In 1991, Karen was the first parent to travel to the USSR to adopt. Seeing the conditions in her sons’ orphanages, she began relief work and co-founded Children in Common to continue helping the children remaining in orphanage care. Karen was named Knitter’s Magazine “Knitter of the Year” for 2007-08 for incorporating knitting in her Children in Common work. An expert on institutionalization’s effects on children, she developed a parent education course, preparing more than 1000 families adopting children from orphanages. Karen has been a crisis counselor, volunteer coordinator and has owned a crafts gallery. Her academic degree was earned at the College of Notre Dame.

Karen is a contributing author to Heal My Voice books including, Fearless Voices, Empowered Voices, Inspired Voices, Harmonic Voices, Tender Voices, Feminine Voices, Sensual Voices and Innovative Voices. She also co-authored Conscious Choices, An Evolutionary Woman’s Guide to Life in 2008 and has been a Board Member and supporter of Heal My Voice since the founding in 2011.

Karen is an Enwaken Energy Coaching and Leadership graduate, and an ordained Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking for the Beloved Community. She practices Sound Massage and leads healing meditations using Tibetan Singing Bowls.  Karen is also a certified Qi Gong Instructor and a Certified Sound Methods Therapist through the American Institute SMT.