Rosanna M Ortiz // Founder & CEO
Rosanna M. Ortiz is the creator and Executive Director of fashion week and non-profit 501(c)(3), STYLEWEEK Northeast, and the founder and CEO of RMO Public Relations.
Rosanna Ortiz grew up in Southern California and went to college in Boston, MA where she studied Advertising and Public Relations. In 2001 Rosanna started her professional career when she became the Founder and Creative Director for EP Style, a small firm in the in Washington D.C. market. After her successful start in Washington, Rosanna moved to the Boston area where she became a women’s footwear representative for Via Spiga and Franco Sarto. Rosanna was also writing for several Boston publications, which led her to covering regional fashion weeks.
In 2009 Rosanna moved to Providence, RI and started STYLEWEEK Northeast. Providence is a town with a rich and long history as a design center. Working with a few volunteers Rosanna approached the City of Providence for help in her new venture. David N. Cicilline the then Mayor, now Congressman from Rhode Island recognized the importance of her idea, and helped to finance the first STYLEWEEK Northeast. Rosanna was off and running.
STYLEWEEK Northeast has become the premier regional showcase for local fashion designers in the North East. Rosanna uses all of her skills as a marketer, public relations expert and networker to make STYLEWEEK Northeast an internationally recognized fashion event.
In 2016 Rosanna started RMO Public Relations, which provides full-service PR to emerging and established fashion brands. She was named “Eleven to Watch” by the Providence Journal and was included in “40 under 40” in the Providence Business News. Rosanna has sat on the boards of directors for Fashion Group International, and The American Heart Association of Southern New England. In the summer of 2017 Rosanna worked with The Newport Preservation Society to stage a benefit Pierre Cardin fashion show at the Breakers in Newport for Monsieur Cardin himself.
Arianna Buonanno // Director of Sponsorships & Partnerships
Arianna joined the STYLEWEEK Northeast team in 2018 as Director of Sponsorship and Partnerships. She earned a B.S. degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design with a minor in Art History from the University of Rhode Island. She took her love of fashion and styling to another level & immersed herself into the culture during her time studying fashion in London and Paris. She then traveled to Los Angeles to work for a renowned Fashion PR company. It was here that she learned her skills as a stylist and love for Public Relations. Arianna also owns a bridal design company, Arianna Nicola LLC.
Sarah Wessel // Event Manager
Sarah is a recent graduate of Johnson & Wales University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing. Sarah started out her fashion career in retail, as she worked as a Sales Associate for the well-known retailers, Justice and Kate Spade New York.
She left retail to go into the business and event side of the fashion industry. Sarah first started out as a Front-of-House intern for StyleWeek Northeast back in 2015 and then joined the team full time as a Designer Acquisition Assistant.
Sarah loves being able to use her creativity and assist in all aspects of the StyleWeek Northeast production; including both Front-of-House and Back-of-House, and seeing it all come together. She also works as a Social Media Manager and Account Executive for RMO Public Relations.
Kelsey Cregg // Director, Back of House
With a degree in Fashion Merchandising and retail marketing, along with an extensive background in management, Kelsey puts her skills to use at StyleWeek Northeast as the Director of Designer Acquisition and back of house manager. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Kelsey made Providence her home in 2010, and joined the StyleWeek team shortly after.
She began her journey with StyleWeek in 2012 as an intern and quickly found herself moving into the position of Executive Assistant to the President, Rosanna Ortiz. Upon graduation, she transitioned into the role she holds today and finds it’s the perfect fit to use her managerial talents, as well as fuel her creativity. Her favorite part of StyleWeek is being able to see the impact the event makes on each and every person involved. Whether you are a participating designer, sponsor, or just a guest attending the shows, StyleWeek is an all-inclusive event that has something for everyone.
Anna Badalyan // Director, Designer Relations
Anna graduated with a BSBA in Management from Bryant University with a minor in Political Science. She has recently earned an MBA from Providence College.
Anna comes from a fashion background as her family has three generations of master tailors. She spent 12 years working in men’s fashion before deciding to own a spray tanning studio. She opened the first blushtan, which features organic tanning solution, in Providence, RI and owns and manages it. Her favorite part about owning blushtan is being able to make her clients feel beautiful and confident about themselves.
Anna joined the STYLEWEEK team in 2018.
In 2010, Brittney began her journey at The Kraft Group (Foxboro MA), as a hostess. As years past, she began to climb the ladder as Marketing Intern, Promotions Manager, and eventually landed in the Events and Marketing department. Throughout her time at the Kraft Group, she managed multiple social media campaigns, ticket sales promotions, events and outreach campaigns.
After 7 years at The Kraft Group, she decided to take a leap of faith to build her own professional marketing brand. She partnered with a friend selling and promoting marketing materials, developing her own client base, while working full time as a Digital Media Specialist for a global brand.