What makes ARS different?

Meet your team. We are committed to your cause and work to develop an understanding of the unique individual needs of your organization. We strive to provide you with fresh, innovative ideas that are focused around helping provide the greatest benefit to your mission. In addition to our core team of professionals, we work with an extended team of expert and experienced contractors as needed, providing clients access to highly skilled individuals for a fraction of the cost. Let’s begin working together towards a more efficient, effective and successful organization.

Brandice Pittard Pelfrey, CMP

Brandice P. Pelfrey, CMP has worked in the association management profession for more than 15 years, ranging from regional to international organizations. Though adept in all areas of the field, her expertise is in fundraising/sponsor development, membership recruitment and retention, continuing education, and event management. Brandice understands the drive, process, and procedures involved in making organizations the most successful they can be and possess the abilities to identify and meet the desired outcomes. In her work experience she has developed and honed the skills needed to work as a team and promote success. Not only can she meet and exceed her goals, she has proven ability to assist volunteer and staff members in doing the same. As a professional, she enjoys learning from others and knows that collaboration leads to innovation. Brandice is currently preparing to take the Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam.

Christie Meresse, MPA

Christie has worked with associations and government entities for more than 15 years. In addition to working as an association management professional, she served as Assistant Director to a state government agency managing an annual budget in excess of $1 billion and over 100 full-time and part-time staff. She has served as a board member for both local and national non-profit associations and understands the commitment volunteers make when asked to serve. Christie has worked with a range of organizations to address many challenges including operational efficiency, process improvement, and core program revitalization. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Florida State University, and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of West Florida.

Christina Acosta, MPA

Christina has valuable expertise working with private, public, and nonprofit organizations with a focus on the development and execution of member service programs and events. In her current role, Christina leads organizations to build their bottom line through improved business processes, strategic planning, signature events, and marketing. She is adept at project management, creative marketing and fundraising strategies, and building relationships with the media, sponsors, and key partners. She maintains a big picture philosophy with focus on the goals and a critical eye on the details.

Katie Boyce, MEd

Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida State University, and a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education from Saint Leo University. Leveraging her strong background in education and teaching, she works with clients to develop and refine educational programs that align with their strategic goals. Katie also lends support and focus to client advocacy efforts, membership recruitment, retention, and database maintenance.

Karen Groves

Karen has over 18 years experience working as a print and web designer for association management professionals throughout Florida, as well as with various state departments and non-profits in Florida and beyond. With a focus on conferences and trade shows, Karen's projects include brochures, magazines, trade show displays, member directories, and other promotional products. Working alongside associations for so many years, Karen has a unique understanding of what associations require for their conferences and events. Karen also designs and develops websites with a specialization in WordPress. She also creates web graphics, HTML newsletters and solves a few IT problems for her colleagues along the way!

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