As a Coast Guard spouse raising two children and moving around the country, Karen had many opportunities to work in different fields. She has been a receptionist in the medical field and for a government agency; a legal secretary; a bank teller; and cook and bottle washer in hospital kitchens to name a few.
She was a volunteer leader in two 501c3 organizations: 4-H and United States Pony Club. She was Secretary, Joint District Commissioner (Vice President) and District Commissioner (President) of the local Pony Club for 10 years where she helped children learn to ride and care for their horses. She was the Poultry Project Leader and Adult Treasurer for her local 4-H club for 10 years and the Poultry Superintendent at the county fair for eight years. In those capacities it was her responsibility to create the budget and manage the books. Whether it was poultry or horses, she would learn all she could and loved passing that knowledge on to the children and parents. Watching and helping others excel brings her great joy.
When her youngest child was 18, Karen went back to school and earned an AAS degree in Computer Applications Technology. After graduating in 2016 she began working from home in the Accounting and Finance field. She enjoys knowing that keeping her client’s books balanced helps them to make informed business decisions.
When she is not crunching numbers, you can find Karen at the pottery wheel making beautiful pottery for functional and decorative use.