Karen graduated from Texas A&M University in 1986 with a BS in Food Science and Technology. After a year of food industry experience, she attended a dietetic internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and earned a MS in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Karen gained industry experience with emphasis in food service management, clinical dietetics and private consultation before employment at Texas A&M University thirteen years ago. Currently, Karen serves as a Lecturer and the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Texas A&M University. Karen seeks to serve as a role model for her students through active involvement in the dietetic profession at the local, state and national level and membership in DPG’s. Karen is a past president of the Texas Academy. Her past professional positions include TDA President Elect, ADA Foundation Texas Fundraising Co-Chair, Mid East Texas Dietetic Association (METDA) Legislative Co-Chair, TDA Foundation Past Director and METDA Past President. Other related positions include current faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Nutrition Dietetic Association, past faculty advisor for the Texas Student Dietetic Association and past member of the Walker County American Heart Association Board of Directors. Karen’s community involvement includes coaching in the youth leadership training program, serving as a facilitator for a local eating disorder support group, and volunteering in the College Station Independent School District, Epicures Thanksgiving Feast, KBTX Canned Food Drive, American Heart Association Heart Walk and Walk Across Texas Program. Karen has received many honors including the 2004 Texas Dietetic Association Dietetic Educator of the Year and Fish Camp Namesake at Texas A&M University in 2003.