FASHION MERCHANDISING

Fashion Merchandising Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

Nancy Miller

Chair

Nancy Miller teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, including, but not limited to, Introduction to the Fashion Business, Textiles, Product Development and Merchandising, and Product Lifecycle Management. At the graduate level she teaches Advanced Fashion Merchandising. She also coordinates the academic offerings and teaches in LIM College’s summer program for high school students, works with adjunct faculty as a course coordinator, and serves as a faculty advisor to students majoring in Fashion Merchandising.

Prior to joining LIM College, Professor Miller enjoyed a career that spanned more than 25 years and included work in textile sales management, apparel merchandising, and product development. Previous positions include Senior Sales Account Manager for the Royal Carolina Corporation and Waverly Textile Processing, Director of Merchandising for Dr. Denton Childrenswear, and Product Manager for Kingly/Bees & Jam, Inc.

A member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and Fashion Group International, Professor Miller was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta national honor society in 2008 and was the recipient of LIM College’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009.

Professor Miller holds a Master of Education degree — with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education — from Northcentral University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Syracuse University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Robert Conrad

Associate Chair / Lecturer

Professor Robert Conrad has extensive professional experience in sales, marketing, operations, and general management within the fashion industry.

As Senior Vice President of Design and Product Development for Limited Brands, Professor Conrad helped develop Henri Bendel branded accessories. As President of Modern & Classic Accessories for Liz Claiborne, he developed and implemented strategic plans for brands such as Liz Claiborne Accessories, Kenneth Cole Jewelry, and Lucky Brand. He has also held positions with R.G. Barry (Dearfoam), Swank Inc., Crystal Brands (Monet), Revlon, and J.C. Penney.

Becoming Associate Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department in January of 2019, Professor Conrad teaches Sales Management, Retailing, and Multi-Channel Retailing at the undergraduate level. He also teaches graduate courses in Fashion Retail Management.

Professor Conrad holds a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Peter’s University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University. He is a member of the Retail Marketing Society.

Hilda Alfonso

Lecturer

Hilda Alfonso has taught at LIM College since 2009, starting as an adjunct faculty member and becoming a full-time faculty member in 2014. She currently teaches Textiles and the “What’s Trending” elective. 

Professor Alfonso has extensive professional experience in the fashion industry. Most recently, she was a Sales Manager for Ulster Weavers. She has also been a Production Manager for E.S. Sutton, Inc. (Kmart Private Label) and a Production Coordinator for Bentex Group, a company which coordinates licensed apparel for brands including Sesame Street, Disney, and Peanuts.

Professor Alfonso holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Production Management Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

Dr. Terry Allan Burstein

Assistant Professor

Prior to joining LIM College, Dr. Burstein spent 15 years in the fragrance and cosmetic industry working for companies such as Parfums Stern, Calvin Klein Cosmetics Company, and Avon Products, Inc. As Group Brand Manager at Calvin Klein he developed the Escape for Men cologne and ideated the industry blockbuster CK One. At Avon he was Director of Global Marketing and the Global Product Development Center.

Dr. Burstein has won four Fragrance Foundation Awards (Fifi’s) for new product introductions and technological advancements. He’s also been quoted numerous times in The Rose Sheet, an industry publication for toiletries, fragrance, and skin care executives, and he authored “The Fragrance Industry: A Mountain of Mediocrity” for the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Fashion and Retail Desk. In 2016, his paper “Utilizing the Purdue Creativity Test to Identify Instructors for Research on Preparedness to Foster Creativity in Students” was published in the International Journal of New Technologies in Science and Engineering.

Dr. Burstein holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School of New School University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport.

Derek Cockle

Assistant Professor

Derek Cockle is an apparel industry veteran with extensive experience in product development, sourcing, and menswear, and textile design. He teaches several courses, including Applied Concepts in Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, Product Development, Menswear, Accessories, Fashion Magazines, and the Senior Capstone in Fashion Merchandising.

Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor Cockle was the Vice President of Sourcing and Production for Boscorale Operating LLC. He has also designed textiles and menswear for Daewoo International, Pierre Cardin, Bill Blass, Gianfranco Ruffini, and Philips Van Heusen.

Professor Cockle received LIM College's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. In 2014, he helped lead LIM’s participation in the KAKEHASHI Project, a student-exchange program promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He is the recipient of a Master of Arts degree in Textile Design from The Royal College of Art in London, England and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Textile Design from England’s Birmingham College of Art & Design.

Charles Fradella

Senior Lecturer

Charles Fradella has been teaching at LIM College since 2009. He currently teaches Applied Concepts in Merchandising and the Fashion Merchandising Senior Capstone. He has also taught Introduction to the Fashion Business, Product Development, Strategic Brand Management, and Direct Marketing. 

Professor Fradella has extensive domestic and international experience in the fashion industry. His previous positions include Vice President of Sales for the Regal Division of Amerex, Director of Merchandising for Seminole Manufacturing, Account Executive for Thomson Co., Salant Corporation, and Associate Buyer of Men’s Outerwear for J.C. Penney Co.

He’s also been an adjunct professor at Mountbatten Institute – St. Mary’s University Twickenham London, teaching postgraduate courses in Global Business, Principles of Management and Strategic Management.

Professor Fradella holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from St. John’s University.

Marla Greene

Associate Professor

Marla Greene teaches a variety of courses, including Buying and Merchandising Math, Advanced Buying and Planning, and Assortment Planning and Buying Strategies.

Professor Greene has worked in the industry as a Merchandise Manager for Liz Claiborne Outlet Stores and as a Buyer for Bare Necessities, Belk Store Services, and Kids R Us.

She founded and is the faculty advisor for LIM College's chapter of the National Retail Federation Student Association. She also mentors students competing for Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) and Geoffrey Beene scholarships. Additionally, Professor Greene played an instrumental role in creating LIM's Retail Buying & Planning track for Fashion Merchandising majors and was the revising author for Mathematics for Retail Buying, 8th edition.

Professor Greene received LIM College’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and was a President’s Award recipient in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Pace University’s Lubin Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the American Collegiate Retailing Association, the National Retail Federation, and the Retail Marketing Society.

Andrea Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Professor Kennedy joined the Department of Fashion Merchandising as a full-time Assistant Professor in August of 2018. For three years prior to this, she served as an adjunct faculty member. She is an instructor of Introduction to the Fashion Business (IFB), Product Development and Merchandising, and created the course Sustainability and the Future of Fashion.

The founder of Fashiondex, Professor Kennedy has researched, written, edited and published over 12 fashion-trade directories and design books. As a designer and merchandiser, she worked with Ann Taylor, Bob Mackie, Sunny Leigh, Pierre Cardin and Calvin Klein among other brands. She also consults with new designers and companies on sourcing, launching and maintaining sustainable fashion businesses.

In October of 2017, Professor Kennedy was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. In June of 2018, she was trained by Al Gore and Karenna Gore at the Center of Earth Ethics.

Professor Kennedy has a BA in Fashion Design from Parsons and a Masters of Education plus an Advanced Certificate in Education for Sustainability from Manhattanville College.

Sally J. Shapiro

Assistant Professor

Sally J. Shapiro teaches a variety of courses, including Intro to the Fashion Business, Product Development & Merchandising, Applied Concepts in Merchandising, WebPDM, and the Fashion Merchandising Senior Capstone.

She has extensive experience in both fashion and marketing, including a position as a Menswear Market Specialist for The Doneger Group, where she worked with clients such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Sears, Nordstrom, and Top Shop. As a Sales Director for Farah Inc.'s Private Label Division, retailers such as Macy's and J. Crew were among her clients.

From 1985-1992 Professor Shapiro served as a Market Specialist and Product Manager for Frederick Atkins, and she’s worked as a Senior Account Manager for Cyrk, Inc., a promotional marketing agency whose clients included PepsiCo and Phillip Morris.

Professor Shapiro is a member of the Direct Marketing Association, the American Marketing Association and Sigma Beta Delta. She holds a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing from New York University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Business Administration from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Adjunct Faculty

Michelle Alleyne
M.A. in History of Decorative Arts & Design & M.S. in Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design; B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, Howard University. Full-Time Professor, Parsons School of Design; Founder, M SHOP; Former Product Developer, Talbots Apparel Manufacturer; Former Production Manager, Maggie Boutique Apparel Company

Walter Atkinson
B.S. Ithaca College. CEO/ Professor/Artist, Wizards School LLC.; Former Production Manager, David N Apparel and Touché Apparel

Juliette Atwi
M.B.A. The City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch College; B.A. Fashion Institute of Technology

Michelle Ayers
M.A. American Intercontinental University; B.A. Kent State University

Fabrizio Babino
B.S. Fashion Institute of Technology

Patricia Ann Baukal
M.A. Fordham University; B.S. Marymount College. Former Product Developer and Event Planner, B. Altman

Mary Bays
B.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology. Former Design Director, Victoria Royal. Former Designer, Bigio Collection

Marc Benhamou
M.A. Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, France. Founder & Creative Director, Marc Benhamou Creative 360°

Jennifer Clarke
M.B.A. Long Island University; B.B.A. in Business Administration, Howard University. Lead the Product Manager, Global Online Features Production, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Patricia Clyne
B.A. New York University. Partner, Designer, Heracles Clothing Company; Founder, Creative Consulting, Patricia Clyne and Associates; Vice President of Design, Doncaster at Tanner Companies; Design Director, VP Oscar by Oscar De La Renta; Design Director, Ann Taylor.

Terance Coffee
B.A. Clark Atlanta University. Account Services/Promotions, UniWorld Group Inc. Former Regional Specialist Event Planner, Macy's East

Ashley Coleman
M.S. Merchandising, Framingham State University

Janice Everett
M.A. Royal College of Art (England); B.A. Hornsey College of Art (England). Owner, Janice E & Company; Designer: Josephine Chaus, Ann Taylor, Alok Bedding, and Anthropologie

Joanne Galanos
M.F.A. New York Academy of Art; B.F.A. School of Visual Arts; Double A.A.S. Fashion Institute of Technology. Former Design Director/Merchandiser, Kidfusion LLC

Joseph Giampietro
B.F.A. Parsons, The New School of Design. Former Senior Director & Designer/CAD Artist, Alfani Sportswear, Macy’s Merchandising Group

Jill Greenberg
B.S. in Marketing & A.A.S. in Fashion Buying & Merchandising, Fashion Institute of Technology. National Sales Director, Brandon Thomas; Former Senior Account Executive, The Apparel Group; Former Vice President of Sales, Marconi International; Former Sales & Product Development Director, The Sandy Starkman Co.

Amanda Hallay
M.A. in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University; B.A. in Art History, The American University of Paris. Fashion Editor, Couture; Fashion Editor, Men Mode; European Trend Analyst, The Doneger Group.

Nancy Mayer
B.S. State University of New York at Albany. Buyer, Brownstone Studio

Dianne Meranus
Ph.D. Columbia University; M.S. Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York; B.S. New York State College of Home Economics

Agassi Nakhapetian
B.A. Tbilisi Academy of Arts. Head Designer & Merchandising Consultant, Sinesia Karol. Former Head Designer, Coeur Le Roi. Former Senior Design Manager, Walmart Stores. Former Senior Designer, Sears/Kmart

Caryn Pang
PhD. in Consumer Behavior | International Retail Markets, Iowa State University; M.P.E. in Global Fashion Management, Fashion Institute of Technology; M.B.A. Simmons College; B.S. Northeastern University. District Manager Furniture, Macy's; Allocation/Planning Analyst, The TJX Companies, Inc.

Ali Peters
M.S. Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy; B.A. Rutgers University. Certification in Fashion Styling, FIT. Certification in Personal Styling, School of Style. Lead Stylist, SweatStyle LLC. Former Freelance Styler/Personal Shopper for Share Some Style and Keaton Row

Jeanine Polizzi
M.B.A. in Marketing Strategy, Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management; B.S. Boston University. Founder/Chief Strategist, Biz in Bloom. Adjunct Professor, Parsons School for Design.

Andrea Reyes
M.P.S. & B.A. Fashion Institute of Technology. Former Technical Designer, Vandale Industries & Pastourelle Designs; Former Sourcing Coordinator, Levi’s Children Apparel, Haddad Brand

Chris Serluco
B.S. Chancellor University. Men's Corporate Design Director, Kenneth Cole Productions

Chriss Slevin
M.F.A. and B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design. Creative Director, Wayward, LLC

Carlton O. Spence
B.S. University of Massachusetts. Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Image Consultant, Style Evolution. Former Visual Merchandiser, Brooks Brothers

Christine Stragazzi
B.S. Fashion Institute of Technology. Director of Merchandising/ Senior Merchandise Manager, Lafayette 148

Francesco Venezia
B.S. Fashion Institute of Technology; Former Product Manager – North American Luxury & Premium Eyewear, Luxottica Group

Susan Watters
M.A. New York University; B.S. Syracuse University. Former Field Trainer / Store Manager / Frame Buyer, Sterling Optical; Assistant Trim Buyer / Production Assistant, Calvin Klein

Claire Young
B.A. Fordham University; A.S. Fashion Institute of Technology. Former Forecasting Manager, Handbags/ Women's Accessories, Coach Inc.; Former Merchandiser, Men's Jeans/Sportswear & H. Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger