AAF Omaha President
Laura joined Bozell in 2006 as a business development coordinator and was promoted to manager in 2007. In 2010, Laura was named Manager of Corporate Communications, where she coordinates all internal projects, including new business, Bozell materials, press releases, website content management, social media and Thinking, Bozell’s quarterly publication. Laura is also the account lead for several clients, including College World Series of Omaha, Inc. and Make-A-Wish Nebraska. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree majoring in Journalism and completed her MBA, both from Creighton University.
AAF Omaha 1st Vice President/Treasurer
Lisa Conklin joined A&K in November 2014. Lisa has over 11 years of advertising sales support and media buying experience. Prior to employment at A&K, Lisa served as Media Director at Envoy, Inc., and prior to that gained experience working for Cox Media, Morningfire, Inc., Bozell, and Omaha World-Herald.
While earning a journalism degree, Lisa developed a passion for all things media and pop-culture, and advertising became a natural fit. Lisa enjoys building media plans that drive results for her broad range of clients while optimizing their budgets, and she enjoys learning about new mediums as they become relevant and bring new opportunities to the table.
Lisa has been an AAF member off and on since 2005 and volunteered with the communications committee from 2011-2016, serving as committee co-chair from the 2012-2013 club year through the 2014-2015 club year and is currently the communication committee’s executive board mentor. Lisa was an active volunteer with Make-A-Wish from 2008-2012 and currently volunteers for the Boyd Elementary PTA.
AAF Omaha 2nd Vice President
After more than a decade at Webster, Lisa heads up the account team and describes herself as “a pivotal cog in the Webster machine.” Lisa has led such accounts as ConAgra Foods, TD Ameritrade and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. A graduate of the University of Missouri J-school (as in journalism, not jerky), she cut her teeth on national tourism and retail accounts at MMGY Global and Bernstein-Rein in Kansas City before returning to her hometown of Omaha. Lisa also manages to corral two small children with a freakish, though not surprising, level of efficiency.
AAF Omaha Chairwoman of the Board
Amanda graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Journalism, majoring in advertising and public relations. Amanda has worked at Redstone for 9 years, where she is involved planning and buying traditional and online media for many of Redstone’s key clients.
Amanda served on the Omaha Federation of Advertising’s board as Program Chair, Meet the Pros Co-Chair and After Hours Co-Chair. She has also volunteered on the AAF Public Service committee. In 2003, she was the Omaha Federation of Advertising’s Rookie of the Year and was named the AAF Division III President of the Year in June at the AAF national conference ADMERICA.
AAF 9th District First Lieutenant Governor &
AAF Ethics in Advertising Task Force
Michael Johnson is Senior Copywriter at Bailey Lauerman, an advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska with a long legacy of employing extremely handsome writers.
Michael is a ten-year veteran of the ad industry, and was named AAF Omaha’s 2015 Ad Pro of the Year. He started volunteering with AAF as Co-Chair of Omaha’s Meet the Pros student conference. Since then, he’s served as President and Chairman of AAF Omaha, AAF District 9 Second Lieutenant Governor in Charge of the 9th District American Advertising Awards and the AAF Ethics in Advertising Task Force. Michael looks forward to continuing to serve the AAF District 9.
Christin Zbylut has been part of the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center marketing team since February 2014. She strategizes the overall operations in marketing. She manages, coordinates and executes project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities at Children’s.
Being organized and detail oriented are two of Christin’s best traits. She coordinates sponsorships for the hospital, manages all finances for the department and is a key component for many Children’s events. She is often out and about at outreach events interacting with patients and their families, as well as the community. She provides content and helps design various projects for the organization as well.
Christin graduated with her bachelor’s in biology from College of Saint Mary in Omaha (2014). She is currently working towards her master’s degree in healthcare administration at Clarkson College (Spring 2017). She keeps busy by working full-time and going to graduate school. Christin and her husband Tim are the proud parents of two dogs, Loki and Elsa Mae.
David Lempp, Account Lead for Centro.
Daryl Anderson is a multidisciplinary creative director with over 20 years experience in marketing strategy, corporate branding and continuity. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and received a BFA with emphasis in Graphic Design. Daryl began his career in industries such as fashion and beauty, food and grocery, and health care. After honing skills in critical thinking, brand development and management from the inside out, he was nabbed by Clark Creative Group. When he’s not helping to inspire fellow art directors, copywriters, video editors and web developers in producing award winning marketing, he can be found immersing himself in foreign cultures or out playing in the dirt.
Stephanie joined ACCESSbank in 2014. She has close to 10 years of marketing, advertising and journalism experience. Born and raised in New Jersey, Stephanie attended Salisbury University in Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media. She then moved to Lincoln and followed her dreams of broadcast journalism working as a morning producer for 10/11 News. After her time in news, she worked in PR and found a new passion for marketing and advertising. Stephanie worked for a few firms in Omaha before she found her place at ACCESSbank.
Stephanie is responsible for handling all internal and external marketing, website content management, social media, press releases, sponsorships and community outreach events.
Stephanie is married with an almost one-year old baby girl and a crazy golden doodle. She’s excited to be a new member of the AAF Omaha Board and is looking forward to connecting with everyone.
Special Events Co-Chair
After more than 19 years at Webster, Sean is a Senior Art Director and describes himself as having a debilitating affliction of being acutely aware. Sean has worked on such accounts as ConAgra Foods, TD Ameritrade and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. A graduate of Iowa State University he came to Omaha and got onboard with Webster where he has been ever since. Sean has garnered many local and national awards as well as having work featured in publications such as Print, Graphis, Communication Arts and Logo Lounge. Sean is also a father of three, an audiophile, former drummer and music lover.
Special Events Co-Chair
Alli is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Alli has worked at Redstone for nearly two years as an Account Executive. Alli is a Minnesota native who worked in the marketing department of a Twin Cities credit union prior to moving to Omaha. Her experience on both the agency and client-side has helped her manage multiple accounts at Redstone. Alli has been a member of the Special Events committee for the past year and is looking forward to getting more involved on the board.
American Advertising Awards | Nebraska ADDYs Co-Chair
Celebrating 30+ years in the advertising/event planning field. Paula started her company in the early 80s and currently works with her husband Tom and collaborates with a variety of other professionals in the PR, media and event planning world here in Omaha and beyond.
The company does everything from designing print collateral on a national level to planning and executing non-profit and corporate events and conferences locally, regionally and nationally. Paula still truly loves what she does and is glad she has had the opportunity to keep learning and growing.
Paula was on the Board of AAF Omaha for 10 years serving in a number of positions including President. She was happy to return to serve as co-chair for the 2012 ADDYs, 2014 ADDYs, 2016 ADDYs and is looking forward to co-chairing AAF ADDYs 2018.
Public Service Co-Chair
Bob joined Mid-America Expo in 2005. Their company produces trade shows, events, and festivals. The Omaha Health & Wellness Expo, the Triumph of Agriculture Expo – Farm & Ranch Machinery Show, the Taste of Omaha, the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival, and the Omaha Products Show for Business & Industry are a few of their shows.
Prior to joining Mid-America Expo, Bob worked at Mutual of Omaha in the Customer Service Division and also worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Creighton University.
Bob has been a member of AAF Omaha since 2011 and has been on the Public Service Committee since 2012. He is looking forward to serving on the AAF Omaha Board of Directors again.
Public Service Co-Chair
Rob is a well-known face and voice in the entertainment industry, having worked on many recognizable radio and television campaigns. He has a passion for the dramatic arts, which enhances and adds excitement to his creative communications promoting client events and product launches. Master of fun facts, show tunes, and cartoon voices, Rob builds a BUZZ around client campaigns and helps drive market engagement and awareness. His infectious laugh can be heard throughout the office and to the edge of the cosmos.
Meet the Pros C0-Chair
Christine Dunn currently works for Vic Gutman and Associates as an Event Project Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in PR and advertising. At VGA, Christine works on the marketing, social media and event planning for community events such as the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, ARTsarben and the Holiday Lights Festival, among other local non-profit events. Christine has been involved with the AAF Omaha chapter as a volunteer and member for six years, primarily as a student ambassador, committee member and then chairman for Meet the Pros.
Meet the Pros C0-Chair
Bre Phelan is an online advertising guru, proven project manager, and client relations specialist. As a Lead Creative Production Manager for Yahoo, Bre oversees premium digital advertising campaign builds for major national and international brands while managing high-impact corporate initiatives. Throughout her seven years in the advertising industry, Bre has worked in both corporate and agency environments including SKAR Advertising and The Knot wedding website. She has served on the planning board of Women in Tech of the Heartland, designing their website and orchestrating community events. Outside of her day job,she is an avid photographer, freelance designer, and volunteers at Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Woodland Refuge. This year, Bre is co-chair for AAF Omaha’s Meet the Pros and is on the planning committee for the Greater Omaha Young Professional Summit.
After graduating from The Art Institute of Las Vegas with her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Ann Woodford returned to her hometown of Omaha. She got a job designing shirts and store signage for a local sporting goods company, where her passion for design flourished. In 2013, Ann received a new job opportunity at Goodwill Industries, Inc. in Omaha, where she could use her design skills to help an organization with a mission to help people in the community.
Ann’s talents were quickly recognized at Goodwill, and she was promoted to Marketing Design Coordinator within a year. Now, Ann oversees all design work for the entire agency, including store signage, billboards and magazine advertisements for 16 retail stores and direct mail pieces for the development department.
Ann is a member of the North Omaha Kiwanis Club, where she has volunteered to take on much of their design work as well as plan events and fundraisers. When not busy designing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and friends.
A graduate of Bellevue University, April has been in the direct marketing arena for more than 30 years. A big supporter of the Mid America Direct Marketing Association, she was on their board from 1983 to 2012, serving as secretary for many years, treasurer, VP and as President twice.
April handles sales for CAS in list brokering, letter shop, email and data cleansing, email deployment, data processing, email marketing, and other marketing services. In the course of selling services, she rubs elbows with almost all the local direct marketing folks!
A native of Connecticut, April attended the University of CT and then lived in Monterey CA, San Angelo TX, and in Bellevue, then in Papillion since 1971. Married for nearly 40 years to Jon, Mom to Bob, and Grandma to Michaela, Amanda and Dylan – family is very important. Her interests include gardening, sewing, church activities, walking, TaeKwonDo and Relay for Life.
American Advertising Awards | Nebraska ADDYs Co-Chair
Iridian’s President, Dan Douglas is a people-person and entrepreneur who believes in the importance of building strong and lasting relationships. Born and raised here in Omaha, Dan attended high school at Creighton Prep, followed by college at Loyola Chicago and Creighton University. He’s been a small business owner for over 15 years, taking over as president of Iridian in 2010. Dan is inspired by uniquely talented people and those who can overcome fears and reservations to accomplish a goal, people who can differentiate themselves through an enhanced level of commitment and dedication to not only the spectacular but to all the little details along the way. In his free time, he enjoys movie watching, listening to music, cheering on the Creighton Bluejays (he’s an avid fan!), and spending time with his family. Dan and his wife, Allison, have three children, so needless to say there is never a dull moment around the Douglas household!
Dan’s Iridian team enjoy sharing their talents annually at AAF Omaha’s Meet the Pros conference.
Legislative Issues Chair
For the past two decades, Tammy has built a passion for creative problem-solving and brand-building strategies focused on business needs. She develops and executes marketing strategies to protect, serve and build brands to drive familiarity, favorability and preference with proven impact across marketing channels. Recently Tammy joined the First National Bank team as their Director of Marketing Design. Prior to First National Bank she was with Webster Design Associates providing consultation on business and relationship development, and marketing disciplines including brand strategy, integrated marketing and corporate communication strategies. Tammy was with ConAgra Foods for more than eleven years leading creative development and execution of marketing and communication strategies.
Marsha Kaye O’Gara is a Marketing Accountant Manager at KMTV3-CBS affiliate. Her passion for creating effective advertising campaigns started in college when she majored with a BSBA in Marketing specializing in Advertising Management. Once out into the “Real World” over many years she mastered one media platform at a time from Print, Radio, Television, Digital & Social Media. After work Marsha enjoys her family and loves the Performing Arts.
Ed Hunt was determined to join impressive marketing results with fierce creativity and Darkside Advertising was born. Using the nearly 20 years of business experience, Ed continues to provide award-winning campaigns and fresh ideas. A long-time member of many professional organizations including AAF Omaha he realizes the importance of connections, both for new business and education.
Darkside Advertising proudly provides small businesses with large-agency service. The years of being art and creative director at Meridian Advertising and Heartland Marketing & Communications have honed Ed’s creative-marketing vision into the ability to create successful business ideas.