Curriculum Vitae

Summary of Qualifications:  

An accomplished, recognized and respected business leader. With a proven track record of building successful partnerships, relationships and growing business.

 Core competencies include: Sales, Operations, Project Management, Leading & Motivating Teams, Operations Management, Executive Leadership, Compelling Marketing & Sales Campaigns, Effective Communication, Creating Training Materials, Managing Budgets & Financial planning, Customer Service, Public Relations, Event Production & Management, Talent Management, Business Growth, Organizational Design and Development, and Team/ Volunteer Retention.  Diverse industry experience: Consumer Goods/ Retail, Entertainment/Events, Tourism, and Professional Services spanning start-up’s to mid-sized private and publicly held companies. Including Domestic and International assignments.


Leadership Experience:

President, Canter Creative Group                                                          2021 – Present

This is Rebranded APA Business Consulting.

Specializing in events, production & creative directions for commercials, photo shoots and marketing/ sales campaigns.Specialists in branding, cohesion, consistency in brand identity, marketing campaigns and generating sales through stimulating content or events.

Owner, Cleaner Coops                                                                                 2021 – Present

Chicks who clean your chicken coop. Cleaner coops is a chicken cleaning service to do the dirty work for you. Keeping your feathered friends healthy, safe and loved.
Started as a full automated business online, a subscription business model and completely passive income.

Adjunct Professor, Palomar College                                                      2017 – Present

Community College located in San Marcos with 250 associate’s degree programs. Adjunct Professor for Buying & Retail Management 120 and CE150 Cooperative Learning (Internship course). Both emphasize developing, maintaining, & growing strong brands/ businesses in the relevant market place.

APA Business Consulting, Inc., President CEO                                   2005 – 2020

The mission of APA Business Consulting is to empower entrepreneurs to see their business dreams become a reality. We do this using strategies, methods, and special events to create larger impact for our clients. Unlike other consultants, we are very hands on. We work with “for profit” and “not-for-profit” in need of special events, strategic sales events, customer experience, team building, fundraising, business development, brand development, and general events. Our core values are quality, honesty and integrity.

  • Business and Brand Development Specializing in Operations, Marketing & Sales.
  • Creative Direction and Management on major marketing campaigns such as billboards, marketing material, TV commercials, internet ads and email communication.
  • Strategic events for increased sales, profits and brand visibility for both for-profits and not-for-profits a like.

Key Accomplishments in this role:

Finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” awards (2009, 2012, 2013)

San Diego Magazine Women of the Year finalist (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018)

Fashion Week San Diego ®, Founder & Director                                     2007 – 2021    

Internationally recognized and industry respected Fashion Week,  showcasing emerging ($1 million in sales or under) designers from all around the word. Including Leaders of industry in Beauty, Hair and Art who participate in Southern California’s longest and largest fashion week. FWSD is not just a week, but a full year of monthly events building to main events in the fall. Attendance has been 20,000 in the main week. This event works closely with local governments and is the only Bi-National Fashion Week in the World. To date FWSD has been able to showcase over 100+ brands, and act as an accelerator launching these brands. Partners have included Fortune 500 corporations, Government Leaders and celebrity endorsements.

  • Developed multi-year events and marketing/ PR strategy to support and enable the designers growthand companies brand objectives.  Implemented improved sponsorship strategies to include retaining current supporters, foster new partners and grow audience participation.  Developed and implemented talent assessment and placement strategy to support people and organizational capability goals.
  • Completed organizational analysis across all groups on productivity, critical need and total cost of workforce.Achieved cost savings targets by increasing volunteers,  reducing layers and optimizing leadership structure.
  • Led development and implementation of all communication for the brand including goals of our public relations outreach to not only local, but national and international media partners.
  • Created and initiated compelling targeted campaigns to keep audience high and maintain our average tickets sales per year.
  • Created a proven system of operations for the organization to follow across all levels of participation. Including mitigating risk and risk assessments with training materials.


Key Accomplishments in this Role:

Case Study published on Immigration & the Fashion Industry with World Famous Fashion Designer, Naeem Kahn.

Proclamation from California Senate, presented by Assembly Member Todd Gloria

Proclamation from Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Four Proclamations from County Supervisors of San Diego (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Proclamation from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria

Recognition from California State Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher



    Thomas Jefferson Law School, “Intellectual Property & Brand Management.”

                        Palomar College, “The Business of Fashion.”

                        California State University San Marcos, “Entrepreneurship.”

  The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise, “Entrepreneurship.”

San Diego State University, “Hospitality & Tourism pertaining to major Events.”

                        University of California San Diego, “Business Communications.”

                        National University, “Organizational Leadership for Everyone.”

World Intellectual Property Day presented by the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office, “Power Change: Women in Entrepreneurship and Creativity.”

Fashion Art Business Authority workshop(s) “Fundraising , Sales, Business of Fashion”

Panelist -Sharp Heels Conference “Effective Communication & Team Building.”

Art Renewal Center (New York) “The Art & Beauty Behind Fashion.”

SCORE “Retail 101.”

Special Training:

Conflict Mediation and Management      2002 & 2009

Toast Masters International, Competent Communicator (only 10% complete this) 2008

Toast Masters International, Speech Contest winner in Table Topics  2008

Think, Feel, Know Certificate   2011

Human Resources Laws Training & Certificate   2014

Philanthropic Engagements:

Vanguard Culture, Advisory Committee Member                                                     2017- present

Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Board Member & Volunteer                                2003- present

FAB Authority/Fashion Art Business Authority,  2015 – 2018

Executive Director & Founder (non-paid, passion project) 501©3

Art for Barks, Board Member  2011- 2015

St. Paul’s Senior Center, Event Committee Member & Volunteer                       2008-2014

Chair of LUV Gala for St. Paul’s Senior Center    2014

Love on a Leash, Pet Therapy Volunteer    2008-2013

Angels Family Foster Network, Board Member    2010-2013

Second Chance Dog Rescue   (Fostered over 20 dogs)                                           2010-2013




Bachelor of Science in  Organizational Leadership, National University, San Diego, Ca

Associate of Arts in Merchandise Marketing, Phi Theta Kappa- Honor Society, The Fashion Institute of Merchandise & Design, San Diego, Ca