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Madi wilson

Madi wilson

Account Manager

Madi prides herself on being a driven person who strives to learn and achieve. These attributes make her an ideal fit for her role of Account Manager.

Madi began her professional journey as a marketing intern for the Missouri Baptist Convention, where she created a logo, website and other brand-related content. Next, she worked for Missouri Business Alert as a social media coordinator. This job allowed her to create and execute social media campaigns and conduct content analysis research. Most recently, she worked as a Royal Canin Marketing Intern. In this position, she worked on brand activation and content creation. Impressively, her professional experience does not end there. Madi was also a Strategic Communication TA for the Strategic Writing and Design class, teaching three labs the basics of advertising and Adobe Creative Suite. 

Madi has an impressive roster of campus activity involvement. Between the Association of Women in Sports Media, Circle K club, AAF Mizzou and Honors College, it is clear that involvement is essential to Madi. She is also a college basketball expert and is always excited to break down your March Madness bracket with you.

Gabrielle Faletto

Gabrielle Faletto

Art Director

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.

Lauren Wirths

Lauren Wirths

Graphic Designer

As a Graphic Designer, it is no surprise that Lauren Wirths is highly creative and enthusiastic. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Lauren is familiar with this college town!

She has served as a graphic designer for three organizations: Relevant Youth, Mizzou Suicide Prevention and Mizzou’s ROARS Awards. Her continuous practice in graphic design is what makes her work so impressive. She has also worked as a Brand Strategist Intern for Castello Branco Fields. This company provides a brand strategy for clients and Lauren contributed by designing websites, graphics and social media posts for different businesses.

Her giving and kind nature has led her to complete over 50 hours of volunteer work at the Central Missouri Food Bank. She also takes pride in her membership in Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the American Advertising Federation.

Lauren also picked up an unexpected skill this summer that will come in handy: fixing iPhones. What started as a few short shifts helping around Cracked Up Mobile, a local cell phone repair shop, turned into a part-time technician position for Lauren. If you ever drop your iPhone and need a new screen, Lauren is the girl to call.

Trent Tarantino

Trent Tarantino

Video Producer

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. He utilized new tools in data visualization and learned about all of the upcoming newsroom technology.

Ana Hosomi

Ana Hosomi

Quantitative Strategist

Before leaving for college, Ana Hosomi’s uncle told her to try and find time for projects that allowed her to use her creativity. Although Ana is a quantitative strategist, joining MOJO was a perfect way to flex her creative muscle.

Originally from Brazil, Ana moved to the United States for college and dove into research. Her first experience, The Research Identity Project, used a mixed-methods approach to collect information and generate data. In this project, Ana was named Undergraduate Research Assistant. Ana is also a Lead Insight Strategist for a student-led creative agency called Relevant Youth.

In her free time, Ana enjoys being a part of Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority Inc. She holds the role of Historian and Publicity/Webmaster, which allows her to organize semester photoshoots, document sorority events and manage the sorority’s social media and website. Ana’s uncle also told her to find a hobby that involves motor skills and use it to decompress after long days at school.  She’s tried her hand at painting, embroidering, tatting, sewing, origami, digital art and, lately, crochet. She’s currently working on a cardigan.

Kayleigh Peterson

Kayleigh Peterson

Qualitative Strategist

Kayleigh Peterson is the Qualitative Strategist and prides herself on her ability to see and execute a strategic vision. Her ability to plan and organize is a great attribute to any professional team.

Not only is Kayleigh skilled at strategizing, but she also has experience as a Photographer and Graphic Designer for Farmer’s House, a nonprofit that aims to support the lives of youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. She worked as a Social Media Manager for New Student Programs and was on the Communications Committee for Kappa Alpha Theta.

On campus, Kayleigh is the Vice President of Membership for the Mizzou Student Foundation. She is also part of the American Advertising Foundation, giving her experience in the field. She’s dedicated her summers to helping Mizzou grow as a Summer Welcome leader. She loves to meet new people and introduce students to Mizzou. 

Not only is Kayleigh a dedicated strategist, but she is also the only movie star on the team. As she tells it, “‘Twas the night of August 6, 2020, when I received word that a Hallmark Christmas movie was filming in one of my neighboring towns and they needed extras. I sprang from my living room couch, threw on a sweater and winter coat, and headed outside to the 90-degree heat to make it to my film debut. I was told to stand next to the hot chocolate stand when the main character walked by. When the movie is released sometime this winter, I hope you think of me and my 30 seconds of fame.”

Claire Wilkins

Claire Wilkins

Media Planner

Learner, includer, imaginer. These are three words that describe Claire Wilkins —  and make her an excellent Media Planner. Claire is from Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Columbia, Missouri, to pursue her journalism degree. 

Claire interned for The Missouri Review as a Video Content Intern and is also the Co-Founder of the Missouri Debate Union, where she acts as social media chair. She was also a Digital Data Analyst for Evolytics, working to optimize the brand experience and strengthen business profitability and became a fellow within the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy.

Claire has a lengthy list of campus involvement, such as her membership in Women in Media, True Tiger, Society of Fellows, Undergraduate Historical Society and more. She considers herself an avid learner and loves to dig deeper into scholarly subjects. Her current passion project is an essay that focuses on how fiction interacts with revolutions that will be published soon. She states that this Marlon James quote describes the relationship that focuses on her paper, “Fiction is the lie that tells the truth.”

Jared Fisch

Jared Fisch

Digital Strategist

Digital Strategist Jared Fisch is an organized, decisive leader with a handful of impressive experiences. Jared calls Cherry Hill, N.J., home but moved to Missouri to pursue a degree in journalism. As a strategist by nature, it is no surprise that Jared found a way to collect over 4,000 books to be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania while in middle and high school. 

Jared has also worked diligently at several different establishments where he gained relevant experience. As a Consulting Summer Analyst for Accenture, Jared implemented stakeholder training to integrate an innovative contract lifecycle management software for a Fortune 500 company within the life sciences industry. He also worked for a sustainable apparel provider, Luxury Leaf, where he managed social media to drive brand awareness and bolster sales. During his first year on campus at the University of Missouri, Jared became the Sports Photographer for Mizzou Athletics, capturing SEC football and basketball 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. During his senior year, Jared served on the 2021 Homecoming Steering Committee. This selective committee gives students professional experience while working on a fun event.

Kieran Malloy

Kieran Malloy

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.

Kelly Lopez

Kelly Lopez

Content Manager

If there is one word that describes Kelly Lopez, it is passionate. Fueled by her love for journalism, Kelly moved from Utah to Missouri to pursue her degree. As Content Manager, she uses her passion to come up with essential and strategic ideas.

Kelly brings a host of experience to the team, including time as Head of the Newsletter Committee at the Center for Academic Success and Excellence. She’s also a Public Relations Coordinator for Strategic Communication at the Missouri School of Journalism. Kelly gained research experience working on a USDA grant, specifically looking at stories about pesticide in African newspapers.

She also served on the Public Relations committee at Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, creating content, editing videos and taking photos for various recruitment events. However, Kelly has a lot more experience than just PR for humans. She also honed her communication skills in Dogtopia, a doggy daycare in Texas. Through this experience, she became a better team member and leader — while petting all of the pups.

Emma McVady

Emma McVady

Copywriter

Emma McVady is a creative Copywriter who enjoys divergent thinking, daydreaming and art. Her appreciation of words guided her to write creatively for fun, eventually leading her into copywriting. 

She began her role as a copywriter at Relevant Youth, a student-led creative agency. Here, she wrote copy for the Mizzou Instagram page, which boasts over  80,000 followers. From there, she was a Content Intern at Concierge Preferred Magazine. In this position, she wrote magazine articles and blog posts, planned social media posts and wrote copy for social media. She has been on the Internal Strategy Team at Relevant Youth for a year before being promoted to Head of Internal Strategy.

She is most proud of her editor-in-chiefship of a creative magazine called “Express” at Relevant Youth. The magazine featured the tagline “An Exploration of Professional Expression” and celebrated all things creative. Emma found her love for copywriting in advertising in one of her strategic writing classes, and she is motivated and inspired to create brilliant ideas for MOJO Ad and its clients.