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Digital Media
Meet the Faculty & Staff

Patti Appel Patti Appel
Title: Professor, Graphics
Degrees: B.A., Santa Clara University; M.F.A., UCLA
Teaching Experience: Since 1990
Career Highlights: After 15 years in another career, CSM facilitated and supported my career transition into graphic design. The highlight of my professional life was to return to CSM as a professor to give back to this great college the opportunity I was given. To see my students successfully find their career path is the most gratifying experience of all.
Hobbies: Acting, singing and watercolor painting.
Quote: "Creativity, like human life itself, begins in darkness." – Julia Cameron
Diana Bennett Diana Bennett
Title: Professor, Multimedia
Degrees: M.A., CSU East Bay; B.A., CSU East Bay; A.A., Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising: Certificate of Online Teaching and Learning
Teaching experience: Since 1999
Career highlights: Academic Senate President
Hobbies: Golf, gardening, water sports
Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou
Michelle Brown Michelle M. Brown
Title: Associate Professor, Broadcast & Electronic Media
Degrees: M.A., San Francisco State University; B.A., Central Michigan University
Teaching experience: Since 2004
Career highlights: 2010 Cinépoem Arts Award, Berkeley Video & Film Festival; 2010 Sacramento International Film Festival; 2008 Emmy Foundation Fellow, Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences; 2008 Finalist, Masterminds Arts Competition, SF Weekly
Hobbies: Digital filmmaking, hockey fan, voice acting, stand up comedy
Quote: “Don’t hate the media, become the media.” – Jello Biafra
Sam Sanchez Sam Sanchez
Title: Associate Professor
Degrees: Certified Pro Tools Music Operator; Certificate, San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking; Honorable Discharge United States Navy
Teaching experience: Since 1993
Career highlights: Being here teaching digital audio recording and digital filmmaking
Hobbies: Halo, Soul Calibur, hiking, photography, & parenting
Quote: "Have a good time all the time." – Viv Savage
Claudia SteenbergClaudia Steenberg
Title: Adjunct Professor, Graphics
Degrees: B.A. and M.A., University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Experience: Since 1973
Career Highlights: Fulbright Scholar, Warsaw, Poland; New York Art Directors Club Annual Award, Editorial; Los Angeles Art Directors Annual Award, Publication Design; Ozzie Bronze Award, Best Overall Design, consumer magazine; Washington Software Association, Best Magazine Cover Design Award; seeing my CSM students achieve professional success.
Hobbies: Walks on the coast, observing the changing colors, family time.
Quote: “You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.” – My father
Randy TanRandy Tan
Title: Adjunct Faculty
Degrees: M.A., San Francisco State University
John Hall John Hall
Title: IT Support Technician III
Hans Ullrich Hans Ullrich
Title: IT Support Technician III