Karen’s 30 years of experience in association management provides her with the knowledge and background needed to support and guide associations through a wide variety of challenges and opportunities. One of her most valuable skills is her ability to bring together volunteer leaders with different priorities and help them to move forward in a cohesive way for the good of the organization and its members.
Karen is passionate about staying on the cusp of industry best practices and trends and is among a select group of association executives that hold both the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. She served on the Board of Directors of the AMC Institute (AMCI) and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Associations North.
Karen graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics. She earned her Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Strategic Management from The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she focused on non-profit management.
Karen’s hobbies include stained glass mosaics and scuba diving. She enjoys both warm and cold-water diving and has received a Master Diver Certification.