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Sessions College is located in Tempe, Arizona

About Sessions College

School Administration

Founded in 1997, Sessions College is recognized as a pioneer in online education: the first accredited online school of design. As it approaches its 20th anniversary, Sessions College is still committed to advancing the quality of online education, serving students better, and staying on the cutting edge of online learning, technology, and design.

Management Bios

Ms. Granatowski directs the business operations and financial management of Sessions College. A formerly licensed CPA, Ms. Granatowski holds several advanced degrees, including an MS in Education and an MS in Accounting. Prior to joining Sessions College, Doris was in public accounting with Ernst & Whinney, Arthur Young, and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. After leaving public accounting, Doris served in various domestic and international executive roles in technology and service companies, including International Thompson, E-Share Technologies, Imrex Computer Systems, and Cheyenne Software, as well as several start up and growth companies. Ms. Granatowski’s background in education, technology, and finance equips her well for day-to-day direction of school strategy and operations.

Doris Granatowski

CEO

Gordon Drummond was appointed the President of Sessions College in February 2011. As president, Gordon’s role is to provide the leadership for the school executive team to achieve their education, operations, marketing, and student services goals. Key tasks include maintaining and enhancing school accreditation, licensing, and relations with government agencies and other institutions, working with the CEO and CFO to manage annual strategic planning and budgeting, representing the school at conferences, seminars, Webinars, and other public events. To help Sessions College meets its mission of preparing design professionals, Gordon will create a positive environment for teaching and learning and a culture of planning, execution, and accountability.
Outside of Sessions College, Gordon has extensive experience in school accreditation. Since 2007 he has served on the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools, where he was Commission Chair from 2013-15 and served on the MSA Board of Trustees. Since June 2017, he has served on the board of the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC). Gordon holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Gordon Drummond

President

Carole Anne Bailo directs financial management and strategy at Sessions College. Carole Anne is a seasoned financial professional with an extensive and varied background in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. She has worked extensively with venture capitalists to fund start-up companies and has played a major role in bringing several companies through the IPO process and/or merger and acquisition. Carole Anne has served as Chief Financial Officer for the Center for Developmental Disabilities, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Carole Anne is a Certified Public Accountant who holds degrees from Pace University, Queens College, and an MBA in Taxation from St. John’s University.

Carole Anne Bailo

CFO

Executive Vice President Louis Schilt serves as the Military Liaison and Financial Advisor for the school’s numerous military programs, among other responsibilities. Lou holds New York State teaching licenses for the primary and middle school academic levels, as well as being a licensed NY State Public School Administrator through Superintendent. During his teaching tenure, Lou pioneered programs in individualized instruction that emphasized the homogenous grouping of students and teaching methodologies that addressed students’ various learning styles. Lou is active in the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) and recently served as Executive Officer to the CCME Board of Directors.

Louis J. Schilt

Vice President & Military Liaison

Director of Admissions and Marketing Kimberly O’Hanlon is a seven-year veteran at Sessions College. As the Director of Admissions and Marketing, she mentors incoming students in review of their creative arts aspirations. On the marketing end, she ensures the Sessions College mission, vision, and value proposition are clearly and consistently communicated, all while fostering a friendly team culture and community spirit. Kimberly is a board member of her city’s Arts and Cultural Commission, where she is an integral part of encouraging cultural diversity and improving livability with art. Prior to joining Sessions College, she was a Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator at ICM Document Solutions, where she contributed to a range of design projects, including company slicks, web design, and email campaigns. She has also been a freelance designer for nearly a decade. Kimberly earned an AAS in Graphic Design from Glendale Community College, and is pursuing a BA in Business Administration at Oregon State University. Aside from the professional world, Kimberly enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and coffee.

Kimberly O'Hanlon

Director of Admissions and Marketing

Tyler Drake is the Director of Student Services at Sessions College. Tyler manages our Student Services department focused on the academic success of our students. A veteran in online education administration, Tyler has 9 years of experience working in Admissions and Student Services helping students reach their potential as well as their educational goals. Tyler earned his Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University and has completed a Masters Degree in Sports Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. He is passionate about sports, movies, music, family, and overall the benefits that come from having a quality education.

Tyler Drake

Director of Student Services