Karen was raised in Carthage, Illinois and is a former elder and deacon at First Christian Church in Carthage.
She graduated from Carthage High School, obtained a bachelor's degree in communication and rhetorical studies from Illinois college. Then, Karen completed my master's degree in sport management from Western Illinois University. She has one daughter and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Karen also enjoys supporting local coffee shops too! She has a background working in childcare, human resources, teaching, and coaching cheerleading at the collegiate level.