HOSA Staff


Jim Koeninger, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Jim has 49 years of experience in public education, higher education, corporate training and development, association management and strategic partnerships between government (federal, state and local) and corporations (for profit and non-profit). Following completion of a Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University, Jim held business and education faculty positions in six universities in Colorado, Texas and his home state of Oklahoma.

Jim and his wife, Karen, were the co-founders of Corporate Education Resources, Inc. (CERI), a management consulting group that has provided management services to HOSA-Future Health Professionals since 1984. CERI (formerly known as Leadership Development Institute) was founded in 1976 and conducted scores of summer camps, weekend retreats, workshops and regional conferences for high school and college students to develop their personal, leadership and teaming skills.

Jim and Karen have narrowed their activities to delivering management services to two non-profit organizations—HOSA-Future Health Professionals (serving 200,000 members) and JAG-Jobs for America's Graduates (serving 48,000 students). Since 1984, Jim has served as Executive Director of HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

Jim served as the lead designer and facilitator of the Walton Institute and the Advanced Leadership Development Program, funded by Sam and Helen Walton over an 18-year period for Walmart Stores, Inc. In addition, Jim was the designer of the Arkansas Leadership Academy for superintendents and principals through the University of Arkansas.

Jim authored numerous articles, monographs, training programs, videos, media productions and training manuals. With the McGraw-Hill Book Company, he was the lead co-author of a unique classroom simulation package called Jeffrey’s Retail Simulation.

He enjoys playing golf, when time permits, and spending time with their four grandchildren—Quentin, Jake, Violet and Cole.

Karen Koeninger
Deputy Executive Director

Karen is the co-founder of Corporate Education Resources, Inc. (CERI), a management consulting group that has provided management services to HOSA-Future Health Professionals since 1984. CERI (formerly known as Leadership Development Institute) was founded in 1976 and conducted scores of summer camps, weekend retreats, workshops and conferences for high school and college students to develop their personal, leadership and teaming skills.

Karen taught at the secondary level, served as an Assistant State Supervisor at the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technical Education, and has extensive experience with student organizations and conducting programs for teachers and students alike at state, regional and national levels. She has had lead responsibility for conferences with as many as 9,000 delegates, the oversight of HOSA’s annual Plan of Work and the day-to-day operations of the national headquarters as Deputy Executive Director. She received a Master of Science from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

She enjoys working and traveling with her husband, Jim, and planning fun activities for their four wonderful grandchildren – Quentin, Jake, Violet and Cole.


Laura Sheppard
Chief of Staff

Laura joined the National HOSA team in 2016 as the Chief of Staff where her focus is program management and strategic initiatives. Laura "grew up" with HOSA as a staff member at HOSA’s National Leadership Conference for the past 17 years.  Most recently, she has served as the conference staff director, communications director and VIP specialist. For eight years, Laura worked in alumni relations providing a strong background in nonprofit management and event marketing.

She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Management and Society, and is completing her Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University.

She enjoys traveling far and wide and reading the next bestseller (preferably on a sandy beach) and spoiling her two nieces, Eliza and Madelyn.


Nancy Allen
Associate Director

Nancy’s first exposure to HOSA happened during an interview with a career center director. The director’s comment, “By virtue of becoming the health science teacher on our campus, you also 'get to be' the HOSA local chapter advisor!” And so it was on in South Carolina—13 years as a chapter advisor and 12 years as the SC HOSA State Advisor. In 2012, upon retirement (at a young age) from the SC Department of Education as the health science state leader, Nancy became a member of the National HOSA staff working to expand partnerships and support state associations. She graduated from Clemson University (BSN) and keeps her nursing skills updated through volunteering at a free medical clinic.

Nancy enjoys traveling, HGTV and all sports—especially the Clemson Tigers. Nancy’s husband Mike joins her among the most loyal and obsessive Clemson fans in the nation!

Jeff Koeninger
Assistant Director


Jeff has attended over 31 consecutive HOSA National Leadership Conferences.  He currently serves as Assistant Director of Membership for National HOSA and works extensively with the various events that National HOSA conducts. Jeff graduated college from the University of North Texas with a BA in Applied Technology Training and Development.

Jeff and his wife, Stephanie have two boys, Jake and Cole.  On the weekends, Jeff spends his time watching one or both of his boys playing the sport of the season. Jeff also enjoys golfing and photography.

Dennis Van Peeren
Director of Finance

Dennis has been with National HOSA for more than 14 years. She served as Executive Assistant for 12 years and is currently Finance Director. She has over 40 years of experience in administration and credit and collections. She enjoys gardening, reading, antique hunting, spending time with family and traveling. She especially enjoys visiting friends in with wine country of Northern California. Dennis and Andy-man have been a happy couple for 20 years.

Bobby Crandall
Director of Technology

Bobby has been working with National HOSA since 2003. He began working with the organization as part of a co-op program at his high school, which was at the time across the street from HOSA Headquarters. Over the past twelve years he has held a variety of positions within the organization. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Radio, Television, and Film in 2009, and is expected to finish his Master’s in Business Administration in the spring of 2016.

Bobby enjoys watching movies and traveling with his fiancé, Melody, and spending time with friends and family.



Bergen Morehouse
Director of Competitive Events

Bergen joined the National HOSA team in August 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Competitive Events. Her responsibilities include overseeing the direction and implementation of HOSA’s Competitive Event Program. Prior to this, Bergen served as the Montana State HOSA Advisor for four years and Assistant Director of the South Central Montana AHEC (Area Health Education Center) for five years. Her background is in rural healthcare workforce strategies including a focus on pipeline activities which connect K-12th grade students with healthcare industry resources and post-secondary education options. She also has experience in physician and allied health recruitment to rural and frontier areas.

She graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Organizational Communication Studies and Minor in English Literature. Bergen loves camping, hiking, and boating on Flathead Lake; spending time with her spirited son, Liam; and traveling to games across the mid-west with her basketball-coach husband, Brett.

Jan Mould
Assistant Director of Competitive Events 
Health Professions, Emergency Preparedness and Health Sciences

Jan joined the National HOSA staff in 2015 as Assistant Director of Competitive Events for Health Professions, Emergency Preparedness and Health Science. She had been a member of the Competitive Events Committee since 2004 serving in numerous roles. Jan graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Nursing. She also completed a MEd from ETSU. Entering the classroom in 1996, Jan continues to teach students interested in pursuing a career in health care.

Jan and her husband Mike, spend their free time enjoying four of the largest blessings in life – their grandchildren. Jan also enjoys a good book!


Carie Staub
Assistant Director of Competitive Events
Teamwork and Leadership

Carie was introduced to HOSA nine years ago after moving to Idaho and becoming a co-advisor to a local chapter averaging 150 members annually. She has since served HOSA as an Event Manager and Lieutenant, before accepting her current position as Assistant Director of Competitive Events, working with Teamwork and Leadership teams. Carie is a licensed athletic trainer and certified classroom teacher with two decades of experience. In 2012, General Richy presented her with a Challenge Coin, on behalf of the Governor, for her junior CERT program earning a FEMA Honorable Mention for community preparedness.

Carie completed her Master of Health Science degree from Boise State University, with an emphasis in Health Promotion, and enjoys spending time with her husband Steve, daughter Haylee, and their two dogs. Carie also enjoys Crossfit, reading Brene Brown, and teaching children’s classes for her church, in her spare time.



Leif Ackerman
Director, HOSA Washington, DC Office 

Leif Ackerman began his career at Special Events, a well established event company specializing in event planning, project management and surveying/assessing client needs. During the course of the past 13 years and countless successful events later, Leif has worked with a broad range of organizations ranging from world leaders, including President Obama’s first campaign and re-election, the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, Hillary Clinton Campaign and President-Elect Trump’s campaign to major corporations and NGO’s in an effort to increase the efficiency and organization of their events to bolster image and increase the fluid transition of working with various entities to reach a common goal. That common goal was a successful event, campaign rally, or convening.


Leif’s commitment to initiating, coordinating and planning the design of world class events and convenings to meet and exceed client expectations while creating a collaborative environment and building and leveraging key strategic partnerships is always the driving factor.


Working with such diverse clients has exposed Leif to the various challenges involved with every event. There is no singular approach to creating successful partnerships. It takes a diverse understanding of the complexity involved to create and maintain loyal collaborations across sectors. Through dedication and a strong drive for perseverance, Leif has accepted and met every challenge placed before him.


Jason Koeninger
Software Architect 

Jason has provided software development and system administration services to National HOSA for over 20 years. His current software development responsibilities include the Membership System, Conference Management System, Activity Tracking System, and Online Testing System. Jason also provides system administration services for all HOSA software and websites. 

Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University in 1995. He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife Shannon and two children, Quentin and Violet. 


Supplies all chapter materials, member emblematic supplies and official HOSA blazer.

Larry King
1935 "O" Street
Lincoln, NE  68510
(800) 950-3553
(402) 474-0815
FAX: (402) 474-3782

Under contract with the HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors to provide accounting and tax services to HOSA, Inc. and retained for consultation services with HOSA State Associations.

Tom Karsten, CRP®, EA., Treasurer, HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors
Karsten Tax and Financial Management
101 Northwest Renfro Street
Burleson, TX 76028
Tel. 817.295.7400
Tel. 800.340.6743
Fax. 817.295.7488
E-mail: tom@karstenfinancial.com