Karen was born and raised in Traverse City. She received her Bachelor's in Music and Psychology from Michigan State University and her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She worked at a private outpatient clinic in Traverse City for 14 years providing counseling services to children and families.
She attended Interlochen Arts Camp for several summers as an Oboe major and later worked in residence life at the Arts Academy. She is very excited to return to Interlochen in the capacity of Mental Health Counselor and is looking forward to supporting the mental health needs of students.