Our Team

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­­­Jessica Ballard

Executive Assistant

Important things to know about Jessica…
Jessica grew up in the boondocks of Ohio and, in recent years, moved to the big city where she is currently studying hospitality management with a focus on event planning. Jessica began at Accent on Management in November of 2016 as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the School Nutrition Association of Ohio as well as the Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists.

Interesting things to know about Jessica…
Jessica is a fur mom to her beloved son Gus- a miniature dachshund weighing in at a whopping 5 pounds. On the weekends, you can find Jessica under the hood of a racecar- enjoying the local stock car racing scene. She is a NASCAR fanatic and a die-hard Chase Elliott fan (GO #9!). Jessica’s words to live by: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby


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Peggy Blankenship, CAE
Account Executive

Important things to know about Peggy…
Peggy is a Senior Account Executive with Accent on Management where she has been a part of the team since 2001.  Throughout her career, Peggy has worked with a wide variety of associations.  Currently, Peggy manages both the Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists, offering her a unique perspective to concentrate on a particular profession.  She offers full management to these associations, including board governance, financial management and event planning.  She particularly enjoys being able to innovate her clients by offering new technologies and resources to association members.  Peggy is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and holds a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University.

Interesting things to know about Peggy…
Peggy married her high school sweetheart and they live a happy life in Powell, OH with their two children, Madeline and Samuel.  In her free time, she enjoys the thrill (and heartache) of watching Cleveland Indians baseball.


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Kate Brunswick, CAE
VP – Operations

Important things to know about Kate…
With over 20 years of experience in association management, Kate has worked for small, medium and large statewide, regional and national associations.  Her specialties lie in strategic planning, board governance and financial management.  She began at Accent on Management in 1999 as an association executive and is currently the Vice President of Operations, overseeing the day to day operations of the firm.  Kate is also the Executive Director for AIA Ohio, a component of the American Institute of Architects, and the Executive Director for the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.  Prior to coming to AOM, Kate worked at an association management company in Durham, NC, for five years.  She earned her CAE designation in 2002.

Interesting things to know about Kate…
Kate is a Mom to two boys, a vegetarian, and shares her home with a terribly behaved but enormously loved Boxer named Hershey.  She is a yoga enthusiast and a life-long Buckeye fan.


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Laura Carter
Account Executive

Important things to know about Laura…
Laura has over 20 years of experience in association management, working for a diverse range of trade and professional associations including the Southern Ohio PGA, the Ohio Cleaners Association, the Ohio Concrete Block Association, and regional and local chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses and as Executive Director for the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association. She has a strong background in financial management and communications. Laura graduated from OSU with a combined BA in business and journalism.

Interesting things to know about Laura…
Laura’s big adventure now is as an amateur beekeeper – now with two hives in the backyard.  She’s also mom to three almost grown boys who only need her when she’s on the phone or when they are seeking cash donations.


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Emily Davis
Executive Assistant

Important things to know about Emily…
Emily joined the AOM team in March 2015 with an extensive background in customer service. She is currently the Member Services Coordinator for the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN) and the Ohio Section AWWA (OAWWA), a component of the American Water Works Association. Her talents include website development, event management, and member communications.

Interesting things to know about Emily…
Most weeknights you will find me at a kickboxing class. I’m also a craft beer enthusiast; I rescued a sassy boxer named Piper; and I dominate the local trivia scene with my boyfriend.


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Karla Dunbar
Executive Assistant

Important things to know about Karla…
Karla joined the Accent on Management team as an Executive Assistant in September, 2010.  She is currently the Executive Assistant to the Ohio Economic Development Association, the Mid-America Economic Development Council and the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists.  Karla also serves as the Managing Director of the Capitol Square Foundation.

Interesting things to know about Karla…
Karla was born and raised in Illinois.  She and her husband have two children and two dogs who keep them very busy and entertained.  When she’s not at a soccer field cheering on her kids, she enjoys golfing and playing softball.


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Zoe Ellis
Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Important things to know about Zoe…
Zoe Ellis grew up in the Ohio Valley and moved to Columbus towards the end of 2017.  She joined the AOM team in June 2018, and is the Executive Assistant to the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Interesting things to know about Zoe…
Zoe has an adorable and active border collie, Bentley, to whom she willingly gives all of her time and attention.  But when not busy with him, she enjoys traveling, going home to visit family, and exploring Columbus with friends.


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Anita Field
Chief Operations Officer

Important things to know about Anita…
As AOM Chief Operations Officer and Vice-President, Anita has worked with multiple associations for over twenty (20) years, developing strategies that have driven them to dramatically increase their financial assets – in one case over 1,000%!  A master of negotiations and details, she has tremendous passion for her profession.  She mentors co-workers and helps board members strive for excellence.  Anita serves as the Executive Director to the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, a constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Interesting things to know about Anita…
When not working, Anita loves spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoys traveling, sailing, reading, and biking.  She is a supporter of many charities and the arts.


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David Field, CAE
President/Owner

Important things to know about David…
On the road to a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), David conceived of a company that could provide multiple associations with cost effective, shared professional services. In 1966 he launched Accent on Management (AOM) with one association–which has continued as a client for over fifty (50) years!! Since that first association, AOM has attracted over two dozen client associations.

During his professional career, David has served as President of the Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE) and a Trustee of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He was the Founding Chairman of ASAE’s Association Management Company Section and in 1973 he received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. In 1983 ASAE presented him with its highest national award, the “Key Award” and his clients have recognized his contributions with national awards and honorary memberships.

Interesting things to know about David…
David and his wife, Anita, spend family time with their five (5) children and seven (7) grandchildren and, hobby time, sailing on Lake Erie and Charlotte Harbor, Florida.


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Judy Fitz
Bookkeeper

Important things to know about Judy…
Judy has over 30 years of experience in business-related positions, including Business Analyst, Auditor, Billing Specialist, Accounts Payable Specialist, Accountant, and Bookkeeper. Her varied experience and knack for organization comes in handy when managing the bookkeeping for Accent on Management and all of AOM’s clients. She joined Accent on Management in 2013.

Interesting things to know about Judy…
Judy and her husband, Ken, are empty-nesters, having raised a daughter and son to adulthood. She enjoys quilting and crocheting in her spare time, and playing with Cinder, their black Labrador.


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Tracey Hogan
Account Executive

Important things to know about Tracey…
Tracey joined Accent on Management in 2005 and has been involved in project/event/association management for over 20 years. She has worked with state, regional, and national associations during her career. Her specialties are in organizational planning and management, as well as in event planning and finance management.

Interesting things to know about Tracey…
Tracey enjoys being a wife, mom, amateur home cook, and Cleveland sports fan (yes, even the Browns)!


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Lisa Kirr
Account Executive

Important things to know about Lisa…
Lisa joined AOM in 2016 as the Executive Director for The Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD), The Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA), and the West Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WVANA). With 16 years of hospitality management and sales experience Lisa excels in event planning and administration. Lisa earned her Master of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University in 2010 and is currently working towards earning her CAE designation.

Interesting things to know about Lisa…
Spending time with her husband, son, and daughter is Lisa’s favorite activity in addition to enjoying the outdoors, sipping good wine, and attempting to be a home cook!


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Laney Mollenkopf
Executive Assistant

Important things to know about Laney…
Laney began her career with Accent on Management in June of 2015 as an intern for various associations. Laney was hired as a full time Executive Assistant at Accent on Management in July of 2016. Laney is a graduate of Columbus State Community College with an Associate’s degree in Hospitality and Event Management. She continues to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Management at Franklin University. Laney currently works with the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Ohio, the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, and the West Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Interesting things to know about Laney…
Laney enjoys decorating her apartment and the company of her black lab puppy, Margo. Laney loves spending time with family and friends. She is also an avid Cleveland sports fan!


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Debbie Nunner, CAE
Account Executive

Important things to know about Debbie…
A Certified Association Executive (CAE), Debbie has more than 20 years of experience working with volunteer-driven Boards of Directors in not-for-profit organizations and professional associations.  She enjoys working with volunteer leaders to achieve optimal organizational governance, leadership succession, strategic planning, effective budgeting and financial management.  She is an experienced event-planner who has planned and implemented successful meetings, annual conferences, educational programs, special events and trade shows at local, state, regional and international venues.  Debbie is a Senior Account Executive with Accent on Management, where she has worked for over 10 years.  She earned her CAE designation in 2008 and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University.  Debbie is currently the Executive Director for the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO), the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) and the OACTA Foundation.

Interesting things to know about Debbie…
Debbie, a native of central Ohio, is a mother of two and likes to spend her free time with her husband and family.  She enjoys traveling, yoga and walking her Miniature Schnauzer, Gracie.


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Nancy Waterhouse
Account Executive

Important things to know about Nancy…
Nancy has been with Accent on Management (AOM) for over 21 years and proudly serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Ohio Chapter; the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Ohio; and the Ohio Cleaners Association.  Consistently producing results that exceed client expectations, Nancy is a skilled and dedicated professional offering background in meeting planning, project management and association management.

Interesting things to know about Nancy…
Nancy’s friends refer to her as Martha Stewart because of her craftiness and decorating sense.  Her proudest moment was her son making his debut into the world.  And although a Buckeye fan, she is a bigger fan of her nephew who plays in the NFL.


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Hannah Zacharias
Executive Assistant

Important things to know about Hannah…
Hannah started her career with Accent on Management in 2014 after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan. She majored in International Business and double minored in Psychology and Spanish. Hannah is currently the executive assistant for AIA Ohio, a component of the American Institute of Architects, The Association of Life Insurance Counsel, and The Ohio Educational Library Media Association.

Interesting things to know about Hannah…
Retired soccer player, avid long/snow boarder, music enthusiast, traveler, and a (dog) mom to one sassy Golden Lab.