Meet The Team!

Lauren Dalton

Managing Director

I am a senior studying strategic communications at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a minor in marketing and a social media certificate. This past summer I had two amazing internship opportunities. I was a marketing and event planning intern for Matthew 25: Ministries, a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati, Ohio. Due to COVID-19, I also had the chance to work remotely for a company based in California: VCV.ai, as a growth marketing intern. I have aspirations of being an account manager for an advertising agency in the south--or wherever life takes me! During my free time at school, you can find me hanging out with my friends on our porch, working out at Ping, drinking coffee at Brenen's or eating ice cream at Whit's!

Advice to New Members

"Get involved and always be willing to learn from the upperclassmen! Ohio University offers so many great opportunities for students to be involved. I am so grateful that I joined 1804 Communication my freshman year of college. Being involved in this organization for three years has allowed me to learn and be inspired by the students who came before me. With the help of upperclassmen, I was able to learn so much and gain a ton of experience. I can truly say that I would not have my position as Managing Director without the upperclassmen that helped guide me along the way." 

Bri Schoepf

Director of Business Development

I am a senior studying strategic communication in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and minoring in marketing. At Ohio University, I am the digital content intern for the College of Business, where I am responsible for social media content and strategy, as well as writing news articles and feature stories for the college’s website. My main involvement throughout college has been in 1804 Communication – as I have been an active member since freshman year and am in my second year of serving on the exec board. After graduation, I hope to begin a career in content marketing for a company that I am passionate about.

Advice to New Members

Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone! Your successes will be a result of your confidence, boldness and willingness to push yourself, not from wondering if you are capable enough and letting your fears defeat amazing possibilities. The opportunities you are most nervous about pursuing could result in the accomplishments you are most proud of, so be open-minded and take on new challenges! 

Madison Foulkes

Director of Creative Services

I am currently a senior studying strategic communication in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a specialization in marketing and a social media certificate. I interned with Cision/PR Newswire and Marcus Thomas over the past two summers. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career as a public relations professional for an agency. In my free time, you can find me hanging out at Brenen’s, walking my dog or binging Friends for the fourth time.

Advice to New Members

Joining 1804 Communication my sophomore year was the best decision I could have made for myself. There are tons of wonderful people here who want to help you succeed if you make it known. Don’t be afraid to do work and apply for new positions within the firm. Just because you are a certain year or experience level doesn’t mean you won’t be the best person for the task or role. We are all here to learn and gain experience. Make the most of your time with 1804 because it can help you land internship and job opportunities!

Rylie Miller

Director of Research and Strategy

I never thought I'd say this, but I am a senior studying Strategic Communication. I'm also the PR/Corporate Communications Intern with BrightEdge in Cleveland. 1804 has given me so much experience that I've used both in the workplace, classroom and life. I hope to travel after graduation and continue searching for my niche in the world. One of my favorite aspects of 1804 is the local tie to our clientele. Athens is such a special place and getting to work with organizations in the area makes me appreciate the community so much more.

Advice to New Members

"It's never too late to get involved. College is about trying new things. Take the time to explore the many student organizations OU has to offer until you find the one you like the most! Better late than never."

Casey George 

Director of Internal Operations

I am a junior studying Strategic Communication in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a minor in Marketing and a certificate in Social Media. I have gained lots of experience through 1804 Communication and PRSSA. Last year I served as the Communication Account Executive in the Internal Department of 1804 Communication. I was also a part of PRSSA’s Bateman National Case Study Competition. Our team was awarded Honorable Mention for our campaign. I have expanded my knowledge and skills in public relations and marketing through my internships as a Translational Research Communication Intern for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Digital Marketing Intern for Cooking with Mamma C, a professional cooking blogger and OU Alum. I am very interested in going into Corporate Communications and Marketing for a company when I graduate from Ohio University.

Advice to New Members

Get involved as soon as possible! Student organizations will give you amazing hands-on experience and will allow you to build your knowledge and skills in the communications field. Step out of your comfort zone and try anything that interests you! College is the perfect time to explore! Dream big always and go for everything you want! Do not be afraid to ask for help along the way! There will always be peers, advisors and professors who are excited to help you.

Brooke Balzano

Director of Client Services

I am currently a senior studying strategic communications with a minor in sports administration and marketing. I am also working towards a social media certificate. I am currently an intern for Ohio Athletics as a Social Media and Media Relations intern where I travel with the teams, run the social media accounts and attend press conferences. After graduation, I would love to work for an NFL team in their public relations department, and eventually reach my dream job of being the Chief Branding Officer of an NFL team. 

Advice to New Members

"Put yourself out there and see what comes of it! It is so important to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and ask questions to gain real life experience. Things will not always run smoothly, but the chaos is also a learning experience! Opportunities are what you make of them, so capitalize on the experiences while you have them."

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