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.
M.A., Disability Studies, CUNY School of Professional Studies, New York, NY
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
Certificate, Business Analytics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B.S., Business Administration, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Westbury, NY
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
Studied Fine Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Advocate, Consulting by KERB, Remote, Contract
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
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.
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
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.