About Our

History

Since 1947

Introduction

If you’re thinking about higher education, Siba’s small class sizes, individual attention, and expert instructors can help you develop the skills today’s employers seek in graduates. We strive to make our community accessible to students of all backgrounds by offering a variety of financial aid options. Since our establishment in 1947, we have been dedicated to strengthening our region with a committed presence downtown and exceptional graduates.

Stevens - The Institute of Business & Arts (Siba) got its start in 1947 as Patricia Stevens, a modeling and finishing school for women. And although we have always been located in downtown St. Louis, we are proud to have moved to our permanent campus in the historic garment district on Washington Avenue in 2010. Over the years, the college has grown and evolved with the times. In the 1980's we became co-educational, and in 2008 we added Bachelors degree programs to our offerings. Among our longest-running programs are Fashion Development & Merchandising, Business, and Interior Design, all of which have undergone curriculum updates and program title changes over the years as technology and demand changed. Our more recent program addition of Graphic Design (2016) also undergoes constant evaluation to remains viable for today's employers. Stevens - The Institute of Business & Arts became our new name when we moved to our current home at 1521 Washington Avenue - the school's first permanent campus. The 25,000 square foot building underwent a $3 million dollar renovation that was designed specifically for our small classes and program needs. The building's rich history in St. Louis' Garment District harkens back to 1917 when it was constructed for the George E Keefe shoe factory.

Our Faculty

Cynthia Musterman
Cynthia Musterman
President
Ms. Musterman holds a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law. In addition to her duties as President, Ms. Musterman serves as Academic Dean for evening school students.
Emilee Schnefke
Emilee Schnefke
Academic Dean & Registrar
Mrs. Schnefke holds a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University. Mrs. Schnefke has been employed at Siba since 2007, beginning as an Admissions Recruiter. In addition to her administrative duties, she currently teaches courses in General Studies and Business Administration.
Steve Asher
Steve Asher
Career Services Director
Mr. Asher holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and J.D. from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Mr. Asher heads the Career Services Department.
Chrissa Siampos
Chrissa Siampos
Financial Aid Director
Mrs. Siampos holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and was employed at Boeing for twelve years. She also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Ratesha Nicholson
Ratesha Nicholson
Department Head
Business Administration
Mrs. Nicholson holds a B.S. in finance from University of Missouri–Columbia and an MBA from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville. She has been a member of the faculty since 2004, and teaches courses in business administration.
Janelle Schrumpf
Janelle Schrumpf
Department Head
Interior Design
Janelle Schrumpf has been an instructor at Siba since 2002, taking over as Department Head in 2020. She has also maintained her own residential interior design firm which provides a full scope of services from project conception to execution. Mrs. Schrumpf has worked in the Interior Design industry for more than 28 years while holding a number of industry-related trade affiliations. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in Retail Management and Design, and also graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. When she's not teaching, Mrs. Schrumpf loves history, architecture, and exploring old houses.
Lynne Wasson
Lynne Wasson
Department Head
Fashion Development & Merchandising
Ms. Wasson has a B.S. in Clothing and Textiles as well as an M.S. in Vocational Education studies from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. She has been a member of the faculty since 1995 and teaches courses in Fashion Merchandising, Retail Management and Business. She currently holds the office of Treasurer of the St. Louis Chapter of Fashion Group International
Susan Stuart
Susan Stuart
Department Head
Graphic Design
Susan Stuart holds her M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and holds a B.A. in Art from Xavier University of Louisiana. Currently, she is pursuing an EdD in Leadership Higher Education from Missouri Baptist University. Ms. Stuart started as the Graphic Design Department Head at Siba in 2022. Her experience in Graphic Design spans over 15 years, including Education, Business Ownership, and Art Direction. Ms. Stuart enjoys teaching Graphic Design, and when she is not teaching, she spends her free time traveling with her family.
Sara Dorn
Sara Dorn
Director of Admissions
Mrs. Dorn holds a B.S. in Communications from Bradley University. Mrs. Dorn enjoys meeting new students and helping them identify their path to achieve their higher education goals. When she's not at Siba, Mrs. Dorn enjoys hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Tameca Bevly
Tameca Bevly
Facilities Manager
Ms. Bevly holds an AAS in Fashion Development & Merchandising and a B.S. in Business Administration from Siba. She currently works as the Facilities Manager and has been employed at Siba since August 2013.
Meghanne Frere
Meghanne Frere
Student Services
Coordinator
Mrs. Frere holds a B.S in Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past nine years working for the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, Missouri. Mrs. Frere thoroughly enjoys working and interacting with students and people from all different backgrounds. She is also very passionate about spending time with her husband and daughter.
DanielleSullivan
Danielle Sullivan
Recruiter
Mrs. Sullivan joined the Siba family in 2019 as a student in Business Administration, elevating her experience as a travel industry executive. During her sabbatical, Mrs. Sullivan followed her passion for community engagement and joined the Siba Admissions team full-time in 2022. She is enriched as a musician and hoop dance instructor, serving as an ambassador for local performing arts organizations.

Adjunct Professors

In addition to our highly qualified full-time faculty members, Siba employs several gifted and dedicated adjunct instructors, most of whom work full-time and/or maintain businesses and practices in their respective fields of expertise.

We are always on the lookout for knowledgeable professionals with expertise in the subjects we teach. If you’re interested in being considered for a future adjunct position, please submit your resume and cover letter to resume@siba.edu.

  • Ellen Alvey
  • James Bruenger
  • Geneva Dotson
  • Scott Grieshaber
  • Annie Miller
  • Carla Mills
  • Patrice Munden
  • Wendy Noory
  • Brianna Ratermann
  • Tara Turnage
Women looking at design books

Accreditation

Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts is proud to be accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.

Accreditation assures students that an institution has met the standards of a respected voluntary peer review process. The integrity and honesty of an institution is fundamental and critical to the process, thus accreditation serves as an indication of institutional quality. Accredited schools agree to, and must meet or exceed, the ACCSC Standards of Accreditation. Siba employs professional faculty, offers facilities and equipment to the public designed to meet the educational objectives of the institution, and ensures that the financial and organizational structure of the school has stability and permanence in the educational community.

Military Students

It has always been important to us to honor the commitment and courage of our veterans and first responders. As a VA-approved institution, Siba has been working to meet the educational needs of our citizens who have served in the armed forces since the institution was established. We understand the sacrifices our veterans make to ensure our freedoms and are proud to offer a variety of benefits to them.

We also work to accommodate the needs of students who may be called to duty during their time at Siba. Students will not lose credits because of deployment and, if possible, can pick up where they left off in the curriculum after returning home. We accept transfer credits earned during training, as well as ACE credits. Military students are also exempted from our $25 application fee, our quarterly textbook and campus technology fee, and their graduation fees are included in tuition. Those benefits extend to First Responders and their dependents as well. See our Military Benefits page for more details.