Faculty and Staff
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 122
BiographyAs an art director and freelancer, Erik has worked with clients such as Wendy’s, the 76ers, Chick Fil A, 6 Flags, Image Comics, Oni Press, Idea and Design Works, and Mirage Studio. He has worked on properties like The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, GI Joe, and Star Trek. Erik currently sits on the advising committee for Arts on the Block, a non-profit organization based out of Maryland
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 116
BiographySam Aung is passionate about helping students and faculty in the Media Arts & Technologies Department. He is originally from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and graduated with an Associate of Arts (Film, TV, Radio, photography, Theater, Dance) from Montgomery College, Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Arts) from City University of New York School of Professional Studies, and Master of Fine Arts (Film and Electronic Media Arts) from American University with a concentration in screenwriting and directing. Currently, he is enrolled in Ph.D. (Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations) program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. He enjoys Korean Pop music, Hip Hop dance, martial arts, and world travel.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 118
BiographyAnne Benolken has a Bachelors from the University of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1982 she traveled to India on an American Institute of Indian Studies grant to photograph Indian houses from the time of the Raj. She now creates three-dimensional mixed media digital photo collages about problems in life and spirituality, using the Indian goddess Kali to represent herself. She has shown work both locally and nationally.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 129
BiographyRonald Beverly, earned his Bachelor's in Fine Arts in design from Howard University and Master's in Fine Arts in photography from The George Washington University. Prior to joining Montgomery College as a member of the full-time faculty, he was an assistant professor and coordinator of photography at Howard University, where he taught basic and advanced technologies of traditional and digital photography, designed course schemes, managed a program budget, and advised photography majors. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Prince George's Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Georgetown University, and The George Washington University. Professor Beverly's photographs have been exhibited at the MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection in Prince George's County; the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri; the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; and many other venues. A recipient of the Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, he has presented at conferences and colloquia nationwide. Among the publications that have featured his work are Capitol FileMagazine and the Washington Post Magazine Millennium Issue.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 127
BiographyJoanne Carl has a Masters degree from George Washington University and a Bachelors degree in Communication from Loyola University in New Orleans. She has spent 25 years working in film, cable, TV news, broadcast management and distance learning. She directed newscasts for W*USA channel 9, was production manager at WDCA/UPN 20 and a distance learning specialist at the FBI training academy at Quantico, Virginia before coming to Montgomery College.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 163
BiographyDr. Tiffany Thames Copeland has spent ten years working in the radio industry. She started off as a jazz host for the NPR member station WRTI FM, in Philadelphia. She then went onto radio news as a reporter/anchor for the News/Talk station WJOL AM, in Chicagoland; and she continued news reporting/anchoring in Miami at Metro Networks and at WAVZ AM. In Washington DC, she worked at Howard University’s radio station WHUR FM, as the producer for “The Daily Drum” and "Taking it to the Streets," news and public affairs segment respectfully. Dr. Thames Copeland has taught college students for a decade and operated as the Associate Director of Education and a faculty member at Brown Mackie College in Miami, and she was selected by the college president to give the keynote speech at a graduation ceremony. Professor Thames Copeland earned a doctoral degree in Communication, Culture, and Media Studies from Howard University and her dissertation examined the intersection of social media and humor, rhetoric and racialized politics in South Africa. She is a former Smithsonian Faculty Fellow. Professor Copeland is a native of the Chicago Metro Area, and she has travelled to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 126
BiographyKatherine Hubley has a Masters degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore, a Certificate in Graphic Design from Montgomery College, and a Bachelors of Art in Liberal Studies, with a focus in studio and communication arts, from Salisbury University. She has worked in the design field since 2000 in a number of capacities including graphic designer, Web designer, art director and entrepreneur. Her current work focuses on responsive design, mobile application and publication design, and video. Other areas of interest include the impact of advancing technologies on society and the future of graphic design.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 124
Professor Patricia Johannsen, Coordinator of Graphic Design, has taught graphic design courses at Montgomery College since 1995, and received an Outstanding Faculty Award and NISOD Excellence Award. In 2003, she created online GDES 216 Adobe Illustrator for Vector Graphics. In 2007, it was the first synchronous online course at MC to use Elluminate (now Collaborate). She continues to teach the online course every spring.
Professor Johannsen has over 30 years of experience as an artist working in painting,
illustration, computer graphics, metalsmithing and mixed media. Her work is included
in private collections.
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
- Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
- Strathmore Hall, Maryland
- Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana
- Black Rock Center for the Arts, Maryland
- Torpedo Factory, Virginia
- Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC
- Silver Medal - Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, juried exhibition.
- Juror’s Special Recognition Awards - Goldsmiths Guild of Washington, DC, exhibitions.
- National Enamelist Guild Award - Creative Crafts Council exhibition.
- Winner - Potomac Pedalers Touring Club of Washington, DC, Apparel Design Competition - designed official cycling apparel for the club.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 120
BiographyChristopher Koch has a Bachelors degree from Reed College and a Masters degree with honors from Columbia University. He received six national EMMY awards, and his work has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. He created and produced the award winning series Invention with the Smithsonian Institution and the Discovery Channel, and he produces video documentaries for several groups and companies in his spare time.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 150
Professor Lizmi has taught at Montgomery College since 2000 focusing on database and web programming courses. Her current interests include mobile application development, promoting women in computing professions and ensuring computer literacy and programming skills among today’s children.
Ms. Lizmi has a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and Master’s degree from San Diego State University. In the Spring of 2009, Professor Lizmi was honored to receive Montgomery College’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Prior to arriving at Montgomery College, Melissa worked as a policy analyst and computer programmer for the United State Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service and Fairfax County Public Schools.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT 611
In addition to his long teaching career, Ed has served as a program coordinator, Department Chair, Interim Dean, and Assistant to the Provost. In Governance, he has chaired Faculty Council, Academic Services Council, and College Council. He has received an Outstanding Alumni Award, and two Outstanding Faculty Awards.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 121
BiographyDeborah Solomon has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Harvard Law School and a Bachelors of Art degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University. She led the formation of MC's Computer Gaming and Simulation degree program and has created new classes in game development, including the first college level class on "exergaming and health games." A former human rights and labor lawyer, she has written book chapters about First Amendment rights for game content, as well as on educational games and the use of games in homeschooling environments. She also leads student teams in developing games for industry partners, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 119
BiographyHarry St. Ours has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He’s a professor of art and design and has taught at Hood College as well as several other schools both in the U.S. and abroad. His classes at MC are in the Graphic Design and Illustration curriculum. He is a sculptor by training, and his own art includes over 30 year of regular exhibits of sculpture, large-format prints of digital images and panoramic photography.
BiographyBryan Tillman has been teaching in higher education for 15 years. Bryan holds a BFA and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Previous academic appointments include The Arts Institute of Washington where he served as the program director of Media Arts and Norfolk State University where he was a faculty member of graphic design. Bryan's scholarly work includes numerous panels and presentations. His creative work includes illustrations for Marvel Comics and DC Comics among others. This fall he will be joining the Media Arts Department in Rockville where he will be teaching courses in graphic design, illustration, and animation.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 130
BiographyGail Youth has a Masters degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelors of General Studies, with a focus in Music, from the University of Maryland. She has taught full-time at Montgomery College since 1998 focusing on Web design and development. Her classes are in the Graphic Design as well as the Interactive & Web Technology fields of study. She writes children’s literature and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Martha Vaughan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her drawings have appeared regularly in The Washington Post, and her digital images of wildlife and nature themes have been licensed for greeting cards, posters and apparel for the National Wildlife Federation, the World Wildlife Fund and the United States Humane Society. She served as president of the Illustrators Club of Washington and chaired the Society of Illustrators 42nd annual exhibition in New York City.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 105
BiographyJohn came on board as the Instructional Lab Coordinator for the Photography Department in August of 2011. Before that, he served as Director of Photography at The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts), a non-profit community arts center located in Rockville, Maryland. He expanded the photography education program by organizing classes, workshops, and seminars led by internationally renowned photographers. For his work at VisArts John was awarded the 2007 Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award by the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, recognizing the contributions he made in improving the Photography Department to the point of national recognition among professional photographers and industry specialists. He also served as a part-time professor for Montgomery College's Photography Department for 4 years.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 171
BiographyPatrick came to Montgomery College in Fall of 2014 from Montgomery Community Television. He spent the first 20 years of his career working in film and video production (writing and post-production / editing) and then transitioned to the technical aspect about 15 years ago. He has a B.A. in Television and Film Production from the University of Maryland.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 146
BiographyBrian is the Lab Coordinator for the MA&T computing facilities. He has an A.A. degree from Prince Georges College and has a Graphic Design Certificate from the Maryland College of Art and Design. Brian is also an Apple Certified Support Professional. He has served as a Part-Time Professor for the School of Art & Design on the Takoma Park Campus, and has also taught for the Maryland Institute of Art and the Corcoran School of Design. He is currently teaching for the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging in Washington D.C. and also pursuing a Bachelor's degree at UMUC.