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

Erica Adams
Content Strategy & Partnerships Manager

Nancy Carruth
EVP of Brand Strategy

Jamie Curtis
Decor Apparel
SVP, Brand Management

Derrek Geary
Regional Director, Sales

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 Space Planning/

Chad Hetherington
The Stable

Nate Jarpe
Marketing Manager

Kyle Johansen
HOM Furniture
Executive Director Merchandising

Liz McLay
Liz McLay Consulting
Founder McLay Consulting

Cheryl Olson
Formerly: Bluestem
Director, Buying

Sandy Praus
Supply Chain Advisor, CASC-NA

Brittany Rhoa
Recruitment Coordinator

Brenna Schlauderaff
Mainstream Boutique
Merchandise Planner

Mel Smith
Team Lead - Corporate Early Talent, Kohls

Jennifer Souchtchenko
Store Director

Megan Umberger
Sleep Number
Senior Program Manager, Talent Acquisition

Andrew Ward
Co-Founder and VP of Operations

Chris Woodbury
Best Buy
Supply Chain Reverse Logistics Director

Student Leadership Board Members

Caroline Geiger
Vice President, NRFSA
Sophomore, Retail Merchandising Major, Management Minor

Olivia Rein
Sophomore, President, NRFSA
Retail Merchandising Major, Management Minor

Kerstin Wetterstrom
Senior 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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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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