Board of Directors BIOs


Angela Johnson is an award winning, eco-friendly clothing designer with 20 years of experience in the fashion industry as a Designer, Production Manager, Instructor, Consultant and industry insider. She is best known for creating tailored ball gowns and other keepsake garments from “thrifted” and recycled T-shirts sold online at and for co-launching AZ’s Fashion Industry Headquarters at F.A.B.R.I.C., the non-profit AZ Apparel Foundation, and AZ’s Fashion Directory LabelHorde at

Angela got her start in L.A. working in design and production for X-Large Manufacturing, the line owned by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys and X-Girl, the line owned by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. In the mid 1990’s she co-owned Monkeywench, a board sports inspired collection with Days or Our Lives actress Christie Clark. Today, she upcycles an award-winning collection of garments made from T-shirts and runs F.A.B.R.I.C. and LabelHorde. She has won numerous awards including Fashion Group International of Arizona’s Rising Star in 2004, Artist of the Year by the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Chairman’s Committee in 2005, Best Local Fashion Designer by Arizona Foothills 2010-Present, and Chicest Local Designer by 944 Magazine in 2007. She teaches fashion classes at local colleges and offers fashion business consultation services. She has been featured in countless books, magazines and television/internet programs. She was also the Regional Director of Fashion Group International of Arizona for 2014-2017.
SECRETARY: SHERRI BARRY Sherri is a former design entrepreneur, senior marketing, sales and operations executive with a proven track record in generating substantial revenue growth. She has supervised, with P&L and overall decision making responsibility, 275+ retail stores generating $300+ million in annual sales, with 30 direct reports and 2500 indirect reports. She has executive experience overseeing and executing strategy for fully integrated marketing campaigns and sales efforts and proudly launched a new brand campaign that was recognized as a finalist at the 2013 North American Effie Awards.

Sherri has business acumen in retailing, budgeting, financial analysis, strategy development, teambuilding, communications and supply chain logistics. Sherri started her own apparel line, Design Intoxication, in 2006 and launched a line under the labels TeamCouture and CompanyCouture. The struggles of manufacturing in California ignited her passion for creating a reliable local resource for emerging designers. She has earned a Master of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a true entrepreneur at heart and can support significant capacity building through her experience, education, innovation and hard work.
Jeanne Hankerson
Hankerson is the founder/designer of SJ Couture. A high end luxury bridal gown business. Jeanne has been recognized as a "designer to watch" within the industry and her designs have been featured on Huff post weddings as well a E! News and Access Hollywood. With 5 years of experience in the fashion industry and having run 2 previous businesses as the comptroller she has an appreciation for the bottom line and financial reports as they pertain to the success of any business as well as a keen eye for design.


A native of Fort Lee, New Jersey, Fran Mallace came to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University. Mallace began her advertising career working on the client side, and then advertising agency side of the media business. Following her successes in positions such as Account Supervisor and Media and Marketing Director, Mallace decided to explore advertising sales and landed an Account Executive position with KUTP TV 45.

Fran joined Cox Media/Cox Communications in 1992 as a national sales manager and, since that time, has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility in Arizona, Atlanta and California operations.

Fran’s leadership and service also extends to the community, where she has served on Cox Charities as well as the boards of American Advertising Federation for the Phoenix Chapter and served twice as president, Better Business Bureau of San Diego, the Chrysalis Shelter for Women, the Foundation for Blind Children, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, East Valley Crisis Center, and honorary chair for the Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona.

Currently Fran is on the board for the Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation including chairing their development committee and ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication also chairing the Cronkite luncheon event for several years. She is also a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).

Fran holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Management from Arizona State University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has been awarded the Southwest Cable Association Pioneer Hall of Fame (2014), American Advertising Federation Ad Person of the Year (2009), a Top 25 Business Women in Arizona by Arizona’s Woman Magazine (2009), one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable (2009, 2010), has earned 12 Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB) Awards, the 2006 CAB President’s Award and three Cox Vision Awards. Fran is married with two daughters ages 19 and 22.


Born and raised in Phoenix, Dustin has always had a deep love for his city and everything it had to offer. After discovering his love for fashion in the mid-2000s he became active in the scene as a writer for the website PHXNOIR. Over the years, he noticed most of the talent in Phoenix left for other, more established markets. He then decided he would dedicate his time to shape Phoenix into a place where emerging talent would sew stitches into the fabric of the city and establish our market as the next home base for fashionable creatives.

Eva Louis
BOARD MEMBER: EVA LOUIS  is known for her work in social media, marketing and positive promotions of artists and individuals in film, fashion, arts, music, and entertainment. You will often find her on the red carpet at regional and local fashions show, film festivals, and networking events interviewing attendees and connecting others. She spends her time helping artists and businesses focus on their passion and sharing their gifts with the world. Eva is recognized as an advocate for many causes and charities in the community, such as MY LIFE - Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment. She also participates in the film community as an actress, filmmaker, and in a media role with her company Chronic Behavior and supporting team where they provide video reporting (via Talking the Five Talk Show) as well as event coverage through the company blog Film and Fashion Futures. She enjoys writing, encouraging others, and sharing her inspirations to promote positivity.Her other experience includes working with fortune 100 companies overseeing IT Technologies related to hardware, software, and services globally. She currently consults in PR, marketing, project and asset management, personal and business coaching and has worked internationally since her career started back in the 90s.
Vice President of Merchandising at, has a keen eye for design and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in merchandising and product planning to the table. Credited with creating the fun and sexy designs found in Yandy's private label Everyday Intimates and swim categories, Pilar draws on inspirations from her surroundings and upbringing as an Arizona native in all of her designs. Pilar has created a unique range of styles for Yandy at an attainable price point, allowing women to try something new or develop a complete lingerie wardrobe. Prior to joining Yandy in 2012, Pilar previously held the position of buyer at the venerable department store Dillard's where she developed her sense of merchandising and product development. She is a graduate of FIDM with a degree in Fashion Merchandise Marketing and now boasts 10+ years of experience in merchandising, design, buying and photoshoot styling.
Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian, is Librarian turned Hipstorian. After relocating to Arizona, Marshall often heard the cry “there is no history, here,” but that was simply not true. Following his passion for uncovering the weird, the wonderful, and the obscure treasures from our past: those semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. He has developed an almost cult like following for sharing history through trivia, tours, and lectures. Marshall has been recognized by the Phoenix New Times for preserving and sharing history. WEARizona was started during Arizona’s Centennial (2012) to promote Arizona’s fashion history and to help support the growing local fashion industry.