American Advertising Federation of Des Moines

Board of Directors

President

Jess Kennedy, ZLR Ignition
president@aafdsm.com

Current job title: Senior Digital Media Strategist
Length of time at current employer: 7.5 years
What I love best about my job/career: Every day is different - I can always find something to keep me busy
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: I started at ZLR in 2010, spent 2 years at Two Rivers Marketing as Media Supervisor and returned to ZLR in 2016. For AAF I have been the Ambassador chair, Programs Director, American Advertising Awards Director and Vice President. 
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Bubbles from the Powderpuff Girls
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: "I need more caffeine" 
Favorite past-time or vacation location: My favorite past-time is shopping but my favorite vacation location is Las Vegas
Favorite quote/saying: You work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. 

 

Treasurer

Kelsey Feller, Strategic America
execsec@aafdsm.com 

Current Job title: Business Systems Analyst
Length of time at current employer:  7 years
What I love best about my job/career: Every day is different and I’m so lucky to work for a company that supports me and allows me to volunteer for various organizations.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Strategic America is actually my first and only “big kid” job. I was previously AAF of Des Moines President for 2 years, along with other various positions on the board. 

Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Popeye… you’ve seen these guns, right?!
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day:  'You cannot ride your brother" (referencing my toddler trying to ride our dog)
Favorite past-time or vacation location: The Bahamas are amazing!
Favorite quote/saying:  Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.

 

Membership Director

Jenna Boeck, MNI
membership@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Account Executive
Length of time at current employer: 3.5 years
What I love best about my job/career: Being able to help clients achieve their marketing goals 
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Flynn Wright (Media Buyer)
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Jessie from Toy Story because I was raised on a farm and have a cowgirl mentality. I am a very loyal friend and coworker and I love to help others!
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: Leave your brother alone! (I am a mom of three!)
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Lake of the Ozarks
Favorite quote/saying: Don't let yesterday take up too much of today. 

American Advertising Award Director

Katie Dondale, The Integer Group
addys@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Art Director
Length of time at current employer: 2 years
What I love best about my job/career: Fulfilling my childhood dream of drawing for a living.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Art Director at Two Rivers Marketing, Graphic Designer at Des Moines Register Media
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Stitch. Kinda grumpy, kinda goofy and always hungry.
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: 'Read your email."
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Anything involving a road trip.
Favorite quote/saying: I am Beyonce always. 

Programs Co-Director

Aubrie Glenn, Strategic America
programs@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Account Manager
Length of time at current employer: 5 years
What I love best about my job/career: I really enjoy seeing my ideas/recommendations that I give to clients come to life and see results.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Different sales positions within different organizations.
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Brittany who is a Chipette
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: "What’s shaking?"
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Pensacola Beach, Florida
Favorite quote/saying: The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change 

 

Programs Co-Director

Joe Winn, Lessing Flynn
programs@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Creative Director
Length of time at current employer: 8.5 years
What I love best about my job/career: Creative collaboration 
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: SEO specialist in another life
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Daffy Duck
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: "Sandwich sounds great."
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Reading
Favorite quote/saying: Life is like a box of chocolates 

Education Director

Toni Sarcone, Two Rivers Marketing
education@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Associate Creative Director
Length of time at current employer: 6 years 
What I love best about my job/career: Doing what I love most - designing and creating big ideas with a team of super talented people.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: AAF Board of Directors 08-12: Programs chair, Diversity chair, ADDYs chair
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Princess Bubblegum                            Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day:  "Be right back. I need to get some coffee."
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Nature
Favorite quote/saying: Show up. Be yourself. Do your best. 

Communication Co-Director

Molly McCormick, ITA Group
communications@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Communications Campaign Manager
Length of time at current employer: 1.5 years
What I love best about my job/career: I love working with clients. Every day I’m doing something new.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: I was at ZLR Ignition for 5.5 years as an Account Manager. For AAF I have been on the Programs committee and Ambassador chair. 
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Garfield – I too enjoy naps and lasagna.
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: "Did you see my email yet?"
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Lake of the Ozarks – I love all water activities!
Favorite quote/saying: A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Communication Co-Director

Kramer McLuckie, Trilix
communications@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Communications Specialist
Length of time at current employer: 1.5 years
What I love best about my job/career: Getting to develop and execute strategic communications campaigns
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Marketing Director, Coppola Enterprises (real estate development company and owner of Echo Valley Country Club and The Fleur Cinema)
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Astro from The Jetsons
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: Nothing... I switch it up daily
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Disney World!
Favorite quote/saying: What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.

Public Service Director & Vice President

Lisa Braden, The Integer Group
publicservice@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Creative Director
Length of time at current employer: 7 years
What I love best about my job/career: I get paid to come up with ideas and foster creative talent.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held:
Art Director/Senior Art Director - The Minnow Project, Lincoln NE
Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Bugs Bunny / Daria, a buzz feed quiz told me so
Favorite TV show when you were a kid: Mister Rogers
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: “Use your words” or "UGGGH"
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Discovering new places, love to travel!  
Favorite quote/saying: Your inspirational quotes have inspired me to unfriend you. – someecards

Government Relations Director & Past President

Tom Woody
government@aafdsm.com

Current job title: Advertising and Marketing Specialist
Length of time at current employer: 7 years
What I love best about my job/career: Working to find solutions that fit and work for my clients and bringing their ideas creative life. 
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Account Executive, Producer, AAF of Des Moines President, AAF National AdAmerica Conference Committee Member, Marketing Committee Member - Boy Scouts of America.
Cartoon character I most closely identify with:  Michelangelo – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Favorite TV show when you were a kid: Cowboys of Moo Mesa
Favorite past-time or vacation location:  Anywhere in the field, woods or on the lake hunting or fishing.
Favorite quote/saying: Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far.

 

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Executive Director

Kelsey Feller, Strategic America
execsec@aafdsm.com 

Current Job title: Business Systems Analyst
Length of time at current employer:  7 years
What I love best about my job/career: Every day is different and I’m so lucky to work for a company that supports me and allows me to volunteer for various organizations.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Strategic America is actually my first and only “big kid” job. I was previously AAF of Des Moines President for 2 years, along with other various positions on the board. 

Cartoon character I most closely identify with: Popeye… you’ve seen these guns, right?!
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day:  'You cannot ride your brother" (referencing my toddler trying to ride our dog)
Favorite past-time or vacation location: The Bahamas are amazing!
Favorite quote/saying:  Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.

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