Elliot Sweet | Designer at VDB Estates
Over the course of more than 4 years and two Universities together, Jeanee and I worked collaboratively on multiple projects and I was able to see first-hand her dedication, thirst for knowledge, and unwavering craftsmanship in her work. I've never known anyone who worked so hard to find the absolute best design solution to a given problem. 

Regardless of the realm in which she is tasked to work - Graphic, Interactive, or Industrial Design - Jeanee consistently gives her all to every project and dedicates to herself to both innovation and the highest caliber of final deliverables. You'd be hard pressed to find someone more skilled in listening to and understanding a project's needs without letting her own ego or preconceived design directions interfere with the project's destination.

Absolutely a humble, compassionate, and honest designer with tremendous skill in a wide variety of fields.

Eric Schneider | Visiting Assistant Professor at Philadelphia University
It was a pleasure to have Jeanee as my student at Philadelphia University. She works extremely hard, and never settles for the easy solution or for less than her best effort. During the two years that I worked with her, first as her teacher and then as an advisor, I was impressed with her creativity, analytical ability, aesthetic sensibility, and willingness to break new ground. I also always found her both hungry for and receptive to feedback and criticism, something that one doesn't always see in design students. I think she would make a great addition to a design team, particularly one in which her multidisciplinary background would be engaged.

Mark Havens | Associate Director of Industrial Design at Philadelphia University
I had the privilege of working with Jeanee when she was a Graduate Assistant for the Jefferson Industrial Design department. She was an invaluable part of our team, performing an array of crucial tasks from 3D Print Lab Management to Design Archiving. Her professionalism and solid work ethic was evident throughout each project that she worked on with us.

Paula Airth | Assistant Professor at Western Washington University 
Jeanée Vilja was a student in classes I taught at Western Washington University in the Design department 2013-2015. 

Jeanée was a highly motivated student with exceptional ability. She stood out for her total commitment to her studies, her natural ability to collaborate with others and desire to excel. Jeanée was a model student both in class and one-on-one. She possesses a professional and enthusiastic demeanor that elevates the energy of the classroom; she participates in discussions by sharing thoughtful insights; she is honest and responsible about managing her time.

Further, Jeanée loves the process of learning. She sought additional feedback on her work from fellow students as well as myself, and then built on those responses rather than using them as directives. When weaknesses were identified, she did not attempt to blame other people or circumstances, but rather to solve the problems. For example, one assignment posed the challenge of creating a dimensional, interactive object using paper. She chose to recreate a wooden toy. The intended interaction of the object was compromised by the material. Rather than abandon the idea, Jeanée constructed pain-staking prototype after prototype, determined to find a solution. Ultimately she succeeded and presented the project on deadline. I was impressed with her intrinsic motivation and patience in seeking a solution. 

As a collaborator, Jeanée is reliable and energetic. She listens and contributes with equal enthusiasm. She is capable of leading or of being led because she approaches her craft with passion rather than ego. I have observed her in situations with strangers and with friends and either way she initiates conversations and interacts with ease. 

Jeanée demonstrates aesthetic sensitivity, thoughtfulness and an aptitude for visual communication that make her work distinct. I have the upmost confidence Jeanée will excel in the design field. It is without hesitation I recommend her.

Simon Sung | Executive Creative Director of Marketing and Communications at Pacific Lutheran University
Jeanée is a talented passionate individual with an aesthetic eye to detail. During her employment at Pacific Lutheran University in 2012 she designed posters, brochures, web graphics and social media images for various campus departments. One of her greatest achievements was the development of a new identity system for our school library which is still in use today.

As an employee, she was the consummate team player with a can-do attitude. Her smile and positive personality will light up a room. She is extremely creative and takes direction and constructive criticism well.
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