Adobe Certified Expert, CTT+
For close to two decades, Studio-MZ's Creative & Strategic Director Mary Zimnik has worked in creative communications. She is a designer, strategist, writer and an Adobe Certified Expert in CS3's InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver who teaches design for print and Web. Her undergraduate work in American Studies was conducted at Eckerd College, and she fulfilled a fellowship at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. In addition to creating hundreds of printed pieces ranging from brochures to books to billboards, as well as Web sites and video projects, Mary has judged national design contests, lectured on design at the college level and taught design applications to students of all ages and backgrounds. She's also lectured for the Georgia Press Association’s annual conference on advertising and served on a film festival discussion panel. In addition, Mary also taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the world. Prior to 1999 when she founded Studio-MZ — a full-service strategic integrated communications consultancy serving clients in the nonprofit, higher education, corporate and commercial sectors — Mary managed creative services at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, designing a wide range of print pieces including newsletters, magazines, brochures, advertising, letterhead, logos while also venturing into Web design and video production. And between 1996 and 2004, Mary acted as a location agent, representing academic locations for major film projects. Her most recent project was "Stroke of Genius: The Bobby Jones Story" and others included "Scream 2" and "A Season in Purgatory." She twice negotiated the largest per-day location fee in the history of college and university on-location filming. Since 2004, in addition to managing her major client accounts, Mary has taught design for print and Web at Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning.
Certified Technical Trainer
Originally from Gloucestershire England, Paul served in the Royal Air Force as an Electronics Engineer. After the first gulf war, Paul left the military to pursue a successful career selling PCs and software. Moving to the USA in 1992, Paul became a software trainer, initially specializing in spreadsheets and databases, and then programming in Visual Basic and database application development. Paul has worked on over sixty successful application development projects and taught over five-hundred training classes, including the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer classes. Paul graduated from RAF Cosford, UK in 1988 with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and is MCP certified in Visual Basic, Access and SQL Server.
Certified Technical Trainer
"Doc" is a self-taught computer person. He taught himself programming on the Radio Shack TRS-80 way back in 1978. With a BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, he'd have given just about anything to attend computer classes, but this was years before the IBM-PC arrived. In 1986 he was contracted by the US Office of Personnel Management to develop and deliver a variety of computer courses for military and other DOD agencies. He was the lead trainer for the US Army's RedTrain (readiness training) program for the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg. As adjunct faculty with the USDA's The Graduate School he taught databases, spreadsheets and programming courses on PC and Unix-based systems. He has developed database solutions and trained for such diverse clients as AmericasMart™, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, The Home Depot, NWS, DOT, COE, and also won a national award for his development of a computer-based training course in the Interactive Video Category of the Gold Screen Competition (Nat'l Assoc. of Government Communicators). Doc is also a musician and audio/video engineer with three national chart records to his credit, including the hits "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "Pac Man Fever." An avid surfer and steel-guitar player, he adds the spirit of Aloha to his classes garnered from his many trips to Hawaii. His style of teaching is to "teach the way I WISH I had been taught."