Elena Igorevna Rinella completed her fashion design and production education in her home country of Ukraine, placing in the top three of her graduate class. Thereafter she was employed as a department manager within several large fashion and upholstery firms. Since that time, Elena earned her United States citizenship and now resides with her family in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. In addition to her work at The University of Akron, Ms. Rinella has worked as a tailor at various northeast Ohio tailoring shops and now maintains an active home business as an alteration specialist. Her most recent, notable project was “Little Raiders Fashion Show” at Redeemer Christian School where sales of her children’s fashions raised funds for planned school renovations.