ALUMNI FOCUS - REBECCA M. CHURCH

 

Rebecca M. Church graduated from Bellport High School in 1970. Classmates and teachers will probably best remember Rebecca for spending every free minute of her high school years in the art studio. They may also recall that Rebecca was the illustrator for the BHS literary magazine, Acorns, the cartoonist for the school newspaper, The Clipper, and art editor of the 1970 yearbook, The Log. She is also an accomplished wildlife illustrator, inspired by the late Dennis Puleston, a Brookhaven neighbor in the early 70's.

Old habits die hard, and for the past 30 years, Rebecca has continued a career in the graphic arts, working first in Boston, then New York – and now in Hong Kong where she runs her own fashion design business.

After obtaining a Fine Arts Degree, Ms. Church held a variety of jobs in Boston from greeting card design to running a printing press. After moving to New York, she joined the world's largest public relations firm, where she was Vice President of their corporate design group for more than a decade. Rebecca later moved to a global management consulting firm where she was the Manager of Worldwide Creative Services for many years. In 1997, she was transferred to the firm's Hong Kong office, and named Director of Communications for Asia.
 
After a year in this position, Rebecca and her husband visited the Great Wall in Beijing where Rebecca fell and broke her leg. She was carried off the Wall on a stretcher by four People's Liberation Army guards, to the delight of hundreds of Chinese tourists who snapped photos of the ordeal. During her six-month recovery, Rebecca created her exclusive women's fashion accessory, an adjustable cummerbund-style belt. She later opened her Internet sales firm, Fan of Asia, Ltd., in 2000, the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
 
During her three and a half years living in Asia, Rebecca has visited Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Mainland China, Singapore, Turkey, Morocco, Macau and Australia. On these trips she has purchased the indigenous and colorful silk textiles which are used to manufacture her belts.

If you are thinking about travel to any of the countries that Rebecca has visited or if you wish to purchase Rebecca's exciting fashion accessory, you are invited to log onto her website: www.FanOfAsia.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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