Following a successful career as a surgical nurse, Karen brings a wealth of experience to the board. Karen understands the day-to-day pressures and the challenges faced by medical staff. She has extensive experience with medical administration, data management and fund raising.
Karen has dedicated much of her time in the pursuit of making a difference to the lives of others. She has done this through fundraising and marketing for a number of charities, including being a founding member of the Think Pink Ball held in Wagga Wagga, working closely with the Jane McGrath Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Karen’s most significant achievement was being instrumental in the placement of a McGrath Foundation nurse in Wagga Wagga.
Karen was an integral member of the fundraising committee for Kurrajong Waratah. Kurrajong Waratah provides support, training and opportunities to people with an intellectual disability and their families. Karen worked closely with other members to raise funds through Gala Balls and Race Days. The money raised was used for the construction of a purpose built home. Country Hope, an organisation that cares for children with cancer and their families in the Riverina, has been another beneficiary of Karen’s commitment. She has been involved with nursing care, mentoring, supporting and fundraising for the organisation over many years.
Karen has worked on key projects with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Provincial Surgeons Australia, Rural Craft Group and enters data for BreastSurgANZ Quality audit.
Karen is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Women in Business, Wagga Business Chicks, and has just completed her Masters in Business Administration