Karen has been a resident of Longmont, CO for over 22 years and is married to a native Coloradan, Gregg. During her 33 year career as a veterinarian, she owned and managed a veterinary hospital that employed 24 people and grew to grossing over $2 million a year. Her husband owns an auto repair shop in Longmont and works as a broker for business owners to sell their businesses. As a business owner, Karen understands and has experienced the challenges and rewards it entails. Karen started her veterinary career at the University of Florida, working in Florida and Virginia before settling in Colorado. It’s here she raised three daughters, Kendall, Camryn and Erin, all young adults now.
Karen grew up in a Navy family. Her father was a fighter pilot whose career included serving as the Captain of the USS America and retiring as a Rear Admiral after proudly serving for over 30 years. Relocating every year or two as a child gave her an invaluable education through the experience of seeing and being able to appreciate so much of this great country. Such an upbringing instilled in her a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.
Karen has two siblings, an older and younger brother. Her older brother Glenn was also a Navy fighter pilot and now flies for American Airlines. Her younger brother Chris is an entrepreneur who started and successfully ran an aerospace company based in Golden, Colorado and continues to work in the satellite field. Her mother is an active and energetic citizen of Longmont.
Involvement in volunteer work has been an important part of service to the community for Karen. She has been a board member for 9 years with Project V.E.T.S, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the planet one animal at a time. She volunteered and was a board member with Vidas, a nonprofit that holds large scale spay and neuter clinics and educational outreach in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. She is currently a volunteer English language teacher for Intercambio – Uniting Communities, where she teaches English to immigrant community members. She has also served as a communications coach in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, where she helps to train the next generation of Colorado veterinarians.
The passion Karen has for Colorado and her country has driven her to speak up, to stand up, and run for office.