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The following individuals are adjunct faculty and others currently scheduled to teach during the Summer 2019 semester. NCAD reserves the right to substitute or otherwise change instructor assignments as needed.

Joel Blakely

Joel teaches classes in the Technical/Occupational area within the program, including Model Design.

Joel has 13 years of experience as an artist in the game industry and has functioned as a Lead Character Artist for the last 10 years. He has worked in a variety of art styles, has a strong design sense, very good knowledge of anatomy, form and color theory in addition to being adept with the latest production tools.

Erica Bolvin

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

Erica is a 1999 graduate of NCAD and is pleased to return as faculty. She has enjoyed a career as a successful graphic designer and illustrator for clients including the Washington State Arts Commission, Pierce County Reading Foundation, SafePlace Olympia, Harlequin Productions, and dozens of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies. Erica worked for a local design firm for 14 years and is currently a member of the marketing team at Heritage Bank. Her time in both boutique and corporate environments as well as freelancing has helped her develop expertise in every facet of design, marketing and running a creative business; knowledge she feels is essential for NCAD grads to possess in today’s job market. Erica is a typography nerd and lover of all things print.

Dennis Butler

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 (2015), from Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Western Philosophy (2011), from American Public University, Charles Town, West Virginia.

Dan Dunlap

Dan teaches various classes in the General Education area of the program, including Psychology, Communications, and Critical Thinking.

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 he 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).

Derek Gundy

Derek teaches various classes in the Foundation area within the program, including Analytical Figure Drawing, Painting Techniques, and others.

Derek Gundy grew up on the beautiful rocky coast of Maine. His artistic talents were supported well when his parents purchased Huston-Tuttle in Rockland, Maine, an office and art supply business. Having access to so many different materials was a great inspiration, and throughout high school it was clear Derek was well on his way to becoming an artist. 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. Gundy also paints from his travels to Italy, and would someday like to retire there. 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.

Kevin Iriarte

Kevin teaches various classes within the program, including Business Planning and Principles of Marketing.

Kevin is an Integrated Marketing Manager with a proven 20 year track record across both agency and client roles. He drives innovation through the use of emerging technologies and development of large-scale integrated partnerships. During his career he has been accountable for brand building and sales driving activities.

In addition to his civilian roles has 3 years in the United States Air Force as Web Media Coordinator and Visual Information Specialist. His experience spans the entertainment, real estate, construction, auto, retail and government industries.

Troy Johnson

Troy teaches various classes in the Foundation, Graphic Design area of concentration within the program, and various non-major specific Technical/Occupational classes, including Web Design, Portfolio 1, Design Production, Visual Communication: Issues, and others.

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.

Kathryn Lorz

Kathryn teaches classes in the program, including Quantitative Principles and Principles of Finance.

Kathryn has a MBA in Finance from City University of Seattle, with a BS in Psychology from the University of Utah. In addition to teaching at NCAD, she is a Financial Wellness Facilitator.

Michael McKinley

Michael teaches various classes in the Entertainment Art area within the program, including Advanced Entertainment Art, Visual Effects, Model Rigging & Animation, and Advanced Entertainment Art, and others.

Michael has over 10 years of experience working with 3D Art in the game development and software development industries. He is always interested in learning new things and working with great teams! He also has interests in teaching and mentoring those interested in 3D Art. He has developed a YouTube channel dedicated to instructional videos that can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/user/mayatoolbelt

Nick Ogilvie

Nick teaches various classes in the Foundation area within the program, including 3D Theory, Survey of Digital Arts Applications, 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.”

Susan Ogilvie

Susan teaches various classes in the program, including Senior Thesis, Internship, Illustration, and others.

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, and an MA in Art History 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. She currently serves as the NCAD Director of Education.

Ryan Richardson

Ryan teaches classes in the foundation area within the program, including Survey of Digital Photography.

Ryan is an experienced Multimedia and IT professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in Video Production, Commercial Photography, and Adobe Creative Suite. He is an experienced information technology professional with a BS focused in Communications/Photography from Grand Valley State University.

Valeria Riedemann

Valeria teaches classes in the General Education area of the program, including Art History, Popular Culture, and Anthropology.

Valeria’s qualifications include a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Oxford (2016), and two master’s degrees in the fields of visual and material culture from University College London (Comparative Art and Archaeology, 2010), and from Universidad de Chile (Theory and History of Art, 2008). She also has proven experience in art history and comparative cultural studies course development, as well as selective teaching that ranges from lecturing undergraduate and graduate students at different Chilean universities to tutoring graduates at the University of Oxford.

Jason York

Jason teaches classes in the General Education area within the program, including Public Speaking.

Jason is an experienced educator and trainer with secondary, post-secondary, government and private industry experience. An Air Force Veteran, Jason was responsible for training over 1,000 Airmen for the 57th Maintenance Group, Nellis AFB, NV as well as leading multiple wartime deployments. Additionally, Jason has taught for Pierce College, WA and has provided training for several schools, churches and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jason is currently the Security Manager for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services where he is responsible for training over 12,000 staff on topics such as Crisis Management, Active Threat Response, Managing Trauma, and First Aid. Jason holds a BS in History from the University of Idaho, a Masters of Education, and has been recognized as a Master Exercise Practitioner by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.