Karen has served as Executive Director of GEMN since February 2014. Passionate about languages, travel and cross-cultural exchange, Karen also worked for many years as a computer systems analyst in research and manufacturing integration for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center, and Polaroid. She holds a BA in Spanish from Colby College, and a MS in Computer Science from Bridgewater State University. Her first experience in global mission was leading a small team of church members (including her then nine-year-old daughter) to El Salvador in 2005 through a program sponsored by Episcopal Relief and Development. Subsequent mission encounters in El Salvador and later trips to Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have been transformative to her faith and to her understanding of God’s work in the world. She has found a way to combine her love for global mission with technical skills through assisting with website management and communications in support of the Diocese of Massachusetts’ former MissionGoal website, the Haiti Task Force, Colforpaz and GEMN. Karen lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Russ, and they have three young adult children.