See Our Star Alumni Panel Speaking at FIDM Open House on Nov. 12

November 1, 2016

(Pictured: B. Hunter, speaking at FIDM LA Open House)

At FIDM, we are known for having out of this world alumni guests at our Open House. Past panelists have included Juicy Couture Founder Pamela Skaist-Levy, House of DVF Global Brand Ambassador Brittany Hampton, Billabong Senior UI/UX Designer Jon Ezell and many more. Take a look the star panelists we will be having at our Open House on Nov. 12, below!

Los Angeles:


Featured Panelist: Beau Lawrence

Founder and President of Ace Rivington

AA in Fashion Design

Founder and President of Ace Rivington, Beau Lawrence, has more than 18 years of experience working in design and development of Men’s Jeanswear. The former Director of Product Development at Guess and VP of Design and Merchandising at Neff Headwear, Lawrence ventured out on his own 20 months ago, creating Ace Rivington, which was funded at a 200 percent to goal raising more than $60,000 in 34 days.


Sisi (Rychie) Zheng

Fashion Designer

Fashion Design Professional Designation Program

DEBUT 2016 Runway Show Participant


Elizabeth (Liz) Ribons

Founder of Environments Design Group

 AA in Merchandising & Marketing


Jeffrey Brumley

Vice President of Merchandising and Planning at Fabletics

AA in Merchandising & Marketing

B. Hunter

Founder and CEO of Power Speaks Louder

AA in Fashion Design

Sam Klemick

Senior Designer at Rag & Bone

AA in Fashion Design

Eiman Hamza

Co-founder of Happiness Brand

AA in Merchandising & Marketing

Taylor Pines

Technical Designer at J Brand

AA in Merchandise Product Development

San Diego:


Featured Panelist: Angelica Villegas

Senior Graphic Designer of Visual Merchandising at True Religion

AA in Graphic Design

Angelica Villegas is a Senior Graphic Designer of Visual Merchandising at True Religion Jeans. While specializing in large-scale, high-traffic window display and visual merchandising graphic design, she enjoys working on all forms of brand expression. She graduated FIDM with an AA in Graphic Design. While at FIDM, she won the FIDM National Scholarship Competition: Graphic Designer of Tomorrow 2011 and was the Valedictorian at her 2013 graduation.


Lady Maximo

Fashion Stylist at DJ Networks

AA in Visual Communications Professional Designation, Magna Cum Laude


Adriana Obregon

Apparel Developer at Taylor Made - Adidas Golf

AA in International Manufacturing & Product Development and Merchandise Product Development

Megan Tappan

Marketing Project Manager at REEF

AA in Merchandising & Marketing


Courtney McEntire

Store Director at Madewell in La Jolla, Calif.

BS in Business Management


Mohamed Salaheldin

CEO of Dodo-Dez

Advanced Fashion Design Program 

DEBUT 2014 Runway Show and Gala Participant

Orange County:


Featured Panelist: Thai Nguyen

Fashion Designer

AA in Fashion Design

Thai Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American fashion designer best known for his Eastern fusion custom hand-made designs. Nguyen started his career in California after graduating from FIDM in 2002 as the Associate Designer for BCBG Max Azria. In order to fulfill his love of the arts and have the creative freedom he desired, Thai left that position in 2004 and began creating custom designs for prominent Vietnamese concert productions and artists internationally. Soon, Nguyen’s designs graced the red carpet at the Oscars and Grammy Awards with celebrities including Kristen Bell, Jamie Chung, Jenna Ushkowitz, Ruth Livier, Brandi Glanville and Crystal Harris.


Paula Steurer

Founder & Senior Consultant at Sterling Public Relations Inc.

AA in Merchandising & Marketing


San Francisco:


Featured Panelist: Jenni Riccetti

Fashion Designer on “Project Runway: Season 15”

AA in Fashion Design

Jenni Riccetti is a fashion designer currently competing as one of the contestants on “Project Runway: Season 15.” She is the founder of Riccetti Clothing, managing the design process and making sure patterns get done, as well as manufacture every single clothing item by hand. Riccetti graduated from FIDM with an AA in Fashion Design.


Leala Tanner

Associate Visual Merchandise Manager at Charlotte Russe

AA in Visual Communications, BS in Business Management


Adela Coronel 

Associate Production Manager at Old Navy

AA in Merchandise Product Development

Sara Cribari Hill 

Senior HR Generalist at Old Navy

AA in Merchandising & Marketing

Tayde Barba 

Sales and Creative Assistant at Arcade Beauty

AA in Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing

Angela (De Cesare) Contreras 

Senior Graphic and Textile Designer at The North Face

AA in Graphic Design


Jenna Goldberg Arthur 

Product Development Manager at Ingrid and Isabel

AA in Merchandise Product Development and International Manufacturing and Product Development, BS in Business Management

Dorian Chapa 

Assistant Merchant, Men’s Denim at Old Navy

AA in Merchandise Marketing, Magna Cum Laude

BS in Business Management


Maricar Ronas 

Buyer, Newborn & Baby Boy at Gap Inc.

AA in Merchandising & Marketing


Aleeza Gay 

Design Assistant, at Jennifer Nagle Interior Design

AA in Interior Design, Magna Cum Laude


Joann Tran 

Assistant Site Merchandiser at Walmart eCommerce

AA in Fashion Design

Brittney Koop 

Account Specialist at Avery Dennison Label & Packaging Materials

AA in Product Development, BS in Business Management


Michelle Christle

Video Marketing Producer at Sephora

AA in Merchandising & Marketing, BS in Business Management


Matt Acosta 

Merchandising Assistant at Sears Holdings Corporation

AA in Merchandise Product Development


Casey Soekland

Design & Production Assistant at Sandra Ingrish & CO.

AA in Merchandise Product Development, BS in Business Management














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