Christina Gerecke

Christina Gerecke

Account Manager

Christina is a natural born leader from Naperville, Illinois. As a child, she formed her own “clubs,” including one where she passed out permission slips featuring her own rules. She claims this bossier side got out of hand from years of watching shows such as “Gossip Girl” with her older sisters, but we applaud her for taking matters into her own hands. This summer, Christina served as a project management intern at Stevens and Tate and has previously interned at Huntington Bank, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s office and the public relations department at the DuPage County Emergency Management Unit.

On campus, Christina is a former campus outreach coordinator for VS Pink’s Campus Rep Marketing Team and is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Hailing from the land of deep-dish pizza and Portillo’s, she served as a food committee chair and helped negotiate and select a food company when her sorority transitioned from a cook to a food service. An avid foodie, she encourages everyone to follow her food Instagram, @tastesoftin, for recipes and recommendations. The Instagram handle comes from her beloved 4-year-old niece and “mini-me” who calls her “Tin.” Outside of school, you can find Christina working out, playing basketball, playing piano, painting or spending time with friends. When she was younger, she used to make detailed magazine lines and wrote books for fun, which speaks to her creative side and gave her inspiration for pursuing a degree in strategic communication. As a native Illinoian, Christina was brainwashed to be a Cubs fan even though she does not care about sports, but she rates Kris Bryant a 10 out of 10.

Nathan Busch

Nathan Busch

Art Director

When he’s not walking backwards showing the beautiful MU campus to prospective students, Nathan serves as the treasurer of MU’s American Advertising Federation chapter and a member of Beta Alpha chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma. He has also completed two Mizzou Alternative Breaks trips and planned philanthropic events for True North in Columbia. This summer, he interned at Marketicity, where he consulted on client branding, created digital content and aided on production projects. Hailing from the other Columbia – Columbia, Illinois – Nathan considers himself and his family huge movie buffs and has probably seen “Forrest Gump” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” nearly 100 times. He claims he can quote both almost entirely from start to finish. The film industry is like a box of chocolates; you never know what movie you’re going to get.

Due to his love for movies, Nathan’s goal is to work in marketing and advertising for the film industry. He also wants to visit every state and national park; his hobbies include hiking, canoeing, reading, cooking and roadtripping. Big nature guy. In his free time, he enjoys doodling during class, when he should be paying attention, and sketching. In high school, Nathan was an exchange student studying in Germany. He can’t wait to travel around the world once he is able
to do so. However, he is terrified of bats and birds, so hopefully he doesn’t run into any of those while traveling.

Kristin Jacobsen

Kristin Jacobsen

Graphic Designer

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.

Bernie O’Boyle

Bernie O’Boyle

Video Producer

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Bernie is quite the movie aficionado. If you’re ever bored, check out his Instagram, @BerniesMovieRecs. Bernie spent the summer as a digital marketing strategist at Specialty House of Creation, where he worked to ensure proper linkage between its CRM system and social pages, updated LinkedIn and Facebook pages and acted as a liaison between both services and directors. He previously worked as a strategic marketing and communications intern at Creative One, assisting the digital marketing team with social media campaigns and search engine optimization of client’s landing pages. Bernie also worked as an editor and production assistant for Media One, Creative One’s production studio arm.

At MU, he is a member of the Gamma Rho chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. During his time as the chapter’s historian, he coordinated service events and special events. He was recently awarded the position of campus manager for Snodaze, an annual ski trip organized by Lifestylez. He also volunteers at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Bernie describes himself as confident, optimistic and communicative. In high school, Bernie never missed a single day of class and believes this speaks to his ability to adhere to self-discipline and his prioritization of schoolwork before personal desires.

Madison Wright

Madison Wright

Quantitative Strategist

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.

Lily Coit

Lily Coit

Qualitative Strategist

Lily spent the summer working as a SEO copywriter at TicketSmarter, a ticket company based in Overland Park, Kansas. During summer of 2019, she had an internship opportunity 4,661 miles away as a public relations intern at Your Little Community Manager in Lyon, France. She oversaw management of the company’s social channels, wrote original content for its website in French and worked directly with a client to increase engagement on social media. Lily also served as the chief external affairs officer for the Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta in 2019, where she created the chapter’s comprehensive PR plan and led the chapter’s philanthropy, service, online media, publications and alumnae relations.

Lily works as a teacher’s assistant at La Petite Ecole, Columbia’s first dual-language immersion school. Within this program, she works individually with each student, speaking only in French, and helps teachers with daily activity execution. A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Lily enjoys playing tennis, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends. She has also seen “Gilmore Girls” more times than she can count and could probably recite an entire episode.

Britten Duet

Britten Duet

Media Planner

Britten is from Kansas City, Missouri, with an emphasis on the Missouri side. Known for being creative and driven, she was a digital marketing intern at Diffactory, where she used performance marketing techniques and wrote exclusive web content to aid and enhance customer traction. Unfortunately, her internship plans for this summer were canceled due to COVID-19, but she is more than ready to implement the knowledge and skills she acquired at her last internship in her future work. Britten has also utilized her creative talents to produce logos and art direction for businesses in the Kansas City area for the past four years.

On campus, she is a member of the American Advertising Federation. As a freshman, Britten attended Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication before taking her talents to MU, and we are so happy she did! She was an avid dancer for 16 years, which taught her a lot about time management and how to prioritize different commitments. She hopes to travel all around the world when everything gets back to normal – fingers crossed – and would especially love to travel to England so she can take a picture and caption it “Great Britten.” Along with her love for traveling, she also enjoys exploring new cities. You’ll always find her researching the best places to see and do while she’s there. Britten is so grateful for exploring all the possibilities life has to offer and finding out what she truly loves to do. She’s found her niche in the media and digital realm of advertising and hopes to do something with those areas in the future while incorporating her business minor.

 

Noah Otterstein

Noah Otterstein

Digital Strategist

As our digital strategist, Noah describes himself as creative, driven and adaptable. Reigning from St. Louis, Missouri, Noah is an avid horror movie buff. If the movie is on a streaming service, chances are high that he’s seen it already. His all-time favorite movies are “Hereditary” and the original “Nightmare on Elm Street.” He is also bilingual in English and German, thanks to both of his parents, and hopes to revisit their hometown of Heidelberg very soon. In the meantime, he can just visit The Heidelberg restaurant in Columbia. Noah hopes to find a way to incorporate German into his professional life in the future.

Noah served as a social media manager for Elite Barber, where he used Google Analytics to improve its website and social media accounts and Google My Business to monitor traffic across sites and social media. Noah was also granted a research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, completing data entry and organization with Excel and other data entry programs. He has volunteered at The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri and had the unique experience of volunteering at Missouri’s World Bird Sanctuary, where he fed and cared for exotic birds.

On campus, Noah was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma business and agricultural fraternity from 2017-2019, organizing new member activities as well as house chore responsibilities. In his free time, Noah loves to pull out all the stops on his electric guitar, jamming out to legendary classic rock songs like “Take it Easy” by The Eagles and “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin.

Emma Novak

Emma Novak

Public Relations Account Manager

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.

Ashley Dorf

Ashley Dorf

Content Manager

It’s all about that California love; Ashley hails from Dana Point. Currently, Ashley serves as a communications intern for the MU Honors College and previously worked as a communications intern at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., creating content surrounding the centennial of the 19th Amendment. She was a Kinder Institute D.C. Scholar and spent eight weeks there learning about constitutional democracy. At MU, Ashley is an Honors College ambassador, where she meets and recruits prospective Honors students. If you weren’t impressed yet, might we add that she is the current community service co-chair for Sigma Sigma Sigma.

Let’s talk about music; Ashley loves it. She enjoys watching music competition shows and was a theatre and choir fanatic growing up. Known for being a Taylor Swift fan, she was lucky to be picked out of a crowd of 50,000 fans to meet her in 2018. Baking is also a passion of hers; she claims her specialty is the world’s most amazing cinnamon rolls. Ashley considers herself a dog person and has two, named Luke and Brooke. Due to her interest in media and law, her goal is to go to graduate or law school to further her studies after graduation. Known for her insightfulness and dedication, Ashley knows 82 digits of pi from memory.

Abbey Levinson

Abbey Levinson

Copywriter

Being from Dallas, somehow Abbey gave up her love of Tex-Mex and displeasure for cold weather and ended up in Missouri. She has an affinity for words and visuals, and her pursuit of a career in copywriting comes from her love of writing and painting in her free time. Although her summer internship was canceled due to COVID-19, she previously interned in the marketing department for the Retail Connection, where she formulated spreadsheets for future social media posts and helped input information on a new database into Salesforce. On campus, Abbey is the Student Brand Manager for Red Bull North America, where she represents the brand by engaging with students on campus, familiarizing herself with key trends to find new markets on campus and building distribution and visibility. Her favorite activity is telling people that one 8.4-ounce can of Red Bull is, indeed, the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. She lives by the motto that a student should always have a can in hand. Abbey is also a member of Chi Omega and served as banner chair, where she created and painted banners for chapter events, including the homecoming 2019 banner –– a Mizzou inspired, “Toy Story” 3D claw machine that won first place. Outside of school and MOJO Ad, you can find Abbey busting her moves on the dance floor or in any public setting, for that matter. Contrary to popular belief, she is not a trained dancer; but when a good song is playing, she will get in the groove.