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, 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 the best internal organization and external communications to tell their story
  • Dreams of being a mermaid, traveling the world port to port
Anne-Marie Lockmeyer

Anne-Marie Lockmyer, Orange County Director

  • Award winning author, educator, speaker, coach & business consultant 
  • Background in fashion, public relations, marketing, event planning, public speaking, education and entrepreneurship 
  • Loves helping others discover their unique design and purpose
  • Believes passion is the key to success
  • Can't get to Paris often enough
    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
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      Allyson Hollis, Event Production 

      • Currently studying Visual Communications 
      • Background in event planning, floral design, photography, and social media 
      • Passionate about planning events that create uplifting atmospheres 
      • Loves seeing teens celebrate and strengthen their creativity
      • Loves England, tea, Gilmore Girls and peonies 
      Haley Turman

      Haley Turman, Development Manager 

      • Graduate from UCLA / University of California, Los Angeles
      • Background in business development, market analysis, product management and operations
      • Believes many of life’s troubles can be cured by the outdoors (ocean, mountains…) and, of course, coffee
      • Works as a business analyst for a tech start up
      • San Diegan and lover of all things coconut
      Brandon Andre

      Brandon Andre, Photography Instructor

      • International Fashion Photographer, Videographer & Social Media influencer
      • Background in art directing, marketing, brand consulting, and brand/image development
      • SoCal native
      • Singer/Songwriter 
      • Sugar addict


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      Barbara Yarza, Design Mentor 

      • Industrial Designer graduated from UABC/ Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
      • Background in concept design, product design and development, retail design and STEAM education
      • Currently works for The Heritage Box, designing and developing learning material for kids
      • Believes that design is making things better for people
      •  Loves swimming, eating dessert, traveling and bees

        Releigh Cunningham, Intern

        • Recent high school graduate
        • Born and raised in Southern California, second oldest of 5 girls
        • Loves to watch and help students grow in their creativity
        • Could be content living off of just peanut butter
        •  Passionate about translating the importance and impact of the art of design