In February 2018, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) named Karen a candidate to serve on its national board of directors for fiscal years 2019 and 2020. Her appointment was confirmed in April and her service began July 1, 2018.
Karen talked with Jeff Cavins on the Rediscover Hour (Aug. 15, 2014 episode) about her faith and transition moments in her life. Karen sought out the support of other women during a difficult time in her life. That local group has flourished into a nationwide women’s ministry, Circle of Catholic Women.