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.
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. Over the past 37 years, Barb has 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 on the Jewish Federation’s Allocations Committee for Kansas City and their Board Selection and Training Committee. She is currently serving on the Dean’s Council for Human Environmental Sciences "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 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! ** 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 the Director of Sourcing, Technical Design & Compliance at Soft Surroundings, a St. Louis based women’s apparel, home and beauty company. Michele graduated with a degree in Textile & Apparel Management with a focus on Manufacturing from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Michele started her career at May Company, from there she spent time in Boston working for both Appleseed’s and Talbots. St. Louis called Michele back where she joined Soft Surroundings. During her time at Soft Surroundings she has been a part of the rapid growth from a catalog based company to a multi-channel company that includes internet and retail. Michele has grown the Technical Design Team during her time at Soft Surroundings, created the Testing and Compliance Department and lead the expansion of the Sourcing Department at the St. Louis headquarters and Shanghai office. Michele’s time traveling the world to all points of production for Soft Surroundings rounds out her expertise of the supply chain lifecycle.
Michele is also actively involved in working with college students who are studying to enter the apparel industry at Mizzou, Fontbonne University and Lindenwood University.
Michele is married to Chris Dando, a fellow Mizzou graduate. They are parents to Mabel and Fiona.
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, merchandising, marketing, supply chain and store management in department stores, specialty stores, direct to consumer catalog and e-commerce. She was SVP, General Merchandising Manager for Famous Barr (May Co.) in St. Louis, and later worked for Caleres 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 for Brown Shoe’s retail expansion into China in 2010.
Hope has been an adjunct instructor in the Textile and Apparel Management department for the past several years, and now also teaches in the Crosby MBA program at Mizzou. She has served on the Advisory Board of the TAM school since 2014.
Additionally, she is currently a business mentor for the inaugural class of design talent at the Fashion Incubator Fund in St. Louis, advising the rising designer, Audra Noyes.
Misty began her career in 1997 working as a top ranked Sales Associate for American Eagle Outfitters in Columbia Mall during college. After graduation, Misty moved to St. Louis and went directly to work for May Merchandising as a Technical Designer, quickly advancing to handle a large portion of the ladies private label better sportswear program. In late 2005 Misty was offered & eagerly accepted the opportunity to transition with the company’s merger and work as a Technical Designer for Macy’s Merchandising. While in NYC Misty also spent a large portion of her free time reinvigorating the NYC Mizzou Alumni chapter by serving as Vice President and self-proclaimed social chair. She was later recognized as the 2008 Graduate of the Last Decade award winner by the Mizzou Alumni Association.
In mid-2008 Misty decided to return back to her roots in Missouri & refocus her career in order to branch into other avenues of product creation. Upon her return she accepted a position with Soft Surroundings in St. Louis where she held various positions within Technical design, QC and Merchandising departments. During this time she also founded Pink Tiger Designs, a creative side project specializing in custom invitation & correspondence goods. This venture allowed her to further immerse herself in design and understanding how to tailor your product to specific consumer targets. This also sparked more curiosity and she sought out an opportunity that better suited her goals.
In the beginning of 2011 Misty accepted a position with Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. in Product Management that truly allowed her passions and career goals to collide. Her initial roles included Designing & Merchandising product assortments for Footwear, Accessories, Sports Licensing and Special Businesses. In 2013 the company began to break out departments to have more specialized talent and she was promoted & selected to lead the Product Design & Development Team into new territory. She has spent the past few years helping to reinvigorate the product. In addition to leading the creative direction for product in stores, she also leads all of the creative product direction for the Build-A-Bear outbound licensing program with external partners. One of the products recently won a Toy of the Year award!
Misty truly loves her career and finds it very important to also take time to enjoy life. She spends the majority of her free time traveling and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon!
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 senior vice president and general manager of Caleres’ LifeStride and Ryka brands – a position she has held since 2013.
Krivelow joined Caleres, a $2.6 billion global footwear company that puts consumers and their needs first, by targeting the strategic Family, Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion 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 vice president of Natural Soul and the Naturalizer make-up brands. In 2011, she was promoted to vice president, general manager of the LifeStride division.
Krivelow has an extensive retail background including more than a decade of experience at Filene’s before joining Caleres. At Filenes she was an executive trainee and held numerous buying positions.
Deb began her career as an executive trainee for Filenes 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.
Krivelow holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts.
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 was the Dancewear Merchant for Weissman’s Costumes. Her areas of the business included: dancewear, shoes, tights and branded apparel. She was responsible for analyzing the profitability of her categories, determining the right product assortment, forecasting the business, the fit and overall quality of the garments.
She received her BS degree from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. She went on to earn her M.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in Apparel Design and Production.
After graduate school, Jenna accepted a position as Product Manager for Uniforms with Lion Apparel in Dayton, OH. After two years she moved to Indianapolis, IN to take on the position of Lead Dance Designer then Design Manager for Motionwear, LLC. In March 2015 Jenna accepted the position of Senior Apparel Designer for Boombah, designing athletic apparel. In addition to designing, Jenna has also taught fashion courses at the Art Institute of Indianapolis.
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.
Beth is the Vice President of Regulatory Compliance. Included in her responsibilities are Regulatory Safety Standards, Product Testing, and Product Recalls for general merchandise in all US business formats, as well as oversight of Consumer Protection, Antitrust, Licensing and SNAP/WIC compliance programs.
After graduating with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1986, Beth began her career as an Assistant Manager at Walmart locations in Kansas and Nebraska. In 1988 she moved to Bentonville, AR and developed her career with the company in various roles as a Buyer and Divisional Merchandise Manager. From 1999 to 2002, Beth lived in Düsseldorf, Germany while she was the General Merchandise Manager of Hardlines/Consumables for Walmart Germany. Promoted to GMM in the Walmart US business in 2006, she supported the creation and development of Apparel Sourcing & Technical Services, prior to being named General Merchandise Manager of the Home Division in February of 2007. She was named Vice President of Product Safety and Compliance in 2008, and was given additional Compliance responsibilities in 2017.
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