• Colton Helfrecht
    Colton Helfrecht
    Classes: Industrial Machine Sewing, Leatherworking. Helfrecht graduated with a bachelors in apparel design from Art Institute of Portland. He developed products for Spooltown and Bespoke Accessories Group. He created his own line, ColtyPDX, a gender-neutral leather lifestyle brand centered around accessories and small leather goods such as wallets, portfolios, totes and backpacks. In 2017, he
  • Emily Weltman
    Emily Weltman
    Classes: History of Fashion, Concept and Development, Line Sheets and Look Books, Branding, 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 shifted gears from
  • Florencia Pacheco
    Florencia Pacheco
    Florencia Pacheco was born and raised in Argentina.  It was there in 2009 that she began her studies of pattern making and sewing.  After moving to Portland she completed the Apparel Design Program at the Portland Fashion Institute.  She currently works in Home Product Development at Kroger.  Prior to that she interned at Creative Capital
  • Jason Calderon
    Jason Calderon
    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. Previously worked for Adidas as global designer/basketball. Apparel Designer for the Global Basketball Category. Designed high performance collections for apparel range based on input
  • Jennifer Bynum
    Jennifer Bynum
    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.
  • Jessica Raddatz
    Jessica Raddatz
    Raddatz graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a bachelors in Graphic Design, Advertising and Illustration.  She has since worked for Mattel, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Burton Snowboards, Wieden + Kennedy and Nike.  She has helped develop high level creative strategy, brand guidelines, and retail and advertising campaigns, that have helped many of these brands
  • Jessie Busse
    Jessie Busse
    Classes: Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design Busse is a product developer for Columbia Sportswear where she has worked for since 2015. She has worked for Hybrid, Pacific Sunwear and Oceandless in California. She graduated with a bachelors in Apparel Design from Art Institute of Portland.
  • KoKo Wright
    KoKo Wright
    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. Now KoKo is currently Lead Soft Goods Developer for Sigma Designs, an engineering and design firm, building the future
  • Linda Cahan
    Linda Cahan
    Classes:  Visual Merchandising.  Linda Cahan is an internationally known retail design expert specializing in visual merchandising and store design.  Linda consults, trains, gives seminars worldwide, has authored three books on retail display and design, hundreds of articles and eight custom visual standards manuals. She has taught at Parsons in New York.
  • Lisa Silveira
    Lisa Silveira
    Classes:  Apparel Construction, Intermediate Sewing, Special Classes With an educational background in Architecture and Apparel Design, Lisa Silveira loves to solve complex design problems.  Her clothing line Wandering Muse focuses on convertible apparel that doesn’t look convertible.  This design concept was inspired by her time living in Florence Italy, where she was limited to the
  • Liza Rietz
    Liza Rietz
    Class:  Innovative Design. In 2001 Liza Rietz made her first footprint in the land of apparel by creating fresh new designs. Many personalities come to her for their wardrobes. She shows her work in magazines, television and independent fashion shows.  Her clothes appear in boutiques around the country and in her own store in LoBu
  • Lynn Weglarz
    Lynn Weglarz
    Classes: Kids & Teens, Beginning Sewing Weglarz is one of Portland’s most popular kids & teens sewing teachers. She authored the book “I Can Sew” and several articles for national publications. She has taught sewing for more than 20 years and served as ASG Oregon Chapter president.
  • Nancy Mitchell
    Nancy Mitchell
    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.
  • Owen Schmidt
    Owen Schmidt
    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.  Schmidt received his J.D. from
  • Sara Poly
    Sara Poly
    Sara Poly studied textile arts and art history at Kent State University. Her apparel industry experience started in 2001 at Pendleton Woolen Mills. She has expertise in textile design and is passionate about all fiber art. Sara currently works in trim development at Columbia Sportswear.
  • Sarah Donofrio
    Sarah Donofrio
    Class: Textiles began her career studying fashion design at George Brown College in Toronto. During school, she apprenticed at established labels and textile agencies where she learned the business side of fashion. After working as a product developer, buyer and designer she started her own label, One Imaginary Girl in Portland.
  • Susan Pitchford
    Susan Pitchford
    Class:  Intellectual Property Susan joined Chernoff Vilhauer in 2004 and became a partner in 2008. She has experience advising clients in matters involving a broad range of technologies, including consumer products and manufacturing protocols. Susan has substantial litigation experience and has represented clients in trials in both state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington,
  • Suzi Gurney
    Suzi Gurney
    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.
  • Valerie Furcron
    Valerie Furcron
    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.

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