Karen was raised in Northern Virginia and moved to Culpeper in 1996. She became a member of the church in 2004 and was hired in November 2006. She attended Northern Virginia Community College, majoring in Interior Design and Architectural Drafting, and later attended Germanna Community College where she studied web design and marketing. From 1997-2004, she oversaw the marketing and merchandising for six local Hallmark stores. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, photography, genealogy, yoga, wine tasting, cooking and writing.