A member of the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority Board since 2006, Karen held the position of Chair from 2011 to 2017.
Karen is a member of a broad-acre cereal cropping family farming enterprise at Beazleys Bridge, Gre Gre and Marnoo. Karen spent many years working as a librarian both in the local secondary college and later the Wimmera Regional Library, before joining J R Burns Accounting.
She was Deputy Chancellor of Federation University Australia from 2007 to 2015, is a member and past Chair of the Stawell Regional Health Board, and a member of McCallum Services.
Karen was a Northern Grampians Shire Councillor for nine years, serving four terms as Mayor and was the inaugural Chair of the North Central Local Learning and Employment Network.