Graphic Design & Web Development | Faculty | Kelowna

Ramin Parsakish | instructor

Ramin Parsakish has a background in computer science with over 15 years of experience in teaching and curriculum development.  During this time, Ramin has  taught several courses including: AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, 3D MAX, Photoshop, and Illustrator. He has worked as a freelance consultant and CAD trainer in Europe and Canada since 1990 and has previous experience in designing and developing CAD application and commercial web sites.

Chris Stephens | Instructor  

Working hard or hardly working? When you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work and the time flies. Chris was has been working with computers long before the World Wide Web existed—back when dialup modems and ansi graphics reigned supreme on bulletin board systems. A few years ago, Chris founded Twirling Umbrellas Ltd., a web design and digital marketing agency here in Kelowna with a small team of amazing employees and awesome clients from all over the world. Fluent in PHP, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and WordPress development, Chris is excited to share his passion and experience at the Centre for Arts and Technology and help grow Kelowna's technology community.

Kat Bensler | Instructor

With a degree from the University of Toronto in Semiotics and Communication Theory in hand, Kat set her sights on an Advertising and Graphic Design diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology.  Her creativity has since taken hold and led her to a successful career in graphic design, marketing, and print.  Kat’s skills span all of the applicable graphic design software systems, including In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, Dreamweaver, Flash and Final Cut.  Kat’s interest in extreme sports has pushed her towards companies with similar values, designing for West 49, Billabong, and Big White Ski Resort.  While teaching at the Centre, Kat can also be found mountain biking, snowboarding, or wakeboarding. 

Carrie Mayhew | Instructor 

Carrie Mayhew has established herself as a strong presence in the design community.  Graduating with a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), Carrie has put her skills to work by creating her own design company and magazine.  Carrie’s company, Ginger Creative, specialize in corporate branding, layout design, website design, editorial design, wedding invitations and wedding day-of details.  Along with her design company, Carrie also started 'Adore' magazine, an Okanagan wedding & lifestyle magazine that is a community hub for the local Okanagan wedding professionals. Carrie loves taking unique ideas and translating them into creative communicative and tangible visual forms.

cindy campbell | instructor

Cindy has spent her career working and creating in the IT field.  Starting with her Bachelor of Computer Science, Cindy spent fifteen years working with Telvent Canada, as both a technical trainer and educational services manager.  At Telvent, Cindy specialized in graphic design, system administration, and set-up, support and maintenance for the company’s servers.  Upon returning to the Okanagan, Cindy founded her own graphic design and web development company, Green Mountain Creative.  With Green Mountain Creative, Cindy has focused on graphic design, curriculum design, training facilitation and website design and development.  In addition to teaching at the college, Cindy volunteers her graphic design and website skills to promote GottaGoat, her family’s local hobby farm. 

colin marth | instructor

Colin brings with him 14 years of industry experience in broadcast television production, directing, editing, and video production.  He also spent the last five years as an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro X.  As an independent film producer, Colin produced several short films and documentaries, winning the Best Film on Mountain Culture at the 2003 Vancouver Mountain Film Festival.  In terms of commercial productions, Colin was the editor, producer and director on Seasons 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 for “Remodel It! With Her,” as well as the producer for She Devil Productions’ “Pete the Plumber.”  Colin’s passion for education goes hand in hand with his passion for creative expression through the visual medium. 

tina siddiqui | instructor

Born and raised in Pakistan, Tina travelled within the country and overseas with her diplomat father.

Trained as a Graphic Designer, her artistic journey has been that of an explorer. She works in a variety of mediums, of which pastels are her medium of preference. Often enjoying an “explosion” of colours, Tina finds working with a limited palette equally thrilling. Light cascading over forms, natural or man-made, is the driving force that compels her to paint as she strives to capture a specific moment in time.

Portraits, figurative art and landscapes are the themes Tina is currently featuring in her paintings and pastels.

Since 1976, Tina has exhibited in group and solo shows in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Pakistan and Dubai. In 2004 she moved to Kelowna after a 13 year stay in Dubai. The Okanagan landscape has mesmerized her, compelling her to paint this area, which she says is a true labour of passion.

Elizabeth dykosky | instructor

Internationally Renowned Artist  and Art Instructor.

Elizabeth Dykosky’s work is unique and shows extraordinary colour use and remarkable talent wielding the brush or the pallet knife. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries throughout the world, among others in Italy(Rome), Canada(Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Kelowna), the USA(Detroit), as well as the United Arab Emirates(Dubai and Salalah). Her paintings belong to the private collection of the Vatican, Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, and Shanfari Group of Companies in Salalah, UAE.

Her pieces capture the essence of the subject to a degree that leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.

kiko carisse | instructor

Kiko is a talented, passionate Web Developer and Graphic Designer with a broad range of experience in the web and graphic design industry. He has experience working with larger web agencies, as well as free lancing, and working as an in house developer/SEO specialist. Kiko’s Graphic Design skills are in such programs as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and many other programs from the Adobe Suite to create web designs, business cards, brand assets for print and web, and more. His web skills are in MySQL, PHP, Node Js, jQuery, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Linux, Wordpress, and in using the Cake PHP framework. Kiko’s passion lies greatly in his love for graphic design and web development, but even more so in his desire to teach. Teaching at the Centre for Arts and Technology allows Kiko to keep one foot in industry, while following his passion for sharing his knowledge and experience with the new generation.