As programming has expanded so too has the creative and professional staff at INTERFORM. With expertise ranging from art curation, fashion design and education, master tailoring, creative and artistic direction, non-profit development, public and radio personality, music production, and live event production, the team at INTERFORM is set to take on big ideas with a community focus. Learn more about this great group
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Chief Executive Officer, INTERFORM
Robin Wallis Atkinson is the CEO of INTERFORM (formerly known as NWA Fashion Week and Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum). Her professional career as a curator and arts organizer got its start here in Northwest Arkansas in the early 2000s. One of the founding members of Art Amiss Inc., Atkinson has been an active participant in the Northwest Arkansas art community for more than a decade. Atkinson has lived and worked in New Orleans, New York, and The Netherlands. She has contributed to international art exhibitions such a Prospect New Orleans, the ground-breaking contemporary art biennial that opened in 2008, collaborated with museums and galleries across Europe and in Asia, and has taught curatorial curriculum at the early college level in Manhattan. Her work is focused on the role of arts in the community and art relationship to place. In addition to curatorial work, Atkinson also serves selectively as an art consultant for private collections, as well as for non-profit organizations on the topics of community development, cultural programming, and non-profit financial management. She holds BA in Art History from the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York.
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Director of Apparel and Textiles, INTERFORM
Basana Chhetri is a Nepalese-American designer from Arkansas. Born and raised in Nepal and educated and trained in Nepal, Japan and England, Basana Chhetri is a costume designer and & artist by profession. After completing her fashion design education in Kyoto, Japan, she returned back to her native country Nepal and started multiple businesses and boutiques along with the first Fashion School in Nepal, called “Contemporary Institute of Arts and Fashion”. Over the span of 20+ years she has contributed towards the Govt. of Nepal’s fashion design curriculum, showcased her designs in various fashion shows, been a panel judge for Miss Nepal, managed a business that produced and marketed designer pashmina products in Japan, been an educator and advisor to fashion institutions in Nepal and the founder and main designer for a boutique in London. She has also showcased her creative work in fine arts with paintings on stretched canvases, plain silk and wearable fabrics while creating a fusion of traditional art-work and apparel design. Her solo exhibitions were held in Tokyo, New York and the Walton Art gallery in Fayetteville Arkansas. She has also presented her work in NWA Fashion week for two seasons. Previously, Basana has worked with Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum in teaching sewing & stitching classes focused on Marshallese students to empower women in the local community. Basana is quintilingual with an extensive cross cultural upbringing and exposure that shapes her creative expressions.
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Director of Development, INTERFORM
Meagan Zavala was born and raised in Massachusetts, moved to New York City where she attended and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. After graduating, Zavala went on to work in marketing roles at the corporate office for women’s and men’s fashion brands – Milly by Michelle Smith and Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing to name a few. During her time with these companies, she worked on all aspects of marketing from ad campaign planning to retail marketing strategy. At Hickey Freeman, Zavala managed photoshoots, worked to enhance our DTC business through email marketing, and in-store event planning. She supervised their philanthropic program – “Heroes & Leaders” – which provided hundreds of tailor-made suits to veterans. After moving to Bentonville, Arkansas with her husband about a year and a half ago – Zavala started a small personal styling and shopping business and simultaneously started getting involved in the local art and fashion scene in Northwest Arkansas. In August 2019, she joined the INTERFORM team (formally known as Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum) as Director of Development. Since joining, Zavala she has planned and executed fundraisers, community activations, and grants. Since joining the team, she has been involved in creating the dialogue and programming around enhancing and growing the local fashion landscape.
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Director of Operations, INTERFORM
Will Eubanks is the Director of Operations for INTERFORM. Since 2008, he has helped to bring the performing arts to Northwest Arkansas through his work with TheatreSquared, Walton Arts Center, Crystal Bridges, Fayetteville Roots Festival, and other cultural institutions. Will holds a BA in Drama from the University of Arkansas and specializes in event design and production. He believes that in all its forms, art serves as a vehicle to connect, challenge, and change the world around us.
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Communications Coordinator, INTERFORM
Rochelle Bailey is a local radio personality, veteran and model who has joined INTERFORM as the communications coordinator in October 2020. Born in California and raised in East Tennessee, Rochelle moved to Fayetteville in 2012 with her son True and has enjoyed living and working in Northwest Arkansas. With a background in radio and the professional modeling industry, Rochelle strives to be an asset to her family and her community.
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Director of Sewing Operations, INTERFORM
Abwe Abedi moved to Northwest Arkansas on May 8, 2018. He is a survivor of his original country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1996, he fled to a refugee camp in Tanzania where he was for 22 years. Abwe graduated with a degree in Church’s Leadership and Growing at Colorado AFMIN Leadership Institute while he was at Nyaruguse Refugee Camp in Tanzania on June 4, 2017. He is the founder of Grace Church and Of Grace (Groupe de Réflexion et d’Actions Communautaires d’Epanoruissement), a development initiative in that refugee camp. They worship, teach English as a Second Language (ESL), and sewing practice. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Abwe’s previous employer reduced his hours, but he (Jabez; 1 Chronicle 4:9-10) got grace to recover a full-time contract job with INTERFORM (formally known as Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum) in April 2020 to share the sewing skills he has acquired over 25 years to sew masks to donate to prevent the community spread of COVID-19. On May 29, 2020, Abwe became Director of Sewing Operations as a full-time employee of INTERFORM in June 2020. That did he rejoice in. Psalm 46:1
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Programming Coordinator, INTERFORM
Preston Poindexter is the programming coordinator for INTERFORM (formerly known as Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum). He moved to Arkansas from Memphis, Tennessee, and attended the University of Arkansas on a full-ride scholarship with which he studied both Computer Science and Marketing. At the age of 18, Preston began writing and recording songs for local artists in the Northwest Arkansas region in-between his studies. Preston is an aspiring model and has been featured in the INTERFORM (formerly known as Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum’s) nationally recognized #GetYourMaskOn campaign that has reached over 20,000 individuals virtually. His love of the fine arts has placed him as not only a musician and model but also as an award-winning member of the National Speech and Debate Association. As the youngest member of the INTERFORM team, he is continually searching for new and creative ways to enhance the artistic community, not only in Arkansas but in the country as a whole.
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Community Liaison, INTERFORM
Rachel Woody-Pumford is the Community Liaison for INTERFORM. She moved to Arkansas from the Dallas-area to attend the University of Arkansas where she graduated in 2015 summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Woody-Pumford began volunteering with Arkansas Fashion Week in May 2017 while looking for a creative outlet to utilize her administrative skills with her love of fashion and working with the community. She became INTERFORM’s (formerly known as Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum’s) first full-time employee in August 2018 as the Executive Assistant and transitioned to the Educational Program Coordinator in May 2019 and then Director of Programming in Spring 2020. She was a pivotal figure in the development of all of INTERFORM’s Educational Pilot Programs and continues to expand educational workshops and mentorship opportunities for Arkansas-based creatives.
Gabrielle Korn is a journalist and digital media expert. She is currently the editorial and publishing lead of The Most, Netflix’s home for LGBTQ storytelling on social media. Formerly the Director of Fashion and Culture at Refinery29, she was also the Editor-in-Chief of NYLON Media from 2017-2019, an international lifestyle publication focused on emerging culture. Under her editorial leadership, NYLON became a fully digital brand with an ever-growing audience and 20-30 pieces of original, thought-provoking beauty, fashion, music, and entertainment content daily. She spent three years working on NYLON’s digital presence before being promoted to EIC, working across platforms and growing traffic. Prior to that, she was the beauty editor at Refinery29, overseeing beauty content during a period of explosive traffic growth and working to expand the brand’s concept of what beauty means to the millennial reader. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School Of Individualized Study with a concentration in feminist/queer theory and writing.
Stella is currently serving as the Director for Supply Chain Security Governance with Walmart Inc. Since joining Walmart in 2007, Stella has held a variety of leadership roles in apparel, visual merchandising, responsible sourcing, and customs security compliance.
Stella brings both breadth and depth of experience in manufacturing, factory production, product development, and creative services, having worked in a range of roles from creative design, technical design, and patternmaking to production management and merchandizing. Beginning her career working in sewing factories, Stella worked her way through a variety of positions from sewing machine operator, owning an apparel design company to her current role at Walmart. In 1989 she opened her first company called Chief Cutting Service, which grew into Robella’s, an apparel house specializing in high-end Missy separates. In 2003 she entered into the retail side of the business, working in product development, sourcing, visual merchandising, and compliance.
She grew up on a farm in North Texas, just outside of Dallas. The house was filled with family antiques lovingly passed down, and lots of handmade textiles by her Mum and Aunties. The rural life gave her a rooted love for nature. The talent of her Mum and the arts that surrounded the family gave her the love for the traditional. Living in Dallas metropolitan area gave the appreciation for urban, contemporary, and the energy the metro produced.
Stella is known for her continuous quest to “connect the dots” that each of us represents in this wonderful journey where life and art intersect. She encourages the meaningfulness that comes from creating and the empowerment creativity gives each of us to make a positive difference.
Andrew Zurborg was born and raised in Springdale, AR, and has lived in Fayetteville since he attended the University of Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree from Fulbright College.
After graduating, Andrew began working for Legacy National Bank, which is headquartered in Springdale, as a credit analyst in the loan department. Currently, Andrew works as the VP Portfolio Manager for the loan portfolio at the bank’s branch in Fayetteville. Andrew works with managing and growing Legacy’s commercial loan portfolio in Fayetteville ranging from small business start-ups to large established businesses in Northwest Arkansas.
Andrew has always been passionate about supporting and giving back to the community whether through working with local businesses in a professional capacity or volunteering with local organizations.
Meredith is a patent attorney, assisting a variety of individual entrepreneurs and companies in their efforts to obtain a patent, trademark, and copyright protection. Her practice is focused on the variety of consumer goods and fashion items developed and commercialized here regionally and internationally. In 2015, she drafted the legislation to protect the likeness of individual Arkansas residents from commercialization, which is commonly known as the Broyles Act and is the most recent legislative change to intellectual property law in Arkansas. Meredith has been named a Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers from 2012-2015 in the field of Intellectual Property and is included in the 2018 and 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in Patent Law.
Meredith is an active volunteer in Northwest Arkansas, also lending her time beyond AAFF to the following committees and organizations:
*Alzheimer’s Association’s Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football team as co-captain for NWA Team Brunette
*American Diabetes Association planning committee for the annual Kiss a Pig Gala
*Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday committee
*Arkansas Small Business Technology Development Center, Fayetteville speaker
*Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Artinfusion council
*Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fayetteville planning committee
*Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit planning committee and as co-chair in 2017
*Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit Women in Technology planning committee chair
*Scott Family Amazeum annual Ungala planning committee
*Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA Development Committee and Community Leadership Council
Tony Waller is Senior Director, Constituent Relations for Walmart in Bentonville, AR. In his position, he actively works in helping to set strategy for the company’s outreach opportunities and social investments in diverse and multicultural communities. His portfolio includes the African American, Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander, and Native American communities as well as Women, People with Disabilities, and Millennials. Tony joined Walmart in December 2006.
Tony is a strong supporter of the arts and serves on the Corporate Advisory Council of the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is a diehard WAHOO. He remains very active with The University and served on the board of the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund, named after its first African-American graduate. In addition, he is a passionate collector of African-American art & sculpture, antique watches, vintage cuff links, eyewear, children’s storybooks and quotes. Shoes however are his kryptonite.
Tony strives to live each and every day by the words of his mother, Barbara jean Motley Waller, “Keep flowing with The River for The River knows exactly where It is going.”
Dr. Apple is in her eighteenth year at the University of Arkansas. She teaches in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development, which includes apparel product development, textiles, and computer-aided textile design. Dr. Apple currently teaches Textiles and Computer Aided Textile Design, her senior-level textile design course has successfully designed graphic t-shirts for the Dillard’s men’s division, Camp Siloam Springs, in Siloam Springs, AR, Beautiful Lives Boutique, and Shiloh Christian School. Dr. Apple serves the University of Arkansas, the School of Human Environmental Sciences, and the AMPD program on a variety of committees. She also serves her professional organization, the International Textile, and Apparel Association, as an annual conference registration chair, study abroad special session chair as well as two additional committees within the organization. She serves the apparel industry as a member of the Walmart Technical Collaboration Board. Dr. Apple’s research agenda includes body image and fit of clothing using the 3D body scanner, developing new blocks for size specifications, and using textiles to interest junior high females in STEM-related careers. Dr. Apple has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
Born and raised in a suburb of St. Louis, MO, Jack has lived in Fayetteville, AR since 2007. He found his way to Fayetteville after having received a bachelor’s as DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and completing a two-year commitment to the Teach for American Corps in Charlotte, NC. Jack moved to Arkansas to transition out of education and into the for-profit sector as he worked in manufacturing sales for Ash Grove Packaging. He continued to work there while attending graduate school at the University of Arkansas until graduation in 2011 when he transitioned to Rich Products, where he works today. Throughout his entire life, Jack has always been drawn to charity, a way to support and give back to the community he has received so much from. As an undergrad, Jack served as the logistics coordinator for Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society in the second-largest event in the nation. As a young professional, Jack served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop in Charlotte, NC, and has helped several organizations in Arkansas ranging from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Redbone Fishing Tournament to the American Diabetes Association Kiss A Pig Gala and American Heart Association’s Paint the Town Red. Jack got involved with Fashion Week in 2017 when Jordan Sherrod, Chairman Emeritus, asked to help organize volunteers for the event. He has continued to support the organization since as a means to help local designers, artists, and small businesses in Northwest Arkansas.
Carli Rosencranz has eleven years of experience and held multiple roles at Walmart, starting in Marketing supporting Hardlines and Seasonal, and currently is the Senior Director of Private Brands, Dry Grocery & Commercial Bread. She leads a team of talented culinary, food science, and sourcing professionals, responsible for the sourcing and development of over 1,800 Private Brand items across 50+ categories with over $6B in annual sales. She is passionate about developing and challenging others as well as herself and has a broad network of mentees and mentors in various areas of the business.
Carli completed graduate school in Market Research at UT Arlington. She spent five years with Dallas- area Decision Analyst and had the opportunity to work with many clients across various industries while progressing from Intern to Project Director to Account Executive and then Sr. Research Manager. Knowing she wanted to eventually move beyond research to take on a business management role, she chose to leave Dallas for Tyson Foods, where she joined the Insights team and later progressed into Product Management and then Innovation.
She is blessed to have been married to her best friend, Jeremy, for the past 20 years. They have two crazy, funny, adorable kids – Nadia (10) and Gunnar (7). Her time as the coffee buyer for Walmart has instilled in her a deep passion for smallholder coffee farmers, and she has made a couple of trips to Rwanda over the past few years where she is now working with local business owners and entrepreneurs to create sustainable income opportunities for coffee communities through complementary business models (ask her about banana fiber!). She is actively involved in her church, where she sings on the praise team, serves in the pre-teen ministry, and supports various other initiatives.
Andre Crawford is a Sr. Merchant in Walmart grocery, where he partners with suppliers and develops customer-focused strategies for US stores and digital platforms.
Andre has been in retail for 11 years, beginning in operations management throughout the DFW metroplex before transitioning into merchandising in 2014. Since becoming a merchant, Andre has been responsible for multiple categories including baking and seasonal candy. Andre is known for his keen ability to launch fun and innovative items like Pecan Pie M&M’s, Funnel Cake Mix, and most recently Baby Shark Mac & Cheese just to name a few.
Andre is originally from Detroit, Ml and now resides in Bentonville, AR. As a hobby, Andre has taken interest in mountain biking, coaching youth sports, and personal training. Andre’s ideal vacation is to travel to a foreign city, rent a car, and enjoy new foods and culture with the locals! Andre also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Louisiana Tech University while being a collegiate athlete.
Feiloouga Debrum grew up in Samoa and moved to Northwest Arkansas with her family from San Diego, California 4 years ago. Debrum taught at Ajeltake Elementary School in the Marshall Islands, but now owns her own Nutrition Club and is a Zumba instructor and a Personal Wellness Coach for Herbalife. Debrum also works with the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM) on the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). She loves to sew and inspire people to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Kathleen Gonzalez is a native Californian who was raised in Mexico and returned to the United State to attend school at the University of Arkansas in 2007. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with her BA in Architecture Studies in 2011. In 2018 she received her Master’s In Business Administration from John Brown University in Siloam Springs. She has been a part of the NWAFW family since 2013 where she began as a model. She is currently participating in her current role as Director of Modeling for NWAFW where she trains and coaches models on the runway and editorials. She lives in Bentonville with her son, Christopher, and works for The Coca-Cola Company as a Data Analyst. She is also currently serving on The University of Arkansas Alumni Board of Directors.
Jen is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences, Apparel Studies, and has been married for 17 years to John, who works with robots. She is the mother of two: Connor, 13, a gregarious and somewhat long-winded lover of all things Harry Potter, and Vivienne, 6, who is a quiet but rather vivacious fairy princess.
A self-described Jen-of-all-trades, Jen was a costume designer in theatre for 15 years. She presented a women’s apparel collection in the inaugural NWAFW and has created custom and small-batch apparel under the self-owned label j.marie. She competed in an apparel design competition at the American Sewing Expo and placed in the top three over two consecutive years. She spends her free time coming up with grandiose project ideas involving sewing, carpentry, graphic design, interior design, and paint. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Elizabeth Chappelear is Senior Director, Benefits for Tyson Foods in Springdale, AR. She leads a team of various benefit professionals to support Tyson’s Benefit Philosophy for over 144,000 team members across the United States. Across her 20-year career, she has experience in driving strategic benefits administration, executing communication campaigns, and ensuring regulatory compliance. A recipient of M.S. in Health Communication, Elizabeth has a broad knowledge of developing communications that resonate across diverse groups. Elizabeth has lived in various cities and states but is happy to call Northwest Arkansas her final landing spot. She enjoys art shows, plays, visiting museums, kayaking, hiking, scrapbooking, and a variety of other activities. She has a daughter in college who will be transferring over to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) majoring in Sequential Art. Elizabeth has contemporary knowledge of the importance of art and its influence in a young adult life; seeing firsthand how it enriched her daughter’s life.