Karen has taught college courses in conflict resolution, women’s studies, non-violent communication, and child and human development. She was actively involved in development of an anti-bias curriculum and courses in social and political contexts of human development and ethics. Karen also was the Academic Dean for 10 years.
Becoming a lawyer in 1985, Karen worked in the Juvenile Courts in Los Angeles for 15 years. During her years as an attorney, she was trained in community conflict resolution and participated in many forms of mediation. Karen also participated in the founding of several non-profit corporations, and served on their boards.
Karen found her way to SIMS at Keystone Church in 2001. She and her partner, Niki, have been regular members ever since. Niki is a child and family therapist. They live in the U-District with various cats and sometimes enjoy visits from their son and granddaughters. They regularly attend the Bioneers Conference and are passionate about the preservation of the earth and social justice.