Karen was born & raised in Turlock, CA and came to Fresno to attend California State University, Fresno. With her husband Ken she has 2 daughters. When the girls were in elementary school she decided to return to college to finish her degree and get a teaching credential. She worked at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno for 25 years. She retired in 2020 with the goal of being more involved in FAS. She is a board member at large helping with communication. She enjoys spending time in her yard watching the birds and creating a cut flower garden to share flowers with family & friends.