Karen grew up in Portland, Oregon. She stayed in the Northwest for her undergraduate education, earning a degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. After finishing college, she spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in Nicaragua. She completed her master's degree in human genetics at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Karen has a strong interest in human genetics and how it connects and impacts families and individuals. She enjoys helping translate medical and genetic information into knowledge that is understandable and usable to patients. Her specific interest is in health psychology.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and participating in various community service activities.