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Meet Katie Stuckenschneider

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Stuckenschneider.

Katie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
During college, I was the ECO-Act Assistant at Missouri Botanical Garden. I stayed after college because I loved it so much. It was a program for high-school students that taught 4th-grade students about the environment. We also took the students on outdoor education trips and taught them about outdoor education. I wrote my first of hundreds of press releases while at ECO-Act, too. That is when my true love for teaching and the environment began. I thought I wanted to be a teacher and went on to do student teaching.

Then, out of the blue, I was given an opportunity to do social media for a business. At the time, I had no idea that this was a career possibility. This was about 14 years ago, just when Facebook Business Pages started. For me, this career change felt perfect. It was a combination of both my love for writing and helping teachers at a book company. I went on to work for a social media agency. The stars aligned for me when I started doing nonprofit work and consulting for nonprofits. In 2012, I became the Communications Director for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ organization advocating for Missourians like me. While at PROMO, I truly felt like I found myself. I came out as a “lesbian” 20 years ago. My position at PROMO helped me come out later as nonbinary and change my pronouns to they/them.

For six years, I helped lead the charge of messaging for an organization that helped change the laws in Missouri. I also started doing presentations more across the country and state, helping organizations like us with digital advocacy work. It truly was a full circle from my love of teaching in my early 20s. As rewarding as working at PROMO was, it was also time for me to have a break. I was putting in hours that were not sustainable anymore.

Over three years ago, I found out about the opportunity to work for Forest Park as the Marketing & Digital Media Manager. It seemed like a super fit for me because of my fierce connection to my city and the environment. I really enjoy promoting the Park that is a true gem for our region.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have had many challenges along the way in my career. I do, however, belief in manifesting my destiny, that the journey I have had is to get me to where I am now. In the digital world, it is easy for people in my field to easily work 70-80 hours a week. I have had to put up major boundaries in regards to my work/life balance.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Marketing & Digital Media Manager for Forest Park Forever, my work includes media relations, all website updates, all of our content that is created online and shared with people via social media, blogs, photos, videos, email blasts and more. I am proud of the organic work I do. It is important to me to include diversity and inclusion in our daily communication. My jam is digital for social good.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Forest Park Forever is always looking for volunteers. People can become a Forest Park Forever members and support the Park, now and forever.

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Steve Jett

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