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Casey Van Duyne CEO

Pronouns: She/Her

Casey is a senior in Advertising with a minor in Informatics. She likes traveling to other countries, going to music festivals, ethical fashion, and her favorite brand happens to be Glossier. As CEO, she will oversee all operational activities for the largest AAF chapter in the nation and lead 33 Executive Board members, 7 Vice Presidents, and 9 student-run agencies and committees.

Favorites: Yellow Mustard, Instagram, Apple Kiwi RedBull

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Tiffany Leung President

Pronouns: She/Her

Tiffany is a senior in advertising with a minor in business. Throughout her college experience, AAF has remained one of the most influential communities she belongs to. Tiffany is honored to serve as the president of AAF Illinois. This chapter has provided her with the tools for success and the people and memories that will last way beyond her college years. She's excited to work with every member to implement new initiatives and help make everyone's experience as fulfilling as her own.

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

 
Rachel Parker | Chief Intelligence Officer   Pronouns: She/Her  Rachel is a senior majoring in Advertising and minoring in Public Relations and Political Science. She believes that it is important for women to have leadership roles and have a voice in the advertising industry. As Chief Intelligence Officer, Rachel wants to use her platform to make all members of AAF feel welcome.  Favorites: Politics, Coffee, Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, Eating too much pizza

Rachel Parker | Chief Intelligence Officer

Pronouns: She/Her

Rachel is a senior majoring in Advertising and minoring in Public Relations and Political Science. She believes that it is important for women to have leadership roles and have a voice in the advertising industry. As Chief Intelligence Officer, Rachel wants to use her platform to make all members of AAF feel welcome.

Favorites: Politics, Coffee, Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, Eating too much pizza

Nikki Mantis | Chief Financial Officer   Pronouns: She/Her  Nikki is a senior studying Advertising with minors in both Business and Art + Design. Her favorite hobbies are curating her Instagram theme and watching crime shows. As Chief Financial Officer, she is in charge of budgeting, fundraising, and carrying out Advasions, AAF Illinois' industry immersion trips where members get to visit agencies in various cities across the US.  Favorites: Photography, That 70's Show, Crime and horror shows/movies

Nikki Mantis | Chief Financial Officer

Pronouns: She/Her

Nikki is a senior studying Advertising with minors in both Business and Art + Design. Her favorite hobbies are curating her Instagram theme and watching crime shows. As Chief Financial Officer, she is in charge of budgeting, fundraising, and carrying out Advasions, AAF Illinois' industry immersion trips where members get to visit agencies in various cities across the US.

Favorites: Photography, That 70's Show, Crime and horror shows/movies

Emily Christensen | Chief Operating Officer   Pronouns: She/Her  Emily is a junior studying advertising with a minor in informatics and business. She loves playing guitar, running, and traveling. As someone who is passionate about engaging people in the things they love, Emily's goal as the Chief Operations Officer is to the opportunity for students to create meaningful work and build strong professional relationships in the advertising world, all the while fostering an environment of learning and experience. Along with being involved with AAF, Emily is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, Illinois Sports Consulting Agency, and a social sorority.  Favorites: VW buses, people, vinyls, concerts, golden hour, Chicago, and cooking

Emily Christensen | Chief Operating Officer

Pronouns: She/Her

Emily is a junior studying advertising with a minor in informatics and business. She loves playing guitar, running, and traveling. As someone who is passionate about engaging people in the things they love, Emily's goal as the Chief Operations Officer is to the opportunity for students to create meaningful work and build strong professional relationships in the advertising world, all the while fostering an environment of learning and experience. Along with being involved with AAF, Emily is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, Illinois Sports Consulting Agency, and a social sorority.

Favorites: VW buses, people, vinyls, concerts, golden hour, Chicago, and cooking

Edis Basic | Chief Culture Officer   Pronouns: He/Him  Edis is a senior majoring in Advertising and a minor in Spanish. This year, he will be serving as the Chief Cultural Officer on AAF Exec. This past summer, Edis interned in Los Angeles as an Account Management Intern on the experiential marketing department at Team One, a full-service advertising agency. Edis spent the summer of 2018 abroad in Granada, Spain taking Spanish classes towards his minor. Some fun facts about Edis are that he speaks 3 languages and has been to over 10 countries! Edis is a fun-tastic guy and his energy is very contagious. If you ever need an uplifting moment, Edis is your guy!  Favorites: cooking, traveling, reading in Spanish, thrifting, telenovelas, fashion, and watching Tasty Videos.

Edis Basic | Chief Culture Officer

Pronouns: He/Him

Edis is a senior majoring in Advertising and a minor in Spanish. This year, he will be serving as the Chief Cultural Officer on AAF Exec. This past summer, Edis interned in Los Angeles as an Account Management Intern on the experiential marketing department at Team One, a full-service advertising agency. Edis spent the summer of 2018 abroad in Granada, Spain taking Spanish classes towards his minor. Some fun facts about Edis are that he speaks 3 languages and has been to over 10 countries! Edis is a fun-tastic guy and his energy is very contagious. If you ever need an uplifting moment, Edis is your guy!

Favorites: cooking, traveling, reading in Spanish, thrifting, telenovelas, fashion, and watching Tasty Videos.

Jose Vital | Chief Diversity Officer   Pronouns: He/Him  As Jose’s first year on the leadership team, as Chief Diversity Office, his main goal is to empower every member of AAF Illinois to feel respected and included. He also tries to highlight diversity by discussing the history and trends in the advertising industry and within the AAF community. When he’s not busy with his AAF commitments, Jose loves researching random facts, learning about global affairs and going out with his friends for karaoke.”  Favorites: Photography, coffee ice cream and International Foreign Films.

Jose Vital | Chief Diversity Officer

Pronouns: He/Him

As Jose’s first year on the leadership team, as Chief Diversity Office, his main goal is to empower every member of AAF Illinois to feel respected and included. He also tries to highlight diversity by discussing the history and trends in the advertising industry and within the AAF community. When he’s not busy with his AAF commitments, Jose loves researching random facts, learning about global affairs and going out with his friends for karaoke.”

Favorites: Photography, coffee ice cream and International Foreign Films.

Austin Navickis | Chief Strategy Officer   Pronouns: He/Him  Austin is a Junior majoring in Advertising with a Business Minor and a Media Production Certificate. This past summer, Austin worked as a Social Media Marketing Intern at North Park Public Water District as well as a Production Intern at Vixen Productions. As the Chief Strategy Officer, he is responsible for recruiting 400+ members of AAF, as well as internal campaigns and branding. In his third year in AAF, Austin looks to leave a lasting impression on our members. Outside of school work and AAF, he spends his free time watching stand-up comedy, shopping for clothes, playing basketball, and making videos.   Favorites: Star Wars, March Madness, Tom Segura Stand-Up, Fashion, Marvel Superheroes, Italian Food

Austin Navickis | Chief Strategy Officer

Pronouns: He/Him

Austin is a Junior majoring in Advertising with a Business Minor and a Media Production Certificate. This past summer, Austin worked as a Social Media Marketing Intern at North Park Public Water District as well as a Production Intern at Vixen Productions. As the Chief Strategy Officer, he is responsible for recruiting 400+ members of AAF, as well as internal campaigns and branding. In his third year in AAF, Austin looks to leave a lasting impression on our members. Outside of school work and AAF, he spends his free time watching stand-up comedy, shopping for clothes, playing basketball, and making videos.


Favorites: Star Wars, March Madness, Tom Segura Stand-Up, Fashion, Marvel Superheroes, Italian Food

Lincoln Rogers | Chief Digital Officer   Pronouns: He/Him  Lincoln is a sophomore studying Advertising with a minor in Art + Design. As CDO, he is in charge of producing AAF video campaigns and photography content, hosting the new podcast, and managing everything you see on this website.  Lincoln loves filmmaking and movies and runs his own production company in Chicago. When he’s not working on AAF, you can find him out taking pictures or riding his bike around campus.  Favorites: Wes Anderson movies, Hawaiian pizza, linework tattoos, and his one really old pair of Nike shoes that definitely has too many holes to be reliably worn

Lincoln Rogers | Chief Digital Officer

Pronouns: He/Him

Lincoln is a sophomore studying Advertising with a minor in Art + Design. As CDO, he is in charge of producing AAF video campaigns and photography content, hosting the new podcast, and managing everything you see on this website. Lincoln loves filmmaking and movies and runs his own production company in Chicago. When he’s not working on AAF, you can find him out taking pictures or riding his bike around campus.

Favorites: Wes Anderson movies, Hawaiian pizza, linework tattoos, and his one really old pair of Nike shoes that definitely has too many holes to be reliably worn

Lauren Jorges | AdBuzz VP   Pronouns: She/Her  Lauren is a senior studying Advertising and Public Relations, and will be VP of AdBuzz. Her path to pursuing advertising and PR came with a pit stop as an engineering major and the Division of General Studies, so she’s passionate about helping others find and forge their own unique path into the field. In AdBuzz, she’ll be overseeing the agency, running meetings with Hannah, and making AdBuzz a place where members can learn the tools of industry practitioners, create meaningful work with unique clients, and find their passion in public relations along the way.  Favorites: Baking, Knitting, Ball pythons, Collecting vinyl record, Spongebob Squarepants

Lauren Jorges | AdBuzz VP

Pronouns: She/Her

Lauren is a senior studying Advertising and Public Relations, and will be VP of AdBuzz. Her path to pursuing advertising and PR came with a pit stop as an engineering major and the Division of General Studies, so she’s passionate about helping others find and forge their own unique path into the field. In AdBuzz, she’ll be overseeing the agency, running meetings with Hannah, and making AdBuzz a place where members can learn the tools of industry practitioners, create meaningful work with unique clients, and find their passion in public relations along the way.

Favorites: Baking, Knitting, Ball pythons, Collecting vinyl record, Spongebob Squarepants

Hannah Burke | Adbuzz Account Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Hannah is a senior and studying communication with a minor in public relations. In her second year with AAF, her goal is to gain as much experience as possible and build lasting relationships along the way. When she’s not doing AAF, you can find her in bright orange polo and name tag giving a tour to campus visitors, jamming out to The Rolling Stones, or chugging a cold brew!  Favorites: Tacos, 70’s Rock, Badminton, Salted cold foam cold brew

Hannah Burke | Adbuzz Account Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Hannah is a senior and studying communication with a minor in public relations. In her second year with AAF, her goal is to gain as much experience as possible and build lasting relationships along the way. When she’s not doing AAF, you can find her in bright orange polo and name tag giving a tour to campus visitors, jamming out to The Rolling Stones, or chugging a cold brew!

Favorites: Tacos, 70’s Rock, Badminton, Salted cold foam cold brew

Janet Lee | Community Outreach VP   Pronouns: She/Her  Janet is an Advertising and Computer Science student with a passion to combine the two fields to empower her peers and bring about change in society. As VP of Community Outreach, she seeks to focus on social marketing directed toward the U of I student body via social good campaigning and creative media outlets. This year, the agency will be tackling issues regarding mental health, and aim to raise awareness of the importance of self love and care. Janet loves to try new places to eat on campus so if you’re looking for a food buddy, then she’s the one to call.

Janet Lee | Community Outreach VP

Pronouns: She/Her

Janet is an Advertising and Computer Science student with a passion to combine the two fields to empower her peers and bring about change in society. As VP of Community Outreach, she seeks to focus on social marketing directed toward the U of I student body via social good campaigning and creative media outlets. This year, the agency will be tackling issues regarding mental health, and aim to raise awareness of the importance of self love and care. Janet loves to try new places to eat on campus so if you’re looking for a food buddy, then she’s the one to call.

Tiarah Murry | Community Outreach Account Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Hi I’m Tiarah Golladay-Murry a Junior studying Advertising with a minor in Public Relations. I am the Account Director for Community Outreach for AAF. I would like to describe myself as a person who strives to have impact on communities that often do not get a second look. In my role as Account Director, I work closely with my Vice President and Co Account Director in creating action plans that we want to impact the UIUC community. I lead small groups of 5-10 people to give them direction of what needs to be accomplish such as research, strategy, creative work etc. I also organize ways we can effectively get the message of the social good we as Community Outreach are focussing on to the students of UIUC. I want to leave my mark on this organization by making not only the members but the students on campus more aware of ways we can all take part in social good. With the ultimate goal leaving AAF and UIUC better and more informed than I found it.   Favorites: Black Panther, Fall, Mangos, Rugby

Tiarah Murry | Community Outreach Account Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Hi I’m Tiarah Golladay-Murry a Junior studying Advertising with a minor in Public Relations. I am the Account Director for Community Outreach for AAF. I would like to describe myself as a person who strives to have impact on communities that often do not get a second look. In my role as Account Director, I work closely with my Vice President and Co Account Director in creating action plans that we want to impact the UIUC community. I lead small groups of 5-10 people to give them direction of what needs to be accomplish such as research, strategy, creative work etc. I also organize ways we can effectively get the message of the social good we as Community Outreach are focussing on to the students of UIUC. I want to leave my mark on this organization by making not only the members but the students on campus more aware of ways we can all take part in social good. With the ultimate goal leaving AAF and UIUC better and more informed than I found it.


Favorites: Black Panther, Fall, Mangos, Rugby

Armani Alvarado | Community Outreach Account Director   Pronouns: He/Him  Armani is an advertising student with a minor in communication. On campus, he works on a team of three to help serve the community by working on social good campaigns. When he is back home, Armani enjoys riding his bicycle catching photographs of the best street signs. He is an avid music listener and enjoys attending festivals of all types. In the future, Armani would like to move his focus to event planning and experiential advertising.  Favorites: Tame Impala, Saba Board Games, Running, Skating, Biking, Hiking and anything in between that gets me moving!

Armani Alvarado | Community Outreach Account Director

Pronouns: He/Him

Armani is an advertising student with a minor in communication. On campus, he works on a team of three to help serve the community by working on social good campaigns. When he is back home, Armani enjoys riding his bicycle catching photographs of the best street signs. He is an avid music listener and enjoys attending festivals of all types. In the future, Armani would like to move his focus to event planning and experiential advertising.

Favorites: Tame Impala, Saba Board Games, Running, Skating, Biking, Hiking and anything in between that gets me moving!

Michael Dietrich | CTRL+V VP   Pronouns: He/Him  Michael is a Senior in Advertising with a minor in Cinema Studies. As a cinema geek, Michael is the Vice President of the video production committee CTRL+V, where he leads and teaches members the skill sets used to create professional standard videography and photography. When he isn’t doing these things, he is adding to his 424+ movies he’s seen since starting college, filming his own videos for YouTube, walking down new paths for new experiences, or meeting new people to explore with. Ask him for a hefty movie watch list, and if not, let him know about a new adventure/event he can embark on on campus!  Favorites: Boogie Nights (1997), Paris is Burning (1990), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, BROCKHAMPTON, and suburban sunsets.

Michael Dietrich | CTRL+V VP

Pronouns: He/Him

Michael is a Senior in Advertising with a minor in Cinema Studies. As a cinema geek, Michael is the Vice President of the video production committee CTRL+V, where he leads and teaches members the skill sets used to create professional standard videography and photography. When he isn’t doing these things, he is adding to his 424+ movies he’s seen since starting college, filming his own videos for YouTube, walking down new paths for new experiences, or meeting new people to explore with. Ask him for a hefty movie watch list, and if not, let him know about a new adventure/event he can embark on on campus!

Favorites: Boogie Nights (1997), Paris is Burning (1990), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, BROCKHAMPTON, and suburban sunsets.

CV Hixon | CTRL+V Account Director

Pronouns: He/Him

Captivated by emerging music and visual artists, CV strives to advance his own craft and position himself on upcoming trends. Starting with videography at the age of 18, he began filming concert sets and editing aftermovies. Now a senior majoring in advertising, CV wants to begin a new artistic scene to UIUC. Dedicated to teach and inspire undergraduates, he will host tutorial workshops for CTRL+V members to learn Adobe Premiere and AfterFx. As the new Account Director for CTRL+V, he will acquire fresh clients for members to exercise their newly gained knowledge.

Geno Schellenberger | Midnight Oil VP   Pronouns: He/Him  Geno’s passion for creativity and business strategy lead him to discover his love of advertising. If he was not pursuing a career in advertising he would aim to be a celebrity chef or a high school teacher. With three years of involvement in Midnight Oil, Geno is excited to serve as a mentor to all agency members. His main goal is to create an organic environment that empowers every member to tackle all projects with confidence. Feel free to ask Geno what cooking recipes he has wrecked this week, he will have a long list.

Geno Schellenberger | Midnight Oil VP

Pronouns: He/Him

Geno’s passion for creativity and business strategy lead him to discover his love of advertising. If he was not pursuing a career in advertising he would aim to be a celebrity chef or a high school teacher. With three years of involvement in Midnight Oil, Geno is excited to serve as a mentor to all agency members. His main goal is to create an organic environment that empowers every member to tackle all projects with confidence. Feel free to ask Geno what cooking recipes he has wrecked this week, he will have a long list.

Steph Maurer | Midnight Oil Account Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Stephanie Maurer will serve as the Account Director this year. As the main contact between Midnight Oil and the businesses we partner with, Steph is responsible for administrating client relations, ensuring client satisfaction, and guiding a valuable educational experience for each and every MO member. Steph spends her free time catching live music, watching stand-up comedy, making tunes with friends and creating content for her cat’s fruitful Instagram feed. Steph is currently in hot pursuit to sample every specialty beer on campus before her graduation in 2020.  Favorites: Making music, watching stand-up comedy, strolling in any arboretum, sipping craft-beer, and cats

Steph Maurer | Midnight Oil Account Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Stephanie Maurer will serve as the Account Director this year. As the main contact between Midnight Oil and the businesses we partner with, Steph is responsible for administrating client relations, ensuring client satisfaction, and guiding a valuable educational experience for each and every MO member. Steph spends her free time catching live music, watching stand-up comedy, making tunes with friends and creating content for her cat’s fruitful Instagram feed. Steph is currently in hot pursuit to sample every specialty beer on campus before her graduation in 2020.

Favorites: Making music, watching stand-up comedy, strolling in any arboretum, sipping craft-beer, and cats

Nikky Gary | Midnight Oil Creative Director + AdLab Co-Director   Pronouns: She/Her  This year, Nikky is excited to serve as the creative director of Midnight Oil and co-director of AdLab. She is majoring in Advertising with a minor in creative writing and hopes to tackle the copywriting world post-graduation. You will find Nikky with an Australian Shepard by her side, sipping green tea while watching some branch of the Bachelor franchise. She is inspired by the creativity in the ad world and can't wait to be a mentor and supporter for every creative in AAF.

Nikky Gary | Midnight Oil Creative Director + AdLab Co-Director

Pronouns: She/Her

This year, Nikky is excited to serve as the creative director of Midnight Oil and co-director of AdLab. She is majoring in Advertising with a minor in creative writing and hopes to tackle the copywriting world post-graduation. You will find Nikky with an Australian Shepard by her side, sipping green tea while watching some branch of the Bachelor franchise. She is inspired by the creativity in the ad world and can't wait to be a mentor and supporter for every creative in AAF.

Bryana Serrano | AdLab Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Bryana is a passionate and creative worker, spending her time graphic designing, editing videos, and working in production. She brings her creative wits to Adlab to help members find their own passion and grow. She is a motivated and dedicated person and will strive to help those she can. She's a wiz at multitasking and time management due to all her responsibilities but knows when to put time aside to relax. When she's not dealing with clubs, classes, and work, she's usually chilling with friends or binge watching a new series on hulu.  Favorites: American Horror Story, New Amsterdam, Marvel, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cartoon Network, video games, films, and anything where creativity is key

Bryana Serrano | AdLab Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Bryana is a passionate and creative worker, spending her time graphic designing, editing videos, and working in production. She brings her creative wits to Adlab to help members find their own passion and grow. She is a motivated and dedicated person and will strive to help those she can. She's a wiz at multitasking and time management due to all her responsibilities but knows when to put time aside to relax. When she's not dealing with clubs, classes, and work, she's usually chilling with friends or binge watching a new series on hulu.

Favorites: American Horror Story, New Amsterdam, Marvel, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cartoon Network, video games, films, and anything where creativity is key

Devin Riley | NSAC Project Manager   Pronouns: He/Him  Devin is a Junior majoring in Media & Cinema Studies. This is his first year working with NSAC as Project Manager, but he has also contributed to other AAF agencies (Midnight Oil & Adbuzz) during his time on campus. After graduating, he has plans to work at an agency where he can develop advertisements for radio, films and network television.

Devin Riley | NSAC Project Manager

Pronouns: He/Him

Devin is a Junior majoring in Media & Cinema Studies. This is his first year working with NSAC as Project Manager, but he has also contributed to other AAF agencies (Midnight Oil & Adbuzz) during his time on campus. After graduating, he has plans to work at an agency where he can develop advertisements for radio, films and network television.

Hannah Gong | NSAC Media Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Hannah is a senior majoring in advertising and statistics. She is an enthusiastic explorer who always finds fulfillment by discovering new things. Throughout her studies and internship, she tried lots of different roles as a brand manager, data analyst, and media planner in the industry. This year, as the media director of NSAC, she will collaborate with other directors and oversee the media team in developing media strategy /research/plan and allocating budget for NSAC campaign. Outside AAF, she is passionate about movies and travels. And you can always find her in AACC (Asian American Cultural Center) since she works there as an international education intern.

Hannah Gong | NSAC Media Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Hannah is a senior majoring in advertising and statistics. She is an enthusiastic explorer who always finds fulfillment by discovering new things. Throughout her studies and internship, she tried lots of different roles as a brand manager, data analyst, and media planner in the industry. This year, as the media director of NSAC, she will collaborate with other directors and oversee the media team in developing media strategy /research/plan and allocating budget for NSAC campaign. Outside AAF, she is passionate about movies and travels. And you can always find her in AACC (Asian American Cultural Center) since she works there as an international education intern.

Abby Nagy | NSAC Strategy Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Abby is a junior who is studying advertising and minoring in business. She is also a townie! She first joined NSAC as a sophomore and worked on the research team. Abby loved being in NSAC and enjoyed making new friends, so she decided to come back this year too! She is excited to get started on this year’s campaign and get working as the NSAC Strategy Director. She loves outdoor activities like hiking or running and thinks nature is just the best. Her favorite food is watermelon and she will most definitely end up talking to you about it at some point.

Abby Nagy | NSAC Strategy Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Abby is a junior who is studying advertising and minoring in business. She is also a townie! She first joined NSAC as a sophomore and worked on the research team. Abby loved being in NSAC and enjoyed making new friends, so she decided to come back this year too! She is excited to get started on this year’s campaign and get working as the NSAC Strategy Director. She loves outdoor activities like hiking or running and thinks nature is just the best. Her favorite food is watermelon and she will most definitely end up talking to you about it at some point.

Hitomi Nakamura | NSAC Research Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Hitomi is a senior pursuing an Advertising major. She joined the NSAC team for the first time last year and is excited to jump back onto the team as NSAC’s Research Director. As Research Director, she will oversee the research team’s qualitative and quantitative research initiatives, assisting the discovery and creation of a campaign strategy.  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, painting, hiking and going bowling

Hitomi Nakamura | NSAC Research Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Hitomi is a senior pursuing an Advertising major. She joined the NSAC team for the first time last year and is excited to jump back onto the team as NSAC’s Research Director. As Research Director, she will oversee the research team’s qualitative and quantitative research initiatives, assisting the discovery and creation of a campaign strategy.

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, painting, hiking and going bowling

Vassi Nikolova | OTH VP   Pronouns: She/Her  Vassi is a Senior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Global Markets and Society. She began her journey in AAF as a sophomore and was previously a strategist for her teams in OTH. Vassi is not only passionate about the world of advertising and research, but the world in general. She loves to travel and experience different cultures. As the Vice President of OTH, Vassi wants to create an environment where members can come in without prior experience and without knowing anyone in the agency, and leave feeling satisfied and confident in what they’ve learned and the people they’ve met.

Vassi Nikolova | OTH VP

Pronouns: She/Her

Vassi is a Senior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Global Markets and Society. She began her journey in AAF as a sophomore and was previously a strategist for her teams in OTH. Vassi is not only passionate about the world of advertising and research, but the world in general. She loves to travel and experience different cultures. As the Vice President of OTH, Vassi wants to create an environment where members can come in without prior experience and without knowing anyone in the agency, and leave feeling satisfied and confident in what they’ve learned and the people they’ve met.

Erika Hernandez | OTH Account Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Erika is a rising Junior and will be the Account Director for On the House. Erika will be responsible for gathering clients for OTH and being the face of the agency to clients. Erika has always been a driven and hardworking individual who believes that hard work always pays off. She has learned the value of hard work through her father; therefore, you can always count on her to go above and beyond on anything. Erika wants to help underclassman become passionate, driven, and hard workers to prepare them for success in the future.

Erika Hernandez | OTH Account Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Erika is a rising Junior and will be the Account Director for On the House. Erika will be responsible for gathering clients for OTH and being the face of the agency to clients. Erika has always been a driven and hardworking individual who believes that hard work always pays off. She has learned the value of hard work through her father; therefore, you can always count on her to go above and beyond on anything. Erika wants to help underclassman become passionate, driven, and hard workers to prepare them for success in the future.

Tori Portman | OTH Creative Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Tori is a senior majoring in Advertising. Last spring she was the Creative Director for AbLab and looks forward to mentoring young creatives as Creative Director of On The House. After taking print media classes in high school she fell in love with Adobe Illustrator and is always looking for new and excited things to further her knowledge of the Adobe Suite. Outside of AAF she loves binge watching dog videos online or starting a new DIY project.  Favorites: Gymnastics, Dogs, DIY crafts, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Tori Portman | OTH Creative Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Tori is a senior majoring in Advertising. Last spring she was the Creative Director for AbLab and looks forward to mentoring young creatives as Creative Director of On The House. After taking print media classes in high school she fell in love with Adobe Illustrator and is always looking for new and excited things to further her knowledge of the Adobe Suite. Outside of AAF she loves binge watching dog videos online or starting a new DIY project.

Favorites: Gymnastics, Dogs, DIY crafts, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Indira Midha | Pangaea VP   Pronouns: She/Her  Indira is a senior studying advertising with a passion for all things diversity and inclusion. As Vice President of Pangaea this year, she will be overseeing all agency operations and client work, as well as working hand-in-hand with the Chief Diversity Officer. Indira spent the summer as an account management and strategy intern at Iris Worldwide’s office in downtown Chicago. In her spare time, Indira runs a blog called “Indira’s Inner Beauty” where she talks about music and empowering women. Indira travels to Spain every year to visit family and is always happy to share her many Spanish Spotify playlists.  Favorites: Sunflowers, Rosalía, Portillo’s Chocolate Cake, Madrid

Indira Midha | Pangaea VP

Pronouns: She/Her

Indira is a senior studying advertising with a passion for all things diversity and inclusion. As Vice President of Pangaea this year, she will be overseeing all agency operations and client work, as well as working hand-in-hand with the Chief Diversity Officer. Indira spent the summer as an account management and strategy intern at Iris Worldwide’s office in downtown Chicago. In her spare time, Indira runs a blog called “Indira’s Inner Beauty” where she talks about music and empowering women. Indira travels to Spain every year to visit family and is always happy to share her many Spanish Spotify playlists.

Favorites: Sunflowers, Rosalía, Portillo’s Chocolate Cake, Madrid

Adam Barrera | Pangaea Account Director   Pronouns: He/Him  Adam Barrera is a sophomore from Frankfort, IL studying Advertising, Spanish, and Informatics. He will serve as the Account Director for Pangaea, the multicultural agency, and his duties include overseeing clients and client teams. He will also be running the weekly meetings along with the Vice President and Creative Director. Aside from being involved in AAF, Adam is a campus tour guide, a Student Alumni Ambassador, and a choral member. His interests include acting, singing, music production, photography, and traveling. He is looking forward to a great year in AAF!

Adam Barrera | Pangaea Account Director

Pronouns: He/Him

Adam Barrera is a sophomore from Frankfort, IL studying Advertising, Spanish, and Informatics. He will serve as the Account Director for Pangaea, the multicultural agency, and his duties include overseeing clients and client teams. He will also be running the weekly meetings along with the Vice President and Creative Director. Aside from being involved in AAF, Adam is a campus tour guide, a Student Alumni Ambassador, and a choral member. His interests include acting, singing, music production, photography, and traveling. He is looking forward to a great year in AAF!

Katherine Carney | Pangea Creative Director   Pronouns: She/Her  Katherine is a Sophomore in Advertising and will be the Creative Director for Pangaea. Her responsibilities will include mentoring members with all of the creative content for their clients and encouraging members to create an inclusive campaign. Katherine has always been inspired by art and human interaction which led her to this position.  Favorites: Skiing, Painting, Handmaid’s Tale series, The Office, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sea life Protection

Katherine Carney | Pangea Creative Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Katherine is a Sophomore in Advertising and will be the Creative Director for Pangaea. Her responsibilities will include mentoring members with all of the creative content for their clients and encouraging members to create an inclusive campaign. Katherine has always been inspired by art and human interaction which led her to this position.

Favorites: Skiing, Painting, Handmaid’s Tale series, The Office, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sea life Protection

Erin Nadel | RSVP VP

Pronouns: She/Her

Erin is a junior pursuing a degree in Advertising and a minor in Psychology. As Vice President of RSVP, her responsibilities include overseeing agency operations, leading insightful weekly meetings, and creating a collaborative, and inclusive environment for AAF members to learn, make friends, and collect worthwhile experience in experiential marketing. Erin believes life is a journey to be lived, which is why she is so passionate about working with AAF members to create notable events for its members, as well as for RSVP’s clients. Outside of advertising, Erin is an avid foodie who loves running and traveling.

Kate Bruce | RSVP Account Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Kate is a Junior majoring in advertising with an interest in account management and she will be RSVP’s Account Director. She will be maintaining client relations and helping the committees along the way. She’s the mom friend that always has snacks with her at all times. She’s terrible at lying; to a fault. She loves baking but dreads doing the dishes. She grew up with no TV and no junk food so she still has a lot of catching up to do.

Favorites: Friends on Netflix, Going to bed early, Anything with garlic