Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Susan C. Baxter

Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Susan Baxter was named as LIM College’s Dean of Graduate Studies in 2017. Previously, she served as Chair of the College’s Marketing, Management & Finance department.

Dr. Baxter’s areas of research and scholarship include globalizing business education, diversity in advertising, consumer-brand relationships, distance learning, student learning styles and the effect on performance in distance learning, and the impact of HIV on the global workforce.

She has authored several works dealing with communication and marketing for special populations, including LGBT consumers. She has been quoted by the Associated Press, written for Echelon magazine, and is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Society for Marketing Advances, the Academy of Marketing Science, and the Marketing Educators Association.

The recipient of a Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing from Argosy University-Sarasota, Dr. Baxter also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Science degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict.

John Keane


John Keane joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2013 and has taught courses spanning a wide range of topics, including marketing, strategy, brand management, public relations, new media, advertising/promotion, and global marketing.

John has over 30 years of experience at major media companies such as Time Inc., Conde’ Nast, Bloomberg LP and the Bauer Media Group. Currently, he is the Director of Research and Insights at The Internationalist, which specializes in connecting global practitioners of marketing through content and case studies.

Prior to joining The Internationalist, John served as the Executive Director, Corporate Marketing and Strategy for the Bauer Media Group, overseeing marketing, brand strategy, sales development and market research for the U.S. division of the global media company. His career also includes senior-level marketing positions at GQ, Gourmet and People magazines.

Professor Keane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Georgetown University and an MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University. 

Dr. David Loranger

Assistant Professor

Dr. David Loranger served as an adjunct faculty member in LIM’s Marketing, Management & Finance department and Fashion Merchandising department from 2011 to 2016. After rejoining as adjunct faculty in 2018, he soon joined the Center for Graduate Studies as a full-time Assistant Professor.

Dr. Loranger is an active researcher of cultural apparel products and generational consumption. He has presented his research at various conferences, including the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA), the Textile Society of America’s Symposium (TSA) and the Popular Culture Association (PCA). He has written case studies and articles that have been published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Journal of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, Clothing Cultures, as well as Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases Collection. In addition to serving on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, the Journal of Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, and the Critical Studies in Men's Fashion journal, he is the recipient of the ACRA/International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management 2018 Best Paper Award.

Prior to becoming a full-time academic, Dr. Loranger spent 17 years in retail and design, working as a Merchandise Manager for Saks Fifth Avenue, Loro Piana, Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman, and owning The Fashion Collective textile design studio.

Dr. Loranger received his his PhD in Apparel, Merchandising and Design from Iowa State University, and his MPS in Global Fashion Management from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology.

Graduate Studies Adjunct Faculty

Fashion Marketing

Uwa Mercy Aghedo
M.B.A. in Marketing Management & B.S. Saint Peter’s University; Senior eCommerce & Digital Marketing Manager, Freida Rothman. Adjunct Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology.

Jorge Arevalo
Ph.D. & M.S. in Global Affairs, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; B.A. Montclair State University. Associate Professor of Management, William Patterson University.

Christine Bates (online)
Ed.S. Liberty University; M.S. Virginia Tech University; B.S. Virginia State University

Gerard Becker (online)
Ph.D. Capella University; M.B.A and B.S. Adelphi University. Founder and former principal, AFCO Systems Group. Former President and Chief Operations Officer, TIBCO Software, Inc.

Dionne Boyd (online)
D.B.A. Argosy University; M.B.A. Mercer University; B.S. Hampton University. Product Specialist – Theory Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus

Flora Brunetti (online)
M.S. Roosevelt University/University College Dublin; B.A. Columbia College. Social & Digital Marketing/Community Development & Events Manager, MAC& MIA. Former Social & Digital Marketing Manager, Sears Apparel & searsStyle blog, Sears Holdings.

Carla Carstens
M.S. in Strategic Communications, Columbia University; B.A. in Communications, University of California, San Diego. Founder/Creative Director, Carla Carstens; Founder,; PR, Communications and Events Consultant, C/Co.; Founder/Creative Director, CC Party Co.; Director of VIP and Sponsorship, Krupp Group; Account Director, HL Group; Public Relations and Special Events Manager, De Beers Jewellers; Press Director, Kara Ross NY.

Candice Daniels
M.B.A. University of Bologna; A.A. in Merchandise Product Development, Fashion Institute of Technology; B.A. in Fashion Merchandising University of Mississippi. US E-Commerce Manager, ESCADA; Client Experience, Louis Vuitton; Advertising Executive, The Economist; Account Executive, Conde Nast; Inside Advertising Representative, Time Inc.; PR Coordinator, ANN MAGNIN PR.

Nancy Engelhardt Furlow (online)
Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi; B.S.and B.A. Louisiana Tech University. Public Affairs Specialist, Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Hope Freedman
M.B.A. Fordham University Graduate School of Business; B.A. Union College. Global Practice Liaison, Business + Social Purpose, Edelman. Former Brand Development Manager, Unilever Foods North America. Former brand management consultant, L’Oreal USA, Maybelline-Garnier Division

Bill Gaden
M.B.A., Harvard Business School; B.A. in Mathematics and Music, Hamilton College. President, Concord Music Publishing; Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Imagem Music USA – Rodgers & Hammerstein, Boosey & Hawkes; Former Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Subsidiary Rights, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Former Senior Vice President of Marketing & Consumer Products, BBC Worldwide Americas

Regina Gwynn
M.B.A. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; B.S. The State University of Rutgers. Co-Founder & CEO, TressNoire. Former Consultant, Business Fashion Department, The State University of Rutgers Business School

Crystal Howard
M.S. in Journalism, Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism; B.A. University of Massachusetts Darmouth. Assistant Commissioner and Director, Media Relations, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Heather Kirkwood (online)
D.B.A. in Marketing, Cleveland State University; M.B.A. & B.S. in Business Administration, Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Assistant Professor of Marketing, Farmingdale State College (SUNY); Former Assistant Professor of Marketing and AMA Advisor, Bloomsburg University; Former Professor of Marketing & AMA Advisor, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Stanley Klatka (online)
Ph.D. Northcentral University; M.B.A. Dominican University; B.B.A. St. Joseph’s College. President, International Style. Former Chief Marketing & Sales Executive, Landi Footwear & Accessories Worldwide/Supracor, Inc. Former Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Eurovictory Sports, Inc.

Jaimie Lafrano
M.B.A. in Marketing, Fairleigh Dickinson University; B.S. in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Fashion Institute of Technology; A.A.S. Berkeley College. Freelance Marketing Consultant, Tommy Hilfiger; Director, Safilo Group USA; Marketing Director, Anne Klein; Director | Marketing, Liz Claiborne.

Dr. Howard Leifman
Ph.D. and M.S.W. New York University; M.A. and B.S. Syracuse University. Founder/Consultant, Leifman & Associates. Consultant, New York City - Administration for Children Services

Erin McKinstry (online)
Ed.D. and M.B.A. St. John’s University; B.S. Fordham University

Marilu Menendez
Double M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. The College of Saint Elizabeth. Owner, Marilu Menendez Communications. Former Director of Publicity and Fashion Events, Lord & Taylor

Deborah Metts
M.F.A. in Merchandising and Brand Management, Academy of Art University; B.B.A. in Marketing and Merchandising, Georgia Southern University. Sr. Manager-Studio Operations and Coordination, Macy's Inc.; Outlet Strategies Buying Assistant, Calvin Klein Inc.; Ecommerce Site Merchandiser, Bloomindale' Digital; Merchandising and Vendor Relations Assistant, Gazel 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.

Joi Pratt (online)
M.B.A., University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; B.A. in English, University of Virginia, College of Arts & Science. Senior CRM Analyst, Vestis Retail Group. Adjunct Faculty, Berkeley College. Former Account Manager, The NPD Group. Former Adjunct Faculty, The Art Institute & Kingsborough Community College

Vincent Santulli
M.B.A. in Finance and B.A. in Marketing, Seton Hall University. AGM Store Manager of Operations, Lord & Taylor; Senior Sales Manager, Bloomingdale's; VP Sales and Marketing, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation; VP Small Business Banking, Bank of America; Brand Manager / Senior Loan Consultant, Superior Mortgage of NJ Inc.

Herbert Sherman
Ph.D. Union Institute and University; M.S. Polytechnic University; B.A. City College of New York

John Simone (online)
M.B.A., St. John’s University; B.A., Rutgers University. Director of Global Sustainability and Social Responsibility; Former Director, N.A. Profitability, Business Building, & Margin Improvement; Former Director of Marketing Services; Former Customer Marketing Director, Colgate Palmolive Company

Patrick Tormey
M.B.A. Iona College; B.A. Baruch College. CEO and founder, Real Deals USA, Inc. Former Corporate Divisional Merchandise Manager, Belk Stores Services

Claira Versland
M.P.S. and B.A. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Global Fashion Retail Advisor and Consultant, CZV Consulting

Nioka Wyatt (online)
M.B.A. University of Phoenix; B.S. Philadelphia University. Consultant, International Protective Apparel Supply (IPAS); Technical Designer, QVC.

Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management

Guy Adamo
Ph.D New York University; MBA and BBA Hofstra University

Natalie Asmus (online)
M.F.A. in Fashion, Academy of Art University; B.A. in Mass Communication, Saint Cloud State University. Marketing and e-Commerce Coordinator, Al Asmus Band Instruments; Business Owner e-Commerce, House of Denim; Co-Manager Sales and Personnel, Nani Nalu.

Camille Avent
M.S. Philadelphia University; B.A. Pennsylvania State University. Product Coordinator, Colonial Marble & Granite. Former Designer, Blush!R2W

Burak Ayata (online)
Ph.D in Technology Management / Global Innovation Management, Stevens Institute of Technology; M.B.A. in Marketing / e-Business / Maritime Law, Yeditepe University; B.A. Montclair State University. Senior Director Sea & Air Logistics - North America, Keuhne + Nagel Inc.; Business Development Manager, Yusen Logistics International Supply Chain.

Jennifer Bartlett
M.B.A. Columbia University; A.A.S in Fashion Merchandise Management, Fashion Institute of Technology; B.S. in Accounting, Binghamton University. Director - Finance, Hudson Bay's Company; Senior Financial Analyst, McGraw-Hill Professional; Consultant, Maggie Norris Couture; US Operations Manager, Alfred Dunhill; Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Glenda Elie
M.A. Emerson College; B.S. Johnson & Wales University. Senior Demand Planer, Ellery Homestyles. Former Senior Buyer/Planner for Retail Outlet Stores, Lenox Corporation. Former Wholesale Marketing Logistics Manager & Off-Price Planner for clients including Lenox, Kate Spade New York, Marchesa Scalamandre Brands

Crystal Green Brown (online)
Ph.D. and M.A. Kent State University; B.L.S. Bowling Green State University. Lecturer, Johnson & Wales University. Adjunct Associate Professor, The Art Institute of Charlotte Campus

Patty Mitropoulous
M.B.A University of Maryland; B.A. Brown University. Licensing Consultant for clients including Champion, Tory Burch, Nicole Miller, Hang Ten, Patty Mitropoulos Consulting. Former Senior Brand Manager for Licensing, Elie Tahari

Nicole Ndzibah
M.B.A. Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management; B.S. and A.S. Johnson & Wales University. New Business Development Manager, Macy’s Merchandising Group

Kara Nichols
M.A. in History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Parsons School of Design; B.A. in Fashion Design and Merchandising, Kent State University. Director of Branded Accessory Design and Merchandising, GCE International; Creative Director, Lucky Zone INC; Creative Director, Accessory Network Group.

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.

Alma Ponce (online)
M.F.A. in Fashion Merchandising & Management, Academy of Art University; M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Argosy University; B.A. Mount Saint Mary's University. Fashion Stylist, Stitch Fix; Writer | Creator | Style Enthusiast, Alma Reyna Life+Style Blog; Sales Manager / Wardrobe Stylist, Bebe Stores; Co-Owner | Merchandiser | Creator, Forum Boutique; Visual Merchandising Assistant, Louis Vuitton.

Joi Pratt (online)
M.B.A., University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; B.A. in English, University of Virginia, College of Arts & Science. Senior CRM Analyst, Vestis Retail Group. Adjunct Faculty, Berkeley College. Former Account Manager, The NPD Group. Former Adjunct Faculty, The Art Institute & Kingsborough Community College

Phyllis Shapiro
M.A. SUNY Empire State College; B.S. Fashion Institute of Technology. Retailing Consultant, LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retailing

Julia Szkiba (online)
M.A. in Fashion Merchandising, Academy of Art University; B.A. The American College for the Applied Arts - Los Angeles. Freelance Designer and Graphic Artist, Spot on Dog; Partner, Warm Marketing; Fashion Design & Graphic Artist, Zoom Kitty Zoom Designs.

Rahul Zala (online)
M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship; Management and B.A. in Marketing, LIM College. Director of Finance, NOAH NY; Financial Analyst, PAULE KA; Director of Operations, Cynthia Rowley; Accounting/Operations Manager, GHURKA; Operations Analyst, Alexander Wang Inc.; Finance and Operations Manager, Shayonara; Account/Operations Manager, RK Uniforms.

Global Fashion Supply Chain Management

Dr. Kenneth M. Kambara
Ph.D. in Management, University of California at Irving; M.S. in Business Administration, University of Oregon; B.A. in Business Administration-Marketing and B.A. in Economics, California State University, Long Beach.

Regine Lahens
M.B.A. in Supply Chain Management, Ashford University; B.S. in  Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University. Director of Logistics, Eddie Borgo; Director of Logistics, Marc Jacobs.

Dr. Howard Leifman
Ph.D. and M.S.W. New York University; M.A. and B.S. Syracuse University. Founder/Consultant, Leifman & Associates. Consultant, New York City - Administration for Children Services

Claira Versland
M.P.S. and B.A. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Global Fashion Retail Advisor and Consultant, CZV Consulting