• Adrianna McKinley
    Adrianna McKinley
    Class:  Adobe. McKinley has worked for years as a Digital Media Specialist.  She has practiced the Adobe arts since graduating Columbia College Chicago in 2008 with a BFA.  She has recently used her skills to freelance at PFI; updating patterns, as well as offering tutoring for Illustrator.
  • Anne Swanson
    Anne Swanson
    Classes:  Patternmaking.  After years of sewing as a hobby, Anne discovered patternmaking and fell in love. She won a garment design contest while completing her Apparel Design certificate at Portland Fashion Institute.  This led to a patternmaking internship with StudioSKB. She has been teaching patternmaking at PFI and has done freelance patternmaking since 2017. What
  • Annin Barrett
    Annin Barrett
    Classes:  History of Fashion, Textiles Barrett is co-founder of Portland Textile Month, leads workshops for designers at Textile Hive, and serves as a textile consultant to Nike, Laika, and Crow Clothing.  She has a M.F.A. in fibers, taught in the fashion programs at The Art Institute of Portland for 15 years, and is an editor for the journal Textile: Cloth and Culture, published in the UK.
  • Austin Lingelbach
    Austin Lingelbach
    Class:  Overseas Production, E-Commerce Concepts.  Lingelbach has worked in the industry for 12 years, all with Nike. He currently works in strategic sourcing and has experience in product creation, development, demand planning, cost engineering, finance, logistics and trade. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance/economics from University of Oregon, and an MBA with a focus
  • Britta Hellquist
    Britta Hellquist
    Classes: Draping, Couture, Intermediate Sewing, Tailoring 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. As well as worked with many local designers, helping them to bring their creations to life.
  • Christine Gallagher
    Christine Gallagher
    Class:  Accounting Basics Gallagher is a Quickbooks specialist, business consultant and bookkeeper.  She enjoys helping busy entrepreneurs gain a better understanding about their financials and all things numbers without losing their creative side.
  • Dana Ditto
    Dana Ditto
    Classes: 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 of science in Apparel and Merchandising from Colorado State University, Ditto has grown her career with companies such as Limited, Harold’s Stores, GAP and Nike. She currently works
  • Dawn Moothart
    Dawn Moothart
    Class: BrowZwear 3D Computer Patternmaking After studying at PFI, Dawn Moothart founded Portland Apparel Lab where she is the guru of sewn-goods product development. An engineer at heart, she works with designers and innovators to get their prototypes built and ready for manufacturing.
  • Jason Calderon
    Jason Calderon
    Class: Product Development Product Developer: Exit21  Designer: West Daily. 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 from product management, senior designer, and design director. Worked closely with athletes and consumers to create products built to their needs/specifications.
  • Jena Nesbitt
    Jena Nesbitt
    Classes: 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, brand strategist and business developer. A BFA graduate from Illinois Institute of Art, she has worked for Kroger as a trend forecaster and co-founded Portland's Creative Roundtable.
  • Jennifer Bologna
    Jennifer Bologna
    Class: Materials Development Bologna has worked as a senior materials manager for Nike since 2015. Prior to that she worked for Burton Snowboards, Vans and Earl Jeans. She graduated from Brooks College with a degree in fashion design.
  • Karen Spencer
    Karen Spencer
    Class: 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 and legal strategy. She formed and led Nike Intellectual Property Transactions & Licensing function. She has worked in and been partner for several silicon valley companies and law firms.
  • Katie Parsons
    Katie Parsons
    Classes:  Flats & Techs.   Parsons is a 15-year veteran of the fashion industry, with experience in technical design & development, product standards and quality engineering at Nike and Abercrombie & Fitch. She earned a B.S. in Textile and Apparel Design from UW-Madison, and an A.A.S. in Textile Surface Design from F.I.T, and spends her spare time practicing her hand-weaving skills.
  • Kel Jackson
    Kel Jackson
    Class:  Fashion Illustration Kel Jackson is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher passionate about product design.  Jackson started her color design career as part of a concept think-tank creating color concepts and palettes. Through this process, she explored product design, including color science, insight collection, trend forecasting, concept design, design strategy, and product illustration at Nike. Jackson then moved to London, UK, to pursue a Masters of Design Research at the Royal College of London, graduating in 2021 studying gender bias in design narratives.
  • Kim Bedwell
    Kim Bedwell
    Class:  PR Secrets. With more than 20 years of public relations agency experience, Bedwell is a knowledgeable communications counselor with specialties in consumer marketing, national media relations, blogger engagement and social media integration. Her unique blend of deep consumer marketing knowledge combined with a passion for pop culture, fashion and media have been instrumental in
  • Kimmy Schenter
    Kimmy Schenter
    Class: Color Theory Kimmy Schenter graduated from California State Northridge with a bachelors in fashion merchandising and design then with a masters from University of California Davis in textile chemistry. She came to Nike in 1998 as color operations/apparel and worked her way up to global color operations director for design.
  • 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: Beginning Sewing, Apparel Construction   Weglarz is one of Portland’s most popular 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.
  • 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
  • Phil Padilla
    Phil Padilla
    Class:  Digital Illustration Padilla was a senior designer / merchandiser at Columbia Sportswear.  He has more than 10 years in leading brand collaborations and special projects. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelors in Industrial Design and began his career in the industry as a footwear design intern for New Balance.
  • Rebecca Russell
    Rebecca Russell
    Class: Social Media Marketing Russell has been director of social content at Wieden + Kennedy. Before that she was digital and social media strategist for several advertising companies. She graduated from Parsons School of Design and Gies College of Business at University of Illinois.
  • Stephanie Thiel
    Stephanie Thiel
    Class:  Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design.  Thiel  works as a freelance designer, pattern maker, and technical developer. She previously worked as a pattern maker for adidas and continues to work on the adidas x Ivy Park products as a contractor. She has also worked with Cotopaxi, Radian Jeans, Turtles and Tees, and many other brands. She founded Rad Patterns - a home sewing pattern company - and specializes in creating clothes fit for all bodies. 
  • Suzi Gurney
    Suzi Gurney
    Classes: Beginning Sewing, Kids & Teens Gurney is passionate about fashion and sewing.  She’s worked behind the scenes in the fashion industry for over two decades as operations manager at Mercantile.   An award-winning designer, she creates beautiful clothing under SG Custom Clothing.
  • Tricia Langman
    Tricia Langman
    Classes:  Textile Design, Sustainable Textiles Tricia Langman has over eighteen years experience designing for prestigious fashion companies worldwide, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Halston and Donna Karan, Nicole Miller.  She create a hand-painted designer gown for Celine Dion for her performance at the Grammy Awards.  Her work has been featured at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of New York City. 

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