After being reared in Kansas and living her dream career in Texas and California, Karen is happy to have settled in the Great NW. She and her husband enjoy the active, involved lifestyle of the NW. They are strong believers in the importance of “giving back.” Karen says to look for common ground with people from different cultural backgrounds than your own because that helps make our world a better place.
There are at least five values that help guide Karen’s life decisions. To love family is to experience deep connection. It is more than just blood relationships; it’s about people who function as a loving unit. Karen values education. She pursued higher education for herself and fosters it for others. Education has both intellectual and economic value. It encourages innovation and also gives opportunity for better economic security. Karen values service. There is fulfillment in sharing your talents with others you do not know without expecting anything in return. Patriotism that Karen values is a love of country and spirit of camaraderie for all citizens. Valuing patriotism means that we try to do our part to make this country a better place. And most importantly is Karen’s faith. We can always trust Him. We are not alone; He is always with us, and values us.
Karen loves cooking, gardening, daily exercise, a cozy morning watching the rain, FaceTiming with friends and prayer. Married for 42 years, she and her husband have four grown children. She understands the importance of planning today for a better future by challenging every young person for quality education to enjoy a life of excellence through servant leadership.
Karen brings over forty years of experience in business from every angle – having a career as Dean and Professor of business (now Dean Emeritus of the College of Business & Public Administration, California State University, San Bernardino), owning a small business for management consultation, testifying on employment law, advising start-ups as a volunteer, offering executive education for seasoned managers and entrepreneurs, serving as a Baldrige Quality examiner and working on the District Export Council.
Karen has been blessed with scholarships and student work programs that allowed her to complete educational dreams further than she would have imagined as a child. She earned the Ph.D. in Administration at Texas A&M University (The Distinguished Graduate for academic achievement, professional dedication and service to her fellow students); Masters in Speech Communications & Human Relations at Kansas University; Bachelors in both Political Science and Speech at Wichita State University.
Community service is typically a reflection of our priorities, as is the case with Karen. It reflects dedication to the political process (Clark County Councilor District 3 2021-2024; Clark County Republican Women Board of Directors 2018-2020; Clark County Precinct Committee Officer 647 2016-2022; and Lake Oswego OR City Councilor 2013-2015 – an elected but volunteer position), business mentorship to small business start-ups (SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives mentor; and recognition of our veterans’ service (Founding Board, Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial).