Sam Skaggs is our strategically oriented leader from St. Louis, Missouri. Being a Naval ROTC Executive Officer who drinks his coffee black, it is easy to assume that Midshipman Skaggs is all work and no play. But when the uniform is off, that is far from the case.
While Sam maintains a strong work ethic, he also seeks adventure into the great unknown. Over the summer, Sam graduated from the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and enjoys rock climbing, swimming, hiking and biking in his free time.
Aside from his involvement in MOJO Ad, Sam has previously worked as a communications intern for the Catholic Student Association. During his time at Mizzou, he has volunteered with Our Lady’s Inn, Habitat for Humanity and the Mid-Missouri Food Bank, embodying the mentality, “others over self”–– a true team leader.
Originally from Phoenix, Kristin certainly knows how to bring the heat. Recently, she interned at interior design firm Scout & Nimble as a content creator. She collaborated with the company’s graphic designer and art director to develop content for marketing. She also designed graphics, and created written content for both its site and product descriptions. Kristin volunteers as a substitute teacher for a children’s ministry program at the St. Thomas More Newman Center, leading children from preschool through sixth grade in growing in their faith. As a member of Chi Omega, Kristin served on the executive board as the secretary and currently serves as merchandise chair. This summer, she also had the opportunity to be a Panhellenic counselor for formal recruitment, which she calls a memorable experience.
Kristin moved her senior year of high school from Phoenix to Kansas City, Missouri, so she likes to think she can adapt to situations very well. In addition, she loves having friends from all over the country, as it makes the world seem a little smaller. But please don’t ask her which city she prefers living in. Arizona is hot, yet absolutely stunning; Missouri has a beautiful fall, but it is way too cold in the winter. Kristin enjoys the simple things in life: long walks with her friends or a good book under a cozy blanket. She is also way too obsessed with interior design. Her favorite architecture firm is Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, and she thinks she would cry if she ever met Joanna Gaines.
Caitlin is a passionate graphic designer with an eye for art in all things. Through her work as a social media producer for campus media organizations, she gained valuable experience in creating original graphics and promotional materials for multiple social media accounts. After working her way up to the department manager position at MUTV, Mizzou’s student-run media outlet, Caitlin began focusing on her passion for graphic design in advertising classes. Caitlin has been making art ever since she was a kid, so it’s no surprise she will also be graduating with a minor in Art. During her free time, she loves to work on new paintings and art projects.
Originally from O’Fallon, Missouri, Caitlin has grown to love Columbia and all it has to offer. One of her favorite memories from the last four years was the 2019 True/False Film Festival where she met two of her favorite comedians.
Virginia Trickey is, in fact, from the city of Chicago—not the suburbs. While Virginia does not sport any Portillo’s cheese fries tattoos, she has plenty of stories to back up her true Chicago-ness. After all, you can’t really claim to be from the city if a wild White Sox fan didn’t steal your favorite broom off of your front porch. (She is still salty about this).
In addition to her love for Chicago, Virginia has a heart for people (excluding the dude who stole her beloved broom) and sustainability. Her creativity, empathy and passion shine through in her work as a well-being peer educator and Deaton Scholar at Mizzou.
After graduation, Virginia plans to pursue her side hustle of designing garments, sewing samples and sourcing fabric from global textile fairs, so that she can launch her own fashion line before she turns 30. That alone arguably makes her the coolest person on MOJO Ad.
Madison is considered a townie on campus; she’s from our heart and home of Columbia, Missouri. She spent the summer as a legislative intern for state Rep. Chris Carter’s office, creating policy research and communicating with constituents. She was a 2018-2019 Discovery Fellow and conducted independent and collaborative qualitative and quantitative research that revolved around journalists’ attitudes toward the Pulitzer Prize. Madison is also a research assistant at the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and was a KOMU 8 digital producer in 2018.
Madison frequently gives back to her community. She serves as a Voice of Witness volunteer transcriber and has volunteered at True/False Film Fest and the Food Bank For Central & Northeast Missouri. On campus, Madison is a College of Arts and Science student ambassador, Deaton Scholar and a member of MU Women in Media. Has your mind been blown yet? To add to Madison’s stellar list of achievements and involvement, she speaks Russian and studied abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2019. She also doubles as an international studies major, emphasizing in peace studies and human rights. A few years ago, she was able to go on a peace march in Bosnia to commemorate the Bosnian genocide, which she says was her most meaningful experience. In her free time, Madison loves to hike and is extremely good at Galaga.
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.
Future lawyer, Parker Owens, is an insightful, strategic quick learner from Noel, Missouri. Parker is one busy man who spends free time serving as a Trulaske Business Ambassador, the director of the Mizzou Leadership Conference and volunteering with Loaves and Fishes here in Columbia.
On top of his volunteering and campus involvement, he also maintains a work/life balance while interning at Textron Aviation. Parker was formerly an Aftermarket Development Intern where he used gathered research to build a data engine to predict and refine future product lines. Textron couldn’t get enough of him after his internship ended as he is now a Legal Intern with the company.
During his workday, you can find Parker working directly with business partners and other members in the channel operations department to understand client needs and required documentation.
Riley Steinbrecher calls St. Louis, Missouri, home, but please refrain from asking her where she went to high school. She is much more interesting than that.
Last spring, Riley interned as a research executive at FleishmanHillard EU in Brussels, where she assisted with copywriting, social media and video production. Even though COVID-19’s world tour interrupted her time abroad, Riley was still able to finish her internship remotely, gaining invaluable industry experience from the comfort of her childhood bedroom.
If you couldn’t already tell, Riley is one smart cookie…literally. She serves as an ambassador for the Honors College and, on top of it all, has tested over a dozen recipes to create the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Such ambition and attention to detail make Riley a diligent digital strategist here at MOJO Ad.
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Emma truly does it all. When she’s not posting on her Pinterest account, which draws a peak 1.7 million monthly viewers, she lives her life through Michael Barbaro’s “The Daily” podcast. Her most recent endeavors include a crisis communications internship at Hill Impact, where she advised multinational clients on global investments and curated crisis responses through messaging and industry insights. Emma was a Pinterest strategist at NUTSÓLA, where she branded graphics and grew its page to 450,000 monthly viewers. She also served as a state legislative intern for the Missouri House of Representatives, writing newsletters and press releases for the minority whip. Prior to venturing into the world of strategic communication, she was a production assistant and anchor at KOMU.
On campus, Emma is the head of PR for student-run ad agency Relevant Youth, after previously serving as a copywriter. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and volunteers at its chapter beneficiary, Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, which uses equine therapy to assist individuals with mental, emotional and physical disabilities. She is also a member of the American Advertising Federation. Emma hopes to pet a dog on every continent, and if she could pick up any skill, it would be learning how to DJ. Her dream job is to manage campaigns for a federal office or run for Congress herself, and we believe she will accomplish that. Although she has achieved many great things, her greatest accomplishment is meeting Mason Ramsey, “Yodel Boy,” twice. He even tweeted about her in 2018, and to this day, she still hasn’t lived it down. As a Nashville native, Emma has lived near many celebrities, but this guy is her favorite.
A small-town girl but hardly small-minded, Emma Gassman is done chasing and ready to start catching her career goals. Born into a family who follows the yogi lifestyle, Emma knows no other way than to see the big picture and put it into words.
While Emma has a broad life scope, she sees value in the details, working previously as a marketing intern and freelance writer. On campus, Emma has served as an Outreach ambassador for Mizzou Admissions. This year, she is a member of the Homecoming Steering Committee, where she is helping plan Mizzou’s 108th (but first virtual) homecoming.
Like many Mizzou students, Josh is a senior journalism major from Saint Louis, Missouri. However, Josh’s charisma, nerve, and ability to achieve his goals set him apart and make him a standout in any room. This showed when he interned at News 4 Great Day.
During his internship, Josh hosted his own one-episode arc of a bit called ‘Intern on the Street’ during which he ran around the St. Louis Arch grounds and interviewed strangers for World Emoji Day. The series ended after one episode because he, unfortunately, had to complete my education — a blessing and a curse.
Off-campus, Josh worked at News 4 Great Day, but on-campus Josh is actively involved in the Mizzou community. He is the former Vice President of the Alumni Association Student Board, a Journalism Ambassador, and a 2018 Summer Welcome Leader.