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Jake Mosher

Jake Mosher

Account Manager

Whether it’s guiding his peers through a brainstorm session or ranking ice cream flavors, Jake leads his life with passion. Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, Jake leads with empathy and determination. Previously, Jake worked as a brand strategist intern at Veterans United, where his insights aided the process of picking a partner agency. He also worked alongside his team at Veterans United to help determine the brand’s strengths and weaknesses.

Jake additionally served as a creative strategist for Relevant Youth, a student-led creative marketing agency at Mizzou. At Relevant Youth, he worked with MMGY to pitch a campaign idea for Frontier Airlines.

Outside of his work, Jake has spent time volunteering for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. In his free time, he has a passion for ranking things: from movies to zoo animals. The gorillas received the highest-ranking last time he visited the zoo.

Katrina Troy

Katrina Troy

Art Director

Katrina carries creativity and ambition with her everywhere she goes. Originally from Lake in the Hills, Illinois, Katrina currently serves as the creative director for Relevant Youth, a student-led creative marketing agency at Mizzou. An aficionado of all things creative, Katrina leads RY’s team of creatives, focusing on client-facing work for local Columbia businesses.

Katrina previously worked as a creative strategy and design intern for CSM Sport & Entertainment, where she grew her collaboration skills working with the creative department on RFPs, pitch decks, and concepting, as well as producing work for brands such as Coca-Cola x Olympics, H&M, Klarna and more. Katrina is also a licensed insurance agent in property and casualty. She assists Stephanie Wilmsmeyer’s State Farm team in customer service, billing and payments, and tech.

Outside of work, Katrina volunteers her passion and people skills with the Salt Company as a ministry small-group leader. At Mizzou, Katrina gives tours of the J-School to prospective students as a journalism ambassador. In the fall of 2020, she reported on state government issues for the Columbia Missourian.

Initially enrolling in American Sign Language classes at Mizzou just for fun, Katrina realized she really enjoyed learning ASL, and is now proficient in it after having spent a year and a half in the program. Her favorite sign is “turtle,” which is signed by covering your right fist with your left hand, leaving just enough space for your thumb to poke out and look around.

Nick Pappas

Nick Pappas

Graphic Designer

A creative at heart, Nickolas previously worked as a graphic design intern for DIM, an experiential marketing agency near his hometown of Evanston, Illinois, that focuses on uplifting the brown and Black communities through conferences and professional advice via industry professionals. At DIM, Nickolas helped cultivate marketing tools, focusing his creative talents on logos and flyers for company events. His adaptive nature also opened doors to social media and video projects with the company. Nickolas also worked as a graphic designer for social media for the nonprofit La Casa Norte, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides aid to those affected by homelessness.

At Mizzou, Nickolas leads as captain of the men’s ultimate frisbee team. In his free time, he enjoys creating ranked lists (especially ones involving food or movies) and spending time with friends immersed in music and video games. By his 21st birthday in September, the world will no longer know him as Nickolas Carroll, as he will be changing his last name.

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.

claudia lesage

claudia lesage

Quantitative Strategist

A compassionate individual from Webster Groves, Missouri, Claudia makes her dedication known both in and out of the work setting. Driven in her work ethic, Claudia headed up aspects of social media and marketing in her previous positions, including interning at Lodging Hospitality Management, a St. Louis-based company that owns 17+ hotels in the St. Louis area, Union Station, the St. Louis Aquarium and various restaurants. Claudia is also on the Insight Team at Relevant Youth, a student-led creative marketing agency at Mizzou. She had the opportunity to flex her social media skills as a social media manager for Webster Groves High School Alumni Relations.

Often described as authentic, Claudia finds herself invested in a variety of campus organizations. She currently serves as president for the all-women acapella group The Naturelles and is an active member of the Epsilon Iota chapter of Kappa Delta. She has also served her community as a Girl Scouts mentor, raised money for Prevent Child Abuse America and volunteered at Rainbow House, a children’s emergency shelter in Columbia. Claudia is fascinated by all things music. With a background in choir and acapella, you’ll find her (or hear her) singing in her free time.

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.

alyssa klimkiewicz

alyssa klimkiewicz

Media Planner

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.

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.

amanda wachter

amanda wachter

Public Relations Account Manager

If it’s public relations or pop culture, Amanda has the insights. Bringing her drive and strong work ethic to the table, Amanda currently works as an associate media relations strategist for Influence & Co., where she helps companies position their key leaders as industry experts, create bylined articles for clients and publish articles for target audiences. She also helps craft written public relations pitches, perform research on contributors, editors, writers and publications to understand their content needs.

Being from Franklin, Wisconsin, Amanda cheered on her home base as a Milwaukee Milkmen entertainment and fan relations intern, taking part in pre-game, between inning and post-game promotions. She also curated events to help promote sponsors throughout games. At Mizzou, Amanda met with prospective students, parents, alumni and distinguished guests as Dean of Journalism’s desk assistant. She also prepared for journalism school events, updated the website and assisted with daily tasks in the office.

Outside of the office, Amanda volunteered on the executive board for Caring for Columbia for two years, helping plan the largest student-run day of service at Mizzou. She is also involved as a Journalism Ambassador at Mizzou, Mizzou Magazine Club co-vice president and public relations chairman of the Theta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Amanda loves to run in her free time. She has run two half marathons, and is planning to run her third. The real fun fact is that Amanda never trains for them — she just wakes up and decides 13.1 miles is a good idea. Amanda is additionally obsessed with pop culture and celebrity gossip. Feel free to test her on Kardashian trivia.

camille sturdivant

camille sturdivant

Content Manager

From the classroom to courtside, Camille is always ready to rally the crowd. An insightful and detail-oriented teammate, Camille is from Highland Village, Texas. Outside of her work, Camille cheers on Mizzou athletics as captain of the Mizzou Golden Girls. But her cheerleading doesn’t stop when she puts down the pom poms. Camille also helps lead in her sorority as head of public relations for recruitment at the Alpha Delta chapter of Gamma Phi Beta.

Previously, Camille interned in media relations at Weber Shandwick, working with clients in travel, agriculture, and finance industries. At Weber Shandwick, Camille grew in her media skills by writing pitches for national and local reporters, organizing and updating media lists and writing copy for client marketing materials. Flexing her creative muscles, Camille was also a social media manager for Mizzou Golden Girls, where she found creative freedom mixed with the chance to practice her analytic research skills to post content promoting the Mizzou Golden Girls Dance Team. At Fearless Nutrition, Camille worked as a marketing assistant, teaming up with local businesses to execute marketing plan objectives, establish promotional events, design social media strategies and recommend product changes to enhance customer interest.

Camille supports her community through her work with Girls on the Run, Hearts for Huntington’s, and various other community outreach events through Mizzou Golden Girls. Being a dancer her whole life, Camille is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, hip hop and more. In middle school, she attended summer dance intensives all around the country to learn from high-level instructors and has since fallen in love with performing on the sidelines and representing the university as a Mizzou Golden Girl. Her lifelong dream is to perform for an NBA or NFL team.

camille baker

camille baker

Copywriter

A St. Louis native, Camille’s mélange of left and right brain thinking has opened doors to her interests in both account and creative positions. Whether she’s singing a French nursery rhyme to a class of preschoolers or brainstorming alongside a team of creatives, Camille pursues work with empathy and tenacity.

With the ultimate goal of bilingualism, Camille is a teaching assistant at La Petite École, a dual-language French immersion school in Columbia, where she works with students ages 18 months to 11 years. If you look at her recent listens on Spotify, you’ll find French podcasts alongside Phoebe Bridgers albums.

Camille previously worked as a social media strategy and copywriting intern at Bigwidesky, a business consultancy in St. Louis whose mission is to “make business more human.” At Bigwidesky, she cultivated blog posts for clients and developed internal social media strategies and schedules. Interning at Bigwidesky for two summers, Camille also worked alongside the team’s managing principal and futurist to develop a futuristic exercise targeted to CEOs, teaming with an I-O psychologist to craft questions that would lead to the most thoughtful and accurate outcomes.

Marrying her insights on agency life and her love for helping fellow students discover their career passions, Camille leads as vice president of Mizzou’s branch of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). At AAF, Camille pinpoints and contacts industry professionals to speak at meetings and oversees the mentorship program, where underclassman students in AAF can be matched with upperclassmen to gain personal insight on Mizzou’s Strategic Communication program and navigating young professionalism.