IADT-Seattle - Faculty Profiles

At IADT-Seattle, 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.

To learn more about IADT, our degree programs or how to apply for admission, please contact us for more information.

Rich MacGilvray

Rich MacGilvray

Department Chair, Technology

Rich MacGilvray attended Framingham State College, where he received a BA in Visual Communication. He earned his Master of Fine Art in Special Effects Animation from Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton, Fla. Rich has had a lifelong love for technology.

His 12-plus-year professional career has mostly been in digital arts: He has worked as a screen printer, pre-press person, production artist, touch-up artist, 3D modeler, animator, and instructor. He joined the IADT-Seattle team as the program chair of Game Production in April 2012.

Rich is always willing to tackle the next game development project or animation, but his heart is in education.

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Charlie Dees

Charlie Dees

Lead Instructor, Digital Media Production and Graphic Design

Charlie Dees oversees instruction and the development of curriculum at IADT- Seattle for the Graphic Design and the Digital Media Production programs. Previously, from 2004 to 2010, he divided his time as a multimedia instructor at ITT Technical Institute and LA Ort College, both in Los Angeles, where he taught bachelor-, associate- and certificate-level courses in video production, editing, Web design, print and interactive communications. Charlie has directed one feature film and has experience as a documentary director and post-production supervisor. He was a CG operator and broadcast designer for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings and Clippers at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. He also has significant experience in broadcast direction, editing, graphics and camera operations at NBC and CBS affiliates in Mobile, Ala., and at the Los Angeles County Office of Education's Educational Telecommunications Network in Los Angeles. Charlie served as Head of Graphics at the NBC affiliate in Mobile, Ala. Additionally, he spent three years in Western Africa working on two documentaries.

Charlie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications: Radio/TV/Film from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., and his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

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Monir Zandghoreishi

Monir Zandghoreishi

Lead Instructor, Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising

Monir Zandghoreishi has long been the mentor behind many promising young designers. Aside from being the lead instructor for Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising at IADT-Seattle, she is an experienced and respected couture designer in her own right. She is the founder of Project Red Dress, an annual design competition benefiting the American Heart Association, and also a former Regional Director of Fashion Group International (FGI-Seattle). For many years, she has felt satisfaction and reward by being a champion for young designers who are long on talent but short on funding. She was the creator and co- producer of the “The Look,” the first Seattle fashion reality show on King5 TV, and served as the designer mentor on the show. In 2012, Monir received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Metropolitan Fashion Week.

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Kelly Cassady

Kelly Cassady

Lead Instructor, General Education

Kelly Cassady received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., graduating cum laude with a BA in Media Arts and Design with a focus in Digital Video and a minor in Spanish. She attended graduate school at California State University, Fullerton, where she graduated with honors and an MA in Communication.

Since 2005, Kelly has been working at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Seattle. She teaches many courses including College Success, Information Literacy, Interpersonal Communications, and Literature and Film. She has served as an academic advisor and a tutor. Kelly also has been teaching online courses for IADT since 2009.

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International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. For more information on IADT's accreditation, visit the ACICS website at: http://acics.org.