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Meet VMCAD’s Interior Design School Faculty


Patty Flauto

Patty Flauto
Interior Design Instructor

Patty Flauto is a creativity consultant. She has years of business experience in entrepreneurship, product design and innovation. She is currently principal of creativity + innovation + design, a company she started 6 years ago to develop innovative products and processes for her clients. Patty also is the owner of “Houseworks Design”, a residential interior design company. She is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and Color Marketing Group, an international color forecasting organization. She holds an M.F.A. from Kent State University and a B.F.A. from Youngstown State University.
Cristina McCarthy

Cristina McCarthy
Interior Design Dept Head

Ms. McCarthy holds a Masters Urban Planning and Design as well as a Bachelors of Architecture. While pursuing her studies Ms. McCarthy focused on many interior details and design. She has worked for architecture firms in the USA and in Brazil. She is the present Interior Design Department Head at VMCAD where she has been teaching since 1990. She also works as an independent designer and space planner. Mrs. McCarthy has been actively involved on the board of directors for ASID OH North Chapter and currently serves as its President.

Ann Lahiff

Ann Lahiff
Interior Design Instructor

Ms. Lahiff is a seasoned Interior Designer with specialties in hard surface selections. She’s helped clients pick materials such as marble, porcelain, ceramic and granite for their kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces. She’s also worked with clients in designing other aspects of their interiors including space planning, color and materials selections, and floor plans and elevations. Ms. Lahiff is also a VMCAD graduate with a degree in Interior Design. Today she owns her own Interior Design Company in North Royalton, Ohio.

Steven Kapp

Steven Kapp
Interior Design Instructor

Mr. Kapp possesses more than 25 years of experience in the areas of art, architecture, interior and exhibit design. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture and Art, Mr. Kapp has worked for several Architecture and Interior Design firms all over the country doing project management and supervising projects in the field. Today he works with URS Corp in Cleveland.

 

Jessica Sarnese

Jessica Sarnese
Interior Design Instructor

Ms. Sarnese graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree as well as a Master of Architecture Degree. She has worked for several architecture firms in the Cleveland area and is currently employed at Herman, Gibans, Fodor, Inc. – Architects.  She is new to the VMCAD program.

Jessica Sarnese

 

 

Matthew Dodd
Instructor for Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Fashion Merchandising

Matthew is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University specializing in 19th century French painting. While working on his M.A. he developed an original course examining the interconnected history of music and art from the Greeks to the 20th century. He also studied studio arts and architectural history while earning his undergraduate degree at Cleveland State University. Professionally, Matthew has presented papers on such topics as the significance of Wagnerian opera on post-impressionism and Robert Arneson’s Jackson Pollock inspired ceramic works. Matthew also has over 10 years of experience in high-end picture framing and installation, designing original frames for works by Picasso, Rauschenberg and Sol Lewitt. Matthew teaches History of Art, Costume, and Architectural Interiors as well as Art Fundamentals and Color Theory.


Art and General Studies

Patrick Melnick

Patrick Melnick
Director of Art Studies

Any student will tell you that Mr. Melnick is one of the best! An art studies instructor, he teaches Anatomy and Figure Drawing, History of Art and Fashion Illustration. An instructor for more than 26 years, Mr. Melnick earned his Master of Fine Arts Doctoral in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame. He’s worked throughout Ohio and in Chicago teaching and working in art galleries.

Sally Heston

Sally Heston
Art Fundamentals and Basic Color Theory

Ms. Heston has more than 30 years of teaching experience. She has art published in several books and exhibits much of her solo work in art galleries throughout Pennsylvania and NE Ohio. She’s also a co-currator at the MD Garage Art Gallery in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is President of the Board of Trustees of the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Andrij Maday

Andrij Maday
Art Fundamentals and Color Theory

Mr. Maday is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is the recipient of 12 awards, a Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant among them. Mr. Maday has exhibited extensively in 33 solo and over 85 group exhibitions. His woodcuts, drawings, as well as paintings, both secular and ecclesiastical, may be found in numerous private and permanent collections in North America, Europe, and Australia. Specializing in custom site specific commissions, his work can be viewed at www.andrijmaday.com.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith
Anatomy & Figure Drawing, Art Fundamentals and Color Theory

Mr. Smith is a graduate of VMCAD and holds an Associate Degree of Applied Business in Interior Design.  He serves on the board of the VMCAD foundation, and teaches the art fundamentals, color theory and anatomy & figure drawing courses.  He also teaches Intro to Interior Design and Anatomy & Figure Drawing for ID. Mr. Smith owns the fine art firm Esoteric Painting Design located in downtown Cleveland.  He specializes in faux painting techniques, and color consulting.

Katherine Miracle

Katherine Miracle
Small Business Mgmt, Advertising and Promotions, Salesmanship
Founder and Owner of Miracle Resources

Ms. Miracle is the founder and owner of Miracle Resources, a consulting, training and educational resource for businesses and non-profits.  She specializes in teaching her clients and her students about advertising, promotions, branding, public relations, marketing and revenue development.  Her clients include The Cleveland Clinic, The American Red Cross and Dunkin Donuts.

John Kenney

John Kenney
Photography

Mr. Kenney teaches still photography at VMCAD. He’s worked for various news outlets including the National Press and Sports Illustrated. He’s won more than 280 photography awards throughout his career and has work displayed in the Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from Capital University and was trained at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Wayne Pearsall

 

Wayne Pearsall
Business Law, Economics

Mr. Pearsall is a practicing Attorney with active licenses in both Ohio and Florida. He is a sole practitioner with an emphasis on Family Law, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy and Small Claims. He has also done Pro Bono work for Homeless Women’s Shelters. But Mr. Pearsall also enjoys using his creative talents through photography and web design. He does photography for various VMCAD events and has created several websites for his other hobbies – baseball and research on Internet Law, publishing an online journal called the Cyberbug Law Journal.


The talented men and women who make up the Interior Design school faculty at Virginia Marti College of Art & Design bring many years of education and professional experience to their roll as educators. Learn from bright, current designers about the trends, tactics and strategies that make for exquisite interior design in the home, office or public space.

Contact us today to learn more about our interior design school located in active and urban Lakewood, Ohio – just across the border from Cleveland.


WHAT YOU CAN LEARN AT VMCAD

INTERIOR DESIGN SUCCESS STORIES

“After graduating from the Interior Design program, I fielded multiple job offers before accepting my current position with Lee Meier Interiors. My education not only made me extremely marketable to potential employers, but truthfully prepared me to work as an individual in the real world of design.”

Christopher Randall, 2011 Showroom Manager, Lee Meier Interiors
“I learned so many invaluable skills from VMCAD in such a short time. The second I stepped out into the career world I not only felt prepared, but confident that I would be able to provide any employer with what they were looking for in a designer. I felt as though the professors always went above and beyond to make sure each and every student was up to speed and getting the help they needed to succeed. I always felt encouraged to be myself and utilize my own personal style and strengths in every project I was given. I always recommend Virginia Marti to anybody who is looking for a career change or express interests in any design field – the level of education and experience you gain is simply unparalleled.”

Kinsley Funari, 2010 Project Designer, National Office
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