Karen Aderer

Instructor

Karen Aderer has been a resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for over 20 years. She has worked in a child advocacy role for much of that, having served most recently as the District Social Worker for Bay Waveland Schools. She worked previously at an emergency children’s shelter, and has served as a DHS foster parent and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Youth Court.

Following Hurricane Katrina, she helped to write grants for and administer Hope Haven’s Helping Hands Fund, which distributed emergency aid, food, Christmas presents, and furniture, to hurricane affected families in coastal Mississippi. Karen currently serves as Board President of Hancock County CASA.

Karen received both her undergraduate Psychology degree and her Master’s in Social Work from USM, and is proud to be at USM as a Visiting Instructor, providing students with the same high quality education she feels she received.  

Karen feels blessed to have the opportunity to welcome students to the joys and rewards of providing service to others, and enjoys the fact that she gets to teach people who are committed to bettering themselves and others.

Towards that end, Karen is planning a return to school for a Doctorate of Social Work in the near future.