Karen brings over 25 years of experience in education in Vermont working with college access partnerships, non-profits, schools, state agencies, and community organizations to improve the quality of and access to higher education and afterschool programs. She is a Candidate (A.B.D.) for the Ed. D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont, with an emphasis on organizational leadership, program evaluation, comparative education, and qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Her current areas of research include out-of-school time learning, flexible pathways and personalized learning, integration of expanded learning opportunities, and ensuring equity and access to high quality education for all students.
Karen started her professional career as a TRIO counselor for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), helping students, their families, and adults returning to learning navigate the higher education and financial aid application processes. For 12 years, she managed Vermont’s first federal GEAR UP program for VSAC, overseeing a staff of 15 serving 3000 students and their families per year. Additionally, she brings extensive grant writing and fiscal planning experience to UP for Learning. As a member of the national Board of Directors for the Council on Opportunity in Education, Karen participated in professional education exchange programs in England, the Netherlands, and France, and more recently through UVM, in New Zealand.
Karen and her husband John live on the top of Maple Hill with their 3 dogs in Marshfield.