Kristen Bathon, a Southern Illinois native, promotes Silkworm through attending and coordinating events and provides day-to-day marketing and sales support as the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Silkworm.
Kristen has been with Silkworm since September of 2014.
“I wasn’t looking for a specific job because I still had a semester left at Southern Illinois University,” says Kristen, “but I had a contact at John A. Logan College that referred me to Silkworm, so I applied!”
Kristen was very familiar with the Silkworm reputation and our involvement in the community, so she was excited to apply!
“Silkworm is involved in numerous events and programs throughout the area,” says Kristen, “so attending the events would be my favorite part of my job.”
Kristen wants to be actively involved in the community. Silkworm allows her to do just that! Kristen also organizes tours of Silkworm to share our mission, values and services to different area groups.
Kristen’s favorite memory at Silkworm was the RSP game night for Knock Hunger out of the Park.
“It was exciting to see the community rallying together,” says Kristen, “Bringing in canned goods for United Community Pantry in Carterville, Illinois.
Silkworm, along with RSP Heating and Cooling and the Event Partners exceeded our $5,000 goal, filling 3 Trucks with milk crates stacked high full of non-perishable items collected at the game and $1,500 in monetary donation.
Knock Hunger has been a great event for the community and given a much needed boost to our local food pantries with donations and helped create a lot of awareness for hunger in Southern Illinois.
“At the River to River Relay we got to interact with all the runners,” Kristen says, “And set up tents with yummy snacks.”
Kristen loves to cook in her spare time.
“If you came over to my house, I would serve you cilantro chicken, grilled corn on the cob with chips and fresh guacamole,” Kristen says, “I love Mexican food!”
Kristen’s admits she can turn her tongue into a W shape, and she has serious music knowledge.
“Let me hear the first few notes of a country song and I can probably tell you the title, who sings it,” says Kristen, “And all of the lyrics!”
Takin’ Care of Business by Bachman Turner Overdrive best describes Kristen’s work ethic.
“At Silkworm we like to take care of business and have fun doing it,” says Kristen, “The Worm culture is this song in a nutshell!”
If Kristen had to pick two celebrities as parents she says she would choose Bill Murray and Carrie Underwood.
“Bill Murray is such a cool kind of guy with so many roles in fantastic movies,” says Kristen, “And Carrie Underwood has a beautiful voice, maybe it would rub off on me a bit.”
Sadly, Kristen and her husband are planning to move to Nashville, so Kristen will only be with Silkworm until the end of June but, as we always say, “Once a Wormer, always a Wormer.”
“I will miss my Silkworm family like crazy when I leave,” says Kristen, “Thanks to the family for making my first, big-girl job great!”