Karen has a BS in Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University. She found her love of the non-profit world with her first job at the Austin Fine Arts Festival. It was there that she discovered the power of what a group of passionate, dedicated volunteers can do. From there she became the Chapter Manager for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was introduced to many amazing organizations and fundraising professionals, including Candlelight Ranch.

Karen has been married for 23 years to her husband Brian and they have three teenagers. Each summer they take a road trip to a National Park and spend time together hiking, kayaking and exploring. It is Karen’s love of the outdoors that led her to Candlelight Ranch. To be able to experience the beauty of nature with her family is what Karen is most passionate about.