Karen has worked as a public interest lawyer in the community for over 22 years. Much of her work has focused on representing indigent individuals on criminal charges, and thus she frequently works with clients who live with mental illnesses.
In addition, Karen has been personally touched by mental illness – her younger brother passed away this spring from alcoholism. Prior to his death, he suffered from severe depression. Karen’s parents and sister have struggled with the loss of her brother, and she is keenly aware of the significant impacts of mental illness on family and friends.
Karen and her husband are the proud parents of two teenage boys – ages 16 and 19. The 16-year-old is a junior at Lewis & Clark High School, and the 19-year-old is a sophomore at the University of Washington.