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
Cristy graduated from Mizzou in 2006 with a BSBA in Marketing and a minor in TAM. Her TAM courses set her on a path to pursue a career in retail, starting out with the CMA program at Payless ShoeSource World Headquarters. There she received an excellent foundation in merchandising, especially enjoying her roles in assortment planning and merchandise planning. But after four years away in Kansas it was time to come home to CoMo. She found a great fit in the UM Stores organization as the apparel buyer. It was fun and challenging to go from corporate retail to working for the University of Missouri designing custom merchandise. Since then, Cristy has held positions of increasing responsibility in the University of Missouri Stores organization.
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.
His passion for footwear product creation runs deep and he hopes he can bring some of that passion to the students in TAM. 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 the TAM college.
Michele has been the recipient of the Women’s Network Debin Benish Outstanding Business Woman Award, was named the 2021 Woman of Excellence in Retail by COMO Magazine, and received a Certification of Merit from the College of Human and Environmental Sciences.
Michele began her career in the flooring business after graduation from the University of Missouri and worked her way towards ownership of the business. She is a 1991 University of Missouri Graduate. Michele believes her TAM degree has been instrumental in her career in retail and flooring textiles which has spanned over 30 years and looks forward to giving back as an advisor to TAM.
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 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 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! Barb’s secret: many of her connections are from those rolodex files and bridges you should never burn.
Currently living in Texas, Laura is a Vice President of Production at KENDRA SCOTT LLC, an Austin based jewelry and 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.
While in Columbia, Scott began working with other stores as an Area Leader. Today, as a District Leader, 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.
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 which acquired a new catalog The Tog Shop. Michele leads all Technical Design for The Tog Shop. A position at Talbots was the next step in her career focusing on Better Women’s Sportswear. St. Louis called Michele back where she joined Soft Surroundings. After 11.5 years with Soft Surroundings, she stepped away from the company to regain balance and focus on learning and growth. During Fall 2020, she started at Michigan State University in their Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, started her own small business (Je Veux), and became a founding partner of Viking Coolers. In fall 2021, Soft Surroundings contacted Michele about a potential return and being a part of leading the company. In October, Michele started a new/continued journey with Soft Surroundings.
Michele graduated with a degree in Textile & Apparel Management with a focus on Manufacturing from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Michele is married to Chris Dando, a fellow Mizzou graduate. They are parents to Mabel and Fiona and reside in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis.
Ashley has combined her passion for product and 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-paced environment which retail provides and is always excited to take on new challenges.
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!
Ashley is a 2007 Textile and Apparel Management graduate from the University of Missouri. 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 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 and daughter traveling and seeing as much of the world as possible!
Health’s industry tenure includes EVP, Chief Financial & Strategy Officer at Randa Apparel & Accessories, President of Randa Digital Lab, President, Americas for Bendon Group, and President and CEO of Hampshire Group, Limited.
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. In 2018, Hillary joined Chico’s FAS, in in Fort Myers, Florida and has recently rejoined American Eagle Outfitters as a Senior Production Manager with Aerie.
After supporting 9 production facilities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida from 2012 to 2016, he recently took the role as General Manager of Cintas Corporation in 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.
During his tenure, at Factory PR, DBA and BMF and Create & Cultivate- Jake created his hybrid role of PR, Social Media, and Digital Marketing and now runs his own consulting business, Just Jake. His impressive and growing client list has included some of the top brands in the fashion, beauty, financial services, hospitality and consumer technology, including Tiffany & Co., Nine West, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Sunglass Hut, L’Oreal USA, Mastercard, Dell Technologies, Marriott Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and more. Jake’s expertise has been the driving force behind some of the most engaging content and storytelling online that’s driving awareness of brands, products, events and services globally. His events, activations and programs have been seen around the world at CES, Sundance, Fashion Week, SXSW, Coachella, The Grammys, The Oscars and more. He even led the first ever social media tour of the White House during the Obama Administration, with his own social media posts featured on national news outlets.
Today, Jake resides in Los Angeles, California where he balances running his business while earning his MBA on the side at Washington State University. He is an active alumni member for the University of Missouri, serving on the TAM Advisory Board, and loves to help mentor students. When he isn’t working, Jake loves to travel the world with his husband and visit his family in Missouri.
In addition to her professional life, Misty has been involved in various Mizzou Alumni volunteer efforts and 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.
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 is involved in a variety of community organizations focused on improving civil dialogue and standing up against bigotry and hate.
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 makeup 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 has also been DVP/DMM of Intimate Apparel/Sleepwear and Hosiery at JCPenney. Currently, she is Senior Vice President at Scrubs and Beyond.
Uniquely Saint Louis based, with its historic legacy in apparel and new focus of innovation, Bret is invested in the blend of talent and technology to develop solutions that serve the demands of the consumer base, while supporting social and environmental goals.
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.
She met Brazilian couture designer, Carlos Miele, at a fashion show and soon after began working closely with him 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. For her next career move, she joined the Visual Merchandising team at Michael Kors, helping to open more than 65 stores domestically and abroad, while also creating the global visual directives for the company. Following that role, she worked for retail consulting firm, Winston Retail Solutions, utilizing all of her brand experience and knowledge as a Creative Account Manager working with clients such as Under Armour, Calvin Klein, Lucky Brand Jeans, and many more.
In order to spend more time with her daughters (Zoe & Campbell), Nicole began freelancing as a Stylist. While utilizing her New York City fashion industry contact, she has worked with many luxury brands including Prada, Miu Miu, Lanvin, and Alexander McQueen.
She moved to Seattle (where her husband grew up) in 2016 and started her own Fashion Consulting business, Emerald City Stylist. She has been spending her time on a range of projects with this new venture – from consulting on Interior Design jobs to working with clients on “Closet Cleanses” to providing Personal Shopping services. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for the East Seattle Foundation working with students at the University of Washington to hone their “Professional Presence.”
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