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Lynda España

Lynda España
Director, Student Academic Support

Lynda was born in California and grew up on the East Coast on a small island in Maine. She is happy to call San Francisco her home for over a decade now. Lynda received her B.A. in Marketing from Marietta College in Ohio, where she was also a student-athlete. She has a diverse vocational background including coaching collegiate basketball teams, a short stint as a paramedic, and several years as a sign language interpreter. She is inspired by the creativity and passion of the students and faculty here at the Academy. Lynda enjoys stand-up comedy, blogging, camping, sailing, rockabilly music, and collecting vintage clothes and mid-century memorabilia.


Dan Wolf
ARC Administrator

Dan has been with the Academy of Art University since May 2003. He worked assignments in International and Undergraduate Admissions before becoming a full time employee as Classroom Services Administrator and now ARC Administrator. He has a B.S. degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Dan enjoys interacting with and assisting students along with the vibrancy of a campus environment.


Amy Lichty

Amy Lichty
Academic Outreach Coordinator

Amy was born and raised in a small town in eastern Missouri, moved to Oregon after high school, and graduated with a degree in Magazine Journalism from the University of Oregon. She and her husband then moved to Kyoto, Japan, where she taught English as part of the JET Programme for five years. They moved back to the States in August of 2011 and Amy joined Academy of Art’s ARC as the Academic Outreach Coordinator the following April. In her free time, Amy enjoys singing, knitting, watching baseball (Go Cardinals!), and beating her friends at Texas Hold 'Em.


Mary Donovan

Mary Donovan
Academic Coach

Mary Donovan has taught English and writing in the United States and abroad, and has written and edited content for print, web and radio. She has worked as an administrator and an administrative manager in schools specializing in art, design and performing arts education. Mary has a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Media Studies, both from The New School in NYC.


Christene Manglal-lan

Christene Joy R. Manglal-lan
Academic Coach

Christene received her BA in Human Development from Revelle College at UC San Diego 2010. Originally from sunny San Diego, she is happy to have settled in the Bay Area, where she is truly able to explore her passions for the arts, education, and providing student support. Prior to joining AAU, she worked with underrepresented high school students through non-profits such as the Level Playing Field Institute and College Track in San Francisco and Oakland. She enjoys discovering new music, being surrounded by artists, cooking, running, traveling, and maintaining relationships with her family and friends. Christene is a small person with a really long name and a huge heart. She feels truly blessed to be a part of the Academy Resource Center.


Keashla Marengo

Keashla Marengo
Academic Coach

Keashla was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management in 2012. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked at a Career Development Center on her campus for four years. In 2012, she enrolled in a master's program and gained graduate and professional experience in academic coaching/support, career development, multicultural affairs, and college success/preparation. In 2014, she graduated with a Master of Education in School Counseling and College Student Affairs with a focus in College Student Affairs. After graduating with her master's degree, she moved to the East Bay area of the SF Bay. Keashla enjoys walking, watching movies, drawing, painting, traveling, laughing, eating lots of food and sweets, educating others, and helping others. Additionally, she also speaks fluent Spanish.


Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson
Illustration 101 Coordinator and Academic Coach

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Michael Robertson is an Academic Coach for the Academy of Art University with over 14 years of experience working with college students. Michael is the former Associate Director of Student Services in the Student Services Department and has guided hundreds of students towards their graduation as an Academic Advisor. A born Illustrator Michael has taken a large number of Art courses at different Universities including AAU and Cal State East Bay. As a freelance artist he has experience in the fields of Traditional and Digital Illustration, Animation, Photography, Fine Art and Screenwriting. During his off time he enjoys listening to music of every genre, uploading videos to YouTube as a speed painter and watching horror films. Michael is married and loves spending time with his wife and three children.


Mike Sciarappa

Mike Sciarappa
Resources Coordinator, LA151 Teacher Mentor and Academic Coach

Mike has a degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco and an MA from Boston College in School Counseling. Mike teaches study skills to freshmen and academically coaches students at the academy. He enjoys providing interactive walking tours of the city.


Matthew Sweeney

Matthew Sweeney
New Technology Coordinator and Academic Coach

Matthew grew up in Burlington, Vermont, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Studio Art, German Language, and Political Science and went on to complete an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to working at the University, he taught middle school and high school art to at-risk youth and students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in Vermont and San Francisco. He also teaches in the Liberal Arts and Art Education departments at the Academy of Art and coordinates the Speaking Lab in the ARC. His interests include writing, photography, cooking, designing furniture, exploring San Francisco, and travel.


Carrie Thornbrugh

Carrie Thornbrugh
Academic Coach

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carrie received her B.A. in English Literature from Texas A&M University before going on to earn her M.A. in Contemporary Literary Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and her CELTA teaching certification in Rome, Italy. Carrie has had the opportunity to teach ESL/EFL in Rome and work as an academic advisor at universities in both London and San Francisco. Carrie is new to the Academic Resource Center and also teaches writing/composition classes in the Liberal Arts department.


Photos (with the exception of Lynda Espana) by AAU BFA student Bonnie Rae Mills