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Vernetta Kosalka Assistant Professor of Practice

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, College of Saint Mary, 2021
M.S., Organizational Leadership, College of Saint Mary, 2007
B.S., Business Administration & Computer Information Management, College of Saint Mary, 2003

Dr. Kosalka is a hospitality professional, educator, and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience. Dr. Kosalka believes that improving post-secondary student persistence is not only a fundamental part of academic success but it is also critical to improving one's socioeconomic status. Her mission is to provide the highest level of professionalism and expertise in hospitality, education, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kosalka holds a Doctor of Education from College of Saint Mary, '21, Master of Science in Organization Leadership, '07 and received her Bachelor of Science Degree with a dual Major in Business Administration and Computer Information Management, '03.

Teaching Activities (85% Apportionment):

Service Activities (5% Apportionment)

  • Student Retention
  • Recruitment

Areas of Expertise:

    Event Planning
    Hospitality Financial Management
    Hospitality Customer Service/Guest Relations
    Hospitality Sales and Marketing
    Small Business and Entrepreneurship
    Curriculum Development
    Non-Credit Course Development

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2021, Association of International Floral Designers - Certified International Floral Designer (candidate)2020, Events Industry Council - Certified Meeting Planning (candidate)2019, National Restaurant Association/American Culinary Federation ProStart Level 1 - Instructor2018-Present, Mental Health First Aid2017-Present, Serve Safe Instructor & Proctor2017-Present, Manage First Instructor & Proctor2017, Alumni Achievment Award, College of Saint Mary 2017, Nominee, Business of the Year, Sarpy County Chamber2016, Spirit of Blue, Omaha Police Department2015, Volunteer of the Year, Ralston Chamber of Commerce2013-2017, WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award2012, Budget Beaters Award - Marriott2010, Budget Beaters Award - Marriott2009, Top 25% Guest Satisfaction Scores - Marriott2007-2013, Douglas County Health Department Swimming Pool Operators Certifications2007, Marriott Hotels - Certified Meeting Planner Professional2007, Marriott Hotels - Certified Government Meeting Planner Professional 2003, Omaha Bartending School - Certified Mixologist 2003, Heart of the Walking Women Honor - College of Saint Mary
2022-Present, College of Saint Mary Board of Directors2021-Present, College of Saint Mary C0-Chair, Striding Forward Campaign2020-Present, The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)2021-Present, Association of International Floral Designers2020-Present, Events Industry Council Member2018-Present, AMerican Culinary Federation Member2022, The Links, Incorporated Omaha Chapter - Invited Member, Candidacy2003-Present, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Omaha Alumnae Chapter Member2015-Present, National Council of Negro Women, Omaha Chapter