Fashion Faculty

William Carswell

Fashion Merchandising and General Education Instructor

Matthew Dodd

Director of Career Services

Matthew is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University specializing in 19th century French painting. While working on his M.A. he developed an original course examining the interconnected history of music and art from the Greeks to the 20th century. He also studied studio arts and architectural history while earning his undergraduate degree at Cleveland State University. Professionally, Matthew has presented papers on such topics as the significance of Wagnerian opera on post-impressionism and Robert Arneson’s Jackson Pollock inspired ceramic works. Matthew also has over 10 years of experience in high-end picture framing and installation, designing original frames for works by Picasso, Rauschenberg and Sol Lewitt. Matthew teaches History of Art, Costume, and Architectural Interiors as well as Art Fundamentals and Color Theory.

Patty Flauto

Fashion Merchandising and Graphic Design Instructor

Ms. Flauto holds a Master in Fine Arts and is a practicing fine artist.  Her paintings are mixed media and are displayed in several art galleries around town.  She specializes in color theory, basic design and layout and art fundamentals.  She focuses her work on consumer product development and creativity training.  Some of her clients include American Greetings, Progressive Insurance, Rubbermaid, Medical Mutual and Corning.

Judy Gannon

Fashion Design Instructor

Ms. Gannon has been teaching fashion design at VMCAD since 1978 and held the position of Department Chair from 2003 to 2015. Having earned her degree from VMCAD, she is well trained in the Haute Couture method of design, and has 45 years of experience in the fashion field. She is a key instructor in the pattern making, draping, sewing, and fitting classes. Ms. Gannon has worked in the fashion design industry throughout NE Ohio, designing career wear and swimwear, creating made-to-measure garments and producing fashion shows. She has worked for major big-box retailer at both the retail and corporate levels and as a workshop artist for Parade the Circle. She is a member of Fashion Group International, American Apparel and Footwear Association, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ms. Gannon stays actively involved in the community and engages her students in area projects so they will learn the vital skills necessary to succeed in their field.

Kate Johnson

Fashion Merchandising Instructor

Cynthia Lundee

Fashion Design Instructor

Katherine Miracle

Katherine Miracle Small Business Mgmt, Advertising and Promotions, Salesmanship

Ms. Miracle is the founder and owner of Miracle Resources, a consulting, training and educational resource for businesses and non-profits.  She specializes in teaching her clients and her students about advertising, promotions, branding, public relations, marketing and revenue development.  Her clients include The Cleveland Clinic, The American Red Cross and Dunkin Donuts.

Len Molloy

Fashion Merchandising Instructor

Mr. Molloy has worked for more than thirty years as a corporate design executive with national retail chains. He has specialized in visual merchandising and store design for specialty store (Richman Brothers), big box (HomePlace), and department store (May Company) retailers. He is currently a principal with Retail Resort Design, a full service retail design firm.

Wayne Pearsall

Business Law, Economics and Fashion Merchandising Instructor

Mr. Pearsall is a practicing Attorney with active licenses in both Ohio and Florida. He is a sole practitioner with an emphasis on Family Law, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy and Small Claims. He has also done Pro Bono work for Homeless Women’s Shelters. But Mr. Pearsall also enjoys using his creative talents through photography and web design. He does photography for various VMCAD events and has created several websites for his other hobbies – baseball and research on Internet Law, publishing an online journal called the Cyberbug Law Journal.

Richie Sayles

Fashion Merchandising and Graphic Design Instructor

Mercedes Wallack

Fashion Design Instructor