Senior Associate Director
Keri Gilbert, Senior Associate Director of MOCAN since 2020, started her career in financial aid at the University of Missouri-Columbia and rapidly discovered her passion for helping students. This passion and dedication quickly propelled her to a Senior Assistant Director over student services. During her time at Mizzou, she focused on removing barriers for underserved and underrepresented students, taking special care to highlight programs and resources for former foster and homeless students. She has a deep love for advocacy and has visited with legislators in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C. to fight for program funding and initiatives to simplify the financial aid process. Keri’s passion and dedication to students and their success is infectious, and she has been recognized at both the state and regional level for her work. She has received numerous awards for her committee efforts, and is a recipient of both the MASFAP Bob Berger Newcomer Award and MASFAA Outstanding New Professional Award. Keri is also one of only 65 individuals from across the nation to have earned all seventeen NASFAA credentials, and has been certified as an NCAN Access Advisor. In addition to her work with MOCAN, Keri serves on the Executive Board of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as well as the City of Columbia New Century Fund, Inc. Board. Keri received her Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.