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Marlene Cox

Executive Director Marlene Cox is an entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of experience in the beauty, fashion, and hair industries. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has studied hair and fashion in Paris, France and a B S in Business She has served as a fashion consultant and coordinator, as well as an educator and trainer for various national professional product lines. She is the former President and Owner of three full-service hair salons, and has served as a beauty editor and TV host. She developed programs for the Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware’s task force to benefit at-risk and disadvantaged youths and was named Ms. Unity of Delaware and worked with Miss America for 10 years and Miss Universe for 4 years. She served as President of Women International, as well as a platform artist for Johnson Products, Avalon, and Fermodyl (Belgian). She is a realtor and is affiliated with Keller Williams Realty.

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Mia Collins

Creative Director Mia Collins has over 18 years of experience in the fashion industry. A board member of Fashion Group International (FGI) and merchandiser for Nike, Inc. (serving as Regional Team Leader), Mia offers many areas of expertise to MAIA. She has been a prop stylist for several magazines including People Magazine, Vanity Fair and Baltimore Magazine. She coordinated the 2007 Hagerstown Magazine Bridal Show, along with coordinating several events in Howard County, and has served as an NFL Coordinator and a consultant for the Discovery Channel. She also worked as an Art Director for Charles Street Films and was a professional dancer with Judith Jamison (Alvin Ailey). Mia is also a member of Howard County’s Sister City Exchange Program, through which she frequently travels throughout Europe.