Meet The 4A's Staff

Stacey Abreu

Project and Engagement Director

Strategic. Passionate. Diplomatic.
Stacey is an integrated marketer with 18 years of experience. Her expertise includes brand building, media strategy development, account and client management. She has contributed to the growth of renowned CPG clients, such as Kraft and Unilever. In collaboration with these brands, she has created opportunities and drove equity for underserved Multicultural communities.

Alexis Agosto

Director, 4A's Foundation

Spirited. Inspirer. Empathetic.
As the current Director of the 4A’s Foundation, Alexis’ focus resides in 1) providing access and opportunities for people of color into the creative industries and 2) supporting the industry with best practices on how to recruit, retain, and develop their diverse talent. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and has spent her career advocating for, supporting, and developing students of color.

Amanda Anderson

Director of Government Relations

Resourceful. Diplomatic. Thoughtful.

A seasoned federal lobbyist and grassroots advocacy professional, Amanda collaborates with external stakeholders and government officials to advance the public policy goals of 4A’s members. Her experience includes tenures at McGuireWoods Consulting, DDC Public Affairs, and Peloton Technology. Residing in the DC suburbs, Amanda is a William & Mary alumna, diehard Chicago Cubs fan, and avid house plant enthusiast.

Maksym Artemyev

Retirement Fund Trader

Originally from Ukraine. In United States since 2002. Went to Marshall University, Huntington WV. I like to spend time outdoors, enjoy camping, mountain biking.

Kossivi Bakar

Account Manager

Dependable. Analytical. Adaptable.
I am originally from Togo and I have been living in Charlotte since 2007. I have joined the 4As Benefits team last year before the pandemic and have been working with the retirement fund team. Before joining the 4As Benefits, I have been a consultant and have worked on different accounting project. Beside work, I like to spend time with my family and my friends.

Lisa Batsu

Executive Assistant to President & CEO and COO

Loyal. Compassionate. Fun.
Lisa joined the 4A’s in May, 2017. She has made her career as an Executive Assistant bringing over 30 years of experience to her role with the majority of her career spent working in film production and media–with a few movie credits to her name. When not performing scheduling miracles at the office, Lisa enjoys all things cinema and spending summer days at the beach.

Nadine Bauman

Senior Information Specialist

Artistic. Curious. Inquisitive.
Most of Nadine’s professional career has been connected to the 4A’s. First as a librarian at JWT (a 4A’s member), then joining the Research Services staff of this association. First as a college art major, she is passionate about all aspects of art, and as a history major, she enjoys the history and trends of the advertising industry.

Barry Broxterman

VP - Insurance Programs

Inquisitive. Creator. Intuitive.
Barry Broxterman is part of 4A’s Benefits, managing the 4A’s Workers Compensation Captive and other insurance plans. Always having a desire from a very young age to take something apart to understand how it works or how it was put together, there has never been a project deemed too big or too difficult to take on.

Stacie Calabrese

VP, Research Services

Curious. Balanced. Decisive.
Stacie knows that connecting people with intelligence and insights powers the business of 4A’s members and the advertising industry. With a Master of Library & Information Science degree and 10+ years in corporate information centers, she finds the right piece of information at the right time. In her spare time, she enjoys trivia, podcasts, travel, and cooking delicious plant-based food.

Olutosin Cameron

Senior Associate

Collaborative. Intentional. Thoughtful.
Olutosin leads with emotional intelligence and empathy while taking into account all of the nuanced ways we interact with one another. He has a robust background in fields such as Non-Profit Development, Human Resources & Event Management, following his education in Communications. When not working, Olutosin loves a good book and enjoying time with his partner & their pug!

Mark Campanella

SVP, Enterprise Tech and Development

Techie. Curious. Collaborative.
Mark looks after all things IT at the 4A’s, and is a life-long tech professional – coming to the 4A’s after a long career as an executive with IBM and a consultant with Price Waterhouse. A resident of Columbus, OH, Mark enjoys spending time with his two Whippets – Claude and Ella – and hanging in the gym when he’s not feeling lazy…

Mauro Cardarelli

VP, Information Technology

Knowledgeable. Creative. Personable.
Mauro is a VP of IT with a Master’s in Information Technology and a minor in Psychology, Mathematics, and Astronomy. Is creative, dedicated, and knowledgeable. He has a passion for technology and provides leadership for the continued development of innovative, robust, and secure information technology environments. Hobbies include crypto/Blockchain tech, painting, poetry, exploring antiquity, and science.

Amber Chapman

Insurance Specialist

Curious. Determined. Punctual.
Amber Chapman, Insurance Specialist at 4A’s Benefits. I’m here to help answer any of your insurance questions on Life/AD&D, Disability and Workers Comp. I have been with 4A’s Benefits for 19 years, and enjoy working with our clients and my co-workers. Outside of work, I have a wonderful family that loves camping, hiking and dirt track racing.

Sal Conte

Vice President - Business Intelligence & Insight Group

Kind. Thoughtful. Diligent.
Sal joined the 4A’s in December 2005.
Sal’s 20+ years of Agency Financial Management includes 13 years at Jordan McGrath Case and Partners/Euro RSCG. While at JMCP, he spent 10 years as Vice President, Client Financial Services and 3 years at sister companies Toltzis Healthcare Communications LLC Euro RSCG and Medical Education Group LLC Euro RSCG as Director of Finance.

Paul Corkery

VP, 4A's Benefits

Optimistic. Innovative. Dependable.
Paul Corkery is part of the 4A’s Benefits team based in Charlotte, NC. The 4A’s Benefits team partners with our 4A’s member agencies all over the U.S. for their Commercial Insurance and Employee Benefits needs. Born and raised in Cork, Ireland and having worked in the Insurance Industry since 2004, Paul enjoys spending time with Family and Friends in his downtime, when he’s not helping his clients.

Adam Cotumaccio

Chief Operating Officer

Energetic. Loyal. Growth-Oriented.
Adam is a relationship builder, business development & fundraising professional with 25+ years of executive management and non-profit experience. He has been fortunate to utilize his skills for corporations and worthy charitable causes across the nation. Passionate about making a difference & sci-fi geek. Consistently mediocre @golf; #Trekkie; #DrWho; #StarWars

Mohamed Dagdag

Systems Administrator - Information Technology

Dedicated. Organized. Results-oriented.
Mohamed is a Technology Systems Administrator in the 4A’s. He has over 10 years of Information Technology experiences with a history of working in education, finance, and hospitality industries. Previously, he worked as a Technology Analyst in Loews Hotels Corporation where he managed the technology infrastructure and supported hotels system and applications.

Jennifer DeBlasio

4A's Benefits Staff Accountant

Loyal. Team Player. Detail-Oriented.
I have worked with the company for over 10 years. I enjoy our company, my co-workers, and the industry. I have over 20 years of accounting experience. When not at work, you can find me with my family either at my children’s sporting events, on a beach, or at Disney World.

Reema Elghossain

VP, Talent Equity & Inclusion

If you have life, you have purpose. I have dedicated my career to celebrating people, creating lasting relationships, building leaders, and helping people unlock their purpose. My passion is to encourage, engage, and equip others to believe in the possibilities. My purpose is to help others live the lives they would if they only knew how.

Kiarra Elliott

Executive Assistant - Member Engagement & Development

Creative. Charismatic. Resourceful.
Kiarra works diligently as part of the Membership Engagement & Development team. In her personal life, Kiarra is an artist creating unique oil paintings on recycled wood promoting beauty, strength, and realness. By re-purposing wood materials Kiarra is able to turn “trash into treasure” creating distinctive human figures and animal-infused portraits.

Simon Fenwick

EVP Talent, Equity & Inclusion

Creative. Passionate. Persuasive.
Simon has more than 30 years global experience crafting and implementing talent and engagement strategies and is a champion for diversity & inclusion. Simon works with various organizations to support the LGTQIA+ community, is an OPAM mentor, Out & Equal Advocate Club alumni and sits on the advisory board of Made of Millions. He has appeared in numerous publications and on panels.

Chick Foxgrover

EVP, Creative Technology & Innovation

Independent. Unorthodox. Trustworthy.
Chick Foxgrover focuses on the creative, technology and innovation communities in advertising. He reports on advanced digital marketing, technology trends and has spoken at major technology conferences such as CES and SXSW. Chick founded the 4A’s CX Council, an industry leadership forum dedicated to the transformation of brand management and the convergence of experience design, communications arts and technology.

Vicky Gerstorfer

Director, Learning Experience Design

Inquisitive. Colorful. Daring.
Vicky joined the 4A’s in 2021 as a member of the Professional & Organizational Development team. Prior to this, she created and facilitated training programs across the US for multiple industries, like government and higher ed. Known for her dynamic trainings, her creativity is fueled by a vivid imagination, the ocean, an uphill hike, a strong drum beat, logic puzzles, and coffee.

Jacquelyn Green

Program Manager

Curious. Strategic. Impactful.
Jacquelyn is a communications professional with a specialized focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. She serves as Program Manager of the Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) fellowship for the 4A’s Foundation. Jacquelyn enjoys exploring new areas, spending time with family and friends and candle making.

Harley Griffiths

SVP, Member Engagement & Development

Athletic. Sanguine. Stalwart.
Born and raised in NY; educated in the US, Ireland and Canada. A veteran of NYC ad agencies, NY State marketing, and International rugby football fields. Provides management counsel to members in multiple CEO Leadership Forums, services agencies throughout the Eastern region, supports local market Council activity and identifies and recruits non-members to enhance membership value and contribute to association growth.

Peter Hamm

Senior Associate, Professional and Organizational Development

Compassionate. Engaging. Honest.
Peter joined the 4A’s at the end of May 2021. He brings with him a wealth of training and learning development experience from working with different strategic partners for the past 17 years. Peter works with various organizations to support the spina bifida community and is an autism advocate. He also enjoys hanging out with his family, watching the Tarheels, and being a Jedi.

Tien-Te Hu

Graphic & Content Designer (Specialist)

Focus. Idealistic. Eclectic.
Tien is a creative professional with years of creative design and communication experience. Tien specializes in computer-aided design and with diligent executive ability. Tien’s hometown is Taipei, Taiwan. He is passionate about Chinese culture and capable of doing bilingual advertisements in Mandarin. Tien likes to do cycling and watching movies, as well as cooking delicious food and making bubble tea.

Jesse Jones

Design Lead

Curious. Cautious. Calm.
Jesse is responsible for the brand cohesion and design of all 4A’s forward facing marcomms materials. He believes that design is most successful when it is user centric and strategic. He enjoys collaborating and partnering with his colleagues to find innovative solutions to complex problems. Jesse was a partner for 5 years at Calliope Studios, and worked at: Showtime, Havas, and Deutsch

Marla Kaplowitz

President & CEO

Curious. Infotainment Junkie. Resilient.
Marla joined the 4A’s in 2017 after 30 years in advertising and media agencies focusing on her passion for the industry. From 2011 to 2017, she was CEO of MEC NorthAmerica. Marla was recognized in 2012 by Ad Age as a Woman to Watch and was honored in 2016 with a Distinguished Citizen Award by The John A. Reisenbach Foundation.

Ashwini Karandikar

EVP Media, Technology, Data

Tenacious. Pragmatic. Doer.
Motivational & mentoring leader with an excellent track record of building diverse and talented teams in over 50+ markets. Recognized as an agency innovator, leader in diversity and inclusion, and nominated as one of the 30 most powerful women in mobile advertising. Very active in performing arts, music & theater, focused on bringing performing arts and artists local communities through concerts and the theater.

Matt Kasindorf

SVP, Business Intelligence & Insight

Optimistic. Resilient. Tenacious.
A lifelong New York area resident, I have worked at both small and mid-size full-service agencies, as well as global media agencies. A student of the business, I enjoy leveraging my business development, account, and agency management experience to provide guidance and counsel to our member agencies. Helping them succeed in today’s challenging business environment is truly gratifying.

Lisa Kennedy

SVP AAAA Retirement Fund

Analytical. Meticulous. Adventurous.
A seasoned retirement plan professional with over 30 years of experience, Lisa enjoys educating and guiding employers and colleagues through the intricacies of retirement plan administration. When not managing retirement plans, you will most likely find Lisa enjoying the outdoors – biking, hiking, skiing, and so on – or creating something tasty for her family and friends.

Brian Lewis

IT Manager

Honest. Curious. Committed.
I ran a contracting business starting back in the 80s through the 90’s, got interested in computing around 95 and made the jump into tech in 99. Started out as software support specialist in a call center here in Charlotte. It was there that I was able to move formally into IT. From there I came to AAAA Benefits in 2003 as desktop support/systems tech and eventually became the IT Manager.

Sean McGlade

VP, Professional and Organizational Development

Kind. Curious. Passionate.
With the 4A’s since 2019, Sean has spent his career helping people solve problems through creativity, critical thinking, art, and technology. In addition to leading corporate training teams in multiple sectors, he has taught courses in the arts and humanities for the School of the New York Times, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and the City University of New York.

Marc Morin

Graphic Designer

Structured. Creative. Determined.
Marc is a strategically-minded Graphic designer/Creative with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising Communication Design. He enjoys working with talented, amazing creatives and creating powerful, meaningful work. He is dedicated to creating unique and effective design solutions. Some of his specialties include advertising, 360 campaigns, strategy, layout, branding, and Web design. He also enjoys video production.

Rebecca Mosley

Account Manager

Shy. Optimistic. Hardworking.
I’m an Account Manager here at 4As Benefits. I work on the retirement benefits side in the Charlotte office and I’m coming up on my 2 year anniversary. I’m a single mom and I have a beautiful 3 year old daughter. In my free time, I love dressing up and wearing fancy shoes.

Brian Nienhaus

EVP, Member Engagement & Development - Holding Company & Growth

Ambitious. Optimistic. Tenacious.
Brian joined the 4A’s after a long tenure working for and leading agencies. Both independent and holding company-owned. He believes deeply in the power of creativity and sees its power multiplied with the accountability of modern marketing tools. His current role is supporting some of our largest agency members and growing membership by demonstrating the unique value of the 4A’s.

Helena Nourzad

Senior Associate, Foundation Projects & Engagement

Adventurous. Curious. Empathic.
Helena is a curious connector who thrives in complex and changing environments. Her Persian-Texan gene pool translates into a dynamic -with a dash of humor-approach to projects and the world. She has healthy experience successfully managing logistics, projects, and events in advertising, non-profits and beyond. It floats her boat to nurture and grow relationships, help people, solve problems and bring ideas to life.

Jim O'Donnell

EVP, Finance & Treasurer

Perseverant. Introspective. Emotional.
Youngest of four, proudly born & raised in NYC. Zeppelin had a lead guitarist, the Rangers were stacked at wing so I earnestly pursued Finance and Accounting instead. Go figure! Irish by lineage, Italian by marriage. Besides music, sports, comedy and any day on the beach, my biggest passions are the four ladies in my life; my wife and three daughters. Life is good!

Nicole Okoth

Consultant, Marketing and Communications

Audacious. Warm. Ambitious.
Nicole joined the 4A’s in 2019 as a social media specialist, before returning in 2021 as a Marketing Consultant. Prior to the 4A’s, Nicole was Global Social Media Lead at renowned design firm frog design. Based out of Nairobi, Kenya, Nicole continues to support Black-led SMEs throughout the US, EU, and East Africa as the Founder and CEO of BLACKOWNED, LLC.

William Orphelia

Director of Finance & Accounting

Smart. Supportive. Funny.
William Orphelia has 30 plus years of Finance/Accounting experience. William has worked in industries such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, Global Trade, & Advertising. The bulk of his career has been in private equity working with companies in their start-up or growth phase. William specializes in financial systems design, configuration, and implementation.

Alison Pepper

EVP, Government Relations

Curious. Skeptical. Pragmatic.
Miami-born, Atlanta-raised, the last fifteen years in Washington, DC and San Francisco – I keep my moving boxes in the closet at the ready. An unexpected detour between college and law school introduced me to the intersection of law and policy, and I’ve never looked back. Hobbies include being a failed dog show handler (we only ever won when there was no competition) and rock climbing.

Mark Piazza

SVP, Business Intelligence & Insight

Compassionate. Entrepreneurial. Authentic.
Mark Previously held CFO/COO positions for 19 years in the agency world. Mark’s duties at the 4A’s include conducting empirical studies, consulting with agency senior management and developing webinar content for various communities. Mark enjoys Clint Eastwood, Bruce Springsteen, Yankees, Coaching & Beaching in RI with family (5 children) & friends.

Angela Prince

Controller - 4As Benefits

Loyal. Kind. Creative.
CPA with foundation in public accounting and extensive experience in corporate accounting functions. Working leader and problem solver with a process improvement mindset and strong communication skills. Mentor, coach and team leader.

Adam Prus

EVP 4A's Benefits

Curious. Loyal. Family Man.
My first advertising job was at an agency 25 years ago as a client financial manager. A few years later I was lucky enough to be part of a successful startup agency working with national advertisers on Superbowl commercials. My wife works for an agency, so advertising is a family affair!

Rocco Ricciardi

Integrated Project Manager

Curious. Multi-faceted. Planner.
Rocco Ricciardi is the Integrated Project Manager for the 4A’s Marketing, Communications, and Events team. Equipped with a Video Game Design degree, a PMP certification, public speaking recognitions, and digital marketing experience, Rocco has a unique and particular method of project management that helps his team excel through the variety of methods required to reach 4A’s members.

Eric Rickert

Manager, Member Engagement & Development

Savvy. Creative. Humorous.
Eric has been with the 4A’s since April 2015, and worked across Marketing & Communications, Business Intelligence & Insight, and Membership teams. He’s a pretty great utility player that way.

Mollie Rosen

EVP, Strategy, Insight & Innovation

Adaptable, Empathetic, and Optimistic.
With nearly 20 years of experience at advertising agencies including McCann Erickson, D’Arcy, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Publicis, Mollie oversees member experience and innovation for the 4A’s, identifying opportunities and delivering solutions that add value to 4A’s member agencies’ business and help to move the industry forward.

Sarah Savage

Senior Account Manager

Loyal. Dependable. Mom.
I am originally from Westchester County, NY, I moved to Concord, NC in 2001 and I have worked for the 4A’s for the last 20 Years this year for the Retirement Fund Department in the Charlotte office.

MaryLou Scott

Office Manager

Ageless. Caring. Persistent.
I have been with 4A’s Benefits since March 2010 and I am a lady of many hats around the office. I used to scuba dive many years ago as I lived in South Florida for 40 years before coming to North Carolina. We moved here in 2009 to be close to our daughter and 3 grandchildren. After 40 years in Florida, so my favorite thing now is spending time with them and enjoying the change of seasons.

Georgia Sicard

Database Manager

Quiet. loving. Intentional.
I’m into the details & that helps as I manage parts of our Database. The following was written by a colleague: “Georgia works well independently & on a team. She has a great attitude & is focused on doing things right. She can communicate directly while maintaining a positive & productive working relationship. You can count on Georgia to do what she says she is going to do.”

Kennedy Studdard

Program Manager, MAIP Alumni and Education Programs

Kinetic. Ambitious. Sparkling.
Originally from Alabama, Kennedy is a strategic DEI practitioner and an avid champion for supporting and mentoring entry-level talent and industry professionals. With backgrounds in PR, Account Management and HR roles, her life mission is to help people find their joy through their passions, crafts and skills. Outside of work, you can find her trying new foods around NY and cooking (she throws down in the kitchen!).

Juan C. Suarez

SVP, Member Engagement & Strategic Partnerships

Daring. Passionate. Go-Getter.
JC leads Member Engagement for the Western Region and oversees our Strategic Partnerships group. He’s an award-winning marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in ad-tech, media, and strategy. Big picture thinker with entrepreneurial spirit. Born in Puerto Rico. Spent 10 years in NYC before heading to LA where he is now based. Passionate for music and avid guitar player.

Isiah Thompson

POD Manager

Adventurous. Intuitive. Personable.
Isiah has been with the 4A’s since 2019 and manages professional and organizational development programs. Before the 4A’s, Isiah spent years training and developing Verizon’s strategic partnership channel and some time as an onboarding consultant with LPL financial.

Angel Vazquez

Office Services Assistant

Reliable. Responsible. Respectful.

Ambar Vidals

Senior Associate, 4A's Foundation

Driven. Energetic. Empathetic.
Before joining the 4A’s Foundation team, Ambar collaborated with creatives and worked closely with Account Managers to oversee a campaign from beginning to end. She currently co-manages The Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) as a Senior Associate. Ambar is a strong believer in creating an impact, both at a client level and at an individual level.

Gregory Walker

EVP, Member Engagement & Development - Independent Agencies & Retention

Dedicated. Professional. Blessed.
Gregory T. Walker is a senior marketing and marketing communications professional, with over 30 years of agency and client-side experience across a broad range of industries. Prior to his current position, Greg spent 11 years as the 4A’s SVP, Member Engagement & Development, Southern Region. He’s a native of Akron, OH, graduate of Miami University and attended Northwestern’s Executive Development Program.

Carly Wengrover

VP, Marketing & Communications

Dedicated. Wholehearted. Happy.
With over a decade of experience in the ad industry, Carly has led corporate communications for some of the leading creative companies in the world. At the 4A’s, Carly helps drive the marketing communications strategy for the organization, working closely with 4A’s practice leads to ensure members have what they need to compete. Carly oversees the 4A’s Agency Comms Committee.

Aaron Zimmerman

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Personable. Enthusiastic. Optimistic.
Aaron has been with the 4A’s since 2019 and manages all strategic partnerships, event sponsorships, partner members and in-kind partners. Prior to the 4A’s Aaron worked at an emerging start-up called SportsRecruits where he oversaw and executed 50+ events a year. Aaron continued his career at Blue Buffalo managing their mobile event marketing and sponsorship program.