Andrea Messina is the Owner and President of Group Concepts and serves as an Executive Director for our clients. Her areas of specialty include board structure, policy development, and corporate partnerships. She develops strategies for membership and sponsorship growth, member retention, and volunteer engagement. In collaboration with our clients, Andrea builds a foundation for the organization to ensure forward progress toward its mission and long term goals. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado and a track record of successful branding efforts. Former sales and marketing roles have taught Andrea to listen to client needs and implement solutions with significant returns on investment. She is a budget minder and continually finds innovative ways capitalize on revenue opportunities. Outside of the company,Andrea enjoys spending time with her children and is an avid golfer.
Michele Blair serves as the Executive Director for three of Group Concepts client associations. For 30 years, Ms. Blair has worked as an advocate and policy expert, working with elected officials, private companies, and non-profit organizations. She has developed and implemented strategic plans, government relations, communications programs, community outreach, media relations, and fundraising initiatives.
Most recently, Ms. Blair served as the CEO of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), overseeing all aspects of the business functions, day-to-day operations, and meeting planning. Ms. Blair provided the overarching vision, direction, and leadership for the organization. Under her leadership, the organization’s membership grew by 64%, the revenue and the reserves doubled.
Ms. Blair served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) in Southern California. The OCMA is a non-profit, voluntary organization with over 2,300 physicians, residents, and student members making it one of the largest county associations in California. A complete overhaul of the operations was undertaken bringing about stability and growth. She also simultaneously served as CEO of the OCMA affiliates: Orange County Foundation for Medical Care (OCFMC) and Orange County Preferred Provider Organization (OCPPO).
She has managed team efforts on high-profile projects and campaigns, including the successful grassroots and media outreach campaign for the National Tobacco Settlement for healthcare in Orange County (Measure H). Her leadership secured nearly $40 million annually for healthcare services.
Accolades include being:
- Honored for effective advocacy efforts by CAL/ACEP and given a Special Award for Outstanding Service to Emergency Physicians
- Honored for effective advocacy by the Mental Health Association of Orange County
- Awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition
- Recognized by the CA State Senate, the CA State Assembly, and the County of Orange for her advocacy efforts and service to the community
Ms. Blair graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics.
Kim Khensawan has over 8 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant in various industries with a strong focus in website and database management and communications. Taking multiple college courses in Graphic Design and Information Technology has allowed her to translate her skills across various platforms. She has assisted with streamlining processes and procedures with her aptitude in technology. Kim has an innate ability to present pertinent data with an intuitive and user-friendly approach and a strong attention to detail. In her spare time, as a self-proclaimed amateur “foodie”, you will often find her out and about trying the latest food craze as seen on social media.
Deb Johnson is a high-performance senior leader with over 20 years of experience managing non-profit organizations. She has the ability to drive change to improve organizational performance and management. Deb has a strong track record of success in motivating and developing volunteers while optimizing operational results. She is a self-directed professional that takes pride in the transformation of a vision into reality while building a sustainable foundation for continued success. Deb takes initiative to learn about the industries of each of our clients and is excited to apply her skills to grow client associations. When not in the office, you can find Deb traveling, dancing, kayaking or gardening.
Communications and Advocacy Coordinator
Heather Dauler is a former attorney and lobbyist. She has spent the last decade reading the fine print and acting as an adviser for businesses and governments. Her experience includes analyzing legislation, developing strategies for stakeholder engagement, and acting as President for three non-profit organizations.
Heather has honed her skills as a detail-oriented leader who delivers timely results. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University, a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, and a Masters of Law degree in Government and Public Policy from Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Pam Ramirez has worked in finance for over 20 years. Her positions have included staff accountant and payroll accountant for large companies and government agencies. She has processed payroll proficiently for over 1,000 employees per pay period. Her financial background also includes cash receipts, garnishments, working with retirement funds, workers comp reports and processing quarterly and yearly payroll taxes. Throughout her financial career she has worked closely with all employees and has been awarded several Best Service awards. She has helped implement several payroll software programs and prides herself on attention to detail. Her knowledge of business applications are a big asset. On the weekends, you can find Pam with her family and friends on the golf course.
Mikkia Massey is an office professional who thrives on being able to anticipate the needs of our clients. She has over a decade of executive support experience and applies her prior knowledge to tackle daily responsibilities. Mikkia is constantly working toward achievement and desires opportunities that will broaden her horizon. She is a team player, willing to lead, eager to learn and is self-motivated. Enthusiastic and personable, her passion is to contribute, support, and make a difference with our clients. She is an ambitious, outgoing individual who seeks extensive adventure in everything! Outside of the office she enjoys hiking, concerts, and impersonating Elvis Presley.