Our new Project Manager, Jessup Smith, comes to us with a background in Psychology, where he focused on positive psych and stigmatization. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, with a degree in Psychology and Studio Art with a Concentration in Architecture.
He comes to us with extensive experience in proposal writing & coordination, copy editing, social media, case studies, and press from an architecture and design company. Moving from that company, he coordinated staffing for project work, created project schedules, and project management from a branding agency. He then transitioned to a copywriter role at a different branding agency where he created original content for their clients, mostly for P&G Everyday.
Jessup is a Cincinnati native who is a sports connoisseur. Soccer, tennis, squash and volleyball are his favorites (while he is also an avid ping pong player). He enjoys spending time with and training his Australian Shepherd, Kolbee, who is a stunning red-tri colored, 4-month old. He loves the Cincinnati arts scene; checking out exhibits at the CAC and CAM, catching shows at Cincinnati Shakespeare, The Know Theatre, and the Ensemble Theatre as well as visiting performances. He enjoys cooking, voraciously reading, painting, drawing and singing poorly. He is inspired by people; he loves seeing the beauty that gets created when there are questions to be answered or problems to be solved.
Katie Straatsma is our new Experience Coordinator. She has a background in business management and broadcast negotiation. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with her BA in Organizational Communications and a minor in General Business.
Her professional background has given her a wide range of skills. Her experience in business management working for a private school in Mason, OH, gained her an understanding of the billing and accounting process for student tuition, staff payroll, and school financial budget/planning/forecasting. Her time working in broadcast negotiation at an ad agency in Atlanta, GA allowed her to collect data regarding broadcast ratings & programming as well as marketplace & technology trends to create commercial air time schedules for target audiences for accounts in Miami, Nashville, West Palm Beach, FL and Birmingham, AL.
Although born in Kalamazoo, MI, Katie loves the character and charm of Cincinnati and has been here for three years now. She is a genuine “people person” and loves working with and getting to know others. In the summer, you can find her anywhere with water…whether it be up on the lake in Michigan or at a pool in Cincinnati. She is a HUGE craft and DIY enthusiast and lover of all dogs, especially her Cocker Spaniel, Lola. She is currently engaged to her finacé and they are having a blast planning their wedding taking place in September of this year.