Karen has been a vital member of The LLF team since 1993. She started as a Clinical Coordinator and has since served in many other roles in the organization. In her current position as Director of Education, Karen provides oversight to the development and implementation of training and education strategies for the organization. Prior to joining The LLF, Karen worked as an ICU nurse on the Neurotrauma Critical Care unit in the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Karen is a founding member and has served as Chair of The LLF's Clinical Advisory Board. She also led the creation of The LLF's Education and Simulation Committees and is a member of the Ethics Committee. She is a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) where she served as Chair of the AOPO Procurement Director's Council. She served on the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Kidney Committee in 2010.
Karen obtained her degree in nursing from the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Towson, MD. She graduated from Stevenson University in Baltimore in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Nursing, and completed her Master's in Nursing Education degree of Education at Stevenson in 2017. She holds a number of certifications, including Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC), Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS), and Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).