Kathryn Lauer Hoover, of Fenton, Mich., has worked in the field of education for the past 20 years in various capacities and joined Vision 2020 in 2010. She is currently a school counselor for Washtenaw International High School and Middle Academy, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program with the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium and the Ypsilanti Community Schools.
Lauer Hoover has a wide range of experience through community outreach and her advocacy for social justice. Governor Snyder appointed Lauer Hoover to the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board in 2011. The Board administers state and federal funding for domestic violence shelters and advocacy services, develops and recommends policy, and develops and provides technical assistance and training. Staff provided by the Department of Human Services assists the Board in carrying out their legislative charge. She also serves on the School Counselor Content Advisory Committee for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification through the Michigan Department of Education. She was recently selected as a founding member of the Michigan Board of Directors for the National Charity, The Gift of Adoption Fund. She is the past president of the American Association of University Women, Flint, Mich. branch as well as their former chair of the Education Foundation and Scholarship Committee. Lauer Hoover is the creator and administrator of the Stop Bullying Now public group on Facebook. She was recently nominated for Grand Valley State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
The many needs of Lauer Hoover's students inspired her over the years to implement successful school-based girls and boys mentoring and leadership programs that follow the Transformative Student Leadership and Mentoring Model she developed for grades K-12 and college level students. Much of this was developed while working with high at-risk populations. These leadership and mentoring programs gained national attention when she was selected to present about them at the American School Counseling Association’s National Conferences in Dallas, Texas and Seattle, Washington.
As a part of Lauer Hoover’s initial Vision 2020 State Project, she successfully partnered with students and educators at the following institutions to facilitate these mentoring and leadership programs: Kettering University’s Kaegle Leadership Institute, the University of Michigan – Flint’s Communication’s Department overseen by Tony McGill and Mott Middle College’s Peace Builder’s program overseen by Terryl Sperlich. All three of these schools, as a result of their partnership with the leadership/mentoring programs, received Community Leadership Awards signed by Mayor Walling of Flint, Mich. Lauer Hoover’s students have also been awarded and recognized by Mayor Walling of Flint, Mich., by Gov. Granholm of Mich. and by Gov. Snyder of Mich. for their community service.
Lauer Hoover adopted three children from the foster care system who had been rescued from a refugee camp. She has published articles in national print and online magazines regarding infertility and adoption. Her children have greatly impacted her life and her desire to make our world a better place. Lauer Hoover is an alumna of both Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich.
She holds a M.Ed. in School Counseling and a B.A. in Communications.