Faculty Bios


Sr Anahyd Arabo

Madlain Arabo

Adjunct Professor of Science

Madlain Arabo received her Bachelors of Science in General Biology in 2012 from the University of California, San Diego.

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Angie Bitsko

Angie Bitsko

Professor of Acting

Angie's theatre credits include roles performed at the Old Globe Theatre; San Diego Repertory Theatre; Coronado Playhouse; La Jolla Stage Company; and the McCallum Theatre.  She has directed/produced over forty stage productions ranging from classical Shakespeare to contemporary dramatic and musical theatre productions.  Angie is also a writer, a produced playwright, and has poetry published in several poetry publications.  She holds a double Bachelor's degree in Drama and Journalism from the University of Southern California, an MFA degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre Professional Training Program, an MA degree in English and Comparative Literature from San Diego State University.

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Fr Andy Younan

Father Andy Younan

Professor of Philosophy

Father Andy served as the Rector of the Seminary of Mar Abba the Great, the seminary of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle until 2016. He was granted the mandatum by Robert Brom, while bishop of San Diego, as an ecclesial recognition of Fr Andy's posture and commitment to teach always in communion with the Church. Fr. Andy is an avid translator of Aramaic, and is the translator/editor of the Emmanuel prayer book, which contains English translations of Chaldean liturgical prayers. He is the co-author of Introductory Chaldean and Chaldean Grammar, and the author of Perpetual Jubilee: Meditations on the Chaldean Liturgical Year.

Father Andy received his PhD and MA in Philosophy and Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. He received his BA in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2001.

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Fr Ankido Sipo

Father Ankido Sipo

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Fr. Ankido entered the Seminary of Mar Abba the Great in January of 2010 and began his studies of philosophy and theology at JPCatholic that Fall. He received his BS Degree in Communications Media with an emphasis in New Evangelization in 2013. He received his Master of Arts in Biblical Theology in 2015, and was ordained a priest for the Chaldean rite Catholic Church in El Cajon, CA, on April 10th, 2015. Currently, he is the Superior of the monastic order of the Sons of the Covenant.

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Bill Marsilii

Bill Marsilii

Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting

Bill Marsilii co-wrote Déjà vu - a romantic time-travel thriller, which at the time was the highest-priced spec screenplay of all time after selling to Jerry Bruckheimer and Touchstone Pictures for $5 million. Déjà vu, which starred Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer and Jim Caviezel, grossed more than $180 million worldwide. Marsilii sold 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo to Walt Disney Pictures, and with his Deja Vu partner Terry Rossio, sold Lightspeed, a space adventure to Bruckheimer/Disney. More recently, Marsilii adapted the sci-fi comic Sebastian X for producer Gale Anne Hurd and director Martin Campbell, and sold an original project, Cold, to Lionsgate with Reese Witherspoon attached to star and produce. Marsilii has been a guest lecturer at a wide variety of film and screenwriting programs, including those at UCLA TFT, USC, NYU, and Pepperdine. He has served as a mentor for the Act One Screenwriting Program.

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Bonnie Curtis

Bonnie Curtis

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Bonnie teaches theology and scripture at the Diocesan Institute for the Diocese of San Diego where she is involved in the academic formation of permanent deacons. In addition to her studies as a theologian, she is active in her parish, where she leads RCIA, provides adult education, and assists her husband’s ministry as a deacon. Capitalizing on her decades of experience as a military spouse and mother, she has been a featured speaker throughout the Diocese of San Diego on various aspects of marriage and family life in addition to topics related to Biblical Theology.  Bonnie’s first career was as a homeschool teacher to her five children. She and her husband, Adam, live in San Diego. 

Bonnie holds an MA in Biblical Theology and a Certificate in Philosophy from John Paul the Great Catholic University; and a BA with a double major in Spanish and Political Science from the University of San Diego.

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Christopher Riley

Christopher Riley

Professor of Film

Chris is one of the most authoritative figures for the official screenplay format of Hollywood. He is a screenwriter whose first film, After The Truth, an award-winning courtroom thriller written with his wife, Kathleen Riley, sparked international controversy when it was released in Germany. Other credits include 25 To Life, a dramatic thriller for Junction Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures; The Other White House, a political thriller for Sean Connery's Fountainbridge Films and Intermedia; Aces, an action-adventure romance for Paramount Pictures; and a screen adaptation of the book Actual Innocence for Mandalay Television Pictures and the Fox television network.

>A veteran of the Warner Bros. script department, Riley is the author of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style. From 2005 through 2008, he served as director of the acclaimed Act One Writing Program in Hollywood, which trains Christians for careers as writers and executives in film and TV. Chris holds a BS in Telecommunications from Oral Roberts University and was a National Merit Scholar.

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Colin Brady

Colin Brady

Adjunct Professor of Animation

Colin is a director, creative producer and animation supervisor who has worked at Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Imagi Studios, Rhythm and Hues, and Pixomondo. Colin graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. Colin has directed animation for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lasseter and Martin Scorsese. Colin directed on such films as Everyone's Hero, Astro Boy, TMNT, and Toy Story 2. He supervised scenes for The Hunger Games, Hugo, Green Lantern and Spiderman. Colin is head of story and animation for Light Chaser Studios in Beijing working remotely from his home in Los Angeles. Married for 21 years, Colin draws much of his inspiration from his 7 children. Whether directing Pixar characters or furthering performance capture techniques, Colin’s passion is the fine-crafting of narrative, dialogue, humor and nonverbal acting that make good stories great through the art of animation.

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Derry Connolly

Derry Connolly

Professor of Business

Derry is President and a founder of JPCatholic. Prior to JPCatholic, he worked at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he served on the Executive Board of CCAT - the Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology and headed up CCAT CEO mentoring services. He taught Applied Innovation at the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement and served as the Associate Dean of Continuing Education at UCSD Extension, leading a program with 40,000 part-time adult students. He continues to teach BioBusiness at the UCSD School of Engineering

Derry spent 15 years working in industrial Research and Development with IBM and Kodak. He holds 8 US patents and has numerous technical publications. He has a Ph.D. from Cal-Tech in Pasadena, CA and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from University College, Cork, Ireland.

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Eric Van Hamersveld

Eric Van Hamersveld

Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation

Eric has worked for over 30 years in the entertainment industry as an animator with Warner Bros., Walt Disney, J. Ward Productions and Hanna-Barbera studios. His credits include: "The Pink Panther"; "Road Runner"; "Speedy Gonzalez"; "George of the Jungle"; numerous TV series; and several commercials including "Capt'n Crunch" and "Star Kist-Charlie The Tuna". For the Walt Disney Company as an "Imagineer", Eric produced visual special effects for EPCOT, Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland theme park projects. Currently, he is an Animator/Animation Director working on children's games and direct-to-videos for Mattel Toys, Fisher-Price Toys, McGraw/Hill Publishers, Paramount Pictures, and an illustrator for several children's books. Eric has a BFA Degree in Television and Film Production from Texas Christian University.

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George Castro

George Castro

Adjunct Professor of Animation

George is a Senior Cinematic Artist at High Moon Studios since 2006 and has been part of a team that has shipped three titles since then, with more on the way. He began his career in 2003 working as character animator and pre-viz artist at Sony Cinematics Solutions Group in San Diego. He worked next as a Character Finaler on the movie 'The Barnyard' at Omation Studios. He returned to Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) working on pre-viz and animation. George continues to improve his professional skills in traditional and digital arts as well as filmmaking. He seeks to create short films with a positive message that can express God's will in his life and to share His message of hope and love for all.

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George Simon

George Simon

Professor of Film Production

George studied for two years at Central Michigan University in the broadcasting and cinematic arts program before transferring to JPCatholic to complete his undergraduate BS and MBA degrees. While pursuing his BS degree, he created the award winning short film 'Get Clean' promoting the sacrament of reconciliation. With his brother Joe (MBA 2010), he launched 'Simon Brothers Productions' - an independent production company specializing in narrative film and live-event coverage. He went on to produce content for New Evangelization Television and has worked on film sets, international documentary crews, and many commercial projects.

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Gina Fricchione

Gina Fricchione

Adjunct Professor of Acting

Gina is a veteran actor with experience in both New York City and Hollywood, working on the sets of hundreds of television and film projects. Since earning her SAG/AFTRA membership in 1984, Gina's worked with Academy Award winning directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher, Curtis Hanson, Peter Bogdanovich, Pedro Almodovar, Woody Allen, and many others. Her work on television shows include Desperate Housewives, Castle, Revenge, Las Vegas, Scrubs, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The OC, The Mentalist, My Name is Earl, The Neighbors, The Closer, and many more. She will also be featured in an upcoming episode of the new series "Battle Creek", starring Josh Duhamel.

Gina's work on film productions include Hitchcock, Iron Man 2, Gone Girl, A Thousand Words, Ocean's 13, Godfather III, Reign Over Me, Surfer Dude, Material Girls, Rumor Has It, First Daughter, Lucky You, and many others. Her TV commercials include Mercedes Benz, Neutrogena, Toyota, City Cosmetics, Shark Vacuum, Murad, Hilton Hotels, Dodge Charger, Daihatsu, and several international ads.

Gina trained at The Actor's Studio, NYC, as well as The Lee Strasberg Institute, L.A. She has 17 yrs experience teaching in the arts and entertainment industry, and looks forward to preparing JPCatholic students with industry knowledge, combined with faith based guidance.

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Jacqueline Nicolini

Jacqueline Nicolini

Adjunct Professor of Art

Jacqueline provides instruction in Life Drawing, Portrait Drawing and Painting and Anatomy in her San Diego studio and provides instruction with life drawing and anatomy to the in-house animators at Sony Online Entertainment. She has worked as an illustrator for a product manufacturing company whose clientele included such well-known motion-picture studios as Disney, Warner Brothers and Lucas Films. There she applied her talents to designing products related to such films as The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Pocahontas, Winnie the Pooh, and the Star Wars Trilogy.

Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration under the direction of Dick Oden at California State University Long Beach, and an MFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design.

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Jean Streicher

Jean Streicher

Professor of Accounting & Finance

Jean has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California since 1991. She began her career in Public Accounting at Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in 1989, and then worked in various accounting positions for Qualcomm in San Diego, before starting her own practice in Carlsbad in 2004. She obtained her BBA in Accounting, Cum Laude from the University of San Diego. She is a confirmation catechist at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad.

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Jerry Jackson

Jerry Jackson

Professor & Chair of Business

Jerry's long career has included being an entrepreneur as well as executive management positions at both small and large privately owned and publicly traded consulting firms. He's overseen the growth and transformation of firms involving hundreds of staff and $100s million of revenue. An engineer by education, Jerry has also pioneered the use of innovative technologies to treat water, wastewater, and hazardous wastes. His projects have been recognized as 'outstanding' by professional organizations, and he's accompanied the US Secretary of Commerce in international trade missions, and has testified before Congress on applicable legislation.

Jerry has served as a Professor of Business at JPCatholic since Winter quarter 2007. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering, is a licensed professional engineer, and has been on the faculty at five universities in the United States and overseas. He is an avid runner, surfer, sky diver, and pilot.

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Joe Koller

Joe Koller

Professor of Marketing & Advertising

Joe is a leading digital media advertising and marketing executive with over 20 years of experience working within the world’s top ad agencies. Currently, he is the founder of Ambiant, a digital technology company focused on building and executing the future of marketing. Ambiant has created a digital experience playground to ideate, develop and improves new media technology to continually influence what’s next. He works with international media companies looking to establish their business within the US, advises businesses to help create better efficiencies within their marketing departments and is focused on new emerging cultural trends that will set the new media/marketing standard for tomorrow. Joe has created innovative advertising solutions for clients such as Infiniti (national and global), Mazda, Aston Martin, Sony Pictures, NBC, Paramount, Microsoft, Ella Moss, Splendid, multiple start-ups and consulted for leading ad agencies such as OMD, TBWA Chiat/Day, Carat, Doner, GroupM and Grey among many others. Joe has spoken at numerous universities on digital media marketing. His key areas of focus are advertising, digital media, innovation, emerging technology, social media, content creation, design, creative direction, customer engagement, client services, product management, project management, account management, data mining/research, data intelligence and marketing ROI analytics.

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Joe Shoopack

Joe Shoopack

Adjunct Professor of Game Development

Joe is a Game Developer with over 30 years of experience in the creation of Interactive Digital Entertainment. His career includes work at Blue Sky Software / SEGA, 989 Studios, and Sony Online Entertainment: serving as Director of Art Development for 16 years. During his development career he has contributed to over 65 game titles. He holds a BFA in Design from Brigham Young University.

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Jordan Trebas

Jordan Trebas

Adjunct Professor of Game Design

Jordan is a game designer with 5+ years of AAA design experience and multiple shipped titles. He currently a Game Designer at High Moon Studios, where he shipped Destiny 2: Forsaken and Destiny 2 and continues to work on the Call of Duty franchise. Prior to that, he worked as a game designer at Carbine Studios for 3 years. He shipped WildStar as a premium subscription-based MMO, and he also worked on the free-to-play relaunch of the game. In his spare time, he is an indie designer. His most recent project was with a studio he created called Not So Humble Games. Their first game, Pixel Slayer, was successfully Greenlit on Steam in 2016. He received his Master of Interactive Technology in Design from the Guildhall at SMU. He created several award-winning games and mods during that time including Voodudes, which was selected and presented by Intel at GDC 2013. He has a wide range of experience designing levels, creating combat encounters, scripting custom behavior, and implementing reward structures. He is skilled in using the most prominent scripting languages, engines, and tools to accomplish design goals.

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Julie Anne Stevens

Julie Anne Stevens

Professor of Creative Writing - on leave thru' Summer 2020

Julie Anne served most recently on the English faculty at Dublin City University, where she served as the Director of the Centre for Children's Literature and Culture. From 2009-2014, she directed the Masters in Children's Literature program at St. Patrick's College, Dublin. She also initiated ‘Conversations in the Classroom’, a series of informal talks given across Humanities and Education. Dr. Stevens lectures on nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish writing, the short story, visual culture and literature, children's literature and fantasy/satire texts. Her research interests centre on Anglo-Irish literature, visual discourse in literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and children's literature by writers of adult fiction. In 2007, she published a book on Irish writing and the illustration called The Irish Scene in Somerville and Ross. In 2010, she published a collection of essays on the ghost story, A Ghostly Genre: Essays on the Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, which she co-edited and introduced. In 2017, Somerville Press will publish her book, Two Irish Girls in Bohemia, a study of nineteenth and early twentieth-century art and literature which is based on the sketchbooks of Edith Somerville. She holds a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin.

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Lee Eskey

Lee Eskey

Adjunct Professor & Chair of Acting

Lee has been a professional actor, director and teacher for 20 years. Theatres include The Folger Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company, the Kentucky and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals and The National Players, as well as The Actor's Playground, a Los Angeles theatre company which he co-founded with Rick Wasserman. In LA he has also served on the faculty of Holy Wood Acting Studio and the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio.

Much of Lee's time in Hollywood has been spent as an acting coach, working with diverse talent, from comedians and magicians to series regulars on network television and in feature films. Lee incorporates Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body (TOB) into his work with artists and he is currently completing requirements for certification from the Theology of the Body Institute. Lee has a particular interest in forming skilled actors who are ready and able to bring their craft to the service of the New Evangelization through professional careers in the performing arts.

Lee holds an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America.

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Marc Burch

Marc Burch

Adjunct Professor of Business & Launchpad Mentor

Marc is a founder and VP of Business Development at ComoBlue - a software application development company for Social Networks. He helped develop ideation, social gaming and product strategy for Facebook and mobile applications. He managed the business development and partnerships with Facebook and mobile developers, ad networks and companies. He served as Entrepreneur-in-residence, subject matter expert, judge and mentor for funding grants at the Center of Commercialization of Advanced Technology for Homeland Security. He is also an angel investor and executive entrepreneur providing early-stage capital. He has over 20 years of marketing, sales, business development, strategic partnerships and executive management experience in technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Actra (Netscape and GE Joint Venture), and MarketFirst. While at Actra, he managed an aggressive sales channel which helped Actra grow to a $127 million market valuation before the Netscape acquisition. At MarketFirst, he helped grow the company to over 240 employees with a $450 million valuation.

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Max Hulburt

Max Hulburt

Professor of Animation & Chair of Animation and Gaming

Max is a JPCatholic alumnus and was one of the first students of the school’s Animation and Game Development programs. He received his MFA in Animation and VFX from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Max worked for CBS Interactive - GameSpot.com, creating motion graphics and animations in addition to live video and graphics production at E3 and ComicCon. Max works as a 3D artist for 'Junior Giants Foodiecats,' a series of educational, animated short films for the San Francisco Giants youth program. He specializes in 3D modeling and texturing with additional skills in rigging, lighting, animation, and rendering.

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Monique Gaffney

Monique Gaffney

Adjunct Professor of Acting

Monique Gaffney is one of San Diego’s most admired actors and playwrights. She has an MFA in Acting from Columbia University; New York, and a BA in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego. She has performed in shows such as Disgraced and Clybourne Park at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and She is a resident artist of Cygnet Theatre where she performed The Piano Lesson and The Wind and the Breeze. She has worked as a teaching artist at Carlsbad's New Village Arts Theatre and works as a teaching artist at the Old Globe Theatre, where she has previously appeared in the theater’s touring "Shakespeare for All" program. In March 2019, the Theatre Communications Group announced that Gaffney was among six winners nationwide of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, a prestigious honor that affords funding, time and resources for each recipient to work on a specific project with a local host theater. Gaffney, whose host is the Old Globe Theatre, will develop a multimedia theater piece inspired by the book Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust — Immaculèe Ilibagiza’s true story of a woman who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide for 91 days in a tiny bathroom alongside seven other women.

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Sr. Nancy Usselmann

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP is a Daughter of St Paul (#Medianuns) and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Media Literacy Education Specialist, theologian, international speaker, film reviewer, international film festival juror, and blogger for bemediamindful.org. She is the author of A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics a theology of popular culture by Wipf & Stock Publishers. Sr. Nancy has degrees in Communications Arts, a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and certificates in both Catechetics and Media Literacy. She is an Executive board member of CIMA (Catholics in Media Associates) and a member of NAMLE (National Association of Media Literacy Educators), SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communicators) and THEOCOM (Theology and Communications in Dialogue). Her passion is talking about Jesus and everything popular culture—movies, music, social media, and books!

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Nate Sartain

Nate Sartain

Adjunct Professor of Game Art and Design

Nate is a 3d artist with 10+ years of experience in the video game industry and he is currently a Senior Environment Artist at Sony - San Diego. He has worked with clients such as Bungie/Activision, SyFy, Disney/Pixar, and Cartoon Network/D3, and has working on nine shipped titles including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny 2, Defiance, Cars Mania: Maters Tall Tales, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction, and Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks.

Nate specializes in environment and prop art with strong skills in modeling, texturing, lighting, special fx, animation and setup, using such programs as: 3ds Max, Maya, XNormal, Zbrush, CrazyBump, Quixel Suite, Substance tools, Speedtree and Photoshop. He has extensive experience with production workflow and next-gen pipeline, including physically based rendering systems. Nate has a passion for great games and loves making them even more than playing them. He is a graduate of the Art Institute.

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Nate Sjogren

Nate Sjogren

Adjunct Professor of Cinematic Visual Effects

Nate is a Broadcast Designer at Drive Studio, located in Carlsbad, CA. Nate has almost a decade of experience in branding, design and animation. Drive Studio is a design and production resource specializing in network branding, identity creation, show packages, promotion and new media outlets. With a unique emphasis in designing and directing brands for international audiences, Drive Studio offers complete 'design through production' resources for the broadcast design and production industry.

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Nathan Scoggins

Nathan Scoggins

Professor of Film

An award-winning filmmaker, Nathan Scoggins' list of credits include The Least of These, released in 2011 by Universal and starring Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) and screen legend Robert Loggia (Big, Independence Day), as well as the upcoming TV movie The Perfect Summer, starring Eric Roberts. He won the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest in 2012 and 2013 with "Sling Baby" and "Fashionista Daddy." In addition, two of his award-winning short films were released by Lionsgate on DVD in 2008. He has written and developed projects for many companies in Hollywood. Nathan holds a BA in English and Film from Wesleyan University.

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Paul Rugg

Paul Rugg

Adjunct Professor of Comedy Writing

Paul Rugg is a writer, producer and voiceover actor who has worked with Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network. He has received three Emmy Awards; two for his work on Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs and another for his work on Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid. He was recently featured as the voice of Artephius The Alchemist on Dreamwork’s The Adventures Of Puss And Boots.

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Rebecca Huber

Rebecca Huber

Adjunct Faculty for Vocal Performance

Huber is a licensed speech-language pathologist and vocal music director with rich clinical experience, energy, and passion for her work. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from California State University, Los Angeles, a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from San Jose State University, and a current license. She has a special interest in Voice and Voice Science and has a rich background in music and vocal singing. She is a professional vocalist with her accomplishments including the mastery of various styles of music such as musical theater, big band, barbershop, Renaissance, classical, choral, pop, and original compositions. Her experience includes singing with Norwegian Cruise Lines, Temecula Valley Master Chorale, Don Morris Singers, La Jolla Renaissance Singers, San Diego Chorus of the Sweet Adelines, Coronado Playhouse, and numerous Los Angeles studio bands. She is the lead vocalist, reader, and member of the School of Cantors at Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church in San Diego. Professor Huber has produced several musical CDs including Take Me Far Away, a CD of original compositions. She is currently the owner of Kluster Kidz, a speech/phonology therapy material company for which she composes songs and creates materials with targeted speech element clusters for young children. She is an accomplished pianist and cellist and has played as soloist, in duets, small ensembles, and in the pit orchestra for numerous professional musical theater productions throughout San Diego, including West Side Story at the Spreckles Theater. Professor Huber's true vocation is to help people find their own, unique voice, both on and off the stage.

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Robert Giracello

Robert Giracello

Adjunct Professor of Music

Robert Giracello is an award winning composer, performer, and educator. He received his PhD from the University of California, Riverside where he specialized in the theatrical works of Stephen Sondheim, the compositions and writings of Arthur Farwell, and electronic music composition using ChucK music programming. As a performer and composer, Robert has appeared throughout the United States and Europe, most notably in a special audience for Pope John Paul II, at the United Nations UNESCO concert in Paris, and at a special anniversary celebration in Cologne, Germany. He has recorded six studio albums and written two novels, most notably Three Landscapes, for which he received a MACRO award. He currently serves as Director of Music and Liturgy for Church of the Resurrection in Escondido. He is the father of two adorable kids..

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Dr. Samuel Keyes

Dr. Samuel Keyes

Professor of Theology

Dr. Keyes is a recent convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism. He is beginning the process of formation to the priesthood through the Ordinariate of St. Peter. Dr. Keyes' impressive academic background includes a Ph.D. in Theology from Boston College and an M DIV from Duke Divinity School. He brings with him deep academic expertise and a passion for the mission of JPCatholic to Impact Culture for Christ.

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Shalina Stilley

Dr. Shalina Stilley

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Dr. Stilley has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Marquette University. In addition to her rich international teaching experience at Beltei International University, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, and Conception Seminary College, she is also the founder of Hope and Solidarity Missions, which strives to strives to reduce the risk of sex-trafficking of women and children in Cambodia by increasing access to quality education.

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Sheryl Anderson

Sheryl Anderson

Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting

Sheryl is an accomplished TV producer and writer and novelist. Over the course of her career, Sheryl has written and produced for hit TV shows such as Charmed, Flash Gordon, For the People, and Ties that Bind. Sheryl began her career as a development executive for Grant Tinker's GTG Entertainment where she wrote for half-hour sitcoms Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Dave's World. Sheryl has also published four novels in her Molly Forrester series. In addition to her writing, she has taught for Act One, an instructional program for Christian screenwriters, and for UCLA's Writer's Extension Program.

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Shun Lee Fong

Shun Lee Fong

Adjunct Professor of Media Law

Shun Lee is the CEO and Creative Principal of Genuine Productions, LLC - a creative media production company with a focus on film, new media and music. He is also the fonunder and creative director for 'The Greenhouse' - a non-profit organization for training, equipping, and engaging creative artists. He practiced law for 5 years in Omaha, Nebraska, focusing on civil litigation, corporate transactions, intellectual property, and media law.

In 2003, he left his law practice and moved to L.A. to pursue acting, writing, and other creative opportunities. He has performed in a number of productions in film, theater, commercial, and print, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has spent significant time on stage and in the recording studio as a songwriter and musician, playing several instruments. He has written a number of screenplays, articles, essays, and other works and is an often-requested speaker. He taught the Mass Media Law class for the Journalism and Mass Communications Department at Creighton University.

Shun Lee holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law and a BA (summa cum laude) in Journalism and Mass Communications from Creighton University.

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Steve Kramp

Steve Kramp

Professor & Chair of Theology and Humanities

Steve is a theologian and prize-winning poet. Prior to coming to JPCatholic he taught courses in writing, literature, and cultural history at a number of universities and colleges, including the University of California, Merced, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He holds a BA in English from the University of Oregon, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He also worked for three years in youth ministry at a Seattle-area parish.

In his classroom teaching Steve often returns to his primary intellectual interest, which is the intersection of faith practice and artistic practice. In addition to his teaching and administrative service as Humanities Chair at JPCatholic, Steve is currently working on Holy Saturday, a series of long poems.

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Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn

Professor of Film Production & Chair of Communications Media

Tom began his professional career over 20 years ago on the Paramount Studios lot working for Entertainment Tonight in the post-production department. Since then he has gone on to produce, direct, write and edit hundreds of television commercials, documentaries, sports and entertainment programs and news stories. He has worked for local and national cable television networks, independent production companies and a local broadcast affiliate. Tom is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards for television production, including 4 Telly Awards and a Cable ACE Award. Tom served for 2 years as vice-president of the Orange County Chapter of the Media Communications Association International. Tom received his BA in Television, Radio and Film Production from California State University, Long Beach.

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Vernon Mortensen

Vernon Mortensen

Professor of Film Producing and Distribution

Vernon is a filmmaker, businessman and a veteran of the international film festival scene. His many movies and television shows have been enjoyed by audiences around the world. As a filmmaker, his wide-ranging career has included writing, directing and producing the western/thriller 'The Sorrow' starring Kirk Harris, John Savage and Michael Madsen, as well as serving as an executive producer on 'The Kid: Chamaco,' starring Martin Sheen and Michael Madsen. He currently works for the motion picture production/distribution company Rogue Arts as a film and television producer and a distribution executive.

Vernon has an MBA in Strategic Management and a Master of Professional Writing (screenwriting) from USC, where he studied under script guru Syd Field and was an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fellow. He earned a BFA in Film from the world-renowned Art Center College of Design and received a BS from Excelsior College.

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