The Ad 2 Executive Committee is responsible for providing resources for club leaders across the country, hosting annual Ad 2 conferences, representing the interests of 32-and-younger membership on the AAF Council of Governors, and more. The Executive Committee is comprised of former local chapter Presidents and is elected each year by a Board of Directors of their peers.
Marissa Deslatte, National Chair
I am a Senior Corporate Brand Manager at Nobilis Health in Dallas, Texas. We are a publicly traded healthcare company that owns, operates, manages and partners with several ASCs and Hospitals. In my role, I oversee our Joint Advertising Agreements (JMAs) program. These agreements are between physicians, advertising agencies, and our facilities (25+ Contracts). Additionally, I manage all sales and marketing collateral for our corporate office, 26 facilities, 2 programs, and sales team of 15+. I’m very fortunate to work for an organization that fully supports my role and dreams within Ad 2.
I was first introduced to the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in college where I was a board member of my university’s AAF chapter and where I competed in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). After graduating in 2010 from Texas State University in San Marcos, I began helping out with the Ad 2 Austin and the Austin Ad Fed. In 2012, I moved to Houston and joined Ad 2 Houston as the Education and Co-Communication Chair. My passion and professionalism caused me to be nominated as President six months later. This was a challenge that I was not only willing but also very eager to take on. Together with my team, we grew our Houston Ad 2 club tremendously: 250% increase in membership and over a 150% growth in board positions.
In 2014-2015, I joined the Ad 2 National Executive Committee as Treasurer. Since then, I have served as Secretary, Vice Chair, and I’m currently serving as Chair for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. I love this organization and I’m fully committed to helping our clubs and members in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out as we are here to serve you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kris Solberg, National Vice Chair
My AAF story began immediately after I declared myself as an Advertising major at the University of South Florida, where I served as Co-President of USF Ad Club, and competed on the presentation team in District 4’s National Student Advertising Competition.
After I graduated in 2011, my competitive side was still burning brightly so I joined the Board of Ad 2 Tampa Bay as the Public Service Account Director. Little did I know that the real value I’d get out of our campaign was not found in the competition, but the lives changed within our community and the donated talents of our industry professionals. It was truly a life-changing experience. From then on, my passion for Ad 2 has grown immensely, and I had the pleasure of champion efforts in Education, Government Relations, and Diversity before taking up the mantle as President.
I’ve attributed much of my professional success to my work with Ad 2. I’ve been fortunate enough to develop relationships with clients like Circle K, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Mars Chocolate, Monster Energy, and more. Had it not been for the lessons learned with Ad 2, I could not have handled the intricacies of working with such high-caliber clients with the confidence and understanding I now possess.
In my free time I enjoy playing tabletop board games, reading tarot cards, traveling to new places, seeing live music, and petting adorable puppies.
Allison Farris, National Treasurer
I am extremely passionate about the ad industry. I discovered my passion when I began my love affair with The American Advertising Federation in 2013 as a student at UT Arlington and co-founder of Ad 2 Dallas. By being a fanatical volunteer leader, I learned I was a natural at being an industry connector and motivating working boards of volunteers. I served as president of Ad 2 Dallas in 2015-2016 and led the club to being one of the largest clubs during my term as president.
The more I became involved with AAF, the more I realized that it was my calling. I realized, I would be more effective standing on the advertising sidelines as an industry advocate and supporter instead of aspiring to be a female, modern-day Donald Draper.
I am a DFW native and have a Public Relations degree from UT Arlington, and I’m returning to school in the Spring at SMU to pursue my Masters of Advertising at The Temerlin Institute of Advertising. I l currently live in Fort Worth with my daughter, Elliot, and my two crazy Boston Terriers, Piglet and Bean. In my spare time, you can find me singing on the karaoke stage, spending time with my family, playing board games, binging on Netflix, or dominating in the laser tag arena. True to my Texas roots, I’m always down for boot scootin’ to live music.
Katie Dirks, National Secretary
Under Katherine’s leadership, Ad 2 DC was named Ad 2 National’s Most Excellent Club of 2017. Before that, Katherine served as one of DC’s Public Service Directors and went on to win the Ad 2 National Public Service Competition at ADMERICA in Los Angeles, CA.
Katherine currently works at Remedy Health Media as Sr. Marketing Coordinator.
Marianne Gjerstad, Immediate Past Chair
I first got involved with Ad 2 over 8 years ago, which seems like forever now. I started as a volunteer, helping out with events, and managing Ad 2 Kansas City’s social media accounts. In 2012 I joined the board as the Communications Director and helped push for Kansas City to be affiliated with Ad 2 National. While President, my focus was board retention, increased education outreach, and professional development. I also led Ad 2 KC to participate in Club Achievement for the first time.
Ad 2 has been a launching pad for my career. It has provided me with many personal and professional development opportunities, and the connections I’ve made have helped me land almost every job I’ve had. My current role is Director of Social Media at Barkley.
Kansas City has a very strong relationship with our AAF chapter, a unique corporate membership structure and some stellar programs. I believe these things give me a unique perspective I can bring to the Ad 2 National Executive Committee and allow me to assist in bringing more awareness to Ad 2 throughout AAF. I’m passionate about this organization and would love the opportunity to continue to mentor other clubs and share some of the things I’ve learned along the way.