SAB Member Bios
2022-2023 TATM Student Advisory Board
Colby Hopper is a second year M.S. candidate from Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated summa cum laude in 2021 from NC State University with a B.S. in Fashion and Textile Design, concentration in Textile Design. Colby has completed contract work for Cotton Incorporated and an apparel design internship with American Eagle Outfitters. She also received the Jacques Weber Centennial Scholarship from the North Carolina Textile Foundation and Philadelphia Scholarship from the International Furnishings and Design Association. Her thesis focuses on the development of home textiles for users with mental health impairments. She is expected to graduate in the spring of 2023 with a Master of Science in Textiles. Colby plans to pursue a career in the developing sustainable and inclusive fashion industry.
Becky Koch is a second year graduate student from Raleigh, North Carolina, pursuing her Master of Textiles. She is expected to graduate in May of 2023. In May of 2021, she graduated cum laude from NC State University with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Textile Management, concentrating in fashion development and product management, with a minor in design studies. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, Becky was a student athlete on the NC State Cheerleading Team and served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She just loved NC State and the Wilson College of Textiles so much that she couldn’t leave quite yet. While in grad school, she works part-time in custom menswear at Alton Lane. She has past product and retail experience with Reborn Clothing Co. and American Eagle Outfitters. Upon graduation, Becky plans to pursue a career in product development.
Sarah Jarrell is a senior majoring in fashion and textile design and is a first-year Master of Textiles candidate through the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program. Sarah is a Park-Centennial Scholar, a college ambassador, a research assistant and a brand ambassador for Kohl’s. She has also completed work with Platform Magazine, served as the PINK Campus Team photographer, and has been involved with the multicultural greek sorority, Kappa Phi Lambda, since her first year. She is expected to complete her undergraduate degree program in fall of 2022, and graduate with her Master of Textiles in spring of 2023. After graduation, her plans are to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she has accepted a full-time position as an associate designer for Kohl’s.
Nicole Micchia is a sophomore from Wake Forest, North Carolina, studying fashion and textile management, with a concentration in brand management and marketing, and a minor in business administration. Nicole is a recipient of the Syd. B Alexander Scholarship through the Wilson College of Textiles. She currently serves on the executive board as house manager for the Iota Phi Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha and is a member of the National Retail Federation. She is expected to graduate in the spring of 2025 before pursuing a marketing or merchandising career in the industry. Nicole is thrilled to serve on the TATM Student Advisory Board and plans to take on a leadership role in the future.
Olivia Cormaci is a sophomore majoring in fashion and textile management, with a concentration in brand management and marketing, and a minor in environmental science. Olivia is a part of the Wilson College Ambassador program and the Greater Good Textile Group. Since joining the Greater Good Textile Group, she has helped with campus events such as the Sustainable Business Forum and the Clothing Swap. After graduation, Olivia hopes to be involved in a sustainably-led textile company in a role focused on supply chain management or merchandising. Olivia is passionate about textiles and sustainability, and believes the SAB will be a great way to increase knowledge of sustainable textile companies.
Meredith Gaskill is a junior majoring in fashion and textile management, with a concentration in brand management and marketing, and a minor in business administration. She is also earning a M.S. Textiles degree through the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program. Meredith is a Park-Centennial Scholar, a lead ambassador for the Wilson College, the president of Tompkins Textile Student Council and a member of NC State’s chapter of Consult Your Community. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in brand marketing or consumer behavior and business consulting. She absolutely loves the Wilson College of Textiles and is excited to serve the college on the Student Advisory Board.