Board of Directors

Kelly Nelson President of AMA Charleston

Kelly Nelson, President

South Carolina Aquarium

Connect with Kelly:  Email | Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Kelly is the communications coordinator for the South Carolina Aquarium, where she has honed her talents in the disciplines of writing, email marketing and cheesy, sea life themed puns. Previously, she was the marketing director for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville while serving in AmeriCorps.

She is passionate about marketing for nonprofits, a career path she chose after interning at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. She enjoys addressing the unique challenge that nonprofits face to tell stories that inspire while also working toward accomplishing their missions.

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

Maggie Mills President-Elect of AMA Charleston

Maggie Mills, President-Elect

Black Book Marketing, CEO

Connect with Maggie: Email | Website | LinkedIn

Maggie is founder/creative director at Black Book Marketing and co-owner of Redux Yoga. A tenured advertising and publishing executive, Maggie has served as executive director, chief content officer, writer, and designer during her career. Her passion is acting as catalyst for a creative team. Working in the distance education sector inspired her to take her team virtual by harnessing the best of collaboration technology. She works with artists and clients nationwide to deliver online campaigns, print, TV, radio, and social media.

When Maggie isn’t sketching ads on the back of cocktail napkins, she can be found at the beach, or at The Gibbes Museum where she is beginning her first year as docent. In her spare time she enjoys plein air abstract expressionist painting.

Erin Danly Immediate Past President of AMA Charleston

Erin Danly, Immediate Past President

Lowcountry Copywriter

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Erin is a freelance content marketing writer based in Charleston, SC who specializes in creating video scripts, web content, articles and more. 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, sings with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and is an active playwright. She lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband.

Nick Vlattas, Secretary

Blackbaud

Connect with Nick: Email | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn

Nick is an Account Development Representative at Blackbaud. He joined the AMA Charleston board in the 2016-2017 year as Secretary.

Adam Shults, Treasurer

Town of Mount Pleasant 

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Originally from Aiken, SC, Adam now works for the Town of Mount Pleasant as a Compliance Accountant. His previous roles include Deputy Treasurer at the Aiken County Treasurer’s Office and Mortgage Financial Analyst at Security Federal Bank. Adam is currently working towards earning his CPA license. He joined the board of the Charleston AMA in January, 2017.

Amanda Culver Wynns, Director of Programming

Wholesale Creative

Connect with Amanda:  Email | Website | LinkedIn

As Director of Programming for the Charleston AMA, Amanda recruits speakers for the monthly Signature Speaker Series and for AMA Charleston’s Annual Marketing Bootcamp.

Amanda is the Director of Business Development for Wholesale Creative and provides white-label web development for Marketing, Advertising, and PR firms. With over a decade of experience with B2B sales, she also works with businesses as a Sales Advisor through her company Salesology . Amanda originally hails from Birmingham, Alabama, and now lives in Charleston with her husband, Frank and her dog, Scout.

Charlotte Woodward, Director of Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Blackbaud 

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Charlotte has been working at Blackbaud since she graduated from the College of Charleston in 2013. She started as an intern in marketing for our web-design services, and continued a marketing career path as a full-time employee.

After 3 years with Blackbaud, she has experience creating demand with Blackbaud’s well-known National Affiliate brands (Make a Wish, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, to name a few), managing budget, planning and logistics for 53 annual Enterprise-level tradeshows, and most recently, creating demand for Blackbaud’s newest peer-to-peer fundraising tool, everydayhero.

Emily Nicastro Director of Membership for AMA Charleston

Emily Nicastro, Director of Membership

Touchpoint Communications

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Emily Nicastro is a triple threat in the PR world with a background in journalism, social media and national media placements. A native New Yorker (Bayport, Long Island), Emily moved to the Holy City hoping to be immersed in its tight-knit community.

Like most good PR folks, she’s got creativity in her DNA. Emily developed a love of writing and poetry at a young age and spent more than a decade studying ballet. Her knack for writing continued in college as an English and Journalism major, helping land her first job as a reporter at a Long Island newspaper. She got her digital start as the editor of a Patch.com bureau. She was also the food content manager at About.com in New York City.

Emily is an Account Executive at Touchpoint, helping clients tell their stories. She’s passionate about working with companies and people that make Charleston so special.

When she isn’t working, Emily spends time outdoors with her Cocker Spaniel-Poodle mix Sandy, enjoys cooking and explores the Lowcountry.

Courtney Little Director of Special Events for AMA Charleston

Courtney Little, Director of Special Events

Advantage Media Group

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At Advantage Media Group, Courtney assists the Marketing Team in drawing in new Members to the Advantage Family through social media, content creation, and special events. With a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communication from Roger Williams University, this lifelong Massachusetts resident recently relocated to Charleston before the winter weather set in. In her free time, she enjoys yoga and playing guitar.

Katie Biondo, Co-Director of Marketing and Communications

Advantage Media Group

Connect with Katie:  Email | Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

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.

Stacey Crew Co-Director of Marketing and Communications for AMA Charleston

Stacey Crew, Co-Director of Marketing and Communications

Marketing Communications & Social Media Professional

Connect with Stacey:  Email | Twitter |  LinkedIn

As a Marketing Communications and Social Media Professional, Stacey uses her experience, knowledge, and story-telling abilities to collaborate with growing companies. She helps them build a solid social media strategy by creating content with value and posting regularly on the appropriate platforms.

Stacey is also a Certified Health Coach who helps people achieve their health & wellness goals through a process of understanding, educating and empowering clients. She helps individuals bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be.

Brent Duncan, Director of Sponsorship – Retention

South Carolina Aquarium

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Brent is the Advertising and Promotions Manager at South Carolina Aquarium. Brent is a recent addition to the Charleston AMA board, where he maintains relationships with existing sponsors.