My purpose is to help people communicate better stories about themselves and their passions.
My forays into storytelling began at the age of four, when I self-published my first children’s book using printer paper and colored pencils. Since then, I have spent my waking hours trying to understand the depth of human emotion as communicated through lenses, text, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I enjoy reading about, thinking about, and studying how human beings communicate, especially through mass media such as movies, television, and the internet. I have a particular interest in strategic communication and how advertisers and public relations specialists can tell better stories.
Currently, I am an assistant professor at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University. Prior to joining the faculty at K-State, I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, and my Masters degree in Communication with a concentration in Mass Communication Studies at the University of Houston’s J. Jack Valenti School of Communication.
In addition to being a student of communication, I also enjoy doing some communicating, myself. I honed my storytelling abilities while completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the world renowned Florida State University Film School. Whether shooting a web commercial, television pilot, a short film, or a documentary about a business, nonprofit organization, or ministry, I have the skills necessary to effectively tell the story.
Prior to entering Academia, I was the owner and Creative Director of Deep Dish Studios, a film and television production company devoted to creative storytelling and strategic communication. I was also the co-founder and COO of Acumen Web Solutions, a web application and service company devoted to creating practical applications that help businesses grow. For the past ten years, I have been creating versatile, engaging websites and internet marketing campaigns. I am also social media savvy, and I have extensive experience crafting marketing and customer service campaigns using email. My focus is creating clean, efficient media productions that combine with an organization’s web presence to create an effective business strategy.
I likes to spend my free time binge-watching, playing with my amazing daughter, McKenzie, and searching for the perfect taco.