Jessica Baumer ‘09

Public Relations & Event Planning


Jessica, a Communication major who emphasis was in Public Relations, joined MediaLab in Fall 2009. Among other responsibilities, Jessica led the MediaLab team planning and organizing the May 2, 2009 Tacoma premiere of “A Hard Trade,” MediaLab’s originally produced documentary.

Lauren Buchholz ‘09

Public Relations & Graphic Design


Lauren, a Communication major with an emphasis in Public Relations, is also a skilled graphic designer and artist. In addition to having been a MediaLab senior designer, Lauren previously interned at Tacoma’s Premier Media Group and worked in marketing for Cascade Regional Blood Services where she was responsible for enhancing the organization’s brand and image.

Emilie Firn ‘09

Former Video Team Leader


Public Relations was the emphasis of Emilie’s Communication degree, but her talents also included videography, video editing and still photography. Emilie served as a member of MediaLab’s student leadership council, led the 10–member video team, and was an editor and videographer on “Illicit Exchanges,” for which she received a college division Emmy Award, and “Building Connections,” which won a regional National Broadcasting Society Award.

Julie Olds Gilbertson ‘09

Director of PR & Marketing


A Communication/French double–major at Pacific Lutheran University, Julie was a fixture on PLU’s Dean’s List. Julie held internships at Sterling Communications, the Office of the Canadian Consulate–General in Seattle, the Pierce County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Kenmore, among others. Julie, the senior researcher on MediaLab’s award–winning “Illicit Exchanges” documentary, now works for the City of Olympia, Washington.

Bre’ Greenman ‘09

Marketing Team Leader


Business major Bre’ Greenman, who joined MediaLab in 2007, led MediaLab’s marketing efforts. Most notably, in Spring 2008, Bre’ spearheaded an extensive market survey and research project for MediaLab client Cascade Regional Blood Services. The result was a comprehensive, 100–page spiral bound report that detailed the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of current and potential blood donors. Bre’ was also co–leader of a team that produced marketing, public relations and advertising materials for the annual Rainier to Ruston Walk/Run, an annual event that occurs in June.

Krista Gunstone ‘09

General Manager 2009


A Business and Communication double–major, Krista served as MediaLab’s 2008&ndash 2009 student general manager. Under Krista’s leadership, MediaLab won an Emmy Award, a National Broadcasting Society Award, a national Broadcast Education Association award, and advanced its work producing content for local businesses and media outlets, as well as organizing several high–profile public events. In addition to leading MediaLab, Krista also served as president of PLU’s Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Nate Hulings ‘09



Seleted for MediaLab as a sophomore, Nate established a lengthy list of accomplishments. He was a multi–media intern at the Seattle Times, interned for The Olympian, produced video and did voice–overs for the Seattle Post–Intelligencer website, produced videos and worked part time for The News Tribune’s sports desk, and was the recipient of a 2008 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Scholarship, which resulted in a paid internship at the Puyallup Herald. 

Kirsten Ostgard ‘09

Assistant Video Team Leader


Kirsten, a Communication major, joined MediaLab in Fall 2009, and during her tenure, led the team of students who produced video work that appeared on theNewsTribune.com, The News Tribune’s web presence. She also participated in activities at PLU’s KCNS News, and she interned during Summer and Fall 2009 at KBTC, Tacoma’s PBS station.

Aislinn Staaby ‘09

Printing Specialist & Graphic Designer


Aislinn joined MediaLab in the Spring of 2008 and was the organization’s expert in the production of printed materials. Aislinn worked part–time at The Printer’s, Inc. of Enumclaw, Washington.

Jon Wedell ‘09



Jon, a Communication major whose primary role was to cover high school sports for the The News Tribune’s web presence, joined MediaLab in Fall 2007.