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Admissions Faculty

Eric Reitz

Title Director of Admissions Systems and Data
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7437

Karen Wellman

Title Senior Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7422

Karen graduated with a BA in Art, with a concentration in Painting, and focus in Art History, from Cleveland State University. Karen has worked at several galleries in the Cleveland area, then at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Development Department, before starting in the Admissions Office at CIA in the Fall of 2008. Over the past several years, she has participated in local group shows, including St. Clair Superior Development Corporation’s Public Art Projects and Sparx City Hop; as well as having attended numerous gallery openings and museum events, and supporting the local arts scene. Karen values the Cleveland artistic community, and helping students prepare for the admissions/portfolio prep process for admittance into the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Thomas Green

Title Associate Director, Admissions
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7491

Degree BA, Ohio State University

Thomas Green, Associate Director of Admissions, works primarily with transfer students and international students. Thomas has worked in visual arts higher education for more than 20 years and has served as a juror at several arts competitions and exhibitions during this time. He is an avid photographer and a freelance graphic designer. Thomas enjoys visiting Cleveland museums and photographing the city and Lake Erie. He has a BA from Ohio State University.

Richard Sarian

Title Director of Enrollment Marketing
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7432

Samantha Moran

Samantha Moran

Title Admissions Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7492

Samantha Moran (she/her) was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Samantha Graduated from Kent State University with a degree of Art Education and a minor in Fine Arts Painting. Samantha values education and displays enthusiasm helping students with all aspects of the college admissions process. Prior to working for the Cleveland Institute of Art as an Admissions counselor, Samantha applied her passion for teaching art to students of all ages in Olmsted Falls. She also spent many of her summers teaching and coaching sailing in the Cleveland area. Outside of work, Samantha spends much of her time exploring museums in University Circle, sailing on Lake Erie, and creating new works of art.

Davon Brantley

Title Admissions Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7943

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Davon Brantley (he/him), based in Cleveland OH, graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art obtaining his BFA in Drawing. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2018, Davon wanted to completely immerse himself in what it is like to be an “Artist,” going into teaching, curating, exploring different mediums (outside of drawing and painting), exhibiting his work and mentoring emerging artists. While gaining these experiences, Davon’s goal is to change people’s perception about what it means to choose art as a career and to live from that career. Being able to show people the many paths that you can take in order to get to where you need to be!

Yvette Sobky Shaffer

Title Vice President, Enrollment Management + Marketing
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7467

Yvette Sobky Shaffer most recently served as the Director of Admission at Parsons School of Design at The New School. An Ohio native, she began her career as a student tour guide at Bowling Green State University while completing her undergraduate studies in Liberal Studies and Fine Art Photography. She earned her MFA in Writing from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education admission at institutions ranging from St. John's College, the Great Books College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Otis College of Art and Design. Her experience at Otis was formative, and she rose from an Admissions Counselor to the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. During this time, the institution doubled in size, onboard important services, and graduated diverse students into successful careers in the arts.

As a first-generation college graduate, she is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion—and to finding “right fit” institutions that create pathways for students to dream big.

James Malley

Title Director of Admissions
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7487

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