FGI Chicago Board of Directors


Regional Director - Xochil Herrera Scheer

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. 


2018 Board of Directors:

Lacey Bell


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.

Jess Crane

Jess Crane Design


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. 


Tara Gardner

Tara Gardner

Content Consultant


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.


Lindsay McFarlane

Working Girl, Inc.

Founder & CEO


Darcy Rogers


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


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.

Lindsay Siwiec

Jet Black PR

Project Style

Owner, Founder


Masha Titievsky

VARYFORM By Masha Titievsky

Fashion Designer


Teresa Washington

Style Room 326

Founder & CEO, Certified Image Consultant


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