About Us

FFP Board of Directors & Staff

Michael Dumlao
Chief Creative Officer & Co-founder

Sylvie Luanghy
Vice President of Corporate Relations, Events & Co-founder

Kadrieka Maiden
Vice President of Communications & Co-founder


Past Directors & Staff

Amina Mirza
Operations, Staff
Chloe Louvouezo
Communications, Staff
Violetta Markelou
Producer, FFP Gala 2012
Ryan Charchian
Marketing, Dress Responsibly
Martinique Lewis
Outreach, Staff
Kelli Morford
Programs Coordinator, Staff
Aidah Fontenot
Programs Director, Staff










 

Chris Belisle
President
Sarah Magallanes
Vice President
Elaine Mensah
Vice President of Production
Yvette Castro
Vice President of Research & Programs
Deidree Bennett
Vice President of Operations
Anna Gullickson
Secretary


Michael Dumlao

Chief Creative Officer & Co-founder

As co-founder and overall Creative Czar at FFP, Michael is credited with not only designing the FFP brand (including the entire visual systems of logos, websites, and marketing collateral), but devising many of its most visible and defining programs: from the Dress Responsible Lookbook (where he manages more than 40 creatives from across the world) to the Fashion Fights Poverty Forum (an initiative he created to extend FFP's reach to DC's policy community) to the FFP Fashion Swap - the well-received clothing exchange that premiered in Washington DC under FFP's ever-innovative banner.

Beyond FFP, Michael Dumlao provides expert creative direction and execution through photography, web development and graphic design. After 15 years of web and graphic design, brand development, and photography, Michael is now the creative consultant for a large technology consulting firm in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Communications Design Specialist at the Center for New Designs in Teaching and Learning at Georgetown University and Creative Director at Style and Image Network. In each capacity, Michael provides art direction and production of corporate brand identity systems, marketing collateral, web and software interfaces, photography along with overall communications and branding strategy.

Michael received his Masters in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and his Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara after stuyding photography and multimedia design at the University of Sydney College of Art in Australia. To view Michael's portfolio, visit www.michaeldumlao.com



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Sylvie Luanghy

Vice President of Corporate Relations, Events & Co-founder

Sylvie Luanghy, founder of Style & Image Network, a brand strategy firm specializing in event management, brand promotion and creative design, brings years of hands-on strategic partnership that drive brand awareness, attract client prospect and add value to existing events. She works closely with the entire team on the overall management and direction of the agency, its fiscal growth and business development.  

Her role as VP of Corporate Relations and Special Event is to lead various corporate fundraising opportunities and implement promotion/cause marketing campaigns to support FFP’s mission as well as overseeing all special events.

She is credited for creating and implementing Fashion Fights Poverty swag bag that has grown to offer a multitude of consumer products to FFP attendees and the PR community for the annual fashion show.

Prior to establishing Style & Image Network with her savvy team of super stars, Sylvie has provided consulting services to some Fortune 500 companies in the area of Financial Analysis and Business Management.

Originally from the Congo, formerly Zaire, Sylvie was born in Belgium and earned her bachelor's degree in Business and her MBA from Marymount University.



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Kadrieka Maiden

Vice President of Communications & Co-founder

Hailing from Louisianan, Kadrieka Maiden is a seasoned public relations practitioner with more than seven years of experience managing special events, public relations and media relations campaigns for clients in the corporate, lifestyle, nonprofit, and beauty/fashion markets. Kadrieka began her career with Discovery Networks, Inc. in Silver Spring, Maryland as Executive Coordinator.  Now as Co-founder and Director of Communications for the Style & Image Network (SIN) and Fashion Fights Poverty (FFP), she and her business partners have successfully worked with clients to determine their needs and provide services that best accomplish their goals.  

Maiden also serves as Special Events Manager for the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Having taken part in the planning and execution of several events including, Fashion Fights Poverty annual benefit, The 2009 Peoples Inaugural Committee Gala, Arizona State Society 2009 Inaugural Ball, BAE Systems/ United States Army Annual Conference, to Amtrak’s National Train Day, NBA Wives “Behind the Bench” Annual Luncheon and more. With her experience and expertise, Maiden is able to offer clients creative ideas that effectively put their products/services in front of their target audiences, resulting in increased media coverage and product sales. 

Maiden refines messages and product positioning through media and analyst relations. She obtains the best results by providing a comprehensive, proactive program, including: business and trade press coverage; press tours and press conferences; speaking engagements; event coordination and management.  

Maiden holds a Masters of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Southern University A&M College.



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Yvette Castro

Vice President of Research & Programs

Since moving to the Washington DC area, Yvette has volunteered and lobbied for ONE Campaign and Bread for the World. She has been a part of Fashion Fights Poverty since its first event in 2005 serving in many roles including model coordinator, photoshoot production and runway support and is currently VP of Research and Programs.

She is a engineer by trade and currently works as a systems engineer. She also enjoys writing for blogs and magazines in both English and Spanish including Puerto Rico fashion magazine, Ego Moda. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the DC Goodwill's Fashionista Latina blogging in Spanish about fashion and how it relates to the Goodwill mission.



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Aidah Fontenot

Programs Director

Aidah Fontenot is a creative, experienced educator and dedicated mentor who believes that empowering and enabling individual artists will result in more positive and economically thriving communities. Her innovative methods encourage individuality, confidence and creativity, setting precedence for soul-engaging creative arts programs. Aidah Fontenot is a nationally recognized ethical fashion designer and showcased in the Fashion Fights Poverty 2009 runway show. She became Programs Director in 2014, during her third year as an instructor for the Fashion Summer Camp at the Artisphere Arts Center. Her expanded workshop curriculum is based on individual empowerment and includes an overview of industry careers, real world training and perspective in design, production and marketing, as well as eco/ethical methods of practice. Aidah is also an exhibiting visual artist, graphic designer, and photographer. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University.



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Deidree Bennett

Vice President of Operations

Deidree Bennett has been volunteering for Fashion Fights Poverty since 2006. Prior to joining the board at FFP, she managed large scale events as Director and Curator of Artery 717, a 10,000 square foot art gallery in Alexandria, VA. She continues to serve as a volunteer at the ONE campaign, an advocacy organization dedicating to ending extreme poverty and preventable diseases worldwide.

Deidree firmly believes in the mission of FFP. As an accessories designer, she focuses on using recycled materials and fair trade practices, from production to distribution.

"Changing the way buyers interact with the fashion industry, in order to create conscientious consumers, is a goal we as a society have made tremendous progress on in the last decade. However, there is still more to do, and I see FFP as an integral part of that." ~ D.B.



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Amina Mirza

Operations, Staff

Amina brings to Fashion Fights Poverty her experiences fundraising and event planning for Pakistan Flood and Earthquake relief. She has also worked for the World Wildlife Fund in Pakistan, the World Society for the Protection of Animals and wild animal rescue in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, she volunteers at the Freer, photographs animals for a hobby, and tweets about culture, fashion, and history.

Amina spends her days as an Electrical Markets attorney, but will not help you with your Pepco complaint.



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Chloe Louvouezo

Communications, Staff

Chloe Louvouezo brings to Fashion Fights Poverty a deep knowledge of communications in the non-profit sector. She has led an array of public outreach projects and helped to revitalize the image of national and local organizations.

Her passion for new media offers a fresh take on how to communicate to diverse audiences online. Originally from the Republic of Congo, she spent eight years living in Niger and brings an open perspective to cultural, social and community issues. Chloe has developed and implemented communications strategies for organizations in the areas of education, youth development and community building.

She currently works in public relations, helping organizations improve their online visibility and connect with their audiences through tactful, creative communications strategies. Her work includes developing strong messaging, managing media relations, and consulting organizations on social media engagement and targeted outreach to their key stakeholders.

Chloe earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Advertising from Howard University. She holds a Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.



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Violetta Markelou

Producer, FFP Gala

I am fascinated by the art of transformation. Whether it's makeup artistry or photography, I love to create beauty and and I live to capture it.
Having a vision, creating a concept and realizing it through photography is what I love more than anything. I consider myself a visual artist as I serve as chief creative director / Photographer for my company VM Photography & Makeup LLC . As a lover of fashion and vintage clothing, Fashion Fights Poverty is an organization that speaks to me. It educates people the ecological effects of our textile industry and helps address issues of poverty by adhering to principles like fair trade and the use of environmentally-sustainable materials.
From a very young age, I have been influenced by fashion and music. I feel that they are intrinsically related as their emotional connection inspire performance. As this year's FFP producer, I will fuse both fashion and music for a thought provoking performance!
www.violettamarkelou.com



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Ryan Charchian

Marketing, Dress Responsibly

Ryan Charchian has been in the fashion industry since he was 13-years-old. Ryan, now a high school senior, has been going to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week since he was 16-years-old and continues to attend exclusive industry events. Ryan enjoys giving back by speaking at other high schools in his area and speaking to his peers about how they can get into the fashion industry as well. Ryan plans to attend college in Manhattan in the Fall of 2012 and study Marketing. Ryan maintains a personal blog, http://cashmereandtweed.com



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Martinique Lewis

Outreach, Staff

With expertise in product development, copywriting and fashion advertising Martinique Lewis is a creative visionary/branding expert. As a recent graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design Martinique's Thesis;The Blantyre Project :A case study for developing a production co-op in Malawi Africa and proposed strategy to introduce moderately priced African Jewelry to the American market, introduced her to Fashion Fights Poverty. With extensive research about the organization, Martinique immediately knew that she wanted to be a part and extend her talents to the organization. As the newest member of the FFP staff Martinique continues to pursue Project B, and will travel to Blantyre Malawi in March 2012 to implement the co-op's in the villages. The Jewelry produced in the Villages will be brought back to the United States to be sold and generate revenue for the Villages to help them become self-sufficient and end poverty. Her main focus is to '' Give these villagers access to a market they'd never have access to.'' Project B is an independent jewelry line that supports the craftsmanship of villagers in Blantyre, Malawi. Project B was created to enrich your appreciation of African fashion and expertise. With rich colors and primitive patterns, this product meets your desire for objects that are exciting, unusual, and highly individual. These are exceptional pieces that reflect an uncompromising sense of style. Finely crafted, individually produced, handmade objects to adorn your body, Project B: Every Purchase Has Power!



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