Looking to join an organization firmly rooted in education. I believe education is a human right denied to too many people. My passion is ensuring every person can live up to their own potential. I want quality education available to everyone.
Wiki Education Foundation – Visiting Scholar
San Francisco State University, October 2016 – Present
● Contribute to Wikipedia to provide relevant content regarding disability culture, history, and identity development
● Utilize materials provided by SFSU library and the Longmore Institute to increase supported knowledge on Wikipedia
● Created one well-received article, accepted as a Did You Know feature, 61 updates to 11 existing articles, for a total of over 113,000 pageviews as of February 2017
Freelance Speaker, Writer and Volunteer
St. Louis, August 2016 – Present
● Organize and plan local events, such as the St. Louis Wiknic 2016 and various edit-a-thons
● Present about the lived experiences of students with disabilities to better educate faculty and staff at local colleges and universities
● Work with librarians and community members on how to contribute to Wikipedia
● Write a nonfiction book about underrepresented college student populations
Saint Louis University, August 2012 – August 2016
● Served as ombudsman, where I advocated for students who submitted academic grievances within the School of Education
● Wrote and edited content for the School of Education website to inform student on events, programs, policies and procedures
● Led fact-finding initiative for the Kansas No Child Left Behind Waiver Commission
● Directed three qualitative investigations: lived experiences of college students with disabilities, international college students’ community development, and veterans’ sense of belonging on campus
Founder and President
St. Louis Pet Rescue, June 2009 – October 2016
● Led a non-profit organization with over 100 volunteer staff
● Planned and hosted yearly large-scale fundraisers
● Applied and awarded more than 20 grants to fund community spay/neuter programs, veterinary care for pets rescued by STLPR, and other administrative costs
● Successfully rescued and adopted over 4,000 pets across two states and seven counties
● Planned and managed an annual operating budget of over $150,000
● Testified in state government against pro-puppy mill legislation
● Forged positive working relationships with animal control facilities who would have otherwise destroyed abandoned pets due to overcrowding
First-Year Experience Instructor
Saint Louis University, August 2009-August 2012
● Led classes of 24 first-year students to teach them about the expected university academic life
● Encouraged students to discuss difficult topics, including racism, religion, and sexual assault, with others using mutual respect and understanding
● Trained students how to respond to challenging situations, particularly alcohol use, harassment, and sexual assault
Coordinator of Financial Aid and Planning
Saint Louis University, March 2007 – August 2012
● Maintained confidentiality and discretion in counseling 1200 law students
● Developed debt repayment and financial responsibility education programs
● Redesigned the website content to include interactive aids, such as financial aid calculators, podcasts, and a scholarship database
● PhD, Higher Education, 2016, Saint Louis University
● MA, Student Administration, 2009, Saint Louis University
● BS, Foreign Language and Literature (German), 2006, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
● Member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Graduate Student Honor Society
English is my native language and I have a high-level proficiency in German (conversing, reading, and writing).
I am a restorative thinker and foresee opportunities to prevent issues before they arise.
Empathy comes naturally to me and enhances my communication style by enabling me to mediate conversations between passionate people.
I am highly organized in my work. This served me well in my work with students, my research projects, and founding and leading a highly successful non-profit.
Part of what make me such an amazing advocate and asset to any movement is my tenacious nature. I am not easily deterred by any failure.
Review Education & Training Coordination Chair American College Personnel Association
I hosted training sessions about the program review process. I managed a team of volunteers to assign and collect program reviews. I coordinated an education session for presenters about writing and delivering inclusive presentations and programs.
Coalition for Disability Membership Chair ACPA
I developed membership engagement activities for the Coalition for Disability members. Activities include Twitter chats, newsletter submissions, and Wikipedia edit-a-thons.
VP of Parent Education Rockwood School District
I organize communication and meetings for the gifted parent representatives from the largest school district in the county. I work with the Gifted Education Director to schedule speakers for quarterly district-wide education sessions.
Sponsorship Coordinator Missouri College Personnel Association
I contact local and national businesses and education organizations to secure funding for multiple annual conferences and the organization operating budget. I serve on the executive council for MoCPA aiding in directing the organization and making needed changes.
Wellness & Accessibility Chair MoCPA
I planned wellness activities for conference attendees, including chair massages, daily fitness activities, mindfulness through coloring sessions, quiet spaces, and guided meditation. I addressed inclusion needs, which involved food allergies, parenting spaces, physical accessibility, and all-gender restrooms.
Committee Fundraising Coordinator Saint Louis University
I planned and executed fundraisers for the Professional Development Committee. Each fundraiser funded conference grants for more than six graduate students.
Koerner, J. (2016). Talking Points: Access for All . CURRENTS Magazine. April 2016.
Koerner, J. (2016). An exploration of the lived experiences of college students with disabilities.
Students with Disabilities Persisting Through Higher Education: Their Perspective ( slides )
ACPA 2014: REINVENT Indianapolis, Indiana on April 1, 2014
Students with Disabilities on Our Campuses
MoCPA 2015 Lake Ozark, Missouri on October 12, 2015