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Rachael Greenawalt, Fine Arts, AA+D, Norwalk Community College
Rachael Greenawalt


The Art, Architecture + Design department’s faculty have exceptional qualifications. Faculty members are working professionals dedicated to their disciplines and teaching.

Full-time Faculty

John Alvord
John Alvord
Department Chair
Professor and Coordinator,
Graphic Design and Design for the Web Programs
B.A., Boston College
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University

John Alvord has worked in the design field since 1988. Currently, his freelance design focuses on identity and collateral design. He has been teaching at the college since 1996.

Joan Fitzsimmons
Joan Fitzsimmons
Professor, Photography
B.F.A., Washington University in St. Louis
M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Fitzsimmons is a practicing photographer who exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is in a number of museum and private collections. She oversees the area of photography in the Studio Arts Program, and has been teaching at the college since 1988.

Joseph Fucigna
Joseph Fucigna
Professor and Coordinator, Fine Arts and Studio Arts Programs
B.F.A., Alfred University
M.F.A., School of Visual Arts

Joseph Fucigna is a practicing sculptor who is known for transforming common industrial materials into unique three dimensional abstractions. He is the Program Coordinator of the Fine Arts and Studio Arts programs, and has been teaching at the college since 1988.

Ken Lalli
Ken Lalli
Professor, Graphic Design
B.F.A., M.F.A., Herbert H. Lehman College,
The City University of New York

Working in the design field since 1990, Ken Lalli studied graphic arts with master printmaker Arun Bose. As such, his design philosophy centers on bridging traditional and digital art media. He has been teaching at the college since 2000.

Mary Jo McGonagle
Mary Jo McGonagle
Professor, Graphic Design
B.F.A., School of Visual Arts
M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design

With over 25+ years in the field of fine art and design, McGonagle is an active graphic designer and practicing multi-disciplinary artist. Her work is thought provoking with a playful theme and a conceptual twist. She is an award-winning artist who has shown internationally, in many prestigious exhibitions, and her paintings and neon can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world. She is an active faculty member in the P-TECH program and has been teaching at the college since 2019.

Edmond Yalda
Edmond T. Yalda
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Architectural Engineering Technology, Construction Technology and Interior Design Programs
B.Arch., Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University
M.Arch., Architecture and Environment, Hochschule Wismar - University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design
M.Des., Sustainable Design, Boston Architectural College

Edmond Yalda is a design professional with more than 28 years of work experience in the field, in charge of design and production at Michael Blanc Architects. He has been teaching at the college since 2007.

Adjunct Faculty

Jim Bergesen
Jim Bergesen
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.S., Western Michigan University
Life Member, Art Students League of New York
M.F.A., Purchase College, State University of New York
M.A., Purchase College, State University of New York

Jim Bergesen is a working artist with master’s degrees in both Visual Arts and Contemporary Art History and Criticism. This duality is reflected in his artwork, which merges traditional painting and photographic practice with digital technologies. Jim’s works are in corporate and private collections.

Jacek Bigosinski
Jacek Bigosinski, R.A., AIA
Professor Emeritus, Architectural Engineering Technology
B.Arch., M.Eng. in Architecture, Warsaw Polytechnic

Jacek Bigosinski is a practicing architect with his office located in Rowayton, with three full time employees, two of them being former NCC graduates. Retiring from NCC after 28 years of service in 2018, he was awarded emeritus status in 2019. He has been teaching at the college since 1989.

Jeremi Bigosinski
Jeremi Bigosinski, PLA
Adjunct Professor, Architectural Engineering Technology
B.F.A., University of Connecticut
Fulbright Fellow, Poland
M.L.A., Rhode Island School of Design

Jeremi Bigosinski is a multi-disciplinarian—cartoonist, author, maker and licensed landscape architect. He has practiced landscape, architecture and urban design for nearly a decade in China and the US. He has been teaching at the college since 2018.

David Boyaijan
David Boyajian
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.F.A., Alfred University
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art,
Rinehart School of Sculpture

David Boyajian is a noted sculptor who works in a variety of scales and materials. Known for his Bud & Seed forms fabricated from steel, these large scale sculptures appear to be three-dimensional riffs driven by the power and beauty of nature. Following 20 years of teaching sculpture at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Boyajian co-founded Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, CT where he teaches metal, stone and wood sculpture. He has been teaching Drawing I & II at the college since 1999.

Steve DiGiovanni
Steven DiGiovanni
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., University of South Carolina
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

Steven DiGiovanni is a painter living and working in New Haven. He has exhibited in New York, Boston, and throughout Connecticut. His work is in numerous private collections and the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Steven has been an instructor at NCC since 1999.

Chris Durante
Chris Durante
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., Graphic Design, Western Connecticut State University

Chris Durante runs and operates a studio in Danbury where he prepares art work for local and national museum and gallery exhibits. His own drawings, depicting whimsical comic book abstractions, are shown extensively throughout the northeast, most recently at The Washington Art Association in Washington Depot, CT. He has been teaching drawing at the college since 2001.

Mark Goodwin
Mark P. Goodwin, A.I.A.
Adjunct Professor, Architectural
Engineering Technology and Interior Design
B.S., B.Arch., The Catholic University of America

Mark Goodwin is a practicing architect with twenty-three years experience in the architecture profession. He is a principal with Beinfield Architecture PC, a twelve person architecture firm in South Norwalk, CT. He has worked on a wide range of local architecture, interior design and construction projects including single-family residential homes, small commercial buildings, and restaurant design and interiors. Mark holds the position of Village District Architectural Consultant for the town of Bethel, CT. Mark has been teaching at the college since 2003.

Pamela Gordon
Pamela Gordon
Adjunct Professor, Art Appreciation
B.A., Dartmouth College

Pamela Gordon is a writer and editor specializing in college textbooks in the arts and humanities. After working for a number of years as an editor for McGraw-Hill and subsequently as an executive editor for Pearson, Pam opened her own freelance editorial business. Pam is currently writing an art appreciation textbook. She holds a degree in art history from Dartmouth College and has been teaching at the college since 2009.

Eric Gribin
Eric Gribin
Adjunct Instructor, Construction Technology
B.A., University of Michigan
M.S., Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

Eric has directed the construction of commercial and residential properties throughout the tri-state area. And, since 2009, Eric has helped dozens of students prepare for careers in construction, building energy efficiency and renewable energy. The “clean energy” academic training programs Eric has developed have been funded by the US Dept. of Energy, the US Dept. of Labor, the CT Energy Efficiency Board, and the State of CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection.

Sue Koch
Sue Koch
Adjunct Professor, Typography
B.S., Skidmore College
M.A., Columbia University, Teachers College, Art and Art Education

As Graphic Design Manager designing exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for over twenty-five years, Sue Koch worked on a range of exhibitions including Vermeer and the Delft School, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Nefertiti, and Pictures Generation. Koch is currently consulting independently with a specialty in graphics, providing creative direction, strategy, project management.

When she was young, Sue worked at NorType, her father’s typography company in Norwalk. Teaching typography at NCC brings her full circle. She says it’s “a pleasure to introduce NCC students to the art and practice of Typography.”

Lori Lohstoeter
Lori Lohstoeter
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
B.F.A., ArtCenter College of Design

Lori Lohstoeter is a graphic artist, educator, and painter. She has a strong traditional arts background. She started her career as a commercial Illustrator, represented in New York. She is best known for her children’s book titles, and PBS animated videos. Many of her projects have won considerable recognition, including the New York Times Best Sellers List for children’s picture books/Beatrice’s Goat. She teaches foundation drawing at the college and lives and works in Norwalk. Her studio is with Firing Circuits Studios at 1 Muller Ave. Lori has been an instructor at the college since 2010.

Karen Fecenko-Lyon
Karen Fecenko-Lyon
Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design
B.F.A., Parsons School of Design
M.A., Fairfield University

Karen Lyon has been working in the graphic design field for 25+ years. Her career has spanned from editorial graphics and art direction with Golf Digest/The New York Times to corporate graphics and management with GE Capital. She is now principal of Beauregard and Partners, LLC.

Karen has taught a variety of design and software classes at several local institutions of higher learning beginning at NCC from 1983 to 1990, returning in 2004.

Mark Alex Maidique
Mark Alex Maidique, AIA
Adjunct Professor, Architectural Engineering Technology
B.Arch., Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture + Planning
M.B.A., New York University, Stern School of Business

Mark has designed and built houses, residential communities, condo buildings as well as office buildings in Connecticut, New York and Florida through his design consultancy Maidique & Filles. In addition, Mark runs South Norwalk Skunk, which uses the latest “make” technologies (CNC Machining, 3D printing, low-cost computing) to push the envelope of “custom fabrication.”

David Mann
David Mann
Adjunct Professor, Architectural Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Interior Design
M.S.Arch., Harvard University
LEED Accreditation, U.S. Green Building Council

David Mann has over 15 years of experience in design, development, construction and financial analysis. Mann currently teaches both Structures and Building Technology in the Architectural Engineering Technology program at NCC. A founding principal of GreenTek Consulting, a sustainability for the built environment practice, he was formerly a principal of Jupiter Atlantic, a South East Florida real estate development firm; and has worked as a technology and business financial analyst for a New York City private equity and hedge fund. David was a senior associate of THINK—the runner-up in the World Trade Center Re-Design. His other design and construction experience includes a diverse range of projects from the Southwest Capitol of France and the Whitehall (Staten Island Ferry Terminal), to NYC offices, restaurant renovations and homes in New York's Hamptons, Arizona and Connecticut.

Giancarlo Massaro
Giancarlo Massaro, RA, AIA
Adjunct Professor, Architectural Engineering Technology, Interior Design
B.Arch., Pratt Institute School of Architecture

Giancarlo Massaro is a practicing architect with twenty years’ experience in architecture, design and construction. He has worked in various market sectors including non-profits, commercial development, residential, theatre design, and industrial. In his design studio consultancy Massaro Architecture+Design, he aims to operate through collaboration, experimentation, research and education. Working in a variety of fields and scales, he has also designed and built art installations within the Northeast. He has been teaching at the college since 2003.

Valerie Sioufas-Lalli
Valerie Sioufas-Lalli
Adjunct Professor, Art History
B.A., Herbert H. Lehman College,
The City University of New York
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education

Valerie Sioufas-Lalli holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in art history, fine arts and museum education. She has worked in several museums and art galleries in New York City. Her passion is to bring the history of art to life for all of her audiences. Valerie has been teaching art history at the college since 2014.

Pedro Felipe Vintimilla
Pedro Felipe Vintimilla
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., Communications, Universidad de Cuenca
B.A., Fine Arts, St. Andrews University North Carolina
M.F.A., Studio Art, Queens College,
The City University of New York

Pedro Felipe Vintimilla’s art practice is rooted in an exploration of color, geometry, and repetition through different mediums like textiles, paper, clay and photography. Some of his objects become performative pieces that are shared through audience participatory actions. The subject matter of his work is centered around language, migratory experiences and contemplations of sex/gender. Much of his work is focused on community engagement, in collaboration with other organizations through grants and residencies in New York, Ecuador and South America. He also works as an Arts Education Consultant for the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center whose mission is to empower the community through art and education. He teaches Art Education in undergraduate and graduate programs in the The City University of New York system. Pedro has been teaching at the college since 2019.

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