As Director of Admissions and Outreach, Joe bridges the Fusion community with families, educators, and professionals in the Rockville area. Joe believes in empowering students by highlighting their strengths and loves sharing their successes with the Rockville community.
After graduating with a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College, Joe lived in New York City for a decade working as a filmmaker. While shooting a documentary in Poland and Prague about a Holocaust survivor returning to the concentration camps he was placed in as a child, Joe became invested in utilizing digital media as a therapeutic tool. Earning his M.A. in Art Therapy from New York University, he worked with adolescents in the juvenile justice system, adults struggling with mental illness, older adults with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and spent time working at a clinic for men with physical and cognitive disabilities in Ghana. Later, he became a program manager for a NYC based non-profit organization specializing in 3D computer animation as a means to serve at-risk youth. Having left the “Big Apple” for the “Old Bay,” Joe is thrilled to continue providing students with cutting-edge educational opportunities at Fusion.
Joe is an avid weightlifter, yoga enthusiast, and Reiki practitioner. You’re likely to find he and his wife hiking, rocking out to live music, appreciating local art, antiquing for unique “curiosities,” or enjoying a spicy meal.