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To learn more about our faculty and advisory boards, read through a sampling of bios, featuring accomplishments in the fields of entertainment media and emerging technologies. For a complete list of our faculty, view the catalog.

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Ben Johnson

Program Advisory Committee Member

Ben Johnson has a Business Management degree from the University of Central Florida and is currently the president at Martin Coffee Company, where he has overseen the roasting of over three million pounds of coffee. He has earned recognition with the former Florida Restaurant Association and the past president of the River City Purveyors Association. In 2020, Ben was recognized by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Leader of the Year.

Benoit Glazer

Program Advisory Committee Member

Benoit was the conductor, trumpeter, occasional drummer and bassist and musical director at La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil for 18 years. Since 1981, he has conducted, arranged, composed and played trumpet, drums, and other instruments on more than 120 recordings, film soundtracks, countless jingles, and TV shows. More recently, he has scored movies, composed concert music, and appeared in or in front of symphony orchestras.

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Bill Benton

Course Director, Film Production MFA

Bill is an Academy Award-winning (Dances With Wolves) sound mixer who has worked for over 20 years in Hollywood on such films as Heat, Transformers, Groundhog Day, Independence Day, The Bourne Supremacy, among others. Additionally, he has two Academy Award nominations and has worked for Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Pictures.

Brian Carico

Program Advisory Committee Member

Brian has a degree from Full Sail University. He has toured as a Lighting Director and Production Manager with acts like Aerosmith, DC Talk, Hank Williams Jr., Sir Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, and Blake Shelton. Brian has also worked on the CMA awards and the Stellar Awards, and he was an SRO Awards nominee for Video Director of the Year in 2014. He is currently a Video Director for Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett.

Brian Nelson

Program Advisory Committee Member

Brian Nelson spent a decade teaching stage directing in the USC School of Theatre. His directing stage credits include his own adaptation of The Joy Luck Club, as well as The Matsuyama Mirror, King Lear, and DramaLogue Award-winning productions of Seascape and Twelf Nite O Wateva. Brian wrote the original screenplay for the Lionsgate release Hard Candy, which won Best Picture and Best Script at the Sitges International Film Festival. Brian holds honors degrees from Yale and UCLA.

Byron Harden

Program Advisory Committee Member

Byron Harden is a music producer, sound engineer, and the founder and owner of I See Music, a vocational school that teaches audio production to visually impaired individuals. I See Music also houses On the Moon, a full-service recording studio. Byron’s own trials and tribulations as a visually impaired individual have motivated him to ensure that all visually impaired people can pursue their musical dreams.

Camdon Wilde

Program Advisory Committee Member

Camdon Wilde has been working as a graphic designer in the media design field since 2005, specializing in digital graphics, visual branding, identity creation, and brand consulting for a wide variety of clients and a diverse number of businesses and industries. Camdon holds an MFA in Media Design and is a successful design practitioner with a diverse portfolio of cutting-edge projects.

Carissa Craven

Program Advisory Committee Member

Carissa Craven is Vice President of Creative Service at Westfall Gold, an Atlanta-based fundraising consultancy that serves as a catalyst for growth among non-profits. To date, Westfall Gold has raised more than $1 billion on behalf of non-profits and charities around the world. Carissa manages a team that helps organizations develop, refine, and express their message through video and print work in the context of live events.

Catriona Barbato

Program Advisory Committee Member

Catriona Barbato has over 22 years of experience as an instructional designer. She holds a master's degree in Instructional Systems & Technology from the University of Central Florida and is currently working on her dissertation for an Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction at UCF. In her roles as Project Manager and Lead Learning Strategist, Catriona has designed and developed e-learning programs for the aerospace, management consulting, transportation, and banking industries.

Chelsea Filley

Program Advisory Committee Member

Chelsea Filley has a master's degree in Business Administration from Rollins College and a master's degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. In her role, Chelsea uses analytics to inform and execute critical business initiatives to drive revenue and demand to the destination through a combination of data analytics, innovation, business strategy, and guest insight.

Chris Keeling

Program Advisory Committee Member

Chris Keeling serves as Director of Product Vision for the Wargaming Western Hemisphere and has consulted and worked directly for Wargaming.net since 2008. He has an MFA degree in Video Game Production and Design from National University, and has worked on several military-themed video games and simulations over the past 15 years, including Panzer Elite, America’s Army: Operations, America's Army: Soldiers, World of Tanks, and World of Warplanes, as well as other titles. He is a published author in the game design field, and has received practical hands-on experience during his 23 years of service in the U.S. Army that he uses to lend authenticity to military game designs.

Chris Murphy

Program Advisory Committee Member

Chris Murphy has a bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television with a minor in Journalism from San Diego State University. Chris purchased his family’s business, Murphy Lighting, in 2003. He is a member of IESNA, TEA, and PLASA and has won several awards, including a TEA award for the Revenge of the Mummy attraction at Universal Orlando in 2004. He continues to grow Murphy Lighting while ensuring that the company maintains its high quality standards.

Craig Richards

Program Advisory Committee Member

Craig Richards is a producer with a bachelor’s degree in Photo/Electric Arts from the Ontario College of Art. His latest credits include Unit Production Manager for the Oscar-winning movie Monster starring Charlize Theron, and Producer of the two-time award-winning short film, A Death in the Woods. His other credits include the improvisational comedy feature Action and the comedy Snow White Ladies of the Third Thursday.

Dan Migala

Program Advisory Committee Member

Dan Migala is an established entrepreneur who has worked for or advised every level of sports franchises, including the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, NCAA, MLS, and LPGA, on issues related to sponsorship, technology, and sports marketing. Migala co-founded Property Consulting Group, a sponsorship and consulting company, whose diverse portfolio of sports and entertainment clients include some of the most established sponsors of sports - among them the San Diego Padres - where Dan served as VP of Creative Partnerships from 2009 to 2011.

Denise Threlfall

Program Advisory Committee Member

Denise Threlfall has over 30 years of experience in adult education and training with an emphasis on curriculum development. Dr. Threlfall holds a master's degree in Adult Education and a PhD in Urban Services & Education. She has managed the development of training products for the Army, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. In her current role, Dr. Threlfall develops distributed collaborative training environments for Applied Training Solutions, LLC.

Donna Dowless

Course Director, Sports Marketing & Media Bachelor's

Donna Dowless has over 30 years of experience in sports and entertainment. She has directed and managed sports arenas and concert venues and worked with professional sports leagues, major live events producers, and numerous presidential events. She was the Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs for Ticketmaster for 18 years. She currently runs her own entertainment media and arts consulting company.

Dr. Mary Palmer

Program Advisory Committee Member

Mary holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Music Education. She is the President of Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC, which works with schools and community organizations to assist them in transformation through the arts. She was also named a Fulbright Scholar. Her awards include recognition from Florida’s Governor, Legislature, and Department of State for her leadership in Arts Education, ACE of Hearts, and the UCF Quill Award.

Dustin Cawood

Program Advisory Committee Member

Dustin Cawood is a sound effects editor and sound designer with over 50 film credits. He has worked on films by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, JJ Abrams, and more. His work has received multiple Golden Reel Awards nomination and he won a Motion Picture Sound Award for WALL-E. He has a master's from the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. Dustin currently teaches at Florida State University in the film department.

Dustin Posey

Program Advisory Committee Member

Dustin Posey is a Strategic Planning Analyst for MOBA Mobile Automation, where he is responsible for developing and maintaining automated reporting using Power BI, designing and implementing various SharePoint environments, exploring and developing feature-rich applications with Power Apps, and more. He has a master's degree in Business Intelligence.

Elbert Perez

Program Advisory Committee Member

Elbert Perez specializes in working on innovative content for exciting new platforms. He is a former Sr. Software Prototyper for the award winning HTC Vive, where he works both internally and with external developers to create immersive VR experiences. He has previously worked at Microsoft on multiple narrative innovations for products such as the Xbox One, Windows Phone, SmartGlass and various game properties. Elbert is also an independent game developer with over 20 published games on multiple platforms, including PC, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and Xbox 360. His games have been downloaded more than 2.5 million times.

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Elena Maria Rogalle

Course Director, Media Design MFA

Elena Maria Rogalle has more than 20 years of experience as a graphic designer, Art Director and Creative Services Manager/Managing Editor in television, radio, and advertising. Her design work has been published in The Best in TV Guide Tune In Advertising, and she has been awarded a PBS Communication Award and several ADDY Awards, including a Best of Show Award for Television Promotion. She holds degrees in Creative Writing, English Literature, Fine and Applied Art, and is currently working towards her PhD in Texts & Technology. Her research interests include ecofeminism, the women writers of the Beat Generation, and ekphrastic poetry.

Enrico Marcellino

Program Advisory Committee Member

Enrico is an award-winning director of commercial and film content, and has been recognized with multiple Telly, Communicator, and ADDY awards. He has parlayed his skills into improving the consumer experience for patients and visitors of AdventHealth. With a focus on the details that matter, Enrico curates new experiences and improves processes impacting each and every consumer that comes through the doors of AdventHealth.

Ermir Bakraci

Program Advisory Committee Member

Ermir Bakraci (credited as Ermir M. B.) is an award-winning filmmaker with an extensive background in directing, editing, camera operations, and more. He is one of the founders of the filmmaking nonprofit Sunday Scenes. Most recently, he worked as assistant editor on a documentary about the life of musician Ray Parker Jr. and is in post-production on a film he wrote and directed called Fighting Ghosts. Ermir holds a Film Production bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida.

Eva Roberts

Program Advisory Committee Member

Eva Roberts has over 30 years of experience as a design educator. She has worked on projects that range from wayfinding and environmental graphics to branding and publication design. Her professional design work can be seen in numerous books and has been recognized by AIGA, Print Magazine, and American Center for Design, among others. Eva Roberts holds a master's degree in Product and Visual Design from North Carolina State University.

Fernando Delgado

Program Advisory Committee Member

As the owner of Stickman Sound in Las Vegas, Fernando Delgado works in production genres such as live sports and entertainment, reality television, motion pictures, and commercials. His audio work can be found on projects including a VR experience with Coldplay, FOX Sports coverage, Top Gear America, and commercials for brands like UnderArmour and Nike. Fernando is an Emmy recipient for his live audio work with HBO's Boxing.

Forrest McFeeters

Program Advisory Committee Member

Forrest McFeeters has 20 years of professional experience in video and audio production. He has developed, produced, composed, edited, and created media design assets used by industry professionals; he has also taught in the the Media Design program at Full Sail University. Dr. McFeeters holds a master's degree in Instructional Technology from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a PhD in Instructional Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Gina Thompson

Program Advisory Committee Member

Gina Thompson is a Business Development Manager in Robotics at Ross Video in Ottawa, Ontario. With over 13 years of experience in broadcast television, she has previously worked for NBC Sports, CBS News, ESPN, and Disney. Gina has a passion for technical education and has taught at Full Sail University. She holds a master’s in Education Media Design & Technology from Full Sail, as well as a bachelor’s in Communications from Western Michigan University.

Glen Levine

Program Advisory Committee Member

Glen Levine is the President of NEP US. He is responsible for the company’s US-based broadcast services and solutions. With more than 33 years of experience in the mobile production industry, Glen has also served NEP in the roles of Vice President of Mobile Engineering and Operations, as well as Director of Engineering. Prior to joining NEP, Glen served as General Manager for Unitel.

Glenn Osten Anderson

Program Advisory Committee Member

Glenn is a digital journalist, consultant, educator, and award-winning documentarian whose work has taken him from war zones in Afghanistan and refugee camps in Haiti, to political conventions and the college football fields of the SEC. He has held editorial staff positions at BBC NewsThe Guardian (UK), Military.com, and has done freelance streaming video producing for dozens of outlets including Runner's World, Money Media, CSTV/CBS College Sports, and Competitor Group. He is an associate member of IADAS and Webby Awards voter. 

Harbert Jones

Program Advisory Committee Member

Harbert Jones' professional experience as an instructional designer includes developing eLearning modules and training simulations for Allstate Brand Operations and Support, managing the design and development of over 200 online academic courses for the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and developing eLearning training modules and managing the translation of training materials for Rotary International.

Henry Maldonado

Program Advisory Committee Member

Henry Maldonado is President of Orlando’s Enzian Theater, which showcases first-­run independent films and hosts film-related events, including the annual Florida Film Festival. Prior to joining the Enzian, Henry was Vice President and General Manager of WKMG-TV, the Orlando CBS affiliate. He is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Film.

Jack Geckler

Program Advisory Committee Member

Jack is a Computer Animation graduate from Full Sail and a 14-year veteran of the animation industry. His work has spanned from video games to commercials and from television to film. His areas of expertise are character animation, crowds, pre-visualization, and motion capture. Jack’s resume includes blockbuster films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Jack is also a nine-year member of the Visual Effects Society (VES). He was inducted into Full Sail’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

James Calderon

Program Advisory Committee Member

James Calderon has a master's degree in Business Intelligence and eight years of experience as a software developer with a focus in data mining, reporting, business intelligence components, and web design. James has taught and developed Web Development curriculum and was a Full Stack Development Instructor at the University of Central Florida.

Jason Brace

Program Advisory Committee Member

Jason Brace has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He has over 22 years of experience in live event production, including audio, lighting, and engineering support for events on cruise ships, corporate events, and live music performances. He is currently the Product Manager for Audio for PRG. He was a Course Director for Full Sail’s Introduction to Show Production course in the Show Production bachelor’s degree program. He is also the Audio Department Manager at VER Orlando and freelances as an Audio Engineer at the Orlando House of Blues.

Jason Ross

Program Advisory Committee Member

With a background in entertainment and creative marketing, Full Sail University graduate Jason Ross has fathered companies including The Bottlestar, Xcell Advertising, and Trusun Media. Some notable clients include NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, Grammy Award-winner Brian McKnight, gospel singer Fred Hammond, comedian Chris Tucker, television star John Walsh, and many more.

JD Dworkow

Program Advisory Committee Member

JD Dworkow has worked in live music production since the early 1970s. He worked as a backline and staging supervisor on many music events including Live Aid, 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, New York's Central Park shows, Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals, and five Grammy Awards telecasts. He has written feature articles for Guitar World magazine and has been