The MPS Advisory Panels are composed of diverse industry professionals who bring to the program their expertise in the field to ensure that the program leads to the kinds of competencies and outcomes that will best serve MICA students upon graduation. Advisory panelists provide guidance on curriculum updates, advise on networking opportunities for students, work with program administration to identify best practices in the field, and provide general strategic advice to the program administration. The advisory boards are facilitated by the subject matter expert for that program.

Advisory Panelists

Kaetlyn Bernal

Kaetlyn Bernal joined Baltimore Corps as the Kiva Associate and a Baltimore Corps Fellow in 2018 after completing her undergraduate degree in Public Health Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. During her time in college, Kaetlyn dedicated her time to serving across various communities and organizations in Baltimore as a teacher, community organizer, and program manager through the Community Impact Internships Program. Since then, Kaetlyn has grown in her responsibilities at Baltimore Corps by becoming a full-time program manager and now serves as the Senior Services Manager on the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship team. In expanding her role, Kaetlyn has worked on several city-wide projects, including Transform Lexington Market and the Baltimore BASE Network, to bolster Baltimore’s business and creative communities to bring more equitable access to resources and capital to local entrepreneurs. In an effort to grow her skills, Kaetlyn pursued her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship at The University of Baltimore, \graduating in 2022. In that same year, she also began pursuing her own entrepreneurial ventures and now co-owns and operates a local poultry farm dedicated toward nourishing our community with fresh and local foods.

Christina Brunyate

Christina Brunyate is the owner and founder of Domesticity Fabric Shop & Sewing Studio. Seeing a need in the Baltimore market, Christina started the company in 2017 in a small row house bedroom and has since grown into a 2400 sq. ft. building that she bought and renovated. With a background in real estate, a love of textiles, and no formal business training, her business experience has come from firsthand learning and self-training throughout the past 6 years. Christina still manages most aspects of Domesticity as it has grown to be an online retailer, sewing school, and community builder. She is also a mother to four young children and knowing that family comes first, is an advocate that all workers should have a healthy work/life balance.

Shawn Gunaratne

Shawn Gunaratne was born and raised in Southern California but has called Baltimore home for the last 6 years. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he participated in an AmeriCorps program called City Year for two years in Los Angeles, supporting students in Koreatown. He then worked for 3 years for an education technology company in Washington D.C. and finished his MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2019. He worked for 4 years at the Baltimore Development Corporation supporting small business, and now supports West Baltimore residents in finding employment at the Bon Secours Community Works where he serves as the Director of Economic Development, responsible for the success of all job training programs including the returning citizens program, healthcare training, employment and financial services, and food access services.

Annie Howe

Annie Howe is a celebrated multimedia paper cut artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her intricate papercuts are used for a variety of projects including illustration, surface design, andthree-dimensional work. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Fiber, she worked in community arts for many years, creating and contributing to the Baltimore art community with large-scale puppetry and shadow puppets. As her love for storytelling grew through this large medium, she found her focus as an artist shifting from large 3D objects to that of the smaller, more intimate medium of paper. She founded Annie Howe Papercuts in 2010, creating handmade papercuts for businesses, publications, private collections, and public art projects. Annie has created work for numerous organizations and businesses including Anthropologie, T. Rowe Price, Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and the University of Maryland Medical Center.