Fall 2020 INNOVATIVE PR TEAM
Kylee Julian: Agency Manager
Kylee Julian got her undergrad in Public Relations from the University of Central Missouri (graduating in Spring of 2019). She is originally from Platte City, Missouri and got her Associates from MCC-Longview in 2017. Kylee interned for Staley Farms Golf Course in the summer of 2018, serving as their event coordinator and oversaw their social media accounts. She also interned with the Warrensburg School Foundation after having a successful semester working with the organization for Innovative Public Relations (IPR). After working as an account specialist and then an account coordinator Kylee became the account manager for Innovative Public Relations. Kylee has also studied abroad in Australia and plans to study abroad in Germany next summer. She also works in the Integrated Marketing Communication office for UCM on the social media team. Kylee is currently working towards her masters and is excited to see where the world of public relations takes her.
Ashleigh Horn: Account Specialist
Ashleigh Horn is a junior in the Public Relations program at the University of Central Missouri. She is originally from Warrensburg, MO. Ashleigh has gained social media management experience in her current position as the Assistant Social Media Coordinator for the Learning Commons at UCM, as well as developed several leadership qualities in her roles as Vice President and Fundraising Chair of the Robert L. Kendall Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter. She is passionate about creating and building community among publics, organizations and individuals, and is excited to use this passion to fuel her work in the PR industry. Ashleigh is completing her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration; she graduates in May 2022. In her third year at UCM, she’s excited to expand her knowledge about the ever-advancing world of PR. She plans to take every opportunity to see the industry up close and personal by jumping at opportunities to gain first-hand experiences.
Shayna Polly: Account Specialist
Shayna Polly is a senior in the Public Relations program at UCM with a minor in psychology. She is from the small town of Lawson, Missouri but has big plans for the future. Completing an internship with Union Station in Kansas City she hopes to explore all aspects of the PR world in order to reach full potential. Shayna has a very diverse collection of interests ranging from dance to horseback riding-so she will talk about almost everything. She will graduate with her Bachelors degree in May of 2021 and pursue a career in this field that she is passionate about.
Armani Shumpert: Account Specialist
Armani Shumpert is a senior in the Public Relations program at the University of Central Missouri. He is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. Armani interned for Midwest Pool Management in the summer of 2019, serving on their social media team. There he was responsible for coordinating and executing the company’s social media strategy. He worked closely with key members of staff to learn about social media, digital communications and marketing in a business-to-business environment. Armani played a key role in increasing the social media presence of the organization, and gaining visibility among clients and candidates for the company’s brand. Armani is currently working towards his Bachelor of Public Relations degree, but at the same time studying to earn a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree.
Rebeka Dickerson: Account Specialist
Rebeka Dickerson is a senior in the Public Relations program at the University of Central Missouri. She is originally from Peculiar Missouri. She worked as a PR intern for the GenWhy Leaders Podcast in the summer of 2020. Interning with the podcast helped her hone her writing skills, having to write weekly show notes and blog posts, as well as newsletters and articles. She also gained experience in email pitching. Rebeka is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in public relations, with a minor in business administration. She plans to graduate in December of 2020.
Sebastian Szczurows: Account Specialist
Sebastian Szczurowski is a senior in the Public Relations program at the University of Central Missouri. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Sebastian interned at the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce in the summer of 2020, serving as their social media intern. While there he managed all his organization’s social media pages and also helped to design several event posts and reminders. Sebastian is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in public relations. He is excited to see to what levels this program will take him in his future professional career.
Nakayla Jefferies: Account Specialist
Nakayla is a senior in the Public Relations program at UCM. She is from St. Louis, Missouri. Something this that she loves to do is make delicious treats for friends and family. She has interned at Brushed Beauty Lounge as a Social Media Assistant during the summer of 2019. Nakayla has also been apart of many student organizations at UCM managing their social media accounts. During these two experiences, Nakayla has learned how to interact with audiences as well as create content on editing software such as Adobe and Canva. Nakayla is currently working on completing her bachelors degree in Public Relations and minor in Marketing.
April Wood: Account Specialist
April Wood is a junior in the Public Relations program. She is also getting a minor in Finance. She is the current treasurer of UCM’s branch of PRSSA. She is also a member of the National Millennial Community/ GenZ Council – an organization with only a few members per state that is dedicated to changing the conversation between organizations and the younger generations. April hopes to work in Investor Relations following her graduation in May of 2022.
Tiera Walkenbach: Account Specialist
Tiera Walkenbach is a senior in the Public Relations program at the University of Central Missouri. She is originally from Hermann, Missouri. In the summer of 2019, Tiera interned for The Hermann Farm, a living history farm located in Hermann, Missouri. There, she served as their internal/external communications intern, overseeing their social media accounts, compiling tour contacts and assisting with various hands-on tasks and projects. Tiera is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in public relations and is also working to obtain a minor in digital journalism. She plans to graduate in May 2020.