Ali is an empathetic account manager who is a leader everywhere she goes. Along with leading the MOJO Ad team, Ali teaches group fitness classes at MizzouRec as a TigerX instructor. There, she uses her skills to connect with students, collaborate with co-instructors and get her heart rate up, along with serving as the social media lead for group fitness programs.
Ali puts her talents to use as a communications intern at Radio Flyer in Chicago, where she spearheads social media campaigns rooted in strategy and writes weekly content. She also researched industry trends for new client pitches and tackled internal marketing projects as a communications intern at FTI Consulting in Brussels, Belgium this spring. Last year, she worked as a marketing intern at St. Louis Public Radio. In her hometown of St. Louis, she arranged media trades and tracked digital impressions for the station.
Outside of work, Ali is a sorority member and a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in Columbia. She also serves as the outreach coordinator for the student chapter of the American Advertising Federation at Mizzou.
Payton is a visually oriented art director who channels her creativity into everything she does. This summer, she created her own app called “Who Owes What” with her father. She designed the visual layouts and UX/UI, and handled the marketing while her father handled the technology backend.
She also has experience as the marketing intern for Redwood Logistics in Chicago, near her hometown of Mundelein, Illinois. There, she honed her graphic design skills by creating flyers and social media posts, along with updating parts of its website. She was also the marketing intern for Solstice Mobile in Chicago, where she gained experience in photo editing and creating videos for promotional use, along with learning about the future of the technology industry.
In addition to her eye for design, Payton is also a creative writer. Along with working at the Writing Center as a tutor, she wrote a screenplay last year that was selected to be produced through the Mizzou New Play Series. She is also the head fiction editor for Epic Literary Magazine and a volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank, which distributes books to underserved children in the Chicago area.
On-campus, Payton is the vice president of the American Sign Language Club. She was also a Panhellenic Counselor this summer and served on the executive board of Phi Mu Fraternity as secretary. She is passionate about raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which she has done through her involvement in Mizzouthon and her sorority.
Graphic DesignerA St. Joseph, Missouri, native, Sara Marquardt is all about design and, of course, saving the bees. Though this graphic designer does not plan on closing the Adobe Illustrator tab anytime soon, she hopes to become a full-time beekeeper upon her retirement.
While Sara still has yet to put on the bee suit, she has spent the last four years participating in the undergraduate visual arts showcase at Mizzou and volunteering with the Special Olympics Bowling League in Columbia. Outside of MOJO Ad, Sara works as a graphic design TA for the Columbia Missourian.
Bernie O' Boyle
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Bernie is quite the movie aficionado. If you’re ever bored, check out his Instagram, @BerniesMovieRecs. Bernie spent the summer as a digital marketing strategist at Specialty House of Creation, where he worked to ensure proper linkage between its CRM system and social pages, updated LinkedIn and Facebook pages and acted as a liaison between both services and directors. He previously worked as a strategic marketing and communications intern at Creative One, assisting the digital marketing team with social media campaigns and search engine optimization of client’s landing pages. Bernie also worked as an editor and production assistant for Media One, Creative One’s production studio arm.
At MU, he is a member of the Gamma Rho chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. During his time as the chapter’s historian, he coordinated service events and special events. He was recently awarded the position of campus manager for Snodaze, an annual ski trip organized by Lifestylez. He also volunteers at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Bernie describes himself as confident, optimistic and communicative. In high school, Bernie never missed a single day of class and believes this speaks to his ability to adhere to self-discipline and his prioritization of schoolwork before personal desires.
Elisabeth is a dynamic strategist who sees strategic communication through a global lens. Through her study abroad trips to Prague, Brussels, Barcelona and Rome, she gained a new understanding of the world while satisfying her passion for travel, food and music. At home, Elisabeth formerly worked as a researcher and developed a paid media strategy at an internship with True Media in Columbia. One of her clients was the Missouri Farm Bureau, who she advised on media recommendations for new insurance products. Currently, she is a Lead Generation Intern at Veterans United planning, conducting and analyzing user experience research.
When she’s not traveling or cooking food from across the globe, Elisabeth volunteers and fundraises for the Rainbow House and MizzouThon. She is also a member of Kappa Delta sorority where she served in various roles, including the leadership selection committee, and the Women’s Network Mizzou, a women-led network that focuses on preparing the next generation of leadership.
Lily spent the summer working as a SEO copywriter at TicketSmarter, a ticket company based in Overland Park, Kansas. During summer of 2019, she had an internship opportunity 4,661 miles away as a public relations intern at Your Little Community Manager in Lyon, France. She oversaw management of the company’s social channels, wrote original content for its website in French and worked directly with a client to increase engagement on social media. Lily also served as the chief external affairs officer for the Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta in 2019, where she created the chapter’s comprehensive PR plan and led the chapter’s philanthropy, service, online media, publications and alumnae relations.
Lily works as a teacher’s assistant at La Petite Ecole, Columbia’s first dual-language immersion school. Within this program, she works individually with each student, speaking only in French, and helps teachers with daily activity execution. A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Lily enjoys playing tennis, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends. She has also seen “Gilmore Girls” more times than she can count and could probably recite an entire episode.
Britten is a proud Kansas City, Missouri native. Known for being creative and driven, she has previously interned at Diffactory, a digital marketing agency. As a Marketing Coordinator intern, she used performance marketing techniques and produced exclusive web content to aid and enhance customer traction for a number of clients. Britten spent last semester writing for a Detroit-based publication where she also served as an editor. Currently, she is an Account Management Intern at Relevance. There, she amplifies content strategy utilization with optimization tactics for a variety of clients that result in traffic and distribution of brand expertise.
On-campus, she is an active member of the American Advertising Federation and serves as a mentor for underclassmen. As a freshman, Britten attended Arizona State University’s Journalism and Mass Communication school before taking her talents to MU’s J-School, and we are so happy she did! She was an avid dancer for 16 years, which taught her a lot about time management and how to prioritize different commitments. She hopes to travel all around the world when everything gets back to normal – fingers crossed – and would especially love to travel to England so she can take a picture and caption it “Great Britten.” When she’s not scrolling through Zillow and decorating her imaginary dream home, she enjoys exploring new cities and researching the best picture-worthy spots around town. Britten has found her niche in the media and digital realm of advertising and is looking forward to pursuing a career in those areas upon graduation, all the while incorporating her business minor.
When life gives you lemons, you might get our digital strategist Dawson Lemmons. Originally from Kansas City, Dawson describes himself as outgoing, energetic and organized. This past summer, he worked at Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas as a Policy and Advocacy Intern. While there, he completed research on bills that could positively or negatively impact the organization and worked with the COO and CEO for strategies to recruit new legislators to advocate for the organization and the Artemis Initiative. The initiative is designed to prepare the workforce for the “fourth industrial revolution” and train prospective employees how to use machinery through AI technology so that no one is left behind. On-campus, Dawson served as the Communications Director for Mizzou College Democrats where he created daily posts for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as sent out weekly email updates and created a brand kit for all of their social platforms. He also was a Legislative Intern in Claire McCaskill’s Columbia office and wrote letters of support to help small businesses and governments receive government grants to fund projects to benefit their organizations. The letters of support had a 75% success rate and he was able to help many small businesses and communities across the state.
As the Vice President of College Democrats of Missouri, Dawson has met the likes of Julian Castro, Claire McCaskill, Jason Kander, and Nicole Galloway, to name a few. He also held numerous positions within the organization since his sophomore year and has grown the Missouri chapter to be the sixth-largest in the country. Outside of his professional work and campus involvement, Dawson is an avid music lover and has been to over a hundred shows, and is currently missing being able to listen to live music. He’s met Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Some of his favorite shows have been Tom Petty at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, Paul McCartney, and Green Day at the Pageant in St. Louis. Although he claims he’s not the greatest singer or dancer, you can usually find him jamming out at his apartment or any show he attends.
Public Relations Account ManagerIf you desire to travel in any car, you better choose Kaylee Hanebuth, our public relations account manager from Grayslake, Illinois. Although she loves to travel, Kaylee is a major asset to the MOJO staff in how organized and dependable she is in a team setting.
Last summer, Kaylee participated in Ketchum’s Summer Fellows Training Program and the PR Council’s Agency Ready Certificate Program, where she attended executive-led webinars on strategic planning, data analytics, social media strategy and crisis communication.
At the same time, Kaylee is involved on campus as a journalism ambassador, public relations chairwoman and American Advertising Federation member.
Melina, our beloved content manager, hails from St. Louis, Missouri and considers herself creative, resilient and empathetic. Not only is Melina active on social media, but she manages several pages as well with the accounts totaling to 130,000 followers. As a Social Media Strategist, she manages pages for CollegeThoughts, a college prep service, Pave The Way, a philanthropy-based jewelry company and Broadway Hair Company, a local hair salon in Columbia, Missouri. Melina also enjoys volunteering at The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, as well as tutoring at the Ferguson Public Library. On campus, she is a co-host on Relevant Youth’s Podcast “Keeping it Relevant,” a member of Amnesty International, an organization specializing in human rights campaigns, and the Trulaske College of Business Diverse Student Association. Melina has also committed herself to ensuring COVID safety on campus by working with student organizations and advocating for more accessible testing and preventative measures for MU students.
Since a young age, Melina has been fortunate enough to travel quite frequently. When she was just a wee 6-month-old child, she traveled to Italy with her mother to visit her father while he was stationed there with the US Air Force. Melina has since been to 18 countries including Japan, China, Thailand, Greece, Egypt, and more. Her most recent trip was to Australia in January 2020 before the pandemic and looks forward to traveling more in the future. This summer, Melina created her own Snapchat filters that accumulated 40 million views. In her free time, Melina loves writing in her journal, scrapbooking and photography, and she is also fluent in Spanish.
Being from Dallas, somehow Abbey gave up her love of Tex-Mex and displeasure for cold weather and ended up in Missouri. She has an affinity for words and visuals, and her pursuit of a career in copywriting comes from her love of writing and painting in her free time. Although her summer internship was canceled due to COVID-19, she previously interned in the marketing department for the Retail Connection, where she formulated spreadsheets for future social media posts and helped input information on a new database into Salesforce. On campus, Abbey is the Student Brand Manager for Red Bull North America, where she represents the brand by engaging with students on campus, familiarizing herself with key trends to find new markets on campus and building distribution and visibility. Her favorite activity is telling people that one 8.4-ounce can of Red Bull is, indeed, the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. She lives by the motto that a student should always have a can in hand. Abbey is also a member of Chi Omega and served as banner chair, where she created and painted banners for chapter events, including the homecoming 2019 banner –– a Mizzou-inspired, “Toy Story” 3D claw machine that won first place. Outside of school and MOJO Ad, you can find Abbey busting her moves on the dance floor or in any public setting, for that matter. Contrary to popular belief, she is not a trained dancer; but when a good song is playing, she will get in the groove.