M.S. in Counseling, Loyola University New Orleans (in progress) M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2009) B.A. in Psychology, Clark University (2008) Graduate of Coach U and ICF Credentialed Life Coach - ACC
Karen's cocurricular experiences as an undergraduate student were so rewarding that she decided to pursue a career working with college students. She completed a Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, and then moved to New Orleans in June 2010 to start her career at Tulane University. Her first role on campus was as a Health Educator at the Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (theWELL). In this role, Karen used a Motivational Interviewing approach to work with undergraduate students one-on-one to explore their health behaviors. She developed a passion for honing her communication skills so she could most effectively support each student. When the Success Coaching program started on campus, she was immediately drawn to the program's mission and the opportunity to continue working with students in an individualized way that covered multiple facets of their lives. She transitioned to her current role as a Success Coach in July 2013 and became the Manager of Motivational Interviewing and Success Coach Training in January 2015. She continues to be dedicated to utilizing best practices in effective communication to create a coaching environment that supports the student as the expert and encourages personal growth, confidence and autonomy. Karen is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.