SRetail Merchandising College of Design

Advisory Board

The Retail Merchandising Advisory Board is composed of professional representing various areas of the retail merchandising  industry, retail merchandising programs faculty and selected College of Design administrators.  The board serves as a sounding board for decisions the program must make, helps us challenge assumptions about the profession, and increase our awareness of changing technology, trends and practices that will influence our students’ readiness for professional service.  The board provides an opportunity to build relationships, develop resources and strengthen our identity within the professional world.


External Members

Jason Dworshak, Creative Apparel Concepts

Cari Gelle, Deluxe Corp

Nancy Gross, Minnesota Textile Center

Jill Hamburger, Vida Gaming, Inc.

Heather Harnisch, Target Corp

Lauretta Jaye, Decor Apparel

Peggy Lord, president, formerly with Target and Christopher Banks

Amanda Morell, formerly with Urban Outfitters

Cheryl Olson, Bluestem Brands Inc.

Sandy Praus, Polaris

Kim Schiek, Buckle

Jessi Sletten, Select Comfort

Mel Smith, Kohl's Department Stores

Jennifer Soutchenko, Target Corp.

Jaye Thompson, Teaching Specialist, U of MN

Andrew Ward, Merchology

Christopher Woodbury, Best Buy


Retail Merchandising Program Faculty

Hyunjoo Im

Hye-Young Kim

David Loranger

Juanjuan Wu


Retail Merchandising Student Leadership Board

Maren Decker

Rachel Duerksen

Claire Erickson

Amanda Phillips

Allison Winjum

Cathryn Wunrow

Other DHA/CDes Members

Carol Strohecker, CDes Dean

Marilyn DeLong, CDes Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Kate Maple, CDes Assistant Dean for Student Services

Lori Mollberg, CDes Director of Alumni Relations and Continuing Education

Wanda Loerch, Undergraduate Program Advisor

Elizabeth (Missy) Bye, DHA Department Head

Kathy Guiney, DHA Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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