DISTRICT 6 OFFICERS
All of your district officers are available to help with your AAF needs.
Lamar of Evansville
4201 E Morgan Ave
Evansville, IN 47715
Andy's background includes managing sales operations for television, radio and multimedia channels as well idea generation and creative consulting. He has spent the majority of his time in data-driven digital sales channels, developing new revenue sources and territories, and creating new positions in departments based on the demand of these new channels. His past experience in marketing and advertising along with team leadership and effective financial management led him to working for the Catholic Church and creating new opportunities to promote Catholic Education in Southwestern, Indiana where he served as President of Mater Dei High School from 2019 - 2021. He has also been President of the American Advertising Federation for Greater Evansville where he has served in that capacity for 2 years. He is a graduate of the University of Evansville and also Murray State where he earned his MBA. Andy is currently the National Sales Manager for Lamar Advertising of Evansville and an adjunct professor for the University of Southern Indiana.
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
222 NW Sixth Street
Evansville, IN 47708
Lisa Verkamp, Marketing Director for the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, has been in the advertising industry since 2004 and made the leap onto the client side in 2013 working as a department of one managing all marketing and communications for the YMCA. She has served on the Board of Directors for AAF-Greater Evansville since 2009, having served in every major executive role throughout her tenure. Verkamp is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, where she also teaches as an adjunct instructor of Advertising Strategy in addition to her full-time work at the YMCA.
Purdue University Northwest
2200 169th St, Anderson 382
Hammond, IN 46323
hansonm [at] pnw.edu
Matt is a 20+ year veteran in the digital marketing space. He juggles a lot of projects on a weekly basis including running the digital marketing efforts for his clients, leading the digital marketing curriculum at Purdue University Northwest, running a student-focused ad agency and digital marketing competition, and acts as both the Director of External Engagement for the College of Business and the Director of the White Lodging Professional Selling Lab at Purdue Northwest.
He has been part of winning work for various American Advertising Awards in the past, and he even led a team of students to win the National Student Advertising Competition in 2014 for Mary Kay – who knew makeup was going to be his specialty? Most recently, he was recently accepted into the Society of Innovators who celebrate the most innovative ideas in Northern Indiana.
BK Design Co.
6228 Churchman Way
Indianapolis, IN 46237
20 years. Yeah, its hard to believe, but I have been a designer for over two decades. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, I grew up always drawing and sketching. After getting a degree rom Purdue University in Visual Communications and Design with a minor in Photography, I then moved back my hometown that I love, Indy. I got my start in printing, then moved on to
the agency side of the industry several years later. Since then I have been at a handful of agencies over the last 14 years. In early 2020, I decided to switch gears and go out on my own. Timing wasnʼt the best (COVID), but just like working with any client, I find solutions for any situation. No matter if working with large global brands or with small nonprofits, i love to solve
their creative needs. I love design, branding and developing new creative. Hopefully I can continue to do that for another 20!
John K. Addis
908 E Mount Hope Ave
East Lansing, MI 48823
John has been active in new media production since the very beginning of the web. A nationally award-winning designer, John has personally tackled more than 500 unique projects for businesses, organizations, and individuals. His work has been discussed and highlighted in local and national press, including CBS News, CNN's Lou Dobbs, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and even parodied on The Tonight Show.
Whether in his capacity as Chief Strategist for client campaigns or through his hobbies of music, writing, and photography, John is passionate about the creative process and enjoys the personal challenges behind every endeavor. He currently owns and operates Addis Enterprises, a 15-person full-service design and marketing firm in Lansing, Michigan.
Associate Instructor, Advertising
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Bridget Lescelius holds an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; MS in Public Relations from Boston University; BS in Radio-TV from Southern Illinois University. She is currently working on her Ed.D. in Higher Education.
Her career spans over 30 years in advertising and marketing, including vice president and partner of Spark in Phoenix, Arizona; senior associate of marketing at the Institute for Supply Management in Tempe, Arizona; partner at The Big Idea, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia; senior account executive at The Washington Agency in Washington, D.C.
She was responsible for the development and execution of marketing plans and programs, managed and directed client marketing/communications strategies, public relations efforts, and market research projects. Bridget has worked with a wide variety of clients, from engineering firms, economic development and tourism interests to government agencies, associations, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Bridget returned to her alma mater in 2017 as an instructor of advertising at Southern Illinois University’s School of Journalism and Advertising where she teaches a variety of advertising classes from copywriting to digital advertising. She has three sons: Sam, Noah and Ben, the youngest one who just graduated college. To her surprise, Bridget was the ultimate soccer mom, with two of the boys playing college soccer. All three have successfully launched in Tucson, New York City and St. Louis. Which makes her very grateful and very proud. Her husband Mike runs a music recording studio, serving the southern Illinois area.
Immediate Past Governor/Chair
4703 N. University Street
Peoria, IL 61614
Beth is the owner and founder of Curvology, an exclusively plus size boutique which was founded in 2018. Beth also owns B&E Fireworks which was founded in 2011 and Cedar Point Fireworks, Illinois' first brick & mortar fireworks superstore in 2021. She is in creator of the social marketing for all of the businesses. Beth joined the local AAF Peoria board in 2015 after attending the local American Advertising Awards. Since then, Beth has served several years on her local board as AAA Chair, Vice President and President.
Student District Officer
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
1100 Lincoln Ave. Room 1205
Ryan Edwards is a senior attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale majoring in Advertising. He has served as the Vice President of Saluki AdLab, a student-run advertising agency, since 2021. Working with local, regional, and state businesses, including the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Public Health, he has experience in developing and creating social media plans, print media, websites, and graphic designs. He has participated in the NSAC competition in 2021 and 2022, placing 1st and 2nd in the district.
He is a Chicago native and hopes to gain knowledge, experience and good memories as the first student member of the District 6 Board, working alongside these experienced and talented professionals.