MEET OUR CHAIRS

The TFII Professionals Directory is a place for the world to discover quality Texas fashion talent. These professionals work at an excelled level and display years of experience in their field. Through the TFII Professionals Directory, members meet other Texas fashion industry professionals, build relationships, do business with other Texans and serve as leading advocates for the positive growth of the Texas Fashion Industry globally. Click on their image to discover these incredible ambassadors and their businesses below.

JESSE DANIELS

Chair of TFII Business Strategies & Planning

20 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

The TFII Professionals Directory is a place for the world to discover quality Texas fashion talent. These professionals work at an excelled level and display years of experience in their field. Through the TFII Professionals Directory, members meet other Texas fashion industry professionals, build relationships, do business with other Texans and serve as leading advocates for the positive growth of the Texas Fashion Industry globally. Click on their image to discover these incredible ambassadors and their businesses below.

CHRISTINE DONOVAN

Chair of TFII Youth Programs

6 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Christine is a Fashion Design teacher for entry level students for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. She has been teaching fashion since starting at Stevens HS. She has provided many opportunities for her students to explore their dreams of being in the fashion industry. She has the largest fashion department in NISD and strives to provide students with knowledge of the industry as well as experience with designing and creating. Some of the things they’ve done include the UIW Red Dress Fashion Show, FashionABLE, Texas State Fashion Merchandising Forum, and volunteer to work behind the scenes during the 2019 Fashion Week SATX™ fashion shows.

“I teach students here in SA who have a passion for fashion, but just need a little help to follow their dream. I strive to provide students with knowledge of the industry as well as experience with designing and creating. I think it’s important to share all the wonderful opportunities SA has to offer.”

CALLEY RIVERA

Chair of TFII Manufacturing Initiative

9 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Calley was in the Civil Engineering Field with the United States Airforce for 8 years. This incredible veteran is now a Fashion Designer, Technical Designer & Fashion Consultant. She has been in the field for nine years and now runs her company, CRC Manufacturing in San Antonio, Texas. Through her Gerber technology resources, she hopes to foster innovation in the manufacturing culture in Texas and leads the way for initiatives that will help create an ecosystem of creation for our local artists and producers of goods. Services provided include pattern making, grading, sample making, marker making and small run production services for private label brands. They also provide technical design, tech pack development and a host of other services. Calley also holds a Bachelors of Applied Arts & Science and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration & Managment from the University of the Incarnate word. Her well rounded intelligence, attention to work ethic and superior experience make her one of San Antonio’s most valuable resources for her field. She is a strong advocate for the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry because she truly understands the power of knowledge in the field, having quality skills, and strong human resources that can fulfill specific sectors of the industry.

“I work in this field and my business success is dependent on a healthy local industry as well as statewide. Most of my clients are Texans and their success is my passion.”

SHARMON LEBBY

Chair of TFII Fashion Sustainability Advocacy

9+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Sharmon is president of The Ethical Network of San Antonio, a group of people and businesses who are prioritizing ethics in their work and purchases. They strive to bring people together to network, support fair trade, local jobs, social enterprise and global missions in support of sustainability advocacy. When she’s not consuming NadaMoo in epic portions, Sharmon is styling people in “ethical wears”.  She enjoys helping out other non profits, and has been a Stylist and Creative Director for Revolution Thrift as well as the Social Media Director for Love in Action. She is also the founder of Blessed Designs, an ethical and sustainable clothing brand.

“I am excited to lead the conversation for fashion sustainability with TFII. At Ethical Network we strive to bring people together for this cause and come TEXAS FASHION WEEK™, we hope to make a big impact for awareness.”

CRYSTAL COMBS

Chair of TFII Media Relations

9+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Crystal is a regular among the San Antonio, Texas photography circuit. You will find her out and about shooting celebrities, city events, festivals and every type of memorable outing you can imagine. She owns Crystal Clear Photography and freelances regularly. When it comes to fashion, she has a passion for shooting this medium. 

“Fashion is art, and as a fellow artist it inspires my work daily. I’m excited to shoot for TFII and to lend my expertise to gain media resources for our mission.”

NICK KIRPES

Chair of Streetwear Industry Advocacy

21+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

With only 4 years in the industry, Nick and his elevated streetwear brand VRARE have seen rapid success and locally and nationally. He hosted an event for Los Angeles Fashion Week, and has had his Brand featured on British GQ three times. When he is not in San Antonio, he is traveling the nation with his brand and continuously seeks new ways to innovate the industry.

“I am passionate about the fashion industry’s growth because it gives an entire community of creatives like myself a continuously growing platform. I am proud to be Chair of the Streetwear Industry Advocacy movement and can’t wait to support this genre of fashion come time for TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ in the fall.”

LARI NELSON

Chair of Model Industry Advocacy

25+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Lari has been in the fashion industry for over 30 years and grew up in a family that owned a factory, retail stores and showroom in the major markets. For the past 15 years she has trained models at her company THE AGENCY Model & Talent and through her guidance and grooming, has succeeded in sending off many to the larger markets, including New York, Japan, Milan, and the list just continues. Her models grow into their own walking shows for the major fashion houses and back home, she continues to scout and seek her next shooting stars. With decades of honorable service to her fashion community, the city and the industry, Lari recently won the first Texas Fashion Industry Professional of the Year Award at the 2019 San Antonio Fashion Awards and continues to be a mother agency to her “model children” afar and at home.

“My family owned a factory, retail stores and showrooms in the major markets, so I have a great admiration for Texas Fashion because, I know it’s hard work! Now with over 15 years of training models and sending them off to larger markets under my belt, I can understand the entire process of the fashion industry on a deeper level and am incredibly proud to pass on my knowledge as a proud representative and leader of the Texas Fashion Industry.” 

DIANA SNECKNER

Chair of Model Industry Fundraising

21+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Diana is the owner and director of her company, Avant Agency Inc. A highly experienced fashion industry professional, Diana has worked as a fashion producer/coordinator for over 20 years. She has produced shows for Seventeen Magazine, Glamour Magazine, as well as produced fashion shows for commercial brands such as Tide Laundry Detergent. She has also served as an international fashion show producer for 8 years taking her Avant Agency Fashion models to Mexico City in partnership with AM Producciones. The fashion shows were aired by Televisa. On the print side of things, she worked as a fashion editor for AMUZE Magazine, and created some incredible work during her time there.

“San Antonio has a unique multicultural and diverse footprint as a destination city with a large Hispanic population. We have a geographic advantage to Mexico and Latin America that gives us a niche in introducing cross cultural influences in fashion and introducing that to the rest of the world! As a resident in San Antonio, I would like to see more of the best of the best fashion designers show us their work in fashion show events. I would like to help retailers -especially those that are small business retailers- have fashion events available to support their healthy growth in light of todays competitive on line market share. I want to support keeping business local and with that, keeping our city flavorfully unique.”

MICHELLE TAYLOR

Chair of TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ Glam Squad Resoures

23 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Michelle has owned Smooth Lines Salon & Spa since 1996. She brings her experience and talent to the forefront. She is an advocate for continuous training for herself and her team.

“At Smooth Lines Salon & Spa we are devoted to education, exceptional customer service and artistic excellence. Through the highest quality spectrum of salon and spa services and products, we make all of our customer’s look and feel fantastic. Our Stylist are trained by the leading stylist from Coast to Coast. We maintain a high standard of education for our team and work to ensure our clients look their best. We are so excited to support the Texas fashion industry during FASHION WEEK SATX™. Come on out, see our work, meet the team and book your appointments with us.”

AMBER YBARRA

Chair of Positive Mindset within the Fashion Industry

5 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Amber is the beautiful and charismatic founder of The Positive Platform. The Positive Platform By Amber serves in creating a space for women to learn tangible ways to improve their personal and/or business life as well as build a community of like minded women who support one another. Amber has also been a body positive model, so she knows first hand what it takes to be leader for a movement, how to practice mental strength, share herself with others and work hard to achieve the “impossible”. Through her modeling she gained experience in print, magazines, commercials and ultimately she won the Curves Model of the Year award. Through her platform, she hopes to inspire and uplift women and serve as a leading example of diversity and encouragement. She is a motivational speaker and strives to teach support as well as practice it every day.

“I’ve been a model and photographer for the past few years and I own 2 businesses out of this wonderful City. I love to support the community to the highest of my capacity and look forward to growing and continuing forward with my businesses and TFII!”

MARY RODRIGUEZ

Chair of Grant Writing

20 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Mary Rodriguez has brought in millions of dollars for the McAllen Independent School District as an educational grant writer and now seeks to help our initiative so that her daughter as well as many other future fashion entrepreneurs can have a brighter future in fashion industry without having to leave Texas.  

“I am proud to support the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative as their Chair of Grant Writing and do what I can to make this industry thrive for future generations of fashion community in Texas”

MEET THE BOARD

JEANELLY
CONCEPCION

Vice President

Jeanelly has an M.S. in Natural Resource Conservation & Managment. As vice president she offers her expertise in sustainability and eco-friendly fashion while taking on multiple duties and tasks with the president. Originally from New York City, Jeanelly is of Dominican roots. Having lived in Puerto Rico for over 22 years, she now enjoys a highly successful fashion blogging career at TheFashionLotus.com. She is a Texas influencer and has been a freelance fashion contributor for Style Lush TV for several years. She believes in empowering women through fashion and helping them feel beautiful no matter what their financial situation, body shape, age or where they live or work.

BURGUNDY
WOODS

President

Ms. Woods and her Hollywood colleagues pioneered the online fashion media industry over ten years ago. Many of the stylized ideas and tools launched at that time are still used as industry standard to this day. Having worked for major record labels, including Virgin Records, EMI Music, Capitol, and Interscope, starring as Fashion Curator of MySpace, Inc.’s Fashion Channel and assisting the design department at Laundry by Shelli Segal as well as working with other world famous brands, she felt confident in launching her own fashion media company in 2010. She returned to San Antonio, Texas in 2014 and celebrates nine fruitful years with her company, Style Lush TV Fashion News this year.

CRYSTAL
MARTINEZ

Secretary

Crystal Martinez serves as secretary of the TFII Board and offers her experience as a fashion entrepreneur as well as an experienced professional with financial institutions. A lover of vintage, Crystal is known for her unparalleled curation, styling, and buying power of 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and other vintage decades. A current resident of San Antonio, Texas, Crystal enjoys offering her skills to private clientele and has been a freelance fashion contributor for Style Lush TV for several years as well. She  believes fashion serves the soul and can take you on a journey. Whether it’s a creative feeling from the past or an example of self expression in the present, fashion is transcendent. 

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