Karen received her B.S. from Illinois State University in Elementary Education and Special Education, and her Masters from St. Xavier in Chicago. After 32 years of teaching she retired. She has always enjoyed nature from hiking to gardening. Butterflies have been a favorite interest since childhood. Currently, she is co-chair of the Central IL Monarch Butterfly Task Force which meets at U.U. Church in Peoria on the 4th Tuesday of the month.