General Education Faculty

William Carswell

Fashion Merchandising and General Education Instructor

Vikki Gamier

Career Development Instructor

Ms. Gamier is a 1996 graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a major in Human Resource Management.

She has been employed with Meister Media Worldwide. in Willoughby Ohio for 15 years. Her current role is Human Resources Administrator. She manages the day to day activities of the HR Department including insured and pre-tax employee benefits, retirement plans, payroll, paid time off program, performance development, employment law compliance, budgeting, recruiting and retention as well as employee relations. She also chairs the Training and Development Committee.

Andrij Maday

Art Fundamentals and Color Theory

Mr. Maday is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is the recipient of 12 awards, a Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant among them. Mr. Maday has exhibited extensively in 33 solo and over 85 group exhibitions. His woodcuts, drawings, as well as paintings, both secular and ecclesiastical, may be found in numerous private and permanent collections in North America, Europe, and Australia. Specializing in custom site specific commissions, his work can be viewed at

Patrick Melnick

General Education Department Chair

Mr. Melnick is the Chair of VMCAD’s General Education Department. Any student will tell you that Mr. Melnick is one of the best! An art studies instructor, he teaches Anatomy and Figure Drawing, History of Art and Fashion Illustration. An instructor for more than 26 years, Mr. Melnick earned his Master of Fine Arts Doctoral in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame. He’s worked throughout Ohio and in Chicago teaching and working in art galleries.

Melissa Mendise

Photography Instructor

Keith Miller

Math Instructor

Mr. Miller have a BS in Engineering Management/Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri School of Science and Technology and an MBA from the University of Iowa School of Business and is committed to continuing education.  He has 30+ years of experience managing, consulting, leading and training for: design, engineering, finance, and manufacturing in the business world working with manufacturing and sales locations around the globe.  He has been tutoring for over ten years and am excited to share learning experiences with his students.  He has been teaching math, economics, and business classes full time on college campuses for seven years.  He is committed to the success of my students and will provide every opportunity for you to succeed in this course.

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.

Janet Simonovich

English Instructor

Keith Smith

Anatomy & Figure Drawing, Art Fundamentals and Color

Mr. Smith is a graduate of VMCAD and holds an Associate Degree of Applied Business in Interior Design.  He serves on the board of the VMCAD foundation, and teaches the art fundamentals, color theory and anatomy & figure drawing courses.  He also teaches Intro to Interior Design and Anatomy & Figure Drawing for ID. Mr. Smith owns the fine art firm Esoteric Painting Design located in downtown Cleveland.  He specializes in faux painting techniques, and color consulting.

Mia Spanu

Social Science Instructor