AMA Triangle board members serve one-year terms, from July to the following June. Each Spring the membership elects a President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Vice Presidents and Directors are appointed by the President.
Kelly Gelinne, President
Kelly Gelinne is the Marketing Manager for Nuventra Pharma Sciences, a drug development consulting company. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan in support of Nuventra’s growth strategy. Before she joined Nuventra, Kelly served in marketing roles at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. and Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLC. In addition to her work with AMA Triangle, she has held leadership roles in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and Raleigh Young Professionals Network (YPN). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world and exploring Durham’s restaurant scene. You can reach Kelly by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracy Russell-Beck, President-Elect
By day, Tracy is a Developer Marketing Manager at Qlik with a mission to build an active and engaged community of developers. Working at a data analytics company, she loves that marketing has become an art and a science. She is also fiercely passionate about using digital innovation to solve puzzles and bring people together. By night, you can find Tracy exploring Raleigh, reading or trying to learn new things. In fact, she completed her MBA from North Carolina State University in 2016. She’s currently learning to code. You can reach Tracy by emailing her at email@example.com.
Leah Harris, Immediate Past President
Leah Harris is a Content + Programming Strategist for the Digital Summit Series – curating 18 digital marketing conferences across the US serving 25,000+ marketers. A passion for creating valuable experiences for organizations, communities, and individuals drives her career. She has strong beliefs in helping other succeed, building strong networks, and continuous learning. Her creative side (having worked in both the interior design and event planning industries) allows her to see things from a different perspective, go beyond the status quo, and bring uniqueness to the marketing world. You can reach Leah by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Godwin, Secretary
Lauren is a Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford that furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In her role, she develops and executes marketing strategy for a diverse portfolio of academic journals. She is a native North Carolinian, but spent time living in Jackson Hole, WY and Bend, OR after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. She fondly remembers her “Western Tour,” but is happy to back in NC. She recently purchased a home which she sees as her next big adventure. You can reach Lauren by emailing her at email@example.com.
Matt Illuzzi, Treasurer
Matt is an analytical, forward-thinking leader in finance and operations. He’s a Principal and Chief Operating Officer at icimo, a tech company in Raleigh. Matt offers practical and innovative solutions in the areas of strategic planning, operational effectiveness, accounting compliance and marketing communications. He’s an alum of the Business School at Rutgers University in New Jersey, with a degree in Accounting. In addition to the AMA, he serves on the board of the PRSA’s local chapter in a finance role as well as on the Advisory Board of Band Together. You can reach Matt by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John-Paul Schick, General Counsel
John-Paul is a founding partner of the law firm Ortiz & Schick, PLLC, which focuses on business law, commercial real estate, construction law, and civil litigation. John-Paul and his firm provide transaction and dispute resolution advice to clients big and small, from restaurants to marketing firms, to general contractors, to IT firms, to commercial real estate developers. Their motto is, “Big firm expertise, without the big firm.” John-Paul is a graduate of Davidson College and received his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Born and raised in Venezuela, John-Paul is fluent in Spanish. He lives in Durham with his wife, Stacy, and their two sons. He is active with the PFA at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School. John-Paul is an avid fan of 1980’s hair metal and rock n’ roll. You can reach John-Paul by emailing him at email@example.com.
Danny Rosin, Vice President of Partnerships
Danny hopelessly falls in love with a lot of people he meets. The homeless man playing saxophone tirelessly in 96 degree heat. The checkout lady at Whole Foods who has purple hair, 14 nose rings and smells like 4 days ago who smiles invitingly and asks to donate $1 to a local cause. The man who has swept the floors of The Berkley for 29 years and explains that his grandma taught him about true work ethic and that kids today, just do not get it. He is the President of Brand Fuel, a full-service, free-spirited promotional products agency that helps its clients elevate their brands. He is also the active co-founder of Band Together, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that uses live music as a platform for social change that has donated $8.5 million to The Triangle community. Danny is a tireless community builder, always on the look out to help others. You can reach Danny by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane Aull, Vice President of Communications
An accomplished marketing communications professional, Diane is currently employed as the Website Manager for Acroprint Time Recorder Company in Raleigh. She favors judicious use of the Oxford comma, strongly supports one space following a period, and is a stickler for parallel construction in bullet points. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework, watching science and history documentaries, and writing about herself in the third person. She is an unrepentant Monkees fan and will do almost anything for you if you give her enough chocolate. You can reach Diane by emailing her at email@example.com.
Pam Williams, Vice President of Membership
Pam helps people-centered organizations reach their goals through high touch experiences. She is the founder of PROMOQUEST, Inc., where she leverages customized promotional solutions to build loyalty. As a certified advisor for the Fascination Advantage®, she combines her magnetic insights with the power of promotional products for customer connection, team building and employee engagement.
Pam is a past president of the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) where she also served as Director of Public Policy and remains an active member. Currently, she is on the President’s Assembly Steering Committee at NAWBO National. Prior to her role as VP of Membership for AMA Triangle, she was the Director of Member Orientation. You can reach Pam by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Zappulla, Vice President of Programming
Jessica Zappulla is a recent graduate of NC State’s Jenkins MBA program. With a passion for strategy and healthcare she works in medical communications at Merz North America. She can usually be found in a used bookstore or taking photos around town. You can reach Jessica by emailing her at Jessica.email@example.com.
Diane Stadlen, Vice President of Sponsorship
Diane is no rookie having served at both the local and national level of several non-profits and professional organizations. A seasoned marketing and agency veteran, Diane is bringing a wealth of experience in strategy, client service, research, events project/program execution and more to the AMA Triangle Board. Her knowledge and background spans companies and product categories from agriculture to technology in B2B and B2C, which positions her to be a great counselor and resource for our varied sponsors here in the Triangle. You can reach Diane by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Misty Wilson, Vice President of Community Relations
With over 10 years of digital marketing and PR experience, Misty’s focused primarily on campaign management, product marketing, lead generation, strategic email marketing, marketing automation, social media, PR, content creation, branding, SEM/PPC, and analytics. As a result, she’s developed the rare talent of being just as creative as she is analytical. Though marketing will always be her passion, she sees the industry aligning itself with the tech and data world more and more every day. As a result, she works alongside Data Scientists as she dives deeper into the world of coding and Tableau by day, while becoming increasingly involved in freelancing to fulfill her creative passions in marketing at night. You can reach Misty by emailing her at Misty.Wilson@amatriangle.org.
Tricia Lucas, Vice President of Employment Services
Tricia is the Co-Founder of Lucas Select, Inc., an award-winning recruiting firm, and has over 25 years experience with technology companies in sales, marketing, recruiting, and business development roles. She is a published author in The Huffington Post, CBS Small Business Pulse, Recruiter.com, SheKnows.com, Jobvite.com, Bust.com, and Ellevate.com.
In addition to nine startups, Tricia’s experience includes roles at IBM, SAS, NSTAR Global Services, and QMS. Tricia holds an MBA, is an Advisory Director of Social Recruiting Practices for Career Odyssey, and has served as AMA Triangle Job Bank Director, Transitions Link + Think Co-Chair, and VP of Sponsorships. She is also a devoted supporter of Animal Welfare issues, with roles as HSUS District Leader and NC Voters for Animal Welfare, Second Chance, and the SPCA. You can reach Tricia by emailing her at email@example.com.
Elizabeth Ruf, Vice President of High Five
Elizabeth Ruf is a digital marketer with a passion for making a difference through her work. In her role as a Brand Marketing Manager for Walk West, Elizabeth manages the ins and outs of all internal marketing efforts, elevating the work Walk West does on a daily and weekly basis. Driven by caffeine and good music, she loves the collaborative energy in the Triangle. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC Asheville and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration. You can reach Liz by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jared Brickman, Vice President At Large
Emerging technology is changing the way people live, work, and play. But change can cause buyers to put up barriers. To overcome them, Jared Brickman helps Fortune 100 brands — like IBM and Spectrum — execute branding and content initiatives that capture attention, earn trust, and drive results. Currently, Jared directs marketing campaigns at PrecisionHawk, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based commercial drone leader. You can reach Jared at email@example.com.
Christine Johnson, Executive Director
Christine keeps the engines running smoothly at AMA Triangle. She expertly manages our day-to-day operations and is often the first point of contact for people inquiring about the AMA and the Triangle chapter.