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
Executive Vice President
Sharron Banks, Executive 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.
Danyele Davis
Executive Vice President
Danyele Davis, Executive 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 the MillerCoors, Brown-Forman and Chicago Park District accounts. 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.
Adorn Lewis-Mitchell
Executive Vice President
Adorn Lewis-Mitchell, Executive Vice President
"Seasoned communicator who keeps client service top-of-mind."
"An accomplished communicator whose passion, pride, and respect for African American culture guides her approach to creating award-winning work for clients. Adorn’s laser-focused eye for writing and attention to detail have helped the agency retain and grow clients throughout the years. Insights gained through her leadership at non-profit organizations and major corporations are cornerstones to several successful brand campaigns."
Ed Flowers
DE&I Strategist
Ed Flowers, DE&I Strategist
Innovative HR leader with an ongoing commitment to organizational culture change
With more than 30 years of senior-level corporate Human Resources experience, Ed Flowers is very passionate about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A well-respected, strategic thought leader, he built the business case for DE&I at several Fortune 500 companies where he worked. He has developed customized, industry-specific DE&I solutions and led several DE&I corporate practices that drove organizational transformation. Active and engaged in the community, Ed has served on boards for several nonprofit organizations, providing HR expertise and counsel. At FCG, Ed brings the proven leadership and seasoned experience needed to affect systemic change in a business environment being shaped by heighten consumer engagement.
Ruben Figueres
Business Development Strategist
Ruben Figueres, Business Development Strategist
Entrepreneurial leader who brings a global perspective to his work
Ruben Figueres is a seasoned business development professional who earned an MBA focused on Marketing and Information Systems from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He brings more than 20 years of experience building his own firm, the Alario Group and working with national clients to his role as Business Development Strategist for Flowers Communications Group. He is focused on driving new business that leverages the agency’s nearly 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated marketing communications campaigns designed to reach African-American, Hispanic and Asian communities. Tapping into his own entrepreneurial experiences, Ruben identifies opportunities to reach new clients, enter new markets and expand service offerings.
Freddie Baez
Vice President, Experiential
Freddie Baez, Vice President, Experiential
Freddie Baez brings more than 20 years of award-winning expertise in experiential marketing to Flowers Communications Group. Known in the experiential industry as the “go to” guy, he has served as a chief strategist, developed creative, trailblazing concepts and executed hundreds of brand experiences from event activations to concert tours to nationwide sampling programs.​​
Wanda Taylor–Ward
Chief Financial Officer
Wanda Taylor–Ward, Chief Financial Officer
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.
Jasmine Flowers Mazyck
Managing Director
Jasmine Flowers Mazyck, Managing Director
Energizing strategic leader with expertise in DEI and Talent Management within the Professional Services industry.
"Jasmine is a proud Spelman College graduate and University of Georgia MBA with more than 15 years of experience in the Professional Services industry (Deloitte and McKinsey). She brings a breadth of experience as a strategic thought leader and trusted advisor in the DEI and Talent management space. Throughout her career, Jasmine has consulted cross-functionally and partnered with senior leaders to drive results and ensure alignment with business imperatives. At FCG, Jasmine is passionate about inspirational leadership, strategic visioning, innovative ideas, and amplifying the DEI lens. Jasmine lives in Atlanta, GA with her 3 kids, husband, and golden doodle pup.”
Aquinas Early
Vice President
Aquinas Early, Vice President
A skilled marketing communications executive who believes creativity is golden and thinking outside the box is absolutely normal.
Aquinas is a skilled marketing communications executive with a proven track record of elevating brands and developing campaigns that create buzz! Her innovative ideas, creative concepts and strategic campaigns have received national recognition and been the recipients of many industry awards. Based in the LA area, Aquinas enjoys spending all her free time on the beach and in the sun.
Michael Coburn
Vice President
Michael Coburn, Vice President
Intuitive listener who thinks about marketing, through-the-line, to create holistic campaigns that deliver on the client’s objectives while organically growing their business through insights and fact-based data mining.
Mark-Anthony Marshall
Group Creative Director
Mark-Anthony Marshall, Group Creative Director
I create things!
Lauren Wesley
Account Director
Lauren Wesley, Account Director
Lauren Wesley, M.A., M.Ed.
"Lauren is a seasoned and dynamic marketing, communications, public relations and nonprofit professional with more than 16 years of experience in public relations and fundraising. She is a highly successful architect of creative media campaigns and brand strategies resulting in increased national and international visibility and revenue generation. Further, she leverages her strong event management and strategic partnership engagement experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors to generate critically-need operating funds. She has managed international, national, and local brands carefully crafting the brand story to strategically communicate to various audiences. She leverages her professional background in the nonprofit sector and education in clinical psychology to provide exceptional personal service to her clients. Working in fundraising and development for 15 years gives her a keen understanding of how to cultivate partnerships, and she applies this knowledge to maintaining strong communication and relationships. She is a published author whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including the Wall Street Journal and in college-level textbooks. Lauren holds masters’ degrees in clinical psychology and education from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Widener University respectively. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana. When she is not serving her clients, she continuously strives to be the supermom to three boys one of whom is a Junior Olympian in track and field, one of her proudest mom moments.”
Mary Corbin
Senior Account Coordinator/Project Manager
Mary Corbin, Senior Account Coordinator/Project Manager
Lively and upbeat events guru who loves to have a good time as much as she enjoys creating them.
Eva Pareja
Integrated Project Manager
Eva Pareja, Integrated Project Manager
An avid writer and reader who believes that all communication has the potential to be as compelling as a great book.
Mylka Valcin
Integrated Project Manager
Mylka Valcin, Integrated Project Manager
“A lover of all things creative and all things travel.”
Sabeeh Khaja
Integrated Project Manager
Sabeeh Khaja, Integrated Project Manager
"A project manager and a creative professional with over 10 years of experience working in marketing and advertising. A servant leader who believes all talent is unique and that process is the key to success."
Larry Miller
Associate Project Manager
Larry Miller, Associate Project Manager
Brinton Flowers
Director of Marketing and New Business Development
Brinton Flowers, Director of Marketing and New Business Development
An innovative and results-oriented PR pro, with both the passion and skill for client relations, marketing and community engagement.
Daniela Chavez-Lira
Account Supervisor
Daniela Chavez-Lira, Account Supervisor
An introvert living in an extrovert’s world, yet always ready to tell a story.
Derrick Clifton
Director of Media Relations
Derrick Clifton, Director of Media Relations
An empathetic, award-winning media professional passionate about identities, culture, social issues, and all things DE&I.
Kadeja Tyler
Media Relations Manager
Kadeja Tyler, Media Relations Manager
Kadeja Tyler is a communications and PR practitioner with over 8 years of experience working with people, regional and national media across consumer and nonprofit sectors. Since her first job at 16, Kadeja has been committed to delivering exceptional client and customer service through logic, wit, and resourcefulness. She enjoys all aspects of her profession and loves bringing humor to her teams.
Calvin King
Account Supervisor
Calvin King, Account Supervisor
“Innovative business leader with a passion, purpose, and proven capacity to produce sustainable results and scalable impact throughout the integrated multicultural marketing communications landscape.” 
Ena Wilson
Senior Account Executive
Ena Wilson, Senior Account Executive
Angelica Ramirez
Senior Account Executive
Angelica Ramirez, Senior Account Executive
A highly engaged PR professional that’s dedicated to keeping both the client and agency happy!
Alejandra Mena
Account Executive
Alejandra Mena, Account Executive
Alejandra Mena is an Account Executive for Flowers Communications Group in Chicago working on the Media Relations team.
She has over two years of public relations experience supporting consumer focused campaigns for clients such as Molson Coors, PLANTERS, Hotels.com and Muscle Milk. Alejandra worked on media relations planning and writing, influencer and talent relations and multicultural focused campaign planning for clients. She works diligently to strengthen activations and messaging from start to finish. Alejandra is a 2020 graduate from DePaul University earning a double major in Public Relations and Advertising and Media Cinema Studies, as well as a minor in Spanish. She currently lives in Chicago with her new puppy, she loves reading, painting, all things pop culture and catching up on exciting new shows and films.
Martina Chan
Account Director
Martina Chan, Account Director
Martina is a Lead Project Manager with an eye for detail. Dedicated to creating organic brand experiences with targeted audiences, she implements creative experiential strategies in planning and managing events of all sizes. With over 11 years of experience, she has collaborated with various fortune 500 companies ranging from spirit brands, technology companies, and automotive makers. An expert in multi-tasking, Martina finds balance in providing exceptional client services while managing nationwide and international brand activations.
Ernesto Matos
Creative Director
Ernesto Matos, Creative Director
A creative Director with over 15 years of experience, Ernesto has worked with several major brands on different international markets and developed groundbreaking work for them. A recent Chicago transplant, He is now looking for the next big challenge.​
Zenaida Manzur
Senior Operations Administrator
Zenaida Manzur, Senior Operations Administrator
Experienced Hispanic Marketing enthusiast with a passion and dedication to meeting the needs of the client and agency. Once you get to know me, you will find I have the “Zen.”
LaTonya Hunt
Senior Accounting Specialist
LaTonya Hunt, Senior Accounting Specialist
Margaret Estrada
Office & Culture Administrator
Margaret Estrada, Office & Culture Administrator
“My aspiration to learn something new every day and my passion for adventure and diversity are my best assets when it comes to thinking outside the box and completing the tasks at hand.”
Matt Wead
Graphic Designer
Matt Wead, Graphic Designer
Life isn’t perfect but design can be...not really.
Helen Rabadan
Art Director
Helen Rabadan, Art Director
Great design can be achieved when you bridge aesthetics and strategy.
Mike Runez
Video Editor
Mike Runez, Video Editor