Faculty & Staff


Melissa Dettlinger-Plush
Program Chair and Assistant Professor
mdettlinger@ivytech.edu

Hired as Adjunct: August 2011;
as full–time instructor: August 2013
BFA in Photography, University of Louisville, 1998
MFA in Cinema and Photography,
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2002

Melissa was born in Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the University of Louisville in 1998. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2002. From Illinois, she moved to Aspen, Colorado and opened up her own fine art printing and photography business. While in Colorado, she also worked as a studio manager of the photography department at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. It was here she had the privilege to work with various artists, top photography and Photoshop instructors, and discovered her love of teaching. In 2011, Melissa was hired to teach at Ivy Tech Southern Indiana. In a year’s time she worked with Program Chair Susan Mackowiak to help start the Photography concentration in the Visual Communication’s program. Melissa currently teaches photography, electronic imaging, and video classes.


Yvonne Haller
Adjunct Instructor

Hired: January 2016
BA, Visual Communications Design

Yvonne Haller is an art director/designer with over 25 years of experience. Most recently she worked at Humana in the Creative Services group. The majority of her career she was an Associate Creative Director at Creative Alliance (Scoppechio). During her 15 years there she created designs for a wide variety of accounts such as Brown-Forman, Mikasa, and CHS (Community Health Systems). Prior to that she worked at Plaschke Design Group and Franklin Ross & Associates. Yvonne believes in taking a benefit-oriented approach to visual communications, building brand identities and generating results. And her work has done just that and gained well-earned awards in the process. A graduate of Purdue University, she has received the school’s prestigious Excellence in Visual Communication Design Award. She also has been an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Southeast, teaching design. In addition, she has served as the Membership Chair of the Louisville Graphic Design Association, and served two terms on the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Communications Advisory Board.


Debe Hennessey
Adjunct Instructor

Hired: August 2014
AS in Journalism, Indiana University Southeast (IUS), 2006
AAS in Visual Communication, Ivy Tech Community College, 2014

Debe is a lifelong resident of Southern Indiana. She obtained her journalism degree from IUS and immediately came to Ivy Tech to pursue other interests. In May 2014, she graduated with a degree in Visual Communication, concentrating in graphic design and photography. Debe has been a graphic designer for 44 years and has worked at newspapers, advertising agencies, and printing companies. For five years she was a special writer for The Courier-Journal’s Indiana Weekly. Debe is currently employed by Jefferson County Public Schools where she is a graphic and web designer. At this position, she has won several awards from the Kentucky School Public Relations Association for her designs. Debe likes to do everything, and there is not much she won’t try! An avid photographer, she can be found frequently with a camera in her hand.


Vernon Town
Adjunct Instructor

Hired: January 2007
BA in Painting, Eastern Kentucky University, 1972
MFA in Drawing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1974

Vernon attended Eastern Kentucky University and played football for 2 years. While there he
began art training and graduated with honors. After beginning a six-year enlistment in the Army National Guard, he also began an MFA in drawing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Upon graduation, the University awarded Vernon a purchase prize. Vernon began teaching at Murray State University and became the head of the drawing department. He took a one-year appointment at the University of Louisville in graphic design and spent the next 18 years as a graphic designer for a national sign company. Vernon has been a freelance designer for the last several years while teaching drawing, computer graphics and art history at Ivy Tech. An active artist, he exhibits his work in national shows. Drawing inspiration from science and nature, Vernon uses skills from all aspects of his working life.


David Modica
Adjunct Instructor

Studied Photography at the College of DuPage and
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
BS in Business, Indiana University Bloomington

Modica expresses his personal vision in black and white film and prints in a traditional darkroom. He enjoys capturing places and buildings of historical significance as well as the urban and rural landscape. His affection for historic buildings takes him west to photograph ghost towns as a means of experiencing the energy of those once-thriving towns and as a way of preserving their place in history. His current project, Finding Home, began in 2014 and is a visual and spiritual exploration of his father’s homeland of Sicily, Italy. Much of his time during his three visits was spent in the town of Modica. He wanted to be as immersed in the land and culture as possible; to live among the people of Sicily and to connect with his heritage. And, of course, enjoy the food! David’s personal work is exhibited throughout the region, held in private and corporate collections, and in the fine arts collection at the University of Louisville Photo Archives.


Kacey Slone
Gallery Assistant Manager, Lab Technician, Adjunct Instructor

Hired: August 2021
AAS in Visual Communication, Ivy Tech Community College, 2014
BFA in Graphic Design and Printmaking, Indiana University Southeast, 2018
MFA in Intermedia, University of Texas Arlington, 2021

Kacey Slone was raised in a cornfield in Southern Indiana. She received a MFA in Intermedia at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work investigates identity, memory, and how place affects one’s belonging. By using familiar objects, Slone hopes to connect with others through collective memory. Kacey is an Instructor of Fine Arts and works as a gallery manager for the Barr Gallery and the Pat Harrison Fine Art + Design Gallery. Slone’s work has exhibited nationally and is 1/2 of Junior Jr. Studio, a Risograph studio in New Albany, Indiana.


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