Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno and an Associates degree in Risk Management. She has worked in safety and risk management in both manufacturing and construction. She is a past president of the Columbia Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety and served in a variety of regional leadership positions with ASSE. She was an instructor in the EHS program at Mt Hood for 15 terms.
In addition to her role with SafeBuild, Karen is also the Executive Director of the Construction Industry Crime Prevention Program (CICP). She was instrumental in researching, developing and implementing the CICP program and has served as the Executive Director since it began in 1996.