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Executive Vice President, Educational Support Services
Kate has dedicated her professional career to the fulfillment of student success and brings passion and innovation to her leadership role at the Academy of Art University. Since attending graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University, she has worked as an educator, teacher trainer, administrator, and professional consultant for over three decades. As an Executive Vice President at the Academy, she has built and developed seven distinct educational support departments serving both students and faculty. She has also lent her expertise to the establishment of other new academic departments, including the School of Art Education. Throughout her tenure at the Academy, Kate has worked closely with all academic and support departments and has overseen numerous educational partnerships with outside companies as well, such as InsideTrack and Salesforce. Moreover, she has been a key member of the Accreditation, Management, Student Grievance, Student Representative, Strategic Planning, and other committees, as well as chairing several University Task Forces, such as the Student Success Steering Committee. Finally, she has published articles and research papers, both nationally and internationally, and has presented extensively for a wide range of conferences, schools, companies, and organizations.
Associate Director, Classroom Services
Lynda was born in California and grew up on the East Coast on a small island in Maine. She is happy to call San Francisco her home for over a decade now. Lynda received her B.A. in Marketing from Marietta College in Ohio, where she was also a student-athlete. She has a diverse vocational background including coaching collegiate basketball teams, a short stint as a paramedic, and several years as a sign language interpreter. She is inspired by the creativity and passion of the students and faculty here at the Academy. Lynda enjoys stand-up comedy, blogging, camping, sailing, rockabilly music, and collecting vintage clothes and mid-century memorabilia.
Director, Online Language Support
Chantelle Ferguson has loved language and culture since the day she learned her first Spanish words from the children's television show, Sesame Street. She followed these interests by working as a newspaper journalist, traveling, and earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in English. After graduate school, she moved abroad and taught English at a private university where she developed one of the first online academic writing courses offered in the region. She has since designed and taught numerous onsite and online courses at numerous universities in the United States.
Director, Online Academic Support
Aaron is a born and bred San Francisco native happily stuck in the cool, gray, city of love. His love of writing led him to pursue a degree in English with the University of California, Davis. Aaron has been with the Academy in the online support department for seven years.
Director, Classroom Services
Andrea has been facilitating equal access for students with disabilities at Academy of Art University since 2004. She is especially interested in applying the principles of Universal Design wherever possible so that diverse groups of students can fully enjoy their curriculum and campus. Andrea has degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Delaware and holds a California state teaching credential. Before joining the Academy, she taught in a K–8 school within a group home and was a public high school special day class teacher.
James J. O’Hara
ARC Tutoring Director
James J. O'Hara began his teaching career in 1984 while an undergraduate at Brown University in Providence, RI. Two years later, he joined the Peace Corps and worked as a teacher trainer and supervisor in Indonesia and Thailand. Returning to the U.S. in 1988 to teach in the Minnesota public schools, he then moved to the Bay Area, where he received his M.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1992. From 1989 to 1996, he taught at Golden Gate University, and has worked to ensure student success at Academy of Art University since 1995.
Director, English for Art Purposes
Bob studied American Literature at Boston U. and U.C. Santa Cruz as an undergraduate. He then attended The California Culinary Academy, but after a brief stint working as a chef, he decided to return to his passion of literature and language. He went on to receive an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State. Bob has travelled extensively through Asia, Europe and Latin America, with the most recent trips being to Cuba. He also settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina for two years to teach English. He began working at the Academy in 1994 as an ESL teacher and became EAP Director in 2000.
Associate Director, English for Art Purposes
Sherise brings her love for both teaching and art into her role at the Academy. She graduated from the University of California at Davis (Go Ags!) with degrees in Art History and Sociology. She later completed a masters degree in second language education. Her experiences range from working in event marketing to teaching elementary school in China. When she's not traveling, Sherise enjoys running and pursuing her design interests. You can also find her on the hunt for good eats in the city.