Our People

Michelle Flowers Welch
Founder and CEO
Michelle Flowers Welch, Founder and CEO
Industry trailblazer, dynamic visionary and fearless leader.
An award-winning public relations and marketing veteran, Michelle Flowers Welch is a visionary entrepreneur and expert in the field of communications. With more than 25 years in the business, she is founder and CEO of Flowers Communications Group, one of the nation’s top multicultural integrated marketing agencies. Known as an innovative, strategic thought leader, her depth of communications experience includes the agency, nonprofit and corporate sectors. Her diverse experiences enables her to bring clients a creative, results-oriented and integrated approach that fully taps into the marketing mix. Throughout her impressive career, Flowers Welch’s work has been recognized by respected industry peers, including induction into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame and the PR News Hall of Fame. She has received the Publicity Club of Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Black Public Relations Society's Founders Award and was named one of Chicago’s “Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women.” Flowers Welch’s work at FCG alone has garnered more than 100 industry awards for campaigns created for such blue-chip brands as McDonald's, Mary Kay, MillerCoors, Unilever, Sears/Kmart, Wells Fargo and Honda.
Sharron Banks
Senior Vice President
Sharron Banks, Senior Vice President
Gifted HR practitioner with an eye for finding talent, and the heart for growing it.
Sharron leads all Human Resources and business operations. Known for her collaborative, creative and results-oriented approach to everything she touches, Sharron is an integral member of FCG’s leadership team. In her role she has helped FCG retain and attract some of the best talent in the industry, expand our services footprint and continue to enhance our business operations. Sharron holds a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Morris Graduate School of Management, an International Event Planning Certification (IEWP) from QC Event School and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Robert Morris University, where she graduated Cum Laude. Sharron is a current member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and notary public.
Christina Steed
Executive Vice President
Christina Steed, Executive Vice President
Serious strategist who finds balance in the midst of leading by example.
Christina Steed is Executive Vice President of client relations with Flowers Communications Group. She is primarily responsible for business development, client relations and external visibility for the agency. Additionally, she provides strategic counsel for the agency’s accounts, including McDonald’s, AT&T, ComEd and several others. Christina’s background includes a mix of journalism, public relations, marketing communications, trade show marketing, and global communications. In 2012, Christina was named one of PRWeek’s 40 under 40, a prestigious list of top professionals in the public relations industry.
Barbara Thompson
Executive Vice President
Barbara Thompson, Executive Vice President
Integrated marketing strategist who believes the heavy lifting is in finding the consumer insight.
With experience that spans advertising, media relations and engagement marketing, Barbara works to keep clients grounded in consumer behaviors and what it takes to impact it. She brings to clients not only the answer to their questions, but tangible and impactful results across multiple marketing layers.
Danyele Davis
VIce President
Danyele Davis, VIce President
Award-winning executive with a fierce determination when it’s “show time.”
Danyele Davis is a Vice President with Flowers Communications Group. She currently manages the account services for MillerCoors. Her work includes the development and ongoing management of the award-winning signature initiative MillerCoors Tap the Future; multicultural advertising; and stakeholder relationships, in particular with multicultural nonprofit organizations. Danyele has more than 15 years of experience in promotions, brand marketing and public relations expertise and has won 12 industry awards, including the PCC Platinum Award for her work on the Get Fit with Walgreens program.
Wanda Taylor–Ward
Controller
Wanda Taylor–Ward, Controller
Experienced business leader who knows that an agency is only as good as its strong financials.
As one of the first employees hired at Flowers Communications Group in 1993, Wanda Taylor-Ward has more than weathered the challenges that typically confront a start-up company. During her initial year at FCG as accounting manager, she was instrumental in developing what have become the agency’s standard operating policies and procedures. Through the years, her financial savvy has resulted in many cost-saving initiatives for the agency and has added greatly to the agency’s financial structure and profitability.
Tony Balasandiran
Account Supervisor
Tony Balasandiran, Account Supervisor
Pop-culture and entertainment connoisseur, social media expert, and consumer brand strategist. #tonybtour.
Tony Balasandiran is an Account Supervisor who manages the AT&T, Coors Light and Honda accounts. Recognized as a national finalist for Social Media Professional of the Year at the PR News PR People Awards, he manages social engagement for the award-winning Honda Battle of the Bands. His leadership on Coors Light Search for the Coldest was recognized with a 2013 Silver Trumpet Award by the Publicity Club of Chicago. Known for developing and sustaining relationships with tastemakers, he is able to create unique opportunities for brands to align with personalities who influence key consumer behavior. Balasandiran keeps a finger on the pulse of pop culture and an ear to the street, with the ability to analyze emerging trends and speak authoritatively about what’s coming next.
Allison Paige
Account Supervisor
Allison Paige, Account Supervisor
Passionate and ambitious marketing pro, who appreciates life’s humor – and has the “gusto” to help the team grow!
Allison Paige is an Account Supervisor with Flowers Communications Group. She serves as the lead on the McDonald’s account and boasts more than eight years of experience working on the brand. Allison’s innovative and out-the-box thinking has been beneficial in creating strategic advertising and public relations plans that are always rooted in consumer insights. Through her passion for creative marketing, grassroots programming and community engagement, she offers a fresh approach for clients to increase their brand’s awareness and connect with their consumers.
Daisy Garcia
Account Supervisor
Daisy Garcia, Account Supervisor
Strategic and Imaginative Brand Story Teller
Daisy Garcia is an Account Supervisor who serves as the lead on the AT&T Hispanic initiatives. Her experience in Marketing, Sponsorships, Event Management and Public Relations coupled with her vast knowledge of the HCM assists in the development of culturally relevant, result driven Hispanic programs. On her free time, Daisy secretly develops her stand up material. It’s not very good; she clearly needs more free time.
Joey Hill
Account Supervisor
Joey Hill, Account Supervisor
​Accomplished brand strategist, engagement marketing expert with a long-standing track record of creating innovative, lifestyle-driven campaigns.
Joey Hill is an Account Supervisor who manages experiential/account services for MillerCoors and serves as a consultant on other agency accounts as well. Driven by dynamic strategy, originative concepts and smart creative, Hill brings 12+ years of industry experience interspersed between experiential brand strategy, account management, consumer marketing, management consulting and graphic design. With a background in producing provoking projects and directing creative, Hill has continuously produced bottom-line results for his clients and remains at the forefront of cultural influence, urban millennial culture, progressive artistry, and paradigm shifting insights. Oh, and he's a professional DJ as well. #JoeyStaysBusy
Brian Packer
Account Supervisor
Brian Packer, Account Supervisor
Thought-provoking and insightful PR wizard, bringing great ideas to life from behind the curtain.
Nicole Pierce
Account Supervisor
Nicole Pierce, Account Supervisor
Results driven, media relations maven who adds a pop of color to all of her projects and campaigns.
Luis Sanchez
Account Executive
Luis Sanchez, Account Executive
Strategic media relations communicator who thinks on his feet and never hesitates. Ready to tackle any challenge!
Mary Corbin
Senior Account Coordinator
Mary Corbin, Senior Account Coordinator
Lively and upbeat events guru who loves to have a good time as much as she enjoys creating them.
Brinton Flowers
Account Executive
Brinton Flowers, Account Executive
Radio personality turned PR pro with both the skill and heart for community engagement and events.
Tracy Asencio
Account Executive
Tracy Asencio, Account Executive
Fierce communicator, media relations pro who adds finesse to any project she touches.
Chantal Hayes
Graphic Designer
Chantal Hayes, Graphic Designer
Fun and funky graphic artist known for developing strategic and innovative design solutions to push brands to the next level.
Joi Weathers
Producer
Joi Weathers, Producer
Production maven who believes in creating amazing content and changing people's lives one story at a time...all while wearing fabulous shoes!
Patricia Augustin
Assistant Account Executive
Patricia Augustin, Assistant Account Executive
A passionate PR and Branding Canonist who enjoys capturing the heart of your consumer.
Brienna LaCoste
Assistant Account Executive
Brienna LaCoste, Assistant Account Executive
A thoughtful and persistent strategic communicator always eager to learn, grow and utilize PR to uplift communities.
Angelica Ramirez
Account Coordinator
Angelica Ramirez, Account Coordinator
Wonder woman of office services. Dedicated to keeping the agency afloat and always saves the day.
Shawn Gadley
Content Creative
Shawn Gadley, Content Creative
content cinematics X day. word wizardry X night. creative hybridity X instinct.
Michelle Flowers Welch
Founder and CEO
Michelle Flowers Welch, Founder and CEO
Industry trailblazer, dynamic visionary and fearless leader.
An award-winning public relations and marketing veteran, Michelle Flowers Welch is a visionary entrepreneur and expert in the field of communications. With more than 25 years in the business, she is founder and CEO of Flowers Communications Group, one of the nation’s top multicultural integrated marketing agencies. Known as an innovative, strategic thought leader, her depth of communications experience includes the agency, nonprofit and corporate sectors. Her diverse experiences enables her to bring clients a creative, results-oriented and integrated approach that fully taps into the marketing mix. Throughout her impressive career, Flowers Welch’s work has been recognized by respected industry peers, including induction into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame and the PR News Hall of Fame. She has received the Publicity Club of Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Black Public Relations Society's Founders Award and was named one of Chicago’s “Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women.” Flowers Welch’s work at FCG alone has garnered more than 100 industry awards for campaigns created for such blue-chip brands as McDonald's, Mary Kay, MillerCoors, Unilever, Sears/Kmart, Wells Fargo and Honda.
Sharron Banks
Senior Vice President
Sharron Banks, Senior Vice President
Gifted HR practitioner with an eye for finding talent, and the heart for growing it.
Sharron leads all Human Resources and business operations. Known for her collaborative, creative and results-oriented approach to everything she touches, Sharron is an integral member of FCG’s leadership team. In her role she has helped FCG retain and attract some of the best talent in the industry, expand our services footprint and continue to enhance our business operations. Sharron holds a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Morris Graduate School of Management, an International Event Planning Certification (IEWP) from QC Event School and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Robert Morris University, where she graduated Cum Laude. Sharron is a current member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and notary public.
Christina Steed
Executive Vice President
Christina Steed, Executive Vice President
Serious strategist who finds balance in the midst of leading by example.
Christina Steed is Executive Vice President of client relations with Flowers Communications Group. She is primarily responsible for business development, client relations and external visibility for the agency. Additionally, she provides strategic counsel for the agency’s accounts, including McDonald’s, AT&T, ComEd and several others. Christina’s background includes a mix of journalism, public relations, marketing communications, trade show marketing, and global communications. In 2012, Christina was named one of PRWeek’s 40 under 40, a prestigious list of top professionals in the public relations industry.
Barbara Thompson
Executive Vice President
Barbara Thompson, Executive Vice President
Integrated marketing strategist who believes the heavy lifting is in finding the consumer insight.
With experience that spans advertising, media relations and engagement marketing, Barbara works to keep clients grounded in consumer behaviors and what it takes to impact it. She brings to clients not only the answer to their questions, but tangible and impactful results across multiple marketing layers.
Danyele Davis
VIce President
Danyele Davis, VIce President
Award-winning executive with a fierce determination when it’s “show time.”
Danyele Davis is a Vice President with Flowers Communications Group. She currently manages the account services for MillerCoors. Her work includes the development and ongoing management of the award-winning signature initiative MillerCoors Tap the Future; multicultural advertising; and stakeholder relationships, in particular with multicultural nonprofit organizations. Danyele has more than 15 years of experience in promotions, brand marketing and public relations expertise and has won 12 industry awards, including the PCC Platinum Award for her work on the Get Fit with Walgreens program.
Wanda Taylor–Ward
Controller
Wanda Taylor–Ward, Controller
Experienced business leader who knows that an agency is only as good as its strong financials.
As one of the first employees hired at Flowers Communications Group in 1993, Wanda Taylor-Ward has more than weathered the challenges that typically confront a start-up company. During her initial year at FCG as accounting manager, she was instrumental in developing what have become the agency’s standard operating policies and procedures. Through the years, her financial savvy has resulted in many cost-saving initiatives for the agency and has added greatly to the agency’s financial structure and profitability.
Tony Balasandiran
Account Supervisor
Tony Balasandiran, Account Supervisor
Pop-culture and entertainment connoisseur, social media expert, and consumer brand strategist. #tonybtour.
Tony Balasandiran is an Account Supervisor who manages the AT&T, Coors Light and Honda accounts. Recognized as a national finalist for Social Media Professional of the Year at the PR News PR People Awards, he manages social engagement for the award-winning Honda Battle of the Bands. His leadership on Coors Light Search for the Coldest was recognized with a 2013 Silver Trumpet Award by the Publicity Club of Chicago. Known for developing and sustaining relationships with tastemakers, he is able to create unique opportunities for brands to align with personalities who influence key consumer behavior. Balasandiran keeps a finger on the pulse of pop culture and an ear to the street, with the ability to analyze emerging trends and speak authoritatively about what’s coming next.
Allison Paige
Account Supervisor
Allison Paige, Account Supervisor
Passionate and ambitious marketing pro, who appreciates life’s humor – and has the “gusto” to help the team grow!
Allison Paige is an Account Supervisor with Flowers Communications Group. She serves as the lead on the McDonald’s account and boasts more than eight years of experience working on the brand. Allison’s innovative and out-the-box thinking has been beneficial in creating strategic advertising and public relations plans that are always rooted in consumer insights. Through her passion for creative marketing, grassroots programming and community engagement, she offers a fresh approach for clients to increase their brand’s awareness and connect with their consumers.
Daisy Garcia
Account Supervisor
Daisy Garcia, Account Supervisor
Strategic and Imaginative Brand Story Teller
Daisy Garcia is an Account Supervisor who serves as the lead on the AT&T Hispanic initiatives. Her experience in Marketing, Sponsorships, Event Management and Public Relations coupled with her vast knowledge of the HCM assists in the development of culturally relevant, result driven Hispanic programs. On her free time, Daisy secretly develops her stand up material. It’s not very good; she clearly needs more free time.
Joey Hill
Account Supervisor
Joey Hill, Account Supervisor
​Accomplished brand strategist, engagement marketing expert with a long-standing track record of creating innovative, lifestyle-driven campaigns.
Joey Hill is an Account Supervisor who manages experiential/account services for MillerCoors and serves as a consultant on other agency accounts as well. Driven by dynamic strategy, originative concepts and smart creative, Hill brings 12+ years of industry experience interspersed between experiential brand strategy, account management, consumer marketing, management consulting and graphic design. With a background in producing provoking projects and directing creative, Hill has continuously produced bottom-line results for his clients and remains at the forefront of cultural influence, urban millennial culture, progressive artistry, and paradigm shifting insights. Oh, and he's a professional DJ as well. #JoeyStaysBusy
Brian Packer
Account Supervisor
Brian Packer, Account Supervisor
Thought-provoking and insightful PR wizard, bringing great ideas to life from behind the curtain.
Nicole Pierce
Account Supervisor
Nicole Pierce, Account Supervisor
Results driven, media relations maven who adds a pop of color to all of her projects and campaigns.
Luis Sanchez
Account Executive
Luis Sanchez, Account Executive
Strategic media relations communicator who thinks on his feet and never hesitates. Ready to tackle any challenge!
Mary Corbin
Senior Account Coordinator
Mary Corbin, Senior Account Coordinator
Lively and upbeat events guru who loves to have a good time as much as she enjoys creating them.
Brinton Flowers
Account Executive
Brinton Flowers, Account Executive
Radio personality turned PR pro with both the skill and heart for community engagement and events.
Tracy Asencio
Account Executive
Tracy Asencio, Account Executive
Fierce communicator, media relations pro who adds finesse to any project she touches.
Chantal Hayes
Graphic Designer
Chantal Hayes, Graphic Designer
Fun and funky graphic artist known for developing strategic and innovative design solutions to push brands to the next level.
Joi Weathers
Producer
Joi Weathers, Producer
Production maven who believes in creating amazing content and changing people's lives one story at a time...all while wearing fabulous shoes!
Patricia Augustin
Assistant Account Executive
Patricia Augustin, Assistant Account Executive
A passionate PR and Branding Canonist who enjoys capturing the heart of your consumer.
Brienna LaCoste
Assistant Account Executive
Brienna LaCoste, Assistant Account Executive
A thoughtful and persistent strategic communicator always eager to learn, grow and utilize PR to uplift communities.
Angelica Ramirez
Account Coordinator
Angelica Ramirez, Account Coordinator
Wonder woman of office services. Dedicated to keeping the agency afloat and always saves the day.
Shawn Gadley
Content Creative
Shawn Gadley, Content Creative
content cinematics X day. word wizardry X night. creative hybridity X instinct.