INSTRUCTORS AND STAFF
Jori: President and Founder of Ascend Training
Jori is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop. She has been teaching Photoshop since 1995, and using it since version 2.0. In additon to teaching, she has been a Technical Advisor for publishing companies, and a presenter at such conferences as the Creative Suite Conference, the Pixel Vector Conferece, and the Photoshop LIVE Conference.
Jori designs all the graphics for Ascend, and is an active user of Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver also.
Jeremy: Developer/ Technology Manager
With his extensive IT background and as an iPhone development hobbyist, Jeremy is a huge asset at Ascend. In addition to handling our IT issues, he also assists students with class issues and customer service. Jeremy coded this entire website by hand–GOOD JOB!!!
Ron: Captivate, Dreamweaver and Web Development
Ron has been teaching and developing for the web for 15 years. His constant quest for knowledge makes him an ideal instructor to answer questions on a multitude of applications.
Rich: Dreamweaver, Flash, Actionscript, Fireworks
Rich is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor and Developer in Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks. He has been teaching Flash since its inception, and Dreamweaver since 1999. His attentive, hands-on approach taken with his students is second to none. He also is an avid freelancer both in web design and sculpture. Rich has been teaching for Ascend since 2000. He is a co-manager of the Chicago chapter of the Adobe User Group.
Rob: Premiere Pro
Rob is our resident video expert who scored a perfect 100% on the Premiere Pro exam!
He has taught Adobe Premiere and television production at the college level for over 10 years. He has 25 years experience in television studio management. Rob is also an independent shooter/editor who travels the country shooting programs for television.
He has video taped everything from motor sports, to a Billy Idol Concert and Supreme court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Laurie: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
Teaching InDesign and Illustrator is truly her passion. Helping students to understand how these complex programs work, and to find better, faster, more efficient ways to complete their projects is her ultimate goal in every class. She loves to see the "lightbulb" turn on in someone's head during a class, when a student finally "gets it!"
Laurie is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor in both InDesign and Illustrator. She has been a speaker at the Vector Conference, the HOW Conference, InDesign Conferences, as well as a guest speaker at the Adobe Users Group. She is consistently involved in many projects that allow her to bring a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience to the classroom. Laurie has been teaching for Ascend since 1998.
Jim: InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat
Jim is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign and Illustrator. He is the author of A Designer's Guide to Adobe InDesign and XML and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book.
Jim also runs the Chicago chapter of the Adobe InDesign User Group. He has been teaching for Ascend since 2005
Zach: Flex, Flash, Dreamweaver, AIR, ColdFusion
Zach has an insatiable appetite for all new technologies. He has a passion for motivating his students and improving the quality of their experience. He is one of the authors of AdvancED AIR Applications, and is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor and Developer in Flex, ColdFusion, AIR, Flash and Dreamweaver. Zach has been teaching for Ascend since 2008.
David: Director of Sales
David Drumke is our sales director. He works with many of our clients in ensuring they are taking the classes that fit their needs.
Patty has been teaching Photography for over 10 years, and Adobe Photoshop for over 6 years. She has spent time as an Artist in Residence, Akiyoshidai Arts Village in Yamaguchi, Japan. She has her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, and completed her graduate degree at the Institute of Design at IIT.
Ascend is proud to have Oliver Garcia Leyva as our intern for 2013-2014.
Gene: iPhone/iPad Development
Gene is the author of Professional iPhone and iPad Application Development. He has a vast history in the technology field, starting out programming for digital watches in the 1970's, writing for NeXT Computer, and has been developing for the iPhone since it's inception.
Ashley: Final Cut Pro, Avid
Ashley is a video editor with a wealth of experience in Final Cut Pro, Avid and After Effects.With a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in Film from Boston University, she brings a wealth of knowledge to Ascend.