Karen has resided in the Illinois Valley since 2003, living on land that has been in her family since 1930, and helping her partner tend the always-organic grapes and fruit trees planted by her grandmother several decades ago.
Her more than 25 years with State and Federal government agencies includes work with USFS, USGS, OSHA, Oregon Dept. of Energy, and Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services. Her private sector experience includes work with a large international corporation and a high-tech small business start-up. She was a Josephine County Planning Commissioner from 2004-2006.
Currently, she is a regional manager for Oregon Housing & Community Services, and serves on several inter-agency Regional Solutions Teams, coordinated by the Governorís Office.
She has also taught a variety of topics in a wide range of settings, and was Adjunct Faculty in Public Health at Oregon State University for 18 years. These days she is a multi-state instructor in sustainability and building operators certification courses.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University, and Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Public Health from the University of Utah. She is a 2008 graduate of the Stateís Leadership Oregon program.