A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses
We’re welcoming a number of wildly talented full-time faculty to the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses this fall. They are either new to Valencia, or new to their position. Over the next several weeks, I’ll share their biographies as a preview of who will be joining our team. The biographies were authored by the faculty, so you’ll also get a sense of their personalities from what they shared.
Regan Kirk – Professor, English, Osceola Campus
Regan Kirk has been a lawyer, a board game inventor, a substitute piano bar pianist and a high school English teacher. After a year as adjunct professor at the Poinciana Campus, she is elated to take on the role of tenure-track professor of English at the Osceola Campus this fall.
Regan has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in English and economics, a J.D. from Yale University and a master’s degree in creative writing from Columbia University. She spent four years practicing commercial litigation in New York City before her passion for writing called her to make the dramatic shift from law to teaching (and New York to Florida). For the past two years, she has been teaching ninth grade English at Liberty High School in Osceola County. Regan is working on several young adult novels and hopes to see them grace your local bookshelves in the not-too-distant future. In her downtime, she is learning Taekwondo and travels as much as she can.
Ryan Skaryd– Professor, English, Lake Nona Campus
Ryan is originally from Port St. Lucie, Florida, and has lived in Orlando for the past seven years. His love for reading and writing started at a young age, and he pursued this passion throughout his college career.
Ryan graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master’s degree in fine arts concentrating in nonfiction. His writing has appeared in South 85 Journal, Blue River Review, After the Pause and elsewhere. Aside from teaching, Ryan is a lover of art, an avid yogi and Starbucks enthusiast. He looks forward to joining the Lake Nona team!
Julio Falú – Professor, Graphic Design, Osceola Campus
Professor of Graphic Design Julio César Falú, is originally from Carolina, Puerto Rico, and is the youngest of three brothers with a younger sister. He completed a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic arts at the University of Puerto Rico−Carolina. He also holds a master’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design and corporate identity from the University of Wisconsin−Madison. In 2004, he moved his wife and daughter to Miami and began working as a communications specialist for Aon Consulting, designing employee benefit packages for national corporations. During his tenure, Julio won his first national communications award.
After his time in Aon, Julio worked several years as a freelance graphic designer for the Creative Group and later began to work at TUUCI, one of the world’s leading shade furniture manufacturers as in-house graphic designer.
In his educational career, he was a full-time graphic design faculty member for nine years at the Miami International University of Art & Design (Art Institute of Miami) and in business founded OneLevel Studios, a local Miami studio offering graphic and web design, specialty printing and 3-D printing. He has won two American Design Awards from GD USA Magazine, one in 2014 for Publication Design and the other in 2016 for Corporate Identity. Currently, he is an active advocate for the 3-D printing industry conducting seminars and workshops throughout the country.
Su Jamison – Professor, Chemistry, Osceola Campus
Professor of Chemistry Su Jamison started her academic career in the frozen tundra of Iowa, where wintertime temperatures were regularly a breath-taking -20°F. Immediately after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she started searching for warmer (and more interesting) pastures. This search landed her in the middle of Turkey, where it was definitely warmer — and far more interesting. Here, she completed her doctorate degree in inorganic chemistry with research in synthesizing nanosized catalysts.
While manipulating a world of incredibly tiny things was absolutely fascinating, Su realized she had an even greater passion for teaching and inspiring others to be intrigued by chemistry, too.
Su and her husband and two sons have since found a permanent (hopefully) home in tropical Central Florida, which has only had a frost once since they’ve lived here, and every semester is filled with new students to inspire!