Fine Arts Faculty


Dr. Lindsey Jacob

Instructor, Music

  • Biography: Lindsey Jacob holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Composition with a cognate in saxophone performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music (M.M.) in Composition from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Education with an instrumental emphasis from Murray State University. Her primary musical interests lie in composition, saxophone performance, and conducting. Her compositions are an eclectic blend of many traditions and have been presented throughout the U.S. and in Europe. As a saxophonist, she enjoys combining her interests in technology, improvisation, and new music performance. Dr. Jacob is currently the Music Director for The Onslow Winds.


Kevin Mertens

Instructor, Art

  • Biography: Kevin Mertens grew up near Boston, earning a BFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Massachusetts. His MFA in multimedia art was earned from the University of North Carolina. He has experience in commercial art, and continues exhibiting his own artwork, for which he has received numerous awards. He has taught all levels of art, a decade of which has been at the college.


Dr. Ayumi Nakamae

Department Head, Fine Arts/
Instructor, Music

  • Biography: Dr. Ayumi Nakamae is a native of Wakayama Japan.  She attended college at Wakayama University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a certificate of postgraduate studies in voice from Mukogawa Women’s University.  Dr. Nakamae came to the United States to further her vocal training at Ball State University where she received a Master of Music in Voice Performance and completed a Doctor of Arts in Voice Performance and Harpsichord Performance.  She joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina Community College in 1998 and teaches applied voice, choir, music appreciation and vocal ensemble.  Dr. Nakamae has been honored twice as an educator of the year at Coastal Carolina Community College and is currently serves as the head of Fine Arts department. She is the district governor of the North Carolina Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing.  When she is not in the classroom, Dr. Nakamae enjoys traveling to see her husband, Mark Walters–a professional opera singer, perform throughout the US and the world.


Anna Pagnucci

Instructor, Art

  • Biography: Anna Pagnucci came to Coastal’s team in 2016 bringing more than 10 years experience teaching both studio art and art history courses. She has an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and an MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her publications include Chi è? The Spirit of Mia FamiliaLight, Color, Glass: Pattern of Illumination; and Bacchus: God of Pleasure and Excess. Her BA, Summa Cum Laude, is in Art with a minor in Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Noteworthy exhibitions include the Figge Art Museum, Clinton Sawmill Museum, Simpson College, Iowa and Augustana College in Illinois where she won a People’s Choice Award. She was awarded a grant for her work through CSA DSM out of Des Moines and had a piece commissioned for the Quad City Symphony’s Yo Yo Ma Anniversary performance in Iowa. Her work has been featured on various book covers including Firstborn, Tracks on Damp Sand and Breath of the Onion, all North Star Press, MN and Rogue Holler Blues, Sisyphus Press, State College PA. When not in the classroom, Pagnucci can be found doing yoga, cooking, rock climbing, or brewing beer and wine with her husband and girls.


Dr. James Schmidt

Instructor, Music

  • Biography: Dr. James Schmidt holds academic degrees from SUNY Potsdam, Indiana University – Bloomington, and USC – Columbia and has specialized in the fields of Musical Studies, Piano Performance, and Piano Pedagogy. An instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College for nearly 10 years, Dr. Schmidt has helped broaden the academic offerings in the Fine Arts Department, has performed numerous recitals as both soloist and collaborator, and is the 2010-11 recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award. In his spare time, Dr. Schmidt enjoys making music with technology, learning American Sign Language, cooking, and collecting vinyl records.


Andrea Van Engelenhoven

Instructor, Art

  • Biography: Andrea Van Engelenhoven grew up in West Fargo and went to college at the University of Minnesota at Morris earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Studio Art and Art History. Ms. V. (as her students call her) earned her Masters in Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in sculpture, from Western Michigan University. Ms. V. joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina Community College in the fall of 2004 and teaches a variety of lecture and studio courses including Sculpture, Ceramics, Metals, Three-dimensional Design, Drawing, Art Appreciation and Art History. Ms. V. was chosen as one of six Educators of the Year in 2012. When she’s not in the classroom, Ms. V. enjoys creating art, learning American Sign Language, kayaking, and watching too much TV.


Jordan Wolfe

Instructor, Drama

  • Biography: Jordan Wolfe holds degrees from Jamestown College where he earned a Bachelor of arts in music and theatre.  He went on to attend the University of North Dakota where he earned an Master of Arts in theatre.  Finally, he completed his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  He teaches a variety of classes at Coastal Carolina Community College which include Acting, Stagecraft, Theatre History, stage makeup, as well as direct shows.  He has had acted all over the country and is excited to begin his time here at Coastal.  When not in the classroom he enjoys going to theatre, watching movies, hiking, kayaking and rooting for all Chicago sports teams.