Volunteers // Requirements:

1Must be 16 years of age or older
2For Internship Credits only
3Must live in the SoCal area

To sign up for volunteer work with FDG, please contact Marilen at: marilen@fashiondestinationgroup.com

Fashion Destination Group

27131 Calle Arroyo, Suite 1703
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.436.8652



Leadership Team


Marilen Coughenour


(Fashion Journalist,featured on CBS, Examiner.com, Forbes.com, USAToday.com)
Over the past 20 years, Marilen has developed a diverse background in corporate executive leadership within a variety of industries. Her experiences have been within the retail, media, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, which includes Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. More recently, she expanded her career endeavors to fashion journalism with news articles that have been featured on CBS, Examiner.com, USAToday.com, WorldNews.com and several other media outlets. She has conducted exclusive interviews with icons, such as Manolo Blahnik, Rachel Zoe, Tim Gunn, Rachel Roy, Martha Stewart and many more.

E-mail: marilena@fashiondestinationgroup.com
Phone: 949.836.7182

Vicki Dallas

Advisory Board Member

(Shareholder | Buchalter Nemer)
Vicki is a Shareholder in the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group in Orange County. She specializes in mergers and acquisitions, emerging growth company representation, corporate finance, venture capital, licensing, distribution and marketing arrangements, and corporate tax. Ms. Dallas counsels clients on matters involving structure and formation of business entities, capital raising and financing arrangments (including debt and equity financings), mergers and acquisitions (both seller and buyer side in wide variety of industries), strategic partnerships and joint ventures, and other growth and exitstrategies.

Kevin Sullivan

Advisory Board Member

(Executive V.P. | Wells Fargo Bank)
Kevin is an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Capital Finance and manages the western region for the Trade Capital division out of the company’s Los Angeles office. Wells Fargo Trade Capital is one of the largest bank-affiliated factoring companies in the U.S. and provides senior secured financing solutions for domestic and international manufacturers, wholesalers and importers through trade finance and factoring. Currently, Kevin is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Fashion Association and is a past President of the Apparel Industries Group for the City of Hope.

Frank Kaufman

Advisory Board Member

(Senior Partner | Moss Adams, LLP)
Frank has been directly involved in the apparel industry since starting with Moss Adams LLP in 1983. His focus is assisting apparel and retail clients grow and achieve their goals. Frank’s role includes identifying trends that are impactful to the industry, developing relevant strategic plans, and assisting in implementation. Frank spends a significant portion of his time with our clients during liquidity events, where preparation and negotiation are integral for success.

John Bernards

Advisory Board Member

(Appointee to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee)
With over 30 years in men’s and women’s apparel and the action sports industry, John has deepknowledge and expertise in every aspect of the these industries including international trade, marketing, advertising, licensing, sales, design, merchandising, manufacturing, trade shows, and overall financial and operational functions. In 2004, due to his long time involvement and work in the action sports industry, Bernards was Appointed to the U.S. Industry Trade Advisory Committee ITAC 4 responsible for consumer goods in the action sports industry.

Frances Harder

Advisory Board Member

(President, Fashion Business Inc., Author)
Frances is the President & Founder of the Fashion Business Inc. (FBI), which provides vital business development and job retraining to the US apparel industry: Fashionbizinc.org. The FBI’s training center is housed in the heart of LA’s fashion district. Since its inception in 1999 the FBI has grown to become an important resource for apparel manufacturers. Additionally, all the training developed at the FBI has been recognized by the state of California’s ETP program, which allows manufactures and employees to attend training and receive state sponsorship.