Kristen Miller Schils 2019 Digital Marketing Specialist Charlotte NC

Kristen (Miller) Schils

I am extremely organized, social and outgoing. I have a very adventurous personality and take pleasure in meeting new people and making friends. I enjoy taking risks, discovering new events/festivals and creating memories through new experiences! I have a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication: Digital Media, Arts & Technologies and a specialization in film studies from Michigan State University.

I love traveling to new places and exploring the culture!!

I have driven 36 hours through 8 states in a van with 4 girls to Nevada to be blinded by the Las Vegas Strip lights, admired the view of the Grand Canyon from atop a mule, shopped the Miracle Mile and visited HARPO in Chicago, witnessed the 9th ward of NOLA and partied at Mardi Gras, soaked up sun-rays of Clearwater Beach and discovered the magic of Disneyworld,
gazed at the performing artists of Key West,
fought my Sparty-behind through a sea of red in Ohio on game day,
conquered the roller-coasters of Cedar Point,
enjoyed the pubs of London,
overlooked the city of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower,
sipped coffee in the cafes of Amsterdam,
cooked live lobster off the coast of Maine,
visited Fenway Park in the heart of Boston,
rediscovered “the cross-roads of the west” in Salt Lake City,
cruised over the Golden Gate Bridge to trolley around downtown San Francisco,
perceived flavors, aromas, & characteristics of various tastings in wine country,
trapeze’d through the air over the Santa Monica Pier,
adventured into the deep heart of Texas,
joined a photoshoot in Houston,
defied death tubing down the Colorado Creek,
strolled through Central Park and Times Square while meandering NYC,
cheese-tasted my way through the Tillamook Cheese Factory and learned gun handling at the shooting ranges in Portland Oregon,
gawked at the largest sea-lion cave in California,
hiked through the Redwood Forest,
walked through the tanks of the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 SF,
mazed my way through the haunted Winchester Mansion, toured Hurst Castle in the fog,
sought out research in the Triangle of North Carolina,
swam with sharks in Myrtle Beach,
listened to the sounds of the street bands in Asheville,
performed Bridesmaid duties and enjoyed the El Dorado Royal of Mexico,
marveled at the muscles of the Europa games in Hartford Connecticut,
gazed at the surfers of Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Mission Beach SD,
caught sight of Slow Mo in motion at Point Loma,
wandered about Harbor Island and Coronado Island,
had a ball visiting DisneyLand California,
ventured out of the country to Madrid, Spain to moon over the historical architecture of  Plaza Mayor, Parque Del Buen Retriro, Puerta del Sol, the Cathedral and Palacio Sta.cruz,
eagle-eyed the city of St. Louis, MO from the Gateway Arch,
shook hands with Arnold Schwartzenegger in Columbus Ohio at the Arnold Classic,
competed in beach olympics in South Padre Island,
danced the night away on Coco Beach,
toured the culinary arts of downtown Charleston, gazed upon the gardens of Magnolia Plantation,
cheered on the soccer players of the Women’s World Cup in Ottowa,
looped through the Kensington Marketplace in Toronto,
admired the Niagara Falls
caught a shark off The Gulf Stream,
stood at The Crossroads and met the mayor of Clarksdale Mississippi,
stared at myself and friends on the World’s Largets Jumbotron (72’ X 160’) while at the MSU Cotton Bowl at the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium,
prayed Vespers and evening prayers while sitting with the Benedictine Monks at the Belmont Abbey,
weekend in Savannah lighting candles at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, gasped at the history and tales of ghosts, and hoofed it around the Riverwalk,
snorkeled the reef and fished for yellowtail off the Summerland Key,
said YES! And got engaged on a cruise ship to Tortola and St. Thomas of the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas – snorkeled Trunk Bay of the USVI, scooted my way through the Virgin Baths to Devil’s Bay, entered the caves of The Indians, jumped off the Willy T’s pirate ship in the BVI, drank fresh fruit rum punch from Sue at Junkanoo Beach in Nassau,
hiked through the cement city of NYC to see Grand Central Station and the NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, Times Square, Flatiron building, enjoyed Happy Hour at the 230 Fifth Rooftop and people watched the people watching from the Empire State Building, made Phish faces at Madison Square Garden for the dozen, walked atop of the Highland Park, ventured through the Chelsea Market, walked the entire Brooklyn Bridge touched Brooklyn & walked back to Manhattan, gazed at the Statue of Liberty and Staton Island Ferry in Battery Park, cherished the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial, cultured the self by attending multiple Broadway plays, took the Charging Bull by the horns, walked on Wall Street and visited the Stock Exchange, sat in the park at Greenwich Village and viewed the Washington Arch, stopped in to see the chair Lincoln sat in at McSorleys Old Ale House – dark or light? is the only question, walked top to bottom through Central Park and Strawberry Fields, drug our luggage to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center, toured many pubs and NYU,
shot law darts via bow & arrow in Franklin,
listened to the wind howling at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia,

Honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii with my husband –
self-caught and devoured mahi-mahi, hiked 12 miles in the Haleakala crater from the tip top of Red Hill, dined at the beachfront restaurant Mama’s Fish House in Pa’ia, survived the Road to Hana including swimming in Twin Falls, climbed into Ching’s pond, marveled at the rainbow eucalyptus trees, saw three Bears Falls turn into one big Bear Falls, toured Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach; hopped touched a cloud via powered hang glider in Hana, splashed in the waves at Hamoa Beach, cliff jumped into the Venus Pool, peered onto lavender filled fields, bathed in the healing waters of Maui at the Grand Spa, got lei’d at the Andaz and relaxed in the 4-tier cascading infinity pools, snacked on a mac-nut pie at Leoda’s Kitchen, taste tested two Maui breweries, won a cocoon on the Ka’anapali beach, explored caves, snorkeled turtle town, Ahihi-Kinau Reserve, Slaughterhouse Beach and more; engaged in all the traditions of a Polynesian Luau in Lahaina, overlooked the Nakalele blowhole and the Olivine Pools, listened to the sounds of the birds under the Banyan Tree, and indulged in macadamia nuts and coffee;

Trip-of-a-Lifetime’d from top to bottom of Europe with my husband –
Amsterdam, Netherlands
enjoyed the Lover’s canal boat ride, marveled at the Van Gogh Museum paintings, assisted brewing a batch of beer at the Heineken Experience,
Cologne, Germany
gazed upon all the locks on Lover’s Bridge and stood in awe of The Dom Cathedral,
Bacharach, Germany
explored Castles and churches along the Rhine River by train and ferry,
Kolblenz, Germany
stood inside the Deutsches Eck while watching the Rhine & Moselle meet,
Mayen & Mendig, Germany
met my husband, John’s mother’s side of the family, The Krayers, visited the location of one of his great Uncle’s painted landscapes, stood on the stoop of his great grandfather’s house where my “Bonus” Mom spent time while growing up, and saw the church where his grandparents were wed,
Frankfurt, Germany
enjoyed the sights, spirits, and tastings of Old Town,
Munich, Germany
harkened the chimes at Marienplatz Glockenspiel clock tower, chanted in song to drink liters of beer at the original Hofbrauhaus House Brewery, partook the festivities at the Oktoberfest opening weekend including the parades,
Vatican City, Italy
preplanned tickets to the Vatican Museum got us past the long lines and to the Sistine Chapel where we stood in astonishment for over an hour, carefully stepped the spiral stairs to the very tip top of St. Peter’s Basillica, sipped wine and devoured gelato,
Rome, Italy
proceeded on a 3-hour tour of the Palatine Hill, Roman Forum – and walked through the Gladiator’s entrance at the Colosseum on the main floor, spun in circles inside the Parthenon while being audio-guided by Rick Steves, dwelled on the day in front of the Trevi Fountain, filled our stomachs to the brim with pasta in the Treversu dining area,
Messina, Sicily Italy
climbed atop the astronomical clock bell tower for a stunning view of the city, gorged on authentic cannoli and granite – delicious!
Valletta, Malta
chartered a private boat to Comino’s Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon, Gozo, went snorkeling and I was stung by jellyfish, we saw a real live octopus swimming at the bottom of the most clearest water,
Athens, Greece
jumped a double decker bus to sight-see, hiked to the top of Acropolis and peered into the prison of Socrates,
Mykonos, Greece
gazed upon all the white houses and beautiful blue domes, took a ferry to Delos to see the ancient ruins of the birthplace and home to God Apollo, ate the most delicious Greek lunch and gazed upon the Windmills of Kato Mili,
Sicily, Greece
rented 4-wheeler to jet-set around the island ourselves, wine tasted while looking over the edge of the island, hunted to find the postcard-pictured famous Blue Domes, and visited the Red Sand beach,
Naples Italy
hopped a train to Herculaneum where we visited the ancient ruins being excavated, feasted on some of the best original pizza, walked the very first street of the ancient market in Rome by going to the Underground,

…. and have been to Hell (Michigan) and back.

Michigan, the high-5 of the nation and state of my hometown, Saline.

Growing up as a “troll”, I have enjoyed many summers going to the Tiger’s games at Comerica Park and Red Wings Games at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit with my dad; Art Fairs and Top of the Park Ann Arbor with my mom; and journeyed across the Mackinaw Bridge countless times to visit my “upper” grand parents in St. Sue Marie. I have stayed at the Hotel on the Mackinaw Island with my brother, became a “fudgie” in Traverse City with my aunt, scavenged for Petoskey stones, assisted capturing UFOs on camera in Holland for the National Geographic Channel, spent a summer in downtown Detroit with my cousin, enjoyed Elk and Torch lake extravaganzas with friends, sampled beer and toured the Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, and took the tunnel to Canada.

Currently, I live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here I have enjoyed the festivities of Alive After 5 in Uptown, thee Santa Bar Crawl, Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl, Taste of Charlotte, Festival in the Park, Sip-N-Stroll, Tom Izzo & the Spartans play at 2015 NCAA March Madness, Food Truck Fridays, the Ultimate Crossfit challenges in South End, Romare Bearden Park concerts, Charlotte Knights DugOut-Suites, Checkers Hockey, Panthers Football and Hornets Basketball games, boat days on Lake Norman, hiked Crowder’s Mountain, frequent the Amos theatre for bands like The Breakfast Club & tribute bands, outdoor Yoga, braved class IV rapids at the White Water Center, mixed music for weddings, engaged in The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening, shot an AK-15 in Huntersville, cruised the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, drank with the pups at the Dog Bar of Noda, concerts at the music factory, laughs at the Comedy Zone, cheered on the Chihuahua Races of Cinco De Mayo at the Epicenter, bowling and hibachi ball on Montford, sipped white Russians at Lebowski’s, drank coffee at the Friend’s Smelly Cat Café, roamed of Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens networking at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce luncheons, partake in the Charlotte American Marketing Association, musicals at the Blumenthal Performing Arts and Belk Theatre, became president of the MSU Alumni Club Spartans of Charlotte, delighted in movie-script reading games by Upstage actors, toured the Old Mecklenburg Breweries, crowed kickball champion with my team through Nakid, witnessed the DeLorean at Discovery Place for Science on the Rocks, tested all the cars at the Charlotte Auto Show, adopted the ways of Sunday Brunch in the city, chitchatted over tea and crumpets at the Duke Mansion, shot a bulls-eye at Barefoot Archery, fed animals from the car at the drive-thru zoo, trolleyed my way around the South End Craft Crawl, amused myself by trying the sport of Curling, let my hair down at the Jimmy Buffett concert, hopped in planes at the Charlotte Aviation Museum, witnessed a battle reenactment at The Latta Plantation, entertained at the Skyshow Fireworks at the Cuba vs. USA Baseball Game, rode the Funny Bus to tour Charlotte – CHURCH!, adored the CLT Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Pops Summer Concert and at the Game Of Thrones concert, rode to the top of Beech Mountain to visit Dorothy and the Land of Oz, threw axes like “Lumberjax,” inspected automobiles at Cars & Coffee,
and am continuing to discover more of the city known as “the best kept secret of the south.”