MIRUS

Lily Williams

Account Manager

Our fearless account manager Lily Williams leads with grace and proactivity. Originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, Lily continues to give back to her Columbia community on and off campus through service and professional positions. Since moving to Columbia, Lily has blended her professional and community service passions, making her the perfect asset to any team. Lily is eager for the opportunity to build connections with everyone and observe all sides of the campaign process. She applied to MOJO because she is passionate about leadership and wanted to work closely with MOJO management. Above all, her favorite thing about her MOJO position is constantly being inspired by the talented members of her team. 

Even as a student in the accelerated master’s program, Lily still finds time to give back through working at the MU Writing Center, assisting with the School of Journalism Vaccine Hesitancy Project Team as well as being a loyal member of the Mo Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi. Lily has experience serving on the steering committee, PR team for Caring for Columbia, marketing as an intern for the River Bend Food Bank as well as volunteering at the Moving Ahead after-school program.

Lily demonstrates her professional leadership through her role as President of the American Advertising Federation and served as the Head of Public Relations at Relevant Youth Marketing Agency. Outside of Mizzou’s campus, Lily has worked as a Public Relations intern for FleishmanHillard and as an IDG Global Communications Intern for Lenovo. Lily’s hyper organization paired with her enthusiasm and collaborative mindset make her the Account Manager of our dreams!

Lily finds peace in her daily MKT walks and podcast binge sessions. When work and school obligations aren’t in full swing, her favorite thing is traveling and escaping to Colorado to hike in the summer and ski in the winter.

After graduating with her master’s degree in May 2024, she’d like to continue supporting clients in the tech industry by utilizing her thesis to offer support in the face of a crisis.

If Lily was a flavor of Sour Patch Kids candy, she would be Orange!

Jack Rintoul

Art Director

Jack Rintoul of St. Louis takes charge of all things creative as our innovatively courageous Art Director! Staying close to home, Jack has thrown himself into the University of Missouri culture and has taken advantage of involvement opportunities such as the Alumni Association Student Board, Homecoming Steering Committee, Mock Trial, AIGA Mizzou as well as a Journalism Ambassador. 

Jack loves being creative and coming up with big ideas, so applying for the Art Director position was an easy decision- team Mirus is lucky to have him! Jack is a natural leader and does an excellent job of serving in a leadership role while also collaborating with the team to make sure everyone is proud of the work produced!

Outside of the School of Journalism, Jack is a dedicated member of the community and participates in Caring For Columbia, a day of service that allows MU students to give back to the city. Professionally, Jack serves the university as the Communications/Design Intern for the University of Missouri School of Law. Jack also has experience as a Design Intern at FleishmanHillard Brussels, as well as a Nick Ferrentino New Voices Fellow at the Student Press Law Center.

When Jack was growing up, his neighborhood won a radio contest along with a private Meghan Trainor concert on his block! Despite peaking at this very moment, Jack continues to chase that feeling by hiking, climbing and spending time with family and friends outdoors. 

After graduation, Jack is hoping to move abroad or to the coast and work in a creative field at an advertising agency or a design firm. Whether he ends in the East or the West, we know our Art Director, Jack, is the best! 

If Jack was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, he would be Grape!

Lexi Symonds

Content Manager

Lexi Symonds, often described as driven, has all the qualities of a perfect content manager – creative, organized and left-handed! Since coming to the University of Missouri School of Journalism from Overland Park, Kansas, she has dedicated her time to academic and other campus organizations. Serving the School of Journalism specifically, Lexi served as the Public Relations Coordinator for Strategic Communication as well as the Strategic Communication Intern for Mizzou Athletics Department.

Lexi, being a team player, prides herself on her ability to work closely with everyone in the team – she is excited to be an integral part of each step in the process and learn from all her team members. She applied to MOJO to gain real-life opportunities and experience, learn from her peers who are like-minded and be a part of something bigger than herself!

Applying the Missouri Method, she scored a position as the Public Relations Intern for Perfect Game Midwest and is on the Marketing team for Willies and Fieldhouse, a popular campus restaurant/bar, where she continues to serve the community as a bartender.

Outside of academics, Lexi represents the Delta Xi chapter of Tri Delta as their Vice President of Membership Experience which involves coordinating and overseeing formal recruitment and new member education events. She is also a proud member of the American Advertising Federation and the Association for Women in Sports.

When she’s not at the J-School or working on her portfolio, she is volunteering at the Church of The Resurrection and Lizzy’s Walk of Faith or donating to St. Jude, a cause to which she contributes actively. During Lexi’s free time she enjoys journaling, listening to audiobooks and working out. When it comes to post-graduation plans, Lexi knows she would thrive in the sports and entertainment industry because of the fast-paced environment and her ability to think on her feet. Whether Lexi goes into event planning or social media management, we know she will continue to make the J-School proud!

If Lexi was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, she would be Redberry!

 

 

Kate Cupp

Digital Strategist

Kate Cupp, digital strategist, of Marceline, Missouri, brings the same creativity as her hometown celebrity, Walt Disney. While she normally pursues more creative positions, Kate also enjoys the logistical and strategic side of placing creative pieces. Leading the way on all things digital strategy, Kate continues to show her dedication to her academics and peers through her collaborative work ethic and passion. 

At the University of Missouri, Kate has been involved with the student agency, Relevant Youth, as a graphic designer, social media manager and now, videographer. Kate is also a member of the American Advertising Federation, the Alpha Psi chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha and a Leading Through Literacy volunteer. Kate also strives to give back to her community through initiatives such as Ronald McDonald House, Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and North Central Missouri Humane Society. Kate is also a strong supporter of her chapter’s philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness, and raises funding for research through Pink Out games and other campus involvement. 

Along with being a dedicated student, Kate has also acquired an impressive professional portfolio having experience at both student and legitimate ad agencies. Kate’s involvement as a Seaside Marketing Intern and MMGY Advertising campaign team for Beach Bound in the Spring semester of 2022, make her a highly valued member of the Mirus team. 

After graduation, Kate aims to work in the field of hospitality and tourism, doing social media/brand management to feed her love of traveling. She hopes to live on the coast in Florida as she has spent the past few summers in a small beach town there and wants to continue exploring the ocean. 

If Kate was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, she would be Orange!

 

Amanda Rosser

Public Relations Account Manager

Public relations account manager, Amanda Rosser, is an inquisitive and experienced member of our team. Originally from Eagan, Minnesota, Amanda has made quite an impact on the University of Missouri’s campus. She has served as a Public Relations Intern for MU Law and its Veterans Clinic as well as the Public Relations Chair for the Vietnamese Student Association at MU. Her involvement on campus goes beyond academics as she is a proud member of the Asian American Association, Vietnamese Student Association, PR Club and Women in Media Club. 

Amanda is excited to help bring her team’s strategy to life within their creative findings. She knew that MOJO would be a great leadership opportunity and help further prepare her for life, both personally and professionally, outside of Mizzou.

Outside of the university, Amanda was a Mastercard Student Researcher for New Product Development where she gained experience conducting focus groups and in-depth interviews which gave her insight into the behind-the-scenes of launching a new product.  

Aside from school, Amanda also values giving back to the community and has contributed to a variety of organizations and causes. She has served as a volunteer at the Youth Equipment Drive held by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia, a volunteer at True North’s annual Little Black Dress fundraiser, as well as Art in the Park. When she’s not volunteering or in one of her four clubs, she’s either out running, making dinner with friends or reading, spending time with her one-eyed cat, Ody!

After graduation, Amanda and Ody hope to move to New York City and work for an agency for a few years before attending law school. 

If Amanda was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, she would be Redberry!

Hannah Schuler

Media Planner

Hannah Schuler, Media Planner, is an eager and passionate member of our team. Coming to Missouri from Libertyville, Illinois, Hannah dove headfirst into the University of Missouri’s campus and Columbia. Hannah has experience with businesses of all sizes from her role as a Social Media Coordinator for a small business to interning as a Social Strategist at Edelman on the Adobe Digital Team. Continuing to make the School of Journalism proud, Hannah serves as the American Advertising Federation‘s Social Media Coordinator, giving back to the school that taught her so much. 

Hannah is honored to be a media planner because she is passionate about keeping up with the latest platforms and understanding the behaviors of an audience to target and engage them! Hannah wanted to be in MOJO because she has heard amazing things from previous members and wanted to work alongside a group of students who share her passion for the industry. Hannahs’s energy and passion are contagious and motivate the team to push through, even on long nights

Outside of the classroom, Hannah can be found working at Ellis Library on campus, volunteering her time at the Ronald McDonald’s house or experimenting with new vegetarian recipes! In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time in the sun, going on runs and walks, doing yoga with her friends and traveling!

After graduation, Hannah hopes to work as a social media strategist at an agency. If Hannah was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, she would be Grape!

Kallie Lehenbauer

Kallie Lehenbauer, video producer, channels her creative and driven nature to let us see the world through her eyes! Coming from Auxvasse, Missouri, Kallie is an involved student in many clubs and even used to play college softball! At the University of Missouri, Kallie is a member of the Public Relations Club, American Advertising Federation, and Executive Women’s International as well as a proud sister of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. 

Kallie’s favorite part of being a video producer is that she gets to do her favorite thing – get creative! Kallie loves the creative process because it encourages teamwork so she can’t wait to work with her other team members. She applied to MOJO because she wanted to challenge herself and expand her knowledge by getting hands-on experience with a national client. Kallie was also encouraged to apply when she found out MOJO targets 18-24-year-olds to bridge the gap between advertisers and the American youth.

Despite serving as Mirus’ video producer, Kallie is a true jack of all trades. She has experience as a Content Marketing Intern at Central Bank, Content Manager for The Wardrobe Como Gives Campaign, as well as a social media coordinator for a small business. When she’s not in the classroom, Kallie likes to dedicate her time to volunteer work, specifically Ronald McDonald House and the Serve and Adopt a Family Foundation. In Kallie’s free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and with family and friends. 

After graduation, she hopes to get a job in the sports advertising field or at an advertising agency. If Kallie was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, she would be Lemon!

Emily Williams

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer Emily Williams is the embodiment of creativity – she even taught herself how to embroider over quarantine! Originally from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Emily developed her love for art by volunteering at elementary schools both in Lee’s Summit and Columbia art classrooms to help instill the love for creativity and art in the next generation. Her love for children does not stop there, as she helps and supports CASA, an organization that supports and appoints court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. She does this through her involvement in her sorority, the Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, where she is also on the Social Media committee. 

Emily’s favorite thing about being a graphic designer for MOJO is her ability to utilize her artistic side in a way that correlates with what she wants to do in the future. She applied for MOJO because she wanted to push herself to create work that she would be proud of during her senior year and knew MOJO was just the way to do that!

Often described as ambitious and cooperative, Emily is the creative who can offer the best of both worlds. Emily has experience as a Social Media intern at Page Communications, as well as a Social Media intern for Rovira Realty. When she’s not working or volunteering, she can be found painting on her living room floor or with her face full of Buffalo chicken dip while streaming New Girl in the background.

After graduation, Emily’s goal is to be an art director or a graphic designer for an agency, specifically one like Barkley or VMLY&R. No matter where Emily ends up, we know she will continue to spread beauty and creativity. 

If Emily was a Sour Patch Kids Candy flavor, she would be Lemon!

Delaney Ehrhardt

Copywriter

Delaney Ehrhardt, a native of Glenview, Illinois, always comes prepared to meetings with fresh ideas and a bubbly attitude. As a MOJO copywriter, she approaches all she does with authenticity and ambition. Delaney has experience in content creation, social media management and PR and marketing duties. Delaney continued to develop these skills over the course of her internship as a Marketing and PR intern at C|Louise PR + Marketing Agency in Chicago. Delaney recently accepted a part-time school year position for C|Louise as a Marketing Assistant and is ecstatic to continue to grow. Outside of the professional world, Delaney is a proud member of the Epsilon Mu chapter of Sigma Kappa and serves on their PR committee, Communications committee as well as Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee. Delaney is honored to be a part of MOJO Ad for her last year and is stoked to continue working with her team and management.

Often described as outgoing, Delaney’s proudest moment was when she taught herself to ride a unicycle in 6th grade – yes, she can still ride! When she’s not writing, she can be found playing the ukulele, exploring Columbia with friends or going for a hike! Through her involvement in Sigma Kappa, Delaney has developed a passion for the Alzheimer’s Association and has walked in the Walk to End Alzheimers since she was 16 years old. Delaney’s most memorable experience was when she flew to Peru by herself to teach English to kindergarteners which sparked her love for traveling and communication.

After graduation, Delaney hopes to move back to Chicago and work for an environmentally sustainable/eco-friendly company. Delaney is eager to continue to show what she can do and make her parents proud as her father is a CMO for Escoffier, the world’s largest culinary school and her mother is a PR freelancer – strategic communication is quite literally in her blood.

If Delaney was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, she would be Blue Raspberry!

 

Lily Hartsig

Quantitate Strategist

Often described as detail-oriented, Lilly Hartsig takes on quantitative strategy with an outgoing and positive attitude. Not only is she an amazing researcher, strategist and team member, but she also has a phenomenal voice and is a member of the Naturelles a capella group! Lilly is an active member of the MU chapter of Delta Gamma through which she volunteers for Service for Sight, an organization that supports schools for visually impaired children as well as other initiatives that help preserve and conserve vision. Originally from Glencoe, Illinois, Lilly chose to come to the University of Missouri for its journalism program, one of which she has taken full advantage of.

Lilly has always been curious to learn about human behaviors, habits and preferences so this position allows her to do just that! Lilly applied to MOJO because she wanted to challenge herself and grow as a professional around other creative students. In addition to being the quantitative strategist for MOJO Ad, she also served The Relevant Youth Creative Marketing Agency as a copywriter. 

Outside of the classroom, Lilly has worked in the beauty industry, specifically as a Merchandising Intern at Ulta Beauty and a Sales Analyst Intern for Walmart at Beauty by Imagination. Lilly is passionate about testing the latest trends/products in fashion and beauty and is a registered “shopaholic.” After graduation, Lilly hopes to work at an advertising agency or continue working in the beauty industry. Lilly brings positivity and a fresh perspective to all team meetings that spark conversation to uncover essential parts of research. 

If Lilly was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, she would be Orange!

Gehazi Whitehurst

Qualitative Strategist

Gehazi Whitehurst, Qualitative Strategist, is just as involved with the University of Missouri as one could be. Part of the MU Theater Department, Gehazi performs in a variety of shows as well as a proud member of the National Theatre Honors Society, Alpha Psi Omega. When not on stage, Gehazi can be found at Veterans United Home Loans as a Media Relations Intern or at the Center for Academic Success & Excellence where he is a marketing intern. Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, Gehazi has also gotten involved on campus as a member of the American Advertising Federation as well as becoming a Summer Welcome Leader. 

Despite breaking his left index finger in 4th grade by jamming it into an Army truck door, Gehazi has powered through and conquered his 10-year-old injury. Since then, Gehazi has assisted United Community Builders with their marketing efforts, as well as helping the Jack & Jill Columbia chapter collaborate on a wide variety of events. Aside from assisting behind the scenes, Gehazi also donates and volunteers at holiday drives and campaigns for True North of Columbia. 

When Gehazi isn’t practicing his next song or rehearsing lines for a show, he can be found outside, enjoying hiking and exploring nature with his friends. He dreams of publishing a book in the future, so look out for him both on stage and on the shelves.

Through his work in MOJO, Gehazi hopes to gain a better understanding of his future career plans by seeing each team member execute their role. Gehazi is exhilarated to be our qualitative strategist because he gets to understand diverse groups deeply. Interviewing and researching have always been his favorite things about journalism and communication, so he can’t wait to gather and compile valuable insights and strategies for the team. He wanted to get real-world experience working in an ad agency before graduation, so MOJO was the perfect fit. 

After graduation, Gehazi wants to work for a theater or entertainment company in public relations, brand strategy, or some related role. He’s also determined to meet his goal of traveling outside of the country while he’s still young.

If Gehazi was a Sour Patch Kids flavor, he would be Grape!