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Dr. Kathleen Heiden
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Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies Advisory Board





Linda Sivils, PhD, Chair

Professional Experience: Served as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Interim Director of the School of Human Ecology, Louisiana Tech University, 1967 to 2008; Retired in May of 2008.

Currently manage Museum of Fashion & Textiles at Louisiana Tech and volunteer teach History of Fashion.


Dr. Sivils has extensive background in teaching, in development and supervision of internship and cooperative education programs, in travel study programs, and in museum curation and management.

Educational Background: B.S., Home Economics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1966; M.S. , Related Arts, Crafts, and Interior Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1967; Ph.D., Clothing, Textiles, and Fine Arts, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, 1976.



Penny Humphries


Tech degree: Merchandising and Consumer Affairs, Class of '79

Occupation: Director of Development, Louisiana Tech University Foundation

Development Officer for the College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts


Retail/Industry Experience:   Worked as a buyer in a large family-owned department store, Lewis & Co., located in the Ruston community; bought for many departments in 10 years at Lewis & Co. including: dress/coat/fur buyer, store off-price buyer, junior buyer, and children’s buyer; coordinated special events and style shows for the store; worked with buying offices in New York, and served as the store liaison in contracting the Los Angeles buying office

 Wholesale vendor for a uniform company selling to fire and police departments; used knowledge of textiles working with Kevlar and fire-resistant fabric

Fashion Coordinator for Pecanland Mall, in Monroe, La.; responsible for planning and creating special events, including fashion shows and specific store promotions; developed and worked closely with a large fashion board of local model.

Personal Comment:

As a development officer at Louisiana Tech University I am privileged to play a significant role in the articulation of the University’s mission and purpose in working with alumni and friends. It is also an honor to serve on the Human Ecology Advisory Board at Louisiana Tech University. I feel very fortunate to be an advocate for the Merchandising Department and to give back to a program that challenged and inspired me and gave me opportunities for a multifaceted career. 


Heather Jach



Martha Vail