Departments and Faculty


Dr. Milan Milasinovic

President of TheNCC

In February 2015, The North Coast College welcomed a new president,  Dr. Milan Milasinovic, succeeding Mrs. Virginia Marti-Veith, who became president emeritus.

In his last tenure, Dr. Milasinovic was Vice president for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at LIM College in New York City, where he was also Founding Dean of the Graduate Business School and Continuing Education.

Dr. Milasinovic is a global and visionary leader with successful records in attaining accreditation for Business Schools.  He is a published author and brings entrepreneurial skills to the academic curriculum. His broad business experience has earned him numerous accolades. In his academic career, he launched many new degrees and programs, nationally and internationally. In addition, he launched and managed operations to design online learning and assist faculty and students engaged in distance learning.

His extensive and rich business experience in the fashion industry led him to increase students’ industry exposure and raise brand awareness through many initiatives, such as envisioning and launching “Fashion CEO Roundtable” Speaker Series in New York.

Dr. Milasinovic holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, major in Marketing (DBA), from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, an MBA from University Bocconi  ‘SDA Bocconi’ in Milan, Italy and University of Florida in Gainesville FL, a Graduate (Master) Certificate in Information Technology from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.


Patrick Melnick

Dean of Academic Affairs and Department Chair of General Education

Dean Melnick has been with the college for 30 years. He earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Notre Dame, has worked as a curatorial assistant at the internationally recognized Zaks Gallery in Chicago, and served as a judge on the board of Madison Wisconsin’s National Endowment for the Arts. His latest endeavors have him presenting research papers on "Redefining Education for the 21st Century" at the 7th International Conference of Business and Economics in New York City and The International Journal of Educational Management Conference at Oxford University, England.

Fashion Design

Tiffany Wells

Fashion Department Chair

Tiffany Wells is a graduate of Ursuline College with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Master of Business Administration with a focus on Ethical and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Her leaderships and spirt has led her to be successful in visual merchandising and management positions within the fast-paced fashion and luxury retail markets. She has worked for Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M, Rue21, and Nordstrom. She is has been the Fashion Department Chair since June 2017.

Graphic Design

Todd Saperstein

Graphic Design Department Chair

Mr. Saperstein is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. He recently completed his Master of Arts Degree at Full Sail University in the Education Media Design and Technology program, He specialized in virtual learning environments and social networks, both personal and professional.

Mr. Saperstein has been the Graphic Design Department Chair since October 2002. His mission is to provide every student with the faculty, environment, and opportunity to build all the vital skills to succeed as a professional graphic designer. He confidently states, “Over the next two to four years, we will text every ounce of your creative skill, work ethics, and character, in order to prepare you for entry into the industry.”

Prior to his position here, Mr. Saperstein worked as the Senior Designer for Ernst & Young LLP in Cleveland and an illustrator for American Greetings. Mr. Saperstein is a proud and active member of the American Advertising Federation and the American Institute of Graphic Art.

Interior Design

Cristina McCarthy

Interior Design Department Chair

Ms. McCarthy hold a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Design as well as a bachelor’s degree of Architecture. While pursuing her students, Ms. McCarthy focused on interior details and design. She has worked for architecture firms in the USA and in Brazil. She has been teaching at TheNCC since 1990. She also works as an independent designer and space planner. Ms. McCarthy has been actively involved on the board of directors for ASID OH North Chapter and was President from 2012-2013.