Karen grew up in Michigan and started her working career in Minnesota. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Human Resources Management from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. Karen came to La Hacienda in December 2017 after serving as Human Resources Manager for Great Hearts Texas, a charter school in San Antonio, where she had oversight for 400 employees in five locations across the state. “I love working in HR, especially in healthcare,” says Karen. “I’m so impressed with people who work in the field, especially during difficult times. If I can make their work life less confusing, that makes for a successful HR Department.” She has three adult children and three adopted cats and enjoys needlework, Italian food, and any music by U2. Texas sunny weather also benefits her outdoor pursuits – bike riding, running, and walking.