Communication Spotlight

  • Allie Toepfer

    May 15, 2018

    Allie lives in St. Louis, MO, where she works as an account supervisor for FleishmanHillard, focusing on executive thought leadership, corporate communications, and reputation management. She’s on the Board of Directors for Home Sweet Home, St. Louis’ first and only furniture bank, and has volunteered for Celebrate Style for Siteman Cancer Center for the past … Read More

  • Rachel Foster

    May 8, 2018

    Rachel Foster is an entrepreneurship educator in Kansas City.  She believes that people deserve goodness, that we are leaving a lot of neighborhoods behind, and that children deserve equal opportunity to become great leaders.  She believes in the healing power of running and connecting with the community around you.  She also believes Kansas City has … Read More

  • Jessica (Scheetz) Venker

    May 1, 2018

    Jessica is a communications and HR professional with experience in corporate messaging, graphic and instructional design, and talent management. At present, she works for Energizer Holdings – best known for its namesake battery business, but also a manufacturer of portable lighting and automotive fragrance and appearance products. Jessica lives in St. Louis with her husband … Read More

  • Taylor Lay

    April 24, 2018

    In 2012, Taylor Lay left her small farm town of 500 people to start her higher education adventure at Truman State University. After four years, 160 credits, a semester study abroad experience and meeting amazing people,  she moved to downtown Kansas City to start a career in marketing. The drive she fostered as a student … Read More

  • Nathan Vickers

    April 17, 2018

    Nathan Vickers grew up in El Dorado Springs, MO, where his family runs a small farm.  Currently, he is a reporter and multimedia journalist at KCTV5 News in Kansas City, MO. He shoots, writes and edits his own stories every day, covering everything from Royals baseball to city government and breaking news. Nathan enjoys bicycling, … Read More

  • Catherine Jones

    April 10, 2018

    Catherine Jones is a digital strategist who is committed to helping candidates and advocacy groups make an impact. When she’s not behind a computer, Catherine enjoys eating good food with good people, listening to live music, and spending time with friends. What year did you graduate and what was your concentration? I graduated in 2014 … Read More

  • Andrea (Hein) Guzman

    April 3, 2018

    Dr. Andrea L. (Hein) Guzman is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Northern Illinois University where her research focuses on people’s interactions with artificial intelligence and the implications of automated journalism. Andrea has been integral in the formalization of human-machine communication research within the communication discipline and is the editor of the forthcoming volume Human-Machine … Read More

  • Dana (Bruxvoort) de Andres

    March 27, 2018

    Dana (Bruxvoort) de Andres lives in Denver, CO, where she has established a career in marketing for international development nonprofits. Outside of her day job, she volunteers at the Denver County Jail, developing a program to support inmates transitioning out of jail. She is an avid rock climber and loves exploring the Rocky Mountains. She … Read More

  • Matt Bartlett

    March 20, 2018

    Matt lives in Kansas City with his wife Lindsey and two sons, Jack and Ty. Matt’s family is his world and there’s nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his two boys. Professionally, he has over eight years of experience working in account management and marketing strategy for B2C (business-to-consumer) and B2B (business-to-business) companies. … Read More

  • Kelly (Fox) Barbeau

    March 13, 2018

    Kelly lives in Fenton, MO with her husband Josh and daughter Emma. After working towards a career in Event Planning, Kelly’s senior year Career Center internship inspired her to shift her focus to helping children attain a positive futures. Now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kelly uses her communication skills developed in her undergraduate studies … Read More