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NCU alum named to People’s 25 Women Changing the World

Katie Meyler is changing the world

And the world is taking notice.

On November 3, 2016, People Magazine named North Central alum Katie Meyler ’05 to their list of the top 25 Women Changing the World.

Meyler, who graduated from North Central with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, founded the organization More Than Me after a compelling missions trip to Liberia. In 2013, she opened the first tuition-free all-girls school in Liberia.

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Alumni Katie Meyler Time Person of the year
Time Magazine's 2014 Person of the Year

In 2014, Meyler was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year with other Ebola fighters.

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Meyler was recognized alongside other prominent volunteers, volunteers, and doctors as a heroic Ebola fighter and Person of the Year for 2014.

Read the full article in Time Magazine.

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Young Alumnus of the Year at North Central 2013

In 2013, Meyler was presented with the "Young Alumnus Award" at North Central University in recognition of her achievement and leadership which embodies the mission, vision, and purpose of North Central.

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After receiving the “Young Alumnus Award” during chapel, Katie shared with students about her time as a student at North Central, the challenges of her childhood, and her experience winning the $1 million grant from Chase Giving Awards in order to support her foundation, More Than Me.

North Central alum Katie Meyler.
Telling her story

After being recognized as TIME Magazine's Person of the Year in 2014, North Central caught up with Meyler to hear more of her story for the Spring 2015 issue of the NCU magazine.

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‘More Than Me’ Steps up to the Ebola cisis

Katie create the award-winning foundation More Than Me in 2009. From the beginning, the organization endeavored to expand educational opportunities for the most vulnerable girls from the West Point slum in Monrovia, capital city of Liberia, in West Africa.

But the Ebola crisis refocused the organization’s energies to mobilize an ad hoc disaster-response center, organize food distribution, launch an ambulance service, and establish a temporary orphanage for children whose families have been devastated by the dreaded disease. Staff and volunteers even converted the guesthouse to a quarantine unit, and the library to a warehouse for medical supplies.

When West Point’s first case of Ebola was confirmed in August 2014, Katie recounted, More Than Me sought partnerships with the Ministry of Health and others to eradicate the disease not just West Point, but from Liberia altogether.

“And it’s working!” Katie exclaimed. In fact, MOH has asked the organization to expand its efforts to five other Ebola hot zones. “Now we are focusing on survivor support and reintegration.”

Providing education to the girls will always be a priority, Katie said, but after decades of civial war, Liberia lacks an educated professional population to lead its schools. Illiteracy is a problem across generations.

“We want to circumvent the lack of literacy by focusing more on technology,” she said. “The hope is that over the next couple of decades, students will graduate to become the leaders and teachers Liberia needs to develop and recover.”

North Central alum Katie Meyler started the More Than Me foundation.
Advice from Katie for North Central Students
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“Wherever you are, show love and compassion.

I believe strongly that following Jesus, listening to the Holy Spirit, is equivalent to ending suffering in the world – whether you’re in the slums of West Point or on the streets of New York.”