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Our goal is to help you grow and nurture your business in ways that express your brand, feel good and help others.

Our name, Small Adventures Communications, reminds us each day that our time on this planet is a series of small adventures and miracles. We love to learn, explore, and nudge ourselves and our clients into something new.

We believe in:

  • Public relations as a means to educate, inspire and drive larger change

  • Clear messaging, tied directly back to business goals

  • Writing with a strong and unique voice

  • Maximizing opportunities

  • Integrated approaches to planning and execution 

About: About


Small Adventures Communications is led by Alexson Calahan, who has nearly 20 years of experience in communications research, planning, implementation and evaluation. She holds degrees in Marketing and Management from Drake University, as well as a Master's of Communication Leadership from Drake University. Much of her work centers around health care communications and focused on simplifying complex medical issues for patient education. Her professional experience includes time at leading local and national non-profit organizations, a marketing agency, and the sales department for a regional news leader. 

She has led national and local public relations campaigns, securing key media wins including GMA, Today, USA Today, Dr. Radio, CNN, CNN en Español, NPR as well as niche outlets.

Alexson is a member of Heart of Des Moines, a coalition of consultants serving non-profit organizations. She also volunteers with the Girl Scouts and Urbandale Public Art Committee.

She is an introvert who loves exploring, campfires and reading with her children.



The Small Adventures Communications logo stars Brigid, a very noble and adventurous groundhog.

Groundhogs dig deep, stay observant, rest when it’s time to rest and are always on the lookout for brighter days ahead. We love all those attributes and apply them to each project.

About: Team Members
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