faculty and staff

Jessica Barry

President, Owner, & Creative Director Ms. Barry is a 1997 graduate of SAA, holds a BA in management from Antioch University Midwest, and has 16+ years of experience as an award-winning art director. Jessica has been honored with four Gold ADDY/Hermes and three Judge’s Choice Awards by the Greater Dayton Advertising Association. She was also awarded a Gold and Silver ADDY from the District Five Advertising Federation. Jessica’s work has also been honored by GDUSA magazine, the American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA], the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts [CSCA], Art Center Dayton, and the Admissions Marketing Report. In 2011, Jessica received a Dayton Business Journal “Forty Under 40” award, which honors the region’s leaders. In 2009, 2010, 2013, Jessica was nominated as Educator of the Year by the Greater Dayton Advertising Association. Jessica is SAA’s president overseeing the admissions process, advertising, and the future growth of SAA.

Matt Flick

Vice President, Creative Director, & Instructor Mr. Flick has 17+ years of industry experience as an award-winning art director, and holds an associate degree in Visual Communications from Sinclair Community College. His clients have included Titleist, FootJoy Worldwide, IMG Canada, PGA Tour professional Mike Weir, Duncan Seawall, and others. Matt’s work has received numerous awards by organizations including the Greater Dayton Advertising Association, the District Five Advertising Federation, the American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA], the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts [CSCA], Admissions Marketing Report, and GDUSA magazine. Matt was featured as one of 29 graphic design professional “People to Watch” by GDUSA in 2013. He has been awarded four Gold ADDY/Hermes awards by the Greater Dayton  Advertising Association and two Silver ADDYs from the District Five Advertising Federation. In 2011, Matt received a Dayton Business Journal “Forty Under 40” award, which honors the region’s up-and-coming leaders. Matt was named Educator of the Year by the Greater Dayton Advertising Association in 2009 and 2012. Matt serves as vice president, creative director, and instructor, teaching graphic design.

Nathan Summers

Vice President of Student Affairs & Director of Human Resources Mr. Summers has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame. Nathan has served SAA in a variety of positions over the last 13 years. He serves as SAA vice president of student affairs, registrar, office manager, and director of human resources.

Tracy Gardner

Director of Financial Aid Ms. Gardner has 20+ years experience in higher education. Throughout her career she has worked in financial aid, career services, and recruiting. She serves as financial aid director, managing the financial aid process and administering student accounts. Tracy also coordinates student activities, serves as an advisor to the student senate, and interviews potential students for admission.

Karen Abney Korn, PhD

Director of Education + Instructor Dr. Korn earned a PhD at the University of Dayton in Educational Leadership in 2012. Her previous education includes an MA in Anthropology from Indiana University, and a BA in Art History from the University of Cincinnati, DAAP. Her academic research agenda includes: student use of social media, alternative models of higher education, sustainability studies, social movements, and student activism on campus. She has taught anthropology, African studies, sustainability, and professional development classes. As Director of Education, Karen’s  duties include preparation of the academic curriculum and supervision of all academic instructors. Karen also teaches Art History and History of Advertising in America.

Roxann Patrick

Director of Career Services Ms. Patrick has over 30 years of experience in graphic design, marketing, and advertising. She has received over 100 ADDY awards, and many other awards from DMA, Graphic Design USA, WBENC, the New York Times, and Cox Newspapers. Roxann works with graphic design professionals and professional associations, exploring ways SAA can meet their unique needs. She mentors students and learns their individual strengths in order to match the talents of SAA graduates with opportunities available in the design industry.

Michael Bonilla

Instructor Mr. Bonilla has 40+ years of experience in advertising and fine art. His award-winning paintings are sought after nationally and internationally. During his career, he has received many advertising illustration awards from: New York Art Director’s Club, The Visual Club N.Y., Print Regional Design Annual, Art Director’s Club of Cincinnati, Columbus Society of Communication Arts, Greater Dayton Advertising Association and others. His work has been featured in many exhibits, most recently in the Annual Dayton Area Works on Paper juried show at Rosewood Gallery in Kettering. Michael teaches traditional drawing and painting, and oversees the Fine Art Club.

Alexis Branham

Instructor Ms. Branham is a 2005 graduate of SAA, and has 9 years experience in graphic design and Web design. As a senior Web designer with private firms, she handled project management and specialized in front-end development. Clients include Purina, Scotts Lawn Care, Ford, P&G, United Way, Midmark, Dayton Children’s Hospital, CareSource, Newpage, and Holloway Sportswear. Alexis teaches Web Design.

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Instructor Mr. Brooks is a member of the first graduating class of SAA, and has 28 years of experience in the advertising field. As a Creative Director at Hafenbrack Marketing, Genessa Health Marketing, and Oxiem Brand Interactions, Jon produces strategic and creative marketing solutions. In addition to overseeing the firm’s creative output, he’s hands-on in design, illustration, and art direction, and has won regional and national advertising awards. Jon teaches Advanced Typography.

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Instructor Ms. Coughnour is owner of Red Leaf Photography, and has over 23 years of experience in film and digital photography, specializing in portrait and commercial work. She has a Diploma in Professional Photography from the Ohio Institute of Photography, where she taught for many years. At SAA, Kim teaches Photography Fundamentals.

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Instructor Ms. Crum holds both an MA and a BA in History of Art from the University of Michigan. She has many years of teaching experience at the University of Dayton, and has authored publications for several art museums. Robin teaches Art History.

Amanda Green

Instructor Ms. Green holds a BA in English and an MA in Composition and Rhetoric from Wright State University. She has extensive experience as a technical writer, as well as in teaching English at the college level. Amanda has been nominated by students and recognized for excellence in teaching. She teaches English Composition and Creative Writing at SAA.

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Instructor Ms. Hale holds a BS in Marketing from Wright State University, and has over six years of experience in marketing and social media management. Carla is the Director of Client Services at C-3 Group in Dayton, and was awarded “Best Social Media Rep” by the Dayton American Advertising Federation in 2014. Carla teaches Marketing.

Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti

Instructor Ms. Lorenzetti holds an M.S. in College Student Personnel Services and a B.A. in History, both from Miami University. The owner of Hilltop Communications, she has 15+ years of experience in technical, corporate, and magazine copywriting; marketing research;  editing; and professional speaking. She teaches History of Advertising in America.

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Instructor Ms. Meehan holds an MA in Management from Antioch University McGregor and a BA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She has over fourteen years of experience in marketing, including strategic planning and corporate positioning. As founder and CEO of Spark Services, she works with both corporate and nonprofit clients to improve revenue growth and marketing effectiveness. Harriet teaches Marketing.

Kelly Mercer

Instructor + Admissions Specialist Ms. Mercer, a graduate of the University of Dayton, has nearly a decade of industry experience as an award-winning producer and media design director, working for TV stations and advertising agencies in the Dayton region. Kelly has worked with The WB and CW Networks, The Daily Buzz, and various clients across the U.S. Her work has received numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, six Gold ADDY and seven Silver and Bronze awards from the Greater Dayton Advertising Association, and various industry awards for writing, editing, and producing. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President for the Ohio Valley Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Kelly teaches Video and Motion Design and is also an admissions specialist.

Lindsey Meredith

Instructor Ms. Meredith earned an AAS in Visual Communications from Sinclair Community College. She has more than ten years of experience as a graphic designer, illustrator, and Web designer, and has taught design at the University of Dayton. Lindsey teaches Introduction to Applications at SAA.

Michelle Moor

Instructor Ms. Moor earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she majored in Advertising Design. Her professional advertising career spans 20+ years, including positions as graphic designer, art director and creative director at various art studios and advertising agencies. She has been awarded numerous national graphic design and marketing awards. Michelle teaches Graphic Design.

Tony Neary

Instructor Mr. Neary holds an Associate of Arts degree in Visual Communications from Collins College in Tempe, Arizona. Tony is a partner and creative director of Traction, an award-winning graphic design firm in Cincinnati. His past experience includes serving as design director with Deskey in Cincinnati, and as art director with both Jacobson Rost in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Krueger Marketing Associates in Champaign, Illinois. He has worked with clients such as P&G, GoPro, the NBA, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson. Tony teaches Graphic Design.

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Instructor Ms. Parker holds a BA in Public Relations from Franklin College. She has several years of experience as a marketing coordinator and manager for Commuter Advertising, whose national clients include McDonald’s, Burger King, and Yuengling. Sam has served as a marketing and social media lecturer at Miami University, and teaches marketing at SAA.

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Instructor Mr. Wartinger holds an Associate Degree of Applied Business in Advertising Art from SAA. Since graduating in 2009 he has worked as a senior Web designer, most recently for Fine Citizens, a design agency in Columbus. Clients include Nationwide Insurance, Columbus Zoo, Victoria’s Secret, DSW, and McGraw-Hill. Anthony teaches Web Design.

Sally Athmer

Librarian & Editor Ms. Athmer has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Bowling Green State University. She has experience in both public school libraries and college libraries. She worked in the educational publishing field for more than fifteen years as an editor, and has experience in technical writing and newsmagazine publishing. Sally is the SAA librarian and also assists staff and students with researching, editing, and proofreading.

Mariesa Bloom

Assistant Director of Admissions Ms. Bloom has an Associate’s Degree in marketing management from Sinclair Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Wright State University in management information systems and management. She has experience in marketing, public relations, social media, and event planning. Mariesa conducts admissions interviews, plans admissions events, and assists with college admissions strategy.

Andrea Renner

Recruitment Coordinator & Recruiter Ms. Renner is a 2004 graduate of SAA, and has worked as a senior computer graphics artist for The Berry Company located in Dayton, Ohio. Andrea is currently serving as both recruitment coordinator and as a recruiter for 
SAA. She also works as a freelance designer with regional clients to create print advertising.

Nate Hansen

Recruiter Mr. Hansen holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Everest University, and a teaching degree from Buena Vista University. He is also a graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College, where he was a member of the Laker golf team. Nate has eight years of experience in academic and athletic recruiting.

Wil Rowland

Recruiter Mr. Rowland graduated from Cecil Community College in Northeast Maryland with three degrees in art: Graphic Design, Drawing/Painting and Ceramics/Sculpture. Wil is an award-winning artist and has done freelance art and illustration for over three years. Wil has had work published by Word Aflame Publications, has created COSI’s mascot design and continues to work as a freelance artist with clients throughout the U.S. Wil is currently a recruiter and loves sharing the world of art with students.

Allison Thompson

Recruiter Ms. Thompson is a 2004 graduate of SAA. She most recently worked for seven years as a senior graphic artist at Berry Network Inc. in Dayton, Ohio. She also works as a freelance artist in print advertising. Allison loves meeting new students and seeing the awesome talent they possess.

Cathy Graves

Admissions Coordinator Ms. Graves has been working with children and young adults for the past 28+ years. She is presently a CASA for the juvenile court system, advocating for the rights of abused and neglected children. For the last 15 years she has also worked as the office manager of her family’s business in Versailles, Ohio. Ms. Graves calls prospective students and schedules interviews with the admissions team. She also coordinates the admissions process. Cathy enjoys sharing what saa has to offer with prospective students and hearing them get excited about their future plans.

Abbie Heaney

Admissions, Marketing, & Facilities Coordinator Ms. Heaney coordinates the admissions process and marketing campaigns, as well as the work necessary to ensure a safe and comfortable facility. As Housing Coordinator, she meets with area apartment communities so that she can inform students of rental opportunities. Prior to coming to SAA, Abbie attended Smith College and worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.

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Admissions Assistant Ms. Baker holds a BA in Communications from the University of Dayton. She has experience in public relations, communications management, and magazine editing, and has served as an advertising agency account executive. Natasha calls prospective students and schedules interviews with the Admissions team.

Rachel Summers

Admissions Assistant Ms. Summers has 12+ years experience in financial aid administration, office management and legal assistance. She has held a variety of positions at SAA, and currently works as an admissions assistant.

Karen Walker

Admissions Assistant Ms. Walker is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. She has been teaching in the Dayton area for 19+ years and has lived in Kettering, Ohio her entire life. Ms. Walker calls prospective students and schedules interviews with the Admissions Team. Karen loves to see the beautiful artwork and talk with the prospective students about their future goals and dreams.

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Admissions Assistant Ms. Armstrong has a BS and MA in Organizational Management, and eight years experience in college recruiting. Sondra works on the admissions team, scheduling visits with prospective students.

Craig Patrick

IT Administrator Mr. Patrick’s career spans 33+ years in the graphic arts industry with responsibilities ranging from customer service manager to Vice President of the largest typographer in Cincinnati. Ten years ago Craig started his own IT business targeting the educational and graphic art industry. Craig is responsible for all IT functions and system maintenance at the school and also spends time with 
the students resolving hardware and software issues.

Betsy Woods

Director of Communications, Instructor, & Admissions Specialist Ms. Woods holds a BS in Communications and Media Studies from Manchester College. She has experience in media relations, public relations, and marketing communications, as well as video production. Betsy handles marketing strategies, public relations, and social media for SAA, conducts admissions interviews, and teaches Professional Communication I, II and III.