Karen is originally from Akron, IA. She moved back to Hawarden 3 years ago to be closer to family. She studied at the University of South Dakota, Ottumwa Community College, The University of Texas, and finally Walden University to finish her master's degree. She is board certified through the ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Karen is married to Russell Kennedy, and has two children, Hayden and Holly. She enjoys boating with her family, bike rides, and gardening.