Board of Directors




2015_CAMA_Board_web-010Andrew Barton, President
Andrew Barton Designs
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Andrew Barton believes in building relationships with his clients to create graphic communication tools that will build their business and grow their brand. With a decade of experience, Andrew now runs Andrew Barton Design, focusing on logo/branding, illustration, graphic design for web, print and animated motion videos.

Some of Andrew’s clients include Cooper River Bridge Run, Southeastern Wildlife Expo, St. Andrew’s Park Circle, The Ridley Institute, William Means Real Estate, Artfields Festival and Mill Village Farms

As a member of the Charleston American Marketing Association, Andrew has created numerous event graphics and a new chapter logo, earning him a Volunteer of the Year award.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-008Erin Danly, President-Elect
Lowcountry Copywriter
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Erin is a freelance content marketing writer based in Charleston, SC. She writes web and blog content, ebooks, articles and other content marketing pieces for small to mid-sized businesses. Erin also helps solo entrepreneurs with online marketing strategy. Local publications she’s written for include Mount Pleasant Magazine, North Charleston Magazine and The Post and Courier.

Before moving to Charleston in early 2011 and starting her company Lowcountry Copywriter, Erin worked as the lab manager at the Primate Cognition Lab at Columbia University in New York City. Before that, she was an assistant pastry chef at the Essential Baking Company in Seattle. She received her Bachelors in Music from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.

In her free time, Erin dances tango, organizes an Italian language & culture group, sings with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and is an active playwright. She lives in Mt. Pleasant with her fiancé and her greyhound.


2015_CAMA_Board_web-004Ellen Patterson, Treasurer
Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG)
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Ellen has over 19 years of marketing and business development experience. In her role as Marketing Coordinator on DHG’s marketing team, Ellen is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the region’s annual marketing and business development plan, as well as events, social media programs and sponsorships designed to expand the firm’s presence in the local business community. In 2014, Ellen was recognized as being one of the 10 Most Engaged U.S. Marketers by LinkedIn.

Prior to joining DHG, Ellen was a sales and marketing professional for tax and accounting software companies including PeopleSoft, SunGard and CCH. Ellen has over 20 years’ experience working directly with financial and tax accounting professionals, including 17 years developing, training, marketing and selling in the software industry.

Ellen has been very involved in DHG’s Women Forward initiative. Women Forward’s mission is to recruit, develop and retain best-in-class women and to further advance and support women in our communities and beyond through learning and leadership. She is also on the Community Advisory Board for the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the College of Charleston.

Ellen resides in Mt. Pleasant with her two teenaged daughters. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, kayaking, yoga, running and weight lifting.


2015_CAMA_Board_web-007Whittney Prasek, Secretary
Holy City Hospitality
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Whittney joined Holy City Hospitality in 2012 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for the marketing, communications and brand development efforts of Holy City Hospitality, proudly representing 39 Rue de Jean, Coast Bar and Grill, Virginia’s on King, The Islander, Victor Social Club, Vincent Chicco’s, Michael’s on the Alley, Good Food Catering and The Historic Rice Mill.

Whittney is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Her path to a fast paced and results focused career in marketing became clear at 15 years old while on The Today Show with her High School cheerleading squad. She was intrigued and enthused by the behind-the-scenes planning and coordination, asking each person with a clipboard and headset what they did and what their college major was. From that day forth she was fiercely committed to marketing and public relations strategies.

Previous to her current position, Whittney accrued more than 7 years of experience as a Marketing Executive at Village Voice Media. Whittney lead the Dallas and Fort Lauderdale markets in event implementation, branding, and digital strategies. She landed in Charleston in 2012, where she found her home within the Holy City Hospitality team.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-001Holly A. Fisher, MMC, Immediate Past President
H.A.F. Creative
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Holly manages freelance writing, editing and communications projects through her business, H.A.F. Creative. She spent about 10 years in the newspaper business and also two years working in public relations and social media marketing before starting her own business in November 2011. Her work has been published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, The Post and Courier, Charleston Living, Lowcountry Parent, AARP Bulletin and more. She also manages public relations for a number of Charleston area nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Holly is the editor of Traveler of Charleston magazine, a quarterly visitor publication, and handles social media for the magazine.

Aside from her work with Charleston AMA, she is also immediate past president of Postpartum Support Charleston and a member of the Center for Women, Charleston Femfessionals, Lowcountry Local First and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011 she was honored as a Forty Under 40 winner by the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Holly has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master of mass communication from the University of South Carolina. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, daughter and three dogs. If she’s not working, she’s probably doing CrossFit.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-011Katie Biondo, Director of Marketing & Communications
Advantage Media Group
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Katie is a Marketing Associate at Advantage Media Group, an international publishing company based in Charleston, SC. She is responsible for corporate marketing initiatives including public relations and communications, trade show management and event planning, and content creation, including social media management. She also assists with designing marketing collateral and is an active member of Advantage’s Learn & Grow Committee, an internal collaborative group that plans activities and events focused on fun, learning, and volunteering for fellow Team Members.

Originally from Flemington, NJ, Katie moved to Charleston in 2013 and has come to enjoy life as a Southerner (especially the hospitality and pimento cheese). Katie holds a BFA from Virginia Tech (Class of 2011) where she studied Studio Art and minored in Art History. Forever a Hokie, Katie enjoys watching Tech football and loves anything maroon and orange.

An active member of the Junior League of Charleston, she currently serves as the Print Publications Committee Chair where she is responsible for managing the planning, design, and creation of the chapter’s magazine, Cobblestones. Katie is also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni and Virginia Tech Alumni chapters of Charleston.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-003Don Oswalt, Director of Membership
Nelson Printing
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Don, the King of Sales at Nelson Printing in Charleston, South Carolina, has been in the printing industry for more than 30 years, learning the trade from his step grandfather in a small Northeastern Oregon town called La Grande. Working in his step grandfather’s shop created a passion for excellence and quality when it came to printing. Running presses and the production process was a valuable experience that Don will always cherish. That knowledge and experience has helped set him apart from others in his industry when it comes to paper, ink and special options. Don is kind, patient and easy to work with. He believes his greatest skill is listening to his clients’ needs and helping them reach their goals with each project.

Don enjoys sailing, swimming, biking, competing in triathlons and running. He ran his first marathon in Washington, DC in October 2010 and his first Boston marathon on his 50th birthday in April 2014. Don has been a member of the Historic Downtown Rotary Club since 2003 and a part of the Charleston AMA since 2010.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-005Ted deLoach, Director of Sponsorhip
Ted deLoach, Marketing Services
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After over 16 years of supporting his family’s business and its subsequent merger with the Indexx brand of companies, Ted has launched a new venture – Ted deLoach, Marketing Services. The blessing of experience, trusted advisers and previous business partners led him to bring all these resources to bear on behalf of his clients. Ted offers completely integrated marketing, advertising and printing services for businesses and brings perspective, knowledge and passion to connect clients with the tools they need to more effectively execute their strategy.

When not focused on marketing, Ted enjoys outdoor activities and preparing great meals with his wife, Martine.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-002Michael Varnadore, Director of Special Events
Pink Flamingo Group
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Michael currently oversees and runs two companies that he successfully established. In 1997, Michael successfully established his own company, A Stuart Laurence Salon, in downtown Charleston. For more than 15 years, he has applied his strategic business approach by embracing and adjusting to market changes and other specific changes on the customer service aspect while focusing on client retention to generate significant revenue growth. Michael later on founded the Pink Flamingo Group, an event equipment rental service that provides lighting, décor, and draping services as well as event and wedding planning as profit centers. He attributes his successful career to his ability to earn the trust of people, as evidenced in the relationships he has built with his associates and clients throughout his career.

Michael studied at College of Charleston for his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with minor in Business, and later on took up further education at the University of Charleston for his Master of Education. Committed to honing his skills and knowledge, Michael imparts his talents in several organizations including Community of Wedding and Event Innovators, American Marketing Association and Charleston Bridal Association.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-006Kimberly McCollum, Director of Community Relations
The Brandon Agency
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From her first day in a PR class at UNC-Chapel Hill, Kimberly knew she was hooked on the public relations industry.

As the current associate PR director at The Brandon Agency, Kimberly is responsible for helping to lead the PR efforts for the agency’s clients. She has more than 10 years of public relations experience, with an emphasis on media relations, corporate and investor relations, community relations and branding launches.

Kimberly began her career in Las Vegas in 2005, working on clients such as Blue Man Group, Tiffany & Co., MGM Mirage and Madame Tussauds. Since moving from Sin City to the Holy City in 2010, Kimberly has provided PR services to clients such as MWV (MeadWestvaco), CresCom Bank, Wild Dunes Resort, the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah, Southern Tide and Williams Knife Co.

While she has only been in Charleston for five years, Kimberly is an active member of the Charleston community and social scene, and has a great familiarity and love for the Lowcountry and South Carolina that she brings to her clients, coworkers, family and friends.

2015_CAMA_Board_web-009Kelly Jones, Director of Programming
South Carolina Aquarium
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Kelly is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the South Carolina Aquarium, where she is responsible for community outreach, email marketing, copywriting and editing. Previously, she served as the Marketing Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville, Tennessee while serving in AmeriCorps. She is passionate about marketing for nonprofits, a career path she chose after completing an internship at Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. She enjoys addressing the unique challenge that a nonprofit faces to tell stories that inspire the public while also securing the resources to accomplish its mission.

Originally from Delaware, Kelly moved to South Carolina to attend Furman University and made Charleston her home in 2014. When she’s not working, you might find her brewing beer, running, or exploring Charleston’s many attractions and restaurants.