Skylar Corby is Aper&and’s fearless leader from Plano, Texas. She has been very involved both on and off campus.
She was a Content Editing Intern at MultiView, a digital marketing firm. She has also served as the receptionist for the Admission Office. It may not sound like an exciting gig, but it teaches you a thing or two about dealing with all kinds of people. She has been able to travel across the country and volunteer by leading and particpating in multiple Mizzou Alternative Break trips.
On campus, Skylar is a member of Phi Sigma Pi, a national honors fraternity. There, she served as the Alumni Coordinator in 2019. She has also worked to continue Mizzou’s great tradition of Homecoming by serving as the Steering Committee Public Relations Chair. On top of all that, she is involved with Women in Media and Outreach Student Recruitment.
If you weren’t already wowed by her, you’ll be even more in awe to know that she plays six instruments. Skylar can play the piano, guitar, saxophone, ukulele, oboe and drums. She does has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but she’s a bit out of practice, so don’t challenge her to fight anytime soon. Lastly, she loves to bake. Maybe if you’re lucky, she’ll bake one of her favorite breads for you.
We are honored to have more than one musician on our team. When Dani isn’t doing beautiful work for our clients, you will most likely find her doing something related to music. Dani serves as a Trombone section leader for Marching Mizzou. She also participates in the volleyball and basketball pep band, Mini Mizzou. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota which is Mizzou’s music service fraternity. She even served as their Homecoming Committee Chair and lead them to win in their division.
Dani goes above and beyond to help out her fellow students as well. She uses her vast knowledge to tutor students through the University of Missouri Learning Center. There, she leads review sessions and does more in-depth tutoring for students who come in looking for help. She tutors students in Journalism, history, psychology, government and music fundamentals classes, so they can understand the material better and become better students. She also serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Design and Writing course for Strategic Communications students. This allows her to teach students how to use Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator while also helping teams improve the campaigns they are doing for their final project.
Dani considers herself to be a science fiction nerd. She was raised to love Star Trek, Star Wars and other classic sci-fi TV shows, movies and books. Dani would love to chat about anything science fiction. Her love of science fiction is what led her to love reading as well. Her all-time favorite authors are John Scalzi and Ray Bradbury. Dani also has a twin sister. Together, the two of them have been have quite a bit of sci-fi knowledge.
Public Relations Account Executive
Maddie is from Jefferson City, Missouri. As a daughter of a Mizzou alumnus, she has always been a big Mizzou gal, but figuring out where her path at Mizzou should lead was a bit more of a journey. After trying out nursing and business, she finally found her home in strategic communication.
This summer, Maddie was an account service intern at Fusion Marketing where she created an integrated advertising campaign and experiential event to promote a new E & J Gallo wine brand. She has also worked as a marketing intern at Central Bank where she enhanced and rebranded Central Travel’s online Facebook presence by creating content and compiling research for a comparative study on competitors. As an event planning intern at Salute to America, she helped execute the 2018 July 4th Festival in Jefferson City as well as Thursday night events for the month of July. A true tiger, Maddie is also a member of Mizzou’s Tour Team where she shares her love for Mizzou with prospective students and parents.
Katie is from Edwardsville, Illinois. For the past two summers, she has been a copywriting and public relations intern at BAM Marketing Agency in St. Louis where she currently freelances.
Her love for journalism, writing and design began in middle school when she joined yearbook club. She found a love in advertising through her high school drama club, which lead to finding her place in strategic communication through Mizzou’s journalism school.
As a strategic communication and French dual major, Katie is also very involved in the international community on campus. After spending a semester abroad in Lyon, France, she returned with an even greater love for French language and culture. As a Cultural Ambassador at the International Center, Katie helps exchange students find their home away from home at Mizzou. She is also the president of the French Honors Society on campus, Pi Delta Phi.
If you are searching for this charismatic, concert connoisseur, look no further than her local Trader Joes. Mackenzie focuses on being in tune with the consumer so we can wow our clients. Mackenzie was a content strategy intern for VMLY&R in Kansas City and has also interned with Girls Inc. in Washington D.C. as a Media Strategy Intern. She is the chief external affairs officer of Kappa Alpha Theta and the vice president of communications for Mizzou Student Foundation. Mackenzie loves road-trippin’ and has been to almost 40 of the 50 states!
Madison can taste words and reads in color. Madison has a brain condition known as synesthesia, which means her senses are cross-wired. Maybe that’s why she’s addicted to books. As an art director, Madison is able to use her unique ability to think visually and create designs that bring words and messages to life.
This summer, Madison worked for Barkley in Kansas City, as a brand leadership intern. She worked on the Missouri Lottery, Planet Fitness and Valent USA accounts. The summer before that, she worked for McCann Worldgroup in Prague, working on the Kozel account, and in Tokyo, working on the Mastercard account. Currently, she’s an account manager for Relevant Youth, a student-led and founded creative agency that works with local clients. Madison is also a Walter Williams Scholar through the Missouri School of Journalism.
Outside of school, Madison volunteers with her sorority’s beneficiary, Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. The center provides horseback riding therapy to people with disabilities in the Mid-Missouri area. She’s always loved service trips. She participated in the Won by One service trip to Jamaica. The program builds housing, works with schools, and runs programs that support economic development. Madison is also in a business fraternity.
Growing up, Madison was a skier. She competed in regional and national alpine skiing races.
Cullen is a clicker of cameras, trier of cheesecakes and connector of people. He keeps clients on the edge of their seats, popcorn in hand, with his cool clips. Cullen spent his summer in Pawel, Uganda filming content to promote Mobilizing Uganda for Missions and Managers on a Mission. He also works as a creative video intern for Mizzou Athletics and as an internal video manager for Mizzou Women’s Basketball.
Anastasia is from Commerce Township, Michigan. This summer, she worked as a media planning intern at McCann WorldGroup in Hong Kong where she helped to create an integrated campaign for American Eagle Outfitters. As a media planner, she worked closely with the strategy team, selected media placements and determined if placements were within budget parameters set by client. In Columbia, Anastasia is a writer at the MU Joint Office of Marketing and Strategic Communication where she helps with research, writing and other various strategic communication needs. She has also been a social media intern at The Celebrity Cafe where she created social media content to drive traffic from larger U.S. cities.
Anastasia is a member of the American Advertising Federation. She is also an ordained minister and really good at air hockey. You may also recognize her from her brief appearance on Disney Channel when she was 11.
Don’t let the researcher title fool you; Cara is as much a creative as anyone. Cara is an executive board member for Mizzou’s sketch comedy troupe, MU Battlewhale. She is a comedy devotee – also serving on the executive board for MU Improv. She’s been writing and performing comedy since her freshmen year, which allows her to think creatively about her research with MOJO this semester.
She spent her summer interning in the account department at MullenLowe in Los Angeles, where she worked with the Acura account. The agency also works with other national brands, such as Whole Foods and Netflix. Cara describes her internship as one of the best learning experiences she’s ever had. She feels it fully prepared her to take on the role as researcher.
Cara had the opportunity to study abroad last spring. She lived in Madrid participated in a fully immersive program. Her curriculum was entirely taught in Spanish and she lived with a Spanish host mother. The experience strengthened Cara’s foreign language skills and helped her feel confident in saying she’s now a fluent Spanish speaker. She will forever love huevos rotos, a dish that’s essentially fried eggs, potatoes and cured ham.
Cara thinks it’s important you know she is obsessed with Halloween. This includes all things spooky: scary movies, Friday the 13th, full moons and ghost stories. On an unrelated note, Cara is also a big fan of buffalo chicken dip.
Throughout her college career, Caroline divides her time between theatre, her sorority and a new production club on campus. She is a double major in Strategic Communications and Theatre. She has been in over 10 productions through the MU Theatre department. She has also served as the President of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society for the department. She even functioned as the homecoming liaison for the group. She is a member of the sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma. She has held multiple leadership positions in the chapter which has given her the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the organization.
One of her favorite accomplishments at Mizzou was being an original member of Shot Reverse Shot. SRS is a completely student run club that writes, funds and produces a professional quality mini-series each school year. She has performed in the shows they have created and has worked in the writer’s room to improve her scripting skills.
Caroline is a life-long Mizzou sports fan. Growing up, she would always root for Mizzou, through the very good and very bad times. Some of her favorite childhood memories were from vacations where her family went to Mizzou Bowl Games. It has been such a great experience for her to attend the school she’s loved her whole life.
Solomon has given his all to the University of Missouri. Over the past three years, he has served as a member of the undergraduate student government, the Missouri Students Association. Throughout his time, he has been an At-Large Senator, Academic Senator and the Chair of External Committee Affairs. As if that wasn’t enough student government for him, he was also elected President of his residential hall. As another way of giving back to the world around him, he served as the Community Service Chair for Phi Delta Theta.
During the summer of 2018, he was a social media intern at AT&T Illinois where he helped plan their national social campaigns. Then, he came back the next summer as an External Relations Team intern where he did Public Relations & Government Relations work. These opportunities have made him an even more well-rounded person and advertiser.
Solomon is fascinated by technology. He loves to follow emerging innovations and think about how they will have an impact on future companies and consumers. He also loves to spend time outdoors. Nothing makes him happier than taking a hike or hopping on his bike on a nice day. His go-to fun fact is that he’s fascinated by Mars. He spends his free time watching documentaries or shows about it. He even plays a video game that takes place on Mars. He loves to think about the possibility of humans one day living on his favorite planet.