Who WE Are
Mueller Communications’ mission is to provide our clients access to a team of the best communicators and strategic problem-solvers around.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside the office?
Running while listening to a really good audiobook.
What’s something people might not know about you?
In third grade I lost top spot in the spelling bee by spelling the word "upon" as o-p-u-n in a moment of panic. It haunts me to this day.
What’s your favorite festival or summer activity?
My husband and I did a lot of kayaking last summer and it has become my very favorite part of summertime.
Hey there! I’m Krista, a Senior Manager at Mueller Communications. I like to think my career began at the tender age of 8, when I wrote my first novel, illustrated in crayon and bound with Elmer’s glue. However, it remains my first and only novel, and so began a necessary pivot into the real world, and eventually marketing and communications by way of journalism.
Writing has always been my passion, so I’ve maneuvered through my career using my affinity for words to tell client stories and develop brand voices, or to find new ways to elevate an organization through strategic communication plans. At the base of it all? Words.
By the time I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a journalism degree, I’d already served as the features editor of the campus newspaper and won a collegiate level award for a jailhouse interview and subsequent story I wrote about a man charged with (and eventually found guilty of) the murder of a young woman on Milwaukee’s east side. I believed my career path would (obviously) lead from my first gig at The Waukesha Freeman straight to the New York Times, but alas, I became a victim of my generation’s first recession and found my way to public relations and marketing, where I’ve remained faithful ever since.
That path has wound through a statewide political campaign, agencies, corporate communications and higher education. From water filtration to telecommunications to philanthropic organizations to a private university. From Madison to the state of Oregon and back to Milwaukee, where it all began in Bolton Hall. Now I’m happy to be here at Mueller, with all of you.
My favorite part of what I do is the challenge of storytelling. At the root, our job is to take information and disseminate it to an audience, sometimes solving a problem along the way. But the joy comes from determining what story to tell, how and where to share it, how to help the audience understand its impact. How to use words to make a difference.
Outside of work, I’m probably running. For stress relief and exercise, or after my toddler. I live in Wauwatosa with my husband, Todd, our son, Owen, and my step-daughter. Our home is run by our dog, Luna, and cat, Steve Rogers, who both answer to Wanda the robot vacuum.
I’m always in the middle of a book, I do some amount of yoga every day, I could eat pizza for every meal, and have run 20 marathons to date. If I’m not otherwise occupied by any of the above, you’ll find me on the couch.