Karen’s career in state government began in 1990. She has worked with Water Resources, Department of Health and Welfare, State Controller and Department of Administration. She began her work in education in 2003 with the State Board of Education as the Governmental Affairs Officer. In this position she was primarily responsible for the promulgation of all the rules in Idaho that are related to education. In 2005 she was promoted to the Deputy Director at OSBE. In 2008 she accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Idaho School Boards Association where she represented over 900 elected school board trustees and charter board trustees all over Idaho. In this role she assisted board trustees with legislative agendas, provision of resources and oversight of her staff and ISBA services.