Faculty and Staff

Randy Craven

Randy Craven

Randy Craven’s art career started early, when at age 3 he began drawing his own versions of the cartoon characters he saw on television. His love of art grew as he did, leading to a degree program at the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s in studio art in 1994.—

Following college, Craven worked professionally as a graphic designer, focusing on multimedia, advertising design, and digital compositing. While fulfilling his passion for art through graphic design, he discovered that he also had a passion to teach. Providentially, he relocated to Southern to pursue a master’s in education, graduating in 1999. In March 2000, Randy was able to combine his two great passions by joining the faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design as a graphic design professor.

When not creating art or teaching, Craven finds great enjoyment in outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, and camping. There he can take in the beauty of God's creation to relax, rejuvenate, and find inspiration.

Phone: 423.236.2076
Email: rlcraven@southern.edu

Hendel Butoy

Hendel Butoy

Hendel Butoy, professor of animation, was born in Brazil and raised in southern California. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts before accepting a position as an animator and director at the Walt Disney Company in 1979. He was employed at Disney for more than 20 years, working on such films as Fantasia 2000, Rescuers Down Under, and The Fox and the Hound.

In 2003, Butoy accepted an invitation to come teach animation at the School of Visual Art and Design. Butoy wants to be able to give students the same experience he desired as a student, the opportunity to interact with experienced instructors who excel in their profession and believe in developing their skills to be used as a testimony to their faith in God.

"All talent is given us to be developed through service for others as we communicate something of the love of God," he said.

Butoy is married to Menjette Jumuad Butoy. They have two teenage girls, Jedel Faith and Cindy Grace.

Phone: 423.236.2725
Email: hbutoy@southern.edu 

Zach Gray

Zach Gray

With interests spanning animation, programming, and filmmaking, Zach Gray’s most recent project is the feature-length film Secret of the Cave. In addition to directing the film, he co-wrote the script and served as visual effects supervisor. The film, a flagship project of Southern’s film program, was shot on location in Ireland during the summer of 2005 with a professional and student crew. Additional film credits include rigging, grip, and actor for Angel in Chains, a 40-minute film, and art director for the short Lesser Light.

During Gray’s study of animation and visual effects, the acting and performance aspects of animation provided a foundation for film directing. Gray was instrumental in developing the character animation program. Working with Disney veteran director Hendel Butoy, Gray served as technical director on the pilot project Baptism, a proof of concept for an animated film on the life of Jesus Christ.

Gray earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern and his Master of Fine Arts Degree in character animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Phone: 423.236.2088
Email: zcgray@southern.edu

Jesse Rademacher

Jesse Rademacher

Jesse Rademacher is interested in storytelling with a broad range of supporting interests including animation, figure drawing, character design, rigging, writing, and acting for stage and film. He has worked professionally as a Character TD on various video games including Wolverine, Wolfenstein and Singularity and the NBA2K series of games; he has also worked as a matchmove animator on 2 films, Van Helsing and Star Wars Episode III. Recently, Jesse was Game Designer and Producer for My Place with Jesus, an upcoming tablet/pc game developed for It Is Written.

Jesse earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree in character animation from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently teaching Drawing in Motion, Character Design, Principles of Animation, Motion Design and Programming for Artists.

Phone: 423.236.2091
Email: jlradem@southern.edu

David George

David George

David George is a cinematographer and film educator at Southern Adventist University where he acts as the coordinator of the film program that he helped found in 2001.

When asked about what first drew him to film, he recalls seeing the film “Chariots of Fire” as a child.  That experience inspired him by the artful juxtaposition of philosophy, character, and competition.  It was not until after learning how to use camera and editing equipment, as a teenager at the TV station where his father worked, that he thought he might be able to be involved in filmmaking himself.

His love of the creative and technical challenges of photography eventually lead him to focusing in cinematography.

In 2003 he completed his M.F.A in video/film from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Having shot numerous short form narratives and commercial works, he helped spearhead the production of the family adventure film “Secret of the Cave” in 2005.  He was producer and cinematographer for this feature film that earned a prestigious Crystal Heart Award when it premiered at the Heartland Film Festival and then released nationwide in 2007.

Most recently he served as the director of photography for “Old Fashioned” a faith based romantic comedy scheduled to release in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.

In his free time he enjoys cycling, taking on overly ambitious projects, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

Phone: 423.236.2094
Email: dlgeorge@southern.edu

Marc Boyson

Marc Boyson

Marc Boyson is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at the School of Visual Art & Design, Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. He reveals the cartographic trace through his commutes by using memory, invention, and by GPS records. Through works on paper, projection, murals, sound and ceramics he reveals the sublime in the banal of his movement through space. Marc received Best in Show award at the AVA Juried Members Exhibition at the Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN. He had a solo show There to Here… Reprise at John C Williams Gallery, Collegedale TN. He presented at FATE 2015 National Conference: Tectonic Shifts Foundations: Bricks, Concrete, Stones, Wood ... Your Choice. Boyson graduated with a MFA in Studio Art: Ceramic in 2013 from the University of the Art in Philadelphia, PA.

 He taught at Spring Valley Academy first through twelfth grade art for seven years before joining Southern’s School of Visual Art and Design in the fall of 2011. He is the Fine Art Coordinator, instructs 2-D and 3-D Foundations courses, Printmaking and Studio Art courses. He is a member of Association for Visual Arts, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, SGC International, and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

 Marc is married to Bonnie Boyson and they have three children, Max, Finn, and Orlagh. The family enjoys art museums, bicycling, kayaking, hiking and exploring.

Phone: 423.236.2080
Email: marcb@southern.edu

Joe La Com

Joe LaCom

Joe La Com holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. While he earned his bachelor's degree in Graphic Design right here at Southern.

Rooted in a passion for design and a fascination of the power of effective visual communication, Joe has gained 9 years of professional work experience. He has worked in the areas of print, identity, publication, and web design. During this time he has worked for design studios as a junior, mid-level, and senior designer. Each of these capacities have allowed him to grow as a designer and experience the various roles and responsibilities involved in the design process.

Joe strives to share his professional experiences and passion for design in the classroom. He enjoys helping students develop their talents and observing the creative energy they bring to the challenging projects they encounter along the way. Most importantly, he values the opportunity and privilege to interact and share with students in a Christ-centered environment.

Joe and his wife Tiffany have two sons, Nathan and Zachary. When not in the classroom, studying design, working on an illustration or freelance project he stays busy playing with his sons, spending time with his wife, running, mountain biking, playing hockey and occasionally football.

Email: jalacom@southern.edu

Nick Livanos

Nick Livanos

Like several other faculty members, Nicholas Livanos is an alumnus of Southern’s School of Visual Art & Design. Over eight short months in 2012, he completed a master’s degree in Film & Television from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Nick is deeply passionate about stories and storytelling. He enjoys sharing his love for narrative design with students as a way of understanding God’s greater story, and he strives to bring a piece of this perspective to every class. Collaboration and community are key to successful film careers, and Nick works hard to make the SVAD film community a place for positive, Christ-centered collaborations. He seeks to help each student find their fit and push the quality of their craft ever higher. 

As a freelance filmmaker, Nick’s commercial and advertising work has won numerous accolades. His films have played at festivals across the country and frequently earned awards. Most recently, Nick took the creative lead on Southern’s first feature film project since Secret of the Cave — he wrote and directed Belly of the Whale, a present-day allegory to the Biblical Jonah story. The film wrapped principle photography just in time for the fall 2017 semester. 

Nick and his wife Amanda enjoy traveling, cooking tasty food, hiking, camping, and playing music. In December 2016, they welcomed their first child, Isaiah, into the family. 

Email: nlivanos@southern.edu

Giselle Hasel

Giselle Hasel

Giselle Sarli Hasel has a passion for the history of art and it’s intersection with philosophical and religious ideologies. She has taught art history for over 10 years and has been an illustrator for 25 years. She also was the art director of the Lynn Wood museum, which opened in 2004. In the museum Hasel incorporated art history, illustration as well as environmental designs which has serviced Southern Adventist University for decades and received several awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums.

She is a believer in alternative ways of learning, and her experiences include living in Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, and Cyprus, where she has had the opportunity to study several foreign languages and the art, architecture, and culture of those regions. Hasel also explores our understanding of God through nature, and engages in spirituality through art making. Most of her research is focused on the impact of art in the biblical world and art as religious communication.

Hasel is married to Michael, an archaeologist, and has been involved in excavations at Masada, the Greco-Roman fortress of Herod the Great, the Philistine site of Tel Miqne-Ekron, Hazor , Khirbet Qeiyafa and Lachish, Israel. These experiences reaffirmed the importance of artistic expression in the study of ceramics and architecture as influenced by both ideology and culture.

She worked as a technical illustrator at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, Israel, CAARI (Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute) and the Horn Archaeological Museum, at Andrews University. Her illustrations in the field of archaeology and art history have been published in several dictionaries and references works.

She has a bachelor's in Art and French (1992) from Andrews University, and a master's in Religious Studies with an emphasis on museum design from Southern Adventist University. She has taken several art history PhD Special Standing graduate courses at Emory University, and in 2015 she received an MFA from the Savanah College of Art and Design.

Hasel is a mother of two daughters and hopes to inspire them to work towards their dreams. At work she enjoys her students as she teaches Art Appreciation, Ancient Art, Medieval through Renaissance Art, and Contemporary Art History in addition to directing the Gallery of the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University. For leisure, she likes to travel, hike, and spend time with family and friends.

Phone: 423.236.2089
Email: ghasel@southern.edu

Mindy Jamieson

Mindy Jamieson

Mindy Jamieson finished her undergraduate degree at Southern Adventist University and went to work at an advertising agency immediately following graduation. Over the next 12 years she worked as a graphic designer and art director at several agencies, and later senior marketing manager for a global corporation where she directed the creative team and strategy. During that time she created print publications, advertising, multi-media campaigns and photography.

While leading and mentoring a creative team, Mindy developed a passion for teaching and began pursuing her MFA. She wanted to encourage and develop young designers and communicators to be truly prepared for a career in a fast-paced field. Her favorite part of the learning process is seeing students achieve an “ah-ha” moment, overcoming roadblocks and realizing their God-given potential.

In 2016 Mindy completed her MFA at the Academy of Art University. She is an active member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Advertising Federation, and Professional Photographers of America. Her photography was recently featured at Gallery 625 in San Fransisco.

Outside of design and photography, Mindy enjoys travel and an active lifestyle trail running, mentoring organized run groups, hiking, biking, backpacking, flat-water kayaking and more. She also has a dog and two cats that keep life consistently entertaining.

Phone: 423.236.2093
Email: melindajamieson@southern.edu

Donald Keefe

Donald Keefe

Donald has an active national exhibition record and a growing publication list. His artwork consist primarily of paintings and drawings, several of which have won awards. He was an artist-in-residence at the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy, NY and has been the recipient of a federal grant for art in public places.

 He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up in suburban southern California. However, he has lived and worked all over the country and in every kind of setting, from rural Appalachia, to Miami (FL), Los Angeles and New York City. Aside from traveling throughout the United States, he has also studied in and toured throughout Europe, mainly studying art, art history and the relationship between faith and art. 

 Donald comes from a secular jewish background and became convinced from the study of scripture of Jesus’ messiahship, particularly from the prophecies of Daniel 9, Zechariah 11 & 12, Isaiah 53, and Psalm 22. He started attending the Seventh-Day Adventist church in 2004, being immersed into the faith in 2005. He continues to explore the relationship between Judaism and Adventism and was one of the first recipients of a Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relations from the North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists. 

 Donald earned his MFA from the University of Florida in painting and drawing after having received his BFA from the University of Kentucky.

He joined the faculty at the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University in 2015. His purpose for teaching art comes from his belief that for many secular people the museum and gallery have replaced traditional houses of worship. However, there are many visitors to these institutions who are searching for contemporary art that offers enduring moral values and that can inspire faith in our uncertain times. In this Donald sees an opportunity for himself and his students to share their faith inspired artworks with those who otherwise may not initially have an interest in religion or the Bible.

Donald married his beautiful wife, Evangelyn, in 2014 and they had their first child in 2016. They are both musicians, and they have sang or played in choirs, orchestras, string groups, praise groups, and a gospel jazz band. She plays the violin, harp and piano; and he plays the electric bass guitar, upright bass and drums.

Phone: 423.236.2646
Email: donaldkeefe@southern.edu
Professional Portfolio: donaldkeefe.com


  • MFA University of Florida 2013
  • BFA University of Kentucky 2009
  • Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (France) 2009
Linda Brooks

Linda Brooks

Linda, the department's office manager, is an integral part of the department's operations. She keeps everything in the School of Visual Art and Design coordinated and running smoothly.

Tim Cwodzinski

Tim Cwodzinski

Tim keeps every computer in the SVAD labs up and running. There isn't an art major or professor whose day hasn't been saved by Tim.

Nathan Dewild

Nathan Dewild

Nathan is the School of Visual Art and Design Production Company manager overseeing the development of a wide range of professional projects produced by our students. Before coming to Southern he gained five years of experience working for the documentary company Journey Films in Washington DC. He has filmed and edited four feature length documentaries for PBS and his company received the Silver Screen Award for Documentary TV at the US International Film & Video Festival. In addition, he has won the Young Professional Award at the SOAC.