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Meet the Faculty & Staff

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
Jeanette CourtinJeanette Courtin
Title: Instructional Aide II, DGME Lab 
Degrees: B.A. in Art, UC Berkeley
Responsibilities: Assist Digital Media students with Adobe software and equipment check out in the Digital Media lab.
Years at CSM: Since 2015
Hobbies: Art, travel, photography, reading
Quote: “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.”
– Neil Gaiman
Vera FainshteinVera Fainshtein
Title: Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Degrees: B.A. in Design, UCLA; M.F.A. in Digital Media Art, SJSU (CADRE Lab for New Media)
Teaching Experience: Since 2007
Career Highlights: I am a practicing artist with over fifteen years of experience in video and graphic design. I designed print materials and DVD Menu screens for clients such as Warner Brothers, Rhino Records, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Columbia Pictures. My large-scale interactive video installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries and venues including the Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA, the Zero1Biennial of contemporary art in San Jose, California, and many others.
Hobbies: Art, travel, learning about other cultures and foreign languages
Quote: “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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
Hans Ullrich Hans Ullrich
Title: IT Support Technician III