The YMA FSF Board of Governors is comprised of a powerful network of influential fashion industry leaders representing a broad range of expertise in the field - from wholesale, to retail, to service providers and e-commerce.   Committed to excellence and deeply engaged with our mentorship, internship and career programs,  Board Members provide career advice, mentoring, guidance and hands-on experience for scholars just  launching careers in our exciting industry.




 William Susman PRESIDENT   Threadstone Advisors |  Founder, Managing Director

William Susman

Threadstone Advisors | Founder, Managing Director

 Doug Evans SECRETARY  FSF | Executive Director

Doug Evans

FSF | Executive Director

 Peter Sachse CHAIRMAN   

Peter Sachse


 Ken Wyse   

Ken Wyse


Board of Governors

Jeff Manby - Kohl's
Karen Murray - Sequential Brands Group
Kenneth Nolan - Calvin Klein/G-III Apparel Group
Mary Ann Shannon
Yehuda Shmidman
Stanley Silverstein - Perry Ellis International
David Sirkin -  PVH
Maureen Storch* - AAFA
Chip Thompson - Ralph Lauren
John Tighe - Peerless
Lana Todorovich - Ralph Lauren
Electa Varnish - Nautica
Jennifer Vecchio - Burlington Stores
Ron Ventricelli - Global Brands Group
Mike Alic - UBM
Paul Annunziata
Sam Archibald - Macy's
Shawn Austin
June DeFabio - Iconix
Abbey Doneger - The Doneger Group
Howard Feller - MMG Advisors
Mike Fralix - TC2
Alex Grinberg - Movado
Celeste Gudas - 24Seven Inc
Colleen Kelly - Alex Apparel
Mitchell Konsker - Jones Lang LaSalle
Aaron Ledet* -  VF Corp
John Lohnas - Amazon
*Non-voting member




From The Executive Director

Welcome to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, the  largest and oldest scholarship organization serving the needs of the fashion industry.

Education and developing channels for growth have always been true passions for me, and joining the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has provided a vehicle for combining my expertise to change lives and make dreams come true.

While taking time to glance through our website, I invite you to discover the worthwhile investment that we make on an annual basis in young people who dream of having a career in our exciting industry.  Our Board of Governors, staff and volunteers are committed to excellence.  I invite you to join us as a part of our team by either becoming a volunteer, purchasing a ticket to our dinner or being a donor with a tax deductible contribution.  You too are the future of fashion!