Leslie Cullen

Department Chair
Phone: 978-630-9347
Office: Room 366 (office hours posted on door)
Education: BS Communications Media/Graphic Design, Fitchburg State University

Courses Taught:

  • GID101 Design Theory
  • GID105 Digital Illustration
  • GID202 Publication Design
  • GID299 Portfolio Preparation and Production

Professor Cullen has taught graphic design at Mount Wachusett Community College for 18 years and has served as the Department Chair for the graphic design program for the past 12 years. She has worked for many local and national clients during her tenure at Mount Wachusett Community College including non-profits such as the Relay For Life and Glenn’s Friends, and various local and national businesses.

After the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013, she designed an iconic 3 Yellow Balloons graphic and designed and sold over 200 t-shirts nationwide that raised $2045 for The One Fund Boston. A passionate and dedicated professor, she is committed to offering the very best design education to her students, and continues to be energized by and excited to teach each new class of students who enter the Graphic & Interactive Design program.


Paul Swerzenski

Phone: 978-630-9223
Office: Room 362 (office hours posted on door)
Education: Master of Arts

Courses Taught:

  • GID109 Introduction to Web Design
  • GID110 Introduction to Animation
  • GID112 Communication in Multimedia Design
  • GID235 Typography in Visual Communication
  • GID240 Creative Web Design I
  • GID241 Creative Web Design II
  • GID242 Interactive Web Design
  • CIS127 Computer Technologies
  • FYE101 First Year Experience

Professor Swerzenski has been an Organizational Development Consultant, Manager of Employee and Management Development, Instructional Designer, Train-the-Trainer Instructor, Safety Trainer and Private Consultant to educational institutions and Fortune 500 technology companies. He moved from the corporate world to education when asked to design the MWCC Web Design Program.

He is interested in developing environments which erase learning barriers and increase access to knowledge in ways that surprise, intrigue and amaze.


Coni Porter

Adjunct Professor
Phone: 603-585-9803
Education: MFA, Goddard College

Courses Taught:

  • GID101 Design Theory
  • GID104 Digital Imaging
  • GID117 Typography in Visual Communication
  • GID299 Portfolio Preparation and Production

Coni is the principle at CPorter Designs, a boutique design studio in southern New Hampshire. She is a visual designer who produces publication and book design for multiple publishers, brand design for small to medium sized companies (ranging from B&Bs and museums to retail stores and restaurants), and grant-driven public art projects about Climate Change. She has won design awards, received grants, and has given multiple media interviews about her contemporary visual work.


Joel Howe

Adjunct Professor
Education: BS: Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
MEng: Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

Courses Taught:

  • GID104 Digital Imaging
  • GID109 Introduction to Web Design
  • GID113 Interactive Web Design
  • GID209 Advanced Web Design
  • GID216 Motion Graphics

Joel has been teaching animation and interactive media for the past 15 years. From corporate training to undergraduate courses in both online and on-ground classrooms, he has developed and taught classes in 2D and 3D animation, interactive media, web design, motion graphics, and image editing.

With a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Engineering, Joel migrated from mechanical design to technical marketing, using his 3D, programming, design, and animation skills to create compelling video productions and complex websites. When not teaching at MWCC, he works on animation and interactive design projects for a variety of clients. Working in the field enables Joel to share his experiences and lessons learned in the classroom, and to help students navigate the ever-changing maze of tools, processes, and technologies used by today’s professional graphic designers.


Caitlin Poole

Adjunct Professor
Education: AS, Computer Graphic Design, Mount Wachusett Community College
BFA, Graphic Design, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Courses Taught:

  • GID104 Digital Imaging
  • GID109 Introduction to Web Design

Cait is the co-founder and designer at Revel Road Creative, a small web studio in Central Massachusetts. She is a visual designer who specializes in web, presentation, and brand design for a range of businesses from solopreneurs to large companies.

Previously, she was a designer at C Space, a consumer agency in Boston, where she did digital and print design for some of the biggest brands in the world (Coca-Cola, Citibank, and Audi to name few).

While at MWCC as a student, her design work was featured in juried exhibits and won awards including Best in Show. She was also a semi-finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Print Communications category in 2008. She’s been a mentor to young designers, through programs such as Youth Design Boston at MassArt and BUILD Boston.