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Karen’s passion to give to University Libraries started at an early age. She grew up with a passion for reading and shared this love for books with her children, who used the local library as a form of entertainment and enlightenment. She appreciates the important role libraries play in higher education because they provide support for all students, faculty, staff, and the community around the world.
Karen began her career with Penn State in development at Public Broadcasting in 1989. Much of her career has been intertwined with development and fundraising activities. She has been with the University Libraries for fifteen years. She provides administrative support to the director, writes proposals, stewardship letters, and general correspondence. Karen plays a key role in proposal submissions, generation of endowment guidelines, and the annual goal setting process.
Karen, a native of Bellefonte, PA, holds an associate degree from South Hills Business School. Karen spent six years volunteering on the Board of Directors for the House of Care, a non-profit personal-care home in State College. Since resigning from the Board, Karen bakes birthday cakes for its residents.