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Portland Fashion Institute is a nationally accredited private nonprofit career institute of higher learning and Portland’s only accredited fashion design college.

Elissa Liotta

AAFD, Fashion Institute Design and Merchandising



Liotta has had a variety of professional experience in apparel, including performance and sportswear, both men’s and women’s. That includes more than...

Amber Shrewsberry

BS, Union University


Beginning Sewing, Cosplay & Costume Design

Shrewsberry first learned to sew to make clothes for their Beanie Babies. Originally a physics teacher, their passion for education and costuming...

Kat Millett

BA, Oregon State University; MBA, Southern Oregon University


Flats & Techs

Millett is excited about anything technical and loves a challenge. She began her career over 25 years ago as a sample sewer...

Anne Stone

BA, Lewis & Clark College



After years of sewing as a hobby, Anne discovered patternmaking and fell in love. She won a garment design contest while completing...

Austin Lingelbach

BS, University of Oregon; MBA, Portland State University


Overseas Production, E-Commerce Concepts

Lingelbach has worked in the industry for more than a decade, all with Nike. He currently works as the strategic sourcing manager...

Joshua Buck

BFA, Art Institute of Portland


Optitex Computer Patternmaking

Artist, Designer, and Patternmaker. They have worked in technical design at Nike for the last ten years in several categories, including NikeLab...

Elle Heavin

BFA, University of Las Vegas


Couture Techniques

Passionate about the craft of needle and thread since as far back as she can recall, both with her own line, and...

Corazon Reynolds

AAS, Portland Fashion Institute; Advanced Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons and Shaw Academy


Working with Production, Beginning Sewing

PFI grad Corazon is currently working in the sports apparel industry as a CMT developer at A&K Designs. She works directly with...

Dana Ditto

BS, Colorado State University


Inside the Fashion Industry, Sourcing, Textiles

Ditto has more than 20 years of apparel industry experience across Sourcing, Costing, Planning, Merchandising and Sales. After graduating with a bachelor...

Jena Nesbitt

BS, Illinois Institute of Art


Visual Merchandising, Fashion Buying & Merchandising

Director of product strategy at Pine Crest Fabrics, Nesbitt has more than 10 years of experience as a product designer, creative director,...

Karen Spencer

BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; JD, Harvard University Law School; MBA, Stanford University


Apparel Business Plan

As a trainer and counselor, Spencer consults and works hands-on with start-ups, non-profits and established businesses on business strategy, business development, marketing...

Kel Jackson

BA, MA, Art Institute of Portland; PhD, Royal College of London


Fashion Illustration

Kel Jackson is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher passionate about product design. Jackson started her color design career as part of a...

Kimmy Schenter

BA, CalState Northridge; MS, University of California Davis


Color Theory

Kimmy Schenter graduated from California State Northridge with a bachelors in fashion merchandising and design then with a masters from University of...

Lisa Silveira

BFA, Art Institute of Portland


Intermediate and Advanced  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...

Liza Rietz

BS, Lewis & Clark College


Innovative Design

In 2001 Liza Rietz made her first footprint in the land of apparel by creating fresh new designs. Many personalities come to...

Mary Iris Gray

BA, North Carolina State University


Industrial Machine Sewing, Leatherworking

Mary Iris Gray has been sewing for 15 years and loves sewing as much today as when picking out her first pattern....

Rianna Aguirre

BFA, Academy of Art University


Apparel Construction, Intermediate Sewing

Adrianna (Rianna) Aguirre graduated from The Academy of Art University in 2012 with a BFA in Fashion Design, with a focus on...

Stephanie Mendes

BS, Franklin University; BA University of Rhode Island


Beginning Sewing, Couture

Mendes studied Fashion Design and Merchandising at the University of Rhode Island, followed by a second bachelor’s degree in Web Marketing at...

Suzi Gurney

BA, Western Business College


Beginning Sewing, Intermediate Sewing

Gurney is passionate about fashion and sewing. She’s worked behind the scenes in the fashion industry for over two decades as operations...

Tricia Langman

BFA, University of Brighton


Textiles, Textile Design, Sustainable Design

Tricia Langman has over eighteen years experience designing for prestigious fashion companies worldwide, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Halston and Donna Karan,...

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