Staff

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Find your major, find your advisor. Simple. Want to know more? Read our bios.

Advertising Art Direction
Karen Smith, 312-369-7646, ksmith@colum.edu

Advertising & Public Relations
Rachel Smith Horton, Coordinator of Outreach and Assessment, 312-369-7621, rhorton@colum.edu

Art + Design-General (BA) & Art History
Brian Ritchard, 312-369-7734, britchard@colum.edu

Art & Materials Conservation
Keith Lusson, Associate Director, 312-369-7283, klusson@colum.edu

Business & Entrepreneurship
Damyen Davis, 312-369-7762, ddavis@colum.edu

ASL - English Interpretation
Keith Lusson, Associate Director, 312-369-7283, klusson@colum.edu

Audio Arts & Acoustics
J. Wayne Tukes, 312-369-7648, wtukes@colum.edu

Cinema Art + Science
Please check your Academic Record on OASIS to see which college advisor you have been assigned.

Ritch Barnes, 312-369-7932, rbarnes@colum.edu

Kamillah Ong, 312-369-3233, kong@colum.edu

Jill Sultz, 312-369-7372 jsultz@colum.edu

Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction Writing, and Poetry)
Lauren Targ, Assistant Director, 312-369-8626, ltarg@colum.edu

Cultural Studies
Keith Lusson, Associate Director, 312-369-7283, klusson@colum.edu

Dance
Janet Talbot, Associate Director, 312-369-7649, jtalbot@colum.edu

Early Childhood Education
Keith Lusson, Associate Director, 312-369-7283, klusson@colum.edu

Fashion Business/Fashion Design
Jessica Horwitz, 312-369-7801, jhorwitz@colum.edu

Fine Art
Brian Ritchard, 312-369-7734, britchard@colum.edu

Graphic Design
Karen Smith, 312-369-7646, ksmith@colum.edu

Illustration
Brian Ritchard, 312-369-7734, britchard@colum.edu

Interactive Arts & Media
Lauren Targ, Assistant Director, 312-369-8626, ltarg@colum.edu

Interdisciplinary
Janet Talbot, Associate Director, 312-369-7649, jtalbot@colum.edu

Interior Architecture
Bob Blinn, 312-369-7929, bblinn@colum.edu

Multimedia Journalism
Paula Brien, 312-369-7935, pbrien@colum.edu 

Marketing Communication
Rachel Smith Horton, Coordinator of Outreach and Assessment, 312-369-7621, rhorton@colum.edu

Music
Bob Blinn, 312-369-7929, bblinn@colum.edu Visit Bob's College Advising site.

Photography
Mary Rachel Fanning, Coordinator of Online Communications, 312-369-7344, mfanning@colum.edu

Product Design
Brian Ritchard, 312-369-7734, britchard@colum.edu

Radio
Paula Brien, 312-369-7935, pbrien@colum.edu

Television
Ritch Barnes, 312-369-7932, rbarnes@colum.edu

Theatre (including Musical Theatre)
Will Casey, 312-369-8623, wcasey@colum.edu

Undeclared
Janet Talbot, Associate Director, 312-369-7649, jtalbot@colum.edu

Other Staff:

Brian Marth, Director of College Advising, 312-369-7933, bmarth@colum.edu

Josalyn Knapic, Administrative Assistant/Office Manager, 312-369-7645, collegeadvising@colum.edu

Bios:

Bob Blinn

Bob Blinn

Bob is a filmmaker, fine artist, songwriter, musician and music producer. Although Bob enjoys discussing academic issues with students, he equally enjoys sharing real-life information regarding careers (information that works). Visit his office during your first semester to discuss your major in the arts and your plan for a successful career.

312-369-7929, bblinn@colum.edu

Interior Architecture, Music

Brian Marth

Brian Marth

312-369-7933, bmarth@colum.edu

Director of College Advising

brian ritchard

Brian Ritchard

As an Art + Design advisor, Brian can help you with academic planning, career outcomes and all kinds of specific trouble-shooting. And because he has taught extensively in A+D, he can give students insight about course expectations and portfolio development as well. Set up a meeting with Brian to plot your next move at Columbia and beyond.

312-369-7734, britchard@colum.edu

Art + Design: Art History, Fine Art, Illustration & Product Design

Damyen Davis

Damyen Davis

Damyen Davis, advisor to Arts Management students, can not only give you great advice but may also be willing to discuss a little astrology with you too. Damyen is here to help you gain a greater understanding of Columbia College while pursuing the unique talents and passions that brought you here. Tell him your passions and he will guide you on your way. And, hey, might as well let him in on your sign too.

312-369-7762, ddavis@colum.edu

Business & Entrepreneurship

Janet Talbot

Janet Talbot

For all you undeclared majors or anyone interested in going the interdisciplinary route, Janet Talbot is the lady to see. As a painter with an interest in various art forms, Janet will help you explore your interests, find where your passion lies, and ensure that you are doing what you love here at Columbia- and enjoying every minute of it.

312-369-7649, jtalbot@colum.edu

Dance, Interdisciplinary, Undeclared, Associate Director

Jessica Horwitz

Jessica Horwitz

As the college advisor for Fashion Studies students, Jessica is continuously awed by the talent and commitment her students exhibit. She is passionate about helping her students reach their full potential while at Columbia. When not advising her students, Jessica likes to spend time reading, doing crossword puzzles, and trying new restaurants throughout the city. She is excited to welcome you to Columbia and looks forward to getting to know you.

312-369-7801, jhorwitz@colum.edu

Fashion Studies

Jill Sultz

Jill Sultz

312-369-7372 jsultz@colum.edu

Cinema Art + Science

Josalyn

Josalyn Knapic

312-369-7986

jknapic@colum.edu

Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Kamillah Ong

Kamillah Ong

Kamillah is one of the college advisors for Film & Video students. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from DePaul and a master’s degree in higher education from Loyola University, she’s spent years studying, working, dreaming and exploring in Chicago. She strongly believes college is a catalyst, an opportunity to challenge yourself to discover what you love and what you do well, and define how you will use your creativity to impact your community. Her favorite part of her job is helping students figure out how to do that and more.

312-369-3233, kong@colum.edu

Cinema Art + Science

Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Karen Smith, advisor to Advertising Art Direction and Graphic Design students, is sure she knows the best pizza places in Chicago. With a city known for its slice, that’s saying something. Karen is constantly involved in the city- whether it’s going to concerts and plays or cheering on the Bears win or lose (like a true Chicagoan does.) Karen is awed by the talent of her students and is quite confidant she’s seen some of the best art directors and graphic artists walk through her door.

312-369-7646, ksmith@colum.edu

Art + Design: Advertising Art Direction, Graphic Design, Visual Design Studies

Keith Lusson

Keith Lusson

Liberal Arts & Sciences Advisor, Keith Lusson, reads U.S. History, and teaches it, too. He also digs hoops, golf, and perhaps most ironically—a good musical. Keith looks forward to helping you explore, find, and articulate your passion, and enjoying it along the way.

312-369-7283, klusson@colum.edu

Art and Materials Conservation, ASL - English Interpretation, Cultural Studies, & Early Childhood Education, Associate Director

Lauren Targ

Lauren Targ

Lauren is the quintessential collaborator. She has worked in theatre and film as an actor, director, and writer, and, most recently, has co-authored a book. As an interdisciplinary artist whose passion is nurturing students, Lauren understands what her students are going through as they build good lives in the arts. Stop in the College Advising Center to see her, and share your vision of your future. You can work with her on making it a reality.

312-369-8626, ltarg@colum.edu

Creative Writing, Interactive Arts & Media, Assistant Director

Mary Rachel Fanning

Mary Rachel Fanning

Mary Rachel Fanning understands what it is like to see life in pictures. The advisor to Photography students, Mary Rachel is constantly working on her own work and finding ways to aid students in theirs. A self-proclaimed “tech geek” Mary Rachel can navigate "all things web" like a wizard and take a photo on her phone fit to rival your Canon’s.

312-369-7344, mfanning@colum.edu

Photography, Coordinator of Online Communcations

Paula Brien

Paula Brien

Paula has had two careers -- as a journalist and as a college advisor to journalism students. Both are rooted in a similar, and critical, set of skills: understanding the audience, asking the right questions, and finding the best answers. Paula is your source, from what classes to take to what connections to make.

312-369-7935, pbrien@colum.edu

Journalism, Radio

Rachel Horton Smith

Rachel Horton Smith

Rachel Horton is the advisor for Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations students. When not giving you advice (and keeping you sane), she’s probably out writing poetry. Rachel describes her students as some of the most interesting, and well rounded people she knows. With compliments like that, why wouldn’t you want to see her?

312-369-7621, rhorton@colum.edu

Marketing Communication, Advertising, Public Relations, Coordinator of Outreach and Assessment

Ritch Barnes

Ritch Barnes

Ritch Barnes is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago in Film & Video. He has worked on several Hollywood features, and he is a passionate poet and fiction writer. Ritch enjoys meeting with his film students to share his knowledge and to hear their creative stories. According to Ritch, he lives in the best of both worlds because he can help young people find their dreams, while he pursues his own. Stop by the CAC and don’t hesitate to tell Ritch your story (or stories).

312-369-7932, rbarnes@colum.edu

Cinema Art + Science, Television

Wayne Tukes

Wayne Tukes

J. Wayne Tukes believes in the power of music to enhance one’s quality for life and provide fulfillment. When not advising his Audio Arts & Acoustics students, J. Wayne can be found peacefully fishing, reading, or writing. Stop by to see J. Wayne and he will gladly share his passion and expertise with you.

312-369-7648, wtukes@colum.edu

Audio Arts & Acoustics

Will Casey

Will Casey

Will Casey is a fellow lover of the theatre, and after many years as a professional actor, has the connections and insight that will guide you on your way to a life on stage. He’s also a wiz at the bbq (with a dry rub that will knock your socks off) and will be more than happy to help you find that killer monologue you’ve been looking for (and also give you a great toast, just in case.)

312-369-8623, wcasey@colum.edu

Theatre