Karen is Lake Area Tech’s Communications Specialist. Her responsibilities include writing for the website/catalog/newsletter, preparing news releases, writing social media content, and other marketing and admissions duties. Prior to joining the staff in May 2012, Karen was a healthcare marketing manager for Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Big Stone Therapies and before those roles, she was a newspaper special sections editor. Karen received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from South Dakota State University in Brookings. Karen and her husband, Bret, live on a grain and livestock farm north of Watertown. They have two children, John and Liz (both Lake Area Technical College grads), and two young grandsons. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, working outside, decorating, and spending lots of time with family and friends.