Professor, Department Chair, Multimedia, Design and Production
Karen Holum is a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in the Multimedia, Design and Production department at LWTech where she has taught digital design courses since 2010. Karen earned her Master's Degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington and her Bachelor's in Business & Marketing from Antioch University, Seattle.
She is an award-winning visual designer with over twenty years experience in the design industry and has designed for corporations, non-profits, government, and start-ups. Karen has owned a design company for many years and specializes in Web and identity design. Clients have included Nordstrom, Immunex, City of Seattle, and the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has a special interest in typography and enjoys drawing and sketching letterforms. Additionally, she was the Creative Services Manager for a large corporation in San Francisco, California, where she managed a team of ten creative professionals.
Professor, Department Chair, Art
Jason Sobottka is a professional artist and arts educator. He is Lake Washington Institute of Technology's first tenure-track visual art instructor. His art is represented by Gallery 110 in Seattle.
In addition to expanding the visual arts curriculum at LWTech, Jason will be developing and teaching humanities courses for the Bachelors of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) degree and also teaching courses for MMDP.
Jason taught drawing and printmaking at the University of Minnesota between 1999 and 2001 and was a part-time drawing, painting and design instructor at Green River Community College from 2001 through 2008. His past experience includes working for Tacoma Art Museum's Education Department, where he designed and built the museum's hands-on art making gallery, the Open Art Studio. Prior to joining LWIT, Jason worked for two years at State Farm Mutual Insurance Company's Learning and Development Department, focusing on adult learning theory, leadership and performance improvement.
Jason earned his Masters of Fine Art degree in visual art (with a minor in related fields-art history) from the University of Minnesota and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of Montana. He also holds an Associates Degree from Grays Harbor College.
Links to his art can be found at jasonsobottka.com.
Associate Professor, Department Chair, Digital Gaming & Media
Phil Trumbo is an Emmy Award-winning art director and illustrator with over 30 years of experience creating entertaining and imaginative visuals for games, web, TV, film, print, collectible cards, toys and apparel. Phil’s specialties include Art Direction, Game Art, Illustration, Concept Art, Graphic Design, Storyboards, Original I.P. Development, Pre-Viz & Editing. Phil has worked at all levels of participation from artist, animator, art director, designer, animation director, fx editor to creative director. His current and past clients include: Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Pop Cap, Pixar, Activision, Buena Vista Games, Vivendi Universal Games, Warner Bros., Mattel, THQ, NBC, ABC, CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV, Proctor and Gamble,
General Mills and more…
An experienced creative visualist in film, TV and interactive media, Phil Trumbo provided creative and artistic direction to nearly one hundred high-profile games, with retail sales of over a billion dollars. Many of his of his notable successes come from adapting prestigious film and television properties into highly successful games, including- Pirates of the Caribbean™, Chronicles of Narnia™, Lord of the Rings™, Harry Potter ™”, Shrek™, “Spiderman™, The Sims™, Star Wars™, Lego™, Finding Nemo™, “X-Men™ and Ice Age™.
Phil won an Emmy Award for directing the opening title sequence for CBS's Pee Wee's Playhouse and directed the stop-motion dinosaur family for that ground-breaking show. In addition, he created network TV shows, logos, and visual effects for films.
Phil exhibited and lectured at the American Film Institute, Antioch University-London, Game Developers Conference, Siggraff, UNICEF-Paris, University of Brighton-U.K, and the University of Washington. He taught art and animation at Digipen Institute of Technology and Virginia Commonwealth University.
He has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and studied Classical Animation, Storyboard & Anatomy at the American Animation Institute, Hollywood, CA.
Professor, Department Chair, Information Technology and Application Development
Alexandra Vaschillo has taught computer science courses at Lake Washington Institute of Technology since 2006. She developed curriculum for the Information Technology Applications Development program, has taught every ITAD course offered, and created a number of new courses to keep the program up to speed with the rapidly changing world of software development.
Alexandra holds Masters of Sciences Degree in Computer Science from Florida International University and Masters of Sciences Degree in Mathematics from St. Petersburg State University. Prior to joining LWIT she worked for the High Performance Database Research Center, doing research in the area of semantic databases, and developing system software for NASA Regional Applications Center.
Oscar Baechler is a former indie games art director and 3D generalist. Oscar is a passionate advocate
for artistic communities and open source technology in Seattle. He started both the Seattle Blender User Group (Seabug) and the Ballard Life Drawing Co-op (BLDC), and has presented on open source arts and sciences at SIGGRAPH, OSCON, the Blender Conference in Amsterdam, Linuxfest Northwest, SIX, and SeaGL. He draws every day, and can be found in the wild carrying two hilarious children.
Barry Ford has more than ten years of experience in video production ranging from lead editor at North West Cable News to A/V IT Media Manager at Seattle Science Foundation to Editor/Technical Director at Microsoft Learning. Currently he is a commercial producer/editor/videographer at KOMO TV in Seattle, an ABC affiliate. Barry produces, writes, shoots, and edits commercials for broadcast. He uses After Effects daily as a part of his editing process and has been an After Effects user since the old days beginning with version 4.1. Video and photography are Barry’s passions and he can often be found wandering Seattle looking for that perfect shot!
Associate Professor, Multimedia, Design and Production
Caroline Kapp is an adjunct Multimedia faculty member at LWTech. Caroline has extensive experience in teaching and lecturing to a diverse student body in digital and film photography, digital video, drawing, design and printmaking.
Caroline was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 to study at Cornish College of the Arts, where she received a BFA with honors. She earned an MFA degree at the University of Washington with an emphasis in photography, printmaking and video/new media in 2007.
She owned a design company for several years that focused on providing custom photography and graphic design services for clients such as the City of Seattle, Capitol Hill Arts Center, LoDirecto Skateboards, Seattle Center Foundation and numerous other nonprofit organizations and arts groups. Caroline has won artist grants from the Santa Barbara Foundation (CA) 4Culture, and Weyerhaeuser. She has exhibited photography and video based work internationally in China and Bulgaria, and locally and regionally in group shows at Prographica, Cornish College of the Arts, Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, Bellevue Art Museum, and the Whatcom Museum's Satellite Gallery. Her print work is represented by Prographica Fine Works on Paper.