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Nite Driscoll is the President of Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. In addition to his day-to-day duties as President, Nite assists with teaching Guitar and Music Theory Curriculum as well as acting in a key role in the incoming student enrollment process. Nite has been President of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media since January 1997 and was Vice President from October 1992-1997. He is a musical talent consultant for Atlantic Records, Virgin/EMI Records, and Warner Music. Notable AIMM Graduates during Nite's tenure at AIMM, include Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20), Josh Baker (Mariah Carey), Terrell Sass (Nelly, T.I., Rick Ross) and Keisha Lee (Migos, Childish Gambino). Nite's instructional book and accompanying video ‘Foundations of Rock - Evolution of Rock Guitar’ was published by Mel Bay Publications and is available worldwide. As a performer with his band, Energy, Nite has shared the stage with legendary acts such as Little Anthony, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Dr.Hook, Tommy Rowe, The Platters, Percy Sledge, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits; VH1), and Mark Lindsey (Paul Revere & the Raiders). A native of Atlanta, Nite and the Driscoll family reside in Gwinnett County. In his time away from campus, Nite is involved in the musical activities of his four children. Additionally, Nite is a Member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is an avid supporter of the Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Gwinnett Stripers.

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Joshua Grau is the Vice President for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overall campus management, administrative and regulatory oversight, program and curriculum development, and managing human resources. He also participates in guitar, keyboard, studio production and live performance instruction. Joshua is an accomplished professional performing musician, academic director, curriculum designer and learning management expert. He studied Jazz Guitar at the University of Miami and Eastman School of Music Summer Jazz Workshops. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Guitar Performance and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia.

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Damon Fonooni is the Director of Music Production and Audio for Media for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for academically advising students in the Music Production Certificate and Music Production and Audio for Media Degree programs. In addition, Damon is an Instructor for various classes throughout these programs. He has been featured on BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Triple J Mixup Australia, DJ Mag, and URB. Damon has also received numerous awards including Creative Loafing's Best Electronic Musician in Atlanta. As a Musician, Damon has toured the globe and was featured in the Toronto Film Festival. Damon attended Georgia State University. He is an Electronic Musician and Sound Designer and has released over 100 songs, originals, remixes and collaborations, and continues to work on various projects including film and television.

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Chris Fragale is the Director of Career Services and Outreach for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for the coordination and tracking of in-field career placement of graduates, community and entertainment relations, and teaching music business courses. Chris has assisted in placing graduates with Virgin/EMI Music, Microsoft, ASCAP, Live Nation Entertainment, Turner Studios, Carnival Cruise Lines and Music Matters Entertainment among numerous other employers throughout Georgia. In addition to his employment at AIMM, Chris currently works as a freelance licensing agent for SESAC Performing Rights Organization, identifying general licensing opportunities for SESAC affiliated songwriters and publishers. Additional career highlights include serving as the Atlanta Section Chair of the Audio Engineering Society and acting as a featured panelist at the 2013 Technology Association of Georgia’s Entertainment Summit. Chris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University. As a native of the Atlanta area, Chris and his wife Lizzie have two sons. He enjoys playing the drums, live music events, coaching youth sports, tennis and following the Atlanta Falcons and Braves.

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Diane Searcy is the Bursar and Financial Administrator for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for billing student accounts, arranging payment plans, and ensuring students abide by their payment schedules. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She also enjoys listening to music, gardening, camping, embroidery, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.

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Dr. David Mitchell is the Director of Education for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overseeing the Certificate and Degree programs offered at the school. He is also the academic advisor for the Music and Technology Degree programs and is responsible for program design, student advising and registration, monitoring attendance, disciplinary procedures, student retention, SAP monitoring, accreditation and compliance, hiring and evaluating faculty, maintaining personnel files and policy implementation and design. In addition, he teaches acoustic guitar, music appreciation and music history. Dr. Mitchell is a published composer who writes for large and small ensembles, interactive electronic and electroacoustic music for performance as well as original scores for films, video games, promotional ads, and corporate videos. His commercial work includes music for Hilton Hotels and The Coca Cola Company. He has won numerous competitions, including the Olin Parker Composition Competition, Southeastern Composers League Phillip Slate Composition Competition and The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Composition Competition. He also is the author of a music composition blog that was selected by Feedspot as one of the top fifteen music composition blogs online. Dr. Mitchell holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Music Composition and Theory, Masters of Music Composition and a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance. In addition to his professional interests, Dr. Mitchell collects vinyl records and learning about astronomy and astrophysics.

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Ellen Chase is the registrar for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for overseeing documentation of student files, records, and transcripts. Ellen particularly enjoyed creating the entry-level college skills course that AIMM students take. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Earlham College. She sings, and lives a creative life surrounded by musicians everywhere she goes.

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Keith O’Neill is a Senior Instructional Designer and Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for developing online courses for the Music Production and Audio for Media courses, supervising audio and video production of course content, and supervising the creative content and marketing initiatives for AIMM Online. In addition, Keith also teaches several courses on campus including Pro Tools and Mastering classes. He is an Avid Certified Expert Instructor, an Avid Certified Expert in Music, an Avid Certified User in Game Audio, and an Apple Certified Mastered for iTunes Engineer. Keith has worked on countless productions in many genres and currently works primarily as a mastering engineer for clients all over the world. He holds a Certificate Degree in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Web Design and Development and a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from Full Sail University. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing board games, and spending time with his family.

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Scott Kieklak is the Dean of Student Services for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for administering the student information system, academically advising the instrument certificate programs, and all student-related activities. Scott was formerly an Audio Engineer at the Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami Florida for over ten years. He is credited on many gold, platinum, and Grammy Award-winning projects. He was nominated for Technical Excellence and Creativity for Mixing ‘Beyonce’s Dangerously In Love’. He was named by Sound on Sound Magazine as the Next Generation of Mixing Engineers. Scott holds an Associates Degree in Music Video Business from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Walden University.

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Steve Rieck is the Director of Instrument Performance Certification and an Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overseeing the Instrument Performance Faculty as well as teaching guitar courses. His compositions have been featured on major Atlanta radio stations, received awards from Billboard Magazine and have been critically acclaimed in local newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Creative Loafing Magazine. He has authored a book on music theory and is currently working on a release of his original Jazz-Rock compositions as well as performing with several other bands around Atlanta. Steve holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music.

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Vitali Tkachenka is the Director of E-Learning and an Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching scales, reading, music theory, and creating online music courses. Vitali is the author of ‘Modern Scales Concepts’, ‘Diatonic Modes Concepts’, ‘Killer Technique: Guitar’, and ‘Technique Workout for the Modern Guitarist’. He has played guitar on releases from T.S. Band, Nota Bene, Da Cynosure, Marina Morozova, Snooze Band, Nancy Gerber, TY Steele Band, and Adam Nitti. He also has several solo releases including ‘Fly Away’, ‘Sides’, and ‘Sometime Tomorrow’. He is endorsed by One-Control, Atomic Amplifiers, Dean Markley, Carvin Audio, WGS Speakers, Godin Guitars, Radial Engineering, Kiesel Guitars, Eastman Guitars, and Diago Pedalboards. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from A.M.Shirokov Institute of Modern Knowledge and a Certificate from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media in Guitar. He is also an AVID certified operator in Pro Tools for music production. As a native of Belarus, Vitali was featured on a national radio broadcast of The Renaissance of Guitar. After moving to the United States to study guitar at AIMM, Vitali draws from inspiration from musicians such as Nite Driscoll, Randy Hoexter, Steve Rieck, Bill Hart, Rob Schumann, Trey Wright, Carl Culpepper, David Poole, Corey Christiansen and Jimmy Herring.

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Zak Waddle is an Instructional Designer for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for media creation, creative content development, and videography. He holds a Music and Technology Associates Degree from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is also an Avid certified operator in music production and audio post production. He enjoys reading, the art of filmmaking, and always learning.

Admissions Department
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Caitlin Hunt is the Director of Admissions for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for overseeing the operations of the office of admissions and leading recruiting efforts. She has previous professional experience working with Life University and Kennesaw State University assisting students with financial aid, admissions, and the registration process. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys collecting plants, traveling, attending concerts, shopping, photography, zumba, history, haircare, and crafting.

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Geoffrey Allen is an is an Admissions Advisor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for providing educational guidance and solutions for incoming students. Geoffrey has over ten years of higher education experience in the greater Atlanta area. He was recognized for being the lead national recruiter for several years which enabled him to become a regional trainer and brand ambassador. Geoffrey holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Georgia Southern University, a Masters Degree in Educational Management, a Masters in Business Administration in International Business, and is Certified in the Jack Welch Executive MBA Program in Leadership. He is currently pursuing an Associates in Music Production and Audio for Media at Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. In his spare time, Geoffrey enjoys practicing ninjutsu and teaching youth tennis lessons.

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Nicolas Aguirre is an Admissions Advisor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for helping prospective students through the admissions process. Nicolas has also been an active musician for over ten years and plays guitar, bass, and piano. He holds an Associates Degree in Audio Post Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is well versed at using audio applications such as Pro Tools and Ableton live and plays guitar in the band Always, Always.

Financial Aid Department
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Kaamilya Duling is the Director of Financial Aid for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for assisting students in completing the necessary Federal Title IV documents and providing counseling to students and families through each step of the financial aid process. She also oversees all aspects of Financial Aid processing including document collection, budgeting, FAFSA verification, and loan certification. Kaamilya is an accomplished finance professional with over 10 years of distinguished performance within the for-profit education sector. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Shorter University.

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Robin Forte-Burrell is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid for the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for reviewing student’s financial aid eligibility; counseling students and their families on the application process; overseeing the school's Federal Work-Study program; reporting of Gainful Employment, and providing training to the Financial Aid Staff.  
Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, from Ohio University and has done graduate work in Student Personnel, at the Ohio State University. While an undergraduate student at Ohio University, she worked as a work-study student in the financial aid office. She has since worked, in some capacity, in the financial aid industry for over 30 years (FA Counselor, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Compliance & Training Officer, Account Executive for a Student Lending Company). She enjoys traveling, doting on her fur baby, ‘Ocho’, and trying new gluten-free conscious recipes that she can share with family and friends.
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LaVeda Greene is a Financial Aid Administrator for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for evaluating financial aid applications, notifying students of requirements in need of resolution, reviewing records for changes of status, and maintaining information system’s records and files for reporting. LaVeeda holds an Associates Degree in Audio Engineering, Video Production, and Radio from the International College of Broadcasting. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, writing lyrics, making jewelry, sewing, shopping, and being in good company of family and friends.

Technology Department
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Ryan Williams is the Director of Technical Services for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overseeing all technical staff, maintaining the computer workstations and data infrastructure, and supervising all technical matters throughout the school. Ryan studied classical piano under composer Marvin Goldstein, studied Guitar and Bass under Jeff Sollohub, attended Berklee’s Summer Performance Bass Program, and was the recipient of the Stubbs Musical Foundation Jazz Bass scholarship. He is also an Avid Certified Expert Instructor, an Avid Certified Expert in Music, an Avid ICON Certified Expert, an Avid Venue Certified Operator, an Apple Certified Mac Technician, CompTIA A+ Certified, and the owner of Europa Studios. Ryan holds an Associates Degree in Record Arts and Sciences from Full Sail University.

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Beau Vaughn is a Technical Assistant for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He assists students with sessions, tutoring, technical troubleshooting, and facility operation and maintenance. He is also the manager and intern director for Icon Studios in Atlanta. In addition, Beau is an aspiring music producer with several releases on major streaming platforms. Beau holds a Masters Degree in Education from Florida State University, a Bachelor's Degree from Kennesaw State University, and a Certificate in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He enjoys going to music festivals, cooking, producing music, working out, and artwork. Beau is also a big Florida State sports fan.

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Kenneth Johnathan is a Technical Assistant for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He assists students with sessions, tutoring, technical troubleshooting, and facility operation and maintenance. He is also co-owner of Vici LLC Productions. He holds a Certificate Degree in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and videography. Outside of the creative and audio world, he is a big fan of Jeeps.

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Taylor Cinnamon is the Technical and Facility Supervisor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. His department facilitates recording sessions, studio maintenance, and student tutoring. He is responsible for overseeing any and all technical and facility problems on campus. In addition, Taylor also teaches Intro to Audio Production labs. He has been the front of house audio engineer for the contemporary service at Mt. Bethel UMC in Roswell, Georgia for three years. Taylor has been working in the live sound arena around the Atlanta area for 8 years. Notably, he has worked at Phillips Arena, the Georgia Dome, Gwinnett Arena, Turner Field, Terminal West, and The Fox Theater. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan and a Certificate Degree in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Taylor enjoys mixing for clients as well as helping design and build studio spaces. He also builds custom gaming computers in his spare time.

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