Faculty

The faculty of Digital Media Arts department bring creative, technical, and industry expertise to the classroom, as well as a passion for teaching and student success.

Lisa Darty

Lisa is the Department Chair in the Digital Media Arts Department. She has an Associate Degree in Digital Animation and teaches courses in Digital Imaging and Retouching, Motion Graphics, and Digital Animation. She has been involved in multidiscipline collaboratives with Art, Theatre, and Music disciplines, including art direction of animation productions as backdrops to theatrical productions.

Email: ldarty@cerrocoso.edu

Suzanne (Suzie) Ama

Suzanne is the Web Design Program Coordinator for the Digital Media Arts Department. She has taught at Cerro Coso Community College since 1998 and has been teaching media arts courses online since 2001. She has 25 years of experience in the field of graphic design, including ownership of a small design firm for 8 years. In addition to producing print design products such as business cards, stationery, brochures, and product packaging, she has designed web sites for companies across the country, including businesses in Washington, D.C.; Petersburg, VA; Spokane, WA; Orange County; Ventura County; and Ridgecrest, California. Suzanne has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Visual Communications from American InterContinental University and a Masters of Science in Education from California State University East Bay.

Email:: sama@cerrocoso.edu
Twitter: WebDesignProf

Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen teaches computer science and web scripting classes at various California colleges and universities. She teaches both online and face-to-face classes. She joined Cerro Coso as adjunct faculty in fall 2004 to teach online. Her twin passions are technology and education.

Email: kathleen@laughton.com.

Elaine Rudis-Jackson

Elaine has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in Canada, India, and the U.S., the most recent of which was at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California, in November of 2000. She admits to having a serious geeky side which she indulges by building her own PCs. She is also a freelance web designer/developer and has completed several hand-coded websites as well as commercial sites with the Joomla! content management platform.

Email: elaine@pixelsurfers.net
Home page: http://pixelsurfers.net/

Vickie Taton

Vickie has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Nevada Reno. She also teaches digital imaging and design at Big Pine High School.  She loves digital media and enjoys helping students develop their creative skills.

Email: vtaton@gmail.com