I'm a Kansas City, Missouri native with a (slight) iced coffee addiction, a fondness for KC BBQ, and a dream to travel the world.
I've always loved to tell stories - writing, sharing and creating - and I followed this passion to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Here, I honed these skills in the convergence (multimedia) track where I learned to carefully evaluate each story to determine the best channel to share it. If the story is vivid, rich and colorful, consider a print feature with a series on online web vignettes. If the story is technical, always include an infographic.
Since 2012, I have used these skills for a variety of clients as a public relations specialist at FleishmanHillard's global headquarters in St. Louis. Over the last five years, I have specialized in crisis and issues management, local media relations strategy, and reputation and brand positioning. I work each day to help identify and prepare for potential issues, so that when they do occur, they don't paralyze an organization. On the proactive side, I continue to let my strategic writing guide me, developing content that resonates with and engages target audiences.
Since growing roots in the 'Lou, I have become involved in the area's tech start-up scene and am a founding member of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Emerging Leaders Network, serving as the communications chair.