Margo Halverson     Graphic Design Department Chair and Professor of Graphic Design

Margo was sole proprietor/designer of Halverson Design from 1983–1998 and is co-owner of Alice Design Communication 1998–present. Her love of words together with the narrative power of the photographic image led her to the world of typography and graphic design. She received her BFA and MFA in photography from Arizona State University where, post-graduation, she studied graphic design with Rob Roy Kelly. She taught graphic design at ASU; was an art director for Morgan & Company, Phoenix, AZ; and a designer at IBM, Boca Raton, FL prior to moving to Maine. She is co-founder of DesignInquiry and has been a Visiting Instructor at UMO and Guest Critic at RISD. She grew up in North Dakota and, after moving to the east from Arizona, still misses living in grids. Design awards include: American Association of Museums, New England Museum Association, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, Print Casebooks, American Corporate Identity, Potlatch Paper Design Award of Excellence, Beckett Paper Letterhead Design, Mohawk Paper, Graphis Typography. 


Mark Jamra      Professor of Graphic Design

Mark has designed and produced typefaces for over 30 years. He is the founder of TypeCulture, a digital type foundry and academic resource, and is a founding partner of JamraPatel, a studio focussing on non-Latin type design. He also occasionally designs books and creates live action, documentary and animation work in video. Mark has lectured extensively, published essays on type and typography, and taught letterform design and history at the Hamburg University of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Polytechnic in Kiel. He has been a typographic consultant to the Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories in Bristol, England and for URW Software & Type GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. His lettering and typefaces have been shown in numerous exhibitions and have received awards from the Type Directors Club and the Association Typographique Internationale. Mark is a member of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), the Type Directors Club of New York and the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). He has served on SOTA’s and ATypI's board of directors.


Charles Melcher     Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Charles studied graphic design at Yale University School of Art to broaden and amplify his experience in making ideas come to life in visual form. His first professional connection to communication comes from teaching creative writing since 1991 while he exhibited his photography nationally and internationally. He received his BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art, his MFA in graphic design from Yale. Charles continues to do commercial and personal photography, teach writing, and together with Margo raise Jack and Cora, now astoundingly busy and independent kids who mostly need chauffeurs and cooks. Charles has work featured in Photographers Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Boston Public Library Department of Prints, Boston, MA; The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. Charles is co-owner of Alice Design Communication 1989–present. 


Samantha Haedrich     Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Samantha Haedrich is a independent designer based in Portland. She works under the name PATH, providing creative direction for clients within the fields of art, architecture and independent publishing. At MECA, Samantha teaches courses in professional practice, independent publishing, information design and visual identity systems. Her classes have partnered with King Middle School, the Maine Audubon Society, the Maine Red Claws, and Portland Trails. Samantha has served as the Co-President of AIGA Maine since 2015. She first joined AIGA Maine in 2012 as Education Director, and in that role developed AIGA Maine’s Mentorship Program. She also helped launch Maine’s annual Portfolio Day, which she continues to organize in partnership with MECA.  Samantha is a co-founder of the New England Art Book Fair, a two-day event held at SPACE Gallery, which showcases artists, book sellers and small presses from across the country. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.


Steve Bowden     Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

Steve Bowden teaches design and typography throughout New England and maintains a studio practice ( that explores anything that involves the reading of words and images. He has received numerous awards and is published and exhibited internationally. Steve received his undergraduate degree from Maine College of Art in 1997, co-founded the New Media department of Benetton's Fabrica in 1998, received his masters degree at Cranbrook Academy in 2005 and articipated in a research residency at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in 2013.


Brooke Chornyak     Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

Brooke received her Master’s in Experience Design from North Carolina State University and her BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her professional career has included several distinct roles as a design educator, researcher and practicing designer. She has taught courses at North Carolina State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Northeastern University. Brooke has presented her research on design collaboration at national and international conferences. In addition to teaching, Brooke is the founder of Collective.IQ a networked design studio in Portland, ME.


Drew Hodges     Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

Drew Hodges founded full service New York City advertising agency SpotCo in 1997. Along with a team of 228 collaborators over the last 20 years, SpotCo has sold over 30 million tickets to live entertainment, and created the branding and advertising campaigns for numerous Broadway shows and cultural institutions including Rent, Chicago, The Color Purple, Kinky Boots, Avenue Q, Book of Mormon and Hamilton, among many others. Current projects include Sweat, Six degrees of Separation, and Tina Fey’s Mean Girls. SpotCo has represented 9 Pulitzer Prize winners, as well launching the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical the last 9 years in a row. SpotCo has been honored with awards from institutions that include The Art Directors Club, The American Institute of Graphic Design and Communication Arts. Mr. Hodges has taught graphic design at his alumni The School of Visual Arts, lectured at Columbia University and served as President of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts/New York. He currently teaches at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. He is the author of On Broadway: from Rent to Revolution, published April 2016 by Rizzoli Publishing.


David Puelle     Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

David is the owner and creative director of Puelle Design, a boutique studio of eight designers focused on strategic brand, identity and application design. The studio uses design to distill a chaotic information laden world into clear purposeful intent. The current intimate studio is a response to having founded, built and then sold a large, international communications firm which provided integrated communication services including design, marketing, advertising, public relations and digital strategies. Small is beautiful. Clients have included fortune 100 companies such as Hewlett Packard, Sun Micro Systems, and National and Fairchild Semiconductor, as well as resorts, land trusts, regional manufacturers and entrepreneurial start-ups. Prior to receiving his BFA from Maine College of Art, David received a BA from the University of Maine in Zoology (Pre-Med), which he used working abroad for several years in the field of international development