Faculty Profiles

The following individuals are adjunct faculty and others currently scheduled to teach during the Fall 2016 semester. NCAD reserves the right to substitute or otherwise change instructor assignments as needed.


Bolvin, Erica

Erica teaches various classes in the Design area of concentration within the program, including Graphic Design 1.

Erica is a 1999 graduate of NCAD and is pleased to return as faculty. She has enjoyed a career as a successful designer and illustrator at Whitney Design in Olympia for over 13 years where she gets to work with a wide variety of clients including the Washington State Arts Commission, Intercity Transit, IDD Aerospace, Thurston County Environmental Resources, Harlequin Productions, and dozens of other businesses, non-profits, and government agencies. Working in a small firm has allowed her to develop significant experience in every facet of the design process; knowledge she feels is essential for NCAD grads to possess in today’s job market. She is a typography nerd and lover of all things print.

In addition to her “regular day job,” Erica volunteers her creative talents for SafePlace Olympia and also teaches drawing classes in the Puyallup School District, fueling the artistic spark in children. When she’s not being an industrious designer, she’s on the go in the great outdoors with her best friends: her handsome husband and their two perfect daughters.

Butler, Dennis

Dennis teaches various classes in the General Education area of the program, including English Composition and Creative Writing.

Dennis’s background is unusual, combining engineering, philosophy, and creative
writing. Dennis earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and English (May 2015), from Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Western Philosophy (November 2011), from American Public University, Charles Town, West Virginia.

Dunlap, Dan

Dan teaches various classes in the General Education area of the program, including Psychology.

Dan has functioned as a vocational counselor as part of a Refugee Assistance Program working with Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and other refugee populations. He has provided individual and group counseling for court- referred “drug diversion” and DUI offender populations. He has worked within county mental health systems for over 13 years, as child mental health specialist, resource manager, and clinical supervisor.

In private practice as a psychologist her has performed psychological assessments, evaluations for Disability/Social Security claimants, and provided therapy services to a diverse client population that included children, adolescents, college students, adults, couples, and families.

He has been a Psychology instructor for over 15 years (General Psychology, Human Development, Biological Psychology, Critical Thinking, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Introduction to Counseling Theory; Counseling Techniques and Practice).

Finley, Julius

Julius teaches various classes in multiple areas of the program, including Visual Storytelling, Principles of Sales, and numerous others.

Born in the Midwest, raised in Southern California, after graduate school Julius spent the first part of his professional career working for advertising agencies and design agencies in places like Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Santa Monica, and San Diego.

It has been through his creative work for companies and clients both local and global in scale that he has accumulated diverse advertising design, print design, web design, illustration, and design production experience, and has developed his knowledge of effective business practices, first a designer, then as an art director, and finally as the independent owner and creative principal of jfinleydesign.

He received his B.A. in Art from California State University in Long Beach, California and his M.F.A. degrees in Illustration and in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Gabrielson, Izabela

Izabela teaches various classes in the General Education and Technical/Occupational areas of the program, including Survey of Illustration, Art Introduction, and Illustration 1.

On January 21, 2013 earned her Ph.D. in Art History at The Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. She completed a doctoral dissertation “Rafal Olbinski. Creation in Sphere of Graphic Design and Painting, 1969 – 2005” under the direction of prof. Andrzej K. Olszewski. Her dissertation was a result of an extensive study of artwork created by Rafal Olbinski and other Polish artists living and working in New York since 1981, when marshal law was imposed in Poland, forcing them to stay abroad. It significantly contributes to research on Polish contemporary émigré art, which is vastly undocumented, and yet directly connected to the Polish School of Posters, internationally recognized trend in graphic arts. During her over a decade long stay in New York she had a unique opportunity to work with Mr. Olbinski, observe his creative process, and work with iconic institutions like The Society of Illustrator or The National Arts Club.

In addition to her art history education and training she also has a long experience in fine arts. After completing her MFA, with specialization in fine arts education, in Poland in 1996, she has continued her artistic work, which included continuing education studies at School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League of New York.

She has worked as a Gallery Assistant at the George Billis Gallery in New York and as a PR Coordinator for Red Dot Art Fair, an international art fair taking place in New York and Miami during the Art Basel week. Among her job responsibilities was the development and maintenance of partnerships with artists, galleries, the media, art institutions and museums resulting in a successful event. She was also responsible for writing press releases and introductions to catalogs accompanying the events.

Gundy, Derek

Derek teaches various classes in the Foundation and Technical/Occupational areas of the program, including 2D Design Theory and Visual Development.

Derek earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. After graduating Derek returned to the family business, where he eventually became the manager of the custom frame shop. He was inspired further by working with so many great Maine artists like Andrew Wyeth, Alan Magee, Jeff Colquhoun, and many more. Derek and his wife moved to the Seattle area in 2003. It was here that his fascination with two major subjects began: Wine & Pacific Northwest Salmon. In addition to his artwork, Derek also manages an art supply & custom framing store, Artists’ Edge in Poulsbo. Derek also teaches drawing, watercolors, and acrylic painting in a variety of settings in addition to Artists’ Edge.

Johnson, Troy

Troy teaches various classes in the Foundation area, and various Technical/Occupational classes, including Typography.

Troy has spent the last 20 years working in almost every part of the design world, from quick print shops and service bureaus to high- end design studios. From table tents to annual reports to corporate web sites to environmental signage, he is a veritable Swiss Army knife of knowledge and experience.

He has worked at Hornall Anderson Design Works, Methodologie (Team Design), Werkhaus, with Microsoft in their Entertainment Business Unit, and on projects for such companies as Weyerhaeuser, Microsoft Merchandising, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Mahulum Architects, K2, Nintendo of America, King County, Seattle Water, the King County Commission for Marketing Recycled Materials, Microsoft Press, Immunex, NeoRx, Corporate Council for the Arts, Quadrant Homes, and Pacific Rim Resources.

Martin, Luc

Luc teaches various classes in the Motion Design and Entertainment Art area of concentration within the program, including Model Texturing.

Luc Martin is a traditional and digital artist who has been working in the Seattle area since 2007. As a character artist in the video game industry for Midway and later WB Games, he contributed to multi-platform titles including “This Is Vegas” and “Lord of the Rings: The War in the North.” Luc was one of several artists to contribute to the children’s book “The Smartest Little Artist” which was published in 2008. In 2010 he served as Director for the first iD Gaming Academy hosted at the University of Washington by iD Tech Camps and taught 3D Modeling for Games to campers.

McKinley, Michael

John teaches classes in the Technical/Occupational area within the program, including Model Shading and Lighting.

Michael has worked in Entertainment Industry for over 15 years. His work includes 3D modeling, Environment Artist, Creature Artist for companies including Golden Goose Games, Fever Pitch Studios, InfiniteZ, and most recently at Zombie Studios.

He is also the author of a number of books on Maya, including The Game Artist’s Guide to Maya (2005), The Game Animator’s Guide to Maya (2006), and Maya Studio Project: Game Environments and Props (2010).

In addition to teaching, he currently hosts an an online tutorial video series on YouTube called The Maya Toolbelt.

Nick Ogilvie

Nick teaches various classes in the Foundation area within the program, including Visual Storytelling and others.

Nick formalized his creative interests with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Art Institute of Seattle with a specific focus on media arts and animation. His career focus remains in the worlds of story telling where he applies his art to illustration, concept art, sculpture, design, motion graphics, and animation as a freelance artist.

Working mostly independently has given Nick the opportunity to work on diverse subjects and develop his skills in bringing projects from concept through to completion in his own studio.

“Art to me is the visual expression of an idea or emotion. This theory can be applied to any subject or medium from traditional gallery work to graphic design or animation. My passion
in teaching is helping students develop their artistic skills to not be just technically skilled but successful at expressing ideas and emotions to the audience around them.”

Ogilvie, Susan

Susan teaches various classes in the Foundation and Illustration area of concentration within the program, including Drawing 1 an College Success Strategies.

Susan is originally from Southern California, with a professional background in graphic design and illustration. She has worked for a variety of design studios before opening her own studio, Windsor Graphics in Rancho Cucumonga, CA. Moving to the Northwest, Susan earned her BFA in Fine Art at Northwest College of Art, now NCAD, and her MFA in Traditional Illustration from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Susan is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) as well as the AIGA.

Sherpa, Pasang

Pasang teaches the class Anthropology in the General Education area of the program.

Pasang Yangjee Sherpa, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist from Nepal. Her research areas include human dimensions of climate change, Indigeneity, and development in the Himalayas. She earned her doctoral degree in anthropology from Washington State University in 2012. She was a lecturer in the department of anthropology at Penn State University from 2013 till 2015 before taking a postdoctoral fellowship at the New School in the Fall of 2015. She joined the Nepal Studies Initiative (NSI) at the University of Washington as a visiting scholar in January of 2017.