NSAC District Coordinators

District 1: Darah Rifkin, Katelyn Stokes, Lauren Turner

Darah Rifkin

Darah Rifkin started her career in advertising at Roberts+Langer, DDB, a full-service creative agency on Madison Avenue specializing in beauty and fashion. She then moved to the ad giant Havas Worldwide and is currently an Account Supervisor, managing a number of well-known home care brands at the agency’s New York office. Darah graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication in 2010. As a student, she participated in NSAC for 3 years. Post-graduation, Darah decided to continue her involvement in NSAC and become District 1 Coordinator.

Darah Rifkin

Katelyn Stokes is an integrated marketing specialist at AMP Agency. She began her career in the bright lights of New York City at a large ad agency in the account services department. When returning to Boston, she joined AMP Agency as a Corporate Communications Manager. In this role, she leads AMP’s corporate marketing efforts, corporate culture initiatives and the agency brand. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University, receiving her Bachelors of Science in Communication. During her time at BU, she competed in the National Student Advertising Competition. She's excited to help coordinate the District 1 NSAC competition as she believes NSAC provides students with an invaluable experience.

Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner is currently a copywriter at AMP Agency in Boston. She graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2013, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Creative Advertising. Lauren is also a veteran NSAC participant. During her time at JWU, she worked as a copywriter on State Farm, JCPenney, Nissan and Glidden. She is excited to be working with District 1 and is a strong supporter of NSAC and the opportunities it presents for students. She would like to wish all of this year’s competing schools good luck.


District 2: Cynthia Park, Leslie Winthrop

Leslie Winthrop

Leslie Winthrop, often times characterized as the "Madison Avenue Matchmaker," joined the Advertising Agency Register (now AAR Partners) in 1980, to help launch the AAR concept in the United States. Noting that Leslie has personally conducted over 1,500 successful agency searches doesn’t begin to describe the breadth and depth of her knowledge. Since co-founding AAR North America in 1980, Leslie has counseled top executives in virtually every field and is dedicated to ensuring that each client-agency relationship is strong, successful, and long lasting.

Since 2005, she has gone one step further to support the agency's new business department by co-founding a powerful new business resource tool, called Access Confidential, which has become the ‘go-to’ central intelligence hub for the new business executive.

Being dedicated to only the business world isn’t enough for Leslie. She has served as Chair of the Marketing Communications Group of the UJA Federation of New York, past President and Foundation Chair of The Advertising Club (of New York), past Governor and still serves on the Executive Member Committee of District Two, AAF, has sat on the Board of Directors of the University Settlement House, and has held a Corporate Seat on the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation.

Leslie earned a BA in 1970 and an MBA in marketing in 1972 from Baruch College of the City University of New York. Leslie lives primarily in Manhattan with her husband Robert and her two Teacup Yorkies, Cagney and Lacey, whom you can usually find in her office or by her side.


District 3: Amanda Longo, Gail Williams

Gail Williams

Gail Williams is Sales & Marketing Director for Business Today, and is celebrating her tenth year as Third District Coordinator. She received the "Legion of Excellence Award" in August 2007 from the Third District Board for her work with the NSAC, and the AAF-Charlotte Silver Medal Award in 2009. Her 30-year media career has included sales jobs in broadcast TV, radio, Time Warner Media and outdoor advertising, as well as print sales and management. She is also active on the executive board of AAF–Charlotte and is currently serving as Education chair. Williams is married and has two grown daughters, the oldest of whom is the past AAF–Charlotte President and current Addy co-chair.


District 4: Ginger Reichl, Jennifer Jones

Ginger Reichl, president of Pinstripe Marketing, is an accomplished entrepreneur, marketing consultant and speaker with nearly 20 years of experience working with Fortune 100 companies, AmLaw 100 firms, private companies, start-ups and non-profits. She is the agency’s chief marketing strategist, specializing in brand development, strategic planning and public relations. She founded Pinstripe Marketing in 1998 to serve the professional services market – helping lawyers, accountants, doctors, architects, engineers and other entrepreneurs tailor their practices into profitable businesses. A graduate of Florida State University’s prestigious advertising program, Ginger has served on the boards of the American Marketing Association, 4th District American Advertising Federation, Legal Marketing Association, Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association, as well as local non-profits Brookwood Florida, St. Petersburg Museum of History and SPCA Tampa Bay.


District 5: Tim Klinger

Tim Klinger

Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Tim migrated slightly west for his career in advertising. He began at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and upon graduation, found a job and a home in Akron, Ohio. Tim is now creative director at Kleidon & Associates, a full-service marketing communications firm. He has guided award-winning creative for a diverse variety of clients, with his work being recognized on local, regional and national levels along the way. An AAF member for most of his career, Tim has been an ADDY chair, club president (AAF Akron), ADDY judge and currently NSAC Coordinator for AAF District 5. During his term as president of AAF Akron, he guided an incredible recovery of a club that was near failing.

Aside from his accolades and awards, Tim is a proud father of a college sophomore and part of the 1% of Americans who watch hockey on television.


District 6: Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald is the Principal/Executive Creative Director at Designworks Advertising, the ad agency he founded in 1998. The agency has been honored over the years to accept many awards, including numerous ADDY’s on behalf of their great client-partners. His AAF life began in 2000 with a director position on the board of his home-club, AAF Greater Flint. He went on to serve three consecutive years as ADDY Chair, then three and a half consecutive years as President. From there he moved up through the succession track of the AAF District 6 leadership first as director, then Lt. Governor, Governor-Elect and NSAC Chair, and finally becoming Governor in 2012, and now serves as District Chairman for the 2013-1014 year. Additionally, he was honored to receive the AAF Silver Medal Award in 2011 form his home club, AAF Greater Flint.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Michigan and loves his Wolverines! He has been involved in his local community over the years by volunteering his time and talent to serve on many boards and to various projects for organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, the Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County, the Flint Children’s Museum, the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

Chris is married and has two boys (ages 9 and 7), and a daughter (age 2). He head coaches both boys’ teams in baseball and football, and assists coaching for basketball. When there is a spare moment (which is very rare), he enjoys watching college sports, always having a project to do, and vacationing with his family.


District 7: Michelle Arena

Michelle Arena

Michelle Arena is the Director of Marketing & Business Development for Legacy Community Federal Credit Union, in Birmingham, AL and has 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising with a strong history in the financial industry.

She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and was a member of the award-winning 1995 University of Alabama NSAC team. Michelle has been honored to accept many awards over the years, including the 2005 AAF 7th District President of the Year award. She has served AAF Birmingham and the 7th District in numerous roles and is excited to serve as the current NSAC chair.


District 8: Josh Barsch

Josh Barsch

Josh Barsch is the founder of StraightForward Interactive, one of the oldest pure PPC/SEM agencies in the United States. StraightForward provides Google Adwords management, consulting and training to companies across the globe, from small-business bootstrappers to well-known corporations like Wal-Mart, University of Phoenix and eBay. He's a frequent speaker to AAF clubs on online advertising topics.

Josh also founded the StraightForward Media Scholarships program, which has awarded over $100,000 in tuition money to students worldwide since 2003. He's the author of "Confessions of a Scholarship Judge: How to Win More Scholarships By Learning What Judges Hate." He's currently the 2nd Lieutenant Governor for AAF District 8, an ADDY Judge and a four-time judge of the Nebraska College Media Awards.

He lives in Rapid City, S.D., with his wife Christina, daughter Mia and sons Ezra and Lorenzo.


District 9: Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy is an Account Executive at OnMedia Television Advertising in Dubuque, Iowa.

She is a former President and Social Director of AAF–Dubuque and current Past President. Shannon is involved locally in the Dubuque Community as a Best Fest Committee Member and served on the Board of Directors for the Professional Women’s Initiative in Galena, IL.

Shannon is a two-time Shining Star for OnMedia and 2011 AAF Dubuque Member of the Year. In 2013, she was selected as District 9 President of the Year, and AAF-Dubuque was selected as D9 Club of the Year.


District 10: Susan Bramsch

Susan Bramsch

Susan has been in the advertising, marketing and public relations field for more than thirty years. Known for her high levels of integrity, energy and dedication, Susan was the founding COO and Executive Director during the building and opening of the Oklahoma Aquarium. Susan also founded her own advertising and public relations firm, Sterling Integrated Communications, that earned her numerous awards including Oklahoma Redbud Awards, Tulsa Metro Chamber Small Business Person of the Year, SBA Oklahoma Woman in Business Advocate of the Year, Tulsa Metro Chamber Woman in Business Advocate of the Year, Tulsa Better Business Bureau's National Integrity Award for Marketplace Ethics, and more than 200 creative advertising and public relations awards. Susan is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and serves on five different nonprofit board of directors including Immediate Past President of AAF Tulsa. Now semi-retired, Susan serves as the Executive Director and CEO of The Tristesse Grief Center, a nonprofit organization that provides professional counseling and grief support groups for those who have lost a loved one.


District 11: Patti Cody


District 12: Maresa Thompson

Maresa Thompson has been a dedicated AAF volunteer since 2007. She served on AAF New Mexico's board in a variety of positions and during her presidency in 2010-2011 the club successfully paid of $22K in credit card debt and became financially stable by a revamped Public Service Media program that brings $90K into the club and $450K in in-kind media sponsorships.

Currently, Maresa is honored to serve AAF on the district level and is the 2nd Lt. Governor of AAF- District 12 (which is not entirely unlike the District 12 in the movie the Hunger Games).

In her day gig, Maresa is the Marketing and Creative Director for Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and is responsible for the brand positioning for 7 hotels and 10 restaurants and bars in New Mexico. She is proud to have contributed to national and international award-winning teams whose awards include HSMAI Adrian Awards Interactive Best in Show, WebAward, MarCom Award, and several others. In 2013 she was recognized by Albuquerque Business First as a Top 40 Under Forty in the most competitive applicant pool to date. Recognized as an expert in her field, she has presented at several local, regional and national interactive and marketing conferences. She performs a juggling act with her tasks which vary from: Art Direction, Public Relations, Social Media, Advertising, Video Production/Editing, Graphic Design, Website Development, Project Management, Copy-writing, and occasionally: Sherpa, Magician, Cowgirl and/or Drama Queen.


District 13: Paul Lam

Paul Lam

Paul Lam is the Marketing Manager for Media and PR at Servco Pacific Inc., a top 15 Hawaii corporation. He currently manages the media buying and public relations for in-house clients such as the Toyota Dealers of Hawaii, Lexus Dealers of Hawaii, Scion Dealers of Hawaii and the Subaru Dealers of Hawaii. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he is the current Governor of AAF District 13 and serving his fourth year as the NSAC District Coordinator for D13.


District 14: Jocelyn Lee, Diane Rames

Diane Rames has held senior leadership roles for the Gannett Corporation, The San Jose Mercury News, The Contra Costa Times, The Rocky Mountain News and The San Francisco Independent Newspaper Group.

Diane became involved with College Media in May 2003 as the General Manager of the Daily Californian, the non-profit, student-media company on the UC Berkeley campus. Diane began working with the NSAC program in 2004.

For the past 14 years, Diane has consulted in project management, media relations, PR, advertising and strategic positioning. She represents a wide variety of retail and service businesses regionally and nationally including, the Better Business Bureau, Diamond King Saw Blades, various Chambers of Commerce, and media companies.

Diane is the Immediate Past President and current Chair of the Board of the Greater San Francisco Advertising Club (www.gsfac.org).


District 15: Sandy King

Sandy King

Currently assisting corporate recruiters and local HR managers with employment fulfillment needs in Orange County CA and surrounding Southern California areas, Sandy King’s professional advertising experience includes Co-op Advertising Administrator for the Southwest Regional Network of Freedom Communications; Territory Manager for Sales & Product Distribution of Multi-Ad Services Inc.; Senior Advertising Consultant for Valley Media Inc., and Senior Premise Sales Representative for 1st Choice Local Directories.

Throughout her advertising career, Sandy has developed secure media relations, created effective marketing strategies and provided practical and innovative consulting services while maintaining high ethical standards. Her involvement with AAF has fueled her dedication and commitment to the industry. She served two terms as president of the AAF–Inland Empire (formally Inland Empire Ad Club) and was then elected Governor of AAF District 15. She currently serves as AAF D15 Education Chair & NSAC Coordinator, AAF Western Region Immediate Past Chair and Vice President of the Orange County Ad Federation.