About Us

CThe Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance (MMCA) is affiliated with the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the largest and oldest advertising trade association. Regionally, the MMCA is part of the AAF District 6. On a local level, the MMCA brings together all creative disciplines in the greater Lansing area, including advertising, design, marketing, media and public relations. Our goal is to promote and foster a relationship between these disciplines, and to cultivate a relationship with future creative talent in the area. The MMCA is completely operated by volunteers and we’re always looking for new members and creative folks to help out.


Formerly the Lansing Advertising Club, the MMCA is the oldest chapter of AAF in the state. To meet the needs of a changing industry, the Lansing Ad Club changed its name to the Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance in 2007. No longer just a place for advertising professionals to gather, we welcome professionals from all creative disciples … even creative CPAs (if they exist).



Artemis Solutions Group
Ciesa Design
MSU University Advancement
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Patten ID
MSU College of Arts and Letters
Gennara Photography
Brimmer Family Design
Such Video
King Media
Dave Trumpie, Trumpie Photography
Jason Aten, Studio Ten Creative
Dennis Green, Fahrenheit Creative Group
Gary Abent, ASAP Printing
Steve Jencks, Gravity Works Design & Development
Brian Breen, Michigan State Medical Society
Lisa Benck, Lisa Benck Art & Design
Tracy Keck, Adams Outdoor

Student Members:
Mike Crawford
Taylor Kotlarczyk
Mara Hosner
Leslie Harris


2013-2014 Board Members


Lauren Kotlarczyk graduated from Michigan State University and is currently an Internal and Corporate Communications Specialist at the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). In her spare time, she is a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and active in the Young Professional Alzheimer’s Advocates of Lansing. Lauren also serves on various charity committees through her work including the Race for the Place 5K committee.

By the age of 12, Lauren had a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Vice President

Sam Mikalonis is a 2011 graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. Sam now works as an assistant editor and production assistant at Such Video in Old Town, Lansing. As an ever-evolving creative entity, he fills his time with personal and professional hobbies such as video/photography, guitar, illustration and more.

Sam has been known to expose his hidden talent as an underground, freestyle rap artists on occasions.

Jason Aten is an award-winning photographer, author, and the founder + creative director of Studio Ten Creative, a design and creative strategy firm specializing in brand development, design, and creative consulting. With a background in design and marketing, Jason frequently consults for companies and organizations across the country on brand strategy and content marketing. Jason and his wife have three kids, and call Mid-Michigan home.

Programming Chair

Sarah Barber is a graduate from MSU and is currently working as a Marketing Specialist for MSUFCU. She spends her free time re-modeling the foreclosure she recently purchased. Not only does she work on the events for MMCA, she also serves on a board for a local non-profit 5

She ALWAYS sets a new year’s resolution and completes it. Two years ago she gave up fast food. For a whole year!

Katie Wittenauer is the Communications Manager at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and co-founder of the lifestyle blog Domestic Slice. She loves Roald Dahl and storytelling, and makes trips back to her hometown of Bozeman, Montana, whenever possible.

She was the Junior Rodeo Champion of the Gallatin Valley Fair.
Student Chair

Becky is the Career Consultant for the College of Arts and Letters at MSU. She helps students find their paths and works with employers to recruit a talented workforce.

She has traveled to 47 states plus Canada, Mexico, England, and Scotland.
Website Chair

Steve Jencks is a graphic designer and illustrator who has lived in Lansing area for nearly 20 years. An MSU graduate, he is the Senior Creative Designer at Gravity Works Design & Development, focusing on web and U/X design. He is passionate about usability and branding working hand in hand when it comes to his web projects. He's also a huge roller derby fan, and can be found on the sidelines of Lansing Derby Vixen bouts, cheering on his wife.

Steve runs a successful B-movie and cult film website and tours horror and sci-fi conventions across the midwest selling his illustrations.