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Jonathan Lidgus, M. Ed. - Director 

Lidgus

Jonathan has been a member of the UMSL community for over a decade, and worked with the SUCCEED program for 5 years before becoming its Director in August 2017. He received an M.Ed. in Counseling from UMSL in 2005 and is currently working toward a doctorate in Education.  Jonathan joined UMSL in 2002 as a graduate student in the Office of Student Life and was brought on full time in 2005. In 2007 Jonathan joined the Office of Residential Life where he became the Director. He has extensive experience with the Succeed Program as he was part of the planning team that was instrumental in bringing the Succeed Program to UMSL Jonathan’s academic research interests are in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities in Higher Education. 

Andrew Johnson Kliethermes, M. Ed.  -  Coordinator of Transition

Andrew

Andrew Johnson Kliethermes serves as the Coordinator of Transition. With over 10 years of experience in business management, employee training, and sales, Andrew applies his experience building strong relationships with SUCCEED Partners. Prior to joining SUCCEED; Andrew was an Employment Advisor with St Louis Arc. There he was able to collaborate with a leading team; Special School District, Vocational Rehabilitation, SSM St Mary’s Health Center, and St Louis Arc to help facilitate a pilot Vocational Skills Employment Training Program, or V-SET, complete its second year. From 2003 through 2009, Andrew was the General Manager of Cherry Street Bar and Grill, and part of the management team of several salons. Throughout his management career Andrew excelled at employment training, as well as managing over 60 employees.  Andrew has a Masters Degree in Higher Education from UMSL. 

Rachel Goldmeier, MSW, LMSW - Student Support Specialist 

Rachel Goldmeier

Rachel Goldmeier is one of two support specialists on the SUCCEED team and helps provide additional guidance to students. Rachel's particular focus is on social coaching, engagement, and goal planning for the semester. Rachel is a proud UMSL alumni having graduated in 2015 with her master's degree in social work. After graduation, she worked with at-risk youth at Sumner High School where she connected students to important community resources and provided individual case management services. Rachel then went on to work with the St. Louis Jewish Community Center where she planned and implemented programming and taught goal planning and independent living skills to participants in the Adult Day Center's IN Program. In 2018, she became a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Rachel is proud to return to UMSL and use her education and experience to work with SUCCEED students and ensure they have a positive college experience. 

Katelend Davis-Student Support Specialist

Katelend

Katelend serves as a Student Support Specialist. Katelend graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and a minor in Education. Before graduating from UMSL, Katelend gained experience as an intern where she accumulated over 600 hours working with the Succeed Program and serving as a Continuing Education Teacher at Paraquad. She was the Camp Coordinator for the Succeed Summer Enrichment Camp for 2019 and 2020. Katelend facilitates individual coaching sessions that help students organize schedules, plan out homework, and budget money. She also oversees volunteers and schedules one-on-one tutoring for all participants in the Succeed Program. Katelend plans on continuing her educational journey at UMSL and is proud to be a part of the UMSL Succeed team