Programs of Study

Faculty Biographies (C–F)

Tricia Carlos, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design; teaches introductory fashion, fashion computer technology, and draping. A fashion designer for more than 11 years, Carlos has worked for three large retail corporations based out of Columbus and New York. She has been involved in many aspects of the design industry, focusing on design, and product development. She also has professionally designed a range of product from casual sportswear, to day and evening dresses, to intimate apparel and loungewear. BA in fashion design, Kent State University, 1997.

Tessa Carrel
Tessa L Carrel
, adjunct professor, Liberal Arts; teaches anatomy. Carrel is trained as a developmental biologist. More specifically she investigates the molecular cues and cellular mechanisms of nervous system development and how the disruption of these processes can result in the onset of disease in the brain and motor neurons. BS in biology, Muskingum University, 1997; MS in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Ohio State University, 2003; PhD in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Ohio State University, 2004.

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Wendy L. Chrisman
, adjunct instructor, Liberal Arts; teaches writing and the arts, American literature and literary studies. Chrisman’s research interests include cultural studies, medical humanities, and mental health narratives. She is a former lecturer at Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center. Her publications and collaborations have appeared in Kairos, Prose Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, Lore: The Stairwell and Radical Relevance. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, Rhetoric Society of America, Society of Disability Studies and Accessible Technology Coalition. BA in English, University of Florida, 1996; MA in English, Ohio State University, 2000; PhD in English, Ohio State University, 2008.
Online: www.ccad.digication.com/wendy_l_chrisman_ph_d/

Jason Clary, assistant professor, Fine Arts and CORE Studio; teaches drawing and painting. Clary is a representational painter with an emphasis on figure and portraiture. BFA in Painting, University of Cincinnati, 1996; MFA in Painting, Indiana University, 1999.

John Lloyd Clayton
John Lloyd Clayton
, adjunct professor, Liberal Arts; teaches writing for design majors, and composition. Clayton is a researcher and professor interested in language studies, writing, and teacher education. He is currently working on a book about language and education practice in rural Japan. BA in art history, University of Chicago, 2003; MA in English, Murray State University; PhD in second language studies, University of Cincinnati, 2011.

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Suzanne Cotton
, fashion design chair and assistant professor, Fashion Design; teaches collection and fashion illustration and layout. Cotton, who studied at the Parsons New School for Design in Paris, has extensive experience in the garment industry, where she specialized in knitwear design for more than 18 years for such companies as Design Options and Marisa Christina. Cotton moved to Columbus to become the design director for BellePointe, whose customers included Macy’s, Saks Fifth Ave, and specialty retailers across the United States and Canada. BFA in fashion design, Parsons New School for Design, 1990; MS in marketing and communication, Franklin University, 2011.

David G. DeRosa, MFA, is an adjunct faculty specializing in anatomy, color theory and drawing principles, teaching traditional methods as they apply to contemporary themes and media with a focus on individual expression and development. David is a New York born Californian, continuing his 28 year span of domestic and international work here in Columbus. His work, available for viewing at DeRosaArt.com, is often intimate, playful and unashamed, addresses themes of isolation, stigma and dehumanization and yet remains carefully crafted and thoughtfully executed.

Kelly O’Gorman DeVore
, assistant professor, Interior Design; teaches interior design studio and advertising and graphic design concepts. DeVore is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional and practiced graphic design and architecture in Seattle before moving to Columbus in 2009. Her design experience includes work in residential, small commercial, and sustainable winery architecture, as well as branding and graphic design. She is passionate about collaborative, responsive, and socially driven work. BA in architecture, Iowa State University, 2006; MFA in design research and development, Ohio State University, 2012. Online: www.kellydevore.com

Maggie DiVito, adjunct instructor, Liberal Arts; teaches writing and the arts, fairy tales, and mythology. At CCAD since 2006, DiVito started out her career as a substitute high school English teacher in Chicago, where she also taught non-credit art classes at a community college. She was an English lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been published in The Greensboro Review. She was assistant editor of the journal English Literature in Transition and was nominated for an Association of Writers and Writing Programs award. BFA in painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1998; post baccalaureate in creative writing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999; MFA in poetry, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2002.

Elizabeth S. Douglas
, adjunct instructor, Liberal Arts; teaches introductory, developmental, abnormal, and social psychologies and theories of personality. In addition to CCAD, Douglas teaches psychology courses at other Columbus area colleges and has received excellence in teaching awards and nominations. She previously worked as a music and theater director in Germany, where she established a music program for children. She has been a professional musician and has experience in theater and dance performance. BA in psychology, Appalachian State University, 1971; MA in psychology and education, Appalachian State University, 1973.

Ellen Ellis teaches in the Fashion Design program at CCAD. She graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design, Magna Cum Laude, at SCAD in 2009, and has extensive professional design experience with Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Gilly Hicks, and Abercrombie Kids. She has also worked as a freelance designer for Marc by Marc Jacobs. In addition to teaching, she continues to freelance as a graphic and illustrative designer. Her small business, Sewing Savannah, offers unique textile creations from quilts and clothes to custom alterations. More on Ellen online at: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ellen-ellis/62/63b/956

Delano Ellis
Delano Ellis
, instructor, Industrial Design; teaches digital drawing, rapid idea visualization, and industrial design methodology and research. Ellis has worked with design-based companies including Abercrombie & Fitch and Kids II Toys. BFA in digital media, University of Georgia, 2004; MFA in industrial design, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2009. Online: www.coroflot.com/delano and www.leather81.com.

Matthew Evans, adjunct instructor, is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter. He has written for HBO Films, producers Michelle Manning, John Will, and director Thomas Carter. He is an active member of the WGAW and winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Screenwriting Award. BFA in film production, University of Colorado, 2004; MFA in screenwriting, Columbia University, 2011.

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Lori Faist
, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of CORE Studio Technology. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1989 and earned her Adobe Education Trainer credentials in 2013. Lori is an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign. She has taught a variety of Advertising and Graphic Design courses, and is currently team teaching CORE Visual Literacy I and II. She created and continues to manage the CORE Studio online curriculum in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Lori is a business partner with Spectrum Image, a Columbus communications and printing firm. She is also a freelance designer and print production specialist for an educational children’s book publisher. Faist has co-authored two FreeHand books for Macromedia, Inc and was a freelance corporate trainer for various Columbus companies, including CompuServe, Victoria’s Secret, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company & Affiliated Companies.

John Fergus-Jean
, professor, Photography and Graduate Studies; teaches media arts seminar, issues in contemporary photography, graduate seminar, graduate teaching methods, graduate theory and criticism. Fergus-Jean has received state and national grants for his work and his photographs and writings on photography have been published internationally and in the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. AB in political science, Indiana University, 1975; MFA in photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1983.

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Charlene Fix
, professor, CORE Liberal Arts English & Philosophy; teaches writing poetry, film and literature, and literary studies. Fix has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and has published poems in Poetry, Literary Imagination, Hotel Amerika, The Manhattan Review and others. She has published chapbooks: Mischief and Greatest Hits and books: Flowering Bruno, Harpo Marx as Trickster, and Frankenstein’s Flowers. Fix has received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and Louis Hammer memorial Awards from the Poetry Society of America. BS in English Education, Ohio State University, 1970; MA in English, Ohio State University, 1977.
Online: www.ccad.digication.com/charlene_fix/Home1//.

Sonya Fix
,  Assistant Professor and Department Head for English as a Second Language; teaches ESL writing and communication and graduate theory and criticism for ESL learners. Fix received her doctorate in sociolinguistics from New York University and has spent her career teaching ESL, TESOL methods, and linguistics to diverse post-secondary, undergraduate and graduate populations. Her research focuses on racial, ethnic, and regional variation in American English, second dialect acquisition, inter-ethnic group communication, and language, identity and subjectivity. She has published articles in the journals of Language and Communication, Lingua, the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. BA in linguistics and literature, Eastern Michigan University, 1998; MA in linguistics, New York University, 2003; PhD in sociolinguistics, New York University, 2011. Online: www.sonyafix.wordpress.com.

Alice Frenz, associate professor, Illustration; teaches design, design strategy and digital methods. Frenz has an active freelance practice as a web designer, graphic designer, and illustrator. Her clients include Plate New Albany, Faith Pruden Foundation, and Be1863. In her studio practice, she experiments with combinations of fiber and found materials, digital techniques, and creative millinery. BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design, Columbus College of Art & Design, 1982. Online: www.alicefrenz.com.

Andy Friz, professor, Animation; teaches animation. Friz is an award-winning animation artist and illustrator with credits in animated feature films, including the signal film for the 2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival, TV shows, online series, interactive titles, and commercials. He has worked professionally in most areas of traditional animation production and has won multiple awards, including three Telly awards in 2008, Best-in-Show at the 2005 American Graphic Design Awards, and selection for the 2011 Citrus Cel animation festival. BA in Fine Arts, Indiana University, 1992. Online: www.thelittleblackcat.com.

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