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The 15th Annual CDPUG Showcase Highlights Professionals and Students

All photos by Jinni Fontana.

This year’s 15thAnnual CDPUG showcase highlighted a variety of professionals as well as some of the new talent joining our various fields.

Professionals presenting this year included Chris Woodman, Katie Melnick from Fizz Creative, James Popovic, Jinni Fontana, Bill Baraona from Flex Media and Keith Berr of Keith Berr Productions. Chris, Bill and Jinni were repeat performers.

Chris Woodman demonstrated his work as a designer, educational expert in Apple software, digital media specialist–and yes, MAGIC maker! Chris ended his presentation with a digital card trick that amazed everyone!

Katie Melnick runs Fizz Creative with her husband Jasen. Fizz Creative is a strategic design & branding studio. Katie showcased their hands on approach to branding and packaging. 

James Popovic is a part-time faculty instructor at Lakeland Community College and commercial photographer and digital image specialist at Kalman and Pabst. James shared with us an exciting personal project involving the creation of virtual tours of the Submarine U.S.S. COD here in Cleveland, talking about how he created stunning QuickTime VR views of the submarine’s interior.

Jinni Fontana kicked off the second half of the showcase by accepting this year’s Karaoke challenge. She is our first female participant and navigated 20 mystery slides with great humor and quick thinking. Bet you never knew she hung around with Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Or that she’s related to Edward Scissorhands! 

Bill Baraona of Flex Media gave a follow-up presentation to one he gave a few years ago, showing what he and his wife Jackie have been up to and how they’ve grown their brand awareness videos, clientele and studio.

Keith Berr owner of Keith Berr Productions shared his passion for photography and encouraged everyone to use their skills to make change in the world. He talked about his work to save the Bonneville Salt Flats. Save the Salt Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and to promote its history and motorsports legacy.

In terms of the new and impressive talent coming up thru the ranks, we heard from recent college graduate Sarah Coggins from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania who introduced herself and showed some of her work as a video editor and 3D Generalist. 

We also learned more about how Trinity High School is providing Pre-Professional Internships to help students gain exposure and experience in graphic arts fields from Barb DottoreDirector, Pre-Professional Internship Program. Barb gave an overview of the program and three current students – Alyssa Farley (junior), Rue Barone (junior),and David Dzurilla(senior) – talked about their experience and shared some of their work. 

Thank you to EVERYONE involved in putting together the event! A special shout out to Spike Radway for hosting and assisting presenters in preparing their presentations. Thank you Spike for your devotion to our group and this event! A BIG thank you to Keith Berr Productions for providing the location. It’s a great space not only for the presentations but also for mixing and getting to know one another better. Thank you to Bill Baraona for videotaping everyone’s presentation and Ron Skoczen for helping with the audio. Thank you to Kimberly Jarrel for arranging for the great taco bar, Lorelei Greifenstein for decorations and Judy Beveridge for check ins, and Henry Lee for the signs and logistics. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who helped with clean up including Mark Midlin and Spike’s wife Christi Carlson.

As soon as they are available, you can
find videos of this year’s presentations on

Use these videos as inspiration for your own presentation next year!

PechaKucha Night Cleveland: Waterways

Thursday, June 20 – 7:00 PM
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Kick off a 5 day celebration of one of the area’s greatest resources –  our river – on Thursday June 20 with PechaKucha Night Cleveland: Waterways.  PechaKucha is Japanese for “the sound of conversation” and will feature a series of 10 presenters discussing their work, ideas, and unique perspectives through 20 image presentations devoting 20 seconds per image. There will be presenters from Ethiopia, Uganda, Lebanon, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Detroit and Cleveland. 

This event comes 50 years after the Cuyahoga River caught fire on June 22, 1969 due to industrial pollution and helps us see how global communities can re-think their relationship with water.

Tickets for the event are FREE, but must be reserved at

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation and partnership with LAND Studio.

For more info on all Cuyahoga50 events occurring from June 19-23 go to

Changes to Successful Job Seekers Meet Ups in June

BEGINNING Wednesday June 5 – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Midtown Tech Hive
6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44103

Starting on June 5 there will be a new time and format for Sue Nelson’s Meet Ups. Meet Ups will be held weekly beginning June 5 at 1:30 PM and will be held in a one hour Mastermind Group format. Your first meeting is free and then there is a small investment of $10 a week. Groups will range from a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 8.

CLICK HERE for More Info

Sue states that “the purpose of Mastermind is movement in your quest– doing the activitiesyou commit to doing and seeing changes in outcomes.” This new format will allow more peer-to-peer mentoring and allow members to help one another with input and advice. Sue feels this change will also help “…include those who are exploring their own business or expanding entrepreneurial or solo ventures.” 

Sue and the Job Search Center celebrated their one year anniversary on May 15. Her dream of helping people reach goals faster in groups has grown into a reality. Be sure to congratulate her!

Trinity HS Offers School Year Internships in Graphic Design

Trinity High School, in Garfield Heights, offers Pre-Professional Internships to 10-12 grade students. Consider sponsoring a student during the school year. CDPUG will also be involving students in meetings and events to encourage further learning about our field as well as giving them an opportunity to earn service hours for school.

Sophomores begin by gaining valuable experience in a general office environment with Microsoft software and then continue to grow in their specialty over the junior and senior years. Graphic Design Juniors learn about print design, logo design, editing and enhancing images and essential Adobe software amongst other things. Seniors go on to learn about HTML and Web design, branding, ad campaigns and build a professional portfolio.

There are many types of internship positions. Areas of interest to CDPUG members might include Graphic Design, Art, Marketing and Information Technology. Trinity’s 2018/2019 program has 200+ interns, 40 of which are in Graphic Design. The program has been operating since 2009.

Benefits Include:

  • Developing NE Ohio’s “best and brightest” as future employees and customers.
  • Offers real-world experienced and networking in a student’s chosen career path.
  • Supports corporate sponsors with trained members of Trinity’s Resource Staff.
  • Financially supports Intern participation in affordable, quality Catholic education sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis.

Learn how your organization can become a Corporate Sponsor by visiting

or contacting:

Barb Dottore
Director, Pre-Professional Internship Program
Trinity High School
TEL: 216-581-5749
CELL: 216-212-5127

Upcoming Workshops Help Freelancers Make Contacts and Generate Leads

Check out these two workshops being offered by Sue Nelson from Successful Job Seekers

LinkedIn for Contractors and Freelancers – Coming Up Next Week!
Tuesday May 21 – Noon to 2:00 PM

The Midtown Tech Hive
6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44103

Learn strategies for researching the best contacts for client development and discuss strategies for getting your name out there on LinkedIn.

CLICK HERE for More Info

Networking for Freelancers, Independent Contractors, and Entrepreneurs
Tuesday June 25 – 6 PM to 9:00 PM
The Midtown Tech Hive
6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44103

Learn how to establish the “Know, Like and Trust Factor” with clients. This strategy sets up the best environment for selling – and with way less stress for both parties.

CLICK HERE for More Info

The Infinite Tripod: Drone Photography for Visual Artists: Presentation Materials

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Drone Painting

Compelling Video
Spike Radway

About Spike Radway

Spike Radway is a CDPUG founder from when the organization was conceived back in 1987. His current and long-standing position is the Director of Programming. Spike is the owner of Team Spike Consulting, LLC, a Macintosh Consulting and Support business founded in 1991.

Register Now for the Latest Networking Workshops from The Job Search Center

At Last! Cleveland Artist Jeff Poplar’s Online Store is Live!

Longtime Cleveland resident and CDPUG member Jeff Poplar has been creating commercial art for almost 45 years. His main passion is illustrating (both traditional and digital) but he also excels at fine art drawing and painting. In addition to his extensive career as a designer and art director for ad agencies and in-house corporate marketing departments, he is also a successful freelance designer, mainly for the retail industry.

His latest venture, 2nd Wind Studio, is an e-commerce store that showcases a variety of unique and nostalgic Cleveland-themed products such as T-shirts, mugs, prints, and note cards. His one-of-a-kind products are the perfect gift or souvenir for locals and tourists alike. Visit to see a full catalog of products, and then share this link freely on your favorite social media sites. Let’s make Jeff Poplar art more popular!

Cleveland Institute of Art 2019 Spring Show Reception

Come celebrate as CIA unveils some of the best work created by students of all levels working across fifteen majors. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; a student runway show begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Atrium. The 2019 Spring Design Show runs through Thursday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit

“Designing Victory” Book Launch

Register now to attend a free book launch of the new memoir about this determined and successful Cleveland architect. Meet authors Bob Madison and Carlo Wolff, and get a signed first edition at a special event price. You must RSVP before April 11. Hors d’ oeuvres are included. Additional food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information about Madison’s life and work, visit You can also pre-order the book through PayPal.

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