AMA-PDX board members are volunteers and serve a minimum of a one-year term, from July to the following June. Each Spring the membership elects a President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.
President: Camille Pickthorn
Camille joined the AMA PDX board two years ago as the Volunteer Chair where she paired great volunteers with open volunteer roles. She is now our President and trust leader of the AMA Portland Chapter. She joined the AMA to build relationships, expand her Marketing network here in Portland, and to have fun while doing it! Camille works at Aerotek, a recruitment firm in Portland, and is a Program Manager where she supports accounts nationwide. Her favorite things to do are discover new restaurants, relax at a winery with a chilled glass of Rosé, and binge watch different Netflix Original series on the weekends with her husband.
President-Elect: Amber McKenna
Amber was initially drawn to AMA PDX for its networking events but stayed for the dynamic people. She aims to help members get the most out of their local connections—whether that be a job, mentor, or new skill. Amber uses marketing knowledge on the regular in her position as Brand Marketing Manager for a company that makes organic body care and supplements. She also makes time to work in the Oregon wine industry. Outside of the office, Amber can be found eating delicious food, cheering on the Blazers, getting out in nature, or planning her next great travel adventure.
Past President: Elaine Volpe
Elaine has been involved with the AMA since her undergrad days at Northeastern, helping to establish their collegiate chapter and developing an award winning Community Outreach program. She joined the AMA PDX chapter in 2010, and in 2011 she became a founding member of the Blind Pig Networking Brigade. In addition to her enthusiasm for the AMA, Elaine is the co-owner and Marketing Director at KEEL Creative, a small creative agency in Portland that is dedicated to navigating client’s through the traditional and digital marketing waters to find the best path for your brand to reach and engage with your audience. They focus in social media marketing, content marketing, graphic design and web design. Besides her enthusiasm for marketing, Elaine is an avid crafter, and pop culture observer. She likes her gin martinis extra dry, and her marketing extra social.
Sponsorship Co-Chair: Lauren Bright
Lauren first got involved with the AMA while working on her MBA at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. After moving to Portland, she decided she wanted to get involved with AMA PDX as well as the local Portland community and the Community Outreach Program proved to be the perfect fit! She’s provided big-picture marketing strategy support to help create cohesive, integrated marketing campaigns for a local nonprofit, and she now serves AMA PDX as a Sponsorship Co-Chair helping maintain and develop relationships with local businesses. Outside of her involvement with the AMA, Lauren works as a Marketing Program Manager for Aspect Software where she focuses on campaign strategy planning and execution for Aspect Professional Services. In her spare time, Lauren loves to hike the Gorge, hit the slopes on Mt. Hood, and travel anywhere she can.
Sponsorship Co-Chair: Mark Fenske
Mark joined the AMA board as a Sponsorship Co-Chair in early 2016 after participating in events for a few years. Mark’s goal is to bring individuals and businesses who seek an audience with Portland’s marketing community for continued professional and fiscal growth of the organization. He speaks directly with interested sponsors and helps them to create a custom package that’s beneficial to them and AMA PDX. Mark works as a Senior Financial Advice Specialist for COUNTRY Financial. In his free time he enjoys photography, weight lifting, cooking, camping, and wine tasting.
Events Co-Chair: Darby Scholl
Darby joined AMA PDX as co-chair of the luncheon series mid-year in 2015, and has remained a crucial member of the board. She loves working with the amazing resources in the Portland marketing community to bring excellent speakers to the monthly luncheons, and is motivated by the goal of featuring speakers with stories no one else can tell. Having joined the AMA for its networking and professional development opportunities, you now can find her as email marketing manager at Mercy Corps. When she’s not attached to a computer she’s usually making up recipes, exploring Oregon off the beaten path, wrangling her three teenagers, or with a karaoke mic in hand.
Events Co-Chair: Gillian Windisch
Gillian, a Midwesterner at heart, is excited to now call Portland home. With 8+ years in promotions and marketing, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of companies in St. Louis, Chicago and now Portland. Gillian is the Division Director at The Creative Group, representing top-notch design, marketing, and interactive professional for contracts with companies and agencies around the Portland area. Always down for an adventure – on the weekends you can find Gillian, her husband, and golden retriever road tripping to the coast, hiking in the mountains or fly fishing some of their favorite rivers.
Events Co-Chair: Lauren Easby
Lauren joined AMA Reno in 2012 as the VP of Special Events where she planned the annual award show and marketing conference. After moving to Portland, she was drawn to AMA PDX and volunteered with the Community Outreach program before joining the board this year. As Co-Chair of Events, Lauren is involved with putting on monthly luncheons and professional development events. She enjoys connecting with other marketers in the community to share stories and learn from each other. Outside of AMA, Lauren is the Digital Marketing Manager for Gerber Gear. She enjoys working on craft projects, seeking out new breweries, and exploring the surrounding area.
Communications Co-Chair: Natalie Ayers
Natalie joined the AMA as co-chair of the communications committee after being the website coordinator for a little over a year. She enjoys volunteering with the AMA because it helps her connect with other members of the marketing community as well as develop her marketing and management skills. In addition to the AMA, Natalie is the Director of Marketing for VIA, Inc. a local translation agency. In her free time, Natalie enjoys playing with her pug, going to Timbers games and doing yoga.
Communications Co-Chair: Grady Locklear
Grady brings more than seven years’ experience in business communications to the AMA board and is excited to contribute to AMA PDX communications initiatives. He is currently the content marketing manager at software startup CloudCheckr, and previously was a copywriter at Morillas Brand Design in Barcelona, Spain. Before that, he wrote advertising copy at The Oregonian after spending three years with global PR firm WE Communications. An Oregon native, Grady brings international perspective through living in England, South Korea, and Spain. He previously served as the director of the New Professionals group for PRSA Portland. Grady enjoys snowboarding, hiking, disc golf, music, travel, and the local craft beer scene.
Volunteer Chair: Connor Snashall
If you asked Connor’s parents what he was like as a kid, they’d probably say he was the biggest pain of their six kids to raise, but they’d also say he was always very creative and loved a challenge! Connor gets out of bed and comes to work every day because he loves the creative people he gets the opportunity to work with, and enjoys being able to see and make connections between them. With a passion for soccer, beer and food, Connor came to Portland from SoCal and loved the rain so much that it’s kept him here doing the things he loves. Connor is thrilled to be a part of AMA PDX and would love you to join us!
Membership Chair: Stuart Gleason
Stuart joined the AMA to explore his passion for marketing. He loves connecting amazing people in the Portland marketing community. By day he is the Home and Business Expert for Trailhead Credit Union, and connects people with financial resources to make their dreams reality. Stuart volunteers with several small organizations. He is passionate about helping non-profits tell clear stories, so people listen. When Stuart is not working he enjoys exploring Portland, enjoying good coffee and whiskey, and spending quality time with his wife and two boys.
Community Outreach Chair: Hallie Exall
Hallie first became involved with the AMA while in Marketing Club as a student at Oregon State and, after graduation, wanted to become more involved both with the AMA PDX chapter and the Portland community. During the day, you can find her at Jama Software as a Marketing Programs Manager, where she manages the outbound marketing tactics for the medical and industrial tech segments. On the weekend, you may find her out hiking, camping, running, swimming or skiing – depending on the Oregon weather. Her golden retriever, Ruby, spends most of her day by Hallie’s side, whether that be at work or out enjoying the fresh air.
Treasurer: Daniel Platt
Daniel joins us for the second time as Treasurer, a position which involves assisting the various committees in budgeting, monthly financial reporting and ensuring tax returns are filed. In addition to his Board role on the AMA, Daniel is a CPA at Perkins & Co., where he is an auditor for middle-market companies in the real estate investment and healthcare industries. Daniel is a member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing sports and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Secretary: Sam Cole
Sam began working in marketing in 2015 and sought out the AMA shortly thereafter to get to know Portland’s marketing community. The people have proven to be most excellent. On top of enjoying the AMA networking and professional development events, Sam participated in the 2016 Mentorship Program, which led him to his current position at Cascade Corporation, a manufacturing company. He joins the AMA-PDX board for 2017-18 as board secretary, dutifully scribing the lofty words of the other board members. Outside of professional life, Sam spends his time working with his partner on her art business, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and (even more) writing.
Community Development Speaker: Logan Gore
Logan joined AMA in 2016 to grow her network in the Portland marketing community. She enjoyed the built-in learning that came from attending luncheons and happy hour events at local agencies. Logan grew her community and continued to grow her engagement with AMA by joining the Board as Community Development Speaker. Logan works as a Program Manager for Evanta, a Gartner company, partnering with C-Level executives across the country to plan large strategic corporate summits. Outside of work and AMA, you can find Logan paddling on the Willamette River with her dragon boat team, exploring with her two little dogs, or finding new weekend brunch spots with friends.