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
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.
Ayla Gehler

Ayla Gehner

Recruiter
Ms. Gehner holds a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Ms. Gehner greatly enjoys helping students identify and pursue their educational passions and goals.
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.

Adjunct Professors

  • Ellen Alvey

  • Isaac Bame

  • Geneva Dotson

  • Scott Grieshaber

  • Carla Mills

  • Annie Miller

  • Susan Stuart

  • Tara Turnage

  • Doug Weaver

Women looking at design books

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.

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.