Fashion Marketing and Management

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Wella Nolan

Fashion Marketing and Management Co-ordinator
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Wella is a graduate of Ryerson’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program.  Before going into teaching Wella worked for several years in the corporate retail world.  Her business experiences encompass regional positions responsible for merchandising and sales, special events and marketing and promotions. 

Prior to coming to Fanshawe College Wella co-ordinated and taught in the Visual Merchandising program at Sheridan College. Here at Fanshawe College, Wella is proud to be a part of a dynamic team of professors and staff that constantly are looking for ways to increase and build students experiential learning opportunities in the Fashion Marketing and Management program. The newest part of the program in this area is the program learning lab – Live Chic, a retail store on campus where students operate and apply what they have learned in a hands-on environment. Wella also supports and encourages students to apply theory and skills to real life work situations through freelance opportunities, special events and industry partnerships.

Wella has coordinated the Fashion Merchandising program since 2007 and she is dedicated and committed to working with students and helping them achieve growth and success in the Fashion Marketing and Managemen program. 


Janice Hyde

Janice Hyde

Fashion Marketing and Management Faculty

Janice Hyde is the owner of several fashion businesses who has worked as a designer, manufacturer, retailer and consultant of women’s and children’s clothing under Janice Hyde inc. brand, Janice Hyde designs, Playwear, Collectables, and Orchid labels. She is currently a faculty member in the Fashion Marketing and Management program at Fanshawe College, leading technology courses with AdobeCC including Illustrator, Photoshop, product photography, editing, and writing for online content. Courses taught in the Fashion Marketing and Management program include Digital Entrepreneurship, Brand Development, Visual Communication, Store Planning, Dynamics of Fashion, and Retail Math.




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Linda Jenken

Fashion Marketing and Management Faculty

Linda is a professor in the Fashion Marketing and Management Program at Fanshawe College. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received a BA in Sociology with a focus on Business.

Linda spent 18 years in the retail industry where she ran the family business, Shorten's of London (men's and women's fashions) with her role and responsibility in sales, management and as buyer. She has created corporate 'dress for success' events and has led many successful charitable fundraisers and fashion shows. Linda was instrumental in the opening of the program's retail store on campus, Live Chic. Her teaching focus is on retail operations and marketing, fashion buying and event planning and promotion.

Linda's dedication to teaching is evident with her passion for fashion and the retail industry. She inspires other faculty in their teaching practices through her secondary role as faculty development consultant in Organizational Development and Learning.



Wendy Sperry

Wendy Sperry

Fashion Marketing and Management Faculty

Wendy is a full time professor at Fanshawe College where she has taught in both the Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design programs. For the past 23 years, she has been dedicated to inspire students to see a broader perspective of the fashion industry. Wendy has gained international experience teaching Fashion Design in India, and has been instrumental in developing courses in which student travel to Paris and Italy.

A graduate herself of the fashion program at Fanshawe, Wendy has gained knowledge and experience about the fashion industry by designing, manufacturing and marketing a high end line of children’s clothing across Canada.  She is passionate about design and the textiles used to create them, as well as the creative process through which they are transformed.


Deb Trotechaud

Fashion Marketing and Management Faculty

After graduating from the Fashion Design Program at Fanshawe College, Deb designed and manufactured high-end children’s clothing across Canada for 7 years. Her work was exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum and showcased in many magazines. Deb’s creativity and passion for merchandising and design came naturally; this combination was a integral piece in selling the line. She also gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from owning and operating her own stores in London and Toronto.

She then moved into the corporate head office world working for large retailers training and leading visual teams in store openings, store planning and operations. This career gave her many opportunities to travel and gain complete knowledge and understanding of branding and the global market. Deb has achieved many awards within the industry.

Her love for photography and styling has been a passion which she has focused on over the past 5 years.  

In 2002 Deb started teaching, Visual Merchandising, Textiles Science and Dynamics of Fashion in The Fashion Merchandising Program.  Becoming a full-time professor in 2006, Deb’s specialties include Technology in Design Principles, Dynamics of Fashion, Event Planning and Promotion, Styling for Photography, and Portfolio Development.

Deb has built strong partnerships within the fashion industry and community. She is involved with many charities - Wrap Around, The Children’s Museum, Animal Rescue and My Sister Place to name a few. “Supporting the city I live in is important to me”.

I love teaching what I know, sharing my experiences, and watching the students grow and succeed. I find the students really inspiring and they motivate me to be the best that I can be.



Kerri-Lynn McKenney

Fashion Marketing and Management Faculty

Kerri-Lynn teaches “Visual Merchandising” part-time and is currently a full-time District Visual Manager at Roots Canada. She graduated from the program in 2006 winning 'The Most Energetic Student Award!' She has spent the last 13 years gaining experience in the industry in roles such as: In-Store Merchandiser, Area Merchandiser and now District Visual Manager. She’s had the opportunity to travel across Canada & supported in many areas of the business including: new store openings, renovations, prop production and visual directive implementation. 

When Kerri-Lynn is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family & Great Dane. She gained interest in fashion at a very young age when her very first TV show favourite was “Today’s Special.” 

Kerri-Lynn is passionate about her commitment to relate to all students, provide a positive learning environment and support student success from all skill levels. She loves sharing her knowledge with the next generation.

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams


Karen Mcintosh

Fashion Marketing and Management Faculty

Karen began talking to mannequins at a young age, and though she didn’t know where her life or career would take her, it did eventually come right back around to those mannequins.

 After backpacking across Europe, Karen enrolled at the University of Waterloo where she graduated with a 4 yr General Arts BAHer summer job for years was working/managing an independent clothing store, and a happenstance discovery led her to the Fanshawe Fashion Merchandising Program.

 After completing the 2 year Fashion Merchandising program at Fanshawe College, Karen found her calling as a visual merchandiser.  She tried her hand at managing, but knew the mannequins were calling.  Karen was hired on as an in-store merchandiser at Le Chateau where she would wear many hats; dabbling in District Managing, Visual Display, Store Managing and settling into a rewarding career as an Area Merchandiser for Southwest Ontario, responsible for the visual impact of 6 stores.

Her career has taken her into the teaching field; teaching (and loving) Visual Merchandising, and the new challenge of teaching retail math.  She loves coming to work each day to pass on what she has learned in the field.

As for the mannequins… “they have made their way into my life and my dining room!”


CourtneyAshley McCrae-Gauvin

Fashion Marketing and Management Program Technician

Ashley Gauvin is an experienced leader and visual merchandiser with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry and now the educational services sector. She is a strong professional with a diploma focused in Visual Merchandising Arts from Conestoga College.


Ashley worked at Tim Hortons for over seven years while being a high school and college student. Before graduating from high school, she was promoted to part-time supervisor, then while she was in college, to part-time assistant manager. Once she graduated, she was promoted to store operations manager where she was able to embrace and demonstrate her leadership skills. While so grateful for all of her hands-on experience managing and operating a team of 60 staff at Tim Hortons, Ashley was ready to put her education to work and follow her dreams. She worked as a visual merchandiser and social media manager for a boutique called Gypsy Lee, a product coordinator at Boathouse, a retail operations manager at a Canadian boutique called Spareparts, and now works as a part-time visual merchandiser at La Senza while also working at Fanshawe College.

As a technologist, Ashley provides technical support for the Fashion Marketing and Management program courses and related activities. She supervises students, facilitates vinyl cutting and heat press for student projects while using the Adobe Master Collection, and aids student fundraising and promotional activities. While organizing and assisting the planning of field trips, special events, fashion shows, networking events, etc., Ashley also maintains an inventory of merchandising studio equipment. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys illustrating, thrift shopping, and live music.



Lauri Mead

Fashion Marketing and Management Store Field Coach

Lauri Mead is the Field Coach at Live Chic, the Fashion Marketing & Management Program’s on campus retail store. Lauri collaborates with the program’s faculty to assist and develop our students’ knowledge and skills in the operation of an actual retail store. These skills include customer service, working with vendors to buy product, visual merchandising and marketing.

Lauri has extensive experience both in the retail environment and in the classroom. Employed in store and corporately by both large retail chains and small independent retailers, she has provided innovative solutions to diverse retail merchandising, display and styling challenges. Lauri has taught part-time in the Visual Merchandising Arts program at Conestoga College and in the Fashion Marketing & Management program here at Fanshawe College. In her current role as Field Coach, Lauri enjoys using her knowledge of industry and her creative skills to give students the practical retail experience needed for their future.


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