• 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 Sharon Blair. She has been teaching patternmaking at PFI and has done freelance patternmaking since 2017.
  • 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.  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 in international
  • 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.
  • Cathy Libnic
    Cathy Libnic
    Classes:  Graphic Design, Computer Print Design. Cathy Libnic started her own brand of hand illustrated women’s and children’s apparel in Los Angeles. Her products were sold in Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus, and specialty boutiques from NYC to Honolulu.She also worked in Los Angeles for several surf wear brands. In 1995 she became a senior graphic
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daniela Caine
    Daniela Caine
    Class:  Fashion Illustration Caine's experience spans global design leadership roles at Adidas, Nike and Columbia Sportswear before becoming partner at a local sourcing agency. Most recently she was contract creative director womenswear for Pendleton Woolen Mills. She’s passionate about elevating the role of design within corporate cultures thus pivoting to executive and creative leadership coaching.
  • 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.
  • Debra Bruneaux
    Debra Bruneaux
    Classes:  Corsets, Petticoats, Costume Design, Body Double 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
  • Elizabeth Mollo
    Elizabeth Mollo
    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
  • Holly Stalder
    Holly Stalder
    Class:  Line Sheets & Look Books.  Holly Stalder has been established clothing designer and business owner in Portland for the past 20 years.  In 2000, she started the store Seaplane with partner Kate Towers and created a groundswell fostering local independent clothing designers that received national attention.  Currently Stalder is the owner of Haunt, a boutique that sells handmade and vintage clothing.  She has continued her namesake clothing line.  She is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a fine art degree with a minor in photography.  In addition to being a clothing designer and store owner in Portland, she is a wardrobe stylist, photographer and event producer.
  • Jason Calderon
    Jason Calderon
    Class: Concept & Development.  Truth about trade shows. Product Developer: S-Group  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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 is a senior designer / merchandiser at Columbia Sportswear.  He is now a 10 year veteran leading brand collaborations and special projects. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelors in Industrial Design and began his career inthe industry as a footwear design intern for New Balance.
  • Rebecca Russell
    Rebecca Russell
    Classes: Social Media Marketing, Strategic Marketing Russell works as 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.
  • 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. 
  • Valerie Furcron
    Valerie Furcron
    Classes: Fit & Pattern Alteration, Pattern Grading 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.
  • Vivian McInerny
    Vivian McInerny
    Class:  How to Start an Apparel Business. Vivian McInerny is a journalist and fiction writer. For almost 30 years, she was Oregon’s unofficial fashion ambassador. She steered the fashion beat for the Oregonian, scouting the vintage scene, bringing street fashion to the masses, and revealing early on that local designers really were a thing.

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