Karen started her performing career at the age of 8. Stan Deen, of Garden Spot High School fame, cast her as Gretl in GSPA's first production of The Sound of Music. She then appeared on the local Dan Neidemyer variety show. Throughout elementary school she did various voice over and radio work. Karen studied dance at the Jan Forry School of Dance in Millersville, PA. She continued her study of dance with Chet Zercher of Lancaster. Karen studied voice under Dr. Thomas Houser of New Holland, while continuing to perform in various GSPA productions. Karen continued to perform while raising her family doing voice over, modeling, and community theater. Karen took private acting lessons from the well- known New York actress, Lisa Sweeney. Karen then had the thrill of performing with her children in GSPA's production of Meet Me in St. Louis. Her love of theater leads her to begin choreographing for various high school musical productions
Karen then joined Laurel Dance Studio, teaching Mommy and Me, Creative Movement I and II as well as Dance Explorers. Karen was then given the opportunity by Artistic Director Kathleen Megnin Millay to start a Broadway program at Laurel. Karen has continued to teach at two other dance studios, does pageant coaching and teaches private voice lessons. Karen has taught a total of 15 years with Laurel Dance.