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Meet the GDS Faculty

The faculty at Mission College are committed to providing the most current design instruction available while utilizing the latest techniques.

Mark Garrett

Mark Garrett teaches classes in web design, digital photography, digital video, and motion graphics, among others. He has a BFA from the University of Arizona, and a Masters from UC Davis. He has worked as a professional web designer, photographer, and videographer, and has a lengthy fine art ehibition history. directory page

Jeanine Flores

Jeanine loves to stay up on communication and design trends. She’s excited to utilize her design skills, professional experience of 20+ years, and passion for both design and technology to interact with and instruct her students, helping them to grow into the successful interface and application designers of the future. She has a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. During the dot-com era, Jeanine was a founding member of a multimedia services company and, as Creative Director, led a team of designers on a number of award-winning projects. Her work has been published in books on interface design and she’s been featured in a few magazines, too. For her, design is in the details.

Curtis Pembrook

Curtis Pembrook, M.A. Instructional Technology, is a Faculty Instructional Designer, and Computer Applications, and Graphic Design and Multimedia instructor at Mission College. He has 15 years of experience in instructional design, technical training and e-learning development. He taught in the San Jose State University Instructional Technology program for eight years, and is currently completing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Media Studies. Curtis is passionate about applying evidence-based research in the creation of engaging user and learner experiences.

Melanie Kaye

Melanie Kaye is an Adjunct Instructor in the Graphic Design and Multimedia Department at Mission College.

Prior to joining Mission in 2009, Melanie taught Graphic Design at Brooks College Sunnyvale. She entered the teaching profession following a career in Design and Art Direction. She arrived in the Bay Area in 1979, where she joined Regis McKenna in Palo Alto as a Designer, moved to The van Bronkhorst Group, Santa Clara, as Senior Art Director until 1997, then to Bernard Hodes, Palo Alto as Senior Art Director, before accepting her first teaching position with Career Education Corporation in 2002.

When not teaching or working in her design consulting, Melanie can be found painting, collecting vintage ephemera, and planning her next creative project.

B.S. Graphic Design, Charter Oak State College/University of Cincinnati

Art Direction, Typography & Page Layout, Brand & Promotion, Portfolio Development and History of 20th Design

Duncan Lane

Duncan Lane teaches the class Introduction to Adobe Illustrator. He has a BA in Graphic Design from San Jose State University. He has a passion for Design, painting and photography, and you might bump into him at Whole Foods Market where he also works as a Graphic Artist.


Andrea Schwartz Massalski

Andrea Schwartz Massalski is an artist and educator. She began her art career at the Philadelphia College of Art, now know as the University of the Arts and continued her studies in California at University of California, Santa Cruz. As an adjunct instructor, she teaches classes in photography and graphic design. She has worked as a technical illustrator, designer and photographer.

Lesley Louden

Lesley Louden teaches classes in digital photography, among others. She has a BFA from the Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA in Photo-Media from The University of New South Wales, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has worked as a professional photographer and exhibiting artist.

Max Sims

Max Sims has expertise in design, business and computer graphics. He started as a car designer in Europe at GM and Renault. He then proceeded to work in movie special effects on films like Beetlejuice and Masters of the Universe. He has been an applications engineer and software product manager for Computer Aided Industrial Design software like Alias Autostudio and think3. Max has been the lead writer on a 900-page book called Inside Maya 5 while simultaneously designing the Natus Algo 3i. The medical device for Natus won both ID and Medical excellence awards. Sims executive produced for virtual worlds in Spain when he was also an Invited Professor at University of Salamanca. He is now working the field of electronic automotive user experiences and branded design fiction after graduating in a Masters of Design at California College of the Arts. His clients range 3 to 300,000 person companies going from pixels to plastic.