• Anna Fort
    Anna Fort
    Classes:  Materials Development. Anna Fort (she/her) works as a freelance product developer. She previously held positions in materials development, technical design, and product quality. After graduating from Portland State University she has worked in all types of apparel for both function and fashion for companies such as Columbia Sportswear, Merrell, Nike and Exit 21. Anna
  • Anne Stone
    Anne Stone
    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 more than a decade years, all with Nike. He currently works as sourcing manager 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
  • 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.
  • Joshua Buck
    Joshua Buck
    Class:  Optitex Computer Patternmaking Joshua Buck (They/Them) Artist, Designer, and Patternmaker. They have worked in technical design at Nike for the last ten years in several categories, including NikeLab and Women’s NSW.  
  • Elle Heavin
    Elle Heavin
    Classes: Couture Techniques. Passionate about the craft of needle and thread since as far back as she can recall, both with her own line, and in the bridal market, Heavin has devoted her life to using fabric and couture techniques to bring bespoke dreams into reality. 
  • Corazon Reynolds
    Corazon Reynolds
    Class:  Working with Production PFI grad Corazon is currently working in the sports apparel industry as a CMT developer at A&K Designs. She works directly with Nike to develop uniforms for players on professional sport teams.  She also owns her own apparel line, Corazon Co., an eco-conscious streetwear label that provides ethically-sourced apparel. Within the first
  • 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
  • Daniel Roeder
    Daniel Roeder
    Daniel Roeder Class:  Product Development Daniel Roeder has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. Currently in product integrity operations at Nike, he is responsible for developing strategy, process engineering and standards development. He has experience in product creation, development, pattern making, end-to-end quality management, manufacturing and engineering. He is a tailor and
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. She now works at Under Armour in global color innovation footwear.
  • 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
  • Mary Iris Gray
    Mary Iris Gray
    Class:  Industrial Machine Sewing Mary Iris Gray has been sewing for 15 years and loves sewing as much today as when picking out her first pattern.  She studied costume at North Carolina State then worked for Portland Opera and in bridal.  She now works in production at Seamus Golf.   Along the way, she has
  • Nancy Simon
    Nancy Simon
    Class:  Flats & Techs Owner and head designer at Get Sushi Designs, LLC., a Portland based apparel and accessory design company specializing in consultation, development, sampling and seamstress services, Nancy Simon graduated with the BFA in fashion design and AA in accessory design from Art Institute. She also holds a certificate from Fashion Institute of Technology. She has worked for Kroger's clothing line and Mario's, a high-end Portland boutique.
  • 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.
  • Rianna Aguirre
    Rianna Aguirre
    Classes:  Apparel Construction Adrianna (Rianna) Aguirre graduated from The Academy of Art University in 2012 with a BFA in Fashion Design, with a focus on Menswear. Since moving to Portland in 2013, she has worked in various niche alteration and bespoke tailoring studios and with local fashion designers.  She currently does technical design work for
  • Robert LaCosse
    Robert LaCosse
    A UX Strategist with over 15 years experience, LaCosse is a force majeure offering end-to-end services for digital products. His career spans a wide range of large and small companies, agencies, freelance engagements, and institutions of higher learning. Passionately indulging his curiosity, he explores the intersection of business, research, and design in pursuit of the beatitude of insight.
  • Stephanie Mendes
    Stephanie Mendes
    Class:  Beginning Sewing Mendes studied Fashion Design and Merchandising at the University of Rhode Island, followed by a second bachelor’s degree in Web Marketing at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. She came to PFI to study sewing, garment construction and fashion design and complete the Fashion Forward program in 2016 with her label Love, Stephanie. She currently creates custom garments and bridal alterations for private clients and holds the VP of Communications position on the board of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals.
  • 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.
  • Talya Tapley
    Talya Tapley
    Classes:  Apparel Business Legal Basics. Talya is an attorney licensed to practice in California.  Coming from a business and entrepreneurial background, she has operated a small business as well as worked in project management for a global consulting firm.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Business
  • Tricia Langman
    Tricia Langman
    Classes:  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, 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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