Karen was born in Elliot Lake and raised in Spanish, a small town west of Sudbury with her older sister and two younger brothers.

She began working in the dental field in 1980 honing her skills as a Chairside Dental Assistant, Receptionist, and Hygiene Coordinator.

Karen and her husband Brian enjoy going to the YMCA, taking walks, watching movies, going out to dinner and spending time at the beach. They are enthusiastic Battalion fans. They are the proud parents of Jessica and Trevor. Jessica is a Nipissing University graduate BSc in Nursing and is working in the labor and delivery unit at the North Bay Regional Health Center.  Trevor is a recent graduate from College Boreal and has two degrees, one in computer sciences and one in instrumentation and automation.