President:
Stacie Dice
Pen Air Federal Credit Union

Bio:
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.


Vice President
Diane Farris
Fox 10 - WALA

Bio:
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.


Treasurer
Dina Justice
Justice Marketing Group

Bio:
Dina M. Justice brings a wealth of talent to any business. A graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Communications and Advertising, she has extensive experience in media planning and buying, market research and account service, as well as graphic design and design concept. For over 20 years she has conceived and implemented business strategies and marketing concepts for various clients.


Secretary
Meredith McDuffie
USA Today Network

Bio:
Meredith is serving her second term as secretary of the board for AAF Pensacola. Meredith is a fifth-generation Floridian, originally from Tampa. While attending college in New Orleans, Meredith began working with the Brennan family at Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter and quickly fell in love with the hospitality industry. She began her professional career with Sysco Food Services in Orlando where she worked with both small local restaurants and large resorts in the attractions area. She then accepted a position in Savannah, GA, where she helped Sysco produce positive revenue growth for the first time in over a decade. While in Savannah, Meredith had two big personal milestones, running a marathon and getting married! After 12 years with Sysco and a move to Gulf Breeze, Florida with her husband, Meredith decided to look for a career that would allow her to work with different types of businesses, not just restaurants. She found what she was looking for in an advertising account executive position with The USA Today Network. For the last 5 years, Meredith has worked in the travel, tourism, entertainment, casino, legal and political fields, helping businesses create dynamic multi-media marketing programs that will strategically help achieve their business goals. When she’s not helping businesses, Meredith is either practicing yoga, reading at the beach or relaxing at home with her husband and two dogs. She also enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures - especially the food! She is a certified Reiki practitioner and meditates daily, believing self-care is an essential part of a healthy, fulfilling life. Meredith supports Project Semicolon, an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide through public awareness and education. She also volunteers with Autism Pensacola, a local organization that serves as a resource for support, advocacy, education and networking opportunities for individuals and families affected by autism in the Pensacola Bay area. Meredith is truly grateful to have found a home, career and community in such a beautiful area of the country.


Immediate Past President:
Mike Craney
Verve

Bio:
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.


Legislative:
Mike Bates
1330 AM WEBY 
NewsRadio 92.3 FM / 1620 AM
ESPN-Pensacola 94.5 FM

Bio:
Mike Bates has been in radio since 1980 when he was 14 years old.  He owned WEBY Radio from 2000 - 2018 and now is Sales Manager for TalkRadio1330, NewsRadio1620, and ESPN-Pensacola 94.5.

Bates has been active in AAF since 1989.  He has chaired AAF-Pensacola's Government Relations Committee since 1998 and has served as the 4th District's Government Relations Chair since 2017.  Bates is a Silver Medalist and has twice won First Place nationally in Club Achievement for Government Relations (2001 & 2018).   He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Pensacola.


Programs:
Ashley Simmons
Ash Simmons Photography

Bio:
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).


Communications:
Cecilia Chappotin
ProHealth and ProHealth Medical Care

Bio:
Cecilia Chappotin is a Marketing Manager at ProHealth and ProHealth Medical Care. Her role is create, keep and satisfy patients for five health testing centers and two clinics located across Northwest Florida from Pensacola, FL to Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

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).


ADDY Judging
Megan Gonzalez
University of West Florida

Bio:
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).


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ADDY Gala:
Makenna Curtis
Rowland Publishing

Bio:


ADDY Entry:
Meg Williamson
WEAR-TV

Bio:
Megan Williamson is an alumna from the University of West Florida having graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts. She currently works for WEAR ABC 3 digital advertising and marketing wear she uses a multitude of skills to achieve client goals.
Meg has 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. 

Currently, Meg is serving as a 2nd term ADDY Entry Chair for the AAF Pensacola. 

Meg has 3 furbabies: 2 cats and a dog, and is actively pursuing a license to foster children.


Education:
Tabitha Yamaguchi-Burtrum
WEAR-TV

Bio:
Tabitha is an advertising professional and alumna of the University of West Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications, a specialization in advertising, and a minor in marketing applications. Tabitha currently works as a Digital Sales Coordinator at WEAR-TV.


Public Relations:
Shelley Ragsdale
Gulf Power Company

Bio:
Shelley is a past president off AAF Pensacola and is currently on the board as the Communications chair. She is an experienced customer engagement and creative manager with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry and the tourism industry. She is skilled in Marketing Management, Content Marketing, Digital Media, Advertising Campaign Management, Project Management and Strategic Planning. Shelley enjoys living in Pensacola with her husband and two children who keep her young and on the go!


Membership:
Sean Chivers
Gannet, Pensacola News Journal

Bio:
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.


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If you are interested in serving on the AAF Pensacola board, please reach out to our current President, aafpensacola@gmail.com

 

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Public Service:
Brooke Policicchio
Rosie O'Grady's, Inc.

Bio: 
Brooke Policicchio is an alumna of the University of West Florida, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with a specialization in Public Relations. She currently works for Rosie O'Grady's, Inc. as the Marketing Manager for both Seville Quarter and The District: Seville Steak and Seafood. Brooke has also worked at United Way of Escambia County, and has been involved with multiple local philanthropic organizations.