Here are the official ins and outs of my professional self.


Co-Creator // Escape Lincoln // August 2015 – present
Escape Lincoln is a local escape game establishment located in the downtown Historic Haymarket of Lincoln, Nebraska, in the lower level of the Apothecary Building. Escape Lincoln is a real-life adventure game in which participants are locked in a room, use elements around them solve puzzles, find clues, or piece together answers that help them “escape” within a set amount of time.

Co-Owner // Smartass & Sass // October 2016 – present
Smartass & Sass is a gift and subscription service for snarky individuals and cynical a**holes. We hand-select products for boxes that will make your inner sass-monster cackle with glee.


Operations Manager // Kenexa Employment Branding // IBM // June 2015 – April 2016
Promoted from Senior Project Manager in June 2015

  • Implement new project and time management system across teams and clients
  • Establish and document best practices across the team
  • Coordinate with IBM operations to better integrate our processes
  • Refine and perfect project plans
  • Revise contract language to comply with IBM requirements
  • Manage monthly client invoicing
  • Organize and facilitate weekly team status meetings
  • Develop and maintain onboarding plan for new hires

Senior Project Manager // Kenexa Employment Branding // IBM // June 2011 – present
Promoted from Project Manager in May 2013

  • Clients include: Cabela’s, Captain D’s, Claire’s, Corning, Edward’s Air Force Base, FedEx, Harry Winston, Heineken, IBM, Kohl’s, Loblaw, Otsuka, Pep Boys, Texas Instruments
  • Experience in print and digital project management, including websites, landing pages, mobile, mobile-responsive, custom Facebook tabs
  • Manage all aspects of client projects, including weekly internal/external client meetings (up to 15 clients)
  • Develop and coordinate 3- to 18-month project plans
  • Work closely with creative team and account manager to manage tasks
  • Assist with developing offerings guide including contract language and project specifications
  • Manage monthly client invoicing
  • Perform quarterly business reviews per client with web strategist, including extensive Google Analytics custom reporting and strategic recommendations
  • Work with team to develop strategy, including content, sitemapping and design
  • Edit and draft copy and web coding (HTML/CSS via hardcode and CMSs WordPress and Drupal)
  • Maintain and develop relationships with existing clients
  • Organize and facilitate weekly team status meetings
  • Develop and maintain onboarding plan for new hires

Account Manager // the minnow PROJECT // April 2010 – May 2011

  • Managed all aspects of client projects from beginning to end
  • Developed comprehensive schedules and detailed plans of execution
  • Drafted estimates and proposals
  • Proofread and copyedited collateral
  • Facilitated creative and client meetings
  • Worked regularly with print and media vendors
  • Drafted copy for websites and creative pieces
  • Created and proofed invoices

Graduate Teaching Assistant // College of Journalism at UNL // January 2010 – May 2010

    • Instructed electronic portfolio workshops for undergraduate journalism seniors
    • Coordinated professional reviews of portfolios
    • Generated reports assessing students’ abilities
    • Tracked assessment trends/variances over time


University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Master of Arts in Journalism: Marketing, Communications and Advertising Specialization // December 2013

Bachelor of Journalism: Advertising // Minor: Economics // Concentrations: English and History // May 2009


Digital Analytics Fundamentals // Google Analytics Academy // October 2013


Graduate Professional Project
“Behaviorism’s Impact on Advertising: Then and Now”

Graduate Independent Study
“Texting and Driving: An Analysis of Positively and Negatively Framed Advertising Messages”

Undergraduate Thesis
“An Innovative Approach to Increasing Youth Interest in Reading”

Research Interests

Networked media and its impact on the balance of efficient/inefficient brain function
Networked media and self identity


Kenexa Time to Care Recipient // Time donated to First Book-Denver // May – July 2012
Chosen employees donate full-time efforts to a nonprofit of their choice for three months.

2011 Hartman Center Grant Recipient// Duke University
Provided travel funding to visit the Hartman Center archives. Used for research of JWT Agency graduate professional project.

2011 Hitchcock Graduate Fellowship // University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Provided additional funding to visit the Hartman Center.

Scholarship Recipient

University Regents Scholarship
Provided full tuition for four years

University Top Scholars Award
Provided additional funds for four years

Honors Program Textbook Scholarship