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Advisory Board

At FASTEN®, we know we are only as good as the people with whom we surround ourselves. We are grateful to the following individuals for their expertise and guidance.


Diane Novick-Dunn

Diane graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a specialty in sleepwear and loungewear, and worked as a designer at various companies including Movie Star and Lily of France. Her experience in designing, pattern-making, and garment assembly has been instrumental in our foundation.


Allison Ray

Allison has over 20 years of experience in the beauty, retail and e-commerce industries. She is adept at creating and executing highly successful business development strategies, targeting short and long term sales, increasing brand awareness and building client loyalty.   Allison, a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, has recently jointed IT Cosmetics as their Senior Vice President of Marketing.  


Michael J. Castellano

Michael is a 40-year retail executive, having held senior management positions at J. Crew and SAKS Fifth Avenue. He specialized in merchandise planning, buying, and allocation.


Greg Ferkel

Greg is an attorney whose experience includes the negotiation, drafting and closing of complex acquisitions, dispositions, assumptions of debt, restructuring and development transactions. Greg has represented funds, institutional and non-institutional investors, as well as borrowers, lenders and construction and development companies. Greg received his Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude from Duke University and his JD from Harvard Law School. He is an active member of the California Bar.  


David Cohen

David is the Founder and CEO of Utility, a company focused on building digital technology ventures with global brands, entertainment properties, media companies and successful entrepreneurs.


Sari Schwarz

Sari has been working in the fashion industry since 2003 with experience in Men’s and Women's RTW and most recently in Women’s Ski and Active Wear. She is well versed in design, technical design, product development and management. Working directly with retail and e-commerce accounts as well as the production side have given her the unique ability to create and bring each account exactly what they are looking for. Sari, a graduate of the University of Delaware Apparel Design program, has been working for the last 8 years with Erin Snow as their Manager of Product Development.