I have lived in Yellow Springs, Ohio for over 20 years raising two daughters in the community. As a graduate of Ohio University in Fashion, I have built an award-winning career in the US fashion/apparel industry. This past November I joined the Yellow Springs Community Foundation (YSCF) as their first Executive Director an exciting new position for both the YSCF and me.
I have had the opportunity to travel extensively for my consulting company JCox and the apparel industry. Since 2013 I have owned Basho Apparel, a local eco-friendly graphics and screen-printing business. I am committed to the community and make time to serve in Board positions of local nonprofits with John Bryan Community Pottery, the Little Art Theatre, and previously The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Whether in the private, public or non-profit sector, I am vested, solves problems, improves performance and raises the quality of those lives I touch.
November first began a new chapter for the Foundation and for me. After some thirty years in the apparel industry, I changed course becoming your new (and first) Executive Director. I have lived in Miami Township for 23 years, commuting for work to points far and wide where apparel is designed, made, and sold. It was an exciting career, yet, when I was home and engaging with local nonprofits, I felt most rewarded.
The first few months have been busy, including the first task of creating
a bit of actual space for me in the YSCF office. I have immersed myself in learning a new language: “foundations” and I have been listening to you. We (Board, Virgil, Kim and two Miller Fellows, Marcell, Jonah, and I) have found a nice working model, which is permitting us to make great progress in short order.
The board and staff worked hard in 2016 to provide the roadmap for us by adopting the strategic plan. We are well on our way with even more focus on you; implemented: accessible scholarship requirements and anonymity for Donor Advised Funds; in development: an opportunity for Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), improvements to the grant request process and so much more.
2012 / MARCH - PRESENT
Basho and JCox, An Apparel Services Company
Basho, Screen Printing Company
Eco-Friendly Handcrafted Screen Printing custom pieces, samples to bulk.
Apparel Executive Management Consultant
Key consulting projects with JCox, WWA (Walter Wilhelm and Associates) and AAPN PROAmerica (Americas Apparel Producers Network). Consulting experience running major projects for VF Corporation - PLM Evaluation and Implementation, Fast Retailing - PLM Implementation and Color and PD Technology Enhancement, rag & bone - Calendar Enhancement, Image Solutions- Sourcing Strategy, Various non-profit 501 (c)(3) and for profit Executive Director Mentoring and Strategy Development.
1994 / MARCH - PRESENT
Family owned Orchard, Farm Market and Gift Store located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Featuring locally grown seasonal produce with 28 varieties of apples, natural apple cider, baked goods and unique art and gifts.
2012 / MAY - 2015 / MAY
Chief Operating Officer
WWA Advisors Management Consulting Firm
WWA Advisors is a management consulting firm focused on empowering apparel, footwear, and retail executives with the strategies, processes, and technologies that create tangible business value and sustainable competitive advantage.
Key projects in Retail, Manufacturing and Uniforms focusing on Business Strategy, Sales Strategy and System Strategy.
2011 / JULY - 2012 / FEBRUARY
Vice President Customer Experience
Corporate Officer, Lead Customer Service, Sales, Design, Product Development, Merchandising and Marketing for integrated Catalog and Program Direct Purchase uniform businesses.
2004 / DECEMBER - 2011 / JUNE
Vice President and General Manager Lion Uniform Group
Corporate Officer, P&L responsibility for direct purchase uniform business servicing fortune 500companies to small businesses’ managed employee uniform programs.
2003 / JULY - 2004 / DECEMBER
Vice President Market Development
Responsible for development - delivery of innovative design and quality uniform products to meet customer brand objectives. Expanded go to market through new sales strategy, sourcing and product development organizations. Prepared the business unit for divestiture and participated on due diligence team for acquisition.
1999 - 2003
Dir Product Technology
Responsible for strategic direction, development, and implementation for Design, Product Development and Sourcing systems and processes for consumer Products Personal Care and Apparel all divisions.
1994 - 1998
Director of Product Management Sales, WebPDM Systems
System Sales and Product Development Consulting for Apparel, Footwear, Automotive Manufactures and Retailers.
1986 / AUGUST - 1988 / JULY
Claiborne Men's Manager Technical Specifications
Responsible for all technical specification development and team for design, preproduction and production and design and preproduction sample room. Implemented Claiborne's first Microdynamics Pattern Design System.
1985 / DECEMBER - 1986 / JUNE
Made-to-Measure Manager, Walker's Division
Responsible for MTM development for regional retail stores. Alteration scheduling, technical alteration support and fitting.