MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

MILDRED MONREAL

Interim Treasurer | Fundraising Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Mildred is an entrepreneur who runs a cosmetics line, Elsewear Cosmetics. The inspiration behind this career path came from a desire to lift her aunt’s spirits up during her battle with cancer. From there, she leaped forward into building a cosmetics line that could be worn by anyone, but particularly supports those in need of emotional support. Through this innovative approach, she hopes to touch more people’s lives and uplift others in sharing the joy of makeup.

“I am a first generation student, plus-size, African American Woman. I have traits and characteristics that place me in a lane that others would find as a disadvantage. It’s a journey to fall in love with yourself, but once you reach that point, you are unstoppable. As far as I see it, I am my biggest fan. It is my hope that my company will spread positivity through the beauty industry. The work I do is dedicated to anyone who doesn’t feel like they are pretty enough, smart enough, or those who feel like they don’t look the part”. I belong. You belong. We all belong. It is our time to showcase our unique selves for the world to see.”

CHRISTINE DONOVAN

Education Director | Chair of TFII Youth Programs

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.”

MELINDA K. ADAMS, PH.D

Education Director | Chair of TFII Adult Education Programs

San Antonio, Texas Member

Melinda

Erin O'Brien

Public Relations Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Erin

Leticia Ogilvie

Public Relations Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Leticia

Austin Alegria

Social Media/Marketing Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Austin

DIANA SNECKNER

General Board Member

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.”

Rosalinda de la Cruz

Community Outreach Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Rosalinda

Patricia Fernandez

Grants Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Patricia

Theresa Satterwhite

Events Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Theresa

Agosto Cuellar

Volunteer Director

San Antonio, Texas Member

Agosto

MEET THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

JEANELLY
CONCEPCION

President & Departments Manager

Jeanelly Concepcion has an M.S. in Natural Resource Conservation & Management and as  president she offers her expertise in sustainability and eco-friendly fashion while taking on multiple duties and tasks with the Board. Originally from New York City, the Dominican-American sustainable fashion advocate lived in Puerto Rico for over 22 years before relocating to Texas in 2012. She now enjoys a highly successful Creative Content career at TheFashionLotus.com. She is a Texas influencer and has been a freelance fashion contributor and Style Editor for online fashion media for several years. The former VP, now President of TFII believes in empowering people through conscious fashion and helping them feel beautiful no matter what their financial situation, body shape, age or where they live or work. Concepcion is dedicated to the the TFII mission of empowering, educating and building futures for Texas Fashion Professionals.

SAIGE
THOMAS

Vice-President & Events Executive Producer

Saige Thomas is a Texas-based fashion photographer and fashion show producer who has worked as the in-house photographer for Style Lush TV since 2019. Originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Saige moved to San Antonio in 2010 while she served active duty in the United States Air Force. During her time in the military, Saige completed a medical mission in the Dominican Republic and completed a tour in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Saige retired from the military in 2021, leaving with 3 medals, several awards, and a Green Belt Process Improvement certification. Saige is a TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ founding member & served as the first executive producer. Saige aspires to contribute to the growth of San Antonio through her art, advocacy, and volunteerism as Vice-President elect for the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501c3.

KAIA
DUBLIN

Secretary &
Events Coordinator

Kaia Dublin is a Professional and Founding Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative, and Texas Fashion Week since 2018 lending her knowledge in online fashion media, styling, and backstage management. A fashion and music entrepreneur who is local at heart with an international outlook, Kaia Dublin is a fashion creative director and entertainer of her own personal brand, KAIA DUBLIN, where she curates savvy, sexy and sophisticated looks through her fashion apparel, while entertaining her followers with her premier DJ music services. Kaia also has a passion and educational background in the Behavior Health field in which she advocates and creates inclusion programs for Autism and developmental delayed children as the President of One Love Children’s Foundation since 2019. With her growing knowledge in the fashion industry and her passion and experience with fundraising and event planning at her own non-profit, she has most recently accepted the Secretarial position for the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501c3 serving the Texas Fashion community. 

MEET EVEN MORE OF OUR TEXAS FASHION LEADERS AT OUR PROFESSIONALS DIRECTORY.