Fox 10 - WALA
Diane Farris is currently working as an Account Executive for WALA Fox 10, a Meredith property, out of the Pensacola sales office.
After working in the marketing department for Delta Air Lines, the Pensacola office closed in 1994 when the entire company restructured. Loving the Pensacola area, she decided to stay and go another path - into advertising sales. Now with over 25 years of experience in media strategy - cable, broadcast and digital, she loves helping business' grow. She has served on the AAF Pensacola board since 2014. She also serves on the board for the Santa Rosa and Escambia County Health Department's Tobacco Cessation Coalition.
A graduate from UWF in 1995 (working full time and getting a degree - it took a little bit of time) with a BS in Communications.
When she worked for Delta Air Line, travel was a major perk. She has been to every country in Europe (more than once), Russia, half the states in the US, Canada and Mexico ( where she accidentally drank the water - ugh). You can say she has a bit of a travel bug.
Diane has 2 kids, both in college now, and is getting used to being an empty nester. Her current passions are riding bikes on the beach with her husband on Saturday mornings, trying new recipes, helping Veteran's causes and her family.
Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine / Baptist Health Care
Sean Sullivan earned his master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from the University of West Florida and his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Iowa State University. He currently works for Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine as the Marketing Manager. Sean worked with Matthew Coughlin Photography in 2018 to earn Best of Show in the video category for the ‘For Those Who Move’ campaign for Andrews Institute. The campaign earned 12 Gold Addys and 13 Silver Addys that year. Sean was named to the Inweekly class of Rising Stars in 2017.
Gannet, Pensacola News Journal
Sean Works with Gannett Media as an advertising planning manager, helping local businesses reach their goals.
He knows the most effective way to do this is through 21st century marketing and advertising with a digital focus.
Sean has received over a dozen digital marketing certifications and is always looking to learn.
Ash Simmons Photography
Ashley (Ash) is a digital marketer, undercover as a wedding and editorial photographer, passionate about storytelling and brand messaging.
As a small business owner, she is responsible for just about everything, including implementing marketing strategy that creates brand awareness, generates leads, and acquires new clients.
Ash has been with AAF throughout her college years (UWF alumni) via Club Ad and now AAF Pensacola (professional chapter). She served as the Addy Entry Chair (16-17) and now serves as the Programs Chair for a second term (17-18 and 18-19).
When she isn't working, you'll find Ash traveling (to the West Coast please) and spending quality time with her fiancé (Jeremy) and two pups (Sam and Pipsqueek).
University of West Florida
University of West Florida
Megan Gonzalez serves as the Executive Director of Institutional Communications at the University of West Florida, where she executes the University’s integrated communications plan. She leads a fast-paced, innovative department of creative, digital, public relations and communications professionals.
Megan and her team shape and share the University’s story through effective communication strategies. She serves as the central point of contact for institutional branding, media relations and communications, providing counsel to University leadership regarding reputation building opportunities and facilitating the resolution of communication issues.
Prior to serving in this role, Megan served as Director of Communications, where she led publicity, media relations and social media strategy for the Institution.
Her experience spans from higher education to agency and corporate communications, including multiple extensive rebranding initiatives. She has secured coverage for clients with national media outlets such as The Today Show, ABC News, Good Morning America and MSNBC, among others.
She earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and a master's degree in strategic communication and leadership from the University of West Florida.
Megan has been involved in the American Advertising Federation for more than 10 years and previously served as President of AAF Pensacola an AAF Tallahassee.
She and her husband Nick have a daughter, Isabella (who shares mom's fiery spirit).
Ashley Teate attended The University of Alabama where she earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies with a specialization in Organizational Leadership and achieved induction into the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society. Ashley currently works as Media Consultant at Cox Media. Her overall goal within her role is to help small to large businesses achieve their business goals with the help of marketing and advertising.
Ashley previously worked for a digital marketing agency in Panama City, FL where she was the project manager. While working for the agency, she planned, strategized, organized and fulfilled all client needs and projects within the company.
Ashley has one fur-baby and her name is Patty, a retired racing Greyhound.
Duncan McCall Advertising
Samantha’s role at Duncan McCall encompasses a variety of tasks (wearer of many hats), but her primary duties are project manager and media director. In her four years with the agency she has had the opportunity to work with all types of clients including financial institutions, healthcare, hospitality and economic development organizations. She enjoys communicating with clients to determine their needs and working with the talented creative team to develop solutions.
Samantha graduated from the University of West Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts. During her time at UWF she was a member and served on the board for the University’s AAF chapter, ClubAd, which later led her to join the professional chapter in Pensacola. Samantha has served on the AAF Pensacola board in previous years as Secretary and Programs Chair.
Samantha was born and raised in the Pensacola area. She likes to spend her free time with her husband Matt, baby girl Laurel, and their fur-baby Jake, as well as other family and friends. If there were time for hobbies, she has a passion for horseback riding and getting outdoors in general.
Megan Williamson is an alumna from the University of West Florida having graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts. She currently works as the Digital Operations Manager for Nulogic Marketing.
Meg previously worked for 11 years at WEAR ABC 3 digital advertising, marketing and contesting. Before moving to WEAR, she previously worked for the Pensacola News Journal as an outsourced reporter/photographer to the Gosport Military Paper onboard NAS Pensacola. While writing for the paper, she won 1st place in the photography category and 3rd place in the writing category the CHINFO Awards.
Meg served two terms as ADDY Entry Chair for the AAF Pensacola, and she is looking forward to working with the local area college students as the Education Chair.
Premier Island Management Group
Cecilia Chappotin is the Graphic Design and Production Manager for Premier Island Management Group— a local hospitality management group in operating on Pensacola Beach.
Chappotin graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor's degree in communications, specializing in public relations in 2013. In her free time she enjoys being involved in the community and chillin' with her husband, human child (Olive), and dog child (Benny).
Club Marketing & PR
Steven Venable is a native of Louisiana having spent most of his life in the heart of Cajun country. With a passion to serve his community, Steven works at Cox Communications as a Media Consultant. Having over 10 years in digital and media Steven looks to further serve the Pensacola region by serving on the AAF as a board member to aide in their Marketing and PR.
Fundraising & Events
Pensacola News Journal
USO Northwest Florida
Allyson Kelly is the Field Programs Coordinator for USO Northwest Florida. She is responsible for programming events at USO NAS Pensacola and USO Corry Station along with working closely with volunteers.
Allyson graduated from Old Dominion University with her bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism in 2013. Allyson is married to Tim Kelly, a Chief in the USN, and they spend their free time going to live music shows and taking their Yorkie, McGee for a walk around their neighborhood.
She has a strong passion for fitness and loves to motivate others in her cycling classes at Cycle Bar.
Silver Crest Media
An accomplished executive-level marketing professional with more than 25 years experience, Mike Craney has a proven track record in strategic planning, budget management, operational leadership, program implementation, branding development, staff coaching, media planning, research and data analysis.
Currently, Mike is the Enterprise Sales Director for Verve, a dynamic location mobile marketing platform that helps advertisers utilize the power of connecting with consumers on their devices in real time. In his role at Verve, Mike specializes in creating strategic solutions for the franchise and medical industries.
Before joining the Verve team in 2017, Mike's innovative approach to managing results-orientated growth led to recognition as the top national digital sales manager for three years with Cox Communications, one of the largest communication companies in the country. Mike's career also includes six years as an Account Manager with EW Bullock & Associates in Pensacola, FL where he worked with travel, tourism, governmental and automotive clients just to name a few. Prior to his time at the agency, he spent 16 years in graphic production management at Northwest Florida’s largest sheet-fed printing facility.
Over the course of his career he has garnered numerous accolades, including over 300 American Advertising Federation ADDY Gold and 15 Best of Show awards as well as a national Travel+Leisure Smitty Award. Mike’s work is consistently recognized for his creative, innovative, enthusiastic and forward-thinking leadership in a team environment with a focus on achieving continuous, audience engagement and improved business performance.
Mike is a two-time AAF Pensacola President, serving his first term in 2010 and his second term this past year. He has also previously served the AAF 4th District as Social Media Chair, Programs Chair, President's Council Chair and Membership Chair. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and an MBA with an emphasis in Management Information Systems & Marketing, both from Auburn University. Mike is also a proud dad to Nathan, a senior at Mississippi State; and Jacob, a sophomore at the University of West Florida.
Liaison to Pensacola Designers
Kris helps leaders ignite passion and purpose in their people. As EVP of Organizational Branding and Chief Creative Officer at idgroup, Kris Poore is on a mission to help businesses transform their companies into brands people value. Kris works at the intersection of organization development, change management and marketing to help give brands a vision and a voice that connect deeply with customers, employees, and the world.
Kris serves as the AAF Pensacola Liaison to the Pensacola Designers Community and provides leadership on collaboration between AAF professionals and the Pensacola design community.
Immediate Past President
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Stacie Dice is an alumna of Troy University, having graduated with a B.A. in Management. She currently works for Pen Air FCU as the Marketing Data Analyst. Stacie has worked in the Pensacola area for 20 years and has extensive experience in Radio, Cable, Broadcast TV, Digital and Social Media advertising as well as Media Planning and Buying, Market Research, Account Service, Project Management and Strategic Planning.
She has been an active board member of AAF Pensacola for last 8 years. Stacie is mom to two sassy kids and the adoring YaYa to two amazing grandsons.