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!

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