Our Instructors


Classes: Draping, Advanced Specs.Adam Andreas graduated with honors from Art Institutes' apparel design program. After winning raves for his first menswear collection, he went to work in product development for Leslie Jordan sportswear then as a product developer for Columbia Sportswear.


Class: How to Work with Production.Alyson is an in-demand freelance pattern maker and technical designer. She started her own business in 2014 after working many years as a product developer for Amer Sports/Wilson Tennis and Nike. She has her own line of curvy girl fashions called Clair Vintage Inspired.


Class: Protect Your Intellectual Property.Amelia completed a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego in 2009 and completed her JD degree at Lewis and Clark Law School in 2013. Prior to joining Chernoff Vilhauer, Amelia worked as a patent attorney in Portland, Ore.



Classes: Strategic Marketing, Business Plan.Horton has inspired many students to turn their passion into successful businesses. Horton brings over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, educator and sales coach. Highlights include work in the apparel industry primarily with Levi’s, launching two successful business, and serving as the lead instructor and developer of curriculum for entrepreneurship education at MercyCorps Northwest.

Classes: Couture Techniques, Couture Dress, Lace Shaping.Along with a BFA in Apparel Design, Britta has pursued her interests in historical costuming and fine sewing in many forms and has worked as a costumer in theater and film. She has also worked with many local designers, helping them to bring their creations to life

Class: Working with Boutiques.Celeste Sipes owns Radish Underground, a boutique at 414 SW 10th "in the heart of Portland's trendy West End." When she opened Radish in 2008, "we set out to be detectives, finding independent lines you can feel good about supporting: designers/companies who give a damn about the world we live in and the people in it."



Classes: History of Fashion, inside the Fashion Industry, Overseas Production. Dana has more than 20 years of apparel industry experience across Sourcing, Costing, Planning, Merchandising and Sales. After graduating with a bachelor of science in Apparel and Merchandising from Colorado State University, Dana has grown her career with companies such as Limited, Harold’s Stores, GAP and Nike. She currently works at Nike in Global Sourcing and Manufacturing.

Classes: Corsets, Petticoats, Costume Design.Debra Bruneaux has been a theatrical costumer for many years, working primarily on the West Coast for theaters such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theater in San Diego, Center Theater Group in Los Angeles, Berkeley Repertory Theater and currently is the cutter/draper for Portland Opera. Her expertise in corsets and petticoats reflects historical fashions on which period costume design is based.

Class: Adobe Illustrator for Fashion DesignA local native to Oregon, Pham's interests lies in apparel functionality and creativity. With a BFA in apparel design and merchandising, she has taken her interest in the technical aspect of design and has worked at SportHill and most currently at Columbia Sportswear in product development.


Class: Fashion Event Production.Elizabeth Mollo got her start producing fashion shows in 2004 with the first Doom Town Rock and Roll Fashion Show, where she participated as one of the designers and helped to coordinate the show. Since then she has helped produce FashioNXT, Open Season, Alley 33, The Portland Sewing Fashion Forward Show, and many other shows and events including Fade to Light, which she conceived and produces.

Classes: PR Techniques, Fashion StylingEden Dawn (yes, that is her real name) spends her life submerged in fashion as a stylist, writer, and tastemaker and fashion editor for Portland Monthly. Born and raised in Oregon, she began her style career while still a child, by cheerfully violating numerous dress codes at her private school before turning that troublemaking into her trademark as one of Oregon’s top fashion experts.


Classes: History of Fashion, Inside the Fashion Industry, Concept & Development, Line Sheets/ Look books, and Portfolio. Emily Weltman received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduation, Emily worked as a designer and director for the Gap, Old Navy, Puma and Nike. After receiving her Masters in Art Education at PSU, Emily joined PFI as a mentor of the Fashion Forward program. Emily now works as design manager for Wieden+Kennedy.



Classes: Textiles, Excel for Apparel Professionals.As a materials manager, developer and researcher, Jade Carlin has worked for Nike, Columbia Sportswear and Violet Craft. She has studied at University of Florida, Rhode Island School of Design, and has degrees from Florida State University and Instituto Politecnica de Valencia in Spain.

Class: Truth about trade shows. Designer: West Daily, J.Calderon Apparel. Designs, patterns, and constructs garments for sampling, industry shows, and retail sales. Responsible for branding, promotions, direct marketing, and relationship building .


Class: Fashion Illustration Intensives.Jennifer Baggett received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Portland based off a collection of fashion illustrations she designed. After graduating, she began a career in product development and is now the senior art director for private label product for Kroger & Fred Meyer.



Classes: History of Fashion, inside the Fashion Industry, Overseas Production. Jennifer holds her master of science in global affairs from New York University and wrote her thesis on sourcing/trade in the apparel industry. Her background ranges from product development to delivery execution on a global level. She has worked for major brands such as Gap Kids and Nike.

Classes: Industrial Machine Sewing, Patternmaking. Since completing her bachelors in fine arts in apparel design, KoKo Wright has worked as a patternmaker for Pendleton, and as head product developer for snowboard brand Airblaster.

Classes: Apparel Construction, Intermediate Sewing, Special Classes.One of Lisa Silveira's greatest passions is travel, from which she draws much inspiration. In 2005 she spent 4 months in Florence, Italy studying silk painting, batik, jewelry design, oil painting, and the ways of Italian fashion and “La Bella Figura”, a way of life emphasizing beauty, good image, aesthetics and proper behavior.



Class: Fashion Buying & Merchandising. Moona is a senior apparel designer and developer with 10 years of experience for larger retailers such as Kroger and Dillard's. Her expertise extends beyond trend direction into garment production and brand development. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelors in apparel design and a minor in retail merchandising.

Class: Accounting Basics.Nancy Mitchell earned her bachelors in accounting at San Jose State University in 1983. Nancy has worked in the accounting arena in various corporate roles from accountant to Chief Financial Officer. In 1999, she began Option-E with her partner providing CFO and Human Resource consulting to small businesses.


Class: Contracting Basics for Apparel Designers.Owen Schmidt has worked more than 32 years as an attorney. He has served as Senior Counsel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel in Portland, Ore. He was a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Oregon and an attorney for the Bonneville Power Administration. Schmidt received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He is a frequent author andserved as a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Book Publication Committee.



Classes: Fashion Buying & Merchandising, Visual Merchandising. Stephanie is a merchandising specialist with 20+ years of experience in large retailers such as Fred Meyer, Kroger, and Ross Dress for Less. Stephanie has worked all aspects of the retail world from merchandising big boxes, leading teams, developing financial goals, managing special projects, product development and buying.

Classes: Beginning Sewing, Kids & Teens. Suzi Gurney is passionate about fashion and sewing. She's worked behind the scenes in the fashion industry for over 30 years, first as operations manager at Mercantile and now as the FIDM Fashion Club advisor for CHS. She creates beautiful clothing under SG Custom Clothing.

Classes: Fit and pattern alteration; Industrial machine sewing.Valerie has more than 35 years of experience in the apparel industry primarily as a pattern maker both in Los Angeles and in Portland for Jantzen, Hanna Andersson and Pendleton. She currently works at Columbia Sportswear as an apparel fit engineer.