IADT-Chicago Faculty & Staff Profiles

At IADT-Chicago, we view education as a collaborative relationship that will develop between you and our instructors and staff. That's why we hope you'll take this opportunity to meet a few of the experienced faculty and staff members who are committed to helping you acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to become a creative professional.

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Ron Wade

Ron Wade

Lead Instructor, Visual Communications

Ron Wade does not look at any design field as an independent entity; rather, he approaches design as interrelated fields that challenge the designer to constantly grow to address the needs of the client as well as the interests of the designer. This philosophy has been a driving factor in Ron's 25 years in the industry, a career that includes illustration graphic design, videography, Web design and animation.

Ron was one of those kids who spent his early school years drawing when he should have been doing homework. Comic books especially intrigued him, as an outlet not only to draw but to establish a visual narrative. These interests would lead Ron to earn a bachelor’s degree in illustration and a master’s in computer animation. The degrees formed a foundation of skills that allowed Ron to pursue a career as a freelance designer, utilizing the opportunities each client presented as a means to learn new skills.

Ron decided to start teaching as a means to share these skills and help make young designers aware of the possibilities the field offers. Helping students develop their interests and experiences into marketable skills led Ron to his current role as the Design Department Chair, a position that reflects his own varied interests. When asked what he thinks a newly graduated designer should keep in mind, he answers, "Design is not something static, it changes and adapts; technology, culture and media all influence how we channel our creativity into design. If you want to have a career and not a job you have to be open, you have to grow."

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Edward Marchewka

Edward Marchewka

Lead Instructor, Visual Communications

Edward Marchewka comes to IADT with more than a decade in the information technology field in various roles from bench technician to field technician and territory manager to business owner. He has been in higher education since 2009 in an adjunct capacity at various institutions, including Colorado Technical University (CTU) as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Excelsior College, online, as an instructor in the Mathematics department; and with Elgin Community College as an adjunct instructor in the Mathematics department. While with CTU, Edward was a 2012 nominee for the Educator of the Year award in Instruction. He also taught with MicroTrain, a computer training company, as a CCNA instructor.

Edward is recognized as a CompTIA subject matter expert, designing or writing the exams, for CTT+, Network+, and A+. He holds several IT certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, ITIL, NSA, and HP. He also maintains memberships with NCTM, ICTM, IMACC, ANN, and Mensa. After a brief stint in the Navy as a nuclear-trained Electrician's Mate, he completed his BA in Liberal Studies and BS in Nuclear Engineering Technologies from Thomas Edison State College. He earned an MBA and an MS in Mathematics with a specialization in Mathematics Education from Northern Illinois University.

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Kathy Chrucky

Kathy Chrucky

Lead Instructor, Fashion Design

Kathy Chrucky has been working in the apparel industry as a product developer for over 30 years with companies such as Maidenform (product development and private label), Katz (product development), Danskin (private label and offshore product development), and Henry Lee (product development). In January 2013, she accepted the position of Lead Instructor for Fashion Design at IADT-Chicago after working eight years as an adjunct Instructor and later full-time faculty/advisor for IADT. She has taught in both the Design and Merchandising departments, with courses including Global Sourcing and Product Development, Business Math, Principles of Buying, Introduction to Business, Textiles, Inventory Control, Entrepreneurship, Couture Techniques, Tailoring and Apparel Manufacturing, and Quality Control. She earned a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and an AAS degree in Apparel Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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Susan Wade

Susan Wade

Lead Instructor, Merchandising Management

Knowing whether your most recent fashion purchase is something for the season or a soon-to-be wardrobe staple means you need to know your history. Susan Wade not only believes this; she lives it, utilizing a full knowledge of fashion history to review and determine trends in the contemporary industry. Susan’s passion for fashion history was ignited long before she pursued her BFA in Fashion Design at the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT), which spurred her to extend her research and apply it to various business ventures, including ecommerce in vintage jewelry and launching a line of sportswear. These experiences, combined with a master’s degree from USF, 10 years’ experience in statistical analysis and forecasting, and 5 years’ experience in commission sales, has helped her become a recognized instructor at her alma mater, IADT-Chicago, as 2008 Educator of the Year. Today Susan shares her knowledge with her students at IADT through a variety of courses in the Merchandising Management program, including Fashion Trend Analysis. Her educational career culminates each year as a lead for the school’s trip to New York Fashion Week, where she can introduce fashion and merchandising students to the industry firsthand.

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Margaret Hahn

Margaret Hahn

Lead Instructor, General Education

Now Lead Instructor for General Education, Margaret Hahn began her academic career as an adjunct instructor at IADT-Chicago teaching Information Literacy, College Success, and Design Fundamentals. With a BA in Women’s Studies, BFA in Graphic Design, and M.Ed in Educational Leadership, Margaret’s diverse academic background marries Liberal Arts, Educational Theory, and Visual Design. Prior to joining IADT, Margaret had the opportunity to pursue many different roles, both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, including positions in design, grant writing, administration, fundraising, communications, and community development. At IADT-Chicago, Margaret focuses her efforts on General Education but also works across curricula to support and add value in any that she can. When Margaret is not at IADT, she enjoys food, fitness, and designing new culinary creations. She also continues to work as a freelance graphic designer and has many design (graphic, sewing, knitting, food) projects in the works when she can make the time.

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Virginia Hess

Virginia Hess

Student Services Manager

Virginia Hess attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received a B.A. in Anthropology. She also earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master of Education degree (with a focus in Educational Technology) from American InterContinental University. Virginia’s career in education began when teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Anthropology Department, and she also has worked with students in Admissions as well as Student Services. Her professional experience encompasses online education, academic advising, and student support services. She first joined IADT-Chicago as an admissions representative and enjoys providing support for students through graduation in her current role. Virginia also works with Chicago-based organizations to stay current on trends in her students’ industries as well as learn about services pertinent to her student population and ways to enhance student success.

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Tremayne Simpson

Tremayne Simpson

Student Services Manager

Tremayne Simpson attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for both his Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and Master of Education (Instructional Leadership). He began working as a General Education adjunct instructor at IADT-Chicago in 2004. During his time at IADT, he has had the opportunity to hold several positions, including faculty member, academic advisor and general education program chair. He has used his vast experience to lead and assist other faculty members in addressing varying learning styles, adhering to the needs of a diverse student population, building effective course content and the creation of adequate measures of student assessment. In his current role as Learning Resource Center Specialist, he provides oversight for the school library, tutoring center and testing area. In this role, he ensures that students receive effective academic resources that can assist in their overall scholastic success.

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