Consultant and Former President & CEO of Home Care Associates
Karen has thirty-five years of progressive experience in business, program development, financial management, government relations, community organization and organizational development. Most recently, Karen was the President and CEO of Home Care Associates (HCA) in Philadelphia, the second largest worker-owned home care cooperative in the United States.
During her sixteen-year tenure, the company’s sales tripled, its profits increased, and its debt was eliminated. Karen currently serves on the Board of PHI, a national organization committed to improving home care through improving the direct care workforce. Karen has worked as a consultant for the Keystone Development Center on a project to develop home care cooperatives in rural communities. She also consulted with ICA on evaluating and strengthening management practices at Cooperative Care in Wisconsin.
Karen was a founding Board member of Valley Green Bank, a community bank started in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Karen served for nine years on the Board of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, most recently as Treasurer.
Prior to joining HCA, she worked as a consultant for Pathways PA and the Delaware Valley Child Care Council, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, served as chief of staff for a Pennsylvania state senator for ten years and was the executive director of Women Organized Against Rape in Philadelphia.