2525 Buxton Ct,
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Karen was born, raised, and educated in Chapel Hill. She currently serves as the Director of Business Development at IntraHealth International, a Chapel Hill based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that people around the world have access to quality health care.
Prior to her work in global health, Karen served as the Program Manager at the Orange County Family Resource Centers, a non-profit that provided family support programs in public housing and low-income neighborhoods in Chapel Hill.
Karen has served the community in a wide array of capacities, including as chair of the Chapel Hill Public Housing Advisory Board, co-chair of the Ephesus Elementary School Improvement Team, PORCH neighborhood coordinator, and mentor for the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program. She has also been active in school equity issues, and Get Out the Vote and election protection efforts.
Karen earned an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in English and secondary education from Boston University.
Karen lives in the Booker Creek neighborhood with her wife, Alyson Grine, an attorney who teaches at NC Central University School of Law. Karen and Alyson have two children, Hazel, age 11, and Wyatt, age 8, along with a dog, a cat, and a crested gecko.