Faculty & Staff

Professional Artists. Professional Instructors.

One of the unique aspects about Nossi College, we stack our faculty with instructors who are also professional artists around Middle Tennessee. Aside from teaching our students, all of our instructors have careers as active, working professionals for local businesses or they created their own businesses. The ability to keep up with industry trends while teaching is a major advantage for Nossi students.

Video & Film

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Hans Chilberg

Video Coordinator

After growing up in Nashville, Hans Chilberg decided to move west to study film in Orange, California. He spent several years working in…

After growing up in Nashville, Hans Chilberg decided to move west to study film in Orange, California. He spent several years working in Los Angeles, focusing on screenwriting and story structure. He moved back to Nashville, separated from management and agent representation, and focused on independent features. Hans has created live music videos, human-interest pieces, wedding videos, short films, short animation and low-budget commercials. He is currently in production on his first micro-budget feature film, Lion Suit Dreamscape, for which he is co-producer, writer and director.

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Josh Rhoton

Video and Film

Josh Rhoton is a multimedia artist, illustrator, animator, editor and designer.  Early in his career, Josh worked on a variety of projects as…

Josh Rhoton is a multimedia artist, illustrator, animator, editor and designer.  Early in his career, Josh worked on a variety of projects as a camera man and director, hosted a late-night horror movie review show in college and worked with puppets – more than once.  I love grid layouts, bright colors, contemporary art, cats and coffee!

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Sheri Oneal

Online Marketing

Sheri Oneal has established herself as a national award-winning photographer renowned for work in the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For 20 years,…

Sheri Oneal has established herself as a national award-winning photographer renowned for work in the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For 20 years, she’s captured poetic, unique and memorable images as a commercial photographer specializing in editorial, lifestyle, corporate and advertising photography. Her imagery includes a variety of work such as environmental portraits, executives, food, architecture, business, healthcare and still life.

She has earned recognition in such events as the PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards, the American Advertising Federation competition and the Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards. Her clients include Cracker Barrel, CBS, Discovery Channel, National Arthritis Foundation, United Way and Scholastic Book Fairs, among others.

A Florida native, Oneal relocated to Nashville in 2001. She received an A.A. degree in journalism from Central Florida Community College in 1985; earned an A.S. degree in photography from Daytona Beach Community College in 1987; and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in art education in 1994.

Outside of commercial photography, Oneal is a mixed media artist, a writer, and educator, an inspiration seeker and the founder of a 2010 Nashville flood relief organization called ReTune Nashville.

Education B.S., A.S., A.A. www.sherioneal.com
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Bob Dixon

Video and Film

Bob Dixon received his bachelor’s degree in 3D art and an associate degree in electronics, and has a combined 30 years of experience…

Bob Dixon received his bachelor’s degree in 3D art and an associate degree in electronics, and has a combined 30 years of experience as a software and hardware engineer. This gives him a unique artistic and engineering understanding of the digital photographic and imaging processes. From 1995 until 2013, Bob and his wife formed TechnoGraphics – a video production, freelance digital photography and computer-generated artwork endeavor. Currently, Bob is a freelance photographer, digital 3D artist and also an instructor at Nossi College. He specializes in primarily teaching editing software classes such as Lightroom, Photoshop and After Effects, Digital and Advanced Digital Photography and 3D Modeling. “The greatest advantage to being an instructor here is working with the young people. They keep you young and make you rethink everything that you have from the past so you can prepare them for the future.” Bob’s headshot photo was graciously provided by Meliz Yimaz, one of his Advanced Digital Students.

Education B.S.
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Grant Lovett

Photography

Grant Lovett graduated with his bachelor’s degree in photography. He has been a professional photographer for 30 years, owning and operating studios in…

Grant Lovett graduated with his bachelor’s degree in photography. He has been a professional photographer for 30 years, owning and operating studios in Alabama and Tennessee. He currently resides in Nashville, where he operates a downtown commercial studio. Clients include Coca-Cola, Gibson Guitar, Reynolds Aluminum, Levi Strauss, North Beach Leather, Russell Athletic Wear and Ping Golf Corporation. He has had images published in People, TV Guide, Elle, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Music Row, Southern Living and Nashville Lifestyles magazines. Today, Grant produces images for various fashion clients and works with numerous record labels, creating images for album covers and music promotion.

Photography

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Tom Stanford

Photography Coorindator

Tom Stanford has a bachelor’s degree in Photography and has worked for newspapers in Texas and Louisiana before assuming the Photography Director role…

Tom Stanford has a bachelor’s degree in Photography and has worked for newspapers in Texas and Louisiana before assuming the Photography Director role at The Tennessean in 1996. He has extensive experience in digital photography, videography and creating multimedia for online viewing.

While at The Tennessean he was a mentor, photo editor and considered a leader in the newsroom. He was integral in transitioning the photography department from film to digital, adding videography in 2005 and later training newsroom staff to capture photos and video on iPhones. He’s most proud of the recognition The Tennessean received as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for its coverage of the 2010 flood.  A critical part of the coverage was the amazing photography work.

He has been an onsite photo editor for numerous events including the CMA Awards, Tennessee Titans, Bonnaroo, CMA Music Festival, 2008 Presidential Debate at Belmont, NHL All-Star Game, SEC Basketball Championships and the 1998 University of Tennessee National Championship in Tempe, AZ.

Tom’s been published in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and numerous magazines. In addition, he worked for USA Today for four months covering it all from Major League Baseball games, PGA Championship, College Bowl Games, NFL and CFL football, Super Bowl XXIV, Presidential campaigns, the Cuban Prison Riot in Oakdale, LA, capping it off by being part of the elite team covering the Olympics in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

He has been involved in several book projects including Nashville: Hills of Harmony, Flood 2010: Chronicled By The Tennessean, Tennessee Titans: Celebrating the First and he photographed Historic Presbyterian Churches of Tennessee.

He’s passionate about photography, loves to discuss it, discover new talent and put new techniques to use in his own photography and videography.

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Grant Lovett

Photography

Grant Lovett graduated with his bachelor’s degree in photography. He has been a professional photographer for 30 years, owning and operating studios in…

Grant Lovett graduated with his bachelor’s degree in photography. He has been a professional photographer for 30 years, owning and operating studios in Alabama and Tennessee. He currently resides in Nashville, where he operates a downtown commercial studio. Clients include Coca-Cola, Gibson Guitar, Reynolds Aluminum, Levi Strauss, North Beach Leather, Russell Athletic Wear and Ping Golf Corporation. He has had images published in People, TV Guide, Elle, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Music Row, Southern Living and Nashville Lifestyles magazines. Today, Grant produces images for various fashion clients and works with numerous record labels, creating images for album covers and music promotion.

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Sheri Oneal

Photography

Sheri Oneal has established herself as a national award-winning photographer renowned for work in the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For 20 years,…

Sheri Oneal has established herself as a national award-winning photographer renowned for work in the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For 20 years, she’s captured poetic, unique and memorable images as a commercial photographer specializing in editorial, lifestyle, corporate and advertising photography. Her imagery includes a variety of work such as environmental portraits, executives, food, architecture, business, healthcare and still life.

She has earned recognition in such events as the PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards, the American Advertising Federation competition and the Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards. Her clients include Cracker Barrel, CBS, Discovery Channel, National Arthritis Foundation, United Way and Scholastic Book Fairs, among others.

A Florida native, Oneal relocated to Nashville in 2001. She received an A.A. degree in journalism from Central Florida Community College in 1985; earned an A.S. degree in photography from Daytona Beach Community College in 1987; and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in art education in 1994.

Outside of commercial photography, Oneal is a mixed media artist, a writer, and educator, an inspiration seeker and the founder of a 2010 Nashville flood relief organization called ReTune Nashville.

Education B.S., A.S., A.A. www.sherioneal.com
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Bob Dixon

Photography

Bob Dixon received his bachelor’s degree in 3D art and an associate degree in electronics, and has a combined 30 years of experience…

Bob Dixon received his bachelor’s degree in 3D art and an associate degree in electronics, and has a combined 30 years of experience as a software and hardware engineer. This gives him a unique artistic and engineering understanding of the digital photographic and imaging processes. From 1995 until 2013, Bob and his wife formed TechnoGraphics – a video production, freelance digital photography and computer-generated artwork endeavor. Currently, Bob is a freelance photographer, digital 3D artist and also an instructor at Nossi College. He specializes in primarily teaching editing software classes such as Lightroom, Photoshop and After Effects, Digital and Advanced Digital Photography and 3D Modeling. “The greatest advantage to being an instructor here is working with the young people. They keep you young and make you rethink everything that you have from the past so you can prepare them for the future.” Bob’s headshot photo was graciously provided by Meliz Yimaz, one of his Advanced Digital Students.

Education B.S.
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Marcie Kindred

Photography

Marcie Kindred is no stranger to the camera. With over twenty years of experience, she has seen it all and shot it all.…

Marcie Kindred is no stranger to the camera. With over twenty years of experience, she has seen it all and shot it all. Marcie is a Nashville-based commercial, landscape and lifestyle photographer. She is a two-time ADDY award winner and understands that capturing the perfect shot is a beautiful blend of science and artistry. When not behind the camera Marcie enjoys time with her family and friends, strong dark coffee and all things outdoors!

Education B.A.
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Nick Bumgardner

Photography

Nick Bumgardner brings nine years of professional experience to the table. Nick is a Nashville-based commercial and product photographer. He also captures awesome headshots. Mainly…

Nick Bumgardner brings nine years of professional experience to the table. Nick is a Nashville-based commercial and product photographer. He also captures awesome headshots. Mainly working with advertising agencies, PR firms, musicians and Fortune 500 Companies, Nick creates compelling visual imagery for his clients. He began his career working in photojournalism and quickly moved into the commercial photography world. He specializes in product photography including jewelry, home goods and flats (“Flats” is a term used at Saks Fifth Avenue to describe shooting clothing that is laid out on a board as opposed to on a figure.). For the last three years, Nick worked for a major e-commerce studio and is currently available for freelance assignments.

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Jim Brown

Photography

Jim Brown is an internationally traveled and published photographer and teacher. His photographic career spans 45  years with over 30 years in the…

Jim Brown is an internationally traveled and published photographer and teacher. His photographic career spans 45  years with over 30 years in the darkroom, so he understands the transition from traditional film to digital media. As a current contract photographer for USA Today Sports Images, his photos appear daily online or in print media. He has taught photography in five institutes of higher education and received a BS degree in Education, a second BS degree in Art/Photography and has completed post-graduate work toward an MFA in Art/Photography. He is a certified Career and Technical Education instructor in Graphic Communications and has been working with Adobe CS software for more than 10 years.

His client list includes Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, USA Today Newspaper, USA Today Sports Media Group, Stouffer Hotel, United Press International, Associated Press, Vanderbilt University, University of the South, Middle Tennessee State University and Nashville Sports Council.

Some of his most memorable career accomplishments are: “Best Sports Photo of 2013” sponsored by Kia & USA Today AdMeter, United Press International spot news award for flood evacuation photography in 1977, accompanying Charlie Daniels in the late 1980s to Cuba on a USO trip to entertain US Marines at Guantanamo Bay, photographing the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and photographing three U.S. Presidents.

Education B.S. M.F.A.
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Sandy Campbell

Lighting, Photography

Sandy Campbell is a native of Nashville, Tenn., who began his career as a photojournalist. Later shifting to commercial photography, Sandy ran his…

Sandy Campbell is a native of Nashville, Tenn., who began his career as a photojournalist. Later shifting to commercial photography, Sandy ran his own studio, producing work for record labels, advertising and editorial clients. Eventually, he was offered the photography position at Gibson Guitars, as the sole in-house photographer. He photographed some of the music industry’s most noted artists; national and international advertising campaigns; and a full line of products across the corporation’s family of brands. Ten years later he moved to Sak’s Off 5th Avenue to be the lead fashion photographer, helping establish the first studio outside of New York City. After years of in-house photography experience, Sandy relaunched Sandy Campbell Photography.

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John Partipilo

Working as a photojournalist for 35 years, John Partipilo has won awards such as NPPA Best of Photojournalism and nominated for two Pulitzers.…

Working as a photojournalist for 35 years, John Partipilo has won awards such as NPPA Best of Photojournalism and nominated for two Pulitzers. His photography has also been featured in national and international publications. In 2016, John Partipilo rapidly emerged from an award-winning photojournalism career into the world of fine art photography.

John always sticks to his journalism roots — it’s this style that heavily influences his process. In every situation, he has to immediately be able to tell the story accurately. He uses his intuition to guide him towards the shot giving him access to places he wants to go, gaining trust from the people he meets and leading him to the pictures that are the most honest.

Serendipity also plays a major role in the process. John is present in the moment and allows for happenstance to get the photograph every time. Partipilo trusts in this process completely, because he believes if you over think it you won’t get your pictures. He calls it Zen Photography — reacting to whatever is in front of you.

Most importantly John’s work is about people — people in their different environments and people in their different stages of life. That’s the heart of his work. To him, people are so important, because they all have a unique story.

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Russell Hilliard

Photo Cage Manager/Day

Russell Hilliard is a graduate of Nossi College of Art, earning an associate degree in commercial digital photography. Russell owns Hilliard Photography, a…

Russell Hilliard is a graduate of Nossi College of Art, earning an associate degree in commercial digital photography. Russell owns Hilliard Photography, a wedding portrait company serving Nashville, Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee. He retired from Bridgestone Firestone with 33 years of service, and he loves his current job assisting students and faculty to help achieve their goals in the photo studios at Nossi.

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Caitlin Harris

Photography Cage | Night

Caitlin Harris graduated from Nossi College of Art in 2014 with a Bachelors of Graphic Arts in Photography, Video and Film. She specializes…

Caitlin Harris graduated from Nossi College of Art in 2014 with a Bachelors of Graphic Arts in Photography, Video and Film. She specializes in photographing music, live events and portraits and was the recipient of the 2013 CMA Close Up Award of Merit in Photography. Caitlin’s work has been featured by The Tennessean, CMA, CMT, NASH Country Weekly, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, The American Cancer Society, Nashville PITTIE, Nashville Zoo, Nossi College of Art and Riverwood Mansion to name a few.

What makes photography special to her is capturing moments that are never going to happen the same way again, and adapting to the lighting situations each location presents. Caitlin greatly enjoys being back at Nossi College and learns something new each day working alongside the students and faculty in the studios.

Illustration

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Mark Fleming

Illustration Coordinator

Mark Fleming was honored as the “Best Portfolio” graduate in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale. In 1991, he joined the second largest company in…

Mark Fleming was honored as the “Best Portfolio” graduate in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale. In 1991, he joined the second largest company in Tennessee, Nashville’s J.C. Bradford & Co. As the Creative Director, Mark was responsible for the design and development of the company’s advertising and marketing efforts. He was promoted to Manager of Marketing Services, overseeing relationships with advertising agencies, printing companies and vendors to support 86 offices, 1,300 brokers and 300,000 clients.

After a successful nine-year run at J.C. Bradford & Co., Mark left to start Creative Avenue in 1999, growing the customer base from a handful of clients to more than 300 today. Creative Avenue offers a wide variety of services from graphic design for print, illustrations and graphic design of websites.
Today, Mark meets the challenges of a changing industry by staying current in graphic design with Creative Avenue, being the Illustration Coordinator and an instructor at Nossi College of Art all while painting in his studio for Fleming Paintings.

His role as the Illustration Coordinator and instructor at Nossi College is helping influence the next generation of commercial artists, designers and illustrators. He teaches a variety of classes from alternative mediums—which include watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil painting—to figure and anatomy. A variety of other classes taught include Adobe Illustrator for layout and illustration. He also teaches basic and advanced photoshop from basic photo manipulation to advanced matte painting for film.

Mark’s role as an illustrator is vast, as he has created digital animations for companies to stand alone spot illustrations for books, publications and brochure materials. His fine art works have been in galleries and private showings.

He is continually training with new creative concepts and trying new media, to stay current in the industry. Mark continues the dream of living and being a creative individual; an artist.

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Randy McQuien, Jr.

Illustration

Randy McQuien, Jr., graduated with a double major by receiving his BFA in Painting and Illustration in 2004. He was accepted into the…

Randy McQuien, Jr., graduated with a double major by receiving his BFA in Painting and Illustration in 2004. He was accepted into the Illustration Academy in 2009 and studied under world-renowned illustrators to hone his creative craft. As a freelance illustrator, Randy has created work for editorial publications, concept designs, gallery shows and numerous commissions. His successful work earned him a prestigious Communications Arts Illustration Award.

He specializes in caricatures and is influenced by many artists such as Al Hirschfield, Philip Burcke, CF Payne and Sebastian Kruger.

Randy understands the importance of basic drawing and design fundamentals when working in traditional mediums, because quality of work should not be forgotten as we grow and adapt to the constantly developing digital art world. He strives to emphasize the significance of process, creative thinking and a passion for mark making in his classes.

Randy lives in Nashville with his wife, Janelle. They are proud to announce their daughter, Rowynne, was born in December of 2015.

Education B.F.A.
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Hugh Shelton

Illustration

With 35 years experience in graphic design and printing, Hugh Shelton started in his early teens by creating line art for the newspaper…

With 35 years experience in graphic design and printing, Hugh Shelton started in his early teens by creating line art for the newspaper in west Tennessee, where his parents still reside. His freelance work ranges from portraits to conceptual design and from comic-art seminars to set design. Starting at the service bureau at MTSU, his employment has included layout artist, graphic designer for marketing agencies and graphics director/manager at several print shops. He is currently art director and graphics manager for an Inspirational Country Music Magazine in Nashville, PowerSource. Hugh began teaching at Nossi College in the fall semester of 1998, and he normally teaches a few night classes each week. His courses range from computer graphic programs to production art and copywriting to sequential illustration.

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Steve LaSuer

Illustration

Steve LaSuer is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Before accepting a teaching position at Nossi College of Art,…

Steve LaSuer is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Before accepting a teaching position at Nossi College of Art, Steve was Art Supervisor for United Methodist Publishing House, Manager and Art Supervisor for Genesco Printing and Designer for Keller Crescent Advertising, working with clients like Whirlpool, FedEx and Murray of Ohio. He has freelanced for more than 20 years for companies such as Fruit of the Loom, General Board of Global Ministries and Genesco. Steve has also served on the Education Committee of the Nashville Advertising Federation.

Education A.O.S.
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Barbara Higgins Bond

Illustration

Barbara Higgins Bond has been a freelance illustrator and fine artist for over 40 years after earning her BFA in Advertising Design. She…

Barbara Higgins Bond has been a freelance illustrator and fine artist for over 40 years after earning her BFA in Advertising Design. She received many honors including a medal of honor from Governor Bill Clinton, the 2007 Green Earth Award for illustrating “A Place For Butterflies” and the 2009 Ashley Bryan Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.

She has illustrated 40 books for both children and adults. Her recent book, “A Place For Turtles” by Melissa Stewart, was the winner of the 2014 Green Earth Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature writing award for children’s literature. Barbara has exhibited work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City and the DuSable Museum of African-American Art in Chicago. She is the illustrator of three Black Heritage stamps for the United States Postal Service and four stamps for the United Nations Postal Administration on endangered species. Many of her original images have been published by some of this country’s largest collectible plate companies. She created three paintings for the Great Kings and Queens of Africa poster series for Anheuser-Busch. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators and her clients include notable such name as The Bradford Exchange, McGraw-Hill Publishers, Peachtree Publishers, The Franklin Mint, NBC Television, Hennessy Cognac, Essence and Black Enterprise magazines, Frito-Lay, and Columbia House. For more information about the artist visit www.higginsbond.com.

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Paul Edoho-Eket

Illustration

Paul Edoho-Eket began his visual arts career ascending from intern to assistant coordinator of media services at his alma mater, Fisk University. While…

Paul Edoho-Eket began his visual arts career ascending from intern to assistant coordinator of media services at his alma mater, Fisk University. While simultaneously pursuing an education in graphic design and digital media, he transitioned into a successful freelance career, subcontracting work from various local design firms, as well as procuring many notable commissions and local exhibitions. Art education is Paul’s priority, and he has been an educator of fine and digital arts for the past five years for several nonprofit and for-profit institutions. He continues to freelance on the side.

Education B.A.
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Bill Latta

Illustration

As a professional illustrator, graphic designer and photographer, Bill Latta has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design and the visual…

As a professional illustrator, graphic designer and photographer, Bill Latta has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design and the visual arts. Following his service in the Navy, Bill earned his bachelor’s in communications design, graduating with honors. His professional experience has been as a graphic designer, art director, advertising manager, art manager and illustrator with advertising agencies and large publishers in Nashville. Bill left the corporate scene to work as a professional freelance illustrator and photographer. He combined his artistic and photographic talents to create digital images and transform them into digital fine art.

Education B.A.
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Jose Semidei

Illustration

Jose Semidei has been a graphic designer since he was 17. He moved from Yauco, Puerto Rico, to Nashville in 1998 and enrolled…

Jose Semidei has been a graphic designer since he was 17. He moved from Yauco, Puerto Rico, to Nashville in 1998 and enrolled at Nossi College in 2006. While attending, Jose was a top student, receiving many awards and accolades including a Silver Addy in Non-Traditional Advertising, two Most Creative Awards, one Perseverance Award, Talent Discovery and Best in Show 2010. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010.

He was hired as graphic designer for the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation straight after graduation and has been with them for five years, collaborating on projects for Music City including branding for nationally-acclaimed events like Bash On Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City and Let Freedom Sing: July 4th in Music City.

As a graphic designer, Jose dedicates himself to constantly learning new initiatives and technologies to provide the best work for national and international clients. He is excited to be back at his alma mater to teach.

‘To me it is one thing to work at my dream job, where I get to drink coffee, listen to my favorite metal bands and design all day long for a city as culturally and musically diverse as Nashville, but when I have the opportunity to inspire others in the field of creativity, it’s the best feeling in the world.’

You can reach Jose at JSemidei@nossi.edu.

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Lisa Taylor

Illustration

Lisa Taylor is a native Tennessean and an eight-year veteran of the US Coast Guard. She has a Masters in Fine Art and…

Lisa Taylor is a native Tennessean and an eight-year veteran of the US Coast Guard. She has a Masters in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics & Intermodal Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. Her creative experience and instruction range from traditional fine art to character and environment development and digital applications. She has been in numerous group and juried shows and is a national award-winning artist. Her work is available in galleries and she continues to participate in local, national and international painting events.

“My mission as an artist is to capture moments through visual expression. To take a fleeting moment and convey that impression, that feeling and connection, with my own interpretation on the canvas. My aim is not to represent what is seen, but to elicit what is felt.”

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Charles Long

Illustration

Charles Long received his bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art, with an emphasis in illustration in 1992. He has been a…

Charles Long received his bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art, with an emphasis in illustration in 1992. He has been a professional graphic designer and illustrator for more than 22 years. His areas of expertise include 3D illustration and digital sculpting. He has worked with Modo for more than seven years and ZBrush for eight years.

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Bob Dixon

Video and Film

Bob Dixon received his bachelor’s degree in 3D art and an associate degree in electronics, and has a combined 30 years of experience…

Bob Dixon received his bachelor’s degree in 3D art and an associate degree in electronics, and has a combined 30 years of experience as a software and hardware engineer. This gives him a unique artistic and engineering understanding of the digital photographic and imaging processes. From 1995 until 2013, Bob and his wife formed TechnoGraphics – a video production, freelance digital photography and computer-generated artwork endeavor. Currently, Bob is a freelance photographer, digital 3D artist and also an instructor at Nossi College. He specializes in primarily teaching editing software classes such as Lightroom, Photoshop and After Effects, Digital and Advanced Digital Photography and 3D Modeling. “The greatest advantage to being an instructor here is working with the young people. They keep you young and make you rethink everything that you have from the past so you can prepare them for the future.” Bob’s headshot photo was graciously provided by Meliz Yimaz, one of his Advanced Digital Students.

Education B.S.
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Jane-Allen McKinney

Illustration

Jane-Allen McKinney has divided her time between commissions for permanent monumental artworks and teaching anatomy, drawing, basic design and other courses at the college…

Jane-Allen McKinney has divided her time between commissions for permanent monumental artworks and teaching anatomy, drawing, basic design and other courses at the college level for 35 years. Her works include the 46-foot outdoor sculpture Olympic Plaza; the 20-foot Aquatic Mobile at the Tennessee Aquarium’s Visitor’s Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chairs of Excellence, a 25-foot installation; the 25-foot Administration Mobile; the Jesus and Lamb painting; and the 7.5-foot Jesus sculpture, which has been exhibited throughout Tennessee.

Additional artworks are in the collections of Barbara Mandrell, Oprah Winfrey, Olympian Wilma Rudolph, the Gene Autry Museum, and the mother of Vice President Al Gore, with a two-year loan of art to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. McKinney has had two solo exhibitions at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and additional solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. McKinney’s additional honors include Teacher of the Year, numerous cash awards, and the International Artist of the Year from the Cambridge International Center in England.

Education M.F.A., M.A., B.A.

Graphic Design

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Michael Kristof

Graphic Design Coordinator

With a BFA in Advertising Design, Michael spent over two decades working as an Art Director creating advertising and branding for clients such as AT&T,…

With a BFA in Advertising Design, Michael spent over two decades working as an Art Director creating advertising and branding for clients such as AT&T, Dr. Pepper, Holiday Inn, Johnson & Johnson, Mississippi Department of Tourism, U.S. Mint, Mobil Oil, STIHL, McDonalds, American Diabetes Association and Citizens Bank.

Although Michael has earned his share of creative awards including New York Festivals, London International Advertising Awards, Communication Arts, Creativity Annual as well as multiple local and regional Addy’s, he believes his biggest accomplishments are his amazing 13-year-old daughter, becoming an Eagle Scout and, at age 50, earning his 1st degree black belt.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys designing furniture, riding his motorcycle and spending time with family and friends.

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Paul Edoho-Eket

Web & Interactive Program Manager

Paul Edoho-Eket began his visual arts career ascending from intern to assistant coordinator of media services at his alma mater, Fisk University. While…

Paul Edoho-Eket began his visual arts career ascending from intern to assistant coordinator of media services at his alma mater, Fisk University. While simultaneously pursuing an education in graphic design and digital media, he transitioned into a successful freelance career, subcontracting work from various local design firms, as well as procuring many notable commissions and local exhibitions. Art education is Edoho-Eket’s priority, and he has been an educator of fine and digital arts for the past five years for several nonprofit and for-profit institutions. He continues to freelance on the side.

Education B.A.
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Maria Colomy

Graphic Design Media

With over 15 years of web, design and small business experience, Maria Colomy brings a unique and multi-faceted perspective to her work. With…

With over 15 years of web, design and small business experience, Maria Colomy brings a unique and multi-faceted perspective to her work. With a deep understanding of marketing and creative strategy her work incorporates professionalism and functionality. As a Nossi College graduate and freelance web designer, Maria has worked with non-profits like the Iroquois Steeplechase and the Epilepsy Foundation, assisting both to increase donations and sponsorships. Her entrepreneurial background results in a strong focus on business growth, incorporating marketing strategy into all of her creative work.

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Eric Jackson

Eric Jackson is seasoned in creating design concepts yielding positive results for print collateral; web and social media designs; and branding and identity development.  With…

Eric Jackson is seasoned in creating design concepts yielding positive results for print collateral; web and social media designs; and branding and identity development.  With over 15 years of industry experience, he likes to solve problems, sketch ideas and push pixels to perfection.

Originally from Memphis, TN, he received his BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Media Design. Eric currently oversees the creative direction for the graphic design department at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., which consist of a 30 thousand member congregation including both physical and virtual. He joined the Nossi staff in Fall 2016. Eric loves being a designer, a design consultant, a photographer, voice over artist and most of all, a Dad.

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Josh Rhoton

Graphic Design Media

Josh Rhoton is a multimedia artist, illustrator, animator, editor and designer.  Early in his career, Josh worked on a variety of projects as…

Josh Rhoton is a multimedia artist, illustrator, animator, editor and designer.  Early in his career, Josh worked on a variety of projects as a camera man and director, hosted a late-night horror movie review show in college and worked with puppets – more than once.  I love grid layouts, bright colors, contemporary art, cats and coffee!

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Jose Semidei

Graphic Design Media

Jose Semidei has been working as a graphic designer since he was 17. He moved from Yauco, Puerto Rico to Nashville in 1998…

Jose Semidei has been working as a graphic designer since he was 17. He moved from Yauco, Puerto Rico to Nashville in 1998 and enrolled as a student at Nossi College in 2006. While attending Nossi, Semidei was a top student, receiving many awards and accolades including two Most Creative awards, one Perseverance Award, Talent Discovery and Best in Show 2010. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010.

He was hired to be a graphic designer for the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation straight after graduation and has been with them for four years now and works on many projects for Music City.

As a graphic designer, Semidei dedicates himself to constantly learning new initiatives and technologies so he can provide the best work for his clients – both nationally and internationally. He is excited to be back at his alma mater to teach. You can reach Jose at JSemidei@nossi.edu.

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Warren Sadler

Interactive Graphic Design

Warren Sadler is a Nossi Alum whose primary focus during his time at Nossi College was as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer. While…

Warren Sadler is a Nossi Alum whose primary focus during his time at Nossi College was as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer. While working through his Bachelor’s degree, Warren discovered a passion for Web Development. This led him to pursue work at the Entrepreneur Center of Nashville and from there various other companies around the greater Nashville Area, honing his craft along the way. Currently Warren is a Data Engineer at HCA working with exciting projects in Machine Learning and Predictive Modeling.

Education B.F.A.
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Richard Cook

Graphic Design Media

Richard Cook’s background encompasses logo design, branding, packaging, print collateral and illustration work. He has been fortunate enough to have his worked printed…

Richard Cook’s background encompasses logo design, branding, packaging, print collateral and illustration work. He has been fortunate enough to have his worked printed and sold world wide.

In keeping with modern technology, his illustrations can be purchased at Illustrationsource.com. More original designs and illustrations can be purchased at redbubble.com and on his web site through the link “A History Of Horror Films.”

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Kimberly Levitan

Graphic Design Media

Kimberly Levitan began studying graphic design in Brooklyn, N.Y. and continued her education in Los Angeles. She is a graphic designer with over…

Kimberly Levitan began studying graphic design in Brooklyn, N.Y. and continued her education in Los Angeles. She is a graphic designer with over 20 years experience. Her work has a heavy focus on the Nashville music and entertainment industries designing numerous ad packages, advertisements, promotional materials and logos for major music labels and artists. She also works with several national non-profit organizations

Education B.F.A.
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Steve LaSuer

Graphic Design Media

Steve LaSuer is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Before accepting a teaching position at Nossi College of Art,…

Steve LaSuer is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Before accepting a teaching position at Nossi College of Art, LaSuer was art supervisor for United Methodist Publishing House, manager and art supervisor for Genesco Printing, and designer for Keller Crescent Advertising, working with clients like Whirlpool, FedEx and Murray of Ohio. He has freelanced for more than 20 years for companies such as Fruit of the Loom, General Board of Global Ministries and Genesco. He has also served on the Education Committee of the Nashville Advertising Federation.

Education A.O.S.
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Hugh Shelton

Graphic Design Media

With 35 years experience in graphic design and printing, Hugh Shelton started in his early teens by creating line art for the newspaper…

With 35 years experience in graphic design and printing, Hugh Shelton started in his early teens by creating line art for the newspaper where his parents still reside in west Tennessee. His freelance work ranges from portraits to conceptual design and from comic-art seminars to set design. Starting at the service bureau at MTSU, his employment has included layout artist, graphic designer for marketing agencies and graphics director/manager at several print shops. He is currently art director and graphics manager for an Inspirational Country Music Magazine in Nashville, PowerSource. Hugh began teaching at Nossi College in the fall semester of 1998, and he normally teaches a few night classes each week. His courses range from computer graphic programs to production art and copywriting to sequential illustration.

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Keith Wood

Graphic Design Media

Keith Wood earned his bachelor’s in graphic design in 1999. As a student, he worked as a designer for the Western Kentucky University…

Keith Wood earned his bachelor’s in graphic design in 1999. As a student, he worked as a designer for the Western Kentucky University Office of University Publications. Professionally, Keith has 15 years of experience in the magazine printing industry with RR Donnelley, working as a journeyman preliminary craftsman preparing film, plates and electronic files for the press. Recently, he has taken his magazine experience to the next level by developing Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s first digital publication, House Organ. In addition to his work at Vanderbilt, Wood has been teaching night classes in graphic design and photography at Nossi College for the past nine years.

Education B.A.

Web & Interactive

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Paul Edoho-Eket

Web & Interactive Program Manager

Paul Edoho-Eket began his visual arts career ascending from intern to assistant coordinator of media services at his alma mater, Fisk University. While…

Paul Edoho-Eket began his visual arts career ascending from intern to assistant coordinator of media services at his alma mater, Fisk University. While simultaneously pursuing an education in graphic design and digital media, he transitioned into a successful freelance career, subcontracting work from various local design firms, as well as procuring many notable commissions and local exhibitions. Art education is Edoho-Eket’s priority, and he has been an educator of fine and digital arts for the past five years for several nonprofit and for-profit institutions. He continues to freelance on the side.

Education B.A.
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Warren Sadler

Interactive Graphic Design

Warren Sadler is a Nossi Alum whose primary focus during his time at Nossi College was as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer. While…

Warren Sadler is a Nossi Alum whose primary focus during his time at Nossi College was as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer. While working through his Bachelor’s degree, Warren discovered a passion for Web Development. This led him to pursue work at the Entrepreneur Center of Nashville and from there various other companies around the greater Nashville Area, honing his craft along the way. Currently Warren is a Data Engineer at HCA working with exciting projects in Machine Learning and Predictive Modeling.

Education B.F.A.

Gen Ed Faculty

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Dr. Judy Klass

World History

Judy Klass has a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Oxford University. She…

Judy Klass has a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Oxford University. She has taught college classes in English, political science, philosophy, history and Jewish studies since 1990. She moved to Nashville in 2006. Klass writes plays, screenplays, fiction, poetry and songs. Her original-series “Star Trek” novel The Cry of the Onlies was published by Pocket Books in 1989. Her full-length play Cell was one of three plays nationwide nominated for an Edgar Award in 2009. It’s published by Samuel French. Klass co-wrote the Showtime cable film In the Time of the Butterflies, based on the novel by Julia Alvarez; the film is out on DVD. Three books of her poems have been published by small presses. She has had cuts with Philippine artists Ariel Rivera, Olivia and Rachelle Anne Go; U.S. artists Ashley Marie, Brooke Roe, Deanna Loveland and Hilda Lamas; and bands Coyote Crude and GeorgeBlack. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Space and Time, Harpur Palate, Satire, Bryant Literary Review and Wind magazine, among other places. Her young-adult novel Au Pair Girl was published by Itoh Press in July 2012.

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Dr. Amy Scatliff

Success Strategies

As an educational designer and researcher, Dr. Amy Scatliff has worked within education for 20 years exploring creativity and how people build their learning around…

As an educational designer and researcher, Dr. Amy Scatliff has worked within education for 20 years exploring creativity and how people build their learning around what they love. Amy began her career helping build new degree programs at the University of Minnesota. She studied Visualization at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Change (ELC). She conducts research with learning tools coming from the discipline, Positive Psychology, that offers innovative theories and methods for learners who want to create an effective learning system that is individualized to their needs and interests. She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Alan Whitman

Philosophy

Alan Whitman has extensive experience as an artist and educator. He is a professional visual artist experienced in the design, production and presentation…

Alan Whitman has extensive experience as an artist and educator. He is a professional visual artist experienced in the design, production and presentation of information and learning systems. He has an in-depth understanding of computer hardware and operating system software. Alan has years of practical experience working in the computer industry. He is also a professional photographer who worked as an advertising photographer and owned his own commercial photography studio. Alan has produced multimedia programs for commercial clients all across the country.

Education M.S., B.A.
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Judith Broadbent

Literature | English

Judith Broadbent has been teaching since she graduated from college. Her background in Pre-Medicine and working in a hospital combined with her double…

Judith Broadbent has been teaching since she graduated from college. Her background in Pre-Medicine and working in a hospital combined with her double majors in Biology and English gave her a varied background for teaching in both sides of the spectrum. Her interest in Gifted and Talented students led to her obtaining a Masters Degree in Individual Studies/ Gifted Education and directing several programs in this area over the years.

Having five children with different talents and interests lead to her involvement in both the arts and equestrian activities in the Nashville area. She has been active with the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville REP and the Nashville Shakespeare Group over the past 30 years and continues to volunteer with these organizations.

Judith is also a published author, having poetry and short stories in several anthologies and with a published collection called Golden Days, which was illustrated by her daughter Alarica Kathryn Broadbent, currently in its second printing. Judith teaches English and Literature classes at Nossi College and continues to write (with four children’s books, a historic preservation writing project and a textbook in the works). She also tutors individual students and works with supervising foreign exchange students through EF Foundation High School Exchange Program. She feels her writing and teaching keep her young and active and interested in many subjects.

Education B.A., M.A.
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Lisa Richards-Wascher

Psychology

Ms. Wascher earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology 1983 and went on to earn another Bachelor’s in Mass Communications in 1986 with and emphasis…

Ms. Wascher earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology 1983 and went on to earn another Bachelor’s in Mass Communications in 1986 with and emphasis in Advertising. She continued her education by earning a Master’s in Counseling in 2007 and completed her license as a Professional Counselor in 2013.

Ms. Wascher extensive experience comes from working with Nashville businesses like Psychology Associates/Hillsboro Rehabilitation Center, HealtNet, Inc., Baptist Hospital Mind Body Medical Institute and she is currently working as a Mental Health Specialist at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital working in an acute-care psychiatric unit with children and adolescents, as well as adults.

Ms. Wascher considers herself a visual artist enjoying photography, painting, and pen and ink as mediums and even won runner up in a national photography contest out of 9000 entries once. She joined the Nossi College family in January 2014 and says, “I teach students things I think will help them in their everyday lives and enjoy seeing all the great talent at Nossi College.”

Education B.S., M.A., LPC-MHSP nashvillepsychologist.com
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Dr. Steve Shao

Math

Dr. Stephen Shao is a faculty instructor, researcher and consultant. He holds a doctorate in operations research from the University of Maryland at…

Dr. Stephen Shao is a faculty instructor, researcher and consultant. He holds a doctorate in operations research from the University of Maryland at College Park; a master’s in business administration from Old Dominion University; and a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Virginia. Dr. Shao has served as a faculty member at various universities in Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee. He also spent eight years in the telecommunications industry as a network applications developer, project manager and computer network designer.

Dr. Shao is a former founding director of two university-based business and information technology research centers. His research work in the area of community-based distance education has been supported and recognized by various major corporations, as well as by the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, Smithsonian Institution, American Library Association, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, and others. Dr. Shao has more than 200 published articles and conference presentations. His past achievement awards and professional memberships include the IEEE Society, National Engineering Consortium, Institute of Management Sciences, International Teleconferencing Association, Tennessee Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation, AT&T Special Telecollaboration Award, Who’s Who in Technology Today, International Who’s Who, and Omega Rho Honor Society.

Education Ph.D., M.B.A., B.A.
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Nicole Foster

Science

Nicole Foster earned her Bachelor’s of Science and her Master’s of Science degrees, and began teaching biology courses at Columbia State Community College.…

Nicole Foster earned her Bachelor’s of Science and her Master’s of Science degrees, and began teaching biology courses at Columbia State Community College. She has been with Columbia State since 2009. In addition to teaching, Foster has published several guides for students studying general biology, human anatomy, human physiology and microbiology.

Along with friends, family and a large number of dedicated students, Foster cataloged and published nearly 80 reptile and amphibian records in the journal Herpetological Review and presented those results at the 122nd Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science.

Education B.S., M.Sc.

Nossi Staff

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Nossi Vatandoost

President

Nossi Vatandoost is the founder and president of Nossi College of Art. The first class of fine art was organized in Madison, Tenn.…

Nossi Vatandoost is the founder and president of Nossi College of Art. The first class of fine art was organized in Madison, Tenn. in 1973, and was called Nossi School of Art. The school accepted students of all ages and taught classes in drawing and painting on all levels. Nossi is an accomplished artist, listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of America. She is a charter member of the National Women’s History Museum, as well as the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In addition to her art training in the Middle East and Europe, she holds a college degree in art education from Western Kentucky University. She taught art in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools system before opening her own art school.

Education B.A.
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Cyrus Vatandoost

Executive Vice President

Cyrus Vatandoost is the Executive Vice President at Nossi College of Art. With a bachelor’s in corporate finance and a minor in economics,…

Cyrus Vatandoost is the Executive Vice President at Nossi College of Art. With a bachelor’s in corporate finance and a minor in economics, Cyrus worked in the mortgage industry before coming to Nossi College. He has worked at Nossi College of Art since 1993, and currently manages the operations of the college on a daily basis. As the son of founder, Nossi Vatandoost, Cyrus’s passion for the college runs deep. He is often overheard stating that an important aspect of his job is to protect the integrity of the college and his mother’s name associated with it. Cyrus may be reached via email.

Education B.S.
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Bonnie Webb

Front Desk Receptionist

Bonnie Webb has more than 30 years of experience in the administrative field. She is a graduate of Hendersonville High School in Middle…

Bonnie Webb has more than 30 years of experience in the administrative field. She is a graduate of Hendersonville High School in Middle Tennessee, and she attended Nashville State Technical Institute. Her background includes banking, insurance and real estate. She enjoys meeting new people and making Nossi’s students feel welcome. Bonnie also enjoys spending time with family and being a grandmother. You can reach Bonnie via email.

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Kolleen Longmire

Learning Resources Director

Kolleen Longmire received her bachelor’s degree in communication and print journalism and her Master of Education with an emphasis in library science.  A…

Kolleen Longmire received her bachelor’s degree in communication and print journalism and her Master of Education with an emphasis in library science.  A native of Mississippi, Kolleen has worked as a newspaper reporter and a real estate agent. She enjoys helping students utilize the Learning Resources Center to enhance their learning experiences at Nossi College.You can reach Kolleen via email.

Education M.Ed., B.A.
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Mary Alexander

Admissions Director

Admissions Director Mary Alexander graduated with her associate degree in business with an accounting major. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business…

Admissions Director Mary Alexander graduated with her associate degree in business with an accounting major. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. Mary’s background includes working in the placement department at Belmont; in accounting with American General and Safeco Insurance and 12 years in sales with several major corporations. She joined Nossi College in 2000. Mary may be reached via email.

Education B.A., A.A.
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Mindy Gilbert

Registrar

Registrar Mindy Gilbert has a master’s in agency counseling and a bachelor’s in sociology, both earned in Tennessee. Mindy came to Nossi College…

Registrar Mindy Gilbert has a master’s in agency counseling and a bachelor’s in sociology, both earned in Tennessee. Mindy came to Nossi College with 10 years of nonprofit experience, most of which dealt with providing in-home counseling services for at-risk youth and families in crisis. She has been with Nossi College since October 2009, and enjoys helping the students advance their academic careers and reach their goals. She completed the Young Leaders Program and served on the board of the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. Mindy Gilbert may be reached via email.

Education M.A., B.S.
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Mary Kidd

Financial Aid Director

Mary Kidd, Financial Aid Director, has more than 24 years of professional experience in the financial aid field and more than 26 years…

Mary Kidd, Financial Aid Director, has more than 24 years of professional experience in the financial aid field and more than 26 years in accounting. Her career memberships include the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Advisors, National Association of Student Financial Aid Advisors and Tennessee Association of Veteran Program Administrators. She has also served as chairperson of the Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee. Mary Kidd may be reached via email.

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Marilyn Shivers

Night Receptionist

Before coming to Nossi College of Art as the evening receptionist, Marilyn Shivers had 10 years of experience in general office work and…

Before coming to Nossi College of Art as the evening receptionist, Marilyn Shivers had 10 years of experience in general office work and 22 years of experience in accounting. She graduated from Isaac Litton High School in Nashville. She has two beautiful grandchildren, who are her pride and joy. She enjoys her job and especially likes meeting and greeting the students and helping everyone with their needs.

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Dr. Byron Edwards

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Byron Edwards is Vice President for Academic Affairs. With college teaching experience, as well as service as a school principal, superintendent of…

Dr. Byron Edwards is Vice President for Academic Affairs. With college teaching experience, as well as service as a school principal, superintendent of schools, and director of teacher education at a private college, Dr. Edwards brings many educational experiences to Nossi College of Art. He has a bachelor’s in secondary education from The University of Georgia; a master’s in education and an education specialist degree from Georgia Southern University, both in educational administration and supervision; and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Vanderbilt University’s George Peabody College. Dr. Edwards enjoys spending time with Mother Nature. He has a private pilot’s license and a scuba diving license. He loves to read and is the author of six books. He commented, “Being at Nossi is truly an enjoyable experience. I really do like interacting with our creative students.” You can reach Dr. Edwards via email.

Education Ph.D., Ed.S., M.Ed., B.S.Ed. byronedwards.net
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Libby Funke Luff

Student Activities and Marketing Director

Libby Funke Luff moved from Evansville, Ind., to enjoy life in Music City about a decade ago. With a Bachelor of Arts in…

Libby Funke Luff moved from Evansville, Ind., to enjoy life in Music City about a decade ago. With a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, she was introduced to Nashville while attending college and decided to start her career at The Tennessean in 2006. She currently lives in downtown Nashville and is actively involved in several organizations including the Griffin Design and Technology Academy at Hunter’s Lane, committee member for the Nashville Downtown Partnership, volunteers for NextUP Martha O’Bryan and is involved with the Urban Residents Association, the Nashville Fashion Alliance and the Film, Television and Transmedia Council. When she is not working with Nossi students, she is on the lookout for the best new restaurants in the area! You can reach Libby via email.

Education B.A.
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Mitzi Hatfield

Admissions Representative

Mitzi Hatfield came to Nossi with a 15year background in college admissions. She has a strong desire to assist both local and international…

Mitzi Hatfield came to Nossi with a 15year background in college admissions. She has a strong desire to assist both local and international students with their educational goals and strives to make a difference in students’ lives. She believes it is rewarding to see student become successful in a field that allows them to be creative. Mitzi can be reached via email.

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Dax Gomez

Career Services Director

Dax Gomez came to Nossi College with a background in career services, human resources and recruiting. His previous experience in career services includes…

Dax Gomez came to Nossi College with a background in career services, human resources and recruiting. His previous experience in career services includes student job placement, internships, teaching and professional development. Dax has also held various positions as a human resources representative, corporate recruiter and staffing manager, with a strong knowledge of interviewing, hiring and training employees and students. He has been assisting job seekers and teaching career development at every stop.

He has earned a Professional in human resources certification and is certified by TPI to teach individuals the tools to succeed in goal-setting and future careers. He is active in groups such as the American Advertising Federation, American Marketing Association and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. He was raised in the Southeast and has spent most of his professional career here. He enjoys the outdoors, the arts and sports, and he takes pride in assisting students and graduates. You can reach Dax via email.

Education M.S., B.S.
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Roger Qualls

Recruiting and Housing Director

Roger Qualls has been in college admissions for 15 years. His favorite aspect of working with the students is taking personal pride in…

Roger Qualls has been in college admissions for 15 years. His favorite aspect of working with the students is taking personal pride in helping people achieve their educational goals – allowing them to have the life they want and deserve. He strives everyday to be better than the day before.

Roger wants you to remember, no obstacle is too great to overcome with the support of those who truly have your best interest at heart.

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Janet Buckley

Financial Aid Advisor

Janet Buckley started at Nossi College of Art in January of 2015 as a Financial Aid Advisor with 12 years of prior experience in student…

Janet Buckley started at Nossi College of Art in January of 2015 as a Financial Aid Advisor with 12 years of prior experience in student financial aid. She is a member of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) and Tennessee Educational Association of Veteran Program Administrators (TEAVPA).  She is also trained as a School Certifying Official (SCO) for our veterans and knowledgeable about TSAA state grants. She enjoys working with students and helping them understand the financial aid process of funding their higher education.

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Kristi Binkley

Business Office Manager

With more than 25 years of professional experience, Kristi Binkley heads the business office at Nossi. She attended Volunteer State Community College to…

With more than 25 years of professional experience, Kristi Binkley heads the business office at Nossi. She attended Volunteer State Community College to pursue business and accounting. As business office manager, Kristi makes sure the everyday business of Nossi College runs smoothly. She has a positive attitude and keen sense of humor. When she isn’t roaming the halls of Nossi College, she is a proud Grandmother and spoils her three grand babies. Need to talk with Kristi? You can reach her via email.

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Greg Atkins

Admissions Representative

Greg Atkins joined Nossi College of Art with a 22-year background in business management and administration. He has worked with at a liberal…

Greg Atkins joined Nossi College of Art with a 22-year background in business management and administration. He has worked with at a liberal arts as a Food & Beverage Director in Birmingham, AL, and as a College Representative with a well known Culinary College before joining Nossi College.

He says helping students identify their goals and talents in choosing careers & colleges is the most rewarding work he has experienced.

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Greg Havens

Greg Havens brings more than 25 years of successful business experience to Nossi College of Art. He has held various positions in management,…

Greg Havens brings more than 25 years of successful business experience to Nossi College of Art. He has held various positions in management, recruiting and training personnel. Greg received his BA degree from Western Kentucky University. Being the father of three wonderful children has kept him engaged with young people. He finds it rewarding to see students set and reach their goals. When he is not working, Greg enjoys the outdoors, music and photography.

Education B.A.

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