Karen grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois a suburb of Chicago. She attended Beloit College 1960-63 and then completed her degree in Business Management in 1976 from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH (now Southern New Hampshire University).
Her career was in banking as Vice President Director of Internal Auditing and then as Executive Vice President of Operations for banks in Manchester, NH and then for a bank group in Illinois. She and her husband have recently moved to the Highlands in Topsham, ME to be nearer to their family. She and her husband are greatly enjoying Maine and are especially glad to have decided on the Brunswick – Topsham area for all the cultural and educational opportunities available. They have both enjoyed taking courses at Midcoast Senior College.