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We are a passionate group of entrepreneurs, writers, and content junkies who love what we do. With backgrounds ranging from journalism to tech startups to fortune 500 companies, we tackle the world of thought leadership and content marketing from all angles.

Account & Content Strategy

Your account strategist is the lead on your account; he or she is in charge of creating and implementing your content strategy and is your dedicated point of contact throughout our process (as well as your new best friend). Your content strategist is the master of your content. She works to ensure that your content is engaging and effective.
I'm a nerd at heart with a background in biochemistry and an adoration for articles. I enjoy getting lost in the woods, old record players, exploring new places, and attempting to paint (heavy on the word “attempting”).

Sara Koller

Client Services Manager

I'm an outgoing die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and sushi enthusiast. I get excited about creative writing and helping entrepreneurs present their accomplishments to the public.

Becky Ruyle

Client Services Manager

I gain energy by helping people reach their goals. I believe when people are aligned with their passions, the world is brighter. I am passionate about social enterprises, seizing the day, and being a sunshine kid.

Heidi Sharp

Client Services Manager

People are my biggest passion. I love black coffee, laughing, and positive attitudes. My days are spent with family, friends, and good food.

Chaz Baker

Account Strategist

Adventure is close to my heart, as are traveling, fantasy novels, a bit of gaming, a bit of hammocking, and a whole lot of content (any kind, anytime). Enjoying life with enjoyable people is what it's all about.

Jenna Burton

Content Strategist

You will never find a more devoted foe of imprecise, drab writing. I devour caffeine, news blogs and heavy metal.

Jeremy Doherty

Content Strategist

I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, and I believe that open and honest communication is the backbone of any good relationship. I’m a self-diagnosed ChapStick addict who enjoys caffeine, laughter, and good conversation.

Jamie Eldredge

Account Strategist

Strategy and creativity are my favorite concepts for amplifying my clients' stories. Outside of work, I volunteer, read, and turn in the occasional (severely average) performance as a triathlete.

Will Erlandson

Account Strategist

I'm a hopeless bookworm seeking to satisfy my inquisitive nature. I adore my family, coffee, and watching a thunderstorm roll in.

Jennifer Faddis

Account Strategist

Snappy prose makes my heart giddy. I also enjoy music and staying hydrated.

Noel Feldman

Content Strategist

I'm a dog person who enjoys meaningful coffee talks after a good workout. I also believe successful content is like good wine — it gets stronger with time.

Josie Gilman

Content Strategist

I’m a travel nerd at heart and love talking about health, the nonprofit world, CSR, and entrepreneurship. When I’m not at ICo, you’ll find me drinking copious amounts of coffee, eating chocolate, restoring furniture, and watching made-for-TV movies.

Frances Gordon

Content Strategist
I'm a travel-loving yoga fanatic with an appetite for great storytelling. I'll never turn down Asian cuisine, live music, or any opportunity for an adrenaline rush.

Alyssa Johnson

Content Strategist

I enjoy crafting content to be the best it can be. I also enjoy spending time with my family, songwriting, recording, and hiking.

Kyle Kelley

Content Strategist

I enjoy thinking outside the box and finding unique perspectives. I love traveling, photography and learning new things. I like some coffee with my cream and sugar.

Emma Kessinger

Account Strategist

I’m a caffeine-fueled marketing geek, obsessed with finding the places where strategy meets creativity. I also enjoy playing music, experiencing new perspectives, and drinking good beer.

Cody Kostbar

Content Strategist

I'm passionate about digital marketing, particularly SEO. I enjoy sports, traveling, Lake of the Ozarks, spending time with family and friends, and whatever else life throws my way.

Tony Patrick

Digital Marketing Strategist

I really enjoy working with our clients to see their knowledge and passion come to life in articles. I am a lover of good books, delicious food, perfectly aged bourbon, Kentucky basketball, and Ryan Gosling.

Lindsey Poenie

Account Strategist
I love new challenges, traveling, coffee, and any dessert that includes chocolate.

Katie Sander

Account Strategist
I'm an extroverted introvert with a relentless pursuit of perfection and a fierce passion for strong coffee, craft beer, live music, Mexican food, and the written word.

Kara Shobe

Account Strategist
Slightly (completely) obsessed with dark chocolate, coffee, running, and being surrounded with my passionate ICo family!

Morgan Salmons

Account Strategist

I find joy in leaving things better than I found them. Navy-striped apparel, chocolate-covered pretzels, and the perfect happy hour make me smile.

Joanie Stream

Account Strategist

There's nothing I love more than helping someone discover something new. Whether that's helping a client find his voice or teaching my 8-year-old brother how to read, there's no better feeling! I love getting caught up in a good book, sitting around a fire on a hot summer night, hanging out with my family, and watching a thunderstorm roll in.

Brooke Thole

Account Strategist

Books, coffee, and learning are my passions in life — in that order. P.S. Take a stab at pronouncing my name. I dare you.

Seanna Tucker

Content Strategist

I'm constantly fascinated by the written word in all its forms. Outside of crafting content at Influence & Co., I enjoy guitars, vintage Polaroids, camping with my family, and a good pair of boots.

Robert Watson

Content Strategist

Business Development & Marketing

Our business development/marketing team is all about getting our name out there. This team of extroverts loves starting your journey with Influence & Co. out on the right foot.
Sometimes clever and always on time, my greatest joy comes from making things the very best they can be. Office supplies, "Breaking Bad," and buffalo wings make me happy.

Nickie Bartels

Marketing Editor

I love the St. Louis Cardinals, Mr. Pibb, and Reese's. My favorite things to do are spend time with my family, play outside, and wrestle with my Great Dane.

Cherish Grimm

Vice President

I am a lover of entrepreneurship, learning, and making a difference. The "St. Louis" Rams will always have a special place in my heart.

Matt Kamp


I like my coffee black, my whiskey straight, and travel when I can afford it. I think most people just want to feel heard, and I’m happy to comply. I've also taken a sworn oath to never eat sushi.

Brittni Kinney

Vice President

Great things happen when talented people connect. Let's grab a cup of coffee and a donut (my personal favorites) and make some great content!

Morene Mouser

Vice President

I absolutely love meeting new people, and my drink of choice is champagne (I'm fancy). I prefer to spend my days outside, riding my bike or catching up on my favorite blogs. I enjoy telling stories about my cat, even though no one is listening.

Natalie Slyman

Director of Content & Social Media

I'm an introvert who enjoys creating time-saving processes for workflow. I love video games, designing worlds in my head, quoting "The Office," and putting maple syrup on everything.

Ela Kaya

Graphic Designer

I enjoy riding horses, helping entrepreneurs creatively achieve success, and eating chocolate (sometimes simultaneously). My love of coffee helps fuel my passions for continuing education and technology.

Natalie Stezovsky

Vice President


This team of grammar gods and goddesses can’t wait to obsess over your content. This team loves to read, write, edit, and enhance your content to ensure that it's in tip-top shape.
My life revolves around books, art, and dogs, and I spend way too much time watching HGTV and browsing Pinterest. My special talent is the ability to quote nearly every line from “Parks and Recreation.”

Katie Brockman

I'm passionate about podcasts, donuts, board games, and working with words. I've loved reading and writing since childhood, and I'm excited to use my background in journalism and English to take on the content marketing world.

Emily Datz

I’m a technology nerd and recovering newspaperman who values punctuality, creativity, and brevity. I also make a wicked Key lime pie.

Ryan Gauthier

I’m a dedicated sentence-polisher, and my love for language is rivaled only by my love for all animals (humans included).

Elle Hammond

My life revolves around drinking coffee, reading new books, painting, and working with my editorial teammates, and that’s the way I like it.

Diane Kielhofner


I love books, yoga, ice cream, coffee, and British humor. When I’m not editing, I’m probably having a living room dance party.

Katie Doherty

Final Editor

I'm a singing and bicycling writer-of-all-trades who loves nothing more than polishing a clunky sentence until it gleams and moves the narrative forward.

Bridget Healy


I’m a little obsessive in most aspects of life, beginning with my cats and (not) ending with reading, music, spirits, horror movies, and cheese. Mmm, cheese.

Amanda Keefe


I'm a yoga teacher, outdoor enthusiast, and book lover who enjoys crafting meaningful content. I also love a good vegan taco.

Michaela Marshall Dungey


I am a journalist, editor, and creative writer with an undeniable love for Chicago-style hot dogs. Creating meaningful content that showcases the intricacies of the human experience fuels me to always be learning and writing.

Kaitlynn Martin


Words are cool. I like sports, TV, and breakfast food at any time of the day. Seriously, let’s go get an omelet.

Joshua Mosley


I love artful and accurate prose, traveling, and great food. My favorite days are those I spend with words, nature, and my family.

Robert Overmann


I love my menfolk, plying people with food and drink, traveling, music, and film. When I'm not buffing content to a shine, I wield a mean cocktail shaker, read books in threes, and do the NYT crossword puzzle (in pen, like my dad).

Karen Pasley

Final Editor

I'm an ex-academic, creative writer, and editor who strives to inject value and meaning into every piece of content that comes across my desk. I'm also an avid fly fisherman.

Gordy Sauer


I love reading, hanging out with my awesome husband, listening to live music, and vegging out with Netflix. Bad grammar makes me [sic].

Lauren Tellman

Final Editor

I like editing so much that after I’m done for the day at Influence & Co., I go home and edit even more things. I also enjoy reading literary fiction and spending time with my husband.

Carolina VonKampen

Final Editor

Publications & PR

Our publication relations team loves everything about online publications. This team works directly with the managing editors at the hundreds of publications that we have relationships with to ensure our clients' articles are published.
I love finding new publications! I am a runner and wine enthusiast. I use entirely too many exclamation points!

Melanie Janisse

Director of Publication Relations

I'm in my happy place when I'm meeting new people and learning about the stories they have to tell. I’m always up for a great chai latte and a living room dance party with my kiddos.

Jessica Canfield

Director of Public Relations

Like a good game of Tetris, I love connecting people and ideas. Exploring new places, new technologies, and well-crafted stories makes me a better person. I am on a crusade to bring back the handwritten thank-you note.

Carrie Watkins

Editorial Relations Director

I'm a bit sassy, but always classy. I'm a firm believer in snail mail, drinking sweet tea, and overcoming fears. Yes, I'm a list maker.

Emma Bentley

Publications Strategist

I love eating popcorn and snuggling with my puppy, and I truly believe that happiness can be found in a good book. Chocolate makes my day even better.

Katherine Caraway

Publication Strategist

I'm a storyteller and coffee addict. I love my family, dogs, work, and waffles. A good day is a day I learned something new.

Megan Favignano

Content Strategist/Editor

I love connecting to the past, present, and future through great storytelling. I spend most of my time quoting movies, and I have been personally victimized by Regina George.

Craig Jaworski

Publication Strategist

An eccentric, eclectic, sarcastic aspiring writer, making his way from the fringes of obscurity to slightly to the left of the fringes of obscurity. With style.

Matthew Langenhop

PR Content Strategist/Editor

My obsessions include my kitten, reading good books, and eating dark chocolate. I've made habits out of singing musicals in the shower, taking my kitten on short walks, and traveling whenever I can.

Meagan Nolte

Publication Strategist

I spend my time looking for opportunities to play. You can usually find me dabbling in media, drafting a new design, or tossing a ball around. Regardless, I'm almost always running around and seeking some sort of stimulation.

Daniel Trivinos

Publication Strategist


From the software that we use every day to fun team-bonding activities, this group makes all of the magic happen behind the scenes to ensure that the Influence & Co. team has everything that we need to thrive in a happy and healthy work environment.
I am a lover of organization and number crunching. Throw in a chocolate chip cookie, a good slice of pizza, and some ‘90s country, and I'm in my happy place.

Kaity Baker


I enjoy finding data patterns, balancing numbers, and dancing (sometimes all at once). I'm a lover of the little things, a good challenge, and three-hour naps.

Catie Chappell

Operations Director

I am a devoted mother to one son and twin daughters. I am no stranger to challenges and welcome them, whether they’re at home or at work. I love my music loud and my coffee black.

Denise Grimm

Office Manager

I am a lover of all things KC, live music, and outdoor drinking (or any combination of the three). I'm always looking out for the best interests of my teammates, as well as opportunities to seamlessly slip a Michael Scott quote into conversations.

Erin Holm

Recruitment Coordinator

I am a bilingual accountant and soccer fan who enjoys movies, Netflix, warm weather, running, black coffee, hanging out with friends, and being a family man!

Jose Rodriguez

Director of Financial Operations

I am passionate about working as a team to improve the world. I relax by experiencing my surroundings, preferably on foot or on bike with friends or family.

Richmond Wheeler

Product Manager

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