Alumni Career Profiles

Nicole Cadotte, Class of 2003, Apparel Design
  Technical Design Manager
Company: New Balance, Brighton, MA
Job description:  Manage a team of 8, including a technical designer in Hong Kong. Responsible for fit, construction, and quality in all product categories for global Apparel line. Work closely with Sourcing and Design teams to ensure calendar deadlines are met.

David Ambach, Class of 1997, Merchandising
 Buyer - HomeGoods, Decorative Accessories
Company: TJX Corporation,  Framingham, MA
Job description:
  Responsibilities include the negotiation and purchasing of all decorative accessories products for HomeGoods; seasonal planning; event planning, etc. Travel to NYC, Bali, Thailand, Taiwan, China, and the Philippines. Began as an Allocation Analyst at TJX and promoted to Senior Allocation Analyst, Associate Planner, Associate Buyer Level 1, Associate Buyer Level 2 to current position of Buyer

Ellen DiBattista, Class of 1998, Merchandising
Position: Men's Apparel Merchandise Manager
 Reebok International Ltd., Canton, MA
Job description:  Plan, analyze and strategize the allocation of product to factory outlet stores.  Manage inventories of 110+ stores with sales up to $70 million and shipments of $90 million effecting 25% of our retail business.

Katherine Boutin, Class of 2001, Merchandising
Position: Product Development Manager
Company:  Performance Lifestyle Group (formerly Stride Rite Corp.), MA
Job description:  Manage the development/commercialization process for Robeez Brand. Work with cross functional global teams (fit, product management, materials, designers, production planning, and product safety) to ensure we meet our timelines.  Work directly with factories and travel internationally for developing seasonal lines.

Melissa Boucher Murphy, Class of 2003, Apparel Design
Position: Technical Designer
 Old Navy/Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA
Job description:
 Create technical packages with garment specs and construction details.  Conduct fittings with designers and merchants on live models.  Evaluate garment quality and construction.  Communicate fit comments and pattern corrections to vendors.

Margaret Keevan, Class of 2002, Apparel Design
Position: Senior Product Development Specialist
Company: TJX Corporation, Framingham, MA
Job description: Develop apparel for T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.  Research current trends; participate in prototype meetings to express ideas, flat sketch, and develop styles; set-up initial costing spreadsheets; review and prepare comments for submitted fabrics, trims, lab dips, and embroideries; communicate with international agents and factories; work with product manager in fitting samples; and measure garments to compare with original measurement specifications.

Kathy Pizura, Class of 1992, Apparel Design
Position:  Technical Designer for sweaters
Company: J. Jill, Quincy MA
Job Description:  Develop flat sketch, construction details and measurement specifications in the form of a technical specification package.  Fit sample garment on live model and instruct factory on corrections.  Previously worked for Talbots Corporate office as a Product Technician for sweaters and cut/sew knits.

Jennifer Akoury, Class of 2001, Apparel Design
Position: Junior Designer
Company:  Reebok International Ltd., Canton, MA
Job description: Designer for women’s NBA fan gear.  Technical  designer for NBA Collection including basic designs and preparation of artwork for development.  Designer for special make up's and licensed apparel for other companies.

Jennifer Pelletier, Class of 2000, Merchandising
Position:  Buyer in Seasonal Department
Company:  BJ’s Wholesale Home Office, Natick, MA
Job Description:  Buy Christmas items such as trees, lights, ornaments, and outdoor displays; buy summer items such as patio and pool supplies, cushions, umbrellas, gazebos, statuary and hammocks.

Kathryn O'Loughlin, Class of 2006, Merchandising
Position: Planning and Allocation Analyst
Company:  Converse, MA
Job description: Manage the inventory of men's, women's and youth apparel and accessories for 52 outlet stores.  Analyze sales history and capacity to plan volume rankings by store, develop breaks quantities for stores based off of the buy and volume rankings, and allocate new styles to stores for each floor set.  Plan and develop assortments for new stores, based off of forecasted business and current sales trends.  Analyze sales trends by running weekly sales reports to recap best sellers and current promotions. Travel to stores across the country to gain knowledge on our customer base in different markets and attend line review meetings to plan for future product assortments.