Born in Vermont and raised in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Karen graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her degree in Sign Language Interpreting. After graduation, Karen acquired three national certifications—Interpretation, Transliteration and Ed: K-12.
Her early career involved working in the public school system with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, and then she transitioned to working at the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vermont, until its closure in 2013. It was here, surrounded by Deaf professionals and students, that Karen cultivated a deep connection with the Deaf Community.
Branching out into the freelance interpreting world, Karen has had the honor of working in a variety of settings—business offices, hospitals, colleges and universities, as well as abroad in many different countries.
Married in 1987, her husband, Dan, is a CODA (child of deaf adults). They have identical twin adult sons.
Karen had the good fortune of having a horse throughout her teenage years. She learned many lessons of courage, compassion, hard work and commitment while bonding with her heart horse.
Karen says: “Volunteering with Cooper’s Crossroad offers me the opportunity to use my experience gained within the educational system and equine world to connect with community members, both young and old alike, who have experienced trauma and are looking for a way to improve their mental health.”