pursue an opportunity at JCPenney.
Ashley joined the TAM advisory board at the University of Missouri in Fall of 2017 and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the University faculty and students in preparing the next generation of retail professionals. When Ashley isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband traveling and seeing as much of the world as possible!
Hillary found her calling when she transferred to the Department of Textile and Apparel Management. She majored in Apparel Merchandising and Marketing and graduated in 2001.
She worked as a personal live-in assistant throughout the summer after graduation then found a “real” job as a Product Developer at a watch company, MZ Berger. After one year she moved to Carole Hochman Sleepwear as a Production Assistant for Jockey. She then went to Victoria’s Secret and was there for 7 years. She worked on Knit Tops, Swimwear, VSX, and Glamour Lingerie. She also lived in Hong Kong for two years working out of the sourcing office. Then Hillary moved to NYC and was the Senior Production Manager for Bras at Aerie.
Currently Hillary is the Senior Sourcing Manager at Soma.
Young is a 1992 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. After serving 7 years in the US Army, he joined Cintas Corp in Mason (Cincinnati) OH in 1999. He worked in different business segments including the Rental Division / Industrial Laundering, Facility Services, Manufacturing and corporate headquarters. His work has taken him across the United States, Canada and internationally. He had the pleasure of opening the Cintas Rental location in Columbia, MO in early 2000s and work closely with students and leaders from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at MU.
After supporting 9 production facilities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida from 2012 to 2016, he recently took the role as General Manager of Decatur GA. He works closely with 140 great employees in both operations, sales and junior leaders. Young enjoys being active outdoors and traveling to new locations.
Jake is a 2010 TAM graduate living in New York City. While studying at Mizzou he always had an interest in public relations and as an early adopter to social media, he set off to perfect strategizing the platforms for brands – now he is an expert in social media from the core channels of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to the trending platforms of tomorrow, including Vine and Snapchat.
Jake got his start with traditional PR, handling social media + influencer relationships at fashion shows and events where he built lasting relationships with key fashion bloggers, influencers and online editors. Today Jake serves as the Director of Insights + Planning at Digital Brand Architects (DBA), an integrated marketing and PR agency where he has a track record of successful social media campaigns, influencer partnerships and product placements, as well as events for fashion, luxury and beauty brands including Tiffany & Co., Victoria’s Secret, EOS, Kenneth Cole, Express, Nine West, Juicy Couture and more.
Hope enjoyed a long career in the retail and wholesale industry, spanning buying, planning, merchandising, marketing, supply chain and store management in a wide variety of retail channels: department stores, specialty stores, direct to consumer catalogs and e-commerce. In 1999 she joined The May Company department stores in St. Louis, MO., serving as Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, for the Famous Barr division. After Macy’s purchased The May Company in 2006, Hope joined Caleres, a footwear wholesale and retail company, as SVP, General Manager of Specialty Retail, managing and merchandising over 300 shoe stores and three e-commerce sites across the US and Canada. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Caleres retail expansion into China in 2010.
Hope is an adjunct instructor in the Textile and Apparel Management department at Mizzou (since 2015) and also teaches business communication in the Crosby MBA program at the university. She has taught and developed curricula for retail finance and analytics, fashion entrepreneurism, digital merchandising and the TAM Capstone class. Since 2019, Hope has also mentored several successful entries in the Fashion Scholarship Fund annual case study competition. She has served on the Advisory Board of the TAM Department since 2014.
Misty is a 2000 graduate of the Mizzou TAM program and currently the Director of Merchandising & Design for Build-A-Bear. Her passion for product has held strong over the 20+ year span of her career. Prior to joining Build-A-Bear in 2011, Misty held roles within Technical Design for May Company & Macy’s, Fabric & Trim Development, and Apparel Product Testing for Soft Surroundings and Retail Sales positions for American Eagle and Bath & Body Works at Columbia mall while a student. She also owned her own custom invitation & graphic design business, Pink Tiger Designs, for a little over 4 years.
In addition to her professional life, Misty has been involved in various Mizzou Alumni volunteer efforts & was the 2008 recipient of the Graduate of the Last Decade award from the Mizzou Alumni Association. She enjoys spending her free time travelling the globe with her family and close friends.
Misty currently resides in Chesterfield, MO with her husband David & step-daughter Ava.
As President of DRI-Duck and Caps Direct, Jason leads a team of motivated and talented merchandisers, sales people, and marketers who passionately bring high quality, creative apparel, head wear, and bags to market. He takes pride inspiring exceptional people to build dynamic business relationships around the country and around the globe.
Currently, he sets sales and sourcing strategy for Caps Direct which creates thousands of unique products promoting premiere brands. He works closely with TAM Advisory Board Chair, Nicole Parker, in leading Dri-Duck Traders, a work-inspired, outdoor apparel brand built on Hard Core Comfort.
Outside of work, Jason leads Kansas City’s Jewish Community Relations Bureau|AJC, fighting anti-semitism, racism, and bigotry and working to achieve equal opportunity and justice for all. Jason and his wife Andrea take pride in their daughter at the University of Oregon and their son – is a freshman at KU. Jason will say yes to every possible ski day with his family, and any chance to enjoy Jayhawk basketball.
Debbie is the SVP GM of Caleres’ Forward Movement Brands, which include Dr. Scholls, Ryka, LifeStride and Bzees – a position she has held since July 2020.
Krivelow joined Caleres, a $2.6B global footwear company that puts consumers and their needs first, by targeting the strategic Heritage, Forward Movement and Self Expression platforms, in 2006 as an account director for the Naturalizer brand. In 2007, Krivelow was promoted to director of sales. She became National Sales Manager in 2008. In 2009, Krivelow was promoted to VP of Natural Soul and the Naturalizer make up brand. In 2011, she was promoted to vice president, general manager of the LifeStride division. In 2013, Krivelow was promoted to senior vice president, general manager of the LifeStride and Ryka brands.
Krivelow has an extensive retail background including more than a decade of experience at Filene’s Department Stores before joining Caleres. At Filenes, she was an executive trainee and held numerous buying positions.
Deb began her career as an executive trainee for Filene’s Department Stores (A division of May Company) in 1994. She held numerous buying positions and was with Filenes, for 12 years, until they closed in May 2006.
She also recently joined the QxH Vendor Council, which is a combined advisory board leveraging the strengths from both their QVC and HSN vendor communities.
Krivelow holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Melissa is a 1983 graduate of MU with a degree is Textile Management/Journalism. She was ready to hit the ground running in retail. She joined the executive training program at Famous Barr (a division of the May Department Stores) immediately after graduation and was blessed with a fast paced series of positions (9 in all) in both buying and support functions. Melissa had the pleasure of leading the Cosmetics business at Famous Barr for 7 years until the May Co. was acquired by Macy’s and she transitioned over as the VP/DMM of Intimate Apparel of the Midwest division. During the consolidation of Macy’s she was thrilled to be chosen as a leader to pilot the “My Macy’s” initiative that eventually was rolled out Nationwide with great success.
Melissa has also been DVP/DMM of Intimate Apparel/Sleepwear and Hosiery at JCPenney. Currently, she is Senior Vice President at Scrubs and Beyond.
Nicolette is a retail professional that has been involved with retail sales, wholesale sales, visual merchandising, merchandise planning, product development and product sourcing. She began her career with May Company Dept Stores, first in the executive training program at Indianapolis-based, LS Ayres, and then in the buying organization of May D & F in Denver. As May Co. transitioned through regional mergers, Nicolette chose to move back to her home state of Kansas as a buyer for Shepler’s Western Stores, then later as a district sales manager for the gift company, Russ Berrie, Co. In 1999, moved to Kansas City and spent several years in buying and planning with Payless ShoeSource, until she was given the opportunity to be a luxury-goods buyer for Halls KC department store, a division of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
In what Nicolette refers to as her “dream job”, her buying role at Halls allowed Nicolette to personally influence and experience all aspects of retailing, from consumer insights, to the final shopper purchasing experience. It also opened up opportunities for her to transition into retail roles within Hallmark Cards, Inc., which range from merchandise planning, product development, and buying, to store segmentation and localization.
Nicolette has been in the Hallmark Gold Crown retail division for 15 years and is currently a Retail Merchandise Director for Hallmark Gold Crown corporately-owned stores. In this role, Nicolette is insuring that the Hallmark Gold Crown shopper experience is exceptional and consistent across all seamless retail points of contacts.
Nicolette is a Marketing of Textile and Apparel major from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, but has strong ties to Mizzou. Her daughter, Jerica, is a 2015 TAM graduate, pursuing her career in NYC, and her daughter, Jillian, is a Mizzou junior in Film Studies and Creative Digital Storytelling.
Jenna is the Director, Product & Creative Development for REV Up Brands. For 12 years, Jenna’s area of focus has been the Dance, Gymnastic and Cheer markets. With an in-depth knowledge of the marketplace as well as the customers. Starting her career as an apparel designer for dancewear with Motionwear, to becoming a manager of product development, to a merchant with Weissman’s to the Director of Brands for Perform Group. Jenna works with all of the leaders of the Brands department: Merchandising, Apparel Design, Pattern-making, Graphic Apparel Design, and Offshore Production. Jenna has led the development of all brands within the company, Curtain Call, Alpha Factor and Perform. Jenna is a unique industry leader with a strong understanding of both sides of the business, the creative and design to the analytical side of the business. Jenna holds a Master’s of Science in Apparel Design and Production from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile and Apparel Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO.
Peter is President of Issues & Answers Network, Inc., a market research firm he founded in 1988, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Issues & Answers has over 300 employees in the US conducting telephone, web, in person, and focus group research. Mr. McGuinness currently works with over a dozen universities conducting marketing research projects funded by grants.
Prior to Issues & Answers, Mr. McGuinness has over 15 years of experience with two leading market research agencies as well as 15 years with a leading manufacturer. At Burlington Industries, Mr. McGuinness was Director of Corporate Marketing. He was Chief Economist, Director of Advertising and Director of Public Relations. He served on the Conference Board’s Market Research Council and served as Marketing Director for the Crafted With Pride in U.S.A. Council. He served as Chairman of the Marketing Committee for the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). Mr. McGuinness also developed a new venture to forecast apparel successes prior to market.
Mr. McGuinness has served on the University of MO TAM Advisory Board since 1991.
Nicole is Director of Sales & Marketing of DRI-Duck, an outdoor apparel brand best known for its rugged durability and hard core comfort. Parker’s passion for merchandising, marketing and sales were first kindled as a Textile & Apparel Management student at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In recent years, Parker has successfully leveraged DRI Duck’s retail brand recognition to create rapid growth in the promotional marketplace. Her team is responsible for setting the product line each season, creating and executing both consumer and B2B marketing strategies, and creating sales growth both at retail and in the promotional products marketplace. Nicole lives outside of Kansas City with her two children, ages 5 and 7.
Laura is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri and a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri. Laura is a celebrity fashion stylist and is is co-owner of Salehi+Schuffman.
She began her styling career working for top stylists Deb Waknin, Vanessa Moore and Seneca Moss. She served as the Contributing Style Editor for Los Angeles Weddings Magazine, Orange Coast Weddings Magazine, and is currently the network stylist for Freeform and the official My Little Pony Equestria Girls Stylist. She has been a featured stylist in Japan Vogue and her work has been featured on countless commercials, advertising campaigns, magazine covers and editorial pages in publications such as GQ, In Style, Parade and Maxim. Laura is known for a style that is high fashion with a commercial appeal including a broad and well-balanced appeal to every type of client. Laura has also worked with a number of celebrities including Eminem, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, Emily Osment and Tyler Blackburn.
Nicole moved to New York City upon graduating from Mizzou and began her career working for Ralph Lauren, where she discovered her passion for the creative side of the fashion industry. She started in the Design and Product Development Department designing accessories for the brand and from there, moved into a role in Visual Merchandising. After 5 years with Ralph Lauren, she decided to take on a new challenge as the National Retail Coordinator with Dolce & Gabbana, training staff all over the US and Canada on product knowledge and visual merchandising techniques. From here, she moved on to her next role working closely with Brazilian couture designer, Carlos Miele, as his International Brand Manager. She traveled to Paris and Brazil to oversee design concepts, brand launches, and international showrooms. She then worked as the Director of Visual Merchandising and Creative Services for Diesel. She oversaw the creative vision for corporate events, 9 company showrooms, and the retail/wholesale channels, as well as managing a team of Visual Merchandisers located throughout the US. Next, she went to work on the Visual Merchandising team at Michael Kors, helping to open over 65 stores domestically and abroad. Following that role, she worked for retail consulting firm, Winston Retail Solutions, utilizing all of her brand experience and knowledge as the Creative Account Manager working with clients such as Under Armour, Calvin Klein, Lucky Brand Jeans, and many more.
She has recently moved to Seattle and is currently working as a Freelance Fashion Stylist and Visual Merchandiser in order to be able to spend more time at home with her 2 daughters, Zoe and Campbell. While freelancing, she has worked with many luxury brands including Prada, Miu Miu, Lanvin, and Alexander McQueen.
TAM Advisory Board Council Members
The members below served as long-term members who support TAM, the students, and initiatives of the program. We thank them for their support.
- Kelly Miller Clark
- Arnie Fagan
- Larry Graveel
- James C. Jacobsen
- Mark Killingsworth
- Alex Levinson
- Bruce Levinson
- Rick Walters
- David Reid
- Beth Schommer