• Meet Your Instructors

  • Classes are small, rigorous and taught by award-winning and experienced faculty using the latest technology. You’ll work closely with the instructors in your discipline area to ensure you gain the skills necessary for success in entry-level creative services positions.

    Full Time Integrated Media Faculty

    Dale Gronso, Graphic Design Adviser

    Office: AC1384

    Dale is Integrated Media’s newest hire and comes full circle to MHCC. Having earned two MHCC Associates degrees in Graphic Arts Technology and Graphic Design, Dale continued his education at the University of Oregon, earning both a BFA and MFA in Digital Media. He taught full time at the Art Institute of Portland and continues freelancing for clients in the Portland area.

    JD Kiggins, Broadcasting Adviser

    Office: AC1383

    Recipient of the 2010 MHCC Distinguished Teaching Award, JD manages the Broadcasting program and teaches many of the core classes. He brings extensive experience in sound recording, digital audio production, producing and editing having worked in many capacities in the film and broadcasting industries. A graduate of Montana State University, his degree is in film and theatre arts. Most recently he was a partner at Blue Dog Recording in Portland where he edited film and video, designed sound for picture and provided sound engineering for both music and radio clients. JD has worked for a broad range of clients ranging from Nike and InFocus to musicians such as Leroy Vinnegar and Jerry Hahn. In addition to instructing the digital audio production classes that feature ProTools software, JD serves as co-curricular and club adviser for the KMHD2 college radio station.

    David Strohl, Photography Adviser

    Office: AC1371

    David taught a variety of photography, art direction, concept and portfolio development classes at the Art Institute of Austin prior to arriving at MHCC in 2014. David received both his BFA and MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, with the terminal degree coming in 2011. He is something of a “jack-of-all-trades” photographer with a wide range of skills from the most antiquated alternative processes all the way up to the most current digital capture technology. His photography work specializes in portraiture, lifestyle, and documentary photography and has been published in Texas Monthly, Barron’s Magazine, The Travel Channel, and the City of Austin.

    Part Time Integrated Media Faculty

    Fred Johnson

    Fred is Vice President of Media Working Group, a not-for-profit organization and community of filmmakers and educators that explores the cultural, natural, and spiritual dimensions of 21st century life. MWG has been serving the needs of independent media producers since 1987 and facilitates regional, national and international projects and is incorporated in Ohio, Kentucky, Oregon, and Massachusetts. Media Working Group’s documentaries and feature films have been distributed nationally and internationally on BBC 2 and BBC World Service, PBS, Independent Lens, P.O.V., Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, Russian TV, Regional public television on Kentucky Educational Television, North Carolina Public Television, Ohio Public Television Consortium and WNET-13, New York.
    Jon Larson

    Jon moved his design and photography business, LarsonImages to Portland from Santa Barbara, California in 2005. He's been a lecturer at Brooks Institute of Photography. Jon's expertise at LarsonImages includes over a 15 years of experience in graphics, advertising, photography, multimedia and web design. He holds a BS in Applied Art and Design from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He's also an award-winning micro brewer in his spare time. Jon's fascination with creating, building and understanding how things are made has served him well— he thrives on learning the inner workings of his client's companies, and the industry in which they operate. Jon's approach to understanding his clients from the ground up helps students as they learn to integrate graphic design, photography and web design into their projects

    Shelly Lipkin

    Shelly is an award-winning actor, director, screenwriter and Associate Director at Portland Actors Conservatory. His play, Vitrio & Violets won the 2004 Oregon Book Award for Drama and his recent play Sylver Beaches was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. Prior to moving to Oregon, Shelly spent 20 years in Los Angeles as a television and film actor. His credits include Grimm, Portlandia, Leverage, The Fugitive, Extraordinary Measures (with Harrison Ford) and LA Law. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
    David Maier

    For over 20 years, David taught a wide range of Graphic Design classes. Since 1996, David has been the owner/principle of Third Door, Inc., an interactive web development company whose major clients include Dreamworks Records, Warner Brothers Records, Capital Records, Nike, and Reprise Records. He's got several decades of experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, web programming and design. David earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Arizona. Before starting his own company, he served as Associate Creative Director for Portland's Graphic Media and Eagle River Interactive and was Creative Director for the New Media Group of Waggoner Edstrom.
    Justin Myers

    Freelance photographer Justin Myers has an extensive client list that includes Conde Nast, Adidas | Salomon, Portland Monthly, Colgate University, Taylor Guitars, Portland Spaces and Fretboard Journal. Justin started his professional career as an animator for Will Vinton Studios where he did set lighting and construction, animation, prop and character prep. Each summer, he teaches animation in OMSI's summer program. Most recently, he studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography. Take a look at his work at Myers Imaging Company, an advertising and editorial photography studio where he produces print campaigns, private stock libraries and web-based media.
    Kevin Welch
    Kevin's expertise in commercial radio pays off for MHCC students as he oversees their operation of the college's high definition KMHD2 college radio station. He brings over 25 years of experience at all levels of the broadcasting field.