Katheryne Staeger-Wilson is a childhood burn survivor who has professionally worked in disability advocacy for over 28 years. She works as a Program Coordinator for the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council. Her passion is to encourage others to think differently about disability issues, through a disability studies lens; honoring the lived experience of disability when creating social justice and inclusive change. She received her BA degrees in psychology and criminology from Drury University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Academy for Cultural Diversity and Linguistic Competence. She has served on several regional, state, and national boards.
Her work has been published in journal articles about the importance of honoring the disability experience through the implementation of universal design and systems change.
When not working, Katheryne enjoys getting lost in the wilderness while hiking and kayaking.