Rita B. Koerber
Born in Mankato, Minnesota and raised in Colorado, Rita is a craft-based artist, as well as a designer and project manager. She is married to Jim, has four children and five grandchildren.
Rita owned and operated a small interior design business in Northeast Missouri, before spending a decade in television broadcasting. Over that decade, she relocated to larger markets in five different U.S. cities. In the last few years in broadcasting, she was based in San Francisco where she brokered 145 television stations across the United States. She was a national representative selling commercial airtime in a highly competitive atmosphere with short deadlines. During that time she was selected as an honored member of Who’s Who in U. S. Executives for 1989.
Rita later returned to interior design in Walnut Creek, California after her time in broadcasting, where she operated her own business for commercial and residential design entitled “Feather Your Nest”, as well as a decorator art line. Her clients included both large corporations and residential. Her decorator art work was featured in Architectural Digest. These activities lead to being a broader designer as well as a project manager.
Living four years in Indonesia and later two years in London, England helped broaden her skills of working within different cultures to bring varying viewpoints together to accomplish common goals.
After moving to an 80 acre farm near Corydon, she used her skills to work with federal, state, and county agencies to enhance the farm, with the creation of a wildlife habitat, planting of native trees, and best practices in restoring pastures, fields, etc. These activities lead to being named outstanding farm in 2010.
Later, she partnered in the leadership and the creation of the 2016 Bicentennial Quilt, as a four year project and fundraiser for Harrison County Arts and a historical treasure in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial.
More recently, Rita simultaneously orchestrated a new location for Harrison County Arts while applying her interior design and project managing skills to design and remodel the downtown Corydon Griffin Building into a new, beautiful gallery.
Rita is an active member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference helping those in need in Harrison Counties. All of her passion, experiences and gained knowledge over the years have come together in her ability to serve on boards and committees to get things done.