Meet Our Team

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Dimitra Mandalas
CEO Owner

Welcome to my dreams made reality. Since I was a little girl, I always knew that I wanted to have a bridal store and dress shop. I used to make dresses for my stick-figure paper dolls and when I turned 11, I began makingmy own clothes. Living in Chicago, I fell in love with the fashion world. Finding inspiration everywhere I went led me to California where I studied Interior Designs. After graduating from design school, I began working with fashion icons such as Nolan Miller and Bob Mackie. I was later recruited by the famous pageant designer Stephen Yearick in Greenville, SC. During my time working with Mr. Yearick, I fell in love with the atmosphere in the Upstate. I took the opportunity to open my own salon after receiving an ever-growing clientele for my custom, designer gowns. With over 30 years’ experience as a dressmaker I am truly humbled by the blessing God has bestowed on me and on my business. Let me help make your dreams come true. When choosing a gown for the store, I take into consideration what body types, fabrics, and styles will look best in different gowns. Choosing a variety of different styles for the store ensures us that we have something for everybody.

Jessica Williams

Senior Bridal Consultant

Jessica was born in Mississippi and moved to Atlanta at the age of 5. Her family settled in Greenville in 2001 and she has worked with Dimitra since 2004. Jessica, having a servant’s heart, loves giving a joyful bridal experience to each bride she helps. Creating the whole “look” for the bride is what she does best! Aside from being a Senior Bridal Consultant, she has had the pleasure of singing at some her brides’ weddings. She is a lover of dogs, babies, and dancing.

“I am definitely a people person and genuinely care for my brides”

Jasmine Sheppard

Senior Bridal Consultant

Jasmine is also from Atlanta, GA moving here in 2001 at the age of 15. She has been working with brides since 2005 and recently got married. Jasmine never meets a stranger. She has a very happy and bubbly personality. You will experience true southern hospitality with every encounter you have with her. She is a shining light here at Dimitra Designs. Jasmine is a fan of 80’s movies, loves playing vintage video games, loves to cook, and draw in her spare time. Jasmine’s main concern is developing a relationship with each and every bride.

“I hope that every bride leaves looking at themselves the way that God and their fiancé sees them: beautiful”

Patricia Howell

Senior Bridal Consultant

Patricia is from Medellin, Colombia and has lived in the states for over 20 years. She has been in sales ever since she started working. Dimitra met Ms. Patricia during the time that her mother was working as a seamstress in the store. Dimitra fell in love with Ms. Patricia’s positive energy and knew that those good vibes would be important when working with brides. Patricia loves everything about health, food, and holistic healing. Her goal when meeting brides is to find the dress of her dreams that beautifully embraces her figure. She loves for them to feel like the most beautiful bride in the world while feeling comfortable and confident.

“I always listen to every detail about the wedding because every detail counts towards my goal of finding my bride’s dream dress. I enjoy working here”.

Natalie Moston

Senior Bridal Consultant

Natalie is from Long Island, NY and went to business school in Maine. While in college, she began a modeling career that led her to Florida. She moved to Greenville, SC in 2010 working in retail management where she specialized in makeup and beauty. After working as a top seller for Zales’ Jewelers, Natalie’s excitement for helping facilitate happy engagements brought her to Dimitra Designs. Natalie eats, sleeps, and breathes FITNESS, FASHION, and the LORD. Natalie wants each bride to find what is flattering and fashionable, yet authentic to them. She loves creating the complete package for the bride and her wedding party.

“It’s personal, so I want them to feel that finding the dress is just as memorable as their wedding day. I hope that each client turns into a lasting friendship”.

Kim Holloway

Senior Bridal Consultant

Her name is Ms. Kim, but we call her Ms. Magic. She is a native of Greenville, SC and a mother of three beautiful girls. Ms. Kim has over 25 years of experience in the pageant industry at both State and National levels. Over the years she has participated as a pageant mom, consumer, consultant, and coach. Ms. Kim was introduced to Dimitra when she was searching for a custom pageant dress, and they have been like sisters ever since! She is also the neatest and most organized person in the store. Don’t come to her house making a mess or you will surely get put out (LOL). Come in and check out her trophy cabinet that features some of her winning clients.

“They call me Ms. Magic because I can look at a girl and know what size she is and what dress she will win in”.

Lauren Eckerson

Bridesmaids & Mothers Stylist

Lauren was born in San Diego, California. Her family relocated to the upstate in 1998. During her time in pageantry, she began a loyal relationship as a client with Dimitra Designs. After finishing her schooling and falling in love with the fashion industry, God placed in her heart to approach Dimitra for a job working with brides. Dimitra recognized the charismatic and abundance of positive energy that Lauren embodies, and she was hired on the spot. Quickly adapting to the bridal environment, she instantly became an asset in every department. Lauren aspires to meet every detail the bride imagines.

“I love making the customer’s experience fun and taking the stress away from planning a wedding”.

Susan Plumblee

Bridesmaids & Mothers Stylist

Susan was born in Fairfax, Virginia. Susan began working with Dimitra during her senior year of high school. She is currently finishing up her studies at North Greenville University in hopes to become a Spanish teacher. Susan loves to go hiking, paint, do missionary work, and cheer for Clemson football (sorry not sorry). Susan has a knack for making each customer feel special. She truly cares to meet everyone’s expectations, many times going out of her way to provide those essential details needed to tie everything together.

“I feel awesome knowing that my contributions will ensure a pleasant experience”.

Neanna Wilder

Tuxedo Stylist Coordinator

Neana is a native of Charlotte, NC. She went to school in Greenville, SC and graduated from J.L. Mann. She later moved back to Belmont, NC where she married and raised her two children. Neana has worked in outside sales throughout the east coast for over 20 years. It was when she lived in Myrtle Beach, however, that she developed a flair for men’s fashion. Neana has ten years of experience working in the bridal industry, but recently found her home at Dimitra Designs. The loves of her life are her grandchildren. Every chance she gets, she loves traveling, laying out on the beach, and meeting new people. Neana’s qualified experience in the fashion industry provides her with ability to bring the couple’s ideas into a reality for their special day.

“Working with the groom and groomsmen is like putting the final touches on the bride’s dream day”.

The Twins

Prom & Pageant Stylists

Kimdra and Kensley have grown up here at Dimitra Designs. Starting out as dress hangers, everyone at Dimitra Designs quickly realized that were also born with the “gift of magic”. Their style is undeniable- half of the time they could counter some dresses on the rack! They have personally worked with Dimitra to pick out the best prom gowns off the runway. Their perceptiveness and knowledge of current trends when choosing new styles guarantee our store is stocked with must have-styles. The twins only recently graduated from Woodmont High School, but they have already developed a successful fashion career as merchandise buyers for Dimitra Designs. Come let them style you this prom season!

Sweetie Lawing

Alterations Coordinator

Sweetie is from the island of Wailuku, Hawaii. She moved to the main land in 1983 after being inspired by a missionary who graduated from Holmes Bible College. Following in those same footsteps, Sweetie attended and graduated from the same college where she met her husband of 31+ years. Sweetie met Dimitra and Steven Yearick in 1989. After Steven left for New York, Ms. Sweetie and Dimitra worked out of Dimitra’s house doing custom bridal, pageant, and ballroom dancing gowns. At that time, everything they produced was a custom design. It was through this work that Sweetie found her passion for beading. Sweetie loves the Lord and loves spreading the gospel to everyone. She has specialized in children’s Sunday School for over 30 years. She is family oriented and loves helping others.

“I enjoy making sure that each bride has the day of their dreams. I want to create every minor or major detail that they envisioned”.

Alterations Team


Dimitra takes great pride in selecting each seamstress based off their skillset and experience. Our highly qualified seamstresses take their time to execute each detail imagined by the bride. These trusted individuals can take the gown of your imaginations and make it a reality.

Nicole Hester

Ordering & Logistics

Nicole is from Anderson, SC. She has an undergraduate degree from Lander University and is currently working on her master’s degree at Anderson University. She is a very family-oriented person who enjoys movies and loves to keep up with the latest pop culture. Nicole also loves fashion and arts and crafts. She is all about business! Nicole’s job is to make sure that each detail that the bride communicated with the consultants is conveyed in their wedding gown, bridesmaids order, and special occasion gowns. Nicole is an organized and detail-orientated worker. She checks, double checks, and often triple checks each order because once the gowns are ordered, there’s no going back!

“It fills me with so much joy to know that what I do can help the bride feel confident as she reaches her wedding date”

Monica Beyer

Accounting

Monica is native of Medellin, Colombia and moved to Montana in 1999 after marrying her soulmate. Later in 2008, the sweet couple moved their family of four to Spartanburg, SC. Monica comes from a work background as an international trader for Citibank’s Treasury Department for 14 years. After focusing her schedule around the busy lives of her husband and two children, life brought her here to Dimitra Designs. She is a very kind and humble individual, who gets along with everyone. Her uplifting spirit creates a great balance for the store.

“The group of ladies I work with are more than just co-workers; through the years we have become more like family”

Simone Cobbs

Internet Consultant & Customers Relations

Simone was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Having relatives here in the upstate, Simone and her parents moved here in 2001. She is alumni of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has worked as a specialist in Behavior Management, Social and Emotional Learning. In 2011 she found her place in the work world here at Dimitra Designs. Starting out as a receptionist, she quickly learned the functions of the store. She has a very patient and kind demeanor that makes it easy for her to work with anyone. She loves the fashion industry and loves to be apart of the process of getting that hard-to-find gown for your special day.

“It’s important to me to go above and beyond when working with my co-workers and customers. I always strive to give everyone 100% of my energy; finding solution when there seems to be none”

Diana Mazo

Operations & Marketing

Diana is from Medellin, Colombia. She moved here in 2004 and started working with Dimitra in 2006. She has a wonderful son who is the love of her life. She takes her job very seriously but is the jokester in the office. Diana finished her schooling with a degree in graphic design. She later decided to pursue a master’s degree in marketing and international business. Diana is a very organized and determined worker. Her ability to see the final product of a project before it even begins, truly makes her a great blessing to the business.

“I feel blessed to work with Dimitra because I can use my creativity to further grow this business but still be great at my most important job of being a parent”