SRetail Merchandising College of Design

Retail Merchandising Advisory Board

Advisory and Student Leadership Boards

Our advisory board brings together leaders from all corners of the retail industry. With a variety of backgrounds, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, our board members draw upon their design and retail experiences to actively shape our program and center strategy.

Advisory Board Members

Nancy Carruth
SVP Marketing

Jamie Curtis
Decor Apparel
SVP, Brand Management

Derrek Geary
VP Store Manager

Cari Gelle
Asmodee North America
Director of Forecasting and Purchasing

Nancy Gross
Textile Center
Director of Administration

Jill Hamburger
Retail Consultant

Heather Harnisch
Target Corporation
VP Merchandising Excellence

Chad Hetherington
The Stable

Nate Jarpe
Marketing Manager

Kyle Johansen
HOM Furniture
Executive Director Merchandising

Cheryl Olson
Bluestem Brands, Inc.
Director, Buying

Megan Umberger
Sleep Number
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition

Sandy Praus
Supply Chain Advisor, CASC-NA

Catherine Rogers
Merchandise Coordinator, Health & Beauty

Brenna Schlauderaff
Mainstream Boutique
Merchandise Planner

Jennifer Souchtchenko
Store Team Leader

Andrew Ward
Co-Founder and VP of Operations

Chris Woodbury
Best Buy
Supply Chain Reverse Logistics Director

Erica Adams
Content Strategy & Partnerships Manager

Student Leadership Board Members

Rachel Duerkson
Senior in the Retail Merchandising Program

Claire Erickson
Senior in the Retail Merchandising Program

Gabbie Przekurat
Senior in the Retail Merchandising Program

Kerstin Wetterstrom
Junior in the Retail Merchandising Program

Retail Merchandising Program Faculty

Hyunjoo Im
Hye-Young Kim
Lauren Kim
Peggy Lord
Jaye Thompson
Juanjuan Wu

Other College of Design Members

Carol Strohecker, Dean
Sauman (Sue) Chu, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Steve Yang, Assistant Dean for Student Services
Lori Mollberg, Director of Alumni Relations and Continuing Education
Wanda Loerch, Undergraduate Program Advisor
Elizabeth (Missy) Bye, Head of Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
Kathy Guiney, Administrative Assistant to the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

What our board has to say...

"CRDI cultivates an organic and sustainable support structure through the mission of enriching student experiences with industry partnerships and mentoring opportunities."

—Jennifer Souchtchenko, Store Director, Target

"The CRDI perfectly connects retail professionals with student leaders fostering an environment that generates new ideas to solve current and future challenges.”

—Chris Woodbury, Supply Chain Director, Best Buy

"I look forward to the CRDI because it will be the conduit between the excellent students in the Retail Merchandising program and accomplished professionals at a wide variety of companies in their field of study, as well as shine a light on the strong Retail Merchandising program at the University of Minnesota."

—Nancy Gross, Director of Administration, Textile Center


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Get Involved

To become a partner or to learn about sponsorship levels contact:

Peggy Lord
Assistant Director, Center for Retail Design & Innovation


Hye-Young Kim
Associate Professor, Program Director, Retail Merchandising Program

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Contact Information

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