Karen is a life-long Vermonter. As a child, Karen primarily grew up in the Northeast Kingdom where she could see Canada from one window and a cornfield from the other. A few years after graduating from the University of Vermont, Karen and her husband, Jason, decided to move to Essex Junction. They have lived in the Village for the past 14 years, raising two amazing children and wrangling two quirky dogs.
Karen has devoted her entire career to the public service sector by leading initiatives to strengthen opportunities for Vermonters. Her efforts have spanned from food security systems and work readiness programs to criminal justice reform and facilitating community dialogue.
As an Essex Junction resident, Karen extends her service efforts by actively engaging in the community. Once her kids were old enough, Karen began volunteering with them, delivering Meals on Wheels and baking at the Ronald McDonald House. Karen has used volunteering as a time to give back and embrace continuous learning.
Currently employed as a Restorative Justice Specialist at the Essex Community Justice Center
Member of Village Capital Project Review Committee
Board Member, VIEW (Voices for Inclusion in Essex and Westford)
2020 EmergeVT alum
Girls on the Run Coach
Essex Democrats member
Essex Resists member
When Karen isn't volunteering, she is often at home baking, spending time with her family, or doing something active like mountain biking, running, or playing Ultimate Frisbee.