Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies Full-Time Faculty

John Keane

Chair / Lecturer

Professor John Keane became LIM College’s Chair of Graduate Studies in 2019. Prior to this, as an adjunct faculty member since 2013, he taught courses on a range of topics including marketing, strategy, brand management, public relations, new media, advertising/promotion, and global marketing.

Professor Keane has over 30 years of experience at major media companies such as Time Inc., Conde’ Nast, and Bloomberg LP. 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.

Before joining The Internationalist, Professor Keane 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 global media company's U.S. division. 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. Kenneth M. Kambara

Associate Chair / Associate Professor

A social media and marketing research consultant, Dr. Kambara’s areas of interest include brand management, entrepreneurship, and social media. At LIM, he has taught courses in the Marketing, Management, and Finance Departments. At the graduate level, his courses include Technology and Fashion Merchandising and Management, Digital Merchandising, and Consumer Behavior in Fashion.

Dr. Kambara has presented at the American Sociology Association—in the Communications, Information Technology, and Media Sociology (CITAMS) section and the Economic Sociology section—as well as at the American Marketing Association and Association for Consumer Research conferences. His work has been published in the Journal of Brand Management, The Journal of Academic and Business Ethics, and Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion. Additionally, he has co-authored frequently cited surveys on the buying habits of Millennials and Gen Z.

Dr. Kambara holds a Ph.D. in Management from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business. He also received two bachelor’s degrees—in Business Administration-Marketing and in Economics—from California State University, Long Beach.

Having joined LIM College as an Adjunct Professor in 2012, Dr. Kambara was hired full-time as an Assistant Professor in 2013 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. In 2019, he became Associate Chair of LIM's Center for Graduate Studies.

Patty Mitropoulos

Lecturer

Patty Mitropoulos has almost 40 years of experience working in the fashion industry. Starting in the editorial departments of Elle, Mademoiselle, YM, and Seventeen magazines, she later moved to the corporate side, managing licensing products for brands like Elie Tahari, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, DKNY, Nicole Miller, and Champion.

Starting as an Adjunct Professor at LIM College in 2017, Professor Mitropoulos was promoted to Lecturer in 2019. She has taught on-ground and online courses that include Fashion Branding & Promotion, Product Development, Luxury Fashion Brand Management, Services Marketing, and The Capstone in Business of Fashion.

Professor Mitropoulos graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Political Science and has an MBA from the University of Maryland University College.

Dr. Susan C. Baxter

Associate Professor

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

Dr. Baxter 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.

Dr. Baxter previously served as LIM College’s Dean of Graduate Studies from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Marketing, Management & Finance department.

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.

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, FreeFashionInternships.com; 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.

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

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

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's.com 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

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

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

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

Dr. Burak S. 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, Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.; Business Development Manager, Yusen Logistics International Supply Chain.

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

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.

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.

Global Fashion Supply Chain Management

Dr. Burak S. 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, Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.; Business Development Manager, Yusen Logistics International Supply Chain.

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