Faculty

Rob Gilbert

Full-time Faculty

425-739-8340

Karen Holum

Full-time Faculty

425-739-8415 

Chris Jacek

Full-time Faculty

425-739-8381 

Caroline Kapp

Full-time Faculty 

425-739-8267

Jason Sobottka

Full-time Faculty

425-739-8181

Alexandra Vaschillo

Full-time Faculty

425- 739-8341

Bobbi Julag-Ay

Part-time Faculty

 

Matt Beckman

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Meredith Blache

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Dave Dion

Part-time Faculty

 

Julien Feis

Part-time Faculty

 

Navin Kulshreshtha

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Matt Taylor

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Phil Trumbo

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Sylvia Yu

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Rob GilbertRobby Gilbert

Robby Gilbert, BFA, M.Ed. comes to Lake Washington 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 site.

Karen HolumKaren Holum

Karen Holum is a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in the Multimedia, Design and Production department at LWTech where she has taught digital design courses since 2010. Karen earned her Master's Degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington and her Bachelor's in Business & Marketing from Antioch University, Seattle.

She is an award-winning visual designer with over twenty years experience in the design industry and has designed for corporations, non-profits, government, and start-ups. Karen has owned a design company for many years and specializes in Web and identity design. Clients have included Nordstrom, Immunex, City of Seattle, and the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has a special interest in typography and enjoys drawing and sketching letterforms. Additionally, she was the Creative Services Manager for a large corporation in San Francisco, California, where she managed a team of ten creative professionals.

Chris JacekChris Jacek

Chris Jacek joined Lake Washington in 2013, bringing over 20 years of experience in higher education and media production.  In addition to his work as producer and director with the National Park Service and the Dallas Cowboys, he was also a Q.A. engineer for Apple at their world headquarters in Cupertino, CA.  

Chris joined the academic world in 2007 as a professor of Media Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis.  In 2010, he was chosen to be the chair of the Film and Broadcasting department at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN.  During his tenure at Tusculum College, he created and chaired a new curriculum in Digital Media.  Together with his students, Chris designed and built the 400-square-foot "Big Box," an immersive video experience, where the audience stands inside a video "room" while watching visual content projected onto four 13-foot walls. 

Born and raised just outside Detroit, Chris attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. in General Studies  and an M.A. in Telecommunications Arts.

Caroline KappCarrie Kapp

Caroline Kapp is a full-time, tenured Multimedia faculty member at LWTech. 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.

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.

Alexandra Vaschillo

Alexandra Vaschillo

Alexandra Vaschillo has taught computer science courses at Lake Washington Institute of Technology since 2006. She developed curriculum for the Information Technology Applications Development program, has taught every ITAD course offered, and created a number of new courses to keep the program up to speed with the rapidly changing world of software development.
 
Alexandra holds Masters of Sciences Degree in Computer Science from Florida International University and Masters of Sciences Degree in Mathematics from St. Petersburg State University. Prior to joining LWTech she worked for the High Performance Database Research Center, doing research in the area of semantic databases, and developing system software for NASA Regional Applications Center.