Kristen Dees

Kristen Dees, Founder & Director

  • Graduate from FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and University of La Verne
  • Background in product development, footwear design, public relations, event planning, wholesale & college admissions
  • Created Designer Camp out of a love for educating today's youth about the world of design
  • Design & travel addict 
  • Loves chocolate chip cookies & binging on HGTV shows
Mercedes Curran

Mercedes Curran, Co-Founder & Director

  • Graduate from FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Background in brand development, event planning, public relations, and curriculum design
  • Believes  that if you are passionate about design you should be able to experience the opportunities within the world, no matter your age
  • Presently works with brands to develop to tell their story through color design and brand experience
  • Dreams of being a mermaid, traveling the world port to port

Gretchen Dawley, Fashion & Styling Director

  • Fashion Design graduate from FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Industry background designing within the junior’s and women’s contemporary markets
  • Fascinated by history and culture, with a love for nostalgia and all things vintage
  • Lover of the lost art of couture gown making and the bridal market
  • Currently designing and constructing hand-crafted wedding gowns under her own label
  • Dreams of living in the countryside surrounded by a rose garden, sewing gowns and exploring with her husband and little boy
Rhonda McCaughey

Rhonda McCaughey, Orange County Director

  • Public speaker, aspiring actress, mom - not necessarily in that order
  • Background in public relations, marketing, promotion, fashion education, training, and event planning
  • Happiest when traveling or hosting backyard BBQ's that turn into dance parties with family and friends
  • On the lifelong quest to find and consume the best chocolate on earth

    Sarah Shreves, Photography Director

    • Her work as a photographer / director has taken her to conflict zones in the Middle East & Africa as well as directing lifestyle and editorial content for ethical fashion & wellness brands internationally 
    • Honored to be a part of the large cultural shift towards what is sustainable and thoughtful, lead by the brands & individuals she serves
    • Lead by her belief that the whole world is charged with the sacred, Sarah tells visual stories of hope
    • Lately Sarah is finding beauty and joy in the mundane acts of rock climbing, eating avocados and exploring the streets of Inglewood with her niece
    Bri ChocekLR.jpg

    Bri Chocek, Director

      • Graduate from Cal State Long Beach 
      • Background in communication studies, project management and human resources
      • Passionate about health/wellness education and real estate
      • Yoga instructor for at risk youth, PTSD and special needs 
      • Learned how to sew before I could read 
      • Can't collect enough rock n' roll vinyls 

      Daniel Curran, Art Director

      • Has a fascination with the craft of storytelling
      • Over 14 years of experience in design, marketing and front-end development
      • Assists companies design direction — a multidisciplinary task that involves creative direction, UI/UX design, brand direction, and how design as a whole impacts the big and small picture of brand vision & story
      • Led Art Direction for the product development and marketing at Apolis, a pioneer of socially responsible apparel manufacturing that empowers global communities
      • Greatest joy is seeing his daughter and wife loving life and experiencing the same alongside them

      Joelle, Photography & Social Media Intern

      • Recent graduate of Saint Mary's College of California 
      • Background in business, digital media, photography, and painting
      • Believes education, design, and imagination are all tools for positive change
      • Passionate about pizza, Baroque art, and the color yellow
      • Happiest when enjoying coffee on the couch or floating in the ocean