Lucy Lau Bigham graduated with a B.A. in Design from Nairobi University followed by an M.A. in International Business Analysis from the University of Northampton, UK. Lau has been a community leader and textile scholar who has managed development projects working with the disadvantaged communities in Kenya, training marketable skills for income supplementation. She is currently coordinating a program that trains and mentors inner city youth in textile silkscreen printing at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
Cynthia Porter received a B.F.A. in Artisanry from Boston University. She has taught design and textile classes at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than 10 years. Her work, including her sculpture, has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the eastern United States, including the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial and Drexel University’s Nesbit Gallery of the Arts and Design in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently a board member of the Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council.
Mary Roberts graduated with a B.F.A. in textiles and design from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Since 1988, she has worked for The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, where she has served as Project Manager and the International Apprenticeship Coordinator. She lectures and teaches internationally and contributes to numerous publications.
Tony Brown is a student physician at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Osteopathic Medicine , Graduate School of Biological Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. For five years, he served as a Medical Officer for the U. S. Army Reserve. He also serves as the Medical Director of Global United Health Benefits.
Meaghan Hogan is Director of Special Projects in the School of Arts and Sciences, External Affairs, at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, she helps engage alumni on the west coast with the School's priorities and also creates planned giving strategies. A former attorney, Meaghan practiced trusts and estates and tax litigation for four years in Atlanta, Georgia, before beginning her career in development at Emory University. She is a Philadelphia native and lives in the South Kensington neighborhood.
Claudine Katin is an artist and sales professional who has worked representing designers in the marketplace for 25 years. She has aided designers and manufacturers in the development and distribution of their highly crafted products. As an account executive she is responsible for implementing sales, marketing and merchandizing strategies.