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Faculty + Staff

Staff

  • Al Whitley, MBA, AIA

    Principal
    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified Revit Professional
    Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Professional

    Chair, Autodesk ATC Leadership Council
    Member, Autodesk University Advisory Council

    al@vdci.edu

    Al is a registered architect in the State of California and is our school’s founder and principal. He has served on the Board of Directors of AIA San Diego, as Treasurer, and has been involved with numerous national, state and local CAD and BIM standards groups. His architectural practice, whitleygroup.com, has received awards for technical achievement by the American Institute of Architects. Al is also an adjunct professor at UC San Diego and has developed their CAD and BIM courses and certificate programs. Al sits on the Autodesk Authorized Training Center Leadership Council where he advises Autodesk and other training centers how to make both their software products and the ATC training programs more effective for end users. He enjoys spending his off-time riding his BMW motorcycle, hiking in the local Cuyamaca mountains and trekking through Yosemite.

  • Ashley Woodward, BA

    Program Manager

    ashley@vdci.edu

    Ashley brings a wealth of project management and customer support experience to VDCI | cadteacher. She is the kind of person who makes everyone she meets feel 100% welcome, so she is a natural as our Program Manager. She is very engaged with our Policies and Procedures and ensures that our academic records are appropriately maintained to ensure a strong relationship with VDCI’s accreditation agency. Ash enjoys working with our students and helping them to succeed in their professional careers. She and her friends host some amazing art-oriented festivities- again, always making people feel welcome!

  • Kesha Day, BBA

    Program Coordinator

    kesha@vdci.edu

    Kesha is a very talented and engaging person. With years of social media and student account management experience, Kesha leads our social media programs and works closely with students when they enroll at VDCI. Kesha is a strong problem solver and truly enjoys helping our students. Kesha volunteers with outreach programs tailored to help young adults improve their self-image and to recognize that they can make a positive difference in our society.

  • Tyler Grant, BArch

    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified Revit Professional
    Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Professional
    Autodesk Certified Revit Structure Professional

    Tyler holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Newschool of Architecture and Design in San Diego. He has a wealth of experience with Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks and other BIM and 3D-modeling programs as well as Adobe Creative Suite programs. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and cycling throughout the San Diego area.

  • TMichael Wilson, BArch

    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified Revit Professional
    Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Professional

    Mike is recognized by Autodesk as one of the country's leading Revit Certified Instructors. He has terrific experience integrating Revit, 3dsMax and Rhino. He is a hard-charging, "get it done right" kind of person who has incredible talents and is very attentive to detail. Mike uses Revit Architecture on medium and large-scale Government and institutional projects. Mike has been an integral member of our team for the past four years. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, his children and their dog.

  • Trevor Cornell, RA, LEED AP

    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified Revit Professional
    Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Professional

    Trevor is a licensed architect and is also one of San Diego's leading BIM Facilitators, expertly coordinating Navisworks, Revit and other BIM technologies for use on Government and Institutional projects. Trevor holds a BArch from Woodbury University and is a LEED AP. In his spare time, Trevor regularly hikes and camps in the local mountains, and also enjoys spending time in the redwood forests of Northern California.

  • Derek Hueffmeier, MArch

    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified Revit Professional

    Derek has a Master's in Architecture from Kansas State University. He has earned numerous design awards for his architectural projects in Kansas and in California. Derek is one of the leaders in North America, in his ability to integrate Revit, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD and SketchUp. Derek enjoys spending his free time with his family and also entering design competitions, to push his creative envelope.

  • Michael Kinnear, PE

    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Civil 3D Professional

    Mike is a Civil Engineer with significant experience with Civil 3D, AutoCAD and MicroStation. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mike brings a wealth of experience working on transportation engineering and site development projects. Like many on the VDCI | cadteacher staff, Mike is an avid hiker and enjoys spending time with his family in the local Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains.

  • David Sellers, BArch

    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Professional
    Autodesk Certified Fusion 360 Professional

    David has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Penn State University. He has been using Autodesk programs for over 9 years and enjoys working and teaching in the architectural industry. In addition to working with the Autodesk suite, he has significant experience in 3D modeling, the Adobe Creative Suite, and SketchUp. David enjoys spending his free time with his wife biking, playing ultimate Frisbee, and listening to audiobooks by the fire.

  • John O’Malley, BA, LEED AP BD + C

    Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI)
    Autodesk Certified Revit Professional
    Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Professional

    John has many years of experience using Revit and AutoCAD in the professional architectural office, working on commercial, government and residential projects – pushing Revit to the limits. John graduated from VDCI in 2010. He has served as an onsite TA for many years and teaches many of our online AutoCAD courses. An avid bicycler, John enjoys travelling and experiencing the great outdoors all around the world.

  • Lucia Currans, BA Communications Arts

    CAD / BIM Multimedia Specialist

    Lucia leads our Multimedia program, working closely with our instructors and our administrative staff to keep the VDCI online experience working smoothly and making it an environment which best serves our students. She is amazingly focused, always has a friendly smile, and is ready to tell a great joke at a moment's notice. Lucia and her family enjoy camping in the State Parks in North America.