Keeping it Reel

Meet Our Newest Staff Members!

Columbia College Hollywood is continually striving for success and is always looking for ways to improve the connection and communication with students. In an effort to better our student’s experience, CCH recently added two new faces to our campus this past March: Kelly Parker and Chrissy Shannon.

Kelly Parker is CCH’s Vice President of Student Affairs and oversees the Student Services and Career Development Teams to help keep the departments flowing as well as help develop new programs and activities that will get CCH students even more engaged.

Kelly is over-the-moon about joining the CCH Team as the VP of Student Affairs. Born and raised in Chicago, Kelly is a Midwest girl at heart. She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. She then spent six years in Chicago as a professional actress and casting director for both theatre, as well as television/film. Some of her casting credits include work with Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. In addition, Kelly worked for Tribeca Flashpoint College as the former Director of Career Services and most recently, VP of Student Affairs.

As a former college soccer player, Kelly is always ready to talk some futbol, and being as though she’s from Chicago, you will quickly start to see Blackhawks gear pop up in her office. She is lover of pizza (thin crust NOT deep dish) and as far as music is concerned; it’s all about Beyoncé and Kendrick.

Kelly is continuously inspired by her students and she considers it is a privilege to work with the future artists and filmmakers of the world. Both students and alumni are welcome to set up a one-on-one meeting with Kelly at any time. Please feel free to pop by her office just outside the Reception office, as the door is always open!

Chrissy Shannon is our new Career Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator. Chrissy couldn’t have come at a better time to CCH as Director of Career Development, Stephen Herring was covering a lot of territory helping students prepare for “life after college” and maximizing their internship options. Needless to say, Stephen is beyond happy to have the help and from a very accomplished and talented woman like Chrissy.

Chrissy Shannon has worked in the entertainment industry for 27 years; focusing a majority of her time in music, music charity, music business education and television production before coming to Columbia College Hollywood. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the University of Surrey in Guildford, England.

Her experience in helping students gain access to the entertainment industry though internships at Musicians Institute attracted her to the position in CCH’s Career Services Dep. Her formative experience as a Segment Producer for VH1’s flagship series, Behind the Music as well as for other productions has given her insight as to what students face in their early jobs in film and TV production.

Chrissy is an Anglophile and Hibernophile (one who is fond of Irish culture, Irish language and Ireland in general) and hopes to live there someday. You can find Chrissy in Stephen’s Office, which is usually buzzing with the excitement of new projects! Be sure to stop by and say “Hi”!

This blog is a collaborative effort by CCH staff and administration who want to share their knowledge with the film school community and prospective students.

Columbia College Hollywood is excited to announce TWO new scholarships! Receive awards of up to $5,000 for the 2021 Summer Scholarship for Storytellers and up to $18,950 for the CCH Career Accelerator Scholarship.

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