ITA Announces New Executive Committee

2019 ITA Executive Committee – Mendy Kearns, Kelly DiFoggio, Kathryn Richardson

International Textile Alliance welcomes its first female president and all female executive committee for the 2019-2021 term

HIGH POINT, NC – September 2019 – The International Textile Alliance is pleased to announce that Kelly DiFoggio has been named President of the 10-member Board of Directors of the International Textile Alliance, producers of the semiannual Showtime Market and governing body of the ITA Educational Foundation. DiFoggio is the first female President of the 29 year old association. Kathryn Richardson, Libeco, will serve as Vice President and Mendy Kearns, Hamilton Fabric Sales, as Treasurer to complete the first all-female ITA executive committee for the two-year term.

DiFoggio is currently the director of sales and marketing for Yarn & Loom and has served on the ITA Board of Directors for the past seven years and as a member of the executive committee for the past four years.

“I am both flattered and honored to serve the association and industry I love,” said DiFoggio. “During my tenure as a board member, I have seen wonderful work by a strong volunteer board and I’m excited for ITA’s future. I am looking forward to announcing some new initiatives in the near future that we hope will benefit both our members and the industry we serve.”

Other returning board members include Carmen Herndon Barbee, Ballard Designs; Nathan Copeland, Highland House; David Lappert, Kravet; Dada Patil, Catania Fabrics; Jana Platina Phipps, Classical Elements; Katherine Shoaf, STI; and David Stunda, Barbarossa Leather.

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Formed in 1990 to advance the textile industries through the promotion of education, networking and collaboration year-round, ITA hosts the bi-annual ITA Showtime Market and directs the ITA Educational Foundation. The non-profit, member-driven organization is based in High Point, North Carolina and is supported by leading companies across the industry. For more information, visit

2019 ITA Executive Committee – Mendy Kearns, Kelly DiFoggio, Kathryn Richardson