Our Designers, Animators, Production Room Assistants, and Office Assistants work hard to make your projects not only look awesome,
but also bring them to life.


Katie is the Multimedia Coordinator/Digital Designer for commonvision. She is an alum from UMBC and was a CWIT Scholar as well as an IRC Fellow during her education. She graduated in ‘07 with a BA in Visual Arts with double concentrations in Animation and Interactivity as well as double minored in Computer Science and Art History.

She is a Disney aficionado and an avid Pez collector. Katie has acquired a few thousand dispensers over the years and will eventually need a whole house devoted to the hobby, but for now will settle on just a room.

Katie is an animal lover and has a corgi named Gadget and has rescued four cats from the evils of outdoor life. 

Click here to see more of her projects.



Emma Hagen is the Coordinator for commonvision, Print Production and Designer.  She is pursuing her MFA in Integrated Design at University of Baltimore. Emma has been at commonvision for many years and can answer almost all commonvision related questions.

In her free time she enjoys life as a retired professional cotton candy spinner, and taking photos of her cat, Poe. You'll likely find her sipping iced tea or watching Buffy the Vampire slayer. 


Mel Prather is the Student Design Manager at commonvision and a senior at UMBC pursuing dual degrees in Graphic Design and Environmental Science.

Mel loves cats, traveling, and spicy food. She gets easily caught up in passionate conversations about everything from movies, to environmental issues, to Japanese pop culture. If you happen to catch her digging through the trash it’s only because she really cares about recycling!

Mike is currently working on a degree in computer engineering at UMBC, and is a photographer with a degree from School of Visual Arts. He enjoys a variety of facets of fabrication, be it photography, drawing, writing, and more.

When not busy, he likes to look at pictures of cats on the internet and get filled with envy of their sublimity.

Mike's online portfolio: 

Emma O’Donnell is an Animator/Motion Designer at commonvison. She is a junior at UMBC, majoring in Animation and minoring in History. One day she’d like to work in cartoons or games.

 She likes to draw and paint both traditionally and digitally. Emma will make everything she draws blue unless stopped.

In her spare time, she thinks about creative writing, stares out the window at thunderstorms, and collects aquarium shirts.




Tory is an iNet animator majoring in animation and interactive media. He has a fondness for 80's sci-fi aesthetic, adventure, and electronic funk music. Aside from the visual arts, he also dabbles in theatre and music composition. In his free time, he enjoys riding his longboard, watching Youtube content, playing video games, and going on long treks through the forest (an endeavor that always --without fail-- results in him getting lost).

If all goes according to plan, Tory hopes to someday make a living as an animator for either a television cartoon studio or a video game studio.

Justyna is a Motion Designer/ Animator at commonvision. At UMBC she studies animation and cinematic arts. Her family is originally from Poland. She is a Linehan scholar, a Woolie, and, most importantly, an artist. 

Her biggest fear is getting her fingers stuck in a bowling ball and/or sunglasses tan. If you ask her what animal she would be, she’d choose a red panda ‘cause they’re squishy and they hop around. On campus, she gets yelled at for trying to touch the geese and the squirrels. If you need a four leaf clover, she can most likely find you one. She loves to go on adventures and make friends with strangers.


Ezra is an animator/motion designer at commonvision. He's a junior Linehan scholar working on an animation major and a cinematic arts minor. In addition to making films, he enjoys expressing himself through illustration, photography, sound design, poetry, and creative writing.  

Besides making art, his interests include hiking, meditating, exploring historic towns, and petting every dog in sight. He is also fascinated by crystals and gemstones and is always looking for cool rocks to add to his collection. 



Sam is a senior at UMBC pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design. He is a Linehan Artist Scholar and currently works as a graphic designer at commonvision.

In his free time Sam enjoys listening to music that makes you want to curl up into a ball and cry, dancing in socks on wooden floors, and skateboarding neighborhood streets. He also makes many of his own cosmetic products by hand and considers himself an essential oil junkie. Sam fantasizes about living a hermitic life in a tiny cottage in the woods, but at the moment designing stuff is pretty cool too.

Sophia Obrebski is a sophomore Photography major with an Art History and Printmaking minor! She is a Linehan scholar that works as an office assistant at commonvision. In the oncoming year, she plans to work to get her personal trainer and yoga certifications! Before commonvision she worked in an ice cream parlor and portrait studio, so if you ever need a quality shake or a portrait taken she's your girl. And to answer the question everyone asks, she doesn't have a preference between being called Sophia or Sophie, but most just call her Sophie. Take your pick!

Her favorite foods are ice cream, dark chocolate, coffee, and burgers (not all at once), and loves excessively using exclamation points!!!! She is currently the proud owner of a rotund beagle, two cats, and a bunny; but she has big pet plans for the future! In her downtime she enjoys cooking, exercising, and pestering her pets to go and get a job-they live here too, where's the rent money? 



Cassie Le is a Linehan Scholar pursuing dual degrees in Graphic Design and Biology. In addition to being a designer at commonvision, she is the Vice President of Dog-Collar Comedy Troupe and an active member of UMBC's Musical Theatre Club.

When Cassie's not distracting everyone in the office with her amazing puns, she can be found creating illustrations, getting her butt kicked in Vietnamese martial arts, and reading articles on user-interface design. She hopes to someday work for an awesome graphic design agency and as a freelance illustrator.



Olivia is a Junior at UMBC with a pursuit in Graphic Design. Her Interests are illustration and bookmaking and she hopes to one day combine those loves into a graphic novel of epic proportions.

She spends the most of her free time drawing portraits, writing horror mysteries, and listening to audio podcasts of web personalities and old time radio. She has 3 cats Tigger, Nutmeg, Apples, and a puppy named Honey. (All dogs are puppies, no exceptions) Her other hobbies include lets-play watching, learning American Sign Language, and singing when she thinks no one is listening.


Marc Lazaga, commonly mistaken as lasagna, is a junior at UMBC majoring in Information Systems. Marc is a freelance designer and a production room assistant at commonvision. 

When he is not arduously studying, he enjoys listening and playing music. He has been been playing the clarinet for many years and plays some percussion. He has a second degree blackbelt in taijutsu and really loves turtles, they're the best. You will most likely find him chowing down on Oreos, Oreos and Swedish Fish and Oreos. Surprisingly, he likes cookies and cream ice cream. He also really enjoys naps whenever the rare occasion appears, by the way is it nap time yet?


Alexis is a senior majoring in Visual Arts with a concentration in Film and possibly a dabbling in Communications. She has worked in many parts of the Commons, which include Flat Tuesdays, the Gameroom, and of course, commonvision! More recently, she will be the Social Media Intern for Student Life for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is also a fellow sister, and Public Relations for her Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter.

When she graduates from UMBC, she hopes to move to a big city, like Los Angeles or Seattle and work in either film production, public relations or photography. Ultimately, she wants to travel the world!

She's an advocate for gluten free living and loves to cook a variety of different meals. She also has an appreciation of different cultures. Specifically, she was in a Korean mode for over 5 years, but she's venturing out for new experiences. She loves crafting for other people, especially when her photography is involved. She loves pictures and taking them of people as her favorite hobby! For people to feel great about themselves and the outcome of the photo is a great accomplishment for her!


Aldi is a freshman at UMBC in the Honors College, currently pursuing a degree in computer science.

On top of his job, he likes to spend time telling people the joys of running the global supermarket chain, ALDI, even though he has no ties with it whatsoever. He turns to film making as a creative outlet, and does some beat making in the side every now and then. He also enjoys playing video games.

He wants to eventually start a company in hopes to make it big in the world. If not, then working at Google would be ideal. If all else fails, expect to see him on the streets on New York handing out fire mixtapes.


Lea is a senior at UMBC, majoring in Media and Communication Studies, with a double minor in American Studies and Print Media. She is currently an office assistant at commonvision. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, listening to music, drawing, and watching Netflix.

She loves discovering new types of music from around the world. She has two adorable Boston Terriers, who she is slightly obsessed with. She also loves food and finding new places to eat. She LOVES chocolate and believes no meal is complete without dessert. 


Felice, yes, Felice like feliz navidad, is a senior pursuing a B.A. in psychology and a minor in Spanish. She loves to talk and is passionate about the power of language. She plans to enroll in a graduate program in Speech Pathology so that one day she can help children learn to speak.

Besides working at commonvision, she also serves at a restaurant, and is a proud mom to her cat Luce. When she is not working or studying she enjoys playing soccer and trying new foods. Feel free to swap recipes with her or practice your Spanish!


Ali Everitt is a senior Animation student at UMBC. She works as a generalist, with interests ranging from stop motion, 3D and 2D animation, 3D printing, illustration and motion graphics. Ali also works as an assistant teacher for Steve Bradley during the Summer for UMBC's Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE). She teaches middle school kids about sound design for animation and pod-casting. Trying new things is and coming up with creative solutions is her favorite thing to do. Her favorite genre of animation usually involves absurdist dark humor. 

On the weekends you can find Ali riding bikes, hiking, drawing and watching animation tutorials. She's got a huge collection of arts and crafts supplies. Soon enough she'll have a home animation laboratory to rival Dexter's Lab.  After graduation she wants to work with a small group of friends and animators on a passion project.