Michael Levine, Chairman
Michael Levine is the communications director for Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City and manages all digital, print and broadcast messaging and collateral. His communications efforts have led to multiple local/national awards for the local KC affiliate.
After hours, Michael is very active in the food and beverage industry as the founder of the events and marketing firm, EAT – Entertaining and Training as well as his work with The Lab (the beverage marketing company who founded and leads the monthly Caffeine Crawls around North America) … odds are if he ate it or drank it that week you’ll see it on his Instagram & Twitter feeds!
In his downtime you can find Michael in Brookside with his two daughters and his wife Julie who also shares his passion for delicious food and engaging social media.
Lauren Vaughn, President
Lauren joined social media the first chance she got, eagerly awaiting her new college email to create her Facebook account (back in 2006). Those were the good ole days. She currently works as the Senior Relationship Marketing Strategist at Intouch Solutions.
When not working for the man, Lauren stays involved in the community as member of both Young Friends of the Lyric Opera and Young Friends of Art with the Nelson-Atkins, keeping active playing kickball and sand volleyball in local rec leagues, as well as exploring all Kansas City has to offer.
Although hardly a photogenic individual, Lauren’s personal goal in life is to become Instagram-famous (organically of course), travel the world, and continue to expand her personal and professional network. Lauren loves to chat (mainly about herself) but also about sharing her experiences with Social Media Club and maintains an open-door Twitter and Facebook policy for new and old members alike.
Angela Pritchett, Vice President
Angela is a Digital Marketer at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, managing social media and implementing marketing strategies that enhance how visitors engage with the museum. She also is part of the team that plans, promotes and produces the museum’s popular monthly Third Thursday arts, music and cultural event.
In addition to SMCKC, Angela is actively involved in Creative Mornings Kansas City and a champion of Kansas City’s bike/walk community. When she’s not riding BCycles up Rockhill Road, Angela can be found at a local concert venue or taste testing her way through new bakeries and coffee shops. She lives in Waldo with her husband Michael and cat Voldemort – yes, that is his name and he’s truly as evil as his namesake.
Bridget Koan, Treasurer
In addition to keeping a watchful eyes on our budget, Bridget is a Public Relations Specialist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her posts center on sustainability and facilities for various departments from around the University; such as the Conservatory of Music and Dance, School of Computing and Engineering, in addition to the Theater, Economics and Art History departments.
As a self-proclaimed news junkie with an addiction to talk radio, reading and all things social she is diligently monitoring the University’s social media accounts allowing her to coordinate on initiatives with some brilliant rockstars.
Hayley Cacioppo, Events
Hayley Cacioppo is a strategic marketing professional who is passionate about working with businesses to maximize use of digital platforms to achieve their marketing objectives. Her expertise ranges from website redesigns and email marketing campaigns to paid search marketing, content creation and implementation for social media campaigns.
Teresa Maly, Events
Teresa Maly is the advertising operations manager at Intouch Solutions, where she grows the healthcare marketing agency’s ad ops capabilities in display, along with paid social and paid search QA. Originally from a small town in southwest Iowa, Teresa is an alumna of Iowa State University and received her M.S. from St. Cloud State University.
She's active in the fashion, cosplay and photography communities of Kansas City; managing event social media for Planet Comicon, blogging about fashion and social media, and doing fashion photoshoots through Kansas City Fashion Council. With her (minimal) spare time, she's chasing after her adopted cats Oscar and Rita, cooking something cheese-based or creating something with her sewing machine or camera.
Erika Baker, Membership
Erika is a senior marketing & communications manager for Intouch Group. For the last 5 years, she has created and managed social media channels for pharmaceutical companies before transitioning into her new role with the MarComm team. She is passionate about social media and is excited to be the board as the Membership co-chair.
She went to Kansas State University and got her degree in Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. When she's not working, you can find her spending time with friends and family, travelling around the world, and decorating her new house!
Olivia Picht, Membership
Olivia’s passion for social media marketing began in 2016 when she interned at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, creating shareable healthcare content for social channels. Now, she continues her crossover love for healthcare and social media at Intouch Solutions, where she works as a Senior Social Media Analyst.
In addition to SMCKC, she is actively involved on the steering committee for The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, a volunteer-driven charity holiday party that raises awareness for Operation Breakthrough, a local organization dedicated to helping children living in poverty in Kansas City.
In her spare time, Olivia can be found indulging her sweet tooth at local bakeries and ice cream shops, or sharpening her own baking skills by keeping up with the latest cake decorating videos on Instagram and watching the “Great British Baking Show.”
Lexi Ryan, Advocacy
Lexi is a Communications Specialist for the Kansas City Area Development Council. At KCADC, she is responsible for social media creation and written communication, as well as a number of other duties.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University. Through her position at KCADC, she has been attending SMCKC meetings for the last two years. Working for a nonprofit herself, she co-leads Ignition, a volunteer event for young professionals to help out nonprofits in the KC area with social media plans and strategies.
Lexi’s hobbies include following beagles and bunnies on Instagram, listening to true crime podcasts, keeping up with the Kardashians and watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s or The Sandlot. She is active on her own social media channels as well.