UMSL scholar named to St. Louis Arc board

Patricia Kopetz

Patricia Kopetz, the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Education for Children with Disabilities in Connection with the Variety Club of Greater St. Louis at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, has been appointed as a member of the board of directors of the St. Louis Arc.

St. Louis Arc is a nonprofit, United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children with developmental disabilities, and their families, throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as a member of the board of directors for the St. Louis Arc,’ Kopetz said. “The organization helps so many people with disabilities and their families, and through my participation, I hope to continue to serve those individuals in the St. Louis area.”

Kopetz joined the UMSL College of Education faculty in September 2008. Through her professorship, she works with the Variety Club, as well as collaborative outreach programs that promote education and provide services to children with disabilities in the St. Louis area.

She also serves as a board member for Variety St. Louis and the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative of Missouri’s Department of Mental Health, and as an advisory board member for the Miriam School Learning Center.

Kopetz previously served as a professor in the special education unit in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg and a master’s degree in special education from UMSL. She earned a doctoral degree in educational administration and supervision from Saint Louis University.

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