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For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to tell stories. As a kid I’d choose reading books over playing outside. In high school I joined the school paper and really came to enjoy telling the stories of others rather than creating my own (although my stories at the time were limited to very bad Harry Potter fan fiction).
I have a degree in journalism graphics from Ball State University (the Harvard of Muncie, Ind. according to our most famous alum, David Letterman). In my time at Ball State, my passion for storytelling evolved. I learned that people could not only be moved by stories, but by striking photography and beautiful typography. I bounced around the journalism department, working in student media and an app development studio where some of our clients were the Indianapolis Children's Museum and Ball State Athletics. Before my senior year, I interned with the Sports Illustrated creative services team in New York City. Those experiences taught me to tell stories through creative problem solving and purposeful interactions across different platforms.
After graduation, I worked as a local news page designer in my small hometown of Whiting, IN and an art director in Chicago. During this time I took my passion for tweeting and instagramming and combined it with my design and storytelling abilities to expand my skills. This side hustle helped me realize that my passion, like much of my generation, was social media. And I've been working in content creation, planning and social media management ever since.
I’m still based in Whiting, the town I’ve called home for over 25 years. What started as a small, pierogi filled side hustle has allowed me to work on projects and network throughout the Chicagoland area, with a portfolio of clients across the healthcare industry, higher education, dining, nonprofits and more. It’s been incredibly exciting and humbling to see how a small town festival about a Polish dumpling has grown into HRDWIRE Creative.
When I’m not furiously tweeting about pierogi or getting that perfect (albeit #basic) iced chai insta, you can find me doing one (or likely all) of these things:
Watching You’ve Got Mail for the zillionth time
Excessively eating White Castle
Polkaing in parades
Eating too much whirly pop popcorn
Perpetually waiting for my Hogwarts letter and One Direction to end their hiatus