After obtaining Bachelor’s Degrees in both visual art and music, I jumped into a career of creative problem solving in Dayton, Ohio as Artistic Director, Graphic Designer, Arranger and Performer for Fourth Avenue, LLC., a professional touring a cappella ensemble. I also served as Adjunct Voice Faculty for Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures.
For seven years, I was Outreach and Education Director for the Clark State Performing Arts Center and directed Project Jericho, a collaboration between Clark State Performing Arts Center and Job and Family Services of Clark County. In Project Jericho, I filled the roles of Arts Administrator, Marketing Director, Development Director, Teaching Artist, Videographer, Graphic Designer, and Audio Engineer to name a few. Under my leadership, Project Jericho more than tripled its soft dollar income with over a million dollars in grants and contracts and won a national Coming Up Taller Award in 2008 from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
After being recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change in Arts Education in 2011, I submitted a proposal for a new degree program for Clark State Community College that merged the arts and technology. With the blessing of college administration and working with local businesses to identify employment needs, I successfully submitted to the Ohio Board of Regents an 833 page Request for Approval for an Associate of Applied Business in New Media. It was approved without any requests for revision. In 2013, I completed a Masters of Science in Interactive Media, and I’m now Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator of Graphic Design and New Media for Clark State Community College. I put my design skills to use as Graphic Designer for Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures while getting the honor of passing on creative problem solving skills to the digital artists and designers of tomorrow at Clark State.
The problems keep coming because my employers and clients know that I look at problems differently – that my creative approach will be complimented by an attention to detail and careful planning. They know I expect more of myself and my work than they could ever expect from me.
Hopefully, you are here because you have problems that need creative solutions. Let’s talk.
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