Ronda Chaney

Coordinator of the Fashion Department
B.S. from University of Missouri
M.S. from San Francisco State University

Ronda has been a professor of Fashion at Cañada College for many years and has been the coordinator of the program since 1991. She teaches Clothing Construction classes, Tailoring, Beginning and Advanced Pattern Making, and Introduction to the Fashion Industry. Her enthusiasm for fashion has inspired many students to uniquely express their own creativity. She is co-author of the book, Make It Your Own and has written for various other publications, including Sewing Update, Serger Update, Sew News, F.I.T. Review, and Singer Sewing Books. She has appeared on the nationally syndicated television program, America Sews. Ronda is known throughout the United States as an inspiring lecturer and has presented at many national conferences for professional organizations.

Mary Lou Lange

B.A. from San Jose State University

Mary Lou began teaching at Cañada in 1981. She teaches various courses, including Techniques of Fit, Flat Pattern, Serging, Sewing for Interiors, and Creative Techniques. She co-owned and operated a pattern company that designed, manufactured, and distributed art-to-wear fashion and stenciling patterns and supplies nationwide. Her work with this company included traveling and teaching throughout the country and at many local stores and schools. She worked as assistant editor for Creative Machine Newsletter in Menlo Park, CA. In addition, she has done freelance design and construction for a prominent custom interiors company on the Peninsula for more than 20 years.

Judith Jackson

M.A. from San Francisco State University

Judith began teaching at Cañada College in 1997, with more than 20 years of teaching experience. She teaches a wide range of courses, including History of Fashion, Draping, Flat Pattern, Pattern Grading, and Computer-Aided Design, Introduction to Theater Costuming and Costuming for Theatrical Production. Her graduate research in Clothing and Textiles at San Francisco State was on the development of nineteenth-century women's dress. When not teaching, Judith has worked professionally as a freelance theatre costumer and designer. She has worked with bay area companies such as the San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Beach Blanket Babylon, and Lamplighter's Music Theatre.

Kathleen McCarney

M.A. from San Francisco State University

Kathleen has been teaching at Cañada since 1997. She comes to the Fashion Department after teaching 15 years in California’s community college system and 12 years in the state college system. Her teaching specialties include Beginning and Advanced Fashion Illustration, Textiles, Principles of Design, and Portfolio Development. Kathleen also works as a freelance fashion illustrator, creating cover designs for independently produced commercial sewing patterns. She has created work for Clothing Designs by La Fred, SF Designs, Sew-Pro Workshop, and Patterns for Every Body. Her work also appears in the Davis Publication text, Careers in Art.

Wayne Wichern


Wayne's millinery design and teaching career evolved out of his experience as a classical ballet dancer and his interest in costume design and fashion. Teaching Beginning Clothing Construction and Beginning Millinery, he has supported many students in the development of their artistic interests and encouraged some to pursue a millinery business. Wayne's elegant hats have sold in such fine stores as Barneys NY and Nordstrom. They are currently available at Fino Fino in Menlo Park, Fetish in San Francisco, smARTwear in Carmel, and stores in Seattle, Atlanta, and New Hampshire. He has designed hats for theater productions of the Seattle Repertory Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His innovative hat designs have been featured in Women's Wear Daily, Victoria Magazine, The San Jose Mercury News, and Fiberarts Design Book Six.

Lynda Maynard

B.S. from San Jose State University

Lynda has enjoyed a 35 year career that highlights a wide array of experiences in textiles and clothing. During the past 12 years she has taught in several community colleges and bay area fabric stores. Lynda teaches French Pattern Drafting, Pants Drafting, Trouser Construction, Copying Ready To Wear, Lingerie, Bustier, and How to Use Your Master Pattern. She has owned Lynda Maynard Designs for more than 20 years and works with private clients to develop custom couture garments and home furnishings. Her past experience includes producing and hosting a local cable television program, Passion for Fashion. Most recently she has authored a book entitled Demistifying Fit.

Kenneth Fehrman

Ed.D. from University of San Francisco

Ken has been teaching at Cañada College since 2003. He teaches the Visual Merchandising and Fashion Show Production classes in the Fashion Department and Commercial Design and Color for Interiors for the Interior Design Department. He is a professor emeritus after more than 20 years as a Professor of Interior Design at San Francisco State University and has been instrumental in the articulation between Cañada and SFSU in the Interiors and Fashion Departments. Ken has lectured and written extensively on color and is the co-author, along with his wife, of Color: The Secret Influence, a widely used textbook for color classes, currently in its second edition. He is also the co-author of Postwar Interior Design 1945-1960, Interior Design Trendsetters, and more than 200 articles on design and the decorative arts. He and his wife are partners in Fehrman & Fehrman Design and are also color consultants. He appears in the latest production of the video series, Cracking the Color Code, produced by Electric Pictures.

Gail Baugh

B.S. from University of Illinois

Gail is teaching Fashion Entrepreneurship at Cañada. She also teaches textiles, merchandising and marketing courses at other bay area colleges. For the past 35 years, as a buyer for Macys, production manager, and sales agent for NI-Teijin Shoji (USA), she participated in the global expansion of textile and apparel production. As a textile and product development specialist for retailers and manufacturers, she connected buyers and suppliers for fabric and garment production worldwide. She is a founding member of peopleWear SF, a new apparel trade association for the San Francisco Bay area that is supporting local apparel businesses by introducing innovation in design, sourcing, and production techniques. A veteran of the fashion business, Gail Baugh is currently pursuing her master’s degree at San Francisco State University, studying ways to convert discarded textile waste in San Francisco into viable new for-profit businesses producing revenue and new jobs.

Peggy Perruccio

B.S. Degree from San Francisco State University
M.A. Degree from San Francisco State University

Peggy is teaching Beginning Clothing Construction here at Cañada. She also teaches Clothing Construction II/Draping at San Francisco State University. Her previous work in the Cañada College fashion department includes two years as an Assistant and three years as the Instructional Aide. Her graduate research is in developing curriculum for designing with repurposed materials. She has thirty years of sewing and fitting experience, both in academic and private settings. She is experienced in working with students coping with disabilities.

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