Rob Gilbert

Full-time Faculty

(425) 739-8340

Caroline Kapp

Full-time Faculty 

(425) 739-8267

Rob Nyland

Full-time Faculty

(425) 739-8381

Jason Sobottka

Full-time Faculty

(425) 739-8181

Bobbi Julag-Ay

Part-time Faculty


Dave Dion

Part-time Faculty


Sharon Hall

Part-time Faculty


Alexandra Vaschillo

Part-time Faculty


Sylvia Yu

Part-time Faculty



Rob GilbertRobby Gilbert

Robby Gilbert, BFA, M.Ed. comes to Lake Washington Institute of Technology with a long history of both developing interactive media as well as teaching and developing game and animation curricula. After earning a BFA in Media Arts and Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he worked as a commercial animator for clients such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, and many others.

In 1994 he headed up an animation team for Paramount Interactive, creating educational software titles for CD ROM. After “Lenny’s Music Toons” won a Parenting Publications Award, he was hired by Broderbund Software, who were at the time publishing “Carmen San Diego,” and  “Myst.” Robby served as senior animator and designer for several award-winning “LivingBooks” titles.

In 1996, Robby was hired by Disney Interactive to direct and develop content for several interactive on-line properties, primarily for children. In 2006, Robby combined his expertise in animation and interactivity with his love for teaching and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University. He has taught and served in leadership roles at several colleges and has developed and nurtured strong industry relations. Here at LWTech, he is a 2012 winner of the Faculty Excellence in Instruction Award.

In addition to teaching, Robby has illustrated several children’s books, magazine articles, and enjoys playing the banjo; see  www.robbygilbert.com.

More information and illustrations are available on the Writing and Illustrating blog.

Caroline KappCarrie Kapp

Caroline Kapp is a full-time, tenured Multimedia faculty member at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Caroline has extensive experience in teaching and lecturing to a diverse student body in digital and film photography, digital video, drawing, design and printmaking. She is a 2011 winner of the LWTech Faculty Excellence Award.

She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 to study at Cornish College of the Arts, where she received a BFA with honors. She earned an MFA degree at the University of Washington with an emphasis in photography, printmaking and video/new media in 2007.

Caroline has studied at The School of the Art Institute, Chicago and County Clare, Ireland, and in 2003 held a fellowship residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. Caroline has held other teaching posts at the University of Washington School of Art, International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle, Northwest School in Seattle, WA, and the Seattle Center Arts Academy.

Owner of a design company for several years, Caroline focused on providing custom photography and graphic design services for clients such as the City of Seattle, Capitol Hill Arts Center, LoDirecto Skateboards, Seattle Center Foundation and numerous other nonprofit organizations and arts groups. She has won artist grants from the Santa Barbara Foundation (CA) 4Culture, and Weyerhaeuser. She has exhibited photography and video based work internationally in China and Bulgaria, and locally and regionally in group shows at Prographica, Cornish College of the Arts, Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, Bellevue Art Museum, and the Whatcom Museum's Satellite Gallery. Her print work is represented by Prographica Fine Works on Paper.


Rob NylandRob Nyland

Rob Nyland has taught in the Multimedia Design and Production program since 2008. Prior to coming to Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Rob held positions in both media research and production. His production credits include 5 feature films, and Rob has worked on documentaries that took him to such places as New Zealand, Tonga, Thailand, and Germany.

Rob holds a BA in Film as well as an MA in Mass Communications from Brigham Young University where he taught classes in Documentary History and Theory and Beginning News Production. His research interests include Social Media, Documentaries, and Media Literacy.




Jason Sobottka
Jason Sobottka

Jason Sobottka is a professional artist and arts educator. He is Lake Washington Institute of Technology's first tenured visual art instructor. He exhibits his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures around the nation. Jason was awarded the Winter 2012 Faculty Excellence Award.

In addition to expanding the visual arts curriculum at LWTech, Jason developed curriculum and teaches several courses for the Bachelors of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) degree. He is an advisor for Multimedia Design and Production (MMDP) students.

Recently, Jason was an artist-mentor for the Puget Sound Education Service District's Arts Impact teacher training program. In his role, Jason worked with middle-school math teachers to embed visual arts lessons into math curriculum, as part of a research study.

Jason taught drawing and printmaking at the University of Minnesota between 1999 and 2001 and was a part-time drawing, painting and design instructor at Green River Community College from 2001 through 2008. His past experience includes working for Tacoma Art Museum's Education Department, where he designed and built the museum's hands-on art making gallery, the Open Art Studio.

Prior to joining LWTech, Jason worked for two years at State Farm Mutual Insurance Company's Learning and Development Department, focusing on adult learning theory, leadership and performance improvement. He is certified in the Harrison Behavior Assessment.

Jason earned his Masters of Fine Art degree in visual art (with a minor in related fields-art history) from the University of Minnesota and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of Montana. He also holds an Associates Degree from Grays Harbor College.

Links to his art can be found at jasonsobottka.com.