Karen grew up in Pittsburgh, PA in a family that dabbled in the outdoors by camping in a pop-up camper up and down the East Coast. It wasn’t until college that Karen camped in a tent, hiked for the first time, and saw her first shooting star. She was hooked. She switched majors and never turned back. She received her BS in Recreation and Parks Management from Penn State and her MA in Environmental Education from the University of New Hampshire.
She worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club and Maine Audubon before moving Georgia to be with her husband, Justin. She spent a few years in Atlanta, working for the Department of Natural Resources and Stone Mountain, had a couple of kids, and then (happily) dragged them all back to New England. When she’s not with the Harris Center, she dedicates her time to raising outdoor children.