Join us online for a Faculty Q&A!

From screenwriters to 3d artists, entrepreneurs and CEOs, JPCatholic’s faculty hold an incredible amount of experience, and many of them still actively work in their field. Join us for a Q&A panel discussion via Zoom Conferencing to get to know them! You’ll get to hear more about their background, their insights and advice on their industry, and most importantly, answers to your own questions!

  • Each event is free, online, and will last 30 minutes.
  • Each Q&A discussion will be hosted by a professor and an admissions representative.
  • You won’t need to connect your audio or video; you’ll be able to ask your questions live via chat.
  • You can download Zoom Conferencing for free here.

Upcoming Events:

Chris Clark

Chris Clark, Adjunct Professor of Design
Tuesday, February 23, 4:00pm PT

Prof. Chris is an award-winning advertising copywriter, designer and professor. He has produced work for such brands as Intel, Qualcomm, Shure Audio, Red Envelope, Total Gym, and The Corky McMillin Companies. He holds an MFA in Advertising from Academy of Art University and specializes in copywriting, editorial writing, graphic design, art/creative direction, motion graphics/animation, copyediting, commercial audio production and composing. Providing instruction from a real-world perspective, Chris passionately seeks to create the strongest of creative practitioners, ones that have both the design-mindedness to conceive strong conceptual solutions and the production skills to bring them to life.

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George Castro, Adjunct Professor of Animation
Wednesday, February 24, 4:00-4:30pm PT

Prof. George is a Senior Technical Animator at High Moon Studios, where he has worked since 2006 on franchises such as Destiny and Call of Duty. His career has spanned both the video game and animation industries. He began his career in 2003 working in pre-viz and character animation for Sony Cinematics Solutions Group. He worked for Omation Studios as a Character Finaler on the animated feature The Barnyard. He then returned to Sony (SCEA) before moving to High Moon Studios, where he has worked as a cinematic artist and animator. George seeks to create content 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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Bob Keith, Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship
Friday, February 26, 4:00pm PT

Prof. Bob Keith is a broad-based executive with more than 30 years of experience and a demonstrated record of achievement in building and growing innovative businesses. His journey has included stops at multinational corporations, mid-cap growth companies, venture-backed startups, and a new breed of not-for-profit/for-profit hybrid enterprises launched by long-term, impact-oriented investors. Bob earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his MCP from the University of Pennsylvania, and his BA from The George Washington University. He has advised more than 50 spiritual entrepreneurs and related initiatives, including Young Catholic Professionals, Catholic Creatives, and OSV Innovation Challenge.

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Jacqueline Nicolini, Adjunct Professor of Drawing and Illustration
Wednesday, March 3, 4:00pm PT

Prof. 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. 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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Max Hulburt, Professor of Animation and Digital Media
Tuesday, March 9, 4:00pm PT

Prof. Max Hulburt specializes in 3D modeling and texturing with additional skills in rigging, lighting, animation, and rendering. He received his MFA in Animation and VFX from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His career includes work on projects for CBS Interactive (GameSpot.com), E3, ComicCon, and the San Francisco Giants.

This event will give you the chance to ask your questions about our various digital media programs, including Animation, Game Development, Graphic Design, and Illustration.

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Ken Sharrar, Career Services Advisor
Wednesday, March 17, 4:00pm PT

As a coach and mentor for many years, Ken’s mission throughout his professional career has never changed - he seeks “to make a positive difference in people’s lives every day.” He advises students through 1-on-1 appointments and interactive group workshops. He motivates those who sincerely desire to secure part-time jobs, internships, and full-time opportunities after graduation. Ken teaches job-seeking skills, strategic employment planning , and imparts industry-specific strategies to further students’ growth in the career development process.

This event for prospective students and their parents will provide information on alumni success, what supports JPCatholic offers for internships and employment, and the chance for you to ask your own questions!

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Chris Riley, Professor of Screenwriting
Next Date TBD

Prof. Chris Riley is a screenwriter with 20 years of experience. He is a veteran of the Warner Bros. script department and the author of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style. He wrote After the Truth, an award-winning courtroom thriller German film. He holds a BS in Telecommunications from Oral Roberts University and was a National Merit Scholar.


Dr. Sam Keyes, Professor of Theology
Next Date TBD

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.


Stephen Kramp, Professor of Creative Writing
Next Date TBD

Prof. 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 renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Marc Burch, Adjunct Professor of Business & Launchpad Mentor
Next Date TBD

Prof. Marc is a founder and VP of Business Development at ComoBlue - a software application development company for social networks. 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.


Nathan Scoggins, Professor of Film
Next Date TBD

An award-winning filmmaker, Prof. Nathan Scoggins has written and developed projects for many companies in Hollywood. His list of credits include The Least of These, starring Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) and screen legend Robert Loggia (Independence Day), as well as the TV movie The Perfect Summer, starring Eric Roberts. He won the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” commercial 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. Nathan holds a BA in English and Film from Wesleyan University.


Nate Sartain, Adjunct Professor of Game Development
Next Date TBD

Prof. 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 and Destiny 2. Mostly recently, he has been working on the highly anticipated sequel, The Last of Us Part II.


Lee Eskey, Professor & Chair of Acting
Next Date TBD

Prof. 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. Lee incorporates Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body (TOB) into his work with artists. 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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