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: 9 years
What I love best about my job/career: I always get to learn something new – whether I am working on a new client or learning a new tactic. I like to stay busy
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: ZLR Ignition - Media Assistant, Digital Media Specialist, Media Buyer/Planer, Sr. Media Planner, Media Manager, Two Rivers Marketing - Media Supervisor, AAF - Ambassador chair, Programs Director, American Advertising Awards Director and Vice President. This is my third term as AAF of Des Moines president.
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: “It’ll be fine – it’ll all be fine” 
Favorite past-time or vacation location: My favorite past time is shopping, and my favorite vacation location is Las Vegas 
Favorite quote/saying: “Your 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 great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”

American Advertising Awards Director &
Vice President

Brooklyn Schmidt, Strategic America
addys@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Client Manager
Length of time at current employer: 2 years
What I love best about my job/career: Providing clients with strategic marketing solutions
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Program Manager at ITA Group
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: Jeepers. (Does this age me?)
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Traveling. Austria was one of the most magical places I’ve visited.
Favorite quote/saying: If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature – Bruce Barton

 

Membership Director

Jenna Boeck, MNI
membership@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Account Executive
Length of time at current employer: 5.5 years
What I love best about my job/career: Helping agencies and clients with their digital advertising efforts and watching their business gro
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Media Buyer at Flynn Wright, AAF Membership Board Member
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: Stop hitting your brother!  (mom of three kids)
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Going boating at Lake of the Ozarks
Favorite quote/saying: “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” – Nelson Mandela

Programs Co-Director

Lisa Lewis, Valley Community Center
programs@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Associate Director of the Valley Community Center
Length of time at current employer: Since May 2019
What I love best about my job/career: I get to connect with people and organizations in our community, love my neighbors, and help connect people with one another.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held:  Executive Director of AAF of Des Moines, Marketing Communications Consultant, Marketing Communications Manager at Kum & Go's Corporate Headquarters
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: "Gavin and Jade stop fighting."
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Vacations to Naples, Florida with my family.
Favorite quote/saying: " I had no idea you could milk a cat!"    "Oh, you can milk just about anything with nipples."    "I have nipples, Greg, could you milk me?"

Programs Co-Director

Nathan Wright, KCCI-TV Des Moines
programs@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Creative Services Director
Length of time at current employer: 4 years
What I love best about my job/career: Every day is different.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Asst. Creative Services Director, WLKY-TV Louisville
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: “That’s awesome!”
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Hiking, biking, or running
Favorite quote/saying: “We blame problems, not people.” – Toto Wolff

 

Education Director

Ali Kauffman, The Meyocks Group
education@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Account Team Lead
Length of time at current employer: 14 years 
What I love best about my job/career: Working with really smart, creative people who genuinely care about each other.
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: Thank you
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Lake of the Ozarks with my family
Favorite quote/saying: Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Communication Co-Director

Jenny Cross, TwoTone Creative
communications@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: CEO + Founder
Length of time at current employer: 6 years
What I love best about my job/career: Helping clients grow their business through marketing and design
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: ParenTeen, AIGA member
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: "I was reading this book by Donald Miller…”
Favorite past-time or vacation location: Swing dancing, biking, and spending time with my husband and two daughters
Favorite quote/saying: “You can’t simultaneously do it all and do it well, but you can choose to cultivate what matters right where you are.” - Lara Casey

Communication Co-Director

Molly McCormick, Hy-Vee
communications@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Regional Marketing 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. 
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.

Public Service Director

Chantelle Cadek, ZLR Ignition
publicservice@aafdsm.com

Current Job title: Account Manager
Length of time at current employer: 3 years
What I love best about my job/career: Working with such talented and creative people. They challenge me to think differently and step up my game each day.
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: Account Executive, The Integer Group; Development & Communications, Alzheimer’s Association; Young Advisory Council, UnityPoint Health Des Moines
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: “Just checking in on …”
Favorite past-time or vacation location: I love attending live music shows and festivals (jam, EDM, ska, metal, alternative)
Favorite quote/saying: “Once in a while, you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”

Government Relations Director

Tom Woody, Freeman
government@aafdsm.com

Current job title: Business Development Manager
Length of time at current employer: 2 years
What I love best about my job/career: Getting to work with global brands to create unique and meaningful experiences for their audiences!
Previous jobs or leadership positions held: AAF Des Moines President, AAF District 9 NSAC Chair, District 9 Governor, Metro Marketing Mixer Founder

Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: Do you want me to rip that band aid off or you? Alright, me then!

Favorite past-time or vacation location: Fishing off my boat
Favorite quote/saying: The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.

 

CLUB ADMINISTRATORS

Executive Director &
Treasurer

Kelsey Feller, Strategic America
execsec@aafdsm.com 

Current Job title: Business Analyst III
Length of time at current employer:  9 years
What I love best about my job/career: My co-workers! 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: AAF President, AAF AAA Director, AAF Public Service Director, West DSM Leadership Academy
Most common phrase I could be heard saying in any given day: In theory, that should work.
Favorite past-time or vacation location: When I’m not chasing my kiddos around, running or CrossFit
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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