Lakeland University is welcoming four new full-time faculty members this fall.
New to the university are Monique Brickham, assistant professor of art; John Guarente, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities; and Ana Galaviz-Echagaray, visiting instructor of Spanish. Kim Viglietti, who has been teaching at Lakeland part-time since 2011, is now a full-time instructor of business administration.
Brickham will lead the graphic design portion of Lakeland's art major, and comes to the university with a wealth of classroom and professional experience.
For the past three years, she has worked as a graphic designer at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and she's also worked as a freelance designer since 2005, serving a lengthy list of clients. She also worked in design roles at Convergent Marketing in Appleton, Journal Community Publishing Group in Waupaca, Wis., and at the Appleton Post Crescent.
She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay since 2012, and was a graduate instructor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Fine Arts while in graduate school.
She has a master of fine arts in graphic design from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a web design certificate and a web development certificate from Fox Valley Technical College and a bachelor's degree in communication and the arts with a graphic design emphasis from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
Guarente comes to Lakeland as an experienced conductor and educator at the collegiate level. He comes to Lakeland after service as director of vocal music at the College of Central Florida, where he conducted the CF Patriot Singers and the Musical Theatre Ensemble. He worked closely with the band director and theatre faculty to coordinate musical theatre performances, joint concerts with band and choir, voice/piano recitals and voice juries, and prepared and arranged performances for numerous campus events.
In his role at CF, he regularly networked with regional high school teachers and church directors, running workshops with choirs and planning collaborative events to help recruit talented singers and maintain the college's visibility within the community.
In 2012, Guarente received a teaching fellowship with the Miami Choral Academy, a community outreach program funded by Seraphic Fire. In working with MCA, he brought choral music to underprivileged schools in the Greater Miami Area and developed a music skills curriculum for elementary school students.
In 2015, he became the artistic director for the Marion Civic Chorale, the area's oldest and largest community chorus. He was also recently featured conductor for the second annual Marion County All-County High School Honor Choir, and was the featured choral clinician for the Ocala Summer Music Camp.
He received a doctorate of musical arts in choral conducting with a doctoral cognate in vocal pedagogy from the University of Miami, and a bachelor of arts and a master of music degree with a concentration in choral conducting from Rutgers University.
Viglietti has been an adjunct instructor at Lakeland since the spring of 2011, teaching Business Information Processing, Management Information Systems, Management Principles and Marketing Principles.
She brings a wealth of professional business experience to the classroom. She worked nearly 20 years at Kohler Co., including time as product manager for kitchen faucets and retail faucets in global marketing and as associate channel manager and senior marketing analyst in North American faucets marketing.
Viglietti has a master of business administration from Concordia University and a bachelor's in business administration with specializations in economics and business from UW-Madison.
Galaviz-Echagaray comes to Lakeland after two years of service as a teaching assistant in intermediate and advanced undergraduate Spanish at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she received a master of arts degree. She has a bachelor's in Hispanic languages and literature from Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa in west-central Mexico.
As part of her master's degree studies, she took a service learning class entitled The Latino Youth Biliteracy Project, which included her committing to 30 hours of service learning projects in Arkansas schools during the semester.