The academic world was lucky to have them in their communications ranks for several years and so, too, is Trilix. Please join us in welcoming Sr. Communications Specialist Laura Sprague and Digital Communications Specialist Zach Newcomer to the Trilix team. In their roles with the Trilix PR/Communications Department, both will be key players in planning and executing PR and digital communications strategies on behalf of our clients.

Laura Sprague, APR, Sr. Communications Specialist

Family time is priceless for Sr. Communications Specialist Laura Sprague, but when she’s not busy taking fun adventures with her husband and two little boys, she enjoys the rewarding work of telling clients’ stories through engaging messaging and strategic execution. As an accredited public relations professional (APR), Laura brings a wealth of experience in traditional PR, including media relations and crisis communications. Learn more about Laura.

Can you tell me a bit about your professional background?

I consider myself lucky to have found a career field I love in communications and public relations. When I was in graduate school at Iowa State (Go Cyclones!), I worked as a writer for one of their colleges. This opened a world of learning about research and innovation, while also giving me the chance to tell others about it through different communication channels. After four years at Iowa State, I spent a year in marketing at Dice Holdings. In 2012, I applied to the Johnston Community School District for their communications position and spent the last 9.5 years there, serving as their communications director and overseeing all aspects of the office.

What are your strengths professionally?

I thrive in media relations, crisis management and external communications. The school world peppered my days with just about everything you could imagine.

What is your favorite aspect of the job?

I love being the interface between an organization and its audiences. Sharing critical information, shaping that message, ensuring it is delivered and understood — that’s the true beauty of communications and public relations.

Tell us about your life outside of work! Any family? How long have you lived in Iowa?

My husband, Joshua, and I live in Grimes with our two boys, TJ (age 5) and Henry (almost 3). I moved to Iowa in 2002 and decided it was a pretty great place to live!

What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies or unique talents?

Much of my free time is spent with my family; the boys are getting old enough to go on little adventures and trips, which is always fun. I also enjoy working out, traveling without children (ha!) and trying new restaurants.

Favorite film, food, drink and furry friend?

I’m not a big movie person, but I do love TV series. I’ve liked “Yellowstone,” “Ozark,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” to name a few. Food would have to be a great burger. Drink — hazy IPAs, brown ales or red wines. We have a black lab, Cadence, and she is so sweet.

What would be your superpower and why?

Like any mom, I hate seeing my kids get sick. I’d have a superpower to keep all the kids healthy and well.

If you could do any other kind of work, what would it be?

I think it would be something in the medical field, like a nurse or PA.

What motivates you at work?

I believe in working really hard to get the job done correctly — and subsequently being able to celebrate that hard work with my teammates.

Zach Newcomer, Digital Communications Specialist

Athletics, traveling and fly fishing may be his passions, but Digital Communications Specialist Zach Newcomer brings that same enthusiasm to his new role at Trilix. From planning and executing digital content strategies to ensuring client satisfaction, Zach is a welcome addition to the Trilix team.

Can you tell me a bit about your professional background?

Before arriving at Trilix, my professional career had been surrounded by athletics. I previously worked as the athletic communications director at Simpson College for nearly three years and oversaw all public relations efforts for the college’s 19 varsity sports, two spirit squads and a club team. Before that, I worked at a school near Muncie, Indiana — Taylor University, home of the famous Silent Night — in the sports information department and at a newspaper as a sports writer.

What are your strengths professionally?

I take pride in my time management and team player skills. You learn pretty early in public relations and marketing that a lot is expected to meet deadlines, so I feel very comfortable in meeting those expectations daily.

What is your favorite aspect of the job?

I really enjoy the collaborative atmosphere at Trilix. To be an effective communicator, it’s beneficial to ask for advice and input from others at Trilix and everyone has done a great job helping me so far. It’s also really fun to be creative each day and try new ideas and concepts for my clients. Having to learn so many different types of industries has been a rewarding challenge thus far.

Tell us about your life outside of work! Any family? How long have you lived in Iowa?

My wife, Katherine, and I have been married for almost three years and have lived in Iowa for almost three years, as well. We have a cat, Leo, and German shepherd puppy, Indy, that take up a lot of our time outside of work, but when we have free time, we enjoy spending it hiking, traveling or attending athletic events, especially Iowa Wild games! We also love exploring Des Moines and the surrounding areas.

What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies or unique talents?

Aside from traveling and hiking, I recently picked up fly fishing as a hobby. Although I haven’t practiced my cast and reel as often as I’d like, it's something I look forward to enjoying more next summer. I’ve also completed a few woodworking projects that I really enjoyed but have slowed down that hobby due to the high cost of lumber!

Favorite film, food, drink and furry friend?

I’m a big fan of comedy and sports-related movies, such as “Dumb and Dumber,” “Superbad” and “Rudy.” My favorite food is pizza, and although I’m not a teenager anymore, my favorite soda is Mountain Dew. But I try to avoid that as much as possible!

What would be your superpower and why?

An unconventional superpower I would like to have is the feeling of never being tired. I’m not a coffee drinker, so it would be nice to always be alert and awake first thing in the morning!

If you could do any other kind of work, what would it be?

I’ve always had an interest in construction, stemming from a couple summer jobs during college, so I could see myself as a project manager for a construction company.

What motivates you at work?

Accomplishing my goals and goals of clients really motivates me to do well. It’s a great feeling to know all the effort and work you put into a project paid off and meets approval.

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