Karen earned her A.A. in General Studies and her A.S. in Respiratory Care from El Camino College. After working as a respiratory therapist for two years, she returned to academia and earned a B.A. in Psychology with honors in the major from California State University, Dominguez Hills. During her time at Dominguez Hills, Karen worked as the Lead Peer Coach for incoming transfer students where she discovered her passion for holistically empowering marginalized student populations in the higher education setting. Karen joined the team of the URC-Sciences as a Program Representative for PEERS in July 2018. She will begin her graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach in August 2018 where she will pursue an M.S. in Counseling with an option in Student Development in Higher Education.
When not at work Karen enjoys reading good books, watching bad movies, listening to the rain, and swimming in gloomy weather.