Karen received her BA degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her Masters Degree from Purdue University. She spent 35 years as an educator. She was a special education teacher and administrator in elementary school and high school. She spent 32 years working in higher education including six years when she served as Dean of Student Services in the Chancellor’s Office of California Community Colleges. From 2002 until she retired in July 2007, she was the President of Las Positas Community College in California. Karen was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Foothill-DeAnza Community College District in 1987, East Bay Educator of the Year in 2005, and designated as one of the Ten Most Influential Women in the Bay Area in 2006.
After her retirement, Karen and her husband Jim moved to Newberg, OR. In addition to her work with Willamette Shakespeare, where she is currently on the board, she serves as President of the Chehalem Cultural Center Board. Karen is making her acting debut in “Empty Plate.” She plays Louise, Victor’s muse and love interest.