Academic Team

Advisory Board

The Sessions College Advisory Board is a multi-disciplinary external group of veteran artists, designers, and employers who provide feedback on what skills and attributes employers are looking for, and how our program objectives match up. Through an annual process of workplace assessment and program review, they provide our Education team and Department Heads an invaluable perspective that helps us ensure our programs continually evolve to prepare students for a constantly changing design industry.

chelsea winkler advisory board member

Chelsea Winkel, Web Design

Part designer, part scientist, and part entrepreneur, Chelsea helps businesses tell the stories they want to tell, even if they don’t know what it is yet. “I craft solutions by understanding customer problems. And then design things that are easy to understand, use and adapt to.” She succeeds in taking the extremely vague or complex and making it strikingly simple for users.

Chelsea brings over 10 years of experience in UX Design and Consulting. She has helped 30+ early stage startups with ideation, branding and business design, to rapidly create user validated product and application solutions. In addition she’s created enterprise applications that have helped businesses and their customers have incredible online experiences from any device, anywhere in the world. Companies such as PayPal, CareerBuilder, Pearson Education, Dremel, Verizon, BDO and more. Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Phoenix in May 2006.

More recently Chelsea has focused as a founder on her own startup and designs for, an emergency response technology with hardware and software components to help save lives.

Diana Dunaj-Kullman (aka “D.D.”), Advertising

A turn of phrase. A well-placed pun. Alliteration and parallel construction. That’s the realm this Empress of Prose loves to dabble in. After 20 years under her belt as a copywriter, creative director, and marketing manager, D.D. is certain you can’t bore anybody into reading anything.

Personal, friendly and easily understood communication is her forté. Tours of duty include Senior Writer stints with local ad agencies including Lavidge; LaneTerralever; Zion & Zion; and Off Madison Ave. At McMurry, she was Creative Director and Vice President, General Manager. In the corporate world, D.D. was National Director of Marketing for High-Tech Institute, Inc., a private, post-secondary career college group with 17 schools in 12 states; Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement at ASU; and Managing Editor at CherylStyle, a lifestyle media company; and Student Agency Marketing Manager at Grand Canyon University. She also was creative director at Creative Engine and Parker Madison Marketing Studio.

She recently left her position as Senior Communications Director at Equality Health to join University of Phoenix’s marketing team as an Associate Creative Director.

D.D.’s account experience includes everything from healthcare and hospitality to homebuilding and high-tech. Clients she’s written for include: The Arizona Office of Tourism, Casino Arizona, Little River Casino Resort, Goodwill of Central Arizona, Red Mountain and Miraval Spas, Doubletree, Hilton and Wyndham Hotels, Arizona State University, P.F. Chang’s and Pei Wei, and numerous luxury golf communities.

During her career, D.D. has shown a long history of support for the advertising industry and the local community. She taught copywriting at The Art Institute of Phoenix from 2005-2015 and is a subject matter expert in curriculum development and adjunct instructor in the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University. She’s immediate past president of the AAF – Metro Phoenix Ad Club; and is an approved American Advertising Awards show judge. In 2011, she was awarded “Advertising Person of the Year” by the AAF Metro Phoenix and Ad2 Phoenix clubs.

D.D. is at home in any medium, whether it’s print, broadcast, outdoor, direct mail, digital or social media. She’s won ADDY, Mobius, and Otto awards, plus an Emmy. And while her entrepreneurial side gravitates to the business of “the business,” her first love is writing copy that entertains, inspires and motivates readers to act. In short, crafting compelling communications that go from prosaic to powerful, promptly.

Alison King, Graphic Design

Alison is an Adjunct Faculty member at Grand Canyon University where she teaches both design and history. Previously she was a full-time Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Phoenix, where she taught for over 18 years. Her specialties are curriculum design and instruction. Alison wrote one of the first digital art education curriculums to ever be published on the web and as Faculty Development Director helped dozens of her peers achieve excellence in the classroom.

Her commitment to education in design shines through her documentation of modern architecture and design at It’s more than just a website; it’s a design education movement fueled by social media content, face to face meetups, educational seminars, photography, hands-on workshops, tours, film screenings, art shows and more.

Her ten-day annual event Modern Phoenix Week celebrated its 15th year and is critically acclaimed for its fun and educational focus on midcentury preservation topics including the much-anticipated Modern Phoenix Home Tour.

Alison has written design history articles for magazines such as Phoenix Home and Garden, Art Ltd., Desert Living, Java and 944. She speaks frequently at events such as Phoenix Design Week and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Conference. Her Calligraphy Boot Camp is a perennial favorite workshop held for the AIGA Phoenix chapter each fall.

Landon Armstrong, Illustration/Fine Arts

Landon Armstrong is an Addy Award-winning professional illustrator from Phoenix, AZ with over 15 years of experience. After graduating from the Art Institute of Phoenix in 2005 with a Bachelors in Multimedia Arts and Animation, Landon has worked steadily in various creative industries as a commercial illustrator and animator. His clients have included International brands like Disney and Cirque du Soleil as well as musical acts such as ZZ Top, 311, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, and others. Recently the majority of his work has been for various ad agencies and apparel companies. You can view his work at

Natalie La Scala, Video/Digital Media

Natalie La Scala is a Denver-based Media Artist. She holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Film and Television (2004) and a BA in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky (2000). With 20 years of work experience in Creative Direction, Project Management, and Higher Education, Natalie is currently focused on Instructional Design and Curriculum Development as well as Software Training and Instruction. Her passion is to create dynamic content that people can put to use. Some recent clients include Z1CareerZone, Engage, LLC, and the Performing Arts Academy.

Pat Perigo, Photography

Pat Perigo is a photographer and print production professional. She has twenty three years of experience in print production (eight years in catalog production), and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography & video production. Pat has extensive experience working in the San Francisco and Phoenix areas in digital design, color correction / conversion, digital photography / retouching, studio and location photography, stock photography editing, commercial lab printing, graphic design, and freelance web design. She has worked in gallery and museum management for over twenty years, including three years of service as a curator in San Francisco. Pat has taught photography, design, and gallery management at the college level and trained staff in ADVO & Modern Color Printing.

Elizabeth L. Embleton-Smith, Arts and General Education

Elizabeth Embleton-Smith is an artist, sculptor, writer, and teacher whose professional focus is on creativity and motivation. A professional Costume Engineer for 25 years, she has worked in theatre, opera, ballet, television, and film. Among her clients are Ballet West, Sundance, Disney/Marvel Studios, Independent Lens, and Warner Bros/Sony Studios. After earning her Bachelors of Science in Human Services and a Masters Degree in Psychology at University of Phoenix, she has worked with several universities and corporate groups as a guest lecturer, focusing on communication and motivation within organizational psychology, and served as an Academic Adjudicator for The University of Phoenix, Axia College, and Western University.

Mike Rider, Illustration/Fine Arts

Mike is an experienced artist with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. Skilled in Mac, Education, Animation, Visual Arts, Oil Painting, Drawing, and Illustration, he is an art and design professional with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), focus in Painting, from Academy of Art University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), focus in Drawing, from Arizona State University. Originally from San Leandro, California, Mike is a husband, father, and grandfather. He has been making art, in one form or another, for as long as he can remember.  Mike has worked as an animation artist in films for Fox Animation Studios, DreamWorks, Meatball Studios, and Cartoon Network. Mike taught drawing and animation at The Art Institute of Phoenix from 2003 to 2018. He has written/illustrated 4 children’s books and published one fine art book.


Our profound thanks to past Advisory Boards for the expert guidance:

Carol Chu – Art Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Korina Adkins – Senior Web Designer And Developer
Katherine Sandoz – Freelance Painter, Illustrator, Multi-Disciplinary Artist
Jesus M. Garcia – Senior Graphic Designer, Martz Parsons Agency
Matty Steinkamp – President, Sundawg Media

Jason Baskin – Character Rigger and Animator
Elizabeth Brenke – Senior Designer, Phillips Design Group
Chad Perkins – Filmmaker and Multimedia Author
Christopher Schmitt – Web Design Author and Speaker
Rebecca Yaffe – Creative Director

Steve Cullen – Design Director/Creative Director, Creature
Von Glitschka – Illustrative Designer, Glitschka Studios
Shannon Noack – Creative Director, Snoack Studios
David Stiller – Owner/Multimedia Developer, Quip