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Alyssa klimkiewicz

Alyssa klimkiewicz

Account Manager

A self-proclaimed passionate notetaker, Alyssa’s organization and efficiency led her to her passions in account management. At Relevant Youth, a student-led creative marketing agency at Mizzou, Alyssa currently serves as the account director, where she oversees a team of seven account managers.

Previously, she exercised her people skills by managing a team and juggling responsibilities including photography, graphic design and strategy as an account manager at Relevant Youth. Before that, she helped communicate strategy to the client’s target audience and worked closely with the creative team to promote an advertising campaign as Relevant Youth’s social media strategist. In each of these positions, Alyssa focused on ensuring work was cohesive to the client’s brand and served their individual needs. As an account coordinator intern at New Honor Society, Alyssa served as a liaison between the client and team of five creatives, while managing the timeline, budget and weekly objectives.

Beyond her work with Relevant Youth and the New Honor Society, Alyssa is the current president of Mizzou’s branch of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), where she leads meetings for groups of 50+ people, contacts speakers, manages scheduling, and oversees all members of the executive board. She is also a member of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Alpha Delta Pi and the President’s Council. Alyssa leans into her natural personability to serve her community as a Ronald McDonald House Charities volunteer and a peer mentor at Mizzou. Alyssa has gone skydiving, and venturing far from her hometown of St. Charles, Missouri, she once swam with sharks on a family vacation in Punta Cana.

Mimi Kuroiwa

Mimi Kuroiwa

Art Director

Mimi Kuroiwa is a true worldly character, bringing her creative talents and charismatic, bubbly personality to all parts of the globe. Originally from the heart of Tokyo, Mimi has found herself studying abroad in Australia, London, Kansas City and, of course, Columbia, Missouri. 

While her passport is quite remarkable, she has accumulated an even more impressive resume here at Mizzou. Serving as the Art Director for Relevant Youth, Mizzou’s student-run creative agency, Mimi oversees content creation for her team as well as directs creative projects to promote their campaigns. Over her four years, she has also held the role of Creative Content Producer at Mizzou International Experience and been a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Mizzou club tennis, Mizzou club golf, MUTV, Tiger’s Lair, Zou Crew, the Campus Activity Programming Board and the Chancellor’s Leadership Class. Outside of Mizzou, she had an internship with Latimer at Pinewood Studios in London.

In Mimi’s “me time,” she loves to volunteer. She has acted as a College Mentor to kids at Grant Elementary School as well as participated in Caring for Columbia’s day of service and helped package food at the local food bank. 

Mimi has accepted a job as a member of the marketing team at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan after graduation. 

Nikki Reijmer

Nikki Reijmer

Quantitative Strategist

As this team’s unofficial official cheerleader, it’s no surprise that Nikki brings the pep wherever she goes. Her outgoing personality draws people in and her staunch opinions, such as the fact the milk goes before the cereal in the bowl, make them stay.

Having previously worked as a member of Division-D Ad Agency, Relevant Youth and as the Social Media Lead for the Osage group in Columbia, Nikki is practically overqualified to serve as our diligent Quantitative Strategist.

A jack-of-all-trades, Nikki has always been torn between her interests in STEM, as well as arts and writing, but feels that she has reached a healthy middle through her Strategic Communication studies here at Mizzou. After college, Nikki hopes to work in the video game industry, doing marketing research for new releases or possibly just speedrunning in her Minecraft server, whichever comes first.

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brooke lincoln

brooke lincoln

Video Producer

You can find Brooke at the rollerblading rink, lugging around a euphonium and presenting to her peers on ways to get involved on campus — though probably not all at once. Brooke is a member of Mizzou’s tuba and euphonium ensemble. She has played the euphonium since fifth grade and is skilled in trombone, piano and trumpet. She is also a fanatic for roller blading and playing Just Dance on the Wii with her family.

As a recruitment communication intern at Veterans United, Brooke was able to flex her natural organization and communication skills by helping streamline communication with candidates and keeping them engaged during the hiring process. Currently, in her role as president of Mizzou Involvement Ambassadors, Brooke provides one-on-one consultations and group presentations to her peers about ways to get involved on and off campus. She aims to connect students with a variety of organizations and opportunities to get involved in college to make Mizzou feel more like home.

Brooke is from Bolingbrook, Illinois. In the Columbia community, she volunteers through the College Mentors for Kids program, a program that connects local kids to college students during the academic year with a mission of inspiring growth, confidence and brighter futures through weekly activities on campus. She was also a tutor for the after-school program at Centro Latino de Salud, a local Columbia organization that serves latinx families and individuals. At the after-school program, Brooke volunteered her time helping local children in Columbia elementary and middle schools gain an academic advantage.

Brooke has also volunteered through Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB), an organization that sends students to serve in communities across the United States. Through one of her MAB trips, Brooke volunteered at Church World Service in south Florida, focusing on refugee and immigration services. Her favorite part of the trip was getting to know a family from Colombia, learning merengue, speaking Spanish and learning more about their family traditions.

Gabrielle Faletto

Gabrielle Faletto

Graphic Designer

Gabrielle Faletto is constantly seeking growth in her career as a graphic designer.  She even asks her brother, a professional graphic designer, to give her “assignments” to enhance her skills. 

This growth mindset is why Gabrielle is so skilled. Now, she brings her impressive, relevant experience to her role as Art Director. She began as a Graphic Design/Marketing and Digital Communications Intern at Knorr Marketing Communications. This role included developing print collateral and digital products as well as implementing marketing communication strategies for clients. Gabrielle was also the Art Director for Vox Magazine, deciding on effective ways to design each story. Similarly, she was Creative Director for Buzz Magazine and served as the Online Media Director for her sorority: Kappa Alpha Theta. Gabrielle works at the MU Career Center, is president of the Mizzou Magazine Club, and enjoys playing intramural soccer at Mizzou. 

Gabrielle is always excited for new challenges and part of that stems from her experience traveling Italy and Spain during her last year of high school. She became quickly immersed in an unfamiliar culture and learned the ins and outs of living independently. This experience ultimately made her decision to attend an out-of-state university and thrive in a new environment.

madalynn owens

madalynn owens

Qualitative Strategist

A Columbia native, Madalynn grew up in the heart of Missouri, and now finds a home at both Mizzou and sunny Tampa, Florida, where her family resides. This summer, Madalynn interned with FUNIBER in Barcelona, Spain, where she handled communications for a global university with offices in over 22 countries globally. At FUNIBER, she also assisted with multiple European Union funded projects, working with people across different countries, languages and skill sets. Her primary research project, focusing on the impact of social media on science communication, is published in a multilingual science journal that is free of charge and translated for people across the globe to read. It’s no surprise that peers describe Madalynn as a thoughtful individual.

Madalynn currently works with the MOST Policy Initiative, which is focused on bringing scientists and policymakers together to improve likelihoods for people and communities in the Midwest. As the communications and public relations assistant, Madalynn works with the organization’s executive director to engage the public, legislators and other scientists to promote all levels of scientific literacy- through social media, events, and written and designed content. Madalynn also works as a communications assistant for the Bond Life Science Center, and previously worked as an assistant account manager for multiple small businesses throughout mid-Missouri, including Joe Machens and Columbia Marketing Group’s Monarch Title Company.

Passionate in her interests, Madalynn volunteers her time on the executive boards of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, the Association of Women in Sports Media, Sustain Mizzou and the Alpha Nu chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. On campus, she is additionally involved as a member of the Mizzou Greek Week Service Committee and is a mentor for Transfer Student Mentors. Outside of Mizzou, Madalynn is infatuated with taking care of plants, having more than 21 in her room.

Elyse Luecke

Elyse Luecke

Media Planner

A self-proclaimed passionate, self-starter, Elyse has persevered in many realms during her college career. She is currently an Ambassador for the Missouri School of Journalism and Assistant Account Executive at AHC Consulting.

A St. Louis native herself, Elyse interned at St. Louis Public Radio. As a member of the marketing team, she created blog posts and press releases, managed and organized media trade agreements, and assisted in copywriting for marketing materials. At Mizzou, she has dabbled in just about anything a Journalism student can, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Advertising Federation, Women in Media, Novak Leadership Institute and Pi Sigma Alpha. 

Adding “ambitious businesswoman” to her long list of accomplishments, Elyse recently co-founded the Student Shared Interest Group, an entity of the International Association of Business Communicators, where she also serves as an executive board member. 
Elyse’s personal favorite accomplishment is an article she wrote for a course called “Ethics of Global Citizenship.” The class inspired her to write a piece about her family history and how they work through obstacles. Her work was published in Mizzou’s Artifacts Journal.

jack gerstung

jack gerstung

Digital Strategist

Determined and daring, Jack has experience working just about every position at Feldco- a window siding and door company in which his father is the president- where he worked on a range of projects, from commercials to carrying windows onto trucks to deliver them. A “Jack”of all trades, he flexed both his organizational and creative muscles at Feldco as a social media manager, on-set intern and marketing intern. As social media manager, he cultivated posts aimed to engage the target audience, creating custom headers and designs. On set, Jack helped behind the scenes of company commercials, moving props during the commercials to create different visual effects.

Jack has given back to the community through his volunteer work doing manual labor for a school in New Mexico. Having an affinity for exploration, Jack has traveled outside the country more than 10 times. In his free time, you can find Jack on the courts playing volleyball or daydreaming about having a beach house with a bed swing in the backyard.

Landon Brickey

Landon Brickey

Public Relations Account Manager

Some know him as Landon, others address him as Mr. President. Head of the entire undergraduate student body at Mizzou, as well as PR Account Manager for team CODA, you would think Landon would find himself without time for anything else. Instead, he fills up his schedule with volunteering for STRIPES, Mizzou’s safe ride program, Tiger Pantry, Tiger Closet, Mizzou’s professional clothes rental program, the local food bank, the Center for Urban Agriculture and the City of Columbia. 

A self-described go-getter, but a peer-described go-grabber, Landon made the most of his college experience by serving as Executive Director on the Steering Committee for Caring for Columbia, a Diversity Peer Educator at Mizzou, as well as the Treasurer for Queer Liberation Front. He also brought his talents to Relevant Youth in the role of the Digital Strategist. In addition, his detail-oriented and competitive personality landed him an internship at Veterans United last summer.

When Landon finally does take a break, he likes to spend it traveling outside his hometown of Dallas. Most recently, he took an excursion all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The highlights of his three-week West Coast adventure were the Golden Gate Bridge and Yosemite Park. Oh, and call him Han because he did it all solo. 

Brittany Kummerer

Brittany Kummerer

Content Manager

If all of Brittany Kummerer’s friends jumped off a cliff she probably would too because- well- she’s done it before. Whether paragliding in Portugal, traveling across the United States or volunteering at her service fraternity, Brittany is always up for a new experience. Probably one of the only people that can claim to be more comfortable when she’s uncomfortable, Brittany’s cultured and divergent thinking will undoubtedly aid this team in formulating creative solutions.

This resident daredevil will serve as our Content Manager, holding the final seal of approval on what is ready to be sent out, and helps to proof the work of others along the way. It might not be as exciting as the literal sensation of flying, but hey, a bird’s gotta land sometime.

Courtney Risner

Courtney Risner

Copywriter

A creative and ambitious copywriter from Chicago, Courtney loves to write (surprise), learn, and travel. So, very much on brand, in the summer of 2021, Courtney studied abroad in London where she had the opportunity to intern at Westminster Digital, a political PR agency. While there, she worked with several Members of Parliament and created content for their social media pages. While in London, she also worked as a blogger for CAPA, a global education network to show students what it was like living abroad. 

At Mizzou, Courtney works as a Student Advisor at the Global Programs Office in the School of Journalism. She uses her skills to create handbooks for students going abroad, as well as meets with them to offer advice. In her four years, she has also been involved with MUTV, KOMU, Tigers Lair, and Zou Crew. Now, she works as a Marketing Analyst and blogger for Mr. Thrive Media, an L.A. based podcast management and artist networking company.

Fusing her passion for strategic communications with her love to volunteer, Courtney offered her creative talents to Volunteer Columbia for their 25th anniversary last fall. She wrote and filmed profiles for members and staff, attended and volunteered at events, and created social media content. 

The next stop on Courtney’s travel list is hopefully Ireland to see Fanning Castle, which once belonged to her great-great-great-grandfather, the Governor of Limerick.