Admissions / Enrollment Management
Financial Aid & Registrar
Finance & Business Office
Communications, and External Relations
Facility & Rental
Anna Dowell - Chief Financial Officer
Anna has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Financial Manager. She has over 30 years of accounting experience with various organizations, including financial audit, internal audit and chief financial officer. Her experience includes governmental and not-for-profit organizations.
Paige Williams - Academic Dean
Currently the Academic Dean at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, she exhibits locally, nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Germany, the Ukraine, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York. She has been selected as an Artist in Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, The University of Alaska in Anchorage, The Neu Rathaus Gallery in Munich, Germany and The Vermont Studio Center. Grants include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Summerfair Award to Individual Artists.
Mark Thomas - Associate Dean
Mark is Professor and Associate Dean at AAC. Professor Thomas has developed courses in graphic design, illustration and design history. He is a published author of internationally distributed textbooks on design and design methodology. He has designed numerous exhibitions, catalogs, and posters. An award-winning designer of educational board game design, he also holds a U.S. Patent for a color demonstration device for teaching color theory. He is a past President and active board member of AIGA Cincinnati.
Tiffany Tran - Admissions Counselor
Originally from Wisconsin, Tiffany Tran is a sculptor/sculpture using poetry and video to understand the intricacies of identity and language. In her free time, she enjoys drinking water and cooking with friends. tiffany-tran.com
Jack Wirth - Associate Director of Admissions
Jack Wirth recently acquired his BFA in Painting from the AAC and has been producing work in a variety of media including: paper making, drawing, writing, and sculpture. Jack has been a resident of OTR for five years, is one of the founding members of AAC QueerSpace, and loves to dance.
Kristin Klein - Assistant Director of Enrollment
Joining AAC in 2014, Kristin serves as the Assistant Director of Enrollment Management team. She studied dance at the University of Cincinnati.
Dani Tellez - Admissions Assistant
Dani is an alumni with a degree in art history and painting. She focuses on colour in many different mediums, ranging from embroidery to painting. Currently living in Over the Rhine, she can be found out and about enjoying local music, art and admiring dogs.
Denise Brennan Watson - Executive Assistant, Academic Affairs
A native of South Texas, Denise Brennan Watson was a member of the Coastal Bend English Riding Association and King English Riding Association. Denise holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, and she completed a double major in Philosophy and Journalism with a minor in English. She loves words and culinary arts.
Alexandria TÚllez - Office Manager
A native of Texas, Alexandria grew up in a military family and lived on the East Coast until moving to Cincinnati in 2000. Alexandria began studies in Business at Cincinnati State after graduating from Oak Hills High School. She began her work at AAC in summer of 2014 in Community Education’s award-winning Camp Art Academy program.
Alex Siebert - Registrar
Alex is a Cincinnati native who primarily uses music as his creative outlet, performing in a variety of ensembles. He has devoted his career to helping people to reach their full creative potential. He believes that the arts play an integral role in shaping peoples’ lives, and enjoys meeting the creative and unique people that inspire the rest of the world.
Rebecca Carr - Director of Financial Aid
Rebecca received her BA from NKU, and her MSM from IWU. She found her calling in the world of Financial Aid where she loves helping students find the funding to obtain their dreams. When not helping students she's spending time with her family.
Angel Clifford - Accounts Clerk
Angel is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she double majored in Accounting and Business Management. When away from AAC, she enjoys spending time with her family and 4 dogs. Her hobbies include camping, boating and car racing.
Jennifer Spurlock - Director of Community Education
Jennifer has worked in the world of communication and arts for over twenty years. She started out in broadcasting at Jacor Communications, now known as Clear Channel. In the early 2000’s she branched out into the medium of film and video production. Before joining the Art Academy of Cincinnati Jennifer served as the Marketing Manager of the Cincinnati Art Museum while studying history at the University of Cincinnati.
Lydia Collins - CE Manager
Lydia Collins received a BFA from the Art Academy in 2012, with studies focused on drawing, art history, print media, and mythology. Lydia has been involved with Community Education since her time as a student working as a teaching assistant, and has worked as coordinator since 2013. Committed to encouraging artists of all ages find their voice and passion, she hopes to pursue a Masters in Art History and Arts Education.
Melissa Rounds - CE Program Coordinator
Ohio-born and raised, Melissa moved to Cincinnati to pursue a college education and a tribe of kindred creative spirits, with much success. With a passion for facilitating events that help people tap into their own creativity, Melissa joined the AAC in 2016 and hopes to continue providing opportunities for all people to express themselves through the arts.
Kelly Enwright - Executive Assistant
As an environmental contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she was responsible for effectively communicating with the public regarding the testing of new technologies to clean up contaminated military and industrial sites. Kelly graduated with Honors from UC with a BA in Communication Arts.
Robin Lippelman - Database Specialist
Robin spent more than 25 years in fundraising for several organizations around Cincinnati. Raising money for great causes was her passion before retiring in August 2010, to care for her husband. Following a five-year hiatus, she joined the development department of the Art Academy in September 2015, returning to the field she loves. Robin believes strongly in the mission of AAC and is proud to be a part of this outstanding organization.
Amanda Parker-Wolery - Director of Marketing & Enrollment
Amanda Parker-Wolery meshes her art background with her love of people as the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Marketing Specialist. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the University of Dayton and an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati. When she's not on social media, you can usually find her on a bike in the mud.
Chelsey Hughes - Associate Director of Marketing
Chelsey received a BFA from the Art Academy in 2010, with a focus on print media, and illustration. She co-owns and operates Pull Club Studio, a print shop located in Camp Washington.
Mark Auer - Director of Facilities
Mark is a Cincinnati native working in the trades and service industry for 38 years. Mark enjoys woodworking and wilderness travel in his free time. On the weekends he can be found with his four grandchildren.
Matt Coors - Exhibitions Coordinator
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Matt is an artist who has worked in a wide variety of media, including drawing, sculpture, photography, and digital processes, in addition to doing freelance graphic design. He is also the cofounder of two former art galleries: Publico in Cincinnati and Double Break in San Diego.
Paul Stephens - Maintenance Technician
Paul, a Vietnam Veteran, has been with AAC Maintenance Dept. since 1969 when he returned from service. For years he worked security in the evening and maintenance during the day. When the school moved from Mt. Adams to OTR, his responsibilities grew with the size of the building. Paul and his wife enjoy visiting and spending time with their nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren living in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama.
Jimmy Baker - Associate Professor, Website Manager
Baker earned an MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2004. He has exhibited work in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Basel, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, and other American cities. His work has been featured in many publications, private collections, as well as permanent collections at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance Collection, and Zabludowicz Art Trust.
Py Surber - Student Counselor - S255
Py graduated in 2017 with her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of the Cumberlands. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Py has also obtained a B.S. in Psychology and an A.S. in Health Care Management and Medical Records. Py has a life-long dream of being a psychologist and is passionate about helping people.