About 2018-03-26T19:10:02+00:00

Professional Biography

I have been with the University of Nebraska- Lincoln for over 24 years, working in the Office of Student Accounts.

Job responsibilities:

Responsible for the monthly student billing process and collections.

Efficiently design, set-up and maintain student account assessment processes, which continually evolves.

Develop student financial procedures, train and evaluate staff.

Responsible for understanding bankruptcy laws and other federal and state laws pertaining to student accounts, Perkin Loans and short-term loans.

Analysis, coordination and report development for student accounts receivables.

Responsible for coordinating testing of changes made to the systems and troubleshooting problems encountered.

Develop unique processes/programs to compensate for features not in the student information system for student financials and serve as the Student Accounts liaison to the Information Services technical staff.

Education

Graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University

About Rachel

I was born in New Jersey and grew up in Nebraska. I came to Lincoln to go to college and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration. I married but it didn’t work out, so I came to know what it is like to be a single parent raising my son, the struggle of raising a child while developing my career, the choices and sacrifices that have to be made because I valued spending time with my son over going back to school to advance my career.  My family has always been so supportive, and I am very thankful for them.

Fast forward to today, I am happily married 14 years this summer to my husband Jim Garver, currently serving on the Southeast Community College Board of Governors. Between us, we have three grown sons. We own a home in central Lincoln and our fourth “son” is four-year-old rescue dog, Theo. He is our pride and joy and a bit spoiled.

In my free time, I enjoy reading. Currently at my bed side are two books: “Days of Awe & Wonder:  How to be a Christian” by Marcus J. Borg and “365 Tao: Daily Mediations” by Deng Ming-Dao. I also enjoy reading a good contemporary mystery.  Most recently, I read “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich.  Yes, I’m a little behind as 23 has been out awhile. I am so looking forward to the spring warm up and the impending parade of colors as I love gardening. I’m into Genealogy and attend the monthly UNL ‘Genealogy Over Lunch’ meetings. I practice Yoga, daily meditation and prayer. I love following most genres of music most especially American, Blues, Jazz, Folk and Chamber Music. Many a Friday evening and some Saturdays, I can be found with my husband and parents supporting and enjoying live music usually at Gratitude Bakery and Café. My most favorite thing to do is to be with family and close friends.

Rachel M. Garver

Professional Resume

Profile:

Highly competent and professional administrative specialist with the unique attributes of high attention to detail, data and numbers while leading with enthusiasm, kindness and collaboration.  Effective in account management.   Discreet, innovative and conscientious.   Builds teams and generates results.

Employer:

University of Nebraska- Lincoln over 24 years, working in the Office of Student Accounts.

Core Competencies:

Numerical Competence Strategic PlanningCollaborationCommunication

Problem Solving/Trouble-Shooting Data Analysis Perception/Intuition Administration Resourcefulness Creativity

Summary of Professional Skills:

Team Collaboration

Provide leadership and direction that enfranchises staff and collaborates with other impacted departments.

Offer an inclusive approach, accepting a wide variety of personalities, cultures and perspectives 

Listen, intently without judgment.

Prioritize consistent 

Strategically selects mode of communication for various situations

Numerical/Technical Competence

Over 26,000 students are assessed according to their specific registration and status. Attention to detail and hyper focus is imperative.

Responsible for generating, from 14.000 to 26,000 bills for students monthly

Insure receipting is accomplished and accurate.

Manage delinquent accounts.

Data Analysis/Problem-Solving

Analysis, coordination an report development for student account receivables.

Responsible for coordinating testing of changes made to the system and troubleshooting problems encountered.

Develop unique processes/programs to compensate for features not in the student information system for student financials.

Education:

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln Ne:  Bachelors of Science in Business Administration

Community Involvement:

Chairperson for Community Advisory Board of KZUM going on 12 years.

Treasurer of Church for 5 years.

Religious Education Coordinator for 11 years.

Treasurer, Troop Committee Chair and Advancement Chair for Boy Scout troop of 15 members for 8 years

President of local Penelope charter.  Initiated a variety of events and reinvigorated membership.