William Fischer,M.F.A., Program Chair, Associate Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: M.F.A., Painting, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Bio: Bill Fischer began his career designing toys and drafting buildings for Duramold and GE Associates Architects. Then at Lear Corporation, working with his large team of designers and engineers, he created automotive control panels that were incorporated into three Motor Trend "Cars of the Year", won Ford's best new product award and received seven patents. He eventually formed an interactive design studio, Black Box, which won numerous Addy and Glima awards. He and his wife, Susan Bonner, operated an internet art gallery for a few years called Visualpump.com. Visualump now occasionally creates digital illustration, animation and design for a variety of clients. Bill has recently started a venture called EPIC (Engaging Production Inspiring Classrooms). This project couples KCAD students with partner schools to create educational, digital media. EPIC is launching new apps and videos every semester which you can see and use for free at www.epicsite.org.

Kathleen (Kasey) McCargar, M.Ed., Associate Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: M.Ed., Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI; B.A., Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Bio: Kasey McCargar began her career working in broadcast television as a news photographer and editor. Her work experience began in Spokane, Washington, then Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, and finally Washington D.C., where she worked for CNN and Associated Press. Her photography was awarded by the National Press Photographers Association and her work on documentaries was awarded by the Associated Press and Sigma Delta Chi.

Gary Williams, M.F.A., Associate Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: M.F.A., Painting and Drawing, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; M.A., Humanities, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA; B.F.A., Art Education, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI Bio: Gary Williams has developed, written, and taught many new courses in both Foundation and Graphic Design programs. He was the Chair of both of these programs for over 20 years. Gary developed the series of 3D Animation courses and is presently teaching in the Digital Art and Design program.

Brad Yarhouse,B.F.A., Associate Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.F.A., Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
M.F.A. in Drawing, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Bio: Brad Yarhouse animations have been selections at festivals around the world including the Aspen Short Film Festival and Streaming Cinema Festival. He was one of the animators on the documentary "Beyond Freedom" which was an official selection for best short of the year at the 2006 Berlin Film festival. His animation for the Waterfront film festival was awarded second place in commissioned works by KAFI in 2007. His live action short film "The Maximum" came in first place in the True North Festival in 2008. His design work has been reviewed by Communication Arts Web site and in a number of books, including Lynda weinman's "Designing Web Graphics" and "Flash 5 Cartooning" by Mark Clarkson.

Mike Dollar, M.S., Associate Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.S., Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI.
M.S., Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.
Bio : Mike Dollar has written and taught 7 different collegiate level courses in the area of digital audio production and helped develop the audio programs for three different colleges in the state of Michigan over the past decade. He has over 20 years of recording studio consulting experience in all aspects of the business from tracking to mastering and has won multiple awards for his audio production in the areas of TV, film, and radio. He has also served as the audio supervisor for the Emmy award winning TV show Mark Kistlesr’s Imagination Station. He is currently running Dollar Pro Audio a full production recording facility in Greenville and is running the audio end of Kendall College of Art and Design’s Digital Art and Design Program.

Chris Brown, B.A., Adjunct Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.A., University of Advanced Technology, Tempe, AZ
Bio: Chris has been creating agency and direct client digital projects since 1998. He has delivered desktop, touchscreen, mobile and web applications; content managed, ecommerce and rich media sites; computer-based training modules, 2D and 3D animations, online games and video productions. He has mastered an array of software programs and programming languages to design and develop many different projects with various scopes. Further responsibilities have included conceptualization, creative and technical direction, project management and hosting services.

Wes Kempa, B.F.A., Adjunct Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.F.A., Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Bio: Wes Kempa launched his career working in interactive media for award winning firms such as BlackBox and Conduit Studios. Working primarily from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he has worked with significant national accounts such as Kawasaki, Wolverine World Wide, Steelcase, and Hush Puppies. Wes now specializes in RIA development using technologies such as Flex, Java, MySQL, and LSDS (Flash Remoting) to create complex behaviors and eye-catching data visualization within user-friendly online applications. Wes always enjoys seeing what happens when this technical knowledge is combined with the skills of the talented students at Kendall. The results are always amazing!

Susan Bonner, M.F.A., Associate Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: M.F.A., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; B.F.A. Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH.
Bio: Susan Bonner (Associate Professor) is Co-founder of Visualpump, a Digital Media Company. Susan is an Illustrator who works in character design, animation, retail merchandising, children's illustration and murals. She created the football character art for the mobile game 1st&Goal by Underbite Games. She is currently working on an interactive animated children's book dealing with anger. Susan has been involved with murals though out the country. Her children's illustration includes character design for Baby LeapFrog Toys. She has done motion graphics for the award winning documentary Lost Boy Home and a traveling game show Think Fast. Retail Merchandising includes work for Atlicore formerly known as Amway. She has been gallery director at both Kendall and Calvin colleges. See her work at SusanBonner.com

Comfort Love and Adam Withers, B.F.A., Adjunct Professors
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.F.A., Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bio: Comfort Love & Adam Withers are the multiple Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the series The Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. Sharing the writing, pencilling, and coloring duties equally, the symbiotic self-publishing duo live in Grand, MI with their two cats, Obi-Wan and Annie-kin and can frequently be seen walking up and down the road talking about stories. They recently published the book "The Complete Guide To Self-Publishing Comics" distributed through Watson-Guptill Publications. It's available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, among other places.

Cory Heald, M.F.A., Adjunct Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: M.F.A., 3D Modeling and Animation, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
Bio: Cory is partner and creative director for Underbite Games (formerly YETI) based in Grand Rapids Michigan. He attended Ferris State University and Savannah College of Art and Design. He began working in 3D modeling and animation all the way back in 1991. He has started his career creating 3D visualizations for companies like Herman Miller, LayZBoy, Pottery Barn, Cisco and Dell. After graduating from Savannah with his MFA, he focused on games. Within no time his company YETI launched their own game called Roaming Fortress, created assets for Farmville and Battle Pirates as well as some Disney titles. When Cory started Underbite Games, their first studio space was located right on KCAD's campus. They have since outgrown that and moved to larger digs just a couple of blocks away where he continues to utilize KCAD students and Alums. to create art-driven games for entertainment.

Shane Van Oosterhout, B.F.A., Adjunct Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.F.A., Graphic Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Bio: Shane Van Oosterhout established Nimbus Inc. where he was the lead artist creating nationally recognized functional art furniture for ten years. He has won numerous awards with his fine art and currently works as an illustrator, writer and horticultural educator and photographer. Shanes first novel was completed this year and his short fiction is on line at http://jlriversmith.livejournal.com.

Milt Klingensmith, B.S., Adjunct Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.S., Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bio : Milt has been a painter, illustrator and animator, working both in-house and freelance since ’92. He started out in underground comics after graduating from KCAD and moved on to freelance editorial work and eventually to becoming a full-time illustrator/designer for The Grand Rapids Press and then MLive. His illustrations have appeared in American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators L.A. and Communication Arts. His short film “monster, me” played in film festivals internationally as well as in several in the States, including the Indie Film Fest in Los Angeles. He has taught illustration at Grand Valley State University, and continues to teach for Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI.

Michael J. Williams, B.F.A., Adjunct Professor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.F.A., Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bio: Mike is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer, who has been working professionally in both fields for over 14 years. He has worked in house with a number of book publishers including McGraw Hill Children’s Publishing, Zondervan Publishing and Baker Publishing Group as both a Designer and Art Director. His illustration work has been featured in CMYK Magazine, Society of Illustrators LA, and ImagineFX Magazine. His work has been used for collectible card games, book covers, book interiors and advertising. Some of his clients include Fantasy Flight Games, White Wolf Publishing, Alderac Entertainment, Moonstone Books, McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing, Zondervan Publishing, Howard Books and Our Daily Bread Ministries, among others. His portfolio can be viewed at http://mwillustration.com.

Brian Olmstead, B.A.S., AdjunctProfessor
Program: Digital Art and Design
Education: B.A.S., Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Bio: Brian has been working as a 3D artist in the game industry for over 5 years. Starting his career at YETi CGI, he worked for clients such as Zynga, Disney, and Kixeye. Primarily a 3D production artist, he also worked closely with and trained inters to make sure their work integrated with existing production pipelines. Later he helped to establish Underbite Games where he is the Lead 3D artist. Clients who recently worked for Underbite include, Jakks Pacific, Yamaha, Stonehaven Miniatures, and Prologue Games. Underbite is working closely with Kendall to give students and graduates a chance to put their education to use in a professional environment. Brian oversees and handles training for interns as well as some contract workers. He is excited to be jumping into the educational field at Kendall in the Digital Art and Design program teaching 3D modeling, texturing, sculpting and animation for 3D games.