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Introducing the School of Animation Arts and Design Alumni Chapter

February 26, 2010

We are thrilled to announce the formation of the School of Animation, Arts and Design (SAAD) Alumni Chapter under the leadership of Board Chair John Mariella (Computer Animation ‘86). 

The creation of the SAAD Chapter is part of our ongoing efforts to build a vigorous network of alumni who share a lifelong relationship with Sheridan. Chapter activities will focus on organizing events to foster fellowship, networking opportunities and to raise funds to support other alumni initiatives. 

The Chair and five Directors of the new Chapter are industry influencers in the fields of animation, design and media who are taking a leadership role in this exciting initiative. Chapter Directors will chair committees in the areas of networking, marketing and communications, volunteer recruitment, fundraising and young alumni. 

The establishment of the SAAD Chapter is the first step in our program to develop alumni chapters for each school. Recruitment plans are already underway for the School of Community and Liberal Studies Alumni Chapter. 


John Mariella (Computer Animation ’86) Chair 
Vice President, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures 

Leanne Bucaro, (Media Arts-Writing ‘87) Director, Marketing & Communications 
Co-CEO, Infinity Communications 

Deborah Fallows (Retail Fashion Arts ‘79) Director, Volunteer Recruitment 
Vice President, Human Resources 
Cookie Jar Entertainment 

Devin Lim (Computer Animation ’07) Director, Young Alumni 
Character Animator 
Gallus Entertainment Inc. 

Anna Wells (Graphic Design ’87) Director, Fundraising 
Vice President, Mediavest 

Mike Zingarelli (Computer Animation ‘97) Director, Networking 
Assistant Director 
Corus Entertainment (Nelvana)