Karen’s interest in the environment started early growing up on an organic farm in Indiana. She has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s from the College of William and Mary and has enjoyed living in the Hampton Roads area since 1976. She immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of this area and the many ties to the water.
Her first three years here were spent living on a sailboat and learning about the natural history and beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.
Karen came to Lynnhaven River NOW after thirty years as a science teacher and Headmaster of a private school. She first become involved with Lynnhaven River NOW as a citizen oyster gardener which she did for twenty years.
Since 2005, Karen has been working full time with Lynnhaven River NOW first as the Education and Outreach Coordinator and since 2007 as the Executive Director. During Karen’s time as Executive Director, LRNow has received a Letter of Commendation from the Virginia General Assembly, The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Award, a Coastal America Award, and the Garden Club of Virginia Dugdale Award. In 2015, Lynnhaven River NOW was honored to be highlighted in a new publication, The Case for Grassroots Collaboration.
Karen serves on a variety of city and regional committees including the Virginia Beach Green Ribbon Committee and the Norfolk Environmental Commission. She also serves on the Boards of Buy Fresh, Buy Local Hampton Roads, Virginia Forever, and is currently Vice President of the Virginia Conservation Network.
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