CONTRIBUTORS Samantha Cook Marketing Representative
Samantha Cook was born and raised in sunny San Diego, Calif., but by the time she graduated from Stephens College she had fallen in love with the Midwest, and Columbia in particular. Most of her career has been spent coordinating social and corporate events and she hopes to bring that knowledge to the Inside Columbia team. When sheâ€™s not at work, Cook enjoys singing karaoke (ABBA is a particular favorite!) and spending time with her crazy cats and overly energetic pup.
Peg Gill Editorial Assistant
After graduating from the University of Missouri with a bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism, Peg Gill enjoyed a successful career as an advertising copy writer in Chicago. She got her start at the highly regarded agency J. Walter Thompson, and subsequently worked at Ogilvy & Mather and several other agencies. Gill is a relative newcomer to Columbia, having relocated here with her husband last year in search of a slower paced lifestyle and a little land. She and her husband live on 3.2 acres with ready access to the MKT Trail. Gill enjoys exploring her new hometown, attending events such as the True/False Film Fest and Roots N Blues N BBQ. Speaking of roots, she still roots for the Chicago Bears, Bulls and Cubs, but has embraced the Cardinals, too. Gill is looking forward to her new career at Inside Columbia.
Joe Waner Graphic Designer
Joe Waner is a graduate of Columbia College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in graphic design. He is a lover of art in every form, and throughout his education and other ventures, Waner discovered that his love for creating innovative, visual pieces was not limited to traditional artistic platforms. He enjoys learning and digging into new creative mediums including, but not limited to, zinc plate etching and abstract ceramic pieces. Outside of his professional life, Waner enjoys eating good food, venturing out on road trips, scouring antique stores, watching hockey and drinking well-made whiskey. Nights at home are spent watching terribly addicting TV with his wife, Andrea, and pets, Jack and Ruby.
INSIDE COLUMBIA NOVEMBER 2014