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Kira Bolos | CEO

Kira’s professional and personal goals are to foster a diverse community where everyone can grow, have a voice, and develop meaningful relationships. As CEO, her main duties are external branding of AAF, professional development of students, and maintaining mentorship and friendship between members. She’s also a big lover of cooking, camping, and excessively dry humor.

Favorites: Curb Your Enthusiasm, recycling, mango chutney, Yelp, Wilco

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Armando Sanchez | President

Armando has a passion for mentorship and optimizing organizational functions to provide the best experience for teams and clients alike. As President, his main responsibilities include overseeing the internal functions of AAF and ensuring that agencies deliver great opportunities to members. He’s also a movie fanatic and totally obsessed with Portillo’s. He used to work there, so he might be able to hook you up.

Favorites: Baby Driver, Tom Misch, How I Met Your Mother, Nature Themed LEGO Sets

  Nikki Mantis | Chief Intelligence Officer   Nikki is a Junior majoring in Advertising and minoring in Art + Design and Business. She loves organizing and implementing creativity in everything she does. As Chief Intelligence Officer, she runs AAF's social media accounts and makes sure all the members are aware of upcoming events and opportunities. You might recognize her name from the weekly emails you get from AAF. Talk to her about Instagram themes sometime, she can go on for hours about it.  Favorite: photography, That 70's Show, crime and horror shows/movies

Nikki Mantis | Chief Intelligence Officer

Nikki is a Junior majoring in Advertising and minoring in Art + Design and Business. She loves organizing and implementing creativity in everything she does. As Chief Intelligence Officer, she runs AAF's social media accounts and makes sure all the members are aware of upcoming events and opportunities. You might recognize her name from the weekly emails you get from AAF. Talk to her about Instagram themes sometime, she can go on for hours about it.

Favorite: photography, That 70's Show, crime and horror shows/movies

  Suzie Mejia | Chief Financial Officer   Suzie is determined to help everyone complete their goals in and out of AAF. Suzie will give you advice with a dad joke. She encourages everyone to go past their own expectations, especially at social events. She’s had the same silly attitude through her years with AAF. It’s been a blast to work with someone positive, determined and full of dad jokes. Everyone should ask her how she has the name Tequzie now.  Favorites: Fast & Furious, Maize, and all Spanish music

Suzie Mejia | Chief Financial Officer

Suzie is determined to help everyone complete their goals in and out of AAF. Suzie will give you advice with a dad joke. She encourages everyone to go past their own expectations, especially at social events. She’s had the same silly attitude through her years with AAF. It’s been a blast to work with someone positive, determined and full of dad jokes. Everyone should ask her how she has the name Tequzie now.

Favorites: Fast & Furious, Maize, and all Spanish music

  Amy Devitt | Chief Operating Officer   Amy is a motivated individual who is passionate about getting things done. As Chief Operating Officer, her main responsibilities include acquiring new business and ensuring all client and agency relationships are strong and producing meaningful results. She is also quite involved outside of advertising, as she is an executive board member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, in a social sorority and actively trying to find the best crab rangoon on campus.  Favorites: True Crime Documentaries, Bon Iver, Mexican Food Covered in Guacamole

Amy Devitt | Chief Operating Officer

Amy is a motivated individual who is passionate about getting things done. As Chief Operating Officer, her main responsibilities include acquiring new business and ensuring all client and agency relationships are strong and producing meaningful results. She is also quite involved outside of advertising, as she is an executive board member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, in a social sorority and actively trying to find the best crab rangoon on campus.

Favorites: True Crime Documentaries, Bon Iver, Mexican Food Covered in Guacamole

  Danny Kim | Chief Engagement Officer  Danny enjoys developing and strengthening long-lasting relationships. As Chief Engagement Officer, he is responsible for developing professional events and organizing AdVasions, industry immersion trips where students can learn about the advertising industry by visiting various agencies and companies in different cities throughout the nation. As a passionate member of the AAF Executive Board, he is eager to apply both knowledge and skills that he learned through his experience as an Account Management Intern on Boeing at Foote, Cone & Belding in Chicago this past summer.  Favorites: In-N-Out Burger, ‘90s Hip Hop, Road Trips, Camping, Bonfires

Danny Kim | Chief Engagement Officer
Danny enjoys developing and strengthening long-lasting relationships. As Chief Engagement Officer, he is responsible for developing professional events and organizing AdVasions, industry immersion trips where students can learn about the advertising industry by visiting various agencies and companies in different cities throughout the nation. As a passionate member of the AAF Executive Board, he is eager to apply both knowledge and skills that he learned through his experience as an Account Management Intern on Boeing at Foote, Cone & Belding in Chicago this past summer.

Favorites: In-N-Out Burger, ‘90s Hip Hop, Road Trips, Camping, Bonfires

  Tiffany Leung | Chief Diversity Officer    Tiffany is excited to serve another year on AAF's executive board, this time as the Chief Diversity Officer! She will be spearheading different initiatives in collaboration with other members to improve diversity and inclusion within AAF Illinois and the advertising industry. When Tiffany is not busy working on AAF projects, studying for classes as a junior in advertising or doing market research as a Universal Music Group College Rep, you can find her catching up with friends and family or re-watching episodes of The Office and The Handmaid's Tale.  Favorites: Riding Big Thunder Mountain at Disney World, Napping During Long Car Rides, and Fried Chicken

Tiffany Leung | Chief Diversity Officer

Tiffany is excited to serve another year on AAF's executive board, this time as the Chief Diversity Officer! She will be spearheading different initiatives in collaboration with other members to improve diversity and inclusion within AAF Illinois and the advertising industry. When Tiffany is not busy working on AAF projects, studying for classes as a junior in advertising or doing market research as a Universal Music Group College Rep, you can find her catching up with friends and family or re-watching episodes of The Office and The Handmaid's Tale.

Favorites: Riding Big Thunder Mountain at Disney World, Napping During Long Car Rides, and Fried Chicken

  Casey Van Duyne | Chief Strategy Officer   Casey Van Duyne is a Junior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Informatics. This past summer, she interned in Arlington Heights, Illinois, as a Digital Marketing Intern for JRS Mar/Com and worked with a variety of local clients. Casey knew she wanted to work in the ad industry ever since high school, when she would help her mom with her business’s social media and website. This is her third year in AAF and she’s very excited to take on her role as the Chief Strategy Officer so she implement strategic initiatives to help improve the largest AAF chapter in the nation for its members.  Favorites: Yellow Mustard, Instagram, Apple Kiwi RedBull

Casey Van Duyne | Chief Strategy Officer

Casey Van Duyne is a Junior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Informatics. This past summer, she interned in Arlington Heights, Illinois, as a Digital Marketing Intern for JRS Mar/Com and worked with a variety of local clients. Casey knew she wanted to work in the ad industry ever since high school, when she would help her mom with her business’s social media and website. This is her third year in AAF and she’s very excited to take on her role as the Chief Strategy Officer so she implement strategic initiatives to help improve the largest AAF chapter in the nation for its members.

Favorites: Yellow Mustard, Instagram, Apple Kiwi RedBull

  Malik Tatum | Chief Cultural Officer   Malik is the new Chief Cultural Officer, which is a role that is geared towards strengthening our sense of community within AAF. He loves being around people, and being someone with positive energy. Malik also enjoys being active, and staying on the go!  Favorites: 90 Day Fiancé, Hitch, Fancy Q [restaurant].

Malik Tatum | Chief Cultural Officer

Malik is the new Chief Cultural Officer, which is a role that is geared towards strengthening our sense of community within AAF. He loves being around people, and being someone with positive energy. Malik also enjoys being active, and staying on the go!

Favorites: 90 Day Fiancé, Hitch, Fancy Q [restaurant].

  Michael Dietrich | Chief Digital Officer   As Chief Digital Officer, Michael is responsible for constructing and keeping the website up to speed with the latest and great AAF Illinois has to offer. When he is not doing this, Michael is out there filming videos or watching an unhealthy amount of films to use for inspiration creatively and emotionally. Grab some Portillo's with him and he'll talk about it nonstop.  Favorites: BROCKHAMTPON, Boogie Nights [1997], Portillo's, Super Smash Bros.

Michael Dietrich | Chief Digital Officer

As Chief Digital Officer, Michael is responsible for constructing and keeping the website up to speed with the latest and great AAF Illinois has to offer. When he is not doing this, Michael is out there filming videos or watching an unhealthy amount of films to use for inspiration creatively and emotionally. Grab some Portillo's with him and he'll talk about it nonstop.

Favorites: BROCKHAMTPON, Boogie Nights [1997], Portillo's, Super Smash Bros.

  Alec Kuznitsky | VP AdBuzz   Alec’s adoration for the storytelling craft has only deepened since his childhood, and he pledges his unwavering support to individuals who share in his passion. As VP AdBuzz, he will show patience and open-mindedness to equip those interested by PR writing with the confidence and wordsmith skills needed to one day take on the voice of a brand. Talk to him about anything SpongeBob-related.  Favorites: Mysteries, apple juice, ASMR

Alec Kuznitsky | VP AdBuzz

Alec’s adoration for the storytelling craft has only deepened since his childhood, and he pledges his unwavering support to individuals who share in his passion. As VP AdBuzz, he will show patience and open-mindedness to equip those interested by PR writing with the confidence and wordsmith skills needed to one day take on the voice of a brand. Talk to him about anything SpongeBob-related.

Favorites: Mysteries, apple juice, ASMR

  Anna Mandarino | Account Director for AdBuzz   Anna is passionate about organization and fostering environments where people can really bring out their creative ideas. As Account Director, her main responsibilities include maintaining client relations with AdBuzz and overseeing each committee's work and needs. She also loves weddings and international travel and would love to one day combine those two passions in her career!  Favorites: Mamma Mia , Vanilla Lattes & the Oh Hello's!

Anna Mandarino | Account Director for AdBuzz

Anna is passionate about organization and fostering environments where people can really bring out their creative ideas. As Account Director, her main responsibilities include maintaining client relations with AdBuzz and overseeing each committee's work and needs. She also loves weddings and international travel and would love to one day combine those two passions in her career!

Favorites: Mamma Mia , Vanilla Lattes & the Oh Hello's!

  Nuriel Canlas | VP CTRL+V    Nuriel Canlas is currently a Senior majoring in Statistics, pursuing the field of data science. However, his passion for filming has lead him to travel around the U.S. and document memories not only for clients but for himself. Nuriel loves capturing moments with his camera; he sees photos and videos as a time capsule; something to always look back on and enjoy the good times. When he’s not filming, you can find him eating chocolate ice cream at your local ice cream shop or rooting for the Chicago Bulls. As VP of CTRL+V, he hopes to share his experience with a camera and encourage others to pursue their passion, whatever that may be.  Favorites: longboarding down an empty street at night, first bite of a chocolate ice cream, binge-watching YouTube

Nuriel Canlas | VP CTRL+V

Nuriel Canlas is currently a Senior majoring in Statistics, pursuing the field of data science. However, his passion for filming has lead him to travel around the U.S. and document memories not only for clients but for himself. Nuriel loves capturing moments with his camera; he sees photos and videos as a time capsule; something to always look back on and enjoy the good times. When he’s not filming, you can find him eating chocolate ice cream at your local ice cream shop or rooting for the Chicago Bulls. As VP of CTRL+V, he hopes to share his experience with a camera and encourage others to pursue their passion, whatever that may be.

Favorites: longboarding down an empty street at night, first bite of a chocolate ice cream, binge-watching YouTube

  Robert Sniezko | Account Director for CTRL+V   Robert is a senior advertising major who will be joining the ranks of CTRL + V as an Account Director. He is currently pursuing minors in Informatics and Leadership Studies, but some of his interests outside of class include photography, technology, investing, and thrifting. Robert hails from Chicago but his entire family is from Poland, so if you know any Polish hit him with a "Cześć".  Favorites: My favorite wing spot is Wing Stop, so don't @ me on that one. My all time favorite show is "Lost", but I also enjoy shows like The Office, American Horror Story and Narcos. Last but not least, my favorite desert is Ice Cream.

Robert Sniezko | Account Director for CTRL+V

Robert is a senior advertising major who will be joining the ranks of CTRL + V as an Account Director. He is currently pursuing minors in Informatics and Leadership Studies, but some of his interests outside of class include photography, technology, investing, and thrifting. Robert hails from Chicago but his entire family is from Poland, so if you know any Polish hit him with a "Cześć".

Favorites: My favorite wing spot is Wing Stop, so don't @ me on that one. My all time favorite show is "Lost", but I also enjoy shows like The Office, American Horror Story and Narcos. Last but not least, my favorite desert is Ice Cream.

  Samiha Uddin | VP Community Outreach   Samiha has always been intrigued by the idea of directly impacting people and the media industry - so she combined both of her interests into one and wants to focus on the aspect of social responsibility marketing / advertising. As VP of Community Outreach, her main tasks would be to oversee the agency that focuses on social marketing along with coming up with various projects that would lend a helping hand to the Urbana-Champaign community. She's a huge risk taking fanatic and would much rather deal with almost falling off a huge hill while hiking. Either that, or taking photos in front of abstract murals.  Favorites: Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago, P&G commercials (or really any commercial that'll make you cry), the smell when you walk inside Home Depot

Samiha Uddin | VP Community Outreach

Samiha has always been intrigued by the idea of directly impacting people and the media industry - so she combined both of her interests into one and wants to focus on the aspect of social responsibility marketing / advertising. As VP of Community Outreach, her main tasks would be to oversee the agency that focuses on social marketing along with coming up with various projects that would lend a helping hand to the Urbana-Champaign community. She's a huge risk taking fanatic and would much rather deal with almost falling off a huge hill while hiking. Either that, or taking photos in front of abstract murals.

Favorites: Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago, P&G commercials (or really any commercial that'll make you cry), the smell when you walk inside Home Depot

  Kassandra Rodriguez | Account Director for Community Outreach   Kassandra has a passion for service, she's always volunteering and wanting to give back to the community in any way possible. As Community Outreach Account Director her main responsibilities include overseeing the committee and the client teams, as well as working along side the VP of CO to help plan weekly meetings. The work that is done helps businesses or organizations with fundraising and social marketing campaigns. One day she hopes to travel the world, not only see its beauty but to work with non-profit organizations.  Favorites: I love all the Fast & Furious movies, anything Disney and eating at Maize.

Kassandra Rodriguez | Account Director for Community Outreach

Kassandra has a passion for service, she's always volunteering and wanting to give back to the community in any way possible. As Community Outreach Account Director her main responsibilities include overseeing the committee and the client teams, as well as working along side the VP of CO to help plan weekly meetings. The work that is done helps businesses or organizations with fundraising and social marketing campaigns. One day she hopes to travel the world, not only see its beauty but to work with non-profit organizations.

Favorites: I love all the Fast & Furious movies, anything Disney and eating at Maize.

  Chirag Khushalani | VP Midnight Oil   Born and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Chirag brings a refreshing global perspective to problem-solving, a passion for working in teams and a profound love for Chicken Shawarmas. As a senior, majoring in Marketing and Business Process Management, he has served in the executive board of multiple business and philanthropic organizations as well as worked at Leo Burnett Dubai and FCB Chicago, specializing in Account Management and Strategy. As the President of Midnight Oil, he aspires to create a collaborative culture through unfiltered communication, empower each member to achieve their professional and personal goals as well as continuously strive to make Midnight Oil a challenging and worthwhile experience for its clients and members. On random nights, you’ll find him trying to bankrupt MoviePass with his recently purchased subscription, checking off his rail card in pursuit of an overpriced T-shirt and/or planning a long-awaited birthday weekend in New Orleans during Mardi Gras before his visa expires.  Favorites: Mimosas, Bachata, Kevin from The Office, Nutella, Poker, Tennis and Fifa.

Chirag Khushalani | VP Midnight Oil

Born and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Chirag brings a refreshing global perspective to problem-solving, a passion for working in teams and a profound love for Chicken Shawarmas. As a senior, majoring in Marketing and Business Process Management, he has served in the executive board of multiple business and philanthropic organizations as well as worked at Leo Burnett Dubai and FCB Chicago, specializing in Account Management and Strategy. As the President of Midnight Oil, he aspires to create a collaborative culture through unfiltered communication, empower each member to achieve their professional and personal goals as well as continuously strive to make Midnight Oil a challenging and worthwhile experience for its clients and members. On random nights, you’ll find him trying to bankrupt MoviePass with his recently purchased subscription, checking off his rail card in pursuit of an overpriced T-shirt and/or planning a long-awaited birthday weekend in New Orleans during Mardi Gras before his visa expires.

Favorites: Mimosas, Bachata, Kevin from The Office, Nutella, Poker, Tennis and Fifa.

  Ellie Hahn | Creative Director for Midnight Oil   Ellie Hahn is the Creative Director of Midnight Oil this year. She will be responsible for leading and inspiring a mighty crew of creatives... most times with an iced vanilla coffee in hand. When she's not plotting out her next ad campaign in aaf, you'll find her mural-making with friends or riding her bike around campus.  Favorites: Music festivals like Mamby on the Beach, Naked mango juice, and Anderson Paak's project "NxWorries"

Ellie Hahn | Creative Director for Midnight Oil

Ellie Hahn is the Creative Director of Midnight Oil this year. She will be responsible for leading and inspiring a mighty crew of creatives... most times with an iced vanilla coffee in hand. When she's not plotting out her next ad campaign in aaf, you'll find her mural-making with friends or riding her bike around campus.

Favorites: Music festivals like Mamby on the Beach, Naked mango juice, and Anderson Paak's project "NxWorries"

  Atil Malak | Account Director for Midnight Oil   Atil Malak is a rising senior and the Account Director of Midnight Oil. Atil is the main contact between Midnight Oil and their clients, he also oversees the work done by each client team and makes sure expectations are met. Atil, along with Chirag and Ellie, run the weekly meetings for Midnight Oil where members collaborate and learn from one another.  Favorites: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Soccer

Atil Malak | Account Director for Midnight Oil

Atil Malak is a rising senior and the Account Director of Midnight Oil. Atil is the main contact between Midnight Oil and their clients, he also oversees the work done by each client team and makes sure expectations are met. Atil, along with Chirag and Ellie, run the weekly meetings for Midnight Oil where members collaborate and learn from one another.

Favorites: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Soccer

  Lucas Simes | VP NSAC   Lucas is a senior majoring in advertising. As Project Manager and Creative Director of NSAC, he hopes to lead this year's team in the development of a phenomenal and unique campaign. Although he is a lifelong Chicago native, Lucas did not know what Portillo's was until just last year.  Favorites: Budget cooking, Hawaiian shirts, Antonio's Pizza (RIP)

Lucas Simes | VP NSAC

Lucas is a senior majoring in advertising. As Project Manager and Creative Director of NSAC, he hopes to lead this year's team in the development of a phenomenal and unique campaign. Although he is a lifelong Chicago native, Lucas did not know what Portillo's was until just last year.

Favorites: Budget cooking, Hawaiian shirts, Antonio's Pizza (RIP)

  John Klages III | Research Director for NSAC    John is a senior studying Advertising and the Research Director for NSAC. He joined AAF his freshman year working on the research team for the Snapple, Tai Pei Frozen Foods, and Ocean Spray Campaigns. He is planning on going straight to law school after graduating, with hopes of a potential career in trademark, media, or employment law.  Favorites: Golf, Politics, Game of Thrones

John Klages III | Research Director for NSAC

John is a senior studying Advertising and the Research Director for NSAC. He joined AAF his freshman year working on the research team for the Snapple, Tai Pei Frozen Foods, and Ocean Spray Campaigns. He is planning on going straight to law school after graduating, with hopes of a potential career in trademark, media, or employment law.

Favorites: Golf, Politics, Game of Thrones

  Abby Deyhle | Strategy Director for NSAC   Abby is a driven, organized and dependable being fueled by curiosity, passion, and iced coffee. As Strategy Director for the National Student Advertising Competition her main responsibilities include overseeing the strategy division on the NSAC team and finding key insights through research to drive the campaign strategy. She is also a fitness fanatic, DIY and Up-cycling enthusiast, and caffeine addict.  Favorites: Crafting and re-purposing, Barre and Bodypump, and coffee

Abby Deyhle | Strategy Director for NSAC

Abby is a driven, organized and dependable being fueled by curiosity, passion, and iced coffee. As Strategy Director for the National Student Advertising Competition her main responsibilities include overseeing the strategy division on the NSAC team and finding key insights through research to drive the campaign strategy. She is also a fitness fanatic, DIY and Up-cycling enthusiast, and caffeine addict.

Favorites: Crafting and re-purposing, Barre and Bodypump, and coffee

  Angela Wang | Media Director for NSAC   Angela is passionate about both the analytical side and the creative side of Advertising. As the Media Director of NSAC, she collaborates with other directors and oversees the media team in developing media strategy, planning media schedule and allocating budget for the NSAC campaign. She's also a travel enthusiast and sashimi lover.  Favorites: Latin dance, Orphan Black, Forrest Gump

Angela Wang | Media Director for NSAC

Angela is passionate about both the analytical side and the creative side of Advertising. As the Media Director of NSAC, she collaborates with other directors and oversees the media team in developing media strategy, planning media schedule and allocating budget for the NSAC campaign. She's also a travel enthusiast and sashimi lover.

Favorites: Latin dance, Orphan Black, Forrest Gump

  Anthony (Tony) Peck | VP OTH   Tony grew up in the remote cornfields of western Illinois along the banks of the Mississippi River and spent several years touring all over North America in an emo band. He believes that everyone has a story to tell and is passionate about helping individuals and clients tell their story in meaningful ways that connect with audiences. As Vice President of On The House, his responsibilities include overseeing agency operations, leading weekly meetings with Abby & Abbey, and facilitating a collaborative, inclusive, and engaging atmosphere for members to become passionate about advertising. If you see him without coffee, he encourages you to bring him some.  Favorites: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Twin Peaks, Golden Harbor, Depeche Mode, GEICO ad campaign (The recent World Cup ads).

Anthony (Tony) Peck | VP OTH

Tony grew up in the remote cornfields of western Illinois along the banks of the Mississippi River and spent several years touring all over North America in an emo band. He believes that everyone has a story to tell and is passionate about helping individuals and clients tell their story in meaningful ways that connect with audiences. As Vice President of On The House, his responsibilities include overseeing agency operations, leading weekly meetings with Abby & Abbey, and facilitating a collaborative, inclusive, and engaging atmosphere for members to become passionate about advertising. If you see him without coffee, he encourages you to bring him some.

Favorites: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Twin Peaks, Golden Harbor, Depeche Mode, GEICO ad campaign (The recent World Cup ads).

  Abby Kalsto | Account Coordinator for OTH   When Abby isn’t eating chocolate, making grilled cheese, or working out she is probably doing business stuff. Majoring in Advertising and Public Relations in her third year, Abby will be serving as the Account Coordinator for OTH. As the AC, Abby acts as the liaison and is the face of the agency to clients. Rockin the pants suit, Abby loves talking about the future and the keys to success. If you ever need a running buddy, su-chef, or fellow adventurer Abby has your back.  Favorites: skippy CRUNCHY peanut butter, leg day, Vampire Diaries

Abby Kalsto | Account Coordinator for OTH

When Abby isn’t eating chocolate, making grilled cheese, or working out she is probably doing business stuff. Majoring in Advertising and Public Relations in her third year, Abby will be serving as the Account Coordinator for OTH. As the AC, Abby acts as the liaison and is the face of the agency to clients. Rockin the pants suit, Abby loves talking about the future and the keys to success. If you ever need a running buddy, su-chef, or fellow adventurer Abby has your back.

Favorites: skippy CRUNCHY peanut butter, leg day, Vampire Diaries

  Abbey Blankensop | Creative Director for OTH   As the Creative Director of On The House, I'm here to help underclassmen cultivate their creativity and find their direction in the Ad world. I believe that there is so much creativity in Advertising, but more importantly, beyond Advertising. I'm constantly on the search for new ways to create. It widens my perspective, that can coexist uniquely, in Advertising. This past summer, I've gotten hands on in other hobbies, such as quilting, camping, horseback riding, yoga, writing, reading, and a lot of cooking. This is my mission as Creative Director. To inspire students to find any means of creativity that can be utilized as motivation in and out of Advertising.  Favorites: Huge movie girl, so some of my favorites: Into The Wild, Remember Me, Lady Bird, Good Will Hunting, and August Rush.

Abbey Blankensop | Creative Director for OTH

As the Creative Director of On The House, I'm here to help underclassmen cultivate their creativity and find their direction in the Ad world. I believe that there is so much creativity in Advertising, but more importantly, beyond Advertising. I'm constantly on the search for new ways to create. It widens my perspective, that can coexist uniquely, in Advertising. This past summer, I've gotten hands on in other hobbies, such as quilting, camping, horseback riding, yoga, writing, reading, and a lot of cooking. This is my mission as Creative Director. To inspire students to find any means of creativity that can be utilized as motivation in and out of Advertising.

Favorites: Huge movie girl, so some of my favorites: Into The Wild, Remember Me, Lady Bird, Good Will Hunting, and August Rush.

  Hitomi Nakamura | VP Pangaea   Hitomi is a junior pursuing an Advertising major. She discovered her interests in advertising after joining Pangaea and is excited to continue on with a leadership position. As Vice President of Pangaea, she will oversee all the client work and activities that will go on within the agency. This is Hitomi’s first year on AAF’s executive board and she is looking forward to planning fun and memorable experiences for the members of the upcoming school year. Outside of AAF, she is actively involved with the Asian American Association and will often be spotted drinking bubble tea or working at the ARC gym.  Favorites: Salmon sushi, weight training, and going bowling

Hitomi Nakamura | VP Pangaea

Hitomi is a junior pursuing an Advertising major. She discovered her interests in advertising after joining Pangaea and is excited to continue on with a leadership position. As Vice President of Pangaea, she will oversee all the client work and activities that will go on within the agency. This is Hitomi’s first year on AAF’s executive board and she is looking forward to planning fun and memorable experiences for the members of the upcoming school year. Outside of AAF, she is actively involved with the Asian American Association and will often be spotted drinking bubble tea or working at the ARC gym.

Favorites: Salmon sushi, weight training, and going bowling

  Elena Gatti | Creative Director for Pangaea   Taking on the role of Pangaea’s creative director allowed Elena to help be a leader and creative example for members. Elena always knew she wanted to further explore her creative skills in college through studying advertising. Elena is a passionate student, photographer as well as artist and finds her inspiration through nature and humans themselves.  Favorites: Ad campaign: extra gum love story; Restaurant: bistro campagne in Chicago; Season: fall

Elena Gatti | Creative Director for Pangaea

Taking on the role of Pangaea’s creative director allowed Elena to help be a leader and creative example for members. Elena always knew she wanted to further explore her creative skills in college through studying advertising. Elena is a passionate student, photographer as well as artist and finds her inspiration through nature and humans themselves.

Favorites: Ad campaign: extra gum love story; Restaurant: bistro campagne in Chicago; Season: fall

  Daniel Lira | Account Director for Pangaea   Daniel is going to be the Account Director for Pangaea 2018-2019. His responsibilities include gathering clients for his committee in order for Pangaea, the multicultural committee, to advertise for the clients in anyway possible.  Favorites: His favorite TV show is the show Friends, his favorite movie is Scott pilgrim vs the world, and his favorite hobby is playing volleyball.

Daniel Lira | Account Director for Pangaea

Daniel is going to be the Account Director for Pangaea 2018-2019. His responsibilities include gathering clients for his committee in order for Pangaea, the multicultural committee, to advertise for the clients in anyway possible.

Favorites: His favorite TV show is the show Friends, his favorite movie is Scott pilgrim vs the world, and his favorite hobby is playing volleyball.

  Parker Budzinski | VP RSVP   Parker Budzinski is a senior in AAF and the Vice President of RSVP, the experiential side of AAF. He has two years of experiential experience in the real world and has been apart of RSVP as an active member since its founding in AAF, three years ago. Budzinski strives for the best of the best, lives for the experience, and is a go-getter towards life itself. This will be his first year on AAF exec, but has held several other exec and leadership positions on and around campus.  Favorites: [Movie:] Warrior, [Campaign:] Wassup!, [Activity:] Backpacking and hammocking

Parker Budzinski | VP RSVP

Parker Budzinski is a senior in AAF and the Vice President of RSVP, the experiential side of AAF. He has two years of experiential experience in the real world and has been apart of RSVP as an active member since its founding in AAF, three years ago. Budzinski strives for the best of the best, lives for the experience, and is a go-getter towards life itself. This will be his first year on AAF exec, but has held several other exec and leadership positions on and around campus.

Favorites: [Movie:] Warrior, [Campaign:] Wassup!, [Activity:] Backpacking and hammocking

  Nicolette Simmons | Account Director for RSVP   Nicolette is a senior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Business. This year, she'll be serving as RSVP's Account Manager working with her team, building relationships with clients, and planning AAF events. Nicolette spent this past summer in San Francisco as an Account Management Intern at Jack Morton, a global experiential agency. She also studied abroad in Pamplona, Spain and agrees with Trevor Noah that "travel is the one thing you will never waste your money on." You'll find her on campus wearing a Van Halen t-shirt taking pictures of dogs.  Favorites: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Stand-Up Comedy & Bacon Cheeseburgers

Nicolette Simmons | Account Director for RSVP

Nicolette is a senior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Business. This year, she'll be serving as RSVP's Account Manager working with her team, building relationships with clients, and planning AAF events. Nicolette spent this past summer in San Francisco as an Account Management Intern at Jack Morton, a global experiential agency. She also studied abroad in Pamplona, Spain and agrees with Trevor Noah that "travel is the one thing you will never waste your money on." You'll find her on campus wearing a Van Halen t-shirt taking pictures of dogs.

Favorites: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Stand-Up Comedy & Bacon Cheeseburgers