President: Shelli Welch
Portfolio Creative, LLC
Shelli Welch is the Director, Operations at Portfolio Creative, the nation’s fastest growing staffing and recruiting agency specializing in the marketing and advertising industry. She is responsible for oversight of Finance, Human Resources, Technology and Operations. She has experience in retail, insurance and recruiting with companies such as AXA Financial and The Limited. Welch graduated from Franklin University with a degree in Marketing. She also holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She serves on Portfolio Creative’s Life Values Committee, which strives to incorporate employee values to help foster work life balance.
President Elect: Mick Pennington
Mick Pennington is the Director of Business Development for Guide Technologies, a leading provider of Enterprise Software for Mid-Market manufacturers and distributors. Mick has over 20 years of experience managing technology businesses ranging in size from startups to large established concerns. A native of Columbus, he earned a Masters of Business Administration from The Ohio State University and has served on the Faculty of Franklin University in both the Marketing and MBA programs. An avid photographer; his photographs have appeared in regional publications and continue to develop commercial and editorial followings.
Debra Pack is the Marketing Manager at Columbus Metropolitan Library and is committed to telling the library’s story. She manages the organization’s digital and content marketing strategies; writes strategic messaging; manages the creative team and video strategy; manages the on-site print center; handles vendor relations and advertising, plus ensures all messaging is on brand and effective. She holds a BS in Journalism from Bowling Green State University where she studied English, creative writing, fine arts and photography. She held the VP of SIGs role in 2014-2015 and chaired the Digital SIG before joining the board.
VP, Volunteers: Derik Abbott
Portfolio Creative, LLC
Derik Abbott is a Recruiter at Portfolio Creative, LLC. Derik has 3+ years in the Recruiting and Human Resources industry. He specializes in connecting clients with the finest creative talent in all areas of design, writing, interactive, marketing, project management and more. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communications from The Ohio State University and has studied creative writing, graphic arts, Spanish, business management and psychology. Derik previously held the VP, Sponsorship and VP, Young Professionals roles for AMA Columbus.
VP, Membership: K. Zulene Adams
K. Zulene Adams is a partner with Z Promotions, an ad specialty company providing creative branded products based in Columbus, OH. She began her career in ad specialties in 1998 and opened Z Promotions with her business partner in June of 2006. Zulene was a recipient of the Forty Under 40 presented by The Columbus Business First in 2011. One of the guidelines touched on community involvement, which is an area of true passion for Zulene. Since a young age, she has always been involved in some aspect with the community. Whether it is volunteering with various non-profit organizations or serving on various boards. Zulene currently lives in Pickerington, OH with her family and enjoys spending time with them and plans to vacation with her family soon in South Korea, where she was born.
VP, Community Relations: Christine Allen
Christine Allen is the Assistant Director of Marketing at Franklin University where her main focus is marketing strategy. As an experienced marketing communications professional with award-winning results, Christine Allen brings a versatile background and passion for marketing to the table. She also works as a consultant in strategy, presentation design, workshop development, social media and publishing. Allen is an AMA Professional Certified Marketer (PCM); in addition to her AMA position, she is the past president and serves on the board of the Columbus Chapter of Executive Women International.
Treasurer: Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker began his accounting career as an accountant at Lockheed Martin in 2008. In 2013, he co-founded Upsourced Accounting, which has given him the opportunity to work with hundreds of small-business owners. Upsourced Accounting is a virtual accounting firm that delivers full-service outsourced accounting for small businesses of all shapes and sizes. Ryan lives in Clintonville with his wife, pup, and two small children. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Ohio University.
VP, Technology: Brad Griffith
Brad Griffith is President of Buckeye Interactive, the web strategy and engineering agency he started in 2009. Prior to starting Buckeye Interactive, Brad spent several years consulting and developing web applications for JPMorgan Chase, QUALCOMM, the Go Big Network and others. Brad holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both from The Ohio State University. He has more than 15 years of web development experience and has worked from coast to coast with small and large companies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and government agencies to build innovative web solutions.
VP, Visual Branding: Laura Leggett
Laura Leggett is an Account Manager at Vital Companies. She joined the team in 2010 and has worn many hats for the video production company. From pre to post production, Laura leverages her technical and creative skills to make sure clients are delivered a quality product and experience every time. She earned a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2008 and was hired into the promotions department of Clear Channel Communications.
VP, Content & Communications: Sienna Tomko
Sienna Tomko is a Senior Account Executive at Fahlgren Mortine. Prior to joining Fahlgren Mortine, she served as a physician marketing specialist at Children’s National in Washington, DC and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Sienna graduated with a degree in strategic communications/business administration from Ohio University in 2013. She is a member of the Society of Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) and serves on the board of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Society of Alumni and Friends. Before joining the board, Sienna managed the chapter’s social media and content strategies as a volunteer.