The Communication Design Curriculum Advisory Committee is a hardworking team of professionals from various specializations within the communication design industry. In addition to keeping faculty in touch with the market place, the advisory committee develops extra-curricula symposia for students each year. Advisory committee members further provide resources and assistance with the job search for graduating students.


Alexandria Campus:
David Evans, CEO and Founder, THT-Innovations, LLC
Karin Huggens, Illustrator, Animator, Graphic Designer, Palettehead

Derya Kramer, Adjunct Faculty, NOVA
Zenon Slawinski, Owner, Zenarts Design Studio
Eddie Sutton, Principal,
Rashaan Williams, Web Designer/Developer, RCW Communication Design, Inc.

Loudoun Campus:
Kaitlin Draper, Graphic Designer/Prepress, J & J Printing, Inc.
Jason Dreyer, Graphic Designer, The Gannett Company
Steven Fleshman, Creative Dir., DR2, LLC
Ryan Kennedy, Adjunct Instructor Trainer/Independent Contractor
Deborah O'Keefe, Dir. of Comm., The Megas Corp./Assoc. Dev. Group
Maryam Rostamian, Art Dir., Potomac Books, Inc.
Amy Saccone, Pres., AS Graphics, Inc.
Kristen Smith, Art Dir., Alpha Industries


Nancy Gleeson, Assistant Professor, Communication Design, Alexandria Campus

The Advisory Committee develops extra-curricula symposia for students each year. Below are some of the programs the Advisory Committee has created for students:

go font yourself Illustration by Brian O'Neil

Go Font Yourself: Design professionals, fine artists, and students created one-of-a-kind letterforms out of traditional and non-traditional materials. The Advisory Board worked as curators to select student work and install a show in the Tyler Teaching Gallery.

Design+: Design professionals presented their work, in currency design, exhibition/museum design, broadcast and film design, editorial design, and working in-house. The evening was for created for students to learn about both traditional and non-traditional career paths in communication design.

Options Design: The evening included a panel of design professionals who presented their work, talked about their careers and answered many questions from students and faculty. The panel included practitioners in graphic, advertising, interactive, editorial, interactive, multi-media and broadcast/film design.

"Will you hire me?" 4th Annual No Brain, No Gain Creative Seminar: This program started with a discussion about what employers look for when hiring a graphic artist. Topics that included work ethics, experience and portfolios were discussed. This was followed with a high-energy, deadline-driven (15-minutes!), creative session where groups of students, together with a member of the advisory committee, came up with a campaign to market a color.