Christi Kelley


President & CEO

Christi is intricately involved in the supervision and coordination of all accounts. She is an exceptional strategist who brings the knowledge, skills and understanding to create effective marketing plans that achieve measurable impacts. She has been a strong leader in the agency since 1985, spearheading the company’s growth into regional and national accounts. Christi has also been instrumental in building the promotional history of Kelley & Associates through all aspects of coordination including communication strategy, content development, brand management, media planning & buying, and mobilizing people to action. She has successfully managed people, projects, processes and brands in both the public and private sectors.

Kim Strickland


Vice President & Senior Art Director

Kim is responsible for the design, development and execution of leading-edge creative concepts as well as the delivery of services to clients and the professional development of junior staff. Her work has earned multiple accolades in the MarCom, Summit International, Aster, and Communicator Awards. Kim has served a variety of agency clients in a diverse range of industries. She also serves as a member of Meritan’s Board of Directors. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design from Mississippi State University.

Elise Herron


Director of Media & Communications

Elise serves as the agency lead on account management and service, partnering with clients to create multifaceted solutions for their communications goals. After joining Kelley & Associates in 2011, Elise quickly advanced to a leadership role in client development and relationships through her consistent ability to drive multiple teams that achieve meaningful results. In addition to supervising all public relations and copywriting projects — she oversees all media placement, streamlining the overall direction and execution of each campaign. Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Florida.

Katie Drobenak


Graphic Designer

Katie assists in the development and implementation of creative concepts. A highly skilled graphic designer across print, outdoor and digital platforms, her multimedia expertise brings yet another dimension to the Kelley & Associates team. She creates visual communications that are engaging, meaningful and strategic. Katie graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and art history. 

Brier Turner



Brier handles accounting for Kelley & Associates. Her responsibilities include managing payroll, tracking expenses and supervising all other financial transactions. A proactive problem-solver, Brier has a high aptitude for organization and efficiency, which she has previously utilized in accounting and development roles for Memphis area organizations including the Pink Palace Family of Museums, the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Memphis Arts Council and Memphis Public Libraries. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Memphis.

Morgan Stone


Marketing Assistant

Morgan manages office administrative tasks in addition to coordinating both new and traditional media — including TV, radio, print, PPC and social media. She excels in finding efficient solutions for marketing challenges. She will graduate from the University of Memphis in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management.