A native of Chicago, Account Manager Brad Turner had a wide range of experiences. From Jan. 2021 to Aug. 2021, Brad took part in a Brand and Content Marketing internship with AutoZone, a car parts retailer – on top of his course load.
Brad also worked as a Strategic Communication intern for the Mizzou Athletics Department throughout the Fall 2021 semester, where he covered the women’s volleyball program, promoting the positives for them even as they finished the semester 5-26. At Mizzou, Brad also has gained confidence in his public speaking skills through his job as a Journalism Ambassador for the School of Journalism, where he leads prospective students on tours of the school.
Though Brad is diligent in his schoolwork, his work ethic doesn’t end there. Throughout his time at Mizzou, Brad has participated in a Mizzou Alternative Break (MAB) trip in Grundy, Illinois, volunteered at the Missouri Central Humane Society for Summer 2019 and helped fundraise for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), through his fraternity. Brad additionally served previously as the Vice President of Public Relations for Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE), a business fraternity on campus.
With whatever free time he has left, Brad is training to run his first half-marathon in May 2022. He started running shortly after lockdown in 2020 and said that though he hated it at first, he now hates it a little less thanks to the physical and mental health benefits.
Katrina carries creativity and ambition with her everywhere she goes. Originally from Huntley, 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. Her latest passion project is creating and producing a documentary for Relevant Youth set to premiere in May.
Following her first semester as an Art Director on MOJO Ad, Katrina was the recipient of the Larry Powell award, an award granted each year to the MOJO Ad staff member who exemplifies selflessness, going above and beyond for their team, taking on duties outside of their own role, growth over time and representing the spirit of MOJO Ad.
Katrina previously worked as a Creative Strategy and Design intern for CSM Sport & Entertainment in New York City, 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, Hinge 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.
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. Katrina also 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.
During her summer in New York City, Katrina is proud to say she never stepped foot in the same coffee shop twice, venturing out everyday to find a new cup of coffee.
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 nonprofit 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.
Video Producer Trent Tarantino describes himself as a driven, creative thinker and takes pride in his problem-solving ability. He has impressive experience with video production, social media and content production.
Trent has worked for the Washington Post, New Honor Society, Camp Timberline and Mizzou Track and Field. His work for these organizations ranges from video production to content creation. He also has a history of meaningful volunteer work in Guatemala and Jamaica, helping out in cities where resources are slim. He also features a host of campus involvement on his resume, including positions as a founding father and IFC chairman at Delta Upsilon fraternity and a Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow.
While working for the Washington Post on the Elections Engineering and Research and Development Team, Trent helped construct the Emmy-nominated virtual timeline covering protests seven days after the death of George Floyd. This project later went on to win the World Press Photo Interactive of the year in 2021.
A fun fact about Trent is that he currently runs a small production company out of his basement in St. Louis.
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 is a member of the all-women a capella group The Naturelles, as well as the Epsilon Iota chapter of Kappa Delta. She has 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 a capella, you’ll find her (or, hear her) singing in her free time.
Tess Murray, though a bit further from home in Darien, Illinois, than her parents might prefer, has established herself as a champion of the Missouri Method at Mizzou. Truly embracing the spirit of learning by doing, Tess is involved in Mizzou Magazine Club, the student chapter of American Advertising Federation and recently completed an internship at Dentsu McGarryBowen as a Creative Strategy intern.
Tess has an eye for decor and enjoys fitting everything into its neat little place, a skill that will no doubt aid her as she fills the role of Qualitative Strategist. Tess is the bridge that will allow us to authentically connect with our target audience, a simple task for someone who grew up with five other siblings.
Media Planner Rachel Schwartz never forgets her positive attitude – or the words to movie monologues. Rachel, from Glenview, Illinois, has a passion for all things account. Currently, she is in her third year as an account manager for Relevant Youth, a student-led creative marketing agency at Mizzou.
Rachel’s genuine and outgoing personality has opened doors to a variety of work experience, both at Mizzou and in the professional world. Last summer, Rachel worked as an Account Service intern for Trozzolo Communications Group, where she led the intern team through a redesign of the internship recruitment process. At Mizzou, Rachel serves as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for the Mizzou Career Center. At the Career Center, she creates social media content and helps increase awareness about the Career Center’s countless resources. During summer 2020, Rachel interned at Drive Social Media in St. Louis, managing social media pages of clients from restaurants to private schools.
Along with her experience both in social media and account management, Rachel has volunteered her time outside of work leading a group for Caring for Columbia and raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through her sorority, the Chi chapter of Phi Mu. Alongside volunteering through Phi Mu, Rachel led her peers as Public Relations Chair, taking the reins of the organization’s social media accounts.
Although she doesn’t consider herself a creative, in fourth grade, Rachel wrote a story that was turned into a play by a children’s play production company and performed both at her school and around the world.
Digital Strategist Jared Fisch calls Cherry Hill, N.J., home but moved to Missouri to pursue a degree in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communications. During his first year on campus at the University of Missouri, Jared became the Sports Photographer for Mizzou Athletics, capturing SEC football, basketball, baseball and softball content.
Along with his photography position, he was the Sports Social Media Manager for the Maneater, a student-run newspaper. This role gave him practice managing Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts and curating relevant content.
Over a 10-week period in the summer of 2021, Jared worked as a Consulting Summer Analyst for Accenture, an Ireland-based multinational professional services company that specializes in information technology services and consulting. While working remotely for Accenture, Jared implemented stakeholder training to integrate an innovative contract lifecycle management software for a Fortune 500 company within the life sciences industry.
One of Jared’s favorite Mizzou memories was serving on the 2021 Homecoming Steering Committee. This selective committee gives students professional experience while organizing the university’s largest event.
A fun fact about Jared is that his middle school ice hockey team lost 8-0 to a team from Vladivostok, Russia…and then had a pizza party with them afterwards.
Public Relations Account Manager
Public Relations Account Manager Kieran Malloy is a dynamic and dedicated leader who works to unite and fortify his groups. Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Kieran’s eagerness to find unique and strategic solutions and his ability to synthesize his team’s ideas into a cohesive direction led him to take on the PR Account Manager role.
Since the Fall of 2019, Kieran has worked in the marketing and communications department of the Camping and Education Foundation. In his role at the foundation, he manages several social media accounts across various platforms, contributes long-form pieces to all eight of the annual publications and assists in their public relations and promotional efforts around the country.
Kieran is a member of many different on-campus organizations, one of which is the MU homecoming steering committee. Kieran has also been on the executive board for the National Association of Black Journalists Ale Chapter since 2019. He now serves as the chapter’s vice president. Furthermore, Kieran has been on the executive board for his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, as their Standards Board Chairman for the last two years.
A fun fact about Kieran is that he has been to 42 out of the 50 United States!
Sydney Marino is always up for a challenge, and her work ethic shows it. Sydney, from St. Louis, is currently a Content Manager for MOJO Ad. Outside of MOJO, Sydney has been busy preparing for her future at law school while also balancing coursework, an internship, part-time jobs and everything else in between.
From April 2021 to Jan. 2022, Sydney worked as an Influencer Marketing intern at Division-D, a full-service digital media agency in Columbia, Missouri, where she had the opportunity to work with nationally recognized clients, develop campaign proposals and conduct research on influencers specializing in content on Instagram and TikTok.
Through her sorority, the Alpha Delta chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, Sydney was elected to serve as Public Relations Vice President on the 2020-2021 executive board. She was responsible for all of the organization’s philanthropic and social events, as well as handling all publicity efforts within the chapter. During her time as Public Relations Vice President, she was able to organize one of the chapter’s largest philanthropic events that raised a significant amount of donation money for Girls on the Run, due to a record number of ticket sales to the event.
In addition to volunteering time into her role on the executive board, Sydney was Gamma Phi Beta’s Social Media Manager and planned creative content for the organization on an array of social platforms. She also spent eight months as Co-Philanthropy Chairwoman, developing creative and safe ways to host events to fundraise money and provide volunteers for Girls on the Run throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Though Sydney’s selflessness and outgoing attitude has opened many doors for leadership experiences, Sydney also makes time to make the most out of her life – she loves to ski, is a pop culture connoisseur and loves to play with fashion, which she says plays a huge role in her self-identity.
A St. Louis native, Camille’s mélange of left and right brain thinking have 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 futuring 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 led as vice president of Mizzou’s branch of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) from Jan. to Dec. 2021. At AAF, Camille oversaw the mentorship program, where underclassman students in AAF can be matched with upperclassmen to gain personal insight on Mizzou’s strategic communications program and navigating young professionalism.
Camille is also a member of the Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. Camille also advocates for sexual assault awareness through her membership in Mizzou It’s On Us, where she previously served as policy coordinator.