About AMA Milwaukee

Founded in 1946, the American Marketing Association-Milwaukee Chapter is the longest standing association of marketing professionals in the state of Wisconsin. As an affiliate of the American Marketing Association International, AMA Milwaukee provides continuing learning and education opportunities on cutting-edge technologies, trends and marketing resources; educational publications; networking opportunities with other local and national business leaders; professional marketing certification; and volunteer and professional advancement opportunities.

Mission/Purpose

To be a leader in all areas of marketing for advancing competencies, practices and thought leadership, and providing practical insights to help marketers meet critical challenges, improve effectiveness and keep their organizations on the competitive edge.

To be an indispensable resource for our members and all marketing professionals throughout southeastern Wisconsin for advancing their professional careers.

To be the benchmark for marketing associations locally, and continue to be recognized nationally as one of the American Marketing Association’s leading chapters.

We have a continual program of events and training throughout the year that are tailored to make you a better marketer. Not only will you be learning from some of the sharpest minds in the industry, as an AMA member you’ll also enjoy a discount on your tickets.

Meet the Board

Michele Tonkovitz

Michele Tonkovitz

President

In addition to leading the charge for the AMA MKE chapter, Michele owns Green Onion Creative, a strategic and creative marketing firm rooted in Milwaukee. With over 20 years of experience, Michele helps companies their stories, grow brand awareness, increase engagement, and achieve desired goals.

Milena Dlugi

Milena Dlugi

Secretary

Milena is the Founder of Milena Elite, an online business manager & consultant. She supports business owners in their growth. She is originally from Poland and is English-Polish bilingual.

Rachael Bush

Rachael Bush

VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rachael is the Founder and CEO (Chief Efficiency Officer) of Mova Business Solutions. She’s also a Member of the Board of Directors at Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative and Accountability Chief Manager at Athena Communications.

Patrick McGovern

Patrick McGovern

VP of Programming Co-Chair

Patrick is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Ascedia. He’s also the co-host of the “Over a Pint Podcast,” where he discusses the “constantly changing world of marketing.”

Nick Kasik

Nick Kasik

VP of Collegiate Relations

At K6 Apparel & Promos, Nick serves as the Brand Developer. He dedicates himself to amplifying companies’ brand image. Through strategic marketing, he helps create lasting impressions and elevates businesses in their branding journey.

Kathy Van Zeeland

Kathy Van Zeeland

VP of Communications

Kathy is the Senior Director of Communications at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. She’s also an adjunct faculty member and teaches writing for new media.

Erin Luke

Erin Luke

VP of Communications

Erin is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Badger Components in Southwest Wisconsin. She has over 15 years of marketing experience with a focus in innovation and the future of digital marketing.

Ben Tamms

Ben Tamms

Treasurer

Ben is a Financial Advisor at Thrivent in Waukesha. He is also a board member at the Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha.

Mikayla Sullivan

Mikayla Sullivan

Website Director

Mikayla is currently an Account Lead at Story Mark Studios and owner of Tall House Media, LLC. With 3 years of experience under her belt, she loves how marketing allows you to weave strategic narratives with thoughtful content creation to reach desired outcomes.

Bryan LeMonds

Bryan LeMonds

VP of Brand & Innovation

Bryan is the CEO and Founder of Moon Landing, Inc. Known for orchestrating inspired brand causes, his approach has attracted several Fortune 500’s, mid-sized companies, startups, nonprofits, sports teams and high-profile celebrities.

Bailey Klabunde

Bailey Klabunde

Social Media & PR Director

Bailey is a recent UW-Milwaukee graduate, majoring in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies with concentration in PR. She will be working in internal communication and public relations at GE HealthCare. She enjoys both marketing and public relations because of their ability to  propel worthy causes while connecting the right people to the right story.

Dana Aschaker

Dana Aschaker

VP of Membership

Dana is an Account Supervisor at GMR Marketing. While studying at UW-Whitewater, she was involved in the nationally-ranked UW-Whitewater American Marketing Association.

Dave Coughlin

Dave Coughlin

Vice President of Sponsorships and Partnerships

Dave is the Director of Marketing for Sentry Equipment in Oconomowoc. With over 30 years of experience in marketing, he enjoys the journey from idea to implementation, and then looking back at results to see what worked or didn’t work. Dave loves the idea of using content and visuals to inspire action in a person.