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Ali Randazzo

Ali Randazzo

Account Manager

Ali is an empathetic account manager who is a leader everywhere she goes. Along with leading the MOJO Ad team, Ali teaches group fitness classes at MizzouRec as a TigerX instructor. There, she uses her skills to connect with students, collaborate with co-instructors and get her heart rate up, along with serving as the social media lead for group fitness programs.

Ali puts her talents to use as a communications intern at Radio Flyer in Chicago, where she spearheads social media campaigns rooted in strategy and writes weekly content. She also researched industry trends for new client pitches and tackled internal marketing projects as a communications intern at FTI Consulting in Brussels, Belgium, this spring. Last year, she worked as a marketing intern at St. Louis Public Radio. In her hometown of St. Louis, she arranged media trades and tracked digital impressions for the station.

Outside of work, Ali is a sorority member and a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in Columbia. She also serves as the outreach coordinator for the American Advertising Federation’s MU chapter.

Siena DeBolt

Siena DeBolt

Art Director

Siena is a strategic art director who sees the art in everything. She worked as an editorial intern for Houstonia Magazine in her hometown of Houston. There, she assisted in the September Issue fashion shoot and wrote stories, along with taking and editing photos. In Columbia, she is a teaching assistant for Journalism 4204, the introductory course for creative advertising. She was also an events intern for the True/False Film Festival.

Siena has volunteered at the Houston Food Bank and participated in the Mizzou Alternative Breaks homelessness alleviation trip in Oklahoma City. On campus, Siena is a Sexual Health Peer Educator, the co-president of FLOW at Mizzou and a member of the student chapter of the American Advertising Federation. She has previously worked at Vox Magazine, MOVE Magazine and as a communications director for both Amnesty International Mizzou and PERIOD at Mizzou.

In her free time, she makes collages with things that she finds around her neighborhood. She recently started selling them and is now turning a profit. Look out, Etsy artists.

Payton Cousins

Payton Cousins

Graphic Designer

Payton is a visually-oriented graphic designer who channels her creativity into everything she does. This summer, she created an app called “Who Owes What” with her father. While he handled the technology backend, she designed the visual layout and took care of the marketing.

She also has experience as the marketing intern for Redwood Logistics in Chicago, near her hometown of Mundelein, Illinois. There, she honed her graphic design skills by creating flyers and social media posts, along with updating parts of its website. She was also the marketing intern for Solstice Mobile in Chicago, where she gained experience in photo editing and creating videos for promotional use, along with learning about the future of the technology industry.

In addition to her eye for design, Payton is also a creative writer. Along with working at the Writing Center as a tutor, she wrote a screenplay last year that was produced through the Mizzou New Play Series. She is also the head fiction editor for Epic Literary Magazine and a volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank, which distributes books to underserved children in the Chicago area.

On campus, Payton is the vice president of the American Sign Language Club. She was also a Panhellenic Counselor this summer and served on the executive board of Phi Mu Fraternity as secretary. She is passionate about raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which she has done through her involvement in Mizzouthon and her sorority.

Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts

Video Producer

Lauren is an ambitious video producer who’s always on the go, which is demonstrated by her almost-accomplished goal to see all 50 states. She has plans in the works for a road trip along Route 66 to knock out the rest (not including pesky Alaska).

Lauren was a marketing intern for PIC, a nonprofit in San Antonio. There, she helped grow the nonprofit and help the community it serves by running social media campaigns, designing promotional material and using analytics to evaluate the most active post response times. She also worked as a digital media marketing intern at the National Blues Museum in her hometown of St. Louis. There, she created all promotional materials for the museum and the artists performing on its stages, along with working with hotels in the downtown area to promote concerts. She also does freelance design for businesses, helping start-ups with brand standards, logos and other branding elements.

When she’s at MU, Lauren fosters puppies from the Central Missouri Humane Society and acts as a liaison between the shelter and adoption applicants. She also feeds the homeless and volunteers at Rainbow House, an emergency shelter for youths in need. She is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and was the vice president of public relations for MU Safe Sisters, a mental health and crisis management organization on campus. She’s also involved in Women in Media and the American Advertising Federation.

Elisabeth Padgett

Elisabeth Padgett

Quantitative Strategist

Elisabeth is a dynamic strategist who sees strategic communication through a global lens. Through her study abroad trips to Prague, Brussels, Barcelona and Rome, she gained a new understanding of the world while satisfying her passion for travel, food and music. At home, Elisabeth worked as a researcher and developed a paid media strategy at an internship with True Media in Columbia. One of her clients was the Missouri Farm Bureau, who she advised on media recommendations for new insurance products.

When she’s not traveling or cooking food from across the globe, Elisabeth volunteers and fundraises for the Rainbow House and MizzouThon. She is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, where she served on the leadership selection committee and participated in Women’s Network Mizzou, a women-led network that focuses on preparing the next generation of leadership.

Lauren Dismond

Lauren Dismond

Qualitative Strategist

Lauren is an optimistic strategist who brings enthusiasm and confidence to her work on and off the (literal) field. Lauren was a “Kcrew” girl for the Royals Major League Baseball team the year after they won the World Series, during which she got to sign autographs for fans, host on-field events and meet past players like Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Pérez and Eric Hosmer. She brings the same energy to MOJO Ad, using her strategic skills to become an expert on the target audience.

Lauren was a marketing and community outreach intern for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, where she created content, including blog posts, emails, livestreams and social campaigns, to engage with the community.  She also gained experience managing public relations as an intern for Moroch Integrated Marketing Agency, helping with key clients, including Altitude Trampoline Parks, Make-A-Wish Foundation, McDonald’s and Original Grain. 

 At MU, Lauren was on the media production team for the Alumni Association Student Board. There, she helped foster the connection between the student body and the Alumni Association and preserved MU traditions through engaging social media content. She also created graphics and worked on the social media content for the Executive Women’s International Collegiate as the vice president of public relations.

Lauren serves as chair of the Advocacy Committee for Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity. She is also involved with the Alumni Association Student Board, the MU chapter of the American Advertising Federation and J-School Diversity and Inclusion. She also helped to create several fundraising events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.

Kenzie Hall

Kenzie Hall

Media Planner

Kenzie is a tactical media planner who has a passion for music, and the 100 plus concerts she’s attended in several different states proves it. Last year, the St. Louis native put her love of music to work as the social media intern for the Roots ‘n Blues music festival in Columbia. She handled all the social media for the festival, along with helping market Roots ‘n Blues toward a younger age group.

 In Columbia, Kenzie also worked as the field marketing manager for The Black Sheep, and planned marketing events for an apartment complex. On campus, she works on the Marketing and PR committee for MU’s Lectureship series and is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She also helps raise money for Service for Sight, which helps visually impaired kids and veterans.

Meghan Oates

Meghan Oates

Digital Strategist

Meghan is an organized digital strategist who uses her analytical skills to set and achieve her goals. The St. Louis native is the sole creator and manager of the social media pages for the Classroom Library Company. She utilizes Hootsuite, Facebook, Google Analytics and Facebook Ads Manager to monitor the impact of its social media presence and execute a successful strategy.

 As the public relations intern at Northwestern Mutual, she helped recruit top candidates for all positions by using LinkedIn and Handshake to set up digital interviews for more than 200 quality candidates. She also worked as a social media specialist for Rally House, where she created curated content and took photos for its social media and website. At MU, Meghan is involved in Safe Sisters, Love Your Melon and is the Beta Sigma Psi Sweetheart.

 Meghan was named after Meg from the animated movie Hercules. Although her parents named her after a Disney character, they had the audacity to never take her to any of the Disney parks. However, Meghan still loves Disney and could see herself working in its communication department one day. 

Sydney Winburn

Sydney Winburn

Public Relations Account Manager

Sydney is a tenacious public relations account manager who combines insights with creativity. She worked as a social media intern with Big Air Las Colinas, where she created content for its Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter channels, along with responding to followers. At Mizzou, she is a member of Alpha Delta Pi, Mizzou Alternative Breaks and the student chapter of the American Advertising Federation. She put her talents to work as the Philanthropy Event Chair for her sorority, planning two large fundraising events for the Ronald McDonald House and contacting local businesses to secure sponsorships.

 Before she moved to the strategic communication world, Sydney got her start in broadcast in high school in Fayetteville, Arkansas. There, she won two national titles and four state titles, including the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association’s Broadcast Producer of the Year and the Student Television Network’s Broadcast Excellence Award for Best Weekly Show in the Southwest. Now, when she’s not working for MOJO Ad, she volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House, Woodhaven, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and MU’s blood drive.

Zach Taylor

Zach Taylor

Content Manager

Zach is a relentless content manager who uses his critical thinking skills to solve problems. He works as a public relations coordinator for Strategic Communication, where he interviews sources and writes articles that highlight the successes of Strategic Communication students, faculty and alumni.

 Zach was the vice president of communications for Fight Night for Pediatric Cancer Research, LLC. In the position, he developed and executed social media strategy, secured sponsorships from donors and engaged in public relations with local news outlets and MU. He also assisted the promotion and strategic planning of the 2020 Service to America Medals as a communications and development intern for the Partnership for Public Service, which was a unique challenge as this was the first year the Partnership’s annual gala was presented virtually.

 Zach is also an assistant basketball coach at Smithville High School, recycling volunteer and Cleanup Columbia participant. At MU, he is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and is involved with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Government. Although Missouri has been Zach’s home since he was two, he was born in California and plans to visit his family there as soon as things are safe again.

Hannah Wente

Hannah Wente

Copywriter

Hannah is a determined copywriter who feels more comfortable writing than talking. She works as an intern for the MU News Bureau, where she writes scripts for radio spots, produces and films video content and writes stories for the Show Me Mizzou website and social media channels. She also helps draft media advisories and press releases.

 Hannah practices the visual side of communication as a photographer for the Sinclair School of Nursing, where she takes photos of nursing school classes and events for use on its social media channels, along with its website and other promotional materials. Hannah also took photos and filmed and produced videos for the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority as the PR head, along with running the Instagram account.

In addition to being a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, she is a Novak Leadership Institute scholar. Hannah really likes cooking and trying new recipes (to various degrees of success). She enjoys trying new foods and would love to hear about your grandma’s “secret” recipe for her signature dish.