Meet Our Digital Marketing Associate, Kara!

Welcome, Kara!


My name is Kara Landhuis, and I am excited to join the Blue Compass team as a Digital Marketing Associate.

My Background

I grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, and I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Advertising in 2014. Studying Advertising was the perfect way to combine my greatest loves - design, writing and strategy. Prior to joining Blue Compass, I worked at Goodwill of Central Iowa, where I created marketing materials to help build the Goodwill brand. At Blue Compass, I am looking forward to working with a wide variety of clients and coming up with creative ways to help them share their brand's stories.

Outside of Work

I love reading, going to movies, and hanging out with my cat, Mavis Beacon. I also play a little ukulele (little describes the amount of playing and the size of the instrument). I like to be involved in events and activities at Cottage Grove Church, and I love hanging out with friends on patios around Des Moines. I especially enjoy The Hall and Exile Brewing!

After college, I spent a year living in York, England. I never took the opportunity to study abroad when I was in college, and I have always loved British things (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, tea, rainy days). I found a great opportunity to work with kids and teens in local schools, churches and community spaces, and living with a host family was the perfect way to fully immerse myself in the culture. I also loved traveling around different areas of the UK, especially on trains! A few of my favorite destinations were The Lake District, Edinburgh, Whitby and Oxford. I met a lot of great people there, and I try to hop across the pond for a visit whenever I can. I didn't pick up a British accent during my time abroad, but I did develop an insatiable craving for scones and crumpets.

Joining the Blue Compass Team

Blue Compass seems like the perfect place for me to grow professionally and personally. I am excited to work with a great team of creative people and to learn from their expertise! My background is mostly in writing and graphic design, so I am excited to learn more about digital marketing, SEO and web design.