Applied Visual Arts Department

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Bellerud, Heather; Secretary Senior

Bellerud, Heather; Secretary Senior Office: 006-0101

Phone: (509) 533-3710

Email: Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu

Heather joined the staff at SFCC in December 2016, shortly after moving to Spokane with her family. She's excited to be exploring the region on foot and by bicycle, and considers the landscape here to be a natural fit for her love of the outdoors. Heather is a gardener, tinkerer, and creative mess maker.

Heather started her career in archaeological site preservation and cultural-natural resource interpretation with the National Park Service in New Mexico and Arizona. Following a period teaching art and environmental education in Colorado, she moved to Seattle when she accepted a position in the education department at the Museum of History and Industry. Heather later joined the education department at the Frye Art Museum, where she managed the museum’s programming for youth audiences.

Since leaving the museum community, Heather has remained devoted to non-profit program administration; leading children's art and literacy programs, volunteering as a family bicycle advocate, and coordinating a community garden. If you see her with dirt in her hair and grease under her nails, you’ll know she was up to some sort of mess making - hopefully the creative kind.

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Blue-Blanton, Cynthia; Interior Design Instructor

Blue-Blanton, Cynthia; Interior Design Instructor Office: 016-0138A

Phone: (509) 533-3731

Email: Cynthia.Blue-Blanton@sfcc.spokane.edu

Cynthia has been a faculty member with the Interior Design program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1992. She currently teaches courses in residential design studio, history of furniture and interiors, textiles, introduction to interior design, professional practices, and historic preservation techniques.

Cynthia serves as an interior design consultant on a variety of commercial preservation and restoration projects for architectural and interior design firms. She also works and in conjunction with several local builders and architects on residential design. Cynthia is a certified interior designer through NCIDQ and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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Boyd, Adam; Photography Instructor

Boyd, Adam; Photography Instructor Office: 011-0108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: Adam.Boyd@sfcc.spokane.edu

Adam Boyd started teaching in SFCC's photography program in 2017. He also teaches film production and screenwriting in the film program at Eastern Washington University, his alma mater. Boyd has spent the last ten years working in the feature film and commercial industry as a producer and assistant director both locally within the state of Washington, and all around the country. He also serves as Director for the Spokane International Film Festival and is the former Chair of the Spokane Arts Commission.

Boyd's current film work explores and analyzes the evolution of film finance and production in conjunction with emerging technology and new internet based distribution models. He is one of the lead organizers for the 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Competition & Festival, and is also a founding member of the Spokane Film Project.

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Brunt, Bonnie; Dean of Visual and Performing Arts

Brunt, Bonnie; Dean of Visual and Performing Arts Office: 015-0105

Phone: (509) 533-3339

Email: Bonnie.Brunt@sfcc.spokane.edu

Bonnie Brunt moved to Spokane for a job at SFCC in 2004 and subsequently fell in love with both this college and the Spokane area. In the fall of 2012, after 20 years teaching Spanish, Bonnie stepped into an interim dean position to fill a vacancy. Much to her surprise, she found that she really enjoyed the job, so she applied and was offered the permanent dean position in 2013.

There are many things she loves about this college and her current role here. Her favorites are probably the opportunity to effect positive change at the college on a broader scale and to take care of the faculty, staff, and students of the programs under her supervision (Fine Arts, Music, Audio Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Digital Media Production, and Journalism). She loves that the job is complex and different every day, and she’s really proud of the work that is being done in the division.

She misses teaching Spanish and also the daily contact with the students in the classroom, but fortunately has been "adopted" by the students, faculty, and staff in the Visual & Performing Arts.

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Casstevens, Margot; Fine Arts and Interior Design Instructor

Casstevens, Margot; Fine Arts and Interior Design Instructor Office: 006-0105

Phone: (509) 533-3705

Email: Margot.Casstevens@sfcc.spokane.edu

Margot joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009 and currently teaches design drawing, sketching, and rendering techniques for the Interior Design and Fine Arts programs. She received her BFA in drawing and printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA in printmaking and sculpture from the University of South Florida.

Margot's work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She and her husband started Punctum Studios in 2000, and both artists have created some well-known and award-winning pieces.

View Margot's Art

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Crabtree, Doug; Graphic Design Instructor

Crabtree, Doug; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 019-218D

Phone: (509) 533-3717

Email: Doug.Crabtree@sfcc.spokane.edu

Doug has been a faculty member in the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1998. He teaches print production, multimedia technology, and self-paced classes on a variety of subjects. Doug also oversees students' cooperative education experience.

Doug is the Advisor to The Wire Harp, an annual campus literary and arts magazine, and is a board member for the American Advertising Federation.

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Day, Jennifer; Administrative Assistant

Day, Jennifer; Administrative Assistant Office: 015-0104

Phone: (509) 533-3720

Email: Jennifer.Day@sfcc.spokane.edu

Jennifer has been at CCS since 2012 and with the Visual and Performing Arts Division since 2015. With a background in cultural anthropology, she has long loved the arts, both as reflections of the everyday and as windows into society. She particularly enjoys classical and jazz music as well as clay, fiber, and glass. She enjoys listening to music students sing and 'jam' in the hallways and getting the chance to view the variety of student work across the division.

She enjoys being back in an academic environment, working with faculty and students. Before moving to Spokane, she worked in global health and development programs and research in Africa and Asia, after initially serving in the Peace Corps in Nepal and earning her Masters in Public Health (MPH).

Since arriving in Spokane, she has been active in the local community, serving on multiple non-profit boards and supporting sustainable development, walkable neighborhoods, and public health, here and in low-income countries. Aside from her role as administrative assistant to the Visual and Performing Arts Division at SFCC, she is also adjunct faculty at EWU's MPH program at the College of Health Science and Public Health, and guest lectures in various departments at SFCC.

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Duncan, Tom; Instructional Tech (Photography)

Duncan, Tom; Instructional Tech (Photography) Office: 011-0115

Phone: (509) 533-3725

Email: Tom.Duncan@sfcc.spokane.edu

A life student, Tom is always open to learning new things, improving on things already learned, and knowing when to unlearn things of little or no value. His life quote is, "No fear? Know fear!" - Hayduke

As a mechanical engineer in the electronics industry, Tom had many opportunities to travel; he lived abroad for a year and spent time in Asia, Australia, the South Pacific, Europe, and Britain (Scotland). After retiring he returned to school and completed his AAS Degree in Photography in spring of 2011 and joined the team for the Photography Program the following September.

Tom has a passion for portraiture as he truly loves interacting with people and learning about them while creating images together. He looks forward to each new year with anticipation, wondering who will come through our doors and what they will bring, or more importantly, what they will take!

You can view Tom's work on Tom's website.

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Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor

Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor Office: 011-0112

Phone: (509) 533-3728

Email: Ira.Gardner@sfcc.spokane.edu

Ira joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997, teaching classes in still photography, digital media production, and documentary filmmaking. He majored in communication studies and journalism at Eastern Washington University and has pursued graduate studies in fine art, media theory, and filmmaking at Vermont College and The New School University in New York.

Ira has worked full time as a professional photographer since 1989 and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995. His work emphasizes storytelling whether in words or photographs. He works with digital and film-based cameras up to 8x10.

Ira has served on the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of Washington and is currently Chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education. In addition to teaching, he also does freelance projects including book publishing, gallery exhibitions, and commercial photography assignments.

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Gross, Ray; Graphic Design Instructor

Gross, Ray; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 019-0227

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Ray.Gross@sfcc.spokane.edu

Ray Gross began teaching multimedia classes for the Graphic Design students at Spokane Falls Community College in 2015.

Since earning an A.A.S. in Audio Technology from SFCC in 2009, Ray has been working in the media industry as an audio engineer, camera operator, video editor, and producer. He continues to work as an in-demand freelancer with a number of production companies, advertising agencies, businesses, and broadcast networks.

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Huffman, Tanja; Interior Design Instructor (Department Chair)

Huffman, Tanja; Interior Design Instructor (Department Chair) Office: 016-0140A

Phone: (509) 533-7332

Email: Tanja.Huffman@sfcc.spokane.edu

Tanja is the lead and primary advisor for the Interior Design program. She joined the Spokane Falls Community College faculty in 2002 and teaches a variety of courses across the curriculum including design studios, lighting design, materials, and building systems.

Tanja is also a member of the Facilities & Grounds Committee and the Academic Consulting Leadership Team for Spokane Falls Community College.

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Jenkins, Manda; Interior Design Instructor

Jenkins, Manda; Interior Design Instructor Office: 019-0112

Phone: (509) 533-3749

Email: Manda.Jenkins@sfcc.spokane.edu

Manda joined the Spokane Falls Community College faculty in 2016 and teaches CAD classes in the Interior Design program.

Manda has nearly a decade of professional experience in custom kitchen and bathroom design. She is the VP of Academic Relations for the Palouse Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and has helped Interior Design students at Spokane Falls Community College connect with the Kitchen and Bath industry in Spokane. Manda enjoys refurbishing iconic mid-century modern furniture, and also has an interest in restaurant design.

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Kaminski, Richard; Graphic Design Instructor

Kaminski, Richard; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 019-0216A

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Richard.Kaminski@sfcc.spokane.edu

Rick joined the faculty of the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College in 2011 and currently teaches web development. He earned his master's degree in Computer Science in 1990 and worked as a consultant writing software applications and developing databases for companies such as Adobe, Eddie Bauer, and Safeco Insurance. Rick began working as a freelance web developer in 2008 when he established his own company, Capstone Web Services.

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Masteller, Collin; Instructional Tech (Photography)

Masteller, Collin; Instructional Tech (Photography) Office: 011-0115

Phone: (509) 533-3725

Email: Collin.Masteller@sfcc.spokane.edu

"My life's journey has led me to find my passion of videography and photography. Once I was lost in the world of normal and mundane. Now as I walk thru the world it seems as though I have never been here before. What was once flat and standard is now deep and vibrant. Levels of color and light catch me wherever I go."

Collin is a life-long resident of Spokane. He worked in the restaurant and bar industry for over 12 years before deciding to follow his dream. His love of theater and his dislike of English classes led him to the Digital Media Production program at SFCC. It is here that he has found a true purpose.

During his time as a student, he was the treasurer of the Photo Arts Club and photo editor for "The Communicator". He also involved himself in filming groups and events around Spokane, including Spokane Film Project and The 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Competition & Festival. After graduating in 2017, Collin joined the Photography program as an Instructional Tech. He looks forward to continuing to learn and grow while helping those around him. Stop in and say hi!

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Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor

Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor Office: 011-0108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: Colin.Mulvany@sfcc.spokane.edu

Colin is an award winning multimedia producer and staff photographer at The Spokesman-Review, a 100,000-circulation newspaper that covers Eastern Washington and North Idaho. After 18 years as a staff photojournalist, Mulvany made the transition to online storytelling by becoming his newspaper's first multimedia producer in 2004. He has produced hundreds of video feature stories and audio slideshows.

Mulvany has been honored for his photography and multimedia in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, Society of Newspaper Design, the National Headliners Awards and the National Press Photographer Association's Monthly Multimedia Contest. In 2005 he was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as being a leading expert in the emerging field of multimedia storytelling and is a sought after national speaker.

Colin has been teaching classes in the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1999.

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Nix, Jason; Journalism Instructor

Nix, Jason; Journalism Instructor Office: 019-0119

Phone: (509) 533-4185

Email: Jason.Nix@sfcc.spokane.edu

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Jason has been a faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College since 2005. Prior to moving to Spokane, he was an award-winning reporter for newspapers in Alabama and Georgia. Jason has also worked as a freelance reporter in the Dominican Republic, where he served as the English Language Coordinator for a private bilingual high school.

Jason is a graduate of Auburn University and has completed additional training at the University of Southern California and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He is a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

As the lead instructor in the Journalism program, Jason oversees program direction and course development, and teaches courses in multimedia news production, print news production, mass media, and news writing. He is the adviser for The Communicator, Communicator Online, and The Current, a news-based television program.

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Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor

Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor Office: 011-0108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: Melissa.Rackham@sfcc.spokane.edu

Melissa joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009. She has also taught at the University of Memphis. Melissa holds an MFA in photography from University of Memphis, a BA from Eastern Washington University, and an AA in photojournalism from Big Bend Community College.

With professional experience as a photojournalist, studio owner, and fine art photographer, Melissa teaches alternative processes, photographic appreciation, and both analog and digital photography courses.

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Roys, June; Graphic Design Instructor

Roys, June; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 019-218A

Phone: (509) 533-3425

Email: June.Roys@sfcc.spokane.edu

June became a member of the Graphic Design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2014 and teaches design process, design technology, history of design, self-paced classes, and student cooperative education experience.

June has an MFA from Edinboro University, a BS in Education from Youngstown State University, and an AAB from Lakeland Community College. She worked as a designer in the Cleveland and Atlanta markets for five years before entering the education field, and her digital work and photography has been exhibited in national and regional juried exhibitions. June is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Seattle Chapter.

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Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor

Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor Office: 011-0108

Phone: (509) 533-3832

Email: Erik.Sohner@sfcc.spokane.edu

Erik brings over 25 years of professional experience and a high degree of creativity and technical knowledge to the classroom. He has been a faculty member in the photography department at Spokane Falls Community College since 1998. He teaches many of the beginning and advanced application/theory and lighting classes in both studio and location environments and is involved in curriculum development for the photography program.

Erik's background is primarily in commercial advertising and catalog photography having worked for some of the top studios in the Pacific Northwest and running his own studio in Spokane. He also has a strong background in both analog and digital photographic applications and software. Outside of teaching, Erik pursues his passion for personal fine art and commissioned projects.

Erik holds an AAS degree from the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College. He continued his education at Brooks Institute where he earned a BA degree and was awarded the coveted Illustration and Advertising Departmental Award for outstanding achievement. He also earned an MFA in photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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Stemkoski, Ryan; Graphic Design Instructor

Stemkoski, Ryan; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 019-0202

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Ryan.Stemkoski@sfcc.spokane.edu

Ryan teaches web development classes in the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College. He joined the faculty in 2011. He is also the Interactive Director at Zipline Interactive which specializes in developing branded marketing solutions that work in the real world.

Ryan believes that marketing plans, corporate identity, collateral sales material, product packaging, and websites must all work together to create a unified and goal-directed experience.

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Stiles, Greg; Graphic Design Instructor

Stiles, Greg; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 019-218B

Phone: (509) 533-3708

Email: Greg.Stiles@sfcc.spokane.edu

Graphic and Web Design
Greg joined the graphic design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997 and currently teaches design techniques, design process, and a variety of self-paced classes. He earned his BA and MEd from Eastern Washington University and is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in InDesign.

Greg is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Spokane Advertising Federation. He has received awards from several design competitions including the Society of Technical Communicators Northwest, International Association of Business Communicators and Broadcast Design Association, the Spokane Advertising Federation, and Print's Regional Design Annual. He was selected as the Spokane Advertising Professional (Ad Pro) of the year in 2010.

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Whybrow, Robin; CBE Lab Tech

Whybrow, Robin; CBE Lab Tech Office: 019-0216A

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Robin.Whybrow@sfcc.spokane.edu

Robin Whybrow has been on the staff at SFCC since 2103. His primary job is managing the Competency Based Education Lab supporting students and faculty from the Graphic Design, Photography, and Interior Design programs.

After retiring from the Air Force, Robin spent 5 years at the WSU College of Nursing managing a computer-based training center, working in all aspects of nursing training video production as well as a stint as the College's Operations Manager. His passion is helping students.

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Wimmer, Alicia; Graphic Design Instructor

Wimmer, Alicia; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 019-0216A

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Alicia.Wimmer@sfcc.spokane.edu

A graduate of the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College, Alicia has a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington, and a master's degree in Teaching Visual Arts from Eastern Washington University.

Alicia began working in the field of graphic design in 2006 and joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2014. She has experience working at an advertising agency and as a freelance designer and has been teaching art and design courses since 2012. She continues to do freelance design, and practices traditional and modern art mediums.

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