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Hello!

Hello! I’m Kayla Erb (she/her).

I started my design business in 2012, selling hand-painted iPhone cases to pay for my art supplies in college. Over the years, my designs grew with my clients and I. What started as blankets for college students has turned into handmade gifts for babies and housewarming presents!

 

While I pursued my degree, I was navigating my health in a world that was not designed for disabled people. After eight years of increasing pain, discomfort, and illness, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Learning to advocate for myself was daunting and often isolating, but it led me to a new career in the non-profit sector. Today, I run a consulting business where I offer written advocacy services to non-profits serving communities whose voices need amplifying.

 

Through both Handmade by KERB and Consulting by KERB, I am proud of the work I do. Whether it be finding the right knit décor for your home, or funding your next advocacy project, my skills are here to be shared. Let’s work together.

 

Education

M.A., Disability Studies, CUNY School of Professional Studies, New York, NY

May 2022

Relevant Course Work: Disability Law and Policy, Grant Writing, Psychosocial, Cultural and Political Aspects of Disability, Disability and Diversity, Research Methods, Embodiment and Disability, Advocacy Approaches for Asserting and Obtaining Individual Rights and Systemic Change, Reel to Real: Psychiatry in the Cinema, Disability Narrative.

Certificate, Writing for Social Justice, University of California, Berkeley, CA

April 2020

Certificate, Business Analytics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

January 2020

B.S., Business Administration, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Westbury, NY

May 2016

Relevant Course Work: Operations Management, Marketing Principles and Concepts, Business Communications, Organizational Behavior and Management, Business Strategy and Policy, Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Principles of Business Law, Information Systems for Managers, Financial Management, Applied Statistics, Accounting I & II

A.A., Liberal Arts, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY

May 2014

Studied Fine Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Aug 2012-May2013

Work Experience

Advocate, Consulting by KERB, Remote, Contract

June 2021-Present

Grant Writing

Research market of client's business

Research relevant state and local funding opportunities

Coordinate with marketing, accounting, and development teams for budgeting and eligibility requirements. 

Create a grant narrative to support the organization's mission 

Research evidence-based data to support grant proposal 

Research prior giving per most recent 990 forms, board members, and other relevant information of private funders 

Prepare, and submit grant proposals and letters of intent

Maintain records accessible to clients for all proposals 

Copywriting/Editing

Review websites and company materials to consolidate data to an engaging, easy to read format based on the company's mission.

Provide written services including social media captioning, newsletters, articles, etc. 

Social Media Management

Create infographics and provide images to be shared on social media platforms. 

Engage with followers to maintain active Instagram status 

Provide a suggested monthly schedule of content

Prior clients operated in disability advocacy, disability research, STEM, education, mental health, addiction, prison re-entry to society, the arts, farming, women-owned businesses, and children's programs. 

Public Speaker

June 2019-Present

Florida State University, College of Medicine

- Panelist: Disability Advocacy Week, Oct 2020

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Long Island Chapter

- Honored Hero: Take Steps Walk, May 2020

- Panelist: Covid-19 Discussion, March 2020

- Guest Speaker: Kick-Off Event, Jan 2020

- Guest Speaker: Dance the Night Away, June 2019

The Sick Invite Podcast

- Host, July 2020- Present

Event Planner

April 2017- Present

Virtual Knitting Lessons: Zoom, April 2020

Music Benefit Show: Amityville Music Hall, Feb 2020

Comedy Benefit Show: The Brewer’s Collective, Jan 2020

The Knitting Exhibit: The Second Avenue Fire House, April 2017

Staff Accountant, Tritec Real Estate Company, East Setauket, NY

January 2018- July 2021

Manage accounts payable and receivable for 20+ properties.

Input contracts per construction job and maintain budgeted amounts.

Perform financial reporting, including bank reconciliation and budget analysis.

Manage employee credit card usage.

Maintain relationships with tenants through asset management.

Bookkeeper & Receptionist, Atlantic Auto Group, Amityville, NY

August 2012- January 2018

Conducted standard bookkeeper and receptionist duties

Oversaw part-time employees.