Advisory Board

Advisory Committee Members 

The advisory Committee meets twice during the school year to discuss and provide direction for the continue improvement of both the Interior and Fashion program at Fort Hayes.   The minutes for every meeting will be posted on this site for you review.  Feel free to follow  the discussion.


• 04/03/2012

Suzanne Cotton

Suzanne Cotton- Department Chair Fashion Design at Columbus College of Art and Design and Experienced Knitwear Designer, Columbus, Ohio

Current: Asst. Professor/ Dept. Chair at Columbus College of Art and Design
Past: Design Director at Bellepointe Inc.; Knitwear Designer at Marisa Christina; Knitwear Designer at Design Options 
Education: Franklin University; Parsons School of Design; American University of Paris

Irina Grebennik
Irina Alex Grebennik, adjunct instructor, Visual Communications, teaches surface design and beginning fashion illustration. Her professional work includes product development for Event Fashion, Freedom Jeans, Dance Till You Drop, and Chef Brigade Wear. Her freelance design work includes Justice, Express, bridal fittings and specialty alterations, and tailoring for Saks Fifth Avenue. BFA, Vladivostok Teachers College, Russia; BFA, CCAD.

Brenda Johnson

Brenda (Warren) Johnson- CEO, Founder, The Gold Medallion Foundation, Columbus, Ohio Area ; Nonprofit Organization Management

Current: Founder, Chief Executive Officer at The Gold Medallion Foundation
Past: Columbus Etiquette Examiner at the Examiner; Director, Summer Camp Program at God’s Kidz Learning Center; 5th Grade teacher at Sonshine Christian Academy
Education: West Virginia State University

Noel Mayo

Dr. Noel Mayo, IDSA was the first African American to receive a B.S. in industrial design from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and first African American chair of an ID program – again, at PCA.

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art. Dr. Mayo was named the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Art and Design Technology at Ohio State, where he teaches product, interior, and graphic design.

Dr. Mayo was the first black owner of an ID consultancy with clients such as Lutron Electronics, NASA, IBM, the Department of Commerce and Agriculture, Black and Decker, the Museum of American Jewish History, and the Philadelphia International Airport. He has written for InnovationThe Wall Street JournalIndustrial Design, Arts Advocate and The Minority Business Journal.

Dr. Mayo places a very strong emphasis on the importance of mentoring and advocates alternative methods for education, accelerated learning, and information dissemination using new technologies.

In one of the many letters supporting Dr. Mayo’s nomination, Uday Dandavate, IDSA of Sonic Rim writes: “I have seen students who could never have dreamt of completing their education due to social, financial or cultural barriers, being able to meet their academic goals due to the support from Noel. I was one of them.”

Lorraine Justice, FIDSA wrote, “Noel is someone who inspires students and faculty through understanding, through calmness, through critique but most of all by showing his humaness, and in turn, encouraging the rest of us to be real as well.”

Peter Bressler, FIDSA wrote: “When he took over the ID program at the PCA, his tenure was a period during which the school probably had its strongest reputation for graduating bright, well rounded, thoughtful, hirable designers. Since accepting his Chair in Ohio he has clearly guided that program to one of the strongest in the country.”

Ray Riley, IDSA, founder of the Explore group at Nike and formerly of Apple Computer, said, “Noel steers students without their realizing they’re being steered… not to tell them what to do, but rather, lead them towards their own destiny.“

Candice Marzetz

Candice Marzetz- Creative Director / Owner Candice & Co. Design Studio, Columbus, Ohio Area , Design

Current: Creative at Candice & Co.

Past: Instructor at Columbus College of Art & Design; consultant at Limited Brandsconsultant creative art director atVictoria Secret Education, Columbus College of Art & Design

Martha Allison, IDEC
Martha Allison, assistant professor, chair, Interior Design, teaches junior and senior level studios, portfolio, codes and specifications, professional practices, and materials and technology. Her professional design experience includes positions with Karlsberger Companies, NBBJ, Design Group, Inc., and Gresham Smith & Partners, as well as private consulting. She has extensive experience in interior design and project management for banks, health care, hospitals, retail companies, architectural, law, and accounting firms, and restaurants. Projects she has worked on for various firms have won several national and Columbus-area awards. She is NCIDQ and LEED certified and is a member of IDEC. BS, Ohio University; MS, Central Michigan University. 

Amanda Shaw
Amanda Shaw is a graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design majoring in Interior Design