FGI Chicago Board of Directors

Officers:

Regional Directors - Xochil Herrera Scheer and Karen Ehrisman

Treasurer  - Victoria Watkins

Secretary - Pamela Dittmer McKuen

 

Xochil Herrera Scheer

Pattern Maker and Production Manager

Business Owner, Freelance

Xochil is a professional pattern maker and production manager for multiple brands under her freelance business. She has 10 years of experience in the fashion industry in design, material sourcing, pattern development and manufacturing. Her speciality is in active wear and knit apparel for women and men, and she also has experience with accessories and handbags. She also works as a tailor alongside fashion stylists and on photo shoots for companies such as Land's End and Kohl's, and publications including In Style and Men's Health. 

 

Karen Ehrisman

North Central Region Tourism Marketing Manger

Macy's

Karen Ehrisman is a city girl at heart. As a lifelong Chicagoan, she brings a love of all things Chicago and Macy’s to her role as Tourism Marketing Manager for the Midwest Region, including the State Street and Water Tower Place stores. As a graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, with a versatile career in marketing for retail and fashion, Karen is passionate about building partnerships and promoting Macy’s as the ultimate shopping destination. Away from Macy’s, you can find Karen exploring the many hidden gems of the city and suburbs, cheering on Chicago’s sports teams, traveling, spending time with family and friends and of course, shopping at Macy’s!

 

2017 Board of Directors:

Jenny Applegate

The Leading Image

Jenny Applegate is a Certified Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. She is the founder of The Leading Image, which is a Personal Styling and Image Consulting company for men and women. Her goal is to help clients develop a wardrobe that is workable & wearable - as well as stylish – for any age, body type, lifestyle or budget. She has received degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University, Parsons, The New School for Design and Fashion Institute of Technology. Jenny has had the opportunity to train from and work for Stacy London of TLC’s hit show What Not To Wear. She has also worked as a stylist with elite brands: Simon Malls, Westfield, Saks Off 5th, Match.com, and Style for Hire. Jenny has been featured in Shape magazine, Jezebel, The Huffington Post and more. 

 

Lacey Bell

Fireflyline

Owner, Virtual Technical Designer

 
Lacey launched Fireflyline in 2015 to provide technical services and process improvements to those creating cut & sew goods. Fireflyline focuses on 3D virtual prototypes and consults with companies to find the best technology solutions to solve problems. Lacey holds a Master of Science in Project Management. She spent several years leading apparel technical design teams, where she found many opportunities for process improvement and leveraging technology. Her goal is to remove any pain from product development so designers, pattern-makers, and technical designers can focus on their passions.

 

Pamela Dittmer McKuen

Journalist and Author

Pamela is an independent journalist and author who specializes in home, fashion and travel. Her bylines have appeared in the Chicago Tribune plus dozens of consumer, trade, association, corporate and collegiate publications. She is co-author of the tween fashion guide, “Expressionista: How to Express Your True Self Through and Despite Fashion.” 

 

Katie Diehl

Marketing Manager, Apparel Trade Shows

Merchandise Mart

 

Alex Duffy

Editor in Chief, DuffyDossier.com

Alex Duffy of Duffy Dossier is the life and style behind DuffyDossier.com. She is the founder of the fashion website which has been online since 2013. Her goal in starting Duffy Dossier was to teach herself how to utilize social media as a creative outlet, little did she know it was going to take on a brand of it's own! Duffy Dossier, the brand, sets forth a unique voice in today's modern fashion industry. Alex pulls inspiration for her blogged outfits from various decades, but specifically the 1990s. Her followers say she's "The 90s Professional." Yearly, she attends and reports on New York Fashion Week, to keep herself and her readers on their stylish toes. Alex currently lives in Chicago with her cat Leo. 

 

Florinda Fiore

Showroom Manager

Fine Fabric Sales

Florinda Fiore is the Showroom Manager at the Fine Fabric Sales Showroom. Within this role she also is a Sales Representative of 17 different lines of wholesale fabric, lace, trim, buttons, etc. She works with many talented fashion designers that are ready to launch their line. Florinda loves to inspire designers and guide them in their fabric selections for their next collections. She also has a wide range of experience in the fashion industry from producing fashion shows and events, to fashion styling and retail sales management.

 

Bridget Halanski

Director of the Runway Division

Factor Model Management, Chicago             

Bridget Halanski is a licensed talent agent, representing over 100 Runway Models based both here in Chicago and other major US Markets. She books these men and women for fashion shows, trunk shows, and other live events all over the world. Bridget started her career as a Booker at Irene Marie Model Management in Miami Beach. In 2008, she relocated to the Windy City where she spearheads the Runway and Promotional Division at Elite (now Factor) guiding and managing the careers of top models.
 
 
Allison Leahy

Practitioner in Residence

Columbia College Chicago

Allison is currently a Practitioner in Residence at Columbia College Chicago teaching courses in Fashion Business. She has worked in the field of Strategic Sourcing for over 15 years involved primarily in the Apparel industry with some experience in hard goods.  Her most recent position was as Director of Strategic Sourcing at Cintas Corporation, a uniform supplier, in Chicago for over 11 years.  She led the Product Development and Sourcing efforts for Cintas' Direct Sales division with over $90M in spend. Her team sourced products globally and supported major Fortune 1000 customers like Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Marriott, Panda Express, Sprint and AT&T.  She completed her undergraduate work at University of Missouri in Textile & Apparel Management. She has a MBA from Northwestern University and a MS in Global Textiles from Philadelphia University/Reutlingen University in Germany. Allison and her family live outside Chicago.

 

Diana Muzzy

Showroom Owner

Fine Fabric Sales

Diana Muzzy is the owner of the Fine Fabric Sales Showroom. She began her career in fashion working with her brother to develop a bicyling short, and had a successful business for many years. She later moved to Chicago and began working with fabric companies as a sales representative, which eventually grew into opening her own showroom to house all of the lines. Diana has been a long time member of FGI Chicago, joining 22 years ago. She is passionate about the industry and connecting her clients with resources and materials they need to succeed.

 

Darcy Rogers

Co-Owner

Blue Ella Consulting

Darcy Rogers is Co-Owner of Blue Ella, a consulting firm providing retail solutions to start-up's and companies looking to retool their business. Her past experience building Oprah Winfrey's retail division, and 10 years working for Ralph Lauren in Chicago and London, lend solid retail experience to her current entrepreneurial venture. Hoosier-born and a Purdue grad, she loves living in the Midwest and making Chicago home the past fourteen years. 

 

David Sanchez

Owner, Founder

10 MGMT

Model-turned-agent DAVID SANCHEZ is changing the face of talent representation through a deep understanding and hand-on approach of artist development, helping each and every client find their voice within the industry. With 18 years of experience, both in front of and behind the camera, David saw that the one-dimensional modeling and talent industry was due for a change. He founded 10 MGMT to create an agency that really listened to the needs and passions of his clients, in turn, creating successful career paths for burgeoning talent to thrive in. David also is an Adjust Faculty Professor teaching Entrepreneurship at Columbia College Chicago.
 
 
Victoria Watkins

Legislative Counsel

City of Chicago

Victoria R. Watkins currently works for the City of Chicago in Mayor Emanuel’s Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs. Victoria serves as legislative counsel for the Administration, leading the City's efforts on all state government-related initiatives. Prior to joining the City, she served as Assistant Counsel to House Speaker Madigan, advising State Representatives on legislation and procedure. In addition to her legislative law work, Victoria counsels, researches, and writes on fashion law, entertainment and sports law, copyrights and trademarks, and other related fields. She is the Chief Editor and Creator of B.A.F.F.L.E.D. (Business Advice, Fashion Facts, Law & Entertainment Domain), a lifestyle blog on the topics she loves most.  She has spoken on panels on fashion law for the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Society, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events during Fashion Focus Chicago.  Victoria is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and earned her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.

 

Nominating Chair:

Monique Lyle

 

Regional Advisors

Pam Iannotta

Susan Glick