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Digital Gaming and Media

The Digital Gaming and Media AAS degree has a strong emphasis on game development and is also designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings. Graduates will be able to create animated graphics applicable to gaming, marketing, advertising, educational, and interactive media that use 3D animation. The program mission is to train students for entry-level positions in the game/media field.

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Karen Holum

Karen Holum
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8415

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.

Chris Jacek

Chris Jacek
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8381

Chris Jacek joined Lake Washington in 2013, bringing over 20 years of experience in higher education and media production. In addition to his work as producer and director with the National Park Service and the Dallas Cowboys, he was also a Q.A. engineer for Apple at their world headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Chris joined the academic world in 2007 as a professor of Media Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis. In 2010, he was chosen to be the chair of the Film and Broadcasting department at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN. During his tenure at Tusculum College, he created and chaired a new curriculum in Digital Media. Together with his students, Chris designed and built the 400-square-foot "Big Box," an immersive video experience, where the audience stands inside a video "room" while watching visual content projected onto four 13-foot walls. Born and raised just outside Detroit, Chris attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. in General Studies and an M.A. in Telecommunications Arts.


Caroline Kappp

Caroline Kapp
Adjunct Faculty

Caroline Kapp is a part-time Multimedia faculty member at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Caroline has extensive experience in teaching and lecturing to a diverse student body in digital and film photography, digital video, drawing, design and printmaking. She is a 2011 winner of the LWTech Faculty Excellence Award.

She 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.

Caroline has studied at The School of the Art Institute, Chicago and County Clare, Ireland, and in 2003 held a fellowship residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. Caroline has held other teaching posts at the University of Washington School of Art, International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle, Northwest School in Seattle, WA, and the Seattle Center Arts Academy.

Owner of a design company for several years, Caroline 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. She 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.

Jason Sobottka

Jason Sobottka
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8181

Jason Sobottka is a professional artist and arts educator. He is Lake Washington Institute of Technology's first tenured visual art instructor. He exhibits his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures around the nation. Jason was awarded the Winter 2012 Faculty Excellence Award.

In addition to expanding the visual arts curriculum at LWTech, Jason developed curriculum and teaches several courses for the Bachelors of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) degree. He is an adviser for Multimedia Design and Production (MMDP) students.

Recently, Jason was an artist-mentor for the Puget Sound Education Service District's Arts Impact teacher training program. In his role, Jason worked with middle-school math teachers to embed visual arts lessons into math curriculum, as part of a research study.

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 LWTech, 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. He is certified in the Harrison Behavior Assessment.

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.

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Phil Trumbo

Phil Trumbo
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8340

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.

Alexandra Vaschillo

Alexandra Vaschillo
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8341

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 LWTech 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
Part-Time Faculty

Jay Banchero
Part-Time Faculty

Matt Beckman
Part-Time Faculty