Future Students & Parents

Meet our Admissions Team

CCAD’s Admissions team is ready to assist you in your college exploration process. Students can connect directly with the admissions counselor who will evaluate their application. The counselors (listed below) are assigned students based on the student’s school of attendance location. Please feel free to contact an admissions team member with your questions about CCAD, the application process, scheduling a visit, and more.

High school counselors and educators should contact their respective territory manger (also listed below).

The Admissions office is located on the first floor of the Canzani Center (see campus map). Contact us at 614.222.3261, toll free at 877.997.CCAD (2223), or email admissions AT ccad DOT edu. Check out CCAD Admissions on Facebook.


The Admissions Team


John Cairns

Admissions Counselor for Graduate Program

I grew up in Willowick, a small suburb on the east side of Cleveland, and gained an appreciation for art and industry during my youth from my grandmother, Eleanor. I earned an associate’s degree in Graphic Communication Technologies from Columbus State Community College, a BFA from Ohio State University with a focus on art and technology, and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati.

I currently live in Dublin with my wife, Holly, and our cat, Proteus. I love to draw, make video work, tinker with electronics, study biology, and learn new techniques for guiding students to their goals.

As part of the CCAD Admissions team, I counsel students as they enter new and exciting stages of their academic career. I enjoy seeing bright-eyed students walk through the doors each day.


Ohio Territories (by county): Allen, Auglaize, Crawford,Delaware, Franklin (Bexley,Canal Winchester, Grandview Heights, Groveport Madison, Hamilton Township, Upper Arlington, Whitehall Yearling), Hancock, Hardin, Hilliard, Marion, Mercer, Mount Giliad, Morrow, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Wyandot, Youngstown

Out of State Territories: MI, WI, CO, MO, ME, VT, MA, MN, NH

Jasmine Forbes

Admissions Counselor

Originally from Suffolk, VA, I received my bachelor’s in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. After moving to Columbus, I immediately fell in love with the arts culture, lively downtown, art galleries, and events happening in the area.

During my time at VCU, my designs were displayed in several fashion shows and art galleries, including the annual fashion show MUSE in 2011 and 2012 and the Anderson Gallery located in Richmond, VA. I have always been passionate about creating artwork, catering to my imaginative intuition and innovation.

I have a natural attraction for anything that sparks, inspires, and nurtures me on a creative and intellectual level. I love sewing, researching fashion trends, training for marathons, finding adventure, watching Charlie Chaplin films, baking, and taking on new challenges.

Ohio Territories (by county): Butler, Champaign, Clark,Clermont, Clinton, Darke,Fayette, Franklin (Columbus), Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Union, Warren

Out of State Territories: NY, MD, DC, VA, RI, NJ

Thom Glick

Thom Glick

Associate Director

I received my bachelor's in Illustration from CCAD in 2004. After graduating, I began a freelance career, producing artwork for a variety of commercial clients, private collectors, and galleries (www.thomglick.com). Unable to stay away from the college that I love and respect, I joined the Admissions team in 2008 and soon after started teaching as an adjunct in Illustration and Continuing & Professional Studies.

I’m proud to have helped restructure CCAD’s portfolio requirements, which now focus on technique, concept, risk taking, and dedication. These new requirements allow prospective students to focus on and share their voice, interests, and goals early in the admissions process, which helps us to start the conversation of how best to facilitate each student’s growth.

Ohio Territories (by county): Lake, Geauga, Summit, Portage, Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll

Out of State Territories: HI, AK, WY, CT, ID, MT, NE, ND, SD

Kira Scott

Kira Magrann

Senior Admissions Counselor

I have a bachelor's in Metals and Jewelry from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Born and raised in the Philly area, I’ve lived in Columbus for five years now and love the art and community here. I create enameled jewelry (www.etsy.com/shop/AnimaMetals), and I also have an award-winning blog, gamingaswomen.com. I’ve sold my work at countless craft events around Ohio. My interests include game theory, feminism, muay Thai, sci-fi, travel, and art history.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is my favorite place to take Columbus visitors for delicious, all natural treats.

Ohio Territories (by county): Ashland, Cuyahoga, Erie, Franklin (Galloway, Grove City), Holmes, Huron, Knox, Licking, Lorain, Medina, Richland, Wayne

Out of State Territories: PA, CA, OR, WA, GA, NC, SC


Ohio Territories (by county): Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Columbiana, Coshocton, Franklin (Dublin, Gahanna, New Albany, Worthington), Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portsmouth, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Vinton, Washington

Out of State Territories: IN, KY, AL, AR, FL, NV, TN

Jonathan Neeley

Jonathon Neeley

Assistant Director, International Outreach

After working as a professional artist and photographer, I joined the CCAD Admissions team in 1990 as a domestic admissions officer, then took over international admissions in 1991. I’m also the immigration advisor to current CCAD international students. I like how my dual roles allow me to assist international students from the moment they first inquire about CCAD until the day they graduate—and beyond.

Originally from Northwestern Ohio, I relocated to Central Ohio in 1984 and am proud to call Columbus my home. I enjoy ice hockey and am a big fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets, our local NHL team. Most of my time outside CCAD is spent in my studio, where I continue to produce paintings and photographic images.

Jay Ross

Admissions Counselor

A native of Michigan, I earned my BFA degree in Illustration with an emphasis in Photography from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduation I continued to produce artwork as a freelance graphic designer, volunteered with the AmeriCorps program to launch a teen arts center in Albuquerque, NM, and taught as a licensed middle school special education teacher. I also had a brief but exciting stint as an extra (S.H.I.E.L.D agent) in Marvel’s The Avengers.

When not acting alongside Samuel L. Jackson or helping students reach their artistic potential, I enjoy creating and exhibiting my own photo and illustration work. I value community involvement and am active as a volunteer/advocate in the LGBT community as well as for other social causes. I can often be found drawing, urban-exploring, geocaching, or camping and am an avid fan of Columbus’ vibrant arts and music scene. Whatever you hope for in a city, you can find it here—amazing food, entertainment, politics, culture, or sports. Like Columbus, our school is thriving and diverse and we look forward to seeing what you will add to the CCAD community.

Ohio Territories (by county): Defiance, Fairfield, Franklin (Reynoldsburg), Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, Wood

Out of State Territories: IL, AZ, TX, NM, IA, KS, LA, MS, WV

Admissions Contact:
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