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Shawn Dunning is the Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the North Carolina State University, College of Textiles. He earned a Textile degree from the College of Textiles and has remained at the college in a technical capacity ever since. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Cambell University in North Carolina. Shawn is very interested in seeing economic development in the textile industry and helping to connect companies locally to find suppliers and buyers.

Dr. Lori Rothenberg is the Director of Textiles Extension Education for Economic Development (TexED) and an Extension Associate Professor in Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management within the NCSU College of Textiles. She has over 20 years of experience in applied statistics and program evaluation. Currently, she collaborates on textile projects as a program evaluator, as well as teaching and coaching in the College of Textiles Lean Six Sigma program.

Dr. Jim Watson, Associate Director of TexED and the Textile Extension Labs (TexLabs), joined TexED in 1993. He has worked in the textiles industry for over 40 years. He uses his vast experience to develop textiles-based professional development courses and to develop tailored training programs to meet each client's unique needs. In addition to his education and training work, Jim oversees TexLabs, where he provides prototyping and small scale production for the textile industry.

Ms. Jan Murph is the Executive Assistant for Textiles Extension Education and Economic Development. She has been with TexED for 4 years. She came to NC State with extensive experience in the hospitality industry, designing and managing numerous public events. Jan previously worked with NC State's Student Health, Career Planning and Placement and the Wolfpack Club.  Currently, she coordinates the Textile Short courses, as well as assists the Textile Extension Labs.

Stacey Frederick was the project manager and creator of the Textile Connect website concept. She received  both her B.S. in Textile Management and recently her Ph.D in Textile Technology Management from NC State’s College of Textiles. The value chain model and classification system that form the framework for the Textile Connect database and website were developed and applied to the textile industry as part of Stacey’s dissertation research. Stacey enjoys combining her background in textile science and management with her interests in economic development and visual analytics to create value-chain based tools to help governments, economic developers and firms understand the complexity of an industry and develop competitive strategies. Stacey is still involved in the site on a volunteer basis answering questions for companies.

Past Involvement

Sarah Griner is previous graduate student at North Carolina State University's College of Textiles. After earning her bachelors degree in Textile Management from NCSU, she returned to the college to study local business models and find ways to make the industry more accessible for new entrepreneurs.

Meghan Coats is a previous undergraduate research assistant for Textile Connect. Currently, she is a senior in the College of Textiles in Fashion in Textile Management. Following graduation in May 2011, she is looking into attending graduate school.