Our Staff

Natasha Otero
Founder & Executive Director

Natasha@FashionInTheSquare.org

Natasha Otero, a born and bred New Yorker now happily transplanted to Delaware, has had a lifelong romance with fashion and all things fashionable.

While represented by the talent agency Innovative Artists, Natasha began her career as an actor appearing in numerous videos and commercials, including Burger King, Dr. Pepper and New Balance.

From there Natasha made the leap to modeling and has been working in and around the fashion industry for over 20 years. As a Ford model, Natasha has been and the face of Dove, Pantene, Sprite and Verizon, to name a few. A proud mother of two, Natasha boasts of her appearances on the covers of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazines.

Natasha's love for fashion is matched by her high energy and undying commitment to Fashion In The Square's mission. The confidence she learned in front of the camera coupled with her dedication and drive for helping young people less fortunate than herself, puts the success of that mission within the reach of Delaware's youth, and makes Natasha a dynamic force to be reckoned with. Anyone who has watched Natasha meet new people will tell you how she will quickly dismiss the inevitable compliments about her (stunning) looks and redirect the conversation to FITS, enrolling the uninitiated with her "Life Is Beautiful!" positivity and unbridled enthusiasm for our cause.

Ken Grant
Member, FITS Board of Directors

Ken@FashionInTheSquare.org

Ken Grant

Ken Grant has worked for more than 25 years in media, politics, and marketing in Delaware.

Ken is an active member of Delaware's business, arts, and faith communities. He has been recognized by business and community organizations for his activism and encouragement in the region. Ken is married to a woman who is gifted with patience, and is the proud father of two adults who are busy making their own contributions to society.

Katheryn Hartley
Intern Program Supervisor

Katheryn@FashionInTheSquare.org

Katheryn Hartley is a sophomore at Caesar Rodney High School in Dover, DE. There, she is involved in multiple extracurricular programs including music programs and photography while attending advanced placement classes.

Katheryn has attended national Technology Student Association conferences where she has competed and placed in photography, graphic designing, website designing, as well as others while holding TSA leadership positions including president, treasurer, and is currently the vice president of her chapter. She is involved in music programs including chorus, jazz band, symphonic band, and marching band where she plays the saxophone.

Outside of school Katheryn is a cheerleader and spends time volunteering as a staff member for non-profit charities such as Relay For Life, supporting the American Cancer Society, June Jam, Country Jam, etc.

While doing all this, Katheryn of course continues to love everything about fashion.

Leisa Kanienberg
Beauty Director
Leisa Kanienberg

Leisa Kanienberg is a Professional Makeup Artist with more than 15 years of experience. She is also a licensed Esthetician and Instructor and holds a Bachelors of Fine Art and Photography that fueled her passion for Makeup Artistry. After graduating, Leisa worked to establish herself as a freelance Makeup Artist while beginning a more than a decade-long career with M.A.C. Cosmetics. During this time, she trained extensively in Makeup Artistry and began working on photo shoots and fashion shows, in addition to teaching makeup classes at a modeling agency. Her degree in photography lent itself to working in front of the camera, creating editorial looks for print and runway. Additionally, brides wanting to get camera-ready for their wedding day sought Leisa out.

In 2006, Leisa established iMakeup Artistry so that she could offer her makeup services independently. As a seasoned Makeup Artist, Leisa specializes in a wide range of makeup applications and techniques. Her expertise includes beauty, bridal, film, television, editorial photography and fashion runway - having worked backstage at fashion shows such as Vanity Fair's Fash Bash. Her work has been featured on NBC and in an episode of "Cake Boss," as well as published in several magazines including Elléments, Stardust, Missy Ink and Fusion Flowers. Leisa has worked alongside top Makeup Artist Leslie Munsell and Hair Stylist Ted Gibson of the hit TV show, "What Not To Wear," whose celebrity clients include Angelina Jolie and Jessica Simpson. Currently, Leisa is completing a prestigious global advanced-education program that is based out of London, with the iconic editorial and celebrity makeup artist, Val Garland. Val Garland has works with every major fashion designer and magazine, including Vogue, i-D Magazine and Alexander McQueen just to name a few.

When Leisa is not painting faces or spending time with her two beautiful children, she works with her husband Christian, who is also a Professional Artist but in the realm of murals, sculpture and design. His business WISH Design + Painting + Sculpture is a one-stop art house that offers both residential and commercial art, furnishings and design work. The husband and wife team recently launched an offshoot called WISH Creatives that consists of up-cycled antiques, salvage-inspired art pieces and other unique hand-made crafts. Additionally, the pair teach after-school art classes at their son's grade school where Leisa volunteers.

Gail Stallings Minor
Member, FITS Board of Directors

Gail@FashionInTheSquare.org

From her days of shadowing the late CCNV legend Mitch Snyder and his team of advocates fighting homelessness in Washington, DC, to her work as a communications professor for Wilmington University, to her numerous roles in Government, on boards and with committees, Gail Stallings Minor has devoted her life to the Field of Communications and excellence in this profession.

She's formerly a community newspaper columnist and a writer for a Pentagon Newspaper. She's worked as a college stringer for the New York Times, a Television News Reporter and Talk show host, a producer of a documentary, a media consultant and political speech writer and a government agency spokesperson.

After 25 years of service she is a recent retiree from the post of Chief of Community Relations for the Delaware Department of Corrections. She is a noted academic expert on Communications Theory, Media Spin, Public Relations, the First Amendment and Mass Media Law. She is also the CEO and President of her own Public Relations firm, S&A Public Relations which employs some of the most noted and respected news and public relations veterans in the field. As well, her work and client list is equally as impressive. The IT Division of her company will be rolling out a phenomenal new communications application in June of 2015 that is expected to be a huge, ground-breaking success. Last of all, Gail is a news junkie and a student of politics and history.

Because of her commitment to communications, diverse voice and protecting the first amendment, Gail has done a great deal of volunteer work. She served as president of the Leased Access Producers Association and lead a recent effort to prevent the termination of community television and public access channels.

Gail is a graduate of Howard University, has done graduate study at Temple University and is currently enrolled in the online graduate program with University of Southern California. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Coalition of 100 Black Women, one of the founding members of the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, a mother and an author. She is the recipient of a number of awards and honors.

Scott Soucy
Member, FITS Board of Directors

Scott@FashionInTheSquare.org

Scott Soucy, is the host of The LIMO Guy At-Large TV show (a local television show airing in the Greater Wilmington, Delaware area - and on other National outlets).

Scott has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering.

As a former US Army Captain (Retired), we rely on him for structure, strategy and execution.

Herman Van den Brandt
Member, FITS Board of Directors

Herman@FashionInTheSquare.org

Herman Van den Brandt was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (currently Democratic Republic of Congo) and was raised in Europe, living in both Spain and Belgium. In 2003, he moved to the United States to play college basketball (at Iowa Lakes, IA and Peru State, NE), and graduated with a double major in Marketing and Graphic Design. In 2009 he purchased his first DSLR camera, and since that time, has shifted his focus from graphic design to photography.

Now based in Wilmington, DE, Herman shoots fashion, corporate, editorial, weddings and now video. Most recently, he photographed Sessilee Lopez for FASHIZBLACK Magazine.


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