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 a year ago as the Volunteer Chair where she paired great volunteers with open volunteer roles. She is now our President-Elect for the upcoming year and is beyond excited to build her leadership skills. 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 here in Portland, and handles their Marketing & Creative division where she supports hundreds of companies with their hiring needs. 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 professional development 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 Manager for Nutraceutical, a company that makes natural and organic body care and supplements. She also makes time to volunteer for Start Making A Reader Today. Outside of the office, Amber can be found eating delicious food and drinking Northwest wine, 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 and immediate past president. 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 stayed on in this position for the 2016-2017 board year. 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: Melissa Jones
Melissa joined the AMA as the co-chair of professional development after volunteering for the Community Outreach program. Through AMA she hopes to educate people on a variety of marketing topics giving awesome, actionable content. In addition to her role at AMA, she runs her own business, extracting inspiration and elements from around the world to help entrepreneurs and businesses achieve brilliant design. When she’s not traveling or creating she enjoys running, whiskey and partaking in the Portland food and art scenes.
Networking (Blind Pig Brigade): Francie King
Francie has been on the committee for Blind Pig Brigade for three years and is now the co-chair of networking for the American Marketing Association, where she connects the many rad folks around her in a casual, fun way. She mentors high school girls each Saturday through Minds Matter, a national organization that helps youth get into college. She is a marketer who loves content, puns, and people. When she’s not enjoying the creative community in Portland, she is visiting her family in Idaho or walking the waterfront, something she does at least 5 times per week.
Treasurer: Daniel Platt
Daniel joins the AMA 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.
Comms 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.