Eryka Mabus

Founder and Executive Director of Kairos Hope INC. in Monroe City, MO

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Sociology

Please describe your position and what you enjoy most about it.

I am currently serving as the Executive Director of a Christian residential recovery home for victims of sexual trauma. I am in charge of managing the Board of Directors, overseeing operations, and working with potential residents as they prepare for entry. I love this position because I have the flexibility to create and design the program to function well and best serve residents.

What aspects of your HLGU experience helped you prepare for your career?

HLGU played a huge part in this career. I developed the idea for Kairos Hope while I was a student at HLGU and began the process of starting the nonprofit while there. Our Board of directors was originally made of all HLG alumni and we had a ton of assistance from professors and staff as we made this vision a reality. One of the biggest things that helped prepare me, personally, for this position was Mr. Schoonover’s classes. Mr. Schoonover challenged his students to think critically, back their beliefs, and not be afraid to stand up for what they think is right. His classes helped me develop a backbone so that I was ready to lead an organization.

What have you enjoyed most about your career?

The best part of my career is being able to bring my dreams into reality. Not many college grads get to start an organization and lead it as soon as they graduate. I have found that the freedom to create, work independently, and see life-change in people encourages me to put 100% into what I do.

Have you or are you currently continuing your education? If so, please list the institution(s) and degree(s) you earned or are working toward.

I am continuing my education at Quincy University to complete my Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am projected to graduate May 2021.

How did HLGU shape you as a person?

HLGU helped me develop my identity and leadership skills. While at HLGU, I had many professors and peers push me so that I could grow. When I first started college, I was quiet and not willing to speak up for myself often. Now, I find that I not only have found my own voice, but also, I am able to speak up for those who need help.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Building my nonprofit from scratch and seeing it go from an idea with $0 to a fully developed organization with a large house and multiple services available.

Please list any scholarships, honors, or awards you received as an undergraduate or graduate.

Hagan Scholar
Summa Cum Laude
Alpha Chi
Top 5 Criminal Justice Award (3 years)

Do you have any tips to share with students interested in this field?

Don’t be afraid to take a risk.

What on-campus activities were you involved in at HLGU?

SASA (Vice President)
RA (1 year)
HLGU Band (Clarinet) (1 Year)


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