Karen specializes in family conflict, domestic violence, parenting, sexual abuse, and self-esteem. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and her Master of Social Work at Portland State University.
She is currently attending University of Arkansas at Little Rock to obtain a graduate certification in conflict mediation. She has been in this profession since 2004, working for the state of Oregon as a child welfare case manager/investigator for several years and as a Clinical Social Work Associate through a mental health outpatient clinic providing culturally-specific individual and group therapeutic service. In Arkansas, she has worked for the state as a Family Service Worker and worked as a school-based therapist. Karen has been with BHSA since 2017, working with parents and children that are experiencing anxiety, depression, and some that are exhibiting acting out behaviors due to divorce of parents, peer influencers, inability to express emotions, and stress reduction. She is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers). In 2011, she was selected as the district-level Tom Moan Award recipient while working as a case manager for the State of Oregon. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, jewelry-making, and reading.