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Alumni Council

Welcome to your 2015-2016 Alumni Council! We are here to serve you; please feel free to say hello.

Jason  Tilk

Jason Tilk

Title Interim President

Jason Tilk is passionately creative, multi-talented, and pursuing several creative outlets. By day he’s an award-winning designer named on 13 patents (and counting). By night he’s a vaudeville performer of songs, jokes and magic tricks, and the organizer of a recurring events in CLE including SantaCon, The Urban Iditarod and entertainment producer for Bal Ingenieux.

René Polin has more than 20 years’ experience in product design and development. He is the president and founder of Balance Product Development, Inc. – a full-service design and innovation consulting firm in Cleveland, OH.

He is responsible for hundreds of successful products from baby toys to medical devices. If you’ve withdrawn money from your local ATM, bathed your infant in a baby bathtub, hitched up your boat trailer, or crushed ice in your kitchen blender, there’s a good change you’ve used something René and his talented team have worked on. His wide-varied client experience includes Diebold, Makerbot, Fisher-Price, Sherwin-Williams, Lowe’s, Moan, and Discover Financial Services to name a few.

René is passionate about design and innovation, using his ‘balanced’ approach to creative problem-solving and design to create breakthrough products and experiences with every engagement, large or small. “At Balance, we help clients see what’s next – then we help them build it.”

René holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art where he also serves on the Board of Directors.

A Cleveland based photographer and fine artist, Paul blends his fine art with his commercial photography, creating images that are as fantastical as they are relevant. His work ranges from composing absurdist portraits of mash-up artist Girl Talk (Greg Gillis), photographing celebrity Chef Michael Symon, to constructing a simulated camping blog series featuring whimsical disasters and contemplations of solitude. Paul’s work has been featured in Spin, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine and recently published in contemporary art and design books Hair’em Scare’em and Tangible by Gestalten Press.

Tina Dujmovic graduated from CIA in 2010, where she majored in Fiber and Material Studies with an emphasis in Visual Culture. She currently works at Faber-Castell USA as a product developer for their children's craft brand, Creativity for Kids. Tina has hosted arts workshops at Ingenuity Fest and Mini Maker Faire in Cleveland, and continues to maintain a personal fiber art practice.

Patrick J. Coyne, CIA ’71, Graphic Design major – Consultant/Program Director with over 40 years experience in design and project management. Mr. Coyne has a diverse background including new product development, packaging (structural and graphic), brand creation and implementation, marketing and sales material design, and television on-air graphics including set design. His design expertise centers on project management for a range of creative disciplines including medical products, consumer goods, commercial products, and branding.

Some of Mr. Coyne’s past clients included Procter & Gamble (SpinBrush packaging and merchandising), Cleveland Clinic Wellness (360-5 branding and retail imagery), Goodyear (two new product development programs), General Electric (packaging), Manco/ShurTech (Duck brand creation and packaging format), and GOJO (Purell branding and packaging).

Steven Mastroianni is a full time artist, photographer, educator, as well as gallery owner. Self employed as a photographer since graduating CIA in 1988, he is also owner and operator of Mastroianni Photography and Arts, a photographic studio and art gallery in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, where he features the art of area artists as well as his own work. He is also a professor at Cuyahoga Community College, where he teaches photography. Steven Mastroianni is a lifelong Clevelander, growing up on the east side before living in University Circle/Little Italy during his college years, and since then a 20+ year resident of the Tremont neighborhood where he lives with his wife and children.

Sid Ramnarace currently serves as the Vice President of Design and Global Brand Integration at Lifetime Brands (Nasdaq: LCUT). Before joining Lifetime Brands, Ramnarace earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, studying under the celebrated industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost. To create this unique collection, Ramnarace relied heavily on his previous experience in designing high-end, iconic creations for the automotive industry. He started his career with General Motors before spending 10 years at Ford Motor Company, where he was instrumental in the design of numerous automobiles, most notably the Ford Thunderbird, Ford Flex, and the fifth generation of the Ford Mustang, which was cited as one of the iconic cars of the last 20 years.

Leslye received a BFA in Ceramics and Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1976. After working as an artist for just two years, she transferred her skills to graphic design and took a job in an architectural signage company creating sign systems for hospitals and office buildings. Carried by a wave of innovation in the field of computer graphic messaging, in 1981 Leslye became the first woman owner of a signage company, Architectural Communications, Inc. She provided Cleveland developers and hospitals with architectural signage that used graphic design as a marketing tool. To this day, she advocates for equal pay for equal work and for gender equality. After the arrival of her second child in 1989, she sold her company, but continued to rely on her ability to think creatively, working for non-profit agencies and organizations where she could continue to impact positive change in C. She has now committed her considerable energies to a resumption of her first and beloved career as an artist, making good on a promise she made to herself many years ago.

Kevin Geiger has over 25 years experience in the arts & entertainment, including 15 years with Disney in Burbank and Beijing. Resident in China since 2008, Kevin has enjoyed an eclectic creative career as artist, animator, technician, teacher, consultant, entrepreneur, producer and executive. Throughout, Kevin has employed lateral thinking to innovate and forge new paths. In 2009, Kevin co-founded Magic Dumpling Entertainment in Beijing, developing original Chinese content for global markets. In 2012, Kevin formed Disney’s Greater China Local Content team as VP & Head of Creative. Kevin once again resumed his independent endeavors in 2015.

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