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Where are our graduates?

Chelsea BlackwellChelsea Blackwell, M.S. 2012
Major Professor: Dr. Kimberly Miller-Spillman
Thesis Title: A FAMILY AFFAIR: AN ANALYSIS OF THE MEANS-SEATON FAMILY WEDDING GOWNS FROM 1885-1892
Chelsea will be continuing her studies at The Ohio State University in a PhD program in the department of Consumer Sciences, Fashion and Retail Studies in Fall 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

William F StevensonWilliam F. Stevenson, M.S. 2012
Major Professor: Dr. Kimberly Miller-Spillman
Research Title: FUNCTION AND ARTISTRY: THE ANATOMY OF A BALLET COSTUME
 

 

 

 

 

Erika FerrellErika Ferrell, M.S., 2011
Major Professor: Dr. Min-Young Lee
Thesis Title: CONSUMER'S MOTIVATION FOR PURCHASING FAIR TRADE CLOTHING
Erika works in Lexington as an Assistant Manager for Aerie.  She has also launched an eco/fashion-friendly line of t-shirts called Cotton Vinyls.  Cotton Vinyls t-shirts are 100% eco-friendly, and uniquely hand-dyed, hand-cut, and screen-printed. Cotton Vinyls was brought to life with the goal to blend fashion, music, and environmental awareness.

 

 

Chelsa McCownChelsea McCown, M.S., 2011
Major Professor: Dr. Susan Michelman
Research Title: BALENCIAGA: TECHNIQUES AND DESIGNS TO INSPIRE A NEW GARMENT

Chelsea works in Merchandising at the J. Peterman Company in Lexington, KY.

 

 

Sarah Piester

Sarah Piester, M.S., 2011
Major Professor: Dr. Susan Michelman
Thesis Title: ISSUES IN EXPANDING ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY COSTUME COLLECTIONS

Sarah is the Director of Community Relations and Special Events for the Lexington Legends Professional Baseball Club.  Her job duties include maintaining, enhancing and developing community initiatives while developing promotion campaigns and branding in the community. This includes community appearances, press conferences, marquee for tickets, fan fest and Opening Day initiatives.

 

Carly LucasCarly Lucas, M.S., 2011
Major Professor: Dr. Scarlett Wesley
Thesis Title: HOW AND WHY GENERATION Y AND BABY BOOMER CONSUMERS USE FASHION BRANDS' SOCIAL MEDIA

Carly is currently in the management training program at Von Maur in Louisville.

 

Stacy Trenkamp

Stacy Trenkamp, M.S., 2011
Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Easter
Thesis Title is: POST USE ANALYSIS OF FIREFIGHTER TURNOUT GEAR: PHASE II

Stacy is a Protective Clothing Engineer at Intertek in Cortland, New York

 

 

Aquia and VanessaAQUIASHALA BRANTLEY, M.S., 2010
College Teaching and Learning Certificate, 2010
Major Professor: Dr. Vanessa Jackson
Thesis Title: A QUANTITATIVE STUDY OF FEMALES: ETHNICITY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON BODY IMAGE, THIN-INTERNALIZATION AND SOCIAL COMPARISONS

Aquiashala is an assistant manager for Sherwin Williams.  She works at one of the district stores in Louisville, KY.

 

Laura EvansLaura Evans, M.S., 2010
Major Professor: Dr. Scarlett Wesley
Thesis Title: THE EFFECTS OF CELEBRITY ENDORSERS ON THE PURCHASING INTENTIONS OF TEENS

Laura Evans is the National Assistant Buy Planner for Men's Dress Shirts/Neckwear at Nordstrom's corporate office in Seattle, Washington. Prior to her job in Seattle, Laura was a buyer for Men's Tailored Clothing at Von Maur in Davenport, Iowa.

 

Jennifer MaloneyJennifer Maloney, M.S., 2010
Major Professor: Dr. Min-Young Lee
Thesis Title is: CONSUMER WILLINGNESS TO PURCHASE ORGANIC PRODUCTS: APPLICATION OF THE THEORY OF PLANNED BEHAVIOR

Jennifer is a contract fabric developer for Carhartt in Dearborn, MI. She will help the fabric development team throughout the fabric development process by updating databases and tracking reports, maintaining seasonal fabric development libraries / files, and assisting with tracking and communicating fabric development status for new fabrics.  She will also assist with men's fabric development, concentrating on woven tops for Fall 2012. 

 

Anna Solka Anna Solka, M.S. 2010
Major Professor: Dr. Vanessa Jackson
Thesis Title: THE INFLUENCE OF GENDER AND CULTURE ON GENERATION Y CONSUMER DECISION MAKING STYLES

Anna is a Data Coordinator at the Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky. Her job includes transferring, restructuring and analyzing large data sets in the area of child assessment.    

 

 

Deena CotterillDeena G. Cotterill, M.S. 2009
Major Professor:  Dr. Elizabeth P Easter
Thesis Title:  POST USE ANALYSIS OF FIREFIGHTER TURNOUT GEAR

Deena works for Fire-Dex, a manufacturer of fire fighter turnout gear, as the Quality & Compliance Coordinator. She works with all company resources to assure compliance to policies and procedures; both product and process related.  She is responsible for the ISO 9000.1 certification.  Other responsibilities include leading the company's corrective and preventative action system as part of a continuous model. Deena insures all products are compliant to regulatory requirements by managing both internal and third party laboratory testing and participating in industry standards associations.  She is responsible for developing and coordinating testing of inbound raw material and finished goods as well as establishing mechanisms and action plans to improve quality throughout the company.

 

Megha GuptaMegha Gupta, M.S., 2009
Major Professor: Dr. Vanessa Jackson
Thesis Title: ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF PRODUCT INVOLVEMENT ON GENERATION Y DECISION MAKING STYLES

Megha is currently a third year PhD student in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The title of her dissertation is “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry: Perspectives of Indian Manufacturers”. Her research focuses on three main areas: Corporate social responsibility in the apparel industry, consumer behavior and cross-cultural studies. She works with both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

 

Jodie BelcherJodie Belcher, M.S. 2008
Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Easter
Thesis Title: AN ANALYSIS OF THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FLEECE PRODUCTS

Jodie is a Material Specialist at Nike, Inc. in Portland, Oregon. She is responsible for creating care and content labeling information for new products as well as maintaining the database of existing information and staying current on worldwide rules and regulations regarding care and content labeling. In addition, she reviews new materials to ensure that they meet the company's internal standards as well as international standards of quality before approving for use in products.

Avery Malone

Avery Malone, M.S., 2008
Major Professor: Dr. Kimberly Miller-Spillman
Thesis Title: HISTORIC DRESS AS A TEACHING TOOL IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM

Avery is Director of Tour Operations at ASHLAND, The Henry Clay Estate, a National Historic Landmark and House Museum located in Lexington, KY. She is responsible for the volunteer program which includes coordinating meetings to update volunteers, making sure volunteers have access to accurate research and procedural information, and recruiting and training new volunteers. She also oversees scheduling of regular and special group tours and helps with planning for special events. Avery began working at Ashland in 2007 as a curatorial intern in the clothing collection as a part of her M.S. degree. As an intern, and later a weekend manager, she helped to catalog historic clothing items and display pieces from the collection.

Alison Sarucci

Alison Sarucci, M.S., 2008
Major Professor: Dr. Vanessa Jackson
Research Title: COMPANY & ECOMMERCE BUSINESS PLAN: THE BLUEPRINT & DESIGN OF SPRING STAR GYMNASTICS & CHEER - OPTION B (NON-THESIS)

Alison is the visual manager at Abercrombie & Fitch in Houston, TX. Alison is responsible for overseeing and analyzing daily operational reports about the business while managing and organizing daily and weekly schedules. She coordinates and appropriately positions merchandise in the store to maximize and increase exposure to products. She updates the store on corporate standards that include lighting, store atmosphere, visual displays, marketing, and stockroom systems. Alison is also responsible for the constant training and guidance of proper sales tactics, customer service, loss prevention and diversity to all employees.

Amber ChatelainAmber Chatelain, M.A., 2008
College Teaching and Learning Certificate, 2007
Major Professor: Dr. Scarlett Wesley
Thesis title: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF ENTERTAILING AND ITS EFFECT ON THE GENERATION Y CONSUMER

Amber Chatelain is the Lead Faculty member in the Fashion Retail Management department at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville. She devises and implements quarter lesson plans for undergraduate students for the following courses: Introduction to Retailing, Fashion History I & II, Textiles, Fashion Drawing, Consumer Behavior, Fundamentals of Business, Sales and Event Promotion, Visual Merchandising, and Event and Fashion Show Production.

Rebecca FieldsRebecca Fields, M.S., 2008
Major professor: Dr. Scarlett Wesley
Thesis title: AN INVESTIGATION OF HISPANIC CONSUMERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PERSONNEL ENCOUNTERS IN SERVICE SETTINGS

Rebecca is the Marketing and Sales Manager for Digital Advertising Solutions. She sells advertising slots as well as digital advertising software. Rebecca is in control of all marketing decisions regarding the company including pricing changes, promotional designs, decisions on website upkeep, and attendance of networking, marketing, and promotional events throughout Lexington. Rebecca’s job consists of networking and making new business connections daily. Rebecca is also co-owner of a new dance studio in Lexington called Premiere Dance where she makes all overhead decisions with her partner and instructs classes in the evening.

Molly KessingerMolly Kessinger, M.S., 2008
Major Professor: Dr. Kimberly Miller-Spillman
Thesis Title: QUANTITATIVE MEASURES REPRESENTING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROPOSED FASHIONS IN PUBLICATIONS AND DRESS WORN BY WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHED IN MEDIA COVERAGE IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY FROM 1940-1950 AND 1964-1974

Molly works at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as a curatorial intern with the textile and fashion arts collection.  She works with the assistant curator of the collection gaining hands-on experience with the day-to-day workings of the collection.  One of the highlights of her internship was working on the exhibit Fashion in Bloom that opened April 4, 2009 in the Paul Fashions Arts Gallery and will run through January 31, 2010.

Kasey Doty

Kasey Doty, M.S., 2007
Major professor: Dr. Elizabeth Easter
Thesis title: 
AN ANALYSIS OF THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF PERFORMANCE TEXTILES AND EFFECTS OF CARE ON PERFORMANCE

Kasey is in the consumer product testing field working on children's products. Kasey manages the custom testing program for a major children's retailer. She also serves as a liaison between clients and her company's domestic and international laboratories communicating clients' compliance, safety, and quality standards. On a daily basis, Kasey monitors testing activity to ensure all laboratories are testing consistently and to the client's specifications. 

Photo not availableNicole Huffman, M.S. 2007
Major Professor: Dr. Kimberly Miller-Spillman
Thesis Title: PERCEPTUAL EFFECTS OF DOCENTS' AND COSTUMED INTERPRETERS' DRESS ON VISITOR EXPERIENCES AT HISTORIC SITES

Nicole enjoys volunteering at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to help others learn how individuals lived, dressed and worked in the 19th century. During the winter and spring, Nicole spends one Saturday a month as an Auntie in Fort Vancouver's Dame School training young girls in the 19th century household arts. She also trains girls to become costumed interpreters.

Kristin SimmonsKristin Simmons, M.S., 2006
Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Easter
Thesis Title: ANALYSIS OF THE LABELS OF FIREFIGHTER'S PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Kristin Simmons began her career in Product Development at Atkins and Pearce, Inc in Covington, KY. Atkins & Pearce is a textile manufacturing and processing company that explores the structural properties of textiles for new applications to provide a wide range of products from candle wick to drapery cords. For the past three years Kristin has worked with their marketing group, colleagues from the product development group, and/or customers to develop technical textile products with a focus on functional coatings for yarns and fibers. The favorite part of her job is the fact that she is constantly learning and that she has the opportunity to work with high tech fibers such as aramids, UHMWPE, and LCP on a daily basis.

Mika Turner

Mika Turner-Pryor, M.S. 2005
Co-Major Professors: Dr. Susan Michelman and Dr. Jason Carpenter
Thesis Title: COUNTRY SELECTION IN INTERNATIONAL SOURCING DECISIONS: A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK

Mika is a Human Resources Coordinator at a manufacturing plant in Lexington, KY. She has held several positions at the corporate level for Abercrombie and Fitch, Express, and The J. Peterman Company.

Mika also runs an online modern cloth diaper business she founded with her husband in 2011. She cares about the environment and maintaining it for future generations. Her main goal is to educate the public about landfill waste that can be avoided with such things as cloth diapers as opposed to the disposable options.

Preeti JoshiPreeti Joshi, M.S., 2005
Major Professor: Dr. Jason Carpenter
Thesis Title: RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN CONSUMER'S SHOPPING ORIENTATION, PRIOR PURCHASE EXPERIENCE AND ONLINE PURCHASE SITUATION

Preeti Joshi  is a Lecturer and internship coordinator in the Department of Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles at University of Kentucky. She worked in Mumbai, India  for two years as an assistant buyer and as a product development executive. 

At University of Kentucky Preeti teaches, Introduction to Merchandising, Introduction to textiles, Aesthetics in Merchandising, Dress and Culture and Professional practice courses. In addition to implementing innovative teaching strategies in her classroom, Preeti also mentors undergraduate students to find gainful employment and internships. She is also the faculty adviser for the merchandising student organization, MAT Club.

Debra Cotterill

Debra B. Cotterill, M.S. 2001
Major Professor:  Dr. Laura Jolly
Thesis Title:  RURAL KENTUCKIANS: EFFECTS OF E-COMMERCE ON THE ACQUISITION OF FOOD AND FIBER PRODUCTS 

Debra Cotterill is the Director of the Nutrition Education Programs at the University of Kentucky.  Prior to assuming this role, she worked for 15 years as the Mason County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences.  Her experiences also include community college instructor and entrepreneur. Through her position as a Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Debra taught and contributed to the development of educational materials in nutrition, food safety, textiles, clothing and wardrobes, family financial security and entrepreneurship.  She also served as an advisor to Extension volunteers and regional entrepreneurs.   Her work included community development, budget management, program impact and supervision.  Debra has received the Distinguished Service, Continuing Excellence, Research and Communication Awards from National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Cynthia FanningCynthia J. Fanning, M.S., 1991
Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Easter
Thesis Title: CONSUMER RESPONSES TO THE RETAIL ENVIRONMENT: AN EXPLORATION OF COLOR, LIGHTING AND DENSITY

Cynthia “Cinthy” is the Product General Manager for Dishwasher Products at GE Consumer and Industrial in Louisville, KY. She has held various positions at GE since 1991. She was a Field Black Belt for Commercial Quality; a Master Black Belt for Sales and Commercial Quality Leader; and a Master Black Belt for Sales and Commercial Quality Leader where she was responsible for the product development, pricing, positioning, and $900MM global net sales of washers and dryers.

 
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