Meet the Team

  • Lauren Copeland
    TT - Assistant Professor
    lcopela6 [at] kent.edu
    330-672-0498
  • Paula Dancie
    NTT - Associate Lecturer
    pdancie [at] kent.edu
    330-672-0189
  • Jihyun Kim, Ph.D.
    TT - Graduate Program Coordinator & Professor
    jkim55 [at] kent.edu
    330-672-1473
  • Kendra Lapolla
    TT - Faculty Director of The Fashion School Store, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design
    klapolla [at] kent.edu
    330-672-0138
  • Assistant Professor, Dr. Rachel LoManaco-Benzing
    NTT - Assistant Professor
    rlomonac [at] kent.edu
    330-672-5025
  • Marguerite Loomis
    Fashion School Store Manager
    mloomis6 [at] kent.edu
    330-677-2419
  • Vince Quevedo
    TT - Associate Professor
    vqueved1 [at] kent.edu
    (330) 672-0198

The Fashion School Store team is lead by Dr. Jihyun Kim (a.k.a Dr. J.), the faculty director for the store. The daily in-store operations are overseen by store manager Marguerite Loomis. Assisting Loomis in the store, are a talented and dedicated group of fashion merchandising and design students. 

In addition, the store has an advisory group made up of Kent State Fashion School faculty. Associate lecturer, Paula Dancie, is the lead of the store's BESPOKE product line planning and engineering. Associate professor, Vince Quevedo, is the faculty leader for the Collaborative Fashion Production class taught in the Fashion School. Assistant professor, Kendra Lapolla, is the lead of product innovation of the store. Dr. Lauren Copeland, an assistant professor, leads the store's retail innovation. Rounding out the team is assistant professor, Dr. Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing, who serves as the store's small-business specialist.