Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., James Monroe Harrison holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design and a Master of Arts in communications from Lindenwood University. He has worked as a curator for art galleries, an apparel designer, and as a wardrobe consultant for print, television media, and private clients. Harrison is an adjunct instructor and creative coordinator for the Fashion Business and Design Department at Lindenwood University.
Ameli Skoglund received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in fashion design in 2011 and a Master of Fine Art degree in fashion design in 2014, both from Lindenwood University. Skoglund has several years of industry experience, working as a freelance product developer and technical designer. Her area of expertise is sweaters, and she is researching new software and technology for apparel production and sustainability. In addition to designing for her own brand, Ideas from the North, https://www.ideasfromthenorth.com/, Skoglund teaches the technology focused courses and upper-level design classes. Once an adjunct instructor and now a visiting instructor, Skoglund is dedicated to developing great designers who are readily prepared for the fashion industry.
Dr. Chajuana Trawick is the first faculty member in Lindenwood University’s nearly 200-year history to receive an endowed chair position and generous gift in the School of Arts, Media and Communications. As endowed chair and associate professor, Dr. Trawick recreated the Fashion Business and Design program to focus on technology, sustainability, and building global fashion relationships. Dr. Trawick earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in textile and apparel management from the University of Missouri (Columbia), a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising and design from Fontbonne University. As a published educator and business owner for over 20 years, Dr. Trawick has designed apparel and accessories for men, women, and children and produced numerous fashion shows and historic costume exhibits. She has also presented her research both nationally and internationally. Dr. Trawick is devoted to being a good steward of the students, faculty, and staff within the Fashion Business and Design program and emphatically supports real experience and real success.
- Diana Casanova, Adjunct Instructor in Fashion Business & Design - Diana Casanova was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. She received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and B.F.A. from Webster University. She currently resides in St. Louis and works as an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood University. She is also the Director at The Greenberg Gallery.
- Randi Chervitz, Adjunct Instructor in Fashion Business & Design - Randi Chervitz received a Master of Science in fashion business and entrepreneurship from Lindenwood University and is a designer/metal smith, fiber artist, and fashion educator. She teaches classes such as How to Make a Living in the Arts, Techniques in Metal Smithing, and Arashi Shibori Japanese tie-dye to students in art studios in Southern Illinois University, Saint Louis Community College, and Craft Alliance Center for the Arts. Additionally, she has addressed artists at SOFA- Chicago and on the selling floor at Salon Des Artists, Montreal, Canada, in how to build relationships with U.S. buyers. Chervitz’s handmade silver and gold jewelry pieces feature fiber techniques executed in precious metals, accented with pearls and precious stones. The work speaks of her love of adornment, fashion, and design. Her internationally recognized jewelry line, Uncommon Threads Jewelry, is carried by craft galleries, museum stores, and stylish boutiques across the U.S. and Canada. It is available online via her own website, www.uncommonthreadsjewelry.com, and through websites such as the www.ArtfulHome.com, and British fine jewelry purveyor www.JewelStreet.com.
- Lydia Merritt, Adjunct Instructor in Fashion Business & Design - Lydia Merritt was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She attended Fashion Industries High School and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She has worked in the garment industry for 38 years, and she helps new designers develop their clothing lines and small-scale production. Merritt also works with high school students by introducing them to the basics of fashion. Currently residing in St. Louis, Merritt is a business owner, freelance pattern maker, and sample hand. As an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood University, she teaches Flat Patternmaking, Computer Aided Design Patternmaking, and Draping.
- Shevare’ Perry, Adjunct Instructor in Fashion Business & Design - Shevare’ Perry is a fashion marketing educator and entrepreneur. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in fashion design and a Master of Business Administration in international management. While attending graduate school in London, she fell in love with the rapid pace atmosphere and creative approaches to fashion. Her work experience includes ecommerce, buying, and fashion retail. Having the chance to work behind and on the scenes of the fashion industry, she’s grasped a variety of knowledge. Currently, Perry teaches fashion marketing at the college level and assists school districts with family and consumer science education development. She teaches Apparel Design Draping and Patternmaking. Perry has used her experience on both sides of fashion education to develop The Real Fashion Experience, a hands-on curriculum for high school, college, and technical school students who are interested in fashion. https://www.shevare.com/ and https://realfashionexperience.com/