IADT Sacramento - Faculty Profiles

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

With their diverse backgrounds and many professional accomplishments, these are a few of the people we think you'll enjoy getting to know:

Linda Vann

Name: Linda Vann

Title/Position: Department Chair, Design

Linda Vann has more than 20 years of experience in operations management encompassing the K-12 non-profit and for-profit education as well as the transportation and logistics industries. She earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Fullerton and a teaching credential from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. She completed an MBA in 2013 from American Intercontinental University.


Creighton Dinsmore

Name: L. Creighton Dinsmore

Title/Position: Lead Instructor, Graphic Design

L. Creighton Dinsmore has been involved in visual brand consultation for more than 30 years. As a Senior Designer, Design Director, and an Associate for Landor Associates and in his own independent design consultancy, Creighton has gained extensive experience in corporate identity systems, retail identity, exhibit design and brand identity concerns. His experience in corporate, retail and brand identity spans a wide range of clients including Alcatel, USF, WGN, Brocade and Philippine Airlines, and he also has had extensive design involvement with clients such as Visa, Barclay’s iShares, LG, Kia, FedEx, P&G, the U.S. Olympic Team, Boeing, British Airways, Hilton Hotels, American Express, YWCA, Microsoft Windows and Disney.

Prior to his corporate design experience, Creighton developed a significant background in retail identity with companies including Red Lobster, Howard Johnson’s, Arco, and Philippine Airlines as well as exhibit design for the California Museum of Science and Industry and the Discovery Museum.

Creighton has been involved in educating the next generation of graphic designers at IADT-Sacramento since 2010.


Ladd Woodland

Name: Ladd Woodland

Title/Position: Full-time Instructor, Graphic Design

Ladd Woodland has a broad background of creative experience, focused primarily in architecture/interiors, exhibit design, environmental graphics, brand strategy and graphic design. After graduating from California College of the Arts (then CCAC), he went to work for some of the well-known names in San Francisco Architecture such as William Stout and Holt, Hinshaw, Phau and Jones. From there, he moved into the design and development of science and technology exhibits at West Office Exhibit Design in Oakland, Calif. His experience in the development of architectural spaces along with an understanding of user interaction and message communication lead him to Landor Associates as a member of the Environmental Branding department. While at Landor, he designed and developed interiors and environmental graphics for companies such as FedEx, Accenture, BP and Lincoln. Ladd later started his own boutique brand strategy and design firm in Davis, Calif., where he helped regional, growth-minded companies position their brand image for future success. He is now a full-time instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology of Sacramento and does contract work on design/brand projects for local clients. He also has recently become involved with a multi-disciplinary media startup and is interested and involved in the local creative community. Currently he is a member of the Sacramento Ad Club and an active board member of the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento.


Kathy Kerr Carpenter

Name: Kathy Kerr-Carpenter

Title/Position: Lead Instructor, Fashion Design and Merchandising

Kathy Kerr-Carpenter came to IADT-Sacramento with more than 25 years of experience in management, team development and leadership. She has taught in college-level fashion programs since 2006. Ms. Kerr-Carpenter previously worked with clients and theaters as a patternmaker, designer and stitcher. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and Master of Divinity from Boston University’s School of Theology. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Management, Organizational Development and Change, from Colorado Technical University with an expected graduation date of 2014.


Kevin Lovelace

Name: Kevin Lovelace

Title/Position: Lead Instructor, Fashion Design and Merchandising

Kevin Lovelace comes to IADT-Sacramento with more than five years’ experience in higher education. He has taught in the general education department since 2008 and has functioned as lead faculty for the general education department since 2011. He has also worked in sales, training and consulting for technology and health companies. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; and a Masters of Arts in Education Leadership from California State University, Sacramento. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.


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Name: Purwa Garg

Title/Position: Full-time instructor, Fashion Design and Merchandising

Educational Background:

  • Master's in Clothing and Textiles, Punjab Agricultural University, India;
  • Bachelor's in Home Economics, Punjab Agricultural University, India;
  • Associate's in Computer Information Systems, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL

Professional Experience:

  • International Academy of Design and Technology, Sacramento, FT Faculty/ Advisor, 2009-Present
  • International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago, FT Faculty/ Advisor, 2004 – 2009
  • International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago, Adjunct Faculty, 2003 – 2004

I Got Into This Field Because … Teaching is a career that I chose as a child. I have a great respect for this profession, as I come from a family of educators. I am passionate about the field of fashion design for all the challenges and creativity it brings for designers to dress up this world so that all can boost up their mental stamina by looking good as well as being comfortable.

What I Love About Teaching Is … Being able to interact with students and train them to be successful in the competitive world of fashion design. I believe in creating a congenial environment to encourage students to participate and learn to apply their knowledge in the real world with leadership skills. It is very satisfying to me as an instructor to achieve critical goals of student learning, to encourage students toward excellence in their future career and to be able to make a difference in their lives.

My Notable Awards/Achievements Include:

  • Distinguished Educator of the Year 2009, Fashion Design, IADT Chicago
  • All Stars for teaching excellence Term 1 2010, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Sacramento, CA


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Name: Scott J. Wreyford Sr.

Title/Position: Adjunct Instructor

Educational Background:

  • BA Art, San Jose State University;
  • MS Professional Photography, Brooks Institute of Photography

Professional Experience:

  • VFM Leonardo (virtual tours of hotels)
  • Photographer, San Francisco 49ers
  • Photographer, San Joaquin Magazine

I Got Into This Field Because … I knew that I wasn't going to be successful at symphonic music!

What I Love About Teaching Is … Sharing real-world experience with my students.

My Notable Awards/Achievements Include:

  • Best in Show, California State Fair, Black & White Photography
  • Scout Leader of the Year


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