OUR TEAM

 
 

Madeline Akins
Board Chair

MAKINS@saintlouisfashionfund.org

 

 

Madeline Akins has been with Michael Kors Holdings Limited since 2008. She is the Divisional Vice President for the Retail Development division. She is an accomplished retailer, business strategist and visionary with over 15 years of experience. Akins began her career in the corporate Department Store sector with companies such as Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. As the Divisional Vice President for Retail Development, Akins has played a key role in expanding the Retail Development program. She leads the store and corporate teams with energy, passion and commitment. 
Her belief system is based on the idea that “anything is possible.” 
Akins is proud to be part of the now multi-billion dollar luxury fashion house and globally renowned brand, Michael Kors.

 

Kathleen Bibbins
Executive Director

kbibbins@saintlouisfashionfund.org

 

 

Bibbins is an accomplished and diversified executive who brings a wealth of business experience to the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. Bibbins worked as a Vice President for several business units at Maritz in the US, for companies in Europe, and as the business leader for a start-up joint venture in the real estate incentive market. Most recently, she has worked with an emerging jewelry brand, Collections by Joya, as an independent business consultant to assist them with sales and growth strategy. 

As Executive Director, Bibbins will manage all aspects of the Fashion Fund including recruiting and assisting the designers in growing their brands; fundraising; outreach and educational programming; and liaising with city and civic officials on the redevelopment of the garment district. With her extensive business background, Bibbins brings a unique and valued perspective to the mission and the growth of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

 

Tamyka Perine
Events Manager

tperine@saintlouisfashionfund.org

 
 
 

Erin Vlasaty
Institutional Giving Manager

evlasaty@saintlouisfashionfund.org

 
 
 

Audra Harrold
Program Manager

aharrold@saintlouisfashionfund.org

 

Joining SLFF in September 2017, Perine brings over 11 years of events experience to her role. Prior to SLFF, Perine most recently managed such major events An Evening with Cedric the Entertainer and FriendsUNCF Evening of Stars fundraising gala, and The Mildred Thimes Foundation Benefit Concert featuring Denise Thimes. Through Perine’s personal business, she has also acted as Creative Partner and Principal for TLT Productions. She oversees the coordination of all SLFF events, including Second Saturday, Creative Process, and Speaking of Fashion.

 

A native St. Louisan, Vlasaty is a seasoned grant professional with more than 10 years of experience supporting the city’s most celebrated arts and educational institutions. She has served on staff as a grant writer for The Saint Louis Art Fair, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Lift For Life Gym, and Dance St. Louis. More recently, she lent her development expertise as an independent contractor to emerging and expanding organizations like The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Metro Theater Company, and EarthDance Organic Farm. An avid thespian, she has also produced, performed and directed with several St. Louis theatre companies. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Sweet Briar College.

 

Harrold joined SLFF in January 2019 and brings both designer and manufacturing experience to the Fund. Through her equestrian sport brand, Harrold experienced the idiosyncrasies and mechanics of an apparel line from concept to consumer. Her involvement with small batch manufacturing provided a full circle understanding of the entire process for designers from product development to production. Her involvement in the Saint Louis community, combined with her previous non-profit experience working with the American Cancer Society in community programing and media, round out her skillset. Harrold heads up the SLFF Fashion Lab including the Professional Membership Division.



 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Madeline Akins
Divisional VP, Retail Development, Michael Kors

Jackie Albrecht
Community Volunteer

Matt Badler
Managing Director/Principal, Twain Financial Advisors

Susan Barrett
Founder & President, Barrett Barrera

Tania Beasley-Jolly
President, Tania Beasley-Jolly Consulting, LLC

Cheree Berry
Founder & Owner, Cheree Berry Paper

Susan Block
Owner & CEO, The Designing Block

Cindy Brinkley
Chief Administrative and Markets Officer, Centene Corporation

Bill Carson
VP & Director, US Bank Community Development Corporation 

Rodney Crim
President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Adrienne Davis
Vice Provost, Washington University in St. Louis

 

Michael Fischer
Director, Deer Creek Foundation

Jan Goldstein
Community Volunteer 

Tim Hosler
Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.

Kristin Johnson
Principle- BOA Talent Acquisition & Performance, Edward Jones

Atul Kamra
Managing Partner, SixThirty

Missy Kelley
President & CEO, Downtown STL 

Jacob Laws
Founder, Jacob Laws Design

Marc Lazar
Founder, Domaine Storage 

Margery Marshall
Principal, Insight Consulting, LLC

Penny Pennington
Managing Partner, Edward Jones 

Carrie Polk
Community Volunteer

Drea Ranek
Co-Founder & Owner, Lusso

Kathleen Rogers
Community Volunteer

 

Susan Rollins
Executive Director, Housing Authority of St. Louis County

Sandy Schonwald
President, Aquarius Ltd. 

Ellen Sherberg
Special Advisor to the CE0, American City Business Journals.

Susan Sherman
President, Susan Sherman, Inc. 

Becky Smith
Founder & Owner, Thatcher's Fine Timeless Fabric

Stacey Smith
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapy Specialist

Nell Schiffer
Chief Operating Officer, Hill Investment

Pat Whitaker
Chair, Arcturis

Otis Williams
Executive Director, St. Louis Development Corporation

 

 

 

Founders Board

 

Faith Berger

Cheryl DiMauro

Diana Ford

Libby Goldstein

Phyllis Langsdorf

Shannon Lichti

Helene Sayad

Sarah Stallmann

Ken Stückenschneider

Fran Zamler