• 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

    dale.gronso@mhcc.edu
    503-491-6992
    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

    jd.kiggins@mhcc.edu
    503-491-7632
    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.

    Jack Schommer, Video Adviser

    jack.schommer@mhcc.edu
    503-491-7611
    Office: AC1386

    Jack grew up in northwest Montana and received a BS in motion picture production from Montana State University. He worked the next 12 years in that state’s television industry. He produced daily news casts for the Eagle Communication network and also managed a production department for the Montana Television Network’s affiliate, KPAX-TV in Missoula. In 1987 as a member of the Missoula City Council he helped negotiate that city’s first cable franchise that also established its first community TV center. He moved to Gresham in 1988 to oversee the Community Television Grant, teach in and coordinate the Community TV program at Mt. Hood Community College. He has been the lead instructor and coordinator for the Television Production Technology Program since 1997. His production work has been honored with state, regional and national awards. Jack has been a certified Apple Pro trainer for FCP.

    David Strohl, Photography Adviser

    david.strohl@mhcc.edu
    503-491-7412
    Office: AC137

    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.johnson@mhcc.edu

    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.larson@mhcc.edu

    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.lipkin@mhcc.edu

    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.
    Christina Maier
    chris.maier@mhcc.edu

    Chris retired from MHCC in 2015 but will continue to teach a few online classes each year. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Arizona State University and continued her education at the University of Kansas and Kent State University in Ohio. Previous teaching appointments were at the University of Kansas and the University of Arizona before coming to MHCC in 1988. Her professional design experience was as an editorial designer and art director for magazines in the Midwest and southwest. She has contributed award-winning editorial layouts to Plazm Magazine. She was the 2007 recipient of the MHCC Distinguished Teaching Award.
    David Maier
    david.maier@mhcc.edu

    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
    justin.myers@mhcc.edu

    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.
    Co O'Neill
    co.o'neill@mhcc.edu

    Co is a Portland-based screenwriter, filmmaker and producer who has taught a wide-variety of production classes including audio, camera, film editing, game design and visual effects. He began his film career at Will Vinton Studios (now Laika) in the animation department which lead to his role as digital-audio specialist at Skywalker Sound, working on films such as Fight Club, Galaxy Quest and Star Wars prequels. He has written and produced two feature-length films including Forge, a sci-fi indie available on Amazon.
    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.