We are a board of dedicated professionals, with agency, sales and client side backgrounds.
Carrie has been in agency life—specifically media planning and buying—for more than ten years. She began her career at MMGY working on print and outdoor, then honed her digital expertise at VML, MBB and Intouch Solutions. She’s had the privilege of working with brands like Coors, Carlson Hotels, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Chinet and The University of Kansas, and she’s loved the diversity and the challenges from all these clients. She has been on the KCIMA board since its first year and this is her first year as president. When she’s not working, she spends her time wrangling her two children, Ayla and Hunter, and husband, Dave. Occasionally she’ll try to impress people after a cocktail by whipping out her French. She lived in France and is fluent. Oui oui!
A veteran of the Kansas City advertising community since 1999, with extensive cross-channel media experience working on brands such as Sonic Drive-In, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Citgo Petroleum, National Science Foundation, and Lee Jeans, among many others. Charlie received a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. He is an avid KU fan and loves to cheer on his team. Rock Chalk!
Kristin Akin has spent time on both the agency and the sales side, focusing predominantly on digital media. She is currently working at Rocket Fuel, calling on Kansas City agencies and clients alike. Kristin is a die-hard KU fan, and loves to spend time with her dog, Tori, a golden retriever.
Eric Miller has been a jack of all trades in the Kansas City advertising scene serving in media and account service. His recent focus is on social media, content strategy and consulting. He has spent time at both Barkley and Nicholson Kovac and is currently freelancing with direct clients and local agencies. Eric has worked on a wide variety of brands and verticals including award-winning social media work for Wingstop, headline-grabbing work for Spirit Airlines and philanthropic efforts locally for Middle of the Map Fest and Thundergong!
VP and Secretary/Treasurer
Meliah joined Children International, a leading nonprofit in poverty elimination, in May of 2018 as the media manager. Prior to moving to the client side, she worked on the agency for 9 years primarily focused in digital strategy and media. Apart from her career, one can typically find her laughing with her husband, enjoying Royals baseball, gardening, listening economic podcasts, and walking in the park with her dog, Greinke the fluffy dachshund.
Andrea Olsen is a media planner/buyer at Trozzolo Communications Group, where she started her agency career as a traffic manager before switching over to media. Andrea graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism, but on the writing and reporting side. She used to moonlight as a nightlife columnist for Ink Magazine.