Karen joined the VF Board of Directors in 2012 after a family member was diagnosed with GPA/Wegener’s. She is interested in driving the change to find the cure and improve lives of those with vasculitis through research. Karen has served on the Marketing and Awareness Committees and in 2013 created the annual V-RED Award, which recognizes early diagnosis of vasculitis in our patient community. The annual competition seeks nominations from patients honoring the physicians who helped them get diagnosed with vasculitis.
She also is co-organizer (with fellow board member, Jason Wadler) of the annual Chicago Rally in the Alley held each fall. The bowling event brings together patients, families and supporters of the VF to raise awareness of vasculitis and funds for the VF.
Karen has a background in health care administration and coordinated strategic planning and marketing at Children’s Memorial Hospital and was previously at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Illinois Hospital Association. She also serves on the board of the Daughters of Ayacucho Education Foundation and the Skin of Steel Foundation where she focuses on Strategic Planning and Social Media for Skin of Steel.