Karen has been married to her husband, Paul, for 33 years and has two wonderful children, Bryan, who is 30 and Kari, who is 29. She considers her faith in God and her family the greatest blessings and joy of her life. Karen and Paul have been active members in their church for 30 years and are currently serving as Community Leaders in ministering to life group leaders.
Karen began volunteering at The Brandon Care Pregnancy Center (LifeCare) in 1988 and was hired full-time as Client Services Coordinator in 1993. Seven years later she made a transition to a staff position at her church and then chose to further her education. She completed the Counseling & Human Services Program at Hillsborough Community College in 2006 with a 4.0 GPA. She returned to LifeCare in January of 2007 as Center Director to honor and support Cookie Gray, the Executive Director at that time, as Cookie progresses toward her goal of retirement. Cookie passed the leadership mantle to Karen in January of 2011 as the Executive Director.
Karen’s passion in life is to share her faith while encouraging and motivating others to make positive life choices. She desires to live out her life mission statement which is:
“To finish the race with joy and complete the ministry which I received from the Lord, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)