Gina is currently the VP of AAF Heartland. She has contributed to ADDY planning for the last 4 years. She has received recognition multiple times by the the Missouri Ad Managers Association as “Best Ad Designer” and “Best Online Ad Designer,” as well as winning many state Better Newspaper Contest awards and ADDYs for her newspaper and magazine layout/designs during her time at The Joplin Globe. But has since accepted the editor/publisher position at The Vedette, a smaller newspaper in Dade County Missouri, currently owned by Lewis County Press based in St. Louis. She has an eye for detail and it is a mission of hers to use the knowledge she has gained at larger publications to benefit the businesses of Dade County and the surrounding communities. She enjoys drinking wine, running and trying to keep up with the activities of her children.
Priscilla McKinney, CEO of Little Bird Marketing, is a popular keynote speaker, prolific blogger, podcast host, industry innovator and diversity champion.
Best known for making waves in the digital marketing industry, Priscilla has been featured on numerous podcasts, is the President of American Advertising Federation Heartland and has received numerous design, entrepreneurship and industry awards. Along with her expert team, she developed the SOAR System – a proprietary process designed to create sustainable lead generation for busy leaders so they can have confidence in the growth of their company without losing focus on their other responsibilities.
Priscilla personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and authentic leadership – inspiring others to truly carve out their own path of success in her uniquely funny, no-nonsense and slightly irreverent way. Oh, and don’t give her caffeine. She doesn’t need it.
Ashley Le Blanc is a Coffee Lover, Content Marketing Specialist and Social Media Guru – in that order. By day, you can find her fine-tuning systems, generating content and creating new social media campaigns for Little Bird Marketing.
She found her way to the Midwest from California to complete her education at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. While achieving her degree, she worked as the full-time Executive Director for a local non-profit – Art Feeds Joplin. Ashley’s experience in project management, PR and content creation allows her to move processes forward – helping her team achieve goals and exceed benchmarks.
Her passion for design, creativity and the world of digital media drives her to stay current in our ever changing industry.
Justin Oden is currently a Multimedia Designer at Downstream Casino Resort. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in the Graphic Arts from Missouri Southern State University, he started out his career at The Joplin Globe as a graphic designer where he won several Addy awards for his illustration work. He’s committed to staying current with design trends and constantly challenges himself to learn more while pushing his skills outside of his comfort level. When not in front of his computer, he can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee with his face buried in a sketchbook.
Katie George is the Director of Development for the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. Katie uses her drive to develop relationships with individuals, organizations, and companies to connect them to the university, resulting in private and corporate gifts to the College of Technology as well as scholarship, internship, and employment opportunities for students. Prior to her current role, Katie worked as a Designer, then as an Integrated Marketing Manager where she was responsible for a variety of tasks including web development, communication through social media outlets, and executing marketing campaigns for clients. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology in Graphic Communications from Pittsburg State University. In her free time (and any other time) she enjoys eating ice cream.
As Marlin Network’s creative lead, Tim fosters an open environment with a cross-functional creative team made up of storytellers, technologists and motion media experts. Tim believes in the blending of technology and creative applied to simple ideas that break through the clutter and create real impact for brands. His years in food and beverage branding have earned him plenty of awards, but Tim is most proud of work that works.
Prior to Tim’s current role within Marlin Network, he co-founded The Alchemedia Project, a digital branding agency in 2009. Tim has also held posts at Pyramid Foods as Marketing Director and at Noble Communications as Executive Creative Director. He holds a Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Missouri State.
Traci Hughes is a Instructor at Pittsburg State University in the Graphics and Imaging Technology department. She came to PSU after working in the printing and flexible packaging industry for 18 years. She is excited to have the opportunity to be in the classroom and share her experiences with the students.