Stepping off the transom beneath my white rubber boots there is no sign of fish ruminants from the long trip offshore. Compared to the scene this afternoon, it’s a sure sign (and smell) the day is over. Rewinding thirteen hours prior, I was rolling out of bed at 4am, slipping into sweats, along with my favorite Grundens sweatshirt, and heading down to the Newburyport docks for a routine charter. Here, I sit in my orange coveralls, painted with fish scales from fileting clients’ catch on the way in. As I hike up the gangway and throw a wave to the crew I think, “this is where I’m meant to be.” From a very young age I was driven to be outside, working with my hands for long hours, and taking in more than a typical internship could teach you. While not on the water, I’d be at the farm mucking stalls, or training with my Dutch Warmblood, Tucker.
Fast forward a few years, I attended Stonehill College where I created my own major in Multimedia Journalism and Design. Rather than following a path mapped for me, I wanted to ensure my undergraduate years were brimming with classes of interest, and skills that I would use in the real world – a characteristic I surely picked up on the boat. My collegiate years were far from boring as I found myself engrossed in various activities. I was captain of the NCAA DII equestrian team, an active member of campus organizations, professional model within a Boston agency, semester intern, and honor roll student.
Upon graduation I worked for a media company in Andover, MA, where I sat as Digital Content Coordinator. At this point I fell in love with “all things digital,” including social media trends, SEO basics, and website management. The following April I was nominated Young Professional of the Year by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, and began to involve myself in charitable organizations. I helped with the American Heroes Hockey Challenge in Spring of 2013; a large-scale event where the USA Warriors took on a team of USA Olympians at the Tsongas Arena. I’m still passionate about helping veterans, and currently volunteer for Skate for the 22 Foundation, an organization that uses hockey to connect struggling veterans with like-minded individuals.
After gaining some ‘Bean Town’ agency experience I joined 451. As Social Media Strategist I plan to accelerate my passion for social media and digital trends while (most importantly) helping our clients increase profits and strengthen their brand. My diverse experiences in the past have rooted a hard working mindset and the importance of “loving your job,” which I’m lucky to say I do.
While out of the office, you’ll find me somewhere by the ocean with my Border Collie mix, Stetson. Despite being from the North Shore, I currently reside in Quincy. If you’re from Boston, you know why this is a big deal. I love to travel, whether it be hiking in New Hampshire or jet setting overseas. My favorite destination is Aruba, where my fiancé and I are getting married next year.