President: Debra Pack
Columbus Metropolitan Library
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.
President Elect: 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.
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, SIGS: Steph Kovarsky
L Brands/Victoria’s Secret
Steph Kovarsky is proud to represent the AMA Columbus SIGs, having previously served for over a year as Chair of the Job Transition Strategies SIG. She is excited to work with the SIG Chairs to create an engaging SIG program for AMA members. Steph’s passion for marketing extends to her work at the Victoria’s Secret home office in Marketing Planning & Operations, responsible for offer strategy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.
VP, Communications: 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, Content Marketing: 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.
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, 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.
VP, Young Professionals: 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 role for AMA Columbus.
VP, Volunteers: 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.
VP, Sponsorship: Bruce Smith
Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio
Bruce Smith is an experienced marketing, communications, PR and business professional. He is currently a Dispute Resolution Consultant for the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio. He has served on other non-profit organization boards, reported to a board, participated as a member of management in many board meetings, and given presentations to boards. He served on the board of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, and its marketing committee. Bruce has attended various AMA Columbus events and board meetings. He has never played in the NFL.
VP, Programming: Susie Wagner
Flutter Marketing LLC
Susie Wagner is a graduate of the OU College of Business majoring in Management Information Systems and Marketing. She spent 16 years in Sales and Marketing with NetJets, the American Red Cross, and Capital Choice Office Furniture. Susie has taught Marketing, English and Communications for Ohio University, Shawnee State University and Coastal College. In 2016, Susie launched Flutter Marketing, a strategic marketing firm, to help small and midsize business owners gain peace of mind using The Flutter Growth Plan. She focuses on Facebook advertising, email campaigns, digital marketing and website re-designs while measuring results.
VP at Large: Jessica M. Hamlin
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Jessica Hamlin directs practice development for Porter Wright, a full service corporate law firm, concentrating in Technology/Privacy & Data Security, Labor & Employee Benefits, Real Estate, and Tax, Estate Planning & Personal Wealth. She leads development for the firm’s Cleveland office as well as in the Columbus headquarters. She enjoys networking with industry thought leaders, helping others make connections and teaching masters marketing (MCM program) and PR at Franklin University where she recently received the Platinum STAR Award, the highest level of recognition for excellence in teaching awarded to only three instructors each year.