Karen was born and raised in Idaho and is a wonderful wife and mother to 5 of her own children and 2 adopted children. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, providing service to others, and traveling to exotic places around the world to experience other countries and cultures. Karen completed her BBA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Technology from Idaho State University. Aside from managing EIYH, Karen has had a successful career in Information Technology and has worked at the INL and other local businesses. She is a licensed real estate agent/investor and has a love for construction and renovating homes. Karen current passion is overseeing the day-to-day operations of East Idaho Youth Homes and the company’s expanding vision. Throughout her years as a licensed foster parent, Karen dreamed of being able to provide opportunities for marginalized youth on a larger scale. This brought upon the idea of East Idaho Youth Homes; a much-needed resource for Idaho’s youth ages 10-23. As the chief administrator of this rapidly growing company, Karen works closely with leaders from around the community to provide services for these youth. Although East Idaho Youth Homes is a younger company, It has obtained an international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as well as becoming a Qualified Residential Treatment Facility (QRTP). The EIYH program has successfully established four residential treatment facilities in the greater Idaho Falls area that has provided opportunities and resources to over 300 marginalized youth in since January 2020.