meet the team
The fashion minds behind the mission...
Board of Directors
Founder & CEO
Tricee Thomas is the Founder of The Garment League who is a graduate of the well-known Fashion Institute of New York City as well as Designer and Professional Wardrobe Stylist. Her love for fashion and the desire to make a difference in the industry is what drives her. It's been over 26 years of passion poured into her trade. With her credentials and expertise, she's sure to make a mark in the City bringing fashion programs and fashion education for the City, while giving back to the Community.
Jillian developed a deep passion for charitable work many years ago and finally found her true match with The Garment League. Within the last 4 years, she has developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector.
Jillian has shown her dedication to being an advocate for supporting the arts and being a fully invested board member with goals to keep growing and glowing. The Garment League has been a major milestone in her life and has given her an opportunity to apply herself to understanding the various levels of the fashion industry.
Chairman of the Board
Jessica Segebre is a self-taught Makeup Artist from South Florida. She broadened her knowledge and techniques by attending Victoria Duke’s, Pro Master Makeup Certification Program and Scott Barnes Master Class. Her customized eyeshadow layering technique evokes the dynamic and glamorous “one of kind” look and feel. Her work has been featured across various event venues including Miami Swim Week and New York Fashion Week.
Jessica resides in Phoenix, Arizona where she does makeup on elite female influencers.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Jess Hamblin is a young Building Management professional for FOX Sports who’s love of the arts and fashion has remained a constant throughout her life. In her spare time, Jess loves going to art galleries, designing fashion, modeling, thrifting, hiking and yoga. She’s happiest when she is learning something new. Serving on the The Garment League Board has allowed her to cultivate her passion, while contributing to the community.
Director of Operations
A former International Runway Model for 20 years. Giles Taylor now focuses on behind the scenes in the fashion industry and is the owner of BlackCat Productions, which started in 2005. A company that Produces, Directs and Coordinates Fashion Shows. Based in Phoenix, Arizona.
He brings to The Garment League experience as a Casting Director, Creative Director of Photo Shoots , Wardrobe Stylist Model Development and Runway Coach.
Lakeshia has a background in the financial industry including banking and insurance. She developed a love for visual arts and giving back to the community at a young age. Her education, experiences, and love for the arts combined with the passion and drive The Garment League has for all mediums of art and giving back to the community is a great blend. She brings vital skills to the organization including organizing and communicating. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and has her MBA with a concentration in Management.
Aaron is very excited to be part of the Garment League Family. He is an Arizona Native that grew up with a passion for fashion. This passion led him to the Art institute of Phoenix Where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Fashion Marketing and Management. Since Graduating he has used his skills With the Garment League and with local designers to help bring their visions to life.
Marty J. Bertone
Marty Bertone is a specialist in hotel/resort sales and marketing with a focus on leading exceptional teams and driving overall top line revenues in complex operations. A 33-year veteran in the industry, Bertone boasts exceptional leadership, motivational and team development skills that have garnered him numerous awards and recognition from some of the most respected hostel brands in the world.
Marty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality from Niagara University in Niagara Falls New York. He is a lover and advocate for the art’s community. It is an honor to have him part of The Garment League family.
From Phoenix, Arizona, Aalim began his journey as a student and volunteer to The Garment League. Through the exceptional education provided by TGL, he has established his own brand and strives to help others grow and develop as well. While being both a model and designer, he seeks out other talent and creatives to provide support and allow their vision to come true. As an Arizonian, Aalim loves to help his home community expand.