MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Jeanelle Dech is the president and co-founder of Adaptive Textiles, an innovative textile printing company in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She is a friendly and engaging speaker, known for her Fit-Like-A-Glove slipcover training, custom window treatment design, SPEED sewing method, and business coaching at international conferences including IWCE-VISION and The American Sewing Expo. She has served as the director of the Custom Home Furnishings Academy in North Carolina, and as an officer and national board member of the Window Coverings Association of America.
Michele started a soft furnishings company, The Scarlet Thread, in 2000 which was dedicated to providing quality window treatments, bedding, blinds/shades, and pillows with outstanding details to homeowners and designers. In 2009, Michele saw a need for more business support in the interiors industry and began teaching business classes with an emphasis on good business practices and pricing custom work appropriately at the Custom Home Furnishings Academy in North Carolina as well as at trade shows across the United States. In 2009 Michele formed a management company with other industry professionals to manage and support the daily operations of the Custom Home Furnishings Academy. Michele served as Communications Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Drapery and Design Professional magazine from 2009-2012. She is currently a member of the Designers Workroom Council and the Window Coverings Association of America where she serves as the President of the National organization. She is also a member of Design Collective.
Donna Cash owns Designs by Donna, a custom homegoods design and fabrication studio, opened in 1989. The studio is located in Flowery Branch, Ga., and serves the Atlanta metro area. In addition to working with wholesale and retail clients, Donna conducts private training on workroom fabrication techniques in her workroom or yours. She also presents group workshops on many workroom, design, and business topics for the home décor industry. Donna is a regular contributor to Drapery & Design Professional magazine and conducts webinars for WCAA, D&D Pro, and Rowley Company. She is a member of the Designers Workroom Council and the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA). Donna is currently president of the WCAA Atlanta Chapter.
Ann K. Johnson owns Sew Easy Windows LLC, a wholesale workroom in Ohio, established in 1992. She is the author of The Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags I & II, and publisher for Kitty Stein's Price Your Work With Confidence! Ann offers private workroom training, seminars, and hands-on classes in workroom fabrication, pattern drafting, efficiency and pricing. Her topics are always fully packed with time saving tips and techniques, delivered in a relaxed and light-hearted style. Find information at seweasywindows.com. Ann is a WFCP Instructor, past instructor for CHFA, webinar instructor for WCAA & D&D Pro, and a representative for DreamDraper. She is a member of the Greater Cleveland Drapery Professionals and WCAA.
Beth Hodges is the owner of Soft Furnishings, a retail/wholesale workroom located in Elberton, Georgia. She operated Soft Furnishings for the first eight years as a one-person retail workroom. Now in business for over almost thirty years, Soft Furnishings has expanded to employ as many as seven people and provides wholesale workroom services to higher end designers both locally and around the country.
As a well-known installation expert, Beth was employed by Cheryl Strickland to develop the first installation classes for her school in 1993 and continued as the senior installation instructor at the Custom Home Furnishings Academy until 2009. She has been a popular presenter of seminars and classes for many workroom and design associations across the country covering workroom construction and installation to customer service and communication. Her speaking career began at the second Workroom Retreat produced by Cheryl Strickland, and she has taught at major shows including the International Window Coverings Expo, Design and Workroom Conference, and Window Coverings Weekend Academies to the presen
In 2014 Beth was named Education Director for DoFix USA. She presents well received educational programs for workrooms all across the country demonstrating the time saving techniques available to them through the use of DoFix products.