AFA Board Of Directors

Front Row, Left to Right:

  • Tammy Swaffar
  • Tricia Upshaw
  • Kay Schlaefi
  • Michelle Red
  • Pam McMillan

Back Row, Left to Right:

  • Chelle Gerhardt
  • Leslie Tabor
  • Bridget Joslin
  • David Goodman
  • Khristi Phillips
  • Christina Day
  • Jennifer Jones

2024 President

Michelle Red AIFD, CFD, AAMF, AMF

2023 President

Kay Schlaefi AIFD, CFD, AMF

About Your 2024 AFA President

My floral journey began when I was just 14 years old. Back then, I started helping my then-boyfriend with holiday deliveries. I fell in love with the art of arranging flowers and thought to myself, “I can do that.” So, I mustered up the courage to ask the shop owner if I could give it a try, and the rest, as they say, is history. Over the years, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and I’m still learning every day.

One of my passions is helping the floral industry nurture new and emerging designers because I truly believe that education is essential in our field. It took me quite some time to fully grasp the importance of education. Initially, I just went with the flow of floral design without realizing the vast opportunities for growth. However, completing the Master Florist program under the guidance of Kay Schlaefli and Robert Robertson ignited a fire within me. I went on to earn my CFD and even tested for my AIFD certification. Today, my burning passion remains focused on education.

As I look ahead to the upcoming year, I am excited to serve as your president. I’m eager to work closely with the board to develop several educational programs throughout the year. Together, we’ll continue to grow and thrive in the world of floristry.

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