Departments & Staff


SARAH TRAHERN Chief Executive Officer
MECHALLE MYERS Executive Assistant


Awards and Industry Relations

BRANDI SIMMS Senior Director of Awards and Industry Relations
BRENDEN OLIVER Manager of Awards and Industry Relations
ANGELA ROLAND Awards and Industry Relations Assistant


Business Affairs

KEVIN WILSON Senior Vice President of Business Affairs
AARON HARTLEY Director of Administrative Services
MEREDITH GOUCHER Business Affairs Coordinator



WENDY PEARL Vice President of Corporate Communications
JAY JONES Director of Media Relations
KRISTA DIAL Manager of Media Relations
COURTNEY BEEBE Communications Manager


Community Outreach

TIFFANY KERNS Senior Manager of Community Outreach
LINDSEY JONES Community Outreach Coordinator


Creative Services

AMANDA ECKARD Director of Creative Services
CHRISTIAN BOTTORFF Creative Services Manager
MARTY FILOGAMO Digital Designer


Digital Strategy

MERYL JOHNSON Director of Digital Strategy
SCOTT FRANS Manager of Digital Strategy


Finance and Administration

AMY SMARTT Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration
JENNIFER CROWDER Senior Manager of Accounting Services
BEN BALCH Manager of Accounting Services
MARYANN DICKS Finance and Administration Specialist
ANGELA BROWN Accounting Coordinator
KEN SANDERSON Director of Information Technology
JUSTIN RANDALL Network Administrator
TAYLOR TAPP Systems and Applications Administrator
MELISSA MAYNARD Senior Manager of Administrative Services
KATHY GILLIHAN Administrative Services Assistant / Receptionist
MARCO CASTILLO Administrative Services Assistant




BOBBI BOYCE Director of International Relations
TAYLOR TAPP Systems and Application Administrator


Live Events

CHRIS CRAWFORD Senior Director of Live Events
DIANE BEARDEN-ENRIGHT Senior Manager of Meetings and Logistics
KRIS KENNEDY Senior Manager of Events
VILMA SALINAS Senior Manager of Event Logistics
GREG PITMAN Production Manager
MANDI NAYLOR Live Events Coordinator


Market Research

KAREN STUMP Senior Director of Market Research
NATALIE WILSON Market Research Coordinator


Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

DAMON WHITESIDE Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships
CODY LYNCH Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Assistant



CATHERINE BLACKWELL Director of Marketing
AMANDA HAEFFNER Marketing Manager
MARY OVEREND Digital Marketing Manager
ALINA THOMPSON Marketing Coordinator


Strategic Partnerships

EMILY EVANS Director of Strategic Partnerships
LARA HENLEY Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships
KEVIN COFFEY Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships