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 & 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, 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.

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.

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.

Perry Edwards

Instructor
Mr. Edwards is a 1986 graduate of SAA and has 29+ years of experience in computer graphics, working as a graphic designer and providing training in various art studios and Fortune 100 corporations. His current focus is 3D animation and illustration for which he has won ten international awards. Perry teaches advanced computer graphics, computer animation, and computer illustration.

Jung Heo

Instructor
Mr. Heo is a 2004 graduate of the School of Advertising Art. Currently a freelance graphic designer, Jung recently served as a senior designer at Bonfire Red, a design studio in Columbus, Ohio. Jung worked with large clients as well as small businesses in need of graphic problem solving. Jung has 10 years experience in graphic design and UI and UX design. He teaches Typography.

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.

John Rossi

Instructor
Mr. Rossi has over 16 years of experience in the field of commercial photography, and has shot for clients locally, nationally, and internationally. His skills include valuable Photoshop techniques and photography practices. John attended Kent State University and is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography. An avid fine arts photographer, his work has been featured at galleries. John teaches Photography.

Natasha Baker

Instructor
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 teaches Art Direction and Copywriting.

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.

Scott Gibbs

Instructor
Mr. Gibbs received his art education at the Worcester Museum of Fine Arts and served as a studio assistant for five years in both Manhattan and Paris. Scott has pieces featured in the Smithsonian and his awards include two Montgomery County Visual Arts Fellowships in the Master Category, and a residency at the prestigious Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, Massachusetts, followed by a showing at the First Time Gallery [North Hampton] in October of 2005. Scott teaches Art History and oversees the saa Fine Art Club.

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 at SAA.

Norm Vallone

Instructor
Mr. Vallone attended Syracuse University and has 33+ years of marketing and advertising agency experience. He founded MessageWorks, Inc., a marketing communications consulting firm, in 1993. Norm has worked with such clients as Harley-Davidson, Minolta Copiers, Reynolds & Reynolds, and NCR Corporation. Norm was honored by American Advertising Federation-Dayton as Educator of the Year in 2007 and 2013. Norm teaches Marketing and Professional Presentation.

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.

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

Marketing Coordinator/Admissions Assistant
Ms. Heaney coordinates the admissions process and marketing campaigns. She also acts as Housing Coordinator, working with area apartment communities to ensure students are aware of rental opportunities. Prior to coming to SAA, Abbie worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.

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Admissions Assistant
Ms. Martin has a degree in Organizational Communication from Eastern Michigan University, with a minor in Graphic Communication. She has several years of business experience, including design and advertising work. Jill 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.

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 public relations and social media for SAA, conducts admissions interviews, and teaches Professional Communication.