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Board of Directors

2021-2022 Slate Officers and Board of Directors
Voting/Approval Deadline June 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Ann Woodford: Marketing Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha

AAF Omaha President

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 took a job designing shirts and store signage for a local sporting goods company, where her passion for design and marketing 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 find self-sustaining employment. Ann’s talents were quickly recognized at Goodwill, and she was promoted to Marketing Manager. Ann oversaw all marketing strategy and design work for the entire agency, including 17 retail stores.

In April of 2019, Ann joined the team at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Omaha as their Marketing Manager. Every day she looks forward to supporting the children and families that RMHC serves.

When not busy strategizing and designing, she enjoys volunteering for local organizations and spending time with her son, Max and husband, Chris, as well as their two dogs, Wilbur and Ralphie.

Ann has been with AAF Omaha since 2015 and has served on the Communications and Public Service committees before joining the executive board. When asked about her favorite part of AAF, she said “connecting with others, attending fun events, and learning about and advocating for the industry, just to name a few.”

Daryl Anderson: Creative Director, Clark Creative Group

AAF Omaha Chairman of the Board

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.

Jenna Baird: Account Executive, Bozell

AAF Omaha 1st Vice President

As an Omaha native, Jenna traveled a short stint north and graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Journalism. But no stranger to Omaha or its advertising community, Jenna has held internships at Bailey Lauerman (as the 2016 Connections Strategy intern) and Bozell, her current employer. Being quickly promoted to Account Coordinator and serving currently as Account Executive, she serves as the lead for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Nebraska Public Power District, Kaneko, Avenue Scholars, among others. Her goal with clients is simple: clear communication and thoughtful objectives.

When not at the office, you can find Jenna at home with her husband and Boston Terrier.

Cassi Warren: Digital Sales Manager, Hearst Television KETV

AAF Omaha 2nd Vice President

Hi, I’m Cassi Warren, Digital Sales Manager for KETV-ABC, Hearst Television.  Seeing businesses succeed and the local economy thrive is what drives my passion for advertising.  Every day, I get the opportunity to work with KETV Account Managers, advertising agencies, and clients, helping them develop successful advertising campaigns to reach the right audience with the right message.  My license plates are IdeaGrl and I always have plenty of ideas to share if you ever find yourself in need of some brainstorming and collaboration.  In my free time you will find me practicing and performing improv or hopping on a motorcycle with my husband for a ride through the bluffs.

Taylor Doane: SEO & Content Strategist, Native Digital

Communications Co-Chair

Taylor is a new Omahan. She moved to Omaha last July from Kansas City. Taylor served as the communication director for 2 years for Ad 2 Kansas City– the under 32 group of AAF Kansas City (now KC Ad Club)–and is proud to be a part of the AAF community in Omaha. From attending District Leadership Conferences to the Ad 2 mid-year retreat–this organization has accelerated her career and she’s gained many friends along the way. She’s excited to bring her experience to the Omaha club. Currently, Taylor works for Native Digital as their SEO & Content Strategist. Native Digital was recently recognized as one of the top 5 fastest growing Midwest agencies in the US.

Annie Albin:  Associate Copywriter, Office of University Communication at UNL

Communications Co-Chair

Annie Albin is a copywriter from Lincoln, Nebraska. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism, advertising and public relations from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, as well as a master’s degree in integrated media communications. She works as an associate copywriter for the Office of University Communication at UNL.

Erin Buhrman: Co-Owner and Brand Strategist, Folk

Meet the Pros Co-Chair

Erin Eckerman 2020

Erin is the Co-Owner and Brand Strategist at Folk – A Brand Strategy & Design Studio in Omaha. Erin’s passion for developing smart strategy has allowed her to work  with top health care and agriculture brands, as well as small business owners and non-profits looking to make their mark. As Brand Strategist at Folk, Erin takes pride in helping clients of all sizes build meaningful connections with consumers.

Ginny Allumbaugh: Director of Media Services, Anderson Partners

Professional Development/Programs Co-Chair

Ginny Allumbaugh Board Photo 2019Ginny is the Director of Media Services at Anderson Partners, a full-service advertising agency and marketing communication firm. She develops strategic media plans for the firm and its clients. She also plays an integral role in maintaining media partnerships, negotiating sponsorships and evaluating media platform effectiveness, while ensuring the smartest use of clients’ marketing dollars. She works directly with media contacts to explore new touch points and increase client exposure. Ginny has been with Anderson Partners since 2017 and before that, spent 12 years with Godfather’s Pizza, Inc. as a marketing manager/media buyer. Ginny is originally from Shenandoah, IA and is a graduate of Dana College. She lives in Council Bluffs with her husband Brently and their two cats Alex and Thomas. She is a huge fan of Creighton Basketball, Marvel movies and 80’s music and is an expert in Friends trivia.

Katie Pavel: Account Director, Peers Sales Agency

Professional Development/Programs Co-Chair

Katie Pavel graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and immediately moved to Chicago to begin her agency career at Starcom. She kicked off her industry experience working on the U.S. Cellular and Gillette accounts. Katie eventually moved back to “The Good Life” and continued working in media at a local Omaha agency. Since then, her focus has been on Digital Strategy working for Proxibid and Sojern.

Katie is currently an Account Director at Peer Sales Agency. She has a passion for marketing strategy, planning, and building meaningful partnerships with her clients.

OPEN Position

Special Events Co-Chair

Please contact the AAF Omaha office if you have an interest in serving on the 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors as the Special Events Co-Chair.

Shana Boyd: Account Director/Partner, Eleven Twenty-Three

Community Outreach Co-Chair

Shana’s interest in advertising started in college. Initially she thought of being a Psychologist, but altered her path to marketing, which allowed her to take a creative spin on consumer behavior. She found it interesting to learn about the ins and outs of how people make emotional decisions with purchases, and how advertising could play a big part in this process. She’s always been a curious person in general, so it was important for her to learn everything she could about her trade allowing her to become an expert, specifically within media buying. Shana has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Advertising and is Account Director at the agency, overseeing the account team’s client strategies and media plans. 15 years later Shana is still making sure the clients are set-up on a track to success. Measurable results are important to her. Shana holds to the philosophy that if an agency helps companies grow, the agency’s team grows alongside them. In her free time, Shana enjoys spending time with her family, friends and “manimals”. She has two cats and one dog that thinks he’s a cat. She tries to visit at least one new place each year, with a current addiction to all-inclusive resorts in warm climates.

 

Paula Steenson: President, Paula Presents!

Membership Co-Chair

Steenson, Paula 2019Celebrating 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 American Advertising Awards, 2014 American Advertising Awards, 2016 American Advertising and 2018 American Advertising Awards. Paula is looking forward to continuing to co-chairing the Membership team this year.

Alec Rahe: Managing Partner/Director of Sales & Marketing, Frost Media Group

Membership Co-Chair

Alex Rahe from LinkedInAlec graduated from Saint Leo University with a degree in marketing in 2009. Alec started his career in sales at Camping World Corporate in Chicago. He began in the marketing department and worked his way to sales manager in Council Bluffs, IA and Jacksonville FL from 2010-2015. Taking what he had learned from working in RVs for 5 years, Alec applied it to national sales at Dex Media. There Alec Rahe was named Sales Rep of the year in 2015 along with multiple other sales awards. He then applied his entrepreneurial spirit to other ventures like starting the Omaha Coffee Truck 2016-2017 and becoming Co-Owner and Managing Partner of Frost Media Group in 2018.

At Frost Media Group Alec currently works with a team of 8 people in Omaha and Kansas City. Frost Media Group’s focus is the video story telling of businesses and nonprofits to help organization achieve their communication and fundraising goals.

When Alec is not working he enjoys playing golf, as well as lacrosse on his team the Aksarben Stampede, a semi-professional indoor team. He currently lives with his girlfriend Jillian, dog, Bennett and cat, Loki.

Jeffrey Maciejewski: Professor of Advertising, Creighton University

 Legislative Co-Chair

Jeffrey Maciejewski is professor of advertising at Creighton University where he has been on faculty since 1999. He advised AAF National Student Advertising Competition teams from 2000 to 2007, and again in 2021 when he was named AAF District 9 Advisor of the Year. He served on the board of directors of AAF Omaha from 2010 to 2012, chairing the public service committee, whose work took first place in 2012 AAF District 9 Public Service Campaign competition.

Dr. Maciejewski teaches courses in advertising and media ethics and law, the latter of which teaches students the vagaries of copyright and trademark law as well as advertising regulation and data privacy.

Chris LaCroix: Creative Director

Public Service Co-Chair

Chris LaCroix Headshots 2019Chris LaCroix, formerly of Verdant Creative is currently a full time freelance designer. Chris attended the Creative Center Art College in 2005 and shortly thereafter started his own design business. For over 10 years Chris has been helping his clients with a wide variety of services including Logo and Web Design. His specialization is corporate identity and he has brought his strengths to small businesses to help develop and refine their brand.
When Chris isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. Chris is the proud fur father of two kitties; Steve and Sally.

Janet Noll: Vice President, Flood Communications-Omaha: Telemundo Nebraska & News Channel Nebraska TV, Radio Lobo 97.7FM

Legislative Co-Chair

Janet has more than 30 years of advertising sales and management for multiple platforms- broadcast, print, digital, and cable, including sales and station management. Janet is currently the Vice President of Flood Communications-Omaha: Telemundo Nebraska TV,  News Channel Nebraska TV, and Spanish Radio Lobo 97.7 FM.

Janet is no stranger to sharing her talents with the community. She served in the past on AAF boards in Charlotte, NC, and Phoenix, AZ;  two terms on the National Board for Alliance for Women in Media (previously titled American Women in Radio & TV-AWRT) and four years on TVB National Sales Advisory Board… as well as other multiple AWRT and AAF committees over the years. She is currently on the Nebraska Broadcaster Association’s Board of Directors, volunteers for the Greater Omaha Chamber President’s Club and is a West O Chamber Ambassador.

Kevin Olive: Account Executive

Meet the Pros Co-Chair

Kevin Olive Board Photo 2019Kevin joined Verizon Media in 2016. During his time at Verizon Media, Kevin has on-boarded companies like On Purple, Home Chef, and Everlane. Kevin assisted these companies with their advertising needs on a few Verizon Media brands. These brands consist of Yahoo Finance, Tech Crunch, Huffington Post, and Xbox.

Kevin was born in California and transplanted to the Omaha area where he graduated with a degree in criminal justice. Kevin has worked for Heartland Family Service and Boys Town working directly with youth in the juvenile system.

Kevin stays active in his community by bringing tech companies in Omaha together. Kevin wants to bring more companies together to make a positive impact on the community.

Lauren Rock: Senior Account Executive, RCG Advertising & Media

Public Service Co-Chair

Lauren Rock 2020 pic 2Lauren has been managing and optimizing complex programs for nearly two decades. At RCG, Lauren manages the development and seamless execution of multi-faceted marketing campaigns, including coordinating creative deliverables, media strategy and budget management. From healthcare to retail, Lauren has extensive experience in planning and orchestrating campaigns for digital, social, broadcast and outdoor.

Prior to joining RCG, Lauren worked for the State of Nebraska, coordinating programs for the state’s Assistive Technology Partnership. This position involved data analysis, infrastructure development, marketing and strategic planning.

Lauren serves on the Public Service Committee of the American Advertising Federation Omaha and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s in Natural Resource Science.

David Moore: Creative Director, Objective Strategic Marketing

American Advertising Awards | Nebraska Co-Chair

David Moore Board Photo 2020 pic 2Over the years his job titles have included copywriter, producer, creative director, president, managing partner, and account planner. His work has been awarded by National ADDYs, Clios, Tellys, Graphis, Adweek and more. But what he’s most proud of is the roster of creative talent he’s had the good fortune to recruit and develop, who are today creative directors and leaders at agencies and brands across the country.

Lauren Schuster: Head of Business Development, Bailey Lauerman

American Advertising Awards | Nebraska Co-Chair

Lauren Schuster 2020 pic 2Lauren joined BL in 2018 to manage the agency’s external marketing efforts, organic growth opportunities and proactive pursuit of new business. Lauren brings 16 years of marketing and advertising experience from global and mid-size agencies in Kansas City. Lauren seeks out collaborative companies looking for respectful partnerships. Brands that value marketing strategy as a key component to achieving larger business objectives. 

Lauren serves as a member of the agency’s leadership team and helps identify opportunities to support the local community, expand BL’s capabilities and evolve agency solutions to align with today’s modern media landscape. 

Formerly VP of Growth & Development at GlynnDevins, she was in charge of business development for the senior-living- focused agency and evolving their engagement models to better serve the wide range of clients in need of innovative occupancy solutions. Lauren also spent 11 years at the global advertising agency VML, managing client relationships and supporting business development efforts for Fortune 500 brands such as Colgate-Palmolive, Gatorade, Bayer, Wendy’s, Sprint, Ford, and New Balance.

Erin Clark: Art Director , KidGlov

Community Outreach Co-Chair

As an art director at KidGlov, I get to do what I love every day by creating the magic that visually connects an organization’s story with their audience.

After graduating from Concordia University with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in communications, I joined AAF Lincoln and received AAF Lincoln’s Ad Rookie of the Year. I’ve, since then, explored the career of design and art direction through a move to Colorado and participating in Ad 2—Colorado’s 32 and younger AAF organization. After a few years in Colorado, I’m enjoying being back in Nebraska and working with my AMAZING team and clients at KidGlov.

Melissa Seffens: Creative Professional

Special Events Co-Chair

Melissa is an award winning multifaceted creative professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing, branding,  public relations, sales. media and events.  Melissa graduated from the University of Louisiana Monroe with a Radio/Television/Film degree with a minor in Marketing.  Melissa began her career selling television advertising then quickly moved to an on-air talent/marketing assistant. This role gave her the love of marketing and turned her into a promotional chameleon moving around the country to work for companies that included Clear Channel, Grant Communications, World Wrestling Entertainment, and her most recent role at Sinclair Broadcasting Group.  When Melissa is not working, you can find her volunteering, attending concerts or theater and cheering on her beloved LSU Tigers.

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